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Old 30th September 2019, 01:31 AM   #481
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https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1168479741491462144

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I am just re-reading the @michaelgove Brexit speech of April 2016.

It is simply breathtaking.

If there is a single speech, in all of British political history, that has aged this badly I would love to see it.

It is pure, pure bollocks.
Quotes embedded in tweet. It's well worth reading the replies, too.

So, if anybody tries to sell you the "will of the people" line, point them towards this and remind them what people actually voted for.
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Old 30th September 2019, 01:39 AM   #482
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Another £25bn found for road upgrades. That magic money tree is really doing well
Maybe the entire UK's money supply should be gambled short selling itself. That way all the Brexit giveaway promises can be paid for...
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Originally Posted by The Don View Post
Another £25bn found for road upgrades. That magic money tree is really doing well
It's fertilised with Brexit Unicorn apples.
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Now it's a total of £50bn in spending promises combined with touted tax cuts.

That money tree must be in full fruit
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Old 30th September 2019, 05:28 AM   #485
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Originally Posted by The Don View Post
Now it's a total of £50bn in spending promises combined with touted tax cuts.

That money tree must be in full fruit
Don't we send that to the EU every 5 seconds?
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Old 30th September 2019, 05:33 AM   #486
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Now it's a total of £50bn in spending promises combined with touted tax cuts.

That money tree must be in full fruit
He hasn't told you the cuts yet.
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Old 30th September 2019, 07:45 AM   #487
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Another £25bn found for road upgrades. That magic money tree is really doing well
They will also cut taxes and increase spending as a result of the no deal losses brexit dividend. Makes you wonder what the point of austerity was if they now will disregard fiscal prudence.
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Maybe the plan is to win the next election on the back of these promises and then find, oops, the intransigent EU are denying us the Brexit dividend so they have to row back on the promises and it's all the rotten EU's fault ner ner di ner ner and yah boo sucks to them!

But Boris would still be in #10.
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Old 30th September 2019, 08:44 AM   #489
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A lot of the announced spending is old money that has been announced previously. Any new spending pledges are spread over several years.

It's difficult to calculate how much actual new money per year has been pledged - which is, of course, the way the politicians want it to be.

What most observers continue to conclude is that however generous the Tory spending pledges seem, they're still considerably smaller than those promised by the more left-wing parties.

Certainly if the economy takes a dive - perhaps if Brexit works out worse than they expect - then spending will be reined back: this has happened many times before when an economic downturn occurs.

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Old 30th September 2019, 08:59 AM   #490
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
Certainly if when the economy takes a dive - perhaps if Brexit works out worse than they expect - then spending will be reined back: this has happened many times before when an economic downturn occurs.
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Old 30th September 2019, 10:57 AM   #491
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
Certainly if the economy takes a dive - perhaps if Brexit works out worse than they expect - then spending will be reined back: this has happened many times before when an economic downturn occurs.
Given that BJ is apparently pursuing a no-deal Brexit, despite pretending to do otherwise, a "economic downturn" would be a certainty. That alone makes any public spending pledges highly questionable.
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post

Certainly if the economy takes a dive - perhaps if Brexit works out worse than they expect - then spending will be reined back: this has happened many times before when an economic downturn occurs.
Reducing spending during an economic downturn is generally not a good idea because it makes the economic downturn worse. This reduces tax revenues even further and forces more spending cuts, which reduces tax revenue…
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
https://twitter.com/Byline_Media/sta...56106882252802



Article and excerpt embedded in tweet.

I'm shocked. Never saw this coming at all.
I'm a bit unclear on the shorts. Is the idea that the pound will drop in value after a no deal so those who shorted .... what?

An explanation would be greatly appreciated.
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1168479741491462144



Quotes embedded in tweet. It's well worth reading the replies, too.
I read the article linked by Mark Hobson (a little more than half way down the page). Was he serious or was that just conservative fantasy to sell Brexit?
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They will also cut taxes and increase spending as a result of the no deal losses brexit dividend. Makes you wonder what the point of austerity was if they now will disregard fiscal prudence.
Maybe they looked across the pond and saw the GOP scream their bloody heads off about the deficit for nearly a decade but once in power themselves, made the situation roughly 50% worse and nobody seems to give a damn.

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I read the article linked by Mark Hobson (a little more than half way down the page). Was he serious or was that just conservative fantasy to sell Brexit?

That pretty much sums up what all the fuss is about. What did people vote for when they voted for a Brexit. Because it's not what Boris and his backers want.
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But The Sunday Times columnist in question, Charlotte Edwardes doubled down on her allegation, tweeting: "If the prime minister doesn’t recollect the incident then clearly I have a better memory than he does."

https://www.theage.com.au/world/euro...30-p52wck.html
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Old 30th September 2019, 11:13 PM   #498
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It seems that the government will publish detailed plans regarding Brexit and the Irish border. It seems that their cunning plan to avoid a border infrastructure on the border is to install it near the border

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The government has prepared the legal text of an updated Brexit deal, government sources have told the BBC.

It is expected to make more of the plans public in the next few days, a senior government figure says.

The government has suggested creating "customs clearance zones" in Northern Ireland and Irish Republic, as part of the proposals put to the EU.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-49881345

People on the island of Ireland are less than impressed:

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In a tweet, Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said the proposals originally reported by Irish state broadcaster RTE were a "non-starter", adding Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland "deserve better".

They were also rejected by political parties in Dublin and non-unionist politicians in Belfast, with the SDLP's Colum Eastwood saying there would be "economic and security challenges that are unacceptable".

Lisa Chambers, the Fianna Fail Brexit spokeswoman described it as "effectively a border with a buffer zone" and Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald as "further evidence of Tory recklessness and belligerence towards Ireland".
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Old 30th September 2019, 11:17 PM   #499
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They will also cut taxes and increase spending as a result of the no deal losses brexit dividend. Makes you wonder what the point of austerity was if they now will disregard fiscal prudence.
IMO Austerity was never about fiscal prudence (otherwise there wouldn't have been tax cuts for the wealthy).

Instead it was a continuation of Conservative policy for the last 40 years or so to restrict access to welfare (except for pensioners who tend to vote Tory), run down local services (so people are forced to seek privatised alternatives) and to reduce economic and social mobility.
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IMO Austerity was never about fiscal prudence (otherwise there wouldn't have been tax cuts for the wealthy).

Instead it was a continuation of Conservative policy for the last 40 years or so to restrict access to welfare (except for pensioners who tend to vote Tory), run down local services (so people are forced to seek privatised alternatives) and to reduce economic and social mobility.

https://www.private-eye.co.uk/covers/cover-1273
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Originally Posted by ceptimus View Post
A lot of the announced spending is old money that has been announced previously. Any new spending pledges are spread over several years.

It's difficult to calculate how much actual new money per year has been pledged - which is, of course, the way the politicians want it to be.

What most observers continue to conclude is that however generous the Tory spending pledges seem, they're still considerably smaller than those promised by the more left-wing parties.

Certainly if the economy takes a dive - perhaps if Brexit works out worse than they expect - then spending will be reined back: this has happened many times before when an economic downturn occurs.
Politicians make all kinds of promises before an election. It doesn't mean they'll keep them.
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It seems that the government will publish detailed plans regarding Brexit and the Irish border. It seems that their cunning plan to avoid a border infrastructure on the border is to install it near the border ....
Actually I think it is more subtle than that, the problem the Irish government and EU have is they don't want a border on the island of Ireland.

Boris's answer is to build two borders, which is clearly not a border.
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The alledged British "government" is going to reveal a plan to negotiate Brexit.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-49881345

I'm not sure if it's intended as a joke or not, but it comes off as one.

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There is a suggestion that the NI border will be kept open by having the customs checks at the point of departure or even depots away from the border. Is that not just the existing TIR Convention?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TIR_Convention

"The Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) is a multilateral treaty that was concluded at Geneva on 14 November 1975 to simplify and harmonise the administrative formalities of international road transport. (TIR stands for "Transports Internationaux Routiers" or "International Road Transports".) The 1975 convention replaced the TIR Convention of 1959, which itself replaced the 1949 TIR Agreement between a number of European countries.[1] The conventions were adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). As of December 2018, there are 76 parties to the Convention, including 75 states and the European Union.

The TIR Convention establishes an international customs transit system with maximum facility to move goods:

in sealed vehicles or containers;
from a customs office of departure in one country to a customs office of destination in another country;
without requiring extensive and time-consuming border checks at intermediate borders;
while, at the same time, providing customs authorities with the required security and guarantees."
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There is a suggestion that the NI border will be kept open by having the customs checks at the point of departure or even depots away from the border. Is that not just the existing TIR Convention?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TIR_Convention

"The Convention on International Transport of Goods Under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) is a multilateral treaty that was concluded at Geneva on 14 November 1975 to simplify and harmonise the administrative formalities of international road transport. (TIR stands for "Transports Internationaux Routiers" or "International Road Transports".) The 1975 convention replaced the TIR Convention of 1959, which itself replaced the 1949 TIR Agreement between a number of European countries.[1] The conventions were adopted under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). As of December 2018, there are 76 parties to the Convention, including 75 states and the European Union.

The TIR Convention establishes an international customs transit system with maximum facility to move goods:

in sealed vehicles or containers;
from a customs office of departure in one country to a customs office of destination in another country;
without requiring extensive and time-consuming border checks at intermediate borders;
while, at the same time, providing customs authorities with the required security and guarantees."
If TIR is a suitable workaround the problems presented with NI border UK should ratify the deal with the backstop and then justify why that should be used instead.

It's quite simple: either there is a suitable alternative for the customs union, or there isn't. If it's the first Brexiteers should have no problem whatsoever with the backstop and just push for the suitable alternative.

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TIR is possibly a hidden in plain sight solution, I remember seeing TIR lorries all the time and the legislation was part of basic police training in 1989 when I joined. We were shown how to identify TIR vehicles and to check they had the customs seal secured. If not, Customs and Excise were to be informed for further instructions, potentially seizing the vehicle so they could do more thorough checks.
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TIR is possibly a hidden in plain sight solution, I remember seeing TIR lorries all the time and the legislation was part of basic police training in 1989 when I joined. We were shown how to identify TIR vehicles and to check they had the customs seal secured. If not, Customs and Excise were to be informed for further instructions, potentially seizing the vehicle so they could do more thorough checks.
TIR doesn't begin to cover the scope of the full relationship between the UK and EU - for a start it only relates to the physical movement of goods.

It also requires that infrastructure is in place to carry out the customs inspection and paperwork. Fine if you're moving a whole container of goods, less so if you're a member of the public buying something in the UK/EU and driving it to the EU/UK.
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What are these "numerous judicial precedents" that deal with the advice the PM can give the Queen?

That isn’t the point that the case was decided on. There’s no question that ministerial actions are subject to judicial review. If the government wanted to argue that the PM is in some way special in that respect, then it would have been up to them to cite authority for that proposition.
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TIR doesn't begin to cover the scope of the full relationship between the UK and EU - for a start it only relates to the physical movement of goods.

It also requires that infrastructure is in place to carry out the customs inspection and paperwork. Fine if you're moving a whole container of goods, less so if you're a member of the public buying something in the UK/EU and driving it to the EU/UK.
Presumably the idea is to simply ignore the small-scale smuggling. It's not like people with station wagons or minivans would ever engage in illicit movement of goods.

TIR as a solution requires immense levels of goodwill from Ireland. You know, the country that "needed to be shown their place"?

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TIR doesn't begin to cover the scope of the full relationship between the UK and EU - for a start it only relates to the physical movement of goods.

It also requires that infrastructure is in place to carry out the customs inspection and paperwork. Fine if you're moving a whole container of goods, less so if you're a member of the public buying something in the UK/EU and driving it to the EU/UK.
It would indeed require an infrastructure to be put in place. TIR is at least something that worked in the past and many transport companies will have experience of it.

As for individual purchases, since so many are electronic and will detect that the purchaser is not from the country, maybe that could flag up that duty is due and it is paid at time of purchase.
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I don't think the proposal is for the remote checking of commercial goods. Boris this morning was keen to point out that the UK will have its own customs territory. I understood the plan, which he refused to expand on other than denying the leaked details, to be a hard border but (here is the clever bit) not on the actual border itself, perhaps it will be a mile away. So there will not be a hard border on the Irish border. Genius. Twat. Take your pick.
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The Irish government is rejecting it anyway;

https://www.theguardian.com/politics...pport-for-deal

"Traders would have the choice of lodging their papers at these sites, similar to the ones that existed before the single market came into existence, or electing to be tracked electronically in an online “transit” arrangement."

That is a reference to the TIR system, but;

"The idea of permanent clearance sites on both sides of the border, even five to 10 miles away, and real-time tracking of the movements of goods are unlikely to be supported by the Irish government."
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Part of the reason TIR isn't 100% helpful is the admin burden. FTA and RHA deal with it for the UK. IIRC, the FTA told me in 2017 they issue about 100 carnets a year - numbers plummeted post SM. Let's say the RHA do 9 times that (they don't, but it makes the maths easy). Let's further say that all are for the maximum 20 tickets (they aren't). That would mean 20,000 trucks travelling under TIR a year.

This link says that there are 13,000 truck movements across the NI border every day:
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/n...-37732220.html

That's a lot more paperwork than the two trade organisations can handle.
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It would indeed require an infrastructure to be put in place. TIR is at least something that worked in the past and many transport companies will have experience of it.
...and physical tokens worked on the 19th century railway but they are singularly unfit for modern high speed rail.

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As for individual purchases, since so many are electronic and will detect that the purchaser is not from the country, maybe that could flag up that duty is due and it is paid at time of purchase.
Ignoring for the fact that those who wish to bypass the system would use cash or a domestic method of online payment (for example Mrs Don has a US credit card for US purchases), the EU prohibits collection of duty by third parties on its behalf, but more importantly this would do nothing to protect bio-security or ensure that goods which are fit for the UK market but not the EU market, don't make it into the EU.
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However, Toby Young, a former colleague of Johnson during his time at the Spectator, later told at an event at the conference that “people complained if Boris didn’t put his hand on their knee during lunch”.
So, according to Young, not only are the stories true, but it was such common behaviour that it was noteworthy if it didn't happen.
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IMO Austerity was never about fiscal prudence (otherwise there wouldn't have been tax cuts for the wealthy).

Instead it was a continuation of Conservative policy for the last 40 years or so to restrict access to welfare (except for pensioners who tend to vote Tory), run down local services (so people are forced to seek privatised alternatives) and to reduce economic and social mobility.
Also to facilitate privatisation.
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So, according to Young, not only are the stories true, but it was such common behaviour that it was noteworthy if it didn't happen.

People complained? Men complained too if they weren't groped.
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https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1178968685786095617

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Dominic Cummings has briefed a select group of Conservative pro Brexit MPs at a private meeting, that he expects “the last weeks of October to be spent in the courts”.

This gives you a good idea as any what the Govt’s Brexit strategy now is.

Incredible.
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I wonder what punishment they might be handed if a court decided it was a flagrant attempt to avoid the consequences of the Benn act?
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