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Gareth E

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Gareth E last won the day on October 19 2018

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  1. Personally, I prefer happy mediums to extremes.
  2. Sorry chap don't agree. Even if you own a house outright you'll be paying at least £2K in council tax, gas and electric and t.v. licence, probably more like £2.5K. If you don't have a mooring for your boat the equivalent costs will be lower, and houses need maintaining too.
  3. That's right. Politicians should learn, it's best to consult the people about major changes in the constitution before the event, rather than after. So Heath should have called a referendum pre. 1973, and Major should have called one before signing the Maastricht treaty, this being the one that changed the then EC from a trading bloc into the new EU, a political union with ambitions for ever closer union, with full federation status being the end goal.
  4. You're so lucky to catch a fish like that off Britain's coast. I'm lucky too, we used to go off Brixham on 'Sea Angler'. Pirking off the wrecks when the tide was running for cod and ling then anchor when the tide was slack and put mackerel fillets down for conger eels. It was ridiculous fishing. I remember my first 3 drops with the pirk gave me 3 cod over 20 pounds each. And then you could put a red gill eel over the side wind it up a few turns and be into a double figure pollack. Then into Guernsey for the night everywhere closed at10 but great fun was to be had much later
  5. Was that on rod and line? I remember back in my youth buying the angling times, reading tales of huge 'tunny' caught off the west coast of Ireland. I think they were blue fin tuna, 500 pounds sometimes.
  6. No tuna they are in the Bay of Biscay what few there are left being hammered by all the EU fleets. In Britain we have plenty of mackerel, plaice, sole, whiting. Further north cod are around in pockets, haddock as well. Really rich fishing compared to areas like the med which has been overfished to such an extent that it mostly only produces juvenile fish.
  7. You will never be royally stuffed with fish, people will pay stupid money for it. Have you seen what the Japanese are paying for Tuna these days? If the Spanish or French or Italians won't buy it, the Japanese won't, the Chinese will, you can never supply enough fish, the price will only go higher, until there are no more left in the oceans. I don't mind a bit of fresh sardine, but I've never really quite understood why people get so excited about eating fish, personally.
  8. Yes state ownership is permissible under EU law but monopoly is not, there must always be competition. So Labour's plans for re- nationalisation must include competition, be it phoney or not, otherwise it's illegal. That's why I'm surprised why Labour, overall, don't prefer a position of leave. It would be much easier to carry out their state ownership renaissance.
  9. I think what fish we eat here in Britain, and what others eat elsewhere is small fry in the Brexit negotiations, if you'll forgive the vaguely disguised pun. The fact is that Britain has the richest fishing grounds of any EU country apart from Norway. The common fisheries policy was a disaster for Britain's fishermen. Now, there's either an opportunity for a lucrative fishing industry to start in Britain once more or otherwise, Mrs May has a massive bargaining chip.
  10. 35ft boat without a home mooring, do all my own maintenance, £2000 a year which allows £400 a year towards major repairs.
  11. Something I'd like to throw into the mix here: it's pretty obvious that Labour, overall, are angling for remain. Many believe that Corbyn would prefer Brexit but the party is a democracy, I think what I said holds true. Given that their plans to return businesses to state ownership are illegal under EU law, why would they want to be in a club that prevents them carrying out the changes they wish?
  12. Another thing about the '75 referendum: although it was 'leave' or 'remain' on the paper the feeling at the time was it was to ratify (or not) the government of the time's decision to join the Common Market, as they decided to do it without consulting the electorate.
  13. That was a referendum to remain or leave the Common Market later EEC then EC then EU. The Common Market was a simple trading tariff free arrangement between a small number of nations. The EU is a political union with aspirations of federation between a much larger number of nations. It's like comparing chalk and cheese.
  14. I still believe all of May's efforts to sell this 'deal' are a hoax. She knows that however hard she tries the deal won't pass through parliament. A combination of hard line Tory Brexiteers, Labour m.p.s smelling a general election, the royally peed off DUP, Liberal Democrats, and SNP members who would automatically vote against anything proposed by the powers that be in Westminster means the deal is dead in the water, despite all her efforts. She knows this, but continues with her grand performance. When the deal is rejected Britain should then leave the EU without a trade deal. Article 50 has been served, it's the law. Apparently though, there isn't a majority in parliament to support this. I wasn't aware that a majority in parliament was needed in order to enforce an existing law, but there you go. Anyway, given that the law (article 50) will apparently be rescinded, effectively nullifying the result of the referendum the government will be left with 2 choices. It could call a general election or a second referendum. You can't really imagine any scenario where the government might choose a general election so a second referendum it will be. The ground has already been prepared. Rather than being called a second referendum or a re run of the referendum great campaigns are underway for an apparently democratic 'people's vote'. Who knows, the EU, may offer some 'softeners' in order that Britain produces the 'right' result this time.
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