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  1. 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
  2. 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/
  3. 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
  4. I have heard a rumour - and I stress rumour - that there is a proposal document doing the rounds suggesting new East and West Leagues, where you have Premiership, League 1 and League 2 and merit leagues in both East and West, made up of all the teams currently in all the different CLS, London, Midlands, East, Wales, West and South West leagues. Don't know if its an 'official' proposal or something the clubs have put together.
  5. On the BBC News this morning - UK unemployment fell by 37,000 to 1.6 million in the three months to September, hitting an 11-year low. The jobless rate fell to 4.8% in the same period. The number of people in work went up by 49,000 in October, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number of self-employed people increased by 213,000 to 4.79 million - 15.1% of all people in work. Average weekly earnings grew by 2.3% in the year to October including bonuses and by 2.4% excluding bonuses. The Bank of England and several prominent economists had forecast that unemployment was set to rise this quarter amid uncertainty over the Brexit vote.
  6. Google commits to £1bn UK investment plan and creation of 3000 jobs - a decision made after Brexit. UK inflation rate falls to 0.9% in October, proving economists wrong again. Both items on BBC news website.
  7. Just been watching the news about the US election. I've been channel hopping, getting different perspectives from different news groups. On the BBC, one of their reporters said something along the lines of "Lets hope that Donald Trump meant it when a few days ago he said when he becomes president, the UK won't be at the back of the line (a la Obama) when it comes to trade deals with the USA". On ITV, couple of minutes later, their reporter said "We'll have to wait and see if we are still going to be at the back of the line for US trade deals, as president elect Trump has noticeably not made any comments on UK-US trade deals." Now I don't know which one was 'fibbing', but I am really getting fed up about news organisations only reporting the news (or telling lies, or half truths) that suits their own political agendas. I am sure they have been doing it since the year dot, but it has become so obvious in recent years.
  8. Always wondered about this 'rumour', did a quick Google and came up with this off a message board on 'UK Indymedia'. Its almost 10 years old, so you would have thought if true, something would have come out by now - There were teams of squaddies they used that we used to call The Runners. They used them at night against the Hit Squads attacking NCB targets. They came out of nowhere and were young and fit, the b&st&rds would chase you all night long. If they caught anyone they didn't make arrests, just absolutely beat the snot out of you. Fitzwilliam Hit Squad But all I'm saying is that squaddies were not involved in policing the miners strikes. I've heard of the 'runners' before but always felt they were simply young coppers. I'm willing to believe you but unless you could point me in the direction of testimony from ex squaddies etc, I would put that down to an urban myth. The truth would have come out before now. Paul I was very much involved in the strike, both as a picket and as a member of the Hit Squads. The Runners were notorious among those of us who used to go out at night, but fortunately I never got chased by them personally. Friends of mine certainly did though, and reckoned they were squaddies, based on their fitness, attitude, language, etc. Of course, they could have been mistaken. I've seen personally coppers in old ill-fitting uniforms, but that doesn't necessarily mean they were soldiers. I've also heard the tales about how a mate of a mate saw his (squaddie) brother there, etc. Nothing conclusive that I've seen with my own eyes, and it's true that there were no shortage of cops anyway. That said, I don't think you can dismiss this story simply on the basis that if it were true it 'would have come out by now', that isn't necessarily the case at all. Tommy
  9. Scottish parliament voting intention (constituency): as of 22nd October SNP: 51% CON: 21% LAB: 18%... LDEM: 7% ​Tories in front of Labour up in Scotland as well
  10. Recommend the four part series 'Inside the Commons' from BBC2. Just finished this week but available on I-player. Filmed over the course of a year with unparalleled access to the House of Commons. Interesting and an eye opener as it follows mp's, civil servants and 'ordinary' people who work there. What struck me was how little power individual mp's have unless part of the cabinet/shadow cabinet and how unfit for purpose the house of parliament building is.
  11. Just on the news - The UK economy has grow faster than expected in the three months after the Brexit vote, official figures have indicated. The economy expanded by 0.5% in the July-to-September period, according to the Office for National Statistics. That was slower than the 0.7% rate in the previous quarter, but stronger than analysts' estimates of about 0.3%. "There is little evidence of a pronounced effect of Brexit in the immediate aftermath of the vote," the ONS said. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37786467
  12. 'Institutionalise corruption' seems a two way street these days - Scotland Yard is considering whether to launch a criminal investigation into claims that the Independent Police Complaints Commission deliberately suppressed evidence that would have cleared officers in an inquiry into alleged police misconduct. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-37594421
  13. Not sure if this is a negative or not to put on this thread, but on the tv on Saturday the chief executives of JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley investment banks, in a joint announcement, said that if, and it is a big if, they have to close their London (covering Europe) offices after Brexit, they will not be moving their European staff to another European capital, but back to New York, as no other capital in Europe is as good as London for supplying financial services, and Brexit could mean the Eurozone is five times more likely to crash once the UK is out.
  14. It's even being discussed on Radio Verulam http://stalbanscenturions.weebly.com/
  15. The IMF, which claimed before the referendum that a Leave vote would cause a recession, have revised their forecasts to now predict Britain will be the fastest growing economy in the G7 this year. Before the referendum the IMF also warned share prices would crash. Today the FTSE 100 rose above its all-time closing high, at one point trading at 7,104. ​However, Sky news are saying that the fall in sterling more than wipes out the gains in the FTSE100 because it's comprised mostly of 'international companies'. However, the FTSE250, which is said to better represent 'UK companies', is now at a record high. Who to believe eh.
  16. Isn't it funny how things are 'spun'. On Wednesday the BBC reported that the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) had "slashed its forecast for UK growth for 2017, laying the blame squarely on Brexit." However, when looking at the report, a bit that wasn't mentioned by the Beeb, was that the OECD also said that their forecast for 'the rest of the world' will also be down for 2017, but this they blamed on 'volatility in world financial markets'. So there you have it, the downgrading of the UK forecast is down to Brexit, the downgrading of the rest of the worlds forecast is down to volatile financial markets. And because this is 'the positive thread', here's a small segment from Cityam on the above report - " Despite today's downgrade from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), investment banks and think tanks that produce regular updates on the UK economy have upgraded their outlook. According to a collection of 21 new independent forecasts, published by the Treasury, economy watchers are predicting the UK will grow by 1.8 per cent this year, up from expectations of 1.5 per cent in August. That puts the outlook for this year bang in line with the predictions made before the referendum". Wouldn't it be nice, now the voting is over, to get an unbiased, balanced report, either pro or con Brexit from our media to show what is really happening.
  17. From the Telegraph "OK, I admit it. I regret voting Remain. Vindication for decent, ordinary folk over the snobs who didn’t believe Britain could be prosperous alone, who relied on the pointy-headed fearmongering boffins to dress their slimy Europhilia into tricksy, overblown predictions that have been proven false." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/09/23/ok-i-admit-it-i-regret-voting-remain/?WTmcid=tmgoff_soc_spf_fb&WT.mc_id=sf36736415
  18. From two vastly differing newspapers The Sun More than a billion pound has been wiped off the UK’s vast deficit on trade in goods and services since June. The Office for National Statistics said the gap last month was £4.5billion, shrinking from £5.6billion before the Brexit referendum. The latest good news for UK trade was driven by a jump in exports, up by £800million to £43.8billion. The decrease in the value of the pound has made UK goods more competitive on the global market, helping our exports to soar. Howard Archer, chief UK and European economist at IHS Global Insight, said the result adds evidence to post-Brexit Britain’s “current resilience”. The Wall St Journal Britain’s decision to leave the European Union doesn’t appear to have dented the number of EU students planning to start degrees in the U.K. in the coming weeks. EU students haven’t relinquished offers from U.K. universities any more than usual this year, according to several top institutions surveyed by The Wall Street Journal.
  19. Very true, depends which side you are on. Couple of weeks ago some figures were announced ( sorry, can't even remember what they were for), but when it was reported on Sky, it was great, these figures showed Brexit was helping the economy. Same story on the BBC and these figures showed that Brexit was harming the economy. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.
  20. Also from the Telegraph 'The UK is to avoid recession and the world economy will ‘stabilise’ as the short-term shock of the Brexit vote passes, according to credit ratings agency Moody’s. The reality defies the spurious claims made by the Stronger In campaign and indeed, the former prime minister who attempted to scare the British public into remaining a part of the European Union. Moody’s economists predict UK growth of 1.5pc this year and 1.2pc in 2017 and does not expect a major fall in house prices or a big drop in consumption.'
  21. I didn't think anyone would take this seriously enough to comment upon as it made me smile when I saw it and thought it might be amusing to others, so it seems I will have to put a in there somewhere.
  22. Euro Informationen, which works for the European Commission and European Parliament, developed an Olympic medal table which declares the 'European Union' as the top nation. On its website it combines the 27 members of the EU into one, meaning that - with 306 medals - it is placed above both the USA and China. It states: "We count and compare how many medals the EU would win if it took part in the Olympic Games as one team. The European Union is the Winning Team." Britain, who were in third position at the end of the OIympics with 65 medals in total and 29 golds no longer appear on the table at all.
  23. Couple of excerpts from much longer articles about Brexit and tourism in Britain - From The Evening Standard London is enjoying a remarkable “Brexit boom” in tourism as visitors flock to the capital in record numbers. Tourism Alliance chairman Bernard Donoghue said initial research by his organisation suggested there are 18 per cent more foreign visitors and 11 per cent more British tourists this July compared with the same month last year. Online accommodation service Airbnb said it saw a 24 per cent uplift in London visits in the month after the June 23 referendum compared with the month before. Europe’s biggest flight booking website Opodo said travel from the Continent to London was up by 42 per cent in the four weeks after the referendum, with the biggest increases seen in travellers from Denmark, Latvia, Estonia and Norway. And the rest of the UK, from yesterdays Spectator 'We were warned during the referendum run-up that Brexit could be a disaster for tourism. Much of the Project Fear medicine focused on what it might mean for British tourists heading overseas; the answer could be largely summarised as "all doom and gloom". In short, the message was clear: Brexit was bad news for the travel industry. But what we heard less about was how the referendum might affect the numbers actually heading to Britain. Now, over a month on from the June 23rd vote, we have the answer: British tourism is booming. For an industry which has sometimes struggled over recent years, these figures are worth celebrating. It’s also interesting to point out that this tourist boom is not isolated to any particular country. In reality, it’s much more global than that; those from EU countries are booking five per cent more holidays to the UK in the aftermath of the referendum than during the run-up, according to the figures. Whilst for tourists from outside Europe, the figures are up by an impressive 8.7 per cent. Not for the first time, Project Fear appears to have been predictably overhyped.'
  24. I see the editor of the Financial Times has been awarded the Legion D'Honneur by France for his 'positive role in the European debate'. Just think what he would have got if remain had won.
  25. Hasn't even started yet and already an Irish boxer has become first athlete to fail a drugs test. http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/olympics/rio-2016-olympics-michael-oreilly-first-athlete-fail-drugs-test-a7174366.html
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