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  1. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    Heated? Nodwad I went and had me tea mate, a nice bit of lemon chicken cooked in front of me by the hotel chef.. Forget sterling, the world doesn't trade in sterling it doesn't drop 3% in minutes due to computer algorithms like the euro does triggered by Catalonia when Spanish stocks were sold off a week before last Christmas. Don't you get that a lower exchange rates makes British goods more attractive. I want the euro this strong against the pound, we'll sell more but if the euro keeps getting knocked around as it has been there won't be enough euros around to buy our goods regardless of how strong or weak sterling is. Where have you been, have you never googled "European Debt Crisis"? one small country, Greece caused a catastrophic and historical meltdown because the EU don't do quantitative easing, they do loans and bailouts and all they've done to protect the eurozone if or most probably when it happens again is fill a pot with €500 billion to pay it off. They won't fix the problem, they prefer to just keep throwing money at it. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13856580 Everytime there's a whiff of anything iffy coming out of mainland Europe the euro takes a nosedive in global markets, the German election, the Italian election, Brussels arguing with the U.S. If Moody's had reduced Italy's credit rating to junk status last Friday the euro would have been dented severely, that's 19 countries with less in their pockets Nodwad, not one. It's not a single currency for a single country, it's a single currency for 19 countries who all sing from different songbooks rather than one songbook printed in 19 languages.
  2. jonno

    Brexit effect on BF

    I wonder how badly the port strikes affect the volume stats? If Bretagne is destined for St Malo and diverts to Cherbourg for instance? Come to think of it, why don't they strike as often, if at all?
  3. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    Really? Which currency was it that doubled the crash of 2008/09 again, oh that's right, the euro. Why are so many members in hock to the banks again? oh that's right the euro and Brussels being so short sighted that they think you can have a currency union without fiscal union. Amateurs. They've still not fixed it. Why is the euro taking a global hit? Brussels trying to be hardline against the U.S. which has had the total opposite effect and Italy sick to the back teeth of them. Why are they threatening Poland with Article 7? Because they wont do what they're told and are sick to the back teeth of Brussels. Why did Catalonia want independence from Spain? Because they're sick to the back teeth of paying Spain's way out of the financial mess Brussels and the euro got them into. Yes, they're doing a great job aren't they? Plus saying the EU are doing the right thing for the remaining 27 members is a folk story and if anyone believed the Boris bus they should still be watching Jamie and his magic torch at dinnertime. Please list the 100,000 jobs in jeopardy. Personally I knew 20 years ago what leaving the EU meant when it would have been far simpler and before their insidious fingers got too deep into their cash cow which is the UK economy and began deciding what we should be spending our disposable income on.. It's all about knowing your place and accepting the piece of pie Brussels decide you can have, if not there will be sanctions because your a naughty boy and you've upset our new golden boy little Frankie Macron who can't reach his teddy. Ask yourself this question, If Brussels isn't about being in charge, it's about everyone playing nicely, what right do they have to demand the UK run along and come up with a better Irish plan? They want a border? Fine let them build one, let them pay handsomely for one... as they watch the Republic rapidly leave the EU. Their unbowing structuralist hard line approach will do nothing but undermine their global status and begin to break up the European Union. They're supposed to be a sophisticated global player, an open and level marketplace for all so why are they acting like spoilt unfriendly children who have been told they have to give away their favourite toy?
  4. jonno

    Brexit effect on BF

    As long as Cherbourg is associated with Poole the concerns will always be there and always be talked about. The PNA are moving Cherbourg into Marine Renewable Energies specialisation whilst promoting Caen as their preferred freight and multipurpose regional port. the PNA are calling them complementary assets. Don't think Irish Ferries have busy freight sailings either, their figures are skewed by any motorhome or caravan outfit longer than 6 metres and higher than 2.6m and Stena are in it for the livestock and bloodstock licence they bought from Celtic Line. Whether the UK port is Poole, Plymouth, Portsmouth or even Penzance freight will continue to fall heading to Cherbourg as it's now secondary to wind turbines. The PNA have invested over €100 million in the technology and it's construction. Cluster Maritime Francais don't expect Cherbourg to be busy, the port doesn't figure in it's strategic plan to regain market share as all of their efforts are focused on Calais, Le Havre, Nantes-St Nazaire and Bordeaux. This was the national strategy launched by the French Ministry of Transport back in 2013. What questions are you asking your privately owned harbour board. What are the Harbour board doing about it? Are they actively promoting their facilities, in all of the shipping publications I read I never see Poole harbour advertising in there, tourist stuff yes, trying to attract rich yacht owners or niche periodic cruise ships, never anything industrial, nothing in any specialised freight publication which is even worse considering the new quay they've just built... Telepathy is not a reliable sales ploy. There's a railway line direct to the quay, where are plans to exploit that, there's not many ports outside of the UK global facilities with one of those? Have they actively engaged say BF in negotiating for NEX for example to run her summer sailings from the port? Have they nagged at BF and offered incentives to possibly try a winter alternative from their linkspan instead of one at Portsmouth? Have they offered Condor a sweet deal to see their conventional ferries turn left at Swanage? I'd be asking these questions before pointing the finger at a supposed BF monopoly or the easy option of blaming Brexit which is 2 years away... at least. Remember that Southampton was a backwater on a silted river 125 years ago until someone had a plan and lied to White Star in a bid to attract them south from Liverpool.
  5. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    Having a go a the DUP while ignoring the Jean-Claude Junckers of this world is laughable... and his shenanigans have been investigated albeit by the three blind mice. This is one of a great many pieces in various languages from four years ago but was mainly ignored in the UK because life was fine and dandy. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/12/why-good-europeans-despair-jean-claude-juncker-commission Cue the excuses for this pillar of the EU community.
  6. jonno

    Brexit effect on BF

    I know we've all discussed it as a hypothetical... which it still is of course, but is the evidence gathering toward the ports sub specialsing? Portsmouth can't increase it's footprint although ships are growing and it has become the western channel equivalent of Dover. Could Condor relocate their conventional tonnage to Poole creating a Channel Island hub freeing up a linkspan? Is it realistic to suggest BF relocating any new or existing vessel which serves St Malo to Poole and more passenger focused Spanish sailings to Plymouth thus leaving PIP to focus on the freight heavy services to Spain and France? Portsmouth having Cherbourg, Le Havre, Santander, Bilbao. Poole having St Malo and the Channel Islands. Plymouth having Roscoff and a busier Santander service. Being shorter and of equal draft to a Visentini you could argue that Pont Aven could sail from Poole covering winter St Malo sailings as she does now from Pompey and we know the Arm' easily gets in.
  7. jonno

    Brexit effect on BF

    Forgot to mention too that freight travelling through the tunnel has increased due to improvements of compatible rail gauges and loco's. Our exports to the Netherlands, a country we export a similar £30 odd billion to, have increased plus Newhaven-Dieppe is popular and has steadily increased since DFDS transferred lock stock and barrel up the coast.
  8. jonno

    Brexit effect on BF

    There was a good deal of Brexit uncertainty before BF decided to invest €170 million on a vessel they don't particularly need. BF have been singing from this hymn sheet for two years now. I also wonder whether the change in the deposit system has effected bookings too. Previously the £35/40 initial payment probably encouraged travellers to pencil in multiple sailings, the new 25% would suggest that prospective customers are committing to one. G4rth, Plymouth and St Malo have never really been freight routes and to a degree Cherbourg is dictated to by the port authority who own them and Caen then there's the Poole Bridge closures which couldn't have helped. I think the Echo reported that closures have been the equivalent of 19 weeks during the past 12 months not to mention those overnight too.
  9. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    Considering the backlash from remain voters from Lands End to John O'Groats I think the turn out was poor. There were 2 million for the Iraq march back in 2003 and even the Countryside Alliance mustered over 400,000.
  10. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    Yep, both ketchup and brown sauce butties were a staple when I was kid. In the summer we'd leave the house with two sauce butties, two jam butties and a bottle of Corpy pop (tap water) and spend the day playing in the body park (Cathedral cemetery). The priests would then call us all in and give us lemonade and sponge cake. Later the older kids would walk us home when our mums and dads got home from work.
  11. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    There's a few videos on youtube about poultry farms, it's not pretty. We travel to the Broads every year and have noticed a large rise in the number of free range pig farms which have sprang up in Norfolk.
  12. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    I agree although I think the CDC are fairly accurate. It would be interesting to see a breakdown between meat, poultry, fish, shellfish and veg, basically all fresh against ambient. I've seen that back in 2009 there were 9 U.S. salmonella deaths from peanut butter. Both principles of fresh meat preparation are as good as each other, I have a feeling that political influences are hard at work extolling the virtues of one in order to maintain a high level of market share rather than cope with competition. Everything boils down to money in the end. Mind you it doesn't really matter how our fresh meat and dairy is processed at source if the shops don't follow the cold chain, an HGV chiller is faulty or basically one of another million and one things relied on by us punters go awry. Next time you're in a British supermarket, I don't know if you're in Britain of France, and there's a chilled cage, stillage or dolly on the shop floor, keep an eye on it. if you're in there longer than twenty minutes and it's still sitting there the whole contents are supposed to be binned rather than returned to a backstage chiller. How many times have you bought ice cream and it has water crystals in it? it means it's been left to defrost then returned to a freezer... it's the same with blown centrally prepared packaging which occurs when packed to high in chillers. it may have been packed in a sterile environment but once it starts to be chucked around especially by impatient shoppers scrabbling for the longest date it wont stay properly sealed for long and it doesn't matter how cold it is bacteria will grow on it. How many of us put eggs in fridge which is a big no no? Bacteria within becomes dormant and only wakes at the end of the cooking process and isn't fully killed off. How many of us defrost meat and poultry in a microwave, another big no no? The heat wakes and multiplies the little critters in their millions and again the standard cooking process doesn't kill them all. If you like rare beef and lamb good luck to you... When I was a kid in Liverpool there was a famous outbreak at John West/Princes Foods. Tinned salmon and tuna were submerged on a conveyer through hot water in order to kill bacteria, some of the gas burners had sooted so the water was cooler than it should have been. There was lots of D and V that month. See, I'm waffling now. Has the donkey still got it's hind legs?
  13. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    I prefer my home grown bendy ones and my out of shape tomatoes if indiscriminate size. I'm not projecting anything Penguin it's just that the kneejerk chicken lickin the sky is falling down syndrome is tiresome. The only reason the EU don't approve PRT's (Pathogen Reduction Treatments) is that some members believe it will create poor hygiene standards elsewhere in the food chain. It has nothing to do with whether it's bad for you or not. all EU chicken contains 15-20% salmonella. American chicken 2%. Did you know that UK chicken is infected with campylobacter which effects 280,000 every year? Did you know that the EU commission has been campaigning for the use of PRT washes since 2008? The EU's EFSA actually agree. I shall quote: "There are four types of chemical rinse which would be of no safety concern. Those treatments are Chlorine Dioxide, Acidified Sodium Chlorite, Trisodium Phosphate and Peroxyacids." They have said that any Brit would need to eat three entire raw chickens every single day for over two years to show any sign of ill health. Me I'd be more concerned about what that amount of protein is doing to me but the salmonella and campylobacter would do for me first.. We've been drinking and washing in Chlorinated water since 1897, any adverse effects, no? It contains 99% of the chemical byproducts we consume each day. One glass of UK tap water is the equivalent to one U.S Chlorinated washed bird. Oh and a fun fact... The Yanks eat 156 million chickens a day. Have a read on the Adam Smith Institute then the EFSA journals from around 2005 onwards.
  14. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    It's not a silly question, there's a good deal of footage out there on Cameron until around 2011 showing him to be quite a vocal eurosceptic and there's the famous speech he gave in the Ukraine in 2017.
  15. jonno

    General Discussions on Brexit

    I was under the impression that this was May's plan anyway after the election result and being reliant on the DUP. Northern Ireland voted strongly to remain, promising them that leaving will be delayed until another election would sway them more to give parliamentary support than the £2 billion - the UK pays their near £11 billion deficit an extra 2 isn't particularly seismic. Simply sidestepping to EEA/EFTA would have been, and still is the simple solution. There aren't that many hard line Brexiteers in parliament, most of them voted to remain. she's having none of it... Why? I know I've said it before so please forgive the repetitiveness. Neither the Irish border nor the concerns for EU nationals living and working in the UK would have been raised. The UK would be free to negotiate their own trade deals and still enjoy access to the single market and preferential tariffs. The UK would control the immigration of non EU political and economic refugees. EU budget payments are less than 10% of what we pay now. All of the EU laws and rules we currently adhere to, around 12000, are being written into UK law.
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