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rowland al

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rowland al last won the day on September 7

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  1. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    The problem, as has been shown by the 500 odd page document, is that very few people could truly have understood what staying in OR leaving meant for our future. What if the voting paper had said ‘Do you want an EU government to take all power and control over this country?’ How would you have voted? What if in 20 years time, that voting paper said ‘Do you want the World government to take all power and control over Europe?’. How would you vote. Flippin’ heck, we can’t always trust those running local councils to do the right thing, never mind the world! I’m sure you did very well out of it Mike. 😉
  2. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    We would do well to be careful what we wish for. The times of peace you speak of had to be fought for. Unfortunately man’s ego and greed will always get in the way of infinite peace.
  3. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Well it seems David Icke can still fill very large venues. Actually most of what he says comes from years of research and is quite factual. The ‘lizard’ thing is either to throw people off the scent, so he can be left alone and written off as a ‘nutter’ or what you say is correct. The thing is, the ‘powers that be’ will always exist. It’s just a question as to how good or bad they are.
  4. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Which is contrary to the main reason I suspect most people voted to leave - to return power and control of our affairs to the U.K. Yep, indeed, so much for democracy in this country.
  5. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    I can see why you are worried then. 🙂
  6. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    George Has anyone actually read the draft agreement yet? https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/756374/14_November_Draft_Agreement_on_the_Withdrawal_of_the_United_Kingdom_of_Great_Britain_and_Northern_Ireland_from_the_European_Union.pdf If this gets approved we will still have to answer to those who run the EU on most matters. Brexit, I don’t think so.
  7. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Sadly I suspect you may be correct. The public are being fed very little detail on what is being negotiated. In a more transparent world it would make sense to gauge public opinion as they go about this process. Power is gradually being moved further and further away from the majority. As it does so, less of us will be able to do anything about it. Eventually the world will be held to ransom by a buffoon (if we aren’t already there yet?)
  8. rowland al

    Brexit 2017 - 2018

    Like many situations in life, sometimes you can’t see how bad things really are until you leave that situation, then look back in. We voted to join a common market, not to join an European State (and the control which came with it). Did we ever get a vote to push control even further away from the U.K’s public? This raises another interesting question. Should then, leaving the ‘EU’ mean we give up the mutual benefits of joining the ‘common market’? (seeing as we DID vote for that years ago).
  9. rowland al

    Caravan parks first...marinas next??

    Tanglewood, The first of the two posts you quoted was from Tacet, not me!
  10. rowland al

    Caravan parks first...marinas next??

    Just to add another swerve ball to this argument. I know of someone who was told they could no longer stay on a mooring because it wasn’t officially residential. The council ended up offering council accommodation (which was accepted) on the basis that ‘living on a boat’ was assessed as being ‘homeless’ status. So if ‘living on a boat’ is not treated as occupying a property, then maybe that’s why council tax doesn’t apply. I’m not sure if all councils would think the same way though. Don’t forget that live aboard boaters miss out on some benefits which come with being on the council register, like jury service. 😉
  11. rowland al

    Caravan parks first...marinas next??

    Is the long term investment kept in offshore Accounts? (I’ll get My Coat)
  12. rowland al

    Caravan parks first...marinas next??

    Hmm..good point. I suppose we are all part of one big tangled web really. 😕
  13. rowland al

    Caravan parks first...marinas next??

    Couldn’t agree more except I have no offshore accounts and don’t participate in any creative accounting.
  14. rowland al

    Caravan parks first...marinas next??

    I would guess that creative accounting and putting money in offshore accounts loses more potential tax revenue than a handful of CC’er live aboards not being able to pay council tax!
  15. rowland al

    Caravan parks first...marinas next??

    Exactly, and before people accuse others of ‘playing the game’ it might be wise to judge ourselves before pointing fingers. For example, how many of us have off shore bank accounts or have used ‘creative accounting’ to pay less tax? I suppose it all comes back to the balance between what you put in and what you take out again. Most of the important stuff had nothing to do with money, it’s to do with how we spend our time with others.
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