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  1. Our new position in the EU

    Why will we be less globally influential? Just curious as to why you assume that no longer being subsumed into a club would make us less globally influential.
  2. Carillion - gone?

    Nationwide has announced it is bringing the 250 staff supplied by Carillion on to its own payroll as permanent staff. It has also arranged a contract direct with the third party company to which Carillion had outsourced about 1000 further staff. Good on Nationwide. Lloyds have also set up a contingency fund for SMEs affected by the Carillion collapse, which is also good news. This is further to the announcement yesterday that British banks will provide more general support to those SMEs affected, such as payment holidays and extended overdrafts.
  3. Carillion - gone?

    From the Guardian rolling news site: This is a very important issue -- thousands of companies are facing financial losses, because they were owed money by Carillion which (probably) won’t never be repaid.
  4. Our new position in the EU

    Another remainer myth busted The BoE has been shovelling money into the system since the banking crash. No sign of that stopping yet. The US is still doing it as is the EU. Drop in investment? So Nissan, Lidl, McDonalds, etc, etc, haven't invested in the UK since the vote? Oh, ok. I did mention the value of the £ as being the one projection that has been realised although, of course, that has had its benefits too - see recent export figures and increase in tourism. It may help if you read my post first so that your reply will actually respond to what I wrote rather than what you imagined I wrote.
  5. Our new position in the EU

    Ha! By that reckoning the arguments for remaining are not strong given the names leavers have been called on these boards and elsewhere. Projections are just that: projections. They can be right, they can be wrong. The pre-referendum vote predictions of the remain side have almost all been wrong. I think only a drop in the value of the £ was correct and even that situation has improved over the subsequent year.
  6. Those nice tories

    Incorrect. As you will know from my contributions to date on these boards I am very consistent in this respect. Unless something is of a criminal nature I am against the current mob mentality prevalent in UK culture at the moment, exacerbated by tabloid media on and off screen. The only exception to that position is Corbyn.
  7. Carillion - gone?

    Also from the same site:
  8. Carillion - gone?

    Report on the BBC rolling business news:
  9. Those nice tories

    I disagree because firstly people and their beliefs change over time and secondly because our culture changes over time. He blogged what he did in the context of popular opinion at that time and he was 22 when he blogged. I don't know about you but my views have changed since I was 22; they were changing pretty much from year to year at that age. This non-story is yet another example of faux outrage.
  10. Those nice tories

    Of course it was. Real news is going on all over the world but the media stick a non-story about what an MP blogged before he was an MP six years ago. All very silly but predictable.
  11. Those nice tories

    Yeah, a blog posted in 2012. 2012 was around the time there was a big public outcry against people who couldn't be bothered using a condom claiming benefits, with the bill to the taxpayer of their many children being huge. Men have been having vasectomies to control their child output for ever. This is a non-story.
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  13. Our new position in the EU

    That isn't the fist time Tusk has said that and it won't be the last. He's just doing his usual stirring of the pot.
  14. Carillion - gone?

    Apparently it is against the law to withhold awarding a contract on the basis of a profits warning (although a profits warning was one example of the particular law such a decision would be breaking rather than a specific law about profits warning - I cannot remember what the law referred to overall). Also, as I pointed out earlier, if you look at the list of such companies which have declared profits warnings over the last decade - Amey, Serco, Balfour Beatty to name but three - but have survived, it is no surprise the government chose to award further contracts, albeit with clauses attached (which are now coming into play).