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14 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Curfews will accelerat... · 0 replies · +1 points

If nighttime culture vanishes in London, which is really where Charlotte is talking about, it certainly won't lead to young punters taking their money overseas, at least in the short term. Isn't she aware that getting away to Berlin or Tallin or wherever, is now very difficult, and there's no guarantee that those cities won't have imposed their own restrictions. Also, the daytime and nighttime cultures in our cities are supported by foreign, often EU workers. As the general consensus on this site, presumably endorsed by Charlotte, is that this needs to stop, I can't see why she is making a case for their employers.

15 hours ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Curfews will accelerat... · 2 replies · +1 points

I don't agree. I'm a pub going person, so I've been out and about a bit. It's just anecdotal, but I've noticed that social distancing seemed to decrease as it gets later. No big surprise, surely, when you look at the other stuff which happens routinely, when pubs, bars and clubs close, and punters whose inhibitions have been loosened, leave.
I do wonder how many frequent posters here actually go out to check what's happening.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Sally-Ann Hart: This c... · 1 reply · +1 points

Well, the finance industry is doing just the opposite at the moment, in fact penalising would be home owners who have raised their deposit partly from the bank of mum and dad. 50 year mortgages aren't a thing, and there remains a tranche of citizens who will work all their lives, when they can work, in low paid jobs. What do you think the army of workers servicing supermarkets and online shopping earn? Enough to buy a flat or house on the open market?
Putting this on the back burner until immigration is reduced to your satisfaction isn't an answer. If you think there isn't public demand on the issue then to put it mildly, I think you are mistaken.

1 day ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Sally-Ann Hart: This c... · 0 replies · +1 points

I'm afraid that this looks increasingly like a deflection technique. In the bit of East Anglia where I live the impact of immgration, unlawful or otherwise, is negligible. Yet, there is an undersupply of affordable homes, for rent or purchase. Plenty of good workers in low income jobs live with lack of housing security for themselves and their families, while builders provide large houses which encourage internal migration, not of non British immigrants, but increasingly of affluent buyers near retirement age looking for a comfortable base.
Of course, the area where I live has returned conservative MPs since God was a boy, so I expect it to be disregarded in any levelling up the Government is finally able to do.

2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - David Skelton: Brexit ... · 0 replies · +1 points

Another quite long article which tours the world but produces no worked examples of how state aid could work here. Passing references to DARPA and 'nuturing' don't count. Do we have existing r and d establishments which need support, or will the government succumb to the lure of shiny new systems, which will take a decade to embed? What percentage of government spending is this proposed to be? I could be convinced, but I'm not.

2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Daniel Hannan: Voters ... · 0 replies · +1 points

And in the context of this article, while the voting public are probably not very invested in the legal arguments about law breaking in the abstract, they are likely to be far more interested when the government tries to square its promises on food safety with the reality of a trade deal with the US. I think that is going to be a choppy ride, when the government will want to establish a reputation for plain dealing, with no risk of it resiling from an agreement a year after making it.

2 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Daniel Hannan: Voters ... · 1 reply · +1 points

I think it's a reach to say that the EU has failed to observe WTO rulings. The WTO ruled against the hormone beef import ban, citing a lack of evidence for it. It allowed the US to impose retaliatory sanctions, which it has done to various degrees over the last 20 years. The EU has accepted this ruling, but at the same time has agreed quotas for the import of non hormone treated beef with the US, the last being in 2019.
So, in short, the EU has accepted that its ban has consequences, which it must accept, but has sought to minimise them by agreements with the US.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - James Frayne: Do voter... · 0 replies · +1 points

No, I don't suppose many voters care much about or understand much about international law, so I doubt if the present situation alone makes much impact on the opinion polls. However, trust is often lost in almost imperceptible stages. I suspect that there are plenty of voters who simultaneously want the government to stand up to the EU, but feel at the same time that this has been badly handled.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The changes that Cox w... · 0 replies · +1 points

This is risible. Marshall may be distinguished in his own field, but in this context he's just another saloon bar lawyer.

4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - The changes that Cox w... · 0 replies · +1 points

Absolutely Victoria. I'll never understand why Cox got the chop. My personal theory is that Cummings does not like to be surrounded by older people, especially not intellectual heavyweights like Cox.