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  1. American actor Clifton James, best known for his portrayal of James Bond character Sheriff JW Pepper, has died aged 96.
  2. (Mind you, Gordon Brown was paid a total of £962,516 in 2014 on top of his parliamentary wages, and his £100,000 for two speeches takes some beating.)
  3. Just seen this on another website, not sure if this is true or not .....
  4. It certainly does, but it also mentioned that Belgium, Italy, and I think Rumania all have secessionist movements of their own and have also publicly stated that they would all veto Scotland as well. Also, the last time this was discussed on here, wasn't there something about you can only apply to join the EU if you are a 'proper', stand alone, independent country, and not as Scotland wants to be - part of the UK one day and joining the EU the next. Wasn't it mentioned that it takes about three years plus of negotiating to get into the EU, from the time that Scotland would declare its independence. Could Scotland survive on its own for that long? (I don't know, just wondering).
  5. Couple of weeks a go on Euronews, on a piece about Scotland, they were saying that Spain has said it will always veto an independent Scotland joining the EU due to the question of Catalonian independence.
  6. From The Independent - Shadow cabinet member Shami Chakrabarti was mocked on Sunday after blaming Labour’s disastrous Copeland by-election defeat on bad weather and poor public transport suggesting Labour voters as being less likely to have a car. Following the interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, one Labour MP ridiculed the “pearls of wisdom from the never-having-stood-for-election wing of the Labour party”.
  7. On Euronews last night, it said that at the moment there are fifteen other countries in the world that ban other nationalities from travelling to their country. It said all the 'banners' are Muslim countries. It also said that on six other occasions US presidents have banned people from travelling to their country based on their religion, nationality or condition, so it's not a new thing. Edit.- No idea why I have a 'Saint Toppy said' box above my comment
  8. Once again, just like pre Brexit, different groups putting their own figures forward to suit their stance. Just been mentioned by one commentator on Euro News that UK exports to EU are less than 40% of the UK's total export market. Then came across this list of the top 15 countries that the UK export to in 2016 (which says its 50%) - `From a continental perspective, 50% of UK exports by value are delivered to European trade partners while 23% are sold to Asian importers. United Kingdom ships another 17% to North America but just 2.6% to Africa ......` United States: US$66.5 billion (14.5% of total UK exports) Germany: $46.4 billion (10.1%) Switzerland: $32.2 billion (7%) China: $27.4 billion (5.9%) France: $27 billion (5.9%) Netherlands: $26.6 billion (5.8%) Ireland: $25.5 billion (5.5%) Belgium: $17.8 billion (3.9%) Spain: $13.1 billion (2.8%) Italy: $12.9 billion (2.8%) United Arab Emirates: $10.3 billion (2.2%) Hong Kong: $9.6 billion (2.1%) South Korea: $7 billion (1.5%) Saudi Arabia: $6.7 billion (1.5%) Sweden: $6.6 billion (1.4%)
  9. The more incidents like this occur, then the more I can see the German peoples patience running out with Merkel and the refugees. Police in Berlin arrest seven young immigrants after they set homeless man on fire http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/outrage-after-seven-young-refugees-9523175
  10. The Telegraph - Record exports of British goods rose by £2.1bn to £26.8bn in October, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This is the highest level since records began in 1997, and was boosted by strong goods exports to non-EU countries, which jumped to a record £14.4bn. The increase also pushed up total exports of 'goods and services' to a record level of £46.4bn.
  11. This morning, some news channels like Euronews, CNN, Bloomberg etc positively commented on the report that the British Chamber of Commerce have announced that UK growth will be stronger than previously thought this year, post Brexit, with a growth rate of 2.1%, up from a previous prediction of 1.8%, but they thought that that momentum might slow over the next couple of years with growth of 1% next year, and growth 1.4% in 2018. However, on reporting the same story, the headline on the BBC News page is - 'UK's current GDP growth rate won't last, warns business body.'
  12. And it seems in the South east they are trying to destroy the junior game. (No names, no pack drill) Last week I bumped into a coach from one of the teams down here who runs a junior team . (Last season the RL ran U9, U11,U13 and U15 leagues, and so his team that was U14 - and about six others- played in an under 14's merit league.) In 2017 they will be U15's. He has just been told that its all change this season there will only be U10, U12, U14, and U16 junior leagues and that if his team wants to play they will have to play in the U16 league. That's ok he said, he and a few other U15 coaches will get together and run an U15 merit league for 2017 like last season. He says he was told that they 'will not be allowed' to run a friendly or merit league this coming season and it's U16's or nothing. He's now wondering how he will keep a squad of over 20 boys interested in RL when they won't 'be allowed' to play until 2018.
  13. I thought you meant these 'Men of the People'- "Richard Branson To Bankroll Secret Blairite Campaign." Group include Former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour MP Chuka Umunna and celebrities such as Bob Geldof. The group also includes two other New Labour cabinet ministers, John Hutton and Douglas Alexander, as well as three Downing Street advisers to Mr Blair – Sally Morgan, Peter Hyman and Kate Garvey. It is backed by Sir Clive Cowdery, an insurance millionaire. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-news-richard-branson-virgin-group-eu-referendum-a7430396.html
  14. From The Telegraph - After being taken to task by Andrew Neil on his tv program about not having a shadow immigration minister since summer, the Shadow Home Secretary, one Diane Abbott has appointed ..... one Diane Abbott as the new Shadow Immigration Minister. It has not, it is fair to say, gone down well with her fellow Labour MPs. Abbott is not beloved of the vast majority of her colleagues, who see her as stratospherically arrogant, but with very little justification for such a degree of self-regard. Nevertheless, until the party’s current experiment with the hard Left burns itself out in a conflagration of bitterness, recrimination and catastrophic losses in the general election, Labour MPs recognise they are stuck with Comrade Corbyn and his 'Merrye Band' until Doomsday (“polling day” to you and me). In the meantime, therefore, the shape of party policy on the all-important issue of immigration lies in Abbott’s hands. One of her first pronouncements on the subject was that Labour shouldn’t attempt to “out-Ukip Ukip”. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/
  15. Not sure whether this article from The Independent goes in Brexit Positive thread or Brexit Pegative thread, (or if it's intended for the April 1st edition) - Richard Branson's Virgin to bankroll secret Blairite campaign to stop Brexit. Richard Branson's Virgin Group is to help bankroll a campaign set up in secret by Tony Blair's former ministers and advisers to derail Brexit, The Independent can reveal. An email seen by The Independent highlights the scale of backing the group has already secured. It shows the campaign has been months in the planning and claims “substantial progress” has already been made, including the identification of “an excellent potential CEO”. The memo was written by Alan Milburn, who was one of Tony Blair’s closest cabinet allies. It reveals the group has heavy financial, political and corporate backing . High-profile MPs including former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Labour MP Chuka Umunna are believed to have had contact with the group, as have celebrities such as Bob Geldof. Freuds, a leading public relations agency that was founded by Matthew Freud, a close friend of Mr Blair is understood to have been commissioned to manage the strategy and marketing of the campaign. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-news-richard-branson-virgin-group-eu-referendum-a7430396.html