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  1. We will find out because I'm sure someone somewhere will start legal action. Legal actions are starting up all over the place. People can't cope with democracy when its outcome doesn't fit with their wishes these days.
  2. I didn't misunderstand anything. Norway wanted to be a member of the single market and so has to be subject to the four principles stuff. We don't want to be subject to those four principles - which underpin EU membership - and so we can't be a member of the single market. Norway has to allow freedom of movement of people, goods, etc in order to be a member of the single market and has also had to adopt all the directives that go along with that. Norway has EU membership lite. We voted for no EU membership.
  3. Reagan did the same thing. Anyone would think a US president meeting a Russian president in a third country is a new thing. Personally, I would much rather the US and Russia be on speaking terms. Both countries, as well as my own, do stuff that either I don't agree with or find abhorrent, but that doesn't change the urge I have not to see the Cold War reinvented.
  4. You can't remain a member of the single market and control migration and all your own laws. Leaving the EU cannot be done without leaving membership of the single market. However, access to the single market is another thing entirely; all countries who do trade with EU countries have access to the single market. I've no idea why people are getting in a flap about this. I voted to leave the EU. Given the 'four principles' bollokeys, that means no longer being a member of the single market. Given that we cannot complete trade deals with countries external to the EU if we remain in the customs union then obviously leaving the EU also means leaving the customs union. However, the whole point of the two year negotiation period is to negotiate a new relationship with the EU, one that we will have once we have left membership of the EU. That will entail negotiating a new access to the single market.
  5. In the print copy of the Times yesterday there was an article on the subject of GP cover. They used two very different practices as examples of how out of hours cover can be created without whinging about too few GPs, etc. One practice comprised two GPs and they worked a shift system between them. The other practice comprised 20 GPs and they offered minor surgery and all sorts of other things. Both practices returned almost 100% positive ratings from their patients. Just as there are hospitals and Trusts that can cope with winter A&E surges and who are developing relationships with social care and such like so there are GP practices that can offer flexible services while maintaining high levels of patient care and completion of paperwork. The questions asked should be why the failing GP surgeries, hospitals and Trusts are failing, not whether the NHS needs more money. The NHS is a bunch of local organisations using a national brand. It isn't a national organisation.
  6. There was criticism but not of ALL GPs; only those who were taking the extra money and then not delivering the service we taxpayers were paying for through that extra money. I call it fraud and it is right that those particular GPs are held to account for it.
  7. Don't deliberately misquote me. The [ ] brackets are to be used for missing text, not inserting your version of the missing text. Or perhaps you failed at school.
  8. She doesn't blame the GPs at all. The statement, as read out on the TV, acknowledges the good work that most GPs do but also says that there are a large number who are happily receiving the extra money the government specifically gave to enable GPs to open longer hours while not actually opening longer hours. Under other circumstances people on here might have considered that to be fraud: to take money for something and not provide the something. Those GPs are the ones under threat of withdrawal of cash and that's absolutely right IMO. If GPs have been getting extra money for opening longer hours but they are not opening longer hours (and my large GP surgery would be an example of that) then they deserve to have the extra money withdrawn. GPs not catering for their patients' needs is one identified reason for some A&Es being under more pressure than would be expected during the winter (bearing in mind of course that A&Es are always, without exception, under extra pressure during the winter).
  9. You never know, over time this may also mean some manufacturing returns to the UK. That would be good news for all those blokes stuck in low paid warehousing work.
  10. Looks like the cracks in EU 'solidarity' may be starting to show. Weren't we told by remainers we had no bargaining chips?
  11. Hmm ... interesting (and reported in the hysterically pro remain Guardian too)
  12. All banks will move some business to the EU after Brexit because there's little point in them trying to keep Eurozone business in London when the UK isn't even in the EU. I doubt very much we will notice a difference.
  13. Clearly misquoting me as usual. My point was that if you don't look after the pennies then the pounds will just vanish. The number may be small when compared to, say, the cost of drugs to the NHS but if you ignore all the small savings, those small savings accumulate into big numbers ultimately. Claiming back what the nationals of other countries cost the NHS on top of ensuring cost effectiveness elsewhere in the system will ensure the pounds take care of themselves. Of course you haven't factored in the impact the numbers of foreign nationals have upon NHS services in certain areas where large numbers of them rock up out of the blue in a short space of time.
  14. I'd like to know what proportion of those who turned up at A&E should have actually been there. In The Times today (print copy) there was an article quoting doctors asking people not to go to A&E with coughs and stomach bugs because A&E isn't the place for coughs and stomach bugs. Apparently because of a particularly virulent version of a cough virus which is circulating this winter there has been an upswing in the number of people turning up at A&E with coughs. Likewise the norovirus. What is going through these people's minds to think that A&E is the place to go with coughs and stomach bugs? No wonder A&E departments are under strain.
  15. Where do you live? Here in St Helens the place is awash with NHS dentists. I go to one myself. Given that Universal Credit is being rolled out (slowly) nationally, then everyone should be covered eventually. I was, when I claimed Universal Credit. Granted I had to have a metal filling but I wouldn't have ever considered visiting A&E with a dental problem. Good grief. How ridiculous to go to A&E with a dental problem. How utterly selfish as well.