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  1. Our new position in the EU

    Do you have any idea how the Japanese car industry works? I'll bring you up to speed. They don't like closing factories. The EU is a discount driven region for mainstream cars and Honda don’t get into that. As a result Honda had a UK plant that was under-utilised. Others would have walked. They shut down part of it, started building the new Civic there and now use Swindon as a major export hub for the model. Most go to North America. Toyota won't close Burnaston either. They will find a solution too. That is the Japanese way. Nissan has an outstanding facility in Sunderland that's going nowhere. Building cars in Japan isn't cheap either. They do it to support Japanese industry and the locals reward them with loyalty in return.
  2. Our new position in the EU

    Nissan will not throw the towel in. Nissan is big in the UK and exports around the world. UK built Qashqais and Jukes come to Australia, NZ and many other markets. If Nissan has some spare capacity in the future, simply exporting the Qashqai to North America would sort that pronto. There is a lot of scaremongering going on, some of it from the foreign owned UK car industry. That's because they have vested interests elsewhere that they want to protect.
  3. Our new position in the EU

    The UK has become so weakened in many ways, that either staying or leaving will work out badly. Staying may just slow down the demise.
  4. Our new position in the EU

    I know about the lamb and how the UK had to fight tooth and nail for it. However, lamb is just one export product. The EU has never been interested in NZ. The sudden change in attitude has hypocrisy stamped all over it. If anyone wants to continue the discussion here, my contempt for the selfish way things are done in this world mean I won't continue the the discussion so please don't take it personally.
  5. Our new position in the EU

    Your welcome. With such a heated topic as this, your openness to ideas is refreshing. Having watched the UK's unselfish attempts to help NZ trade with the EU - with little success - and suddenly this “change of heart” is hypocritical. Free trade with the EU would be accepted by NZ but we all know the reason behind it. Sure it's the way things are done in politics and commerce but....It would be wonderful if both sides put the other's interests first.
  6. Our new position in the EU

    When I was a child and my behaviour would have matched that of a politician, my parents would have told to behave or go to my room. Spite, belligerance and selfishness were not tolerated. Due to that training I could never have survived in the political environment. When I read about Brexit, that thought rushes through my mind. That and that you'd get more sense out of a two year old than the average politician. Perhaps a kindergarten from each side should set the new EU position.
  7. Our new position in the EU

    The reason I hate commenting in such areas is the basic inability of some some respondents to understand basic ideas expressed due to their political opinion blinding them. The point about NZ was only made to show that Europe isn't interested in a free trade deal with NZ unless the UK may get one. Then it suddenly shows interest. It's the hypocracy I was pointing to, nothing else. Therefore your reply is completely off topic and irrevalent.
  8. Our new position in the EU

    A government calls for a vote on Europe, never expecting to lose. Indeed, I didn’t either. The voters for leaving had no idea what it actually would mean. The EU plays hard, trying to undermine a democratic vote. From a NZ perspective, the UK fought hard for NZ trade access into Europe when the UK joined Europe, despite opposition. When the UK votes to leave, almost straight away when it seems NZ will possibly be the first nation to get a better bilateral trade deal with the UK, A Merkel says the EU should do a better trade deal with NZ. Why? So the UK doesn’t get one advantage over it? I don’t say any of this to take sides. I just think the situation is a mess, politicians all out for their own ends. Even a simple change in a political union between supposed friends shows how shallow any goodwill is in politics between nations. Selfishness is a destructive quality and the inability to consider anyone else’s welfare above one's own in this instance is a stark reminder of that. Human efforts at governance are beyond a joke.
  9. The NH weather probably doesn't help, Scubby heading into winter. The 2018 season isn't far off. Hopefully the last season with 12 teams as unlike many I think there is enough talent for 14. I'm also curious about how Toronto will go. Plenty to ponder.
  10. Wolfpack developing domestic players

    The comments here are well thought out but also show the huge task ahead. Not just doing things but doing things that will work. Also the size of the country and the need to view things regionally. There was an audio file somewhere on this site that revealed Halifax (or somewhere in that direction) had a solid RL system back in the 50s and 60s but died out.
  11. A long shot here. Why not talk NZ into coming across and joining it? I'm all for an 8 team event, four in each group. Pool A: England, Ireland, Wales, USA Pool B: NZ, France, Scotland, Serbia Then one more game each, the two 4ths, two 3rds, two 2nds and two group winners. Four games for each team. International experience for six European teams. It gets rid of the England A, honours a Kiwi ageeement for tests. It doesn’t help Canada but they could replace Serbia. Pie in the sky I know and probably too expensive.
  12. I must have got confused. I thought Elite One was moving to summertime.