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Gareth E

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  1. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Difficult to say exactly, it's an instinctive thing. Similarly, I'd rather be with a small group of good friends, rather than at a big party.
  2. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I started off as an ardent Brexiteer and remain so. I hope the inclusion of the word remain causes no confusion My reasoning is very simple. I have an instinctive mistrust of large organisations. This mistrust runs to many facets of my life. So, I've tried working for large organisations but never felt comfortable within them, always thought the various departments bred a kind of smiling mistrust, the 'mission statements' about pulling together were really just a smokescreen for what everyone was doing really i.e. looking after themselves, which is human nature of course. The whole thing was just a perpetual lie, I couldn't live with it. Much better for me were smaller hire and fire type places where if you worked hard you got on, without the bull and politics of the large organisations. Similarly with politics, I have no time for large governments with their never ending lists of departments all purporting to be protecting the interests of everybody out there. The reality of course is that they only protect selected groups of people, the rest can go and take a running jump. If you doubt this have a look around you, see how many people are living on the streets. So, I despise socialism with its high taxes, all its laws and its curbs on individual freedoms, preferring a system with more onus on individual responsibility, a smaller state and to switch the provision of much welfare from enforced collective provision to the more natural combination of family, community and charity. Humanity is still out there or it would be, had it not been knocked into the long grass by the notion that this is now the government's job. Given that the above is the government we have today it will come as no surprise that I don't support yet another layer of socialist inspired government above it. That's it really.
  3. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I just can't see what Scotland brings to the party. They perpetually take, by being given around 10% more per head of population to spend on services. Their politicians appear to do nothing but constantly moan about 'Westminster', how everything is so unfair. I know the Queen has lots of property up there but who cares, hand that over to Sturgeon & co and let them get on with it. I honestly can't see any benefit in the union between England and Scotland, it only seems to exist for historical, sentimental reasons.
  4. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I dunno, they could have colluded with those smart people in the EU?
  5. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I've been thinking about this situation this evening and something has come into my mind. OK, there have been prominent government ministers supporting Brexit, nobody has suggested foul play. Despite this, I'll put this notion forward: The whole negotiation process has been a charade. The intention, from the very start, was to broker a deal that would be unacceptable, both to the British people, and to Parliament. The people would either be confused by complexity or bored by the longevity of the process. We seem to be at that point now. Given that the establishment will not accept a no deal Brexit, under any circumstances, and a general election will only confuse matters, it seems the only option left will be a further referendum. The ground has already been cleared for this to appear to be less undemocratic by renaming it a 'people's vote'. Apparently Tony Blair, discredited, but still the kingpin of the socialist/ liberal elite, as already hinted that the EU would be prepared to make major concessions on freedom of movement and sovereignty, should Britain choose to have a second referendum, sorry, people's vote, with the choices being a hard Brexit, or remain in the EU. I realise that not everyone is into conspiracy theories, but thought I'd put it out there anyway. Let's not forget that when they voted to stay in the U.K the oil price was much higher than it is now. Personally, I'd be very happy if they left tomorrow, good riddance.
  6. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    But Scotland should understand that they form less than 10% of the population of the U.K., so should therefore not expect to 'have a say' in more than this proportion, particularly as they recently chose to reject the opportunity to dispose of the rule of Westminster.
  7. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Meanwhile the apparently progressive SNP when questioned about their proposal to stay in the single market, that this would mean continued free movement, this would not respect the referendum result, can only say that migration is a good thing. Labour on the other hand, believe that that they could stay in the single market and force the EU's hand on one of their 4 fundamental freedoms i.e. freedom of movement. Good luck with that one!
  8. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    If that's true, you have to wonder why the same offer wasn't made to Cameron before the referendum was called. This may well have satisfied the Eurosceptics in the Conservative party, the referendum might never have happened.
  9. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    You're right to a point but you've missed off the bit about Italy being bound to a single currency, therefore it's denied the crucial ability to manipulate its currency in order to reflect changes over time in it's relative efficiency versus other nations it trades with. This of course is why the single currency is fundamentally flawed and will cease to exist at some stage. Or at least, it will only exist amongst nations that have similar working cultures. Perhaps Germany, Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg could share a currency. Maybe Spain, Portugal and Italy another. Germany and Greece? not a cat in hell's chance, forget it.
  10. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Interesting that there's more than a few mentions of Ireland and Luxembourg there which just happen to have some of the lowest rates of corporation tax in the developed world. Coincidence? It's also interesting that one of the strategies of those supporting Brexit, moving forward, is to attract further investment into Britain by offering more attractive rates of corporation tax. Meanwhile socialists or more specifically, Labour, think it's wrong that corporation tax was cut fairly recently, and would increase it, if they got into power. Make of that what you will.
  11. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Well if the U.K. suffers as a consequence of the ill conceived single currency so be it, there's not a lot we can do about it. Some of us on here have been warning about it for some time, but nobody has been listening, seems that the integrity of the grand European project, and all its component parts, is sacrosanct.... until it comes crashing down.
  12. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    While it's not usually appropriate to celebrate the demise of others I think in this case there's no harm in raising a glass or two. The single currency was a flawed concept and was only spawned because it suited the political agendas of the 'fathers' of the 'grand project' who, surprise, surprise, did not come from the countries who would inevitably suffer as the single currency worked its 'magic' further along the line. Let's celebrate the impending release of less efficient southern European countries from their servitude to their more efficient northern European Eurozone 'brothers'. Let's celebrate that the people of these southern European countries, while they might find it a bit expensive to go abroad, will at least be able to have strong local economies again, will be able to have jobs and perhaps most importantly, live with dignity once again.
  13. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I quite agree. Can you imagine the complexity of any possible military situation when you have national armies that love to get involved (like ours, and the U.S.), then you have NATO who have never known what they are doing anyway further complicated by 27 or so nations all arguing amongst themselves over whether to do anything or not? It won't end well, I can tell you. Mind you, I suppose it gives Germany a chance to get a decent army together again, by the back door.
  14. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I'll re phrase my reply then, in relation to EU member states, only English students are forced to pay tuition fees by the devolved government of Scotland, the Welsh and Northern Irish are exempted from paying, as are students from all other EU member states. Have I got it now?
  15. Gareth E

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Which will all be paid for by a limited number of countries of course, but all actions will require ratification by all members. That will work out well, I'm sure.
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