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Posted in: Gov't tightens rules to clamp down on smartphone use while driving See in context

I Love Coffee, piecework is a crude strategy that leads to corner cutting and lower quality. In the case of the Police see that as increased graft and corruption.

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Posted in: British lawmakers prepare court action to enforce Brexit delay See in context

Were France to veto an extension to the deadline, the UK’s only option would be to rescind Article 50. I think Mr Macron would be less happy with that result.

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Posted in: Bolton says U.S. ready to negotiate post-Brexit trade pact See in context

Given the already very low tariffs between the US and the EU it’s hard to see how this will compensate for the increased cost of trading with our nearest neighbours. I suppose it could open the doors to hormone injected beef, chlorine washed chicken and GM crops. Yum! lower food standards, just what we’ve always wanted.

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Posted in: Former Empress Michiko has early stage breast cancer See in context

BackpackingNepal, haven’t seen any evidence to suggest the cancer survival rates in China, India and Africa are better than Japans. We do know that research based cancer treatments are improving survival rates all the time.

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Posted in: New Zealand to decriminalize abortion laws See in context

Hard to believe this is still the situation in New Zealand. It’s about time.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson's party suffers defeat in UK special election See in context

This by election doesn’t show much that we don’t already know.

Conservatives rallying to save their party from oblivion; Labour suffering from Jeremy Corbyn and his lack of leadership; Brexit Party soaking up the UKIP vote and Remainers rallying around the Lib Dems.

The political deadlock continues.

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Posted in: Theme-park food to be taxed 10% if eaten at table; 8% if eaten while walking See in context

The rule isn’t that difficult, just the explanation. In my opinion taxing basic essentials is taxing the poorest most heavily. These should be tax free. Eating out, whether at a restaurant or take away is not essential, taxing at the full rate is fine.

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Posted in: Johnson plays Brexit hardball from a submarine base; pound tumbles See in context

This isn’t just about Brexit now. The Torys are so riven by division and the coup by the ERG that they are close implosion. Boris has less interest in getting out of the EU in October than in keeping the party together and staying in power. He is positioning himself for a general election by buying the North and trying to show the EU’s consistency and solidarity as intransigence.

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Posted in: Shoplifter sprays employee, 5 others with irritant substance during escape See in context

As controversial it may be, he defended

he did not defend himself, he attacked the staff from the store that he was stealing from. He went armed and used his weapon. No ifs

no buts no excuses. He went prepared to do harm for a few books. He needs punished.

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Posted in: 'Woman's hand' iPhone case to keep you company See in context

Putting that in your pocket can’t look good.

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Posted in: Man found guilty of forcing women into sex trade to clear 'debts' See in context

Can’t fathom why there’s no jail time here, the fraud, coercion and slavery of hundreds of women is clear evidence that this man and his fellows are a danger to society. What is a criminal justice system for if doesn’t pluck these odious fe*#ers from our midst?

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Posted in: Hunt calls Johnson 'coward' for avoiding debates on Brexit See in context

Here comes the Brexit Party.

Triffic, a political party with no membership and only one policy and led (at least on the surface) by a pretend ‘man of the people’ who’s done nothing productive in 20 years. The future is looking rosey.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote See in context

The problem is, for all of the hyperbole about the leave vote being the ‘will of the people’, there was little no clear mandate given. Hence the gridlock.

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Posted in: Boris Johnson wins first round of UK leadership vote See in context

Who’d a thought that in a group where Brexiters are always going to be front runners, the ‘scruffy under-performer’ would be considered the moderate’s choice?

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Posted in: Boris Johnson builds momentum in UK Conservative race See in context

He probably is favourite...sadly. He won’t be PM for long. Looks like he might attempt a no deal Brexit which will be rejected by Parliament and prompt a vote of no confidence in his government. A general election in the near term would more than likely devastate the Tories.

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Posted in: Queen honors 'The Crown' actress Olivia Colman See in context

Zichi, technically the UK is an empire. You may not like it but facts is facts. The important thing to remember is that the colonisers are long gone and the honours system for the most part remains to reward effort.

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Posted in: Queen honors 'The Crown' actress Olivia Colman See in context

Griff Rhys Jones Got an OBE. Good on him!

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Posted in: Ex-captive journalist denied passport issuance for 5 months See in context

Understand if he’s a threat to the national interest but the authorities should make this clear. Prevaricating serves no purpose.

If he’s a taxpaying citizen he is entitled to consular support when he travels, particularly in the job he does. In these days of “fake news”, a journalist’s job is not simply to report that one side says “it’s sunny outside” and the other says “no it’s not it’s raining”. He should open the window and take a look.

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Posted in: Britain plans unprecedented D-Day event for queen, leaders See in context

Excuses excuses.

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Posted in: Britain plans unprecedented D-Day event for queen, leaders See in context

Bass4funk we feel more pride and vindicated than ever.

Pride for the man that refuses to call out Neo Fascists? Pride for the man that lied while standing next to the British PM about the protests outside the very building he was in.

Shame, shame!!

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Posted in: Japan to ban free plastic bags at stores to fight marine pollution See in context

This has had a big impact in other markets. For example when the charge was introduced in the UK, bag usage dropped by 85%. Charging is compulsory and the revenue is put to use by environmental groups. It’s a start.

The issue of wrapping meat and fish products is an important one as this helps prevent cross contamination. Banning use of plastic bags for this would require an alternative, such as paper, to be used. Unfortunately there are not yet sufficient supplies of sustainable and recycled paper to meet demand.

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Posted in: Britain plans unprecedented D-Day event for queen, leaders See in context

With the far right on the rise again in the world, this an important chance to take a moment and reflect on the potential consequences of populist nationalism. There isn’t a person alive today that doesn’t owe thanks to the generation that fought and died opposing the Axis forces.

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Posted in: Silence, suppression in China on 30th Tiananmen anniversary See in context

I guess on man’s “political success” is another’s fascism.

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Posted in: Arguments over rape and incest divide abortion opponents See in context

Burning Bush, don’t know where your information comes from but the UN reports Finland as the happiest nation on the planet. Finland is a country where respect prevails, women are educated and autonomous. Sex education, contraception and abortion are all available and free of charge.

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Posted in: UK ever more polarized as Brexit Party storms to EU vote win See in context

Tangerine 2000, I see what you’re getting at. The CDU/CSU also got 29 seats but individual party performance at EU level is not the most important factor. In the EU Parliament the political grouping parties are members of carries the voting power. Brexit Parties EFD grouping has just 54 seats out of 751.

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Posted in: UK ever more polarized as Brexit Party storms to EU vote win See in context

Tangerine 2000, what are you talking about?? The Brexit Party’s EFD grouping has just 56 seats. The nationalists and populists made some gains but they are far from being the majority in the European Parliament.

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Posted in: UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit See in context

Wolfpack, what are you talking about? That’s not the way it works at all. The EU Parliament agrees common policy which the Commission implements across borders by asking each country’s legislators to enact national legislation. Punishment for breaking the law is squarely within national remit. As far as the UK is concerned you cannot lose your home if you’re unable to pay a fine. You might be imprisoned if you willfully refuse to pay a fine. But that is nothing to do with the EU.

The EU has no regulatory power over national healthcare policy other than the reciprocal healthcare agreement. The EU has lots of touch points ensuring commonality of rules, educational standards, fair trading standards, cross border police cooperation etc but EU nations are sovereign.

The knowledge of workings of the EU is woeful. I guess this is why people believe the anti EU rhetoric without question. Confirmation bias is a powerful thing.

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Posted in: UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit See in context

Tangerine2000Today  01:55 pm JST

MEPs are elected, but they have no power to legislate or repeal law.

The EU commission has the power to legislate, but its members are not elected individually.

The EU Commission proposes legislation, it has no power to impose it. All proposed legislation is approved or rejected by the EU Parliament and the Council of the EU which are the elected bodies over the Commission.

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Posted in: UK leadership hopefuls vow to succeed where May failed on Brexit See in context

JimizoToday  11:49 am JST

Don’t bring facts into the discussion whatever you do. Brexit was a victory for conservatives and patriots over socialists and SJWs. 

Jimizo, while I’m sure you’re being satirical, the time for avoidance of cranial eruption has passed. Brexit was a victory of manipulative players over a population who feel resentment at being forgotten or set aside. Farage et al has come along and said “there there I’ll make you feel wanted again”. The fact that Farage has done nothing constructive in 20 years, can’t possibly keep his promises and is backed by the super rich elite he pretends to rail against is lost in all the hyperbole. It’s quite sad, those who’ve bought into the flannel are largely those most likely to be harmed by it.

The Conservatives have been slowly imploding over Europe for 40 odd years. Farage and his new Special Purpose Vehicle appear to be hastening that process...so it’s not all bad. It’s just a shame the UK is likely to be paying for it for a very long time to come.

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Posted in: Train station employee, nabbed for taking upskirt film, causes delay due to being in custody See in context

Put Onaka in a skirt and let the victim take a picture up his?

juminRhee, if that’s what’s the statute demands. The point I was trying to make was that it isn’t helpful to make stuff up.

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