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25 September 2016
EU or not the EUby Rod Booth
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Comment posted on 26 November 2017
It is possible to have come from a working class background and still through hard work attend university so can we leave all the prejudices at the front door and just rely on good old fashion common sense. ( and yes I to am an old git). Common sense says having a free trade (no tariff) agreement with our next door neighbours is beneficial for both exports and imports. Standardising practices through regulation to ensure our neighbouring trading partners uphold to the same standards and visa versa is also good common sense. Jointly having input into the how's and why's this should be regulated and should be through mutual agreement through representation from all interested parties. Contributions to support the infrastructure to make all this happen should be based on each partners commitment and ability to contribute both financially and intellectually. Walking away from this on the basis that we can trade just as economically efficiently outside of our local neighbourhood when we know that the shipping/ transport costs alone will be much more (further to travel), is not good common sense and it will have a knock on effect as these costs must be passed on to the end user, (simple economics). Hence there will be a greater challenge for all of us as there has to be a greater increase to the cost of living. PS; the beer is cheaper in my local Working Man's Club because the club it is partially funded by the members subscriptions. (Sound familiar). The members vote and choose who represents them on the committee. (Sounding a little more familiar ).
Comment posted on 14 November 2017
I agree we don't have a crystal ball and people from both camps I believe are more harmonious about the belief that we may suffer from leaving possibly for the short or at worse the long term hoping that ultimately things will eventually come right. But You Gov was the only poll that predicted correctly the outcome of the referendum based on their surveys so their polling track record holds a lot of credibility and unbiased feedback. What You Gov now says is that a majority has clearly swung the other way as people have become far more aware of the deceit and imcompetencies of our politicians. If no one is listening or giving any credence to the change in the public mood aa a result of a more enlightened voter how the hell can we say our democracy truly works for tge benefit of this country. It should never be the case when the British voting public are told you made your choice now live with it especially when you consider the deplorable behaviour of all parties concerned.
Comment posted on 11 October 2017
Interesting analogy. We've gone a long way from the original principle of the Common Market with ambitions of integration far surpassing the original objection. Germany & France are now definitely the lead protagonists but not sure their individual financial ambitions in tge EU are in alignment which is where Macron may struggle with Germany. Germany wants integration providing it does not negatively impact on the German economy.
Comment posted on 9 September 2017
This government has their immigration criteria around the wrong way if they are going to implement anything at all. I speak with first hand experience every day and will repeat what a lot of businesses large and small and recruitment companies are saying as well. I have no issues with protecting skilled jobs for UK nationals which in an earlier response to me I sympathised with what Ian said as a skilled coach builder and welder. It is the non skilled market we need the mIgrant workforce desperately for as I have as already said i have experienced first hand the total lack of uptake or interest by UK nationals looking for work in the hospitality, cleaning and other low skilled job vacancies. In Cardiff this week I had 51 applications everyone of which was formerly invited to an interview for the vacant positions on offer. 17 formerly agreed and accepted in writing to attend their appointments. Out of all of these 3 people showed up with only 3 out of the remaining 14 having the decency to advise us of their non attendance. Of the 3 that attended 1 was a Spanish lady, 1 was a Polish gentleman and the other a UK national (Welsh). 1 of the vacancies we offered to the UK national. When contacted the next day to arrange induction he told us that 6am was too early for him start work. 6.30 START WAS AT THE TOP OF THE ADVERT WHEN HE APPLIED FOR THE VACANCY. In total contrast the Polish gentleman and Spanish lady both turned up on time for their interviews looking smart, keen and interested demonstrating positively that they wanted to work. So you can guess the outcome as to who is now employed. The same week we interviewed in Lewis Sussex. These are low skilled jobs but we pride ourselves on paying good markets rates ie; £8.50 to £8.75 per hour Mon to Fri, £10.25 per hour Sat and £11.50 per hour Sun. Of the 7 that agreed in writing and verbally to attend their interview appointments 1 turned up and he was 10 minutes early for his interview. He was a Polish gentleman. When I called the people who failed to attend or give any notice of their intention not to attend only 1 would answer her phone. The response I got from this applicant was she had forgot about her interview even though we confirmed wit her the day before.
As an employer with now over 132 staff around the country I can tell you from the aforesaid actual examples that while I support skilled jobs being given as a priority to UK nationals this government scares me with their immigration proposals after Brexit because as I saw in the national press and on the BBC news website this week serious concerns from farmers and the hospitality industries asking the givernment the question who is going to do all the lower skilled work that the UK nationals obviously don't want to do even when it's being offered to them on a plate. This government wants to impose penalties on any businesses presenting their case for the need for lower skilled migrant labour. Everyone can ignore this problem until literally and I really mean literally the excrement hits the fan because there will be no one cleaning it up after 2019. This id going to have a huge negative impact on all businesses in the service sector it will by association pull other businesses down under creating further unemployment by association (knock on affect), there will be less tax contributions, increases on social benefit demands.
I think that TM had a silver teaspoon stuck up her bottom when she said "looking after those left behind" because for a lot of people excepting of course the gluttonous politicians, they will be left so far behind after 2019 they'll be completely forgotten. Roll on 2020 general election because by that time people will have woken up and smelled the coffee from the disaster caused by these political imbeciles. DDT or David Davies grinning like a Cheshire Cat all the time because he can't believe the job that's fallen into his lap and he wants this to go on as long as he can stretch it out, but as reported in the Guardian he was claiming £34k for 6 days work a year as a consultant to a mate's London business and even tried to support his mate's appeal when he was fined £250,000 and charged with insider dealing. What was that about helping those left behind again? Nothing to do with having their snouts in the political trough is it to bead out want they can out of it for themselves? She will walk away with a £40k per annum probably more by 2020 - PM pension after messing it up.
Comment posted on 30 March 2017
The saddest part of all this is that so many who voted for Brexit believe that the problems in our country are mainly caused by our EU membership. Of course butter would not melt in the mouths of our politicians. They must be loving every minute of this as they jump on the gravy train and point the finger at the nasty evil EU while milking the popularity of doing so. Don't worry about what we get up to just worry about the nasty EU. Unless I am very much mistaken the EU project is about greater integration and working together to bring about a more global and fairer society for all and is strongly based on good Christian values. What an evil plan! And before anyone rants about migrant labour taking British jobs, as a small employer with just under 100 staff I can tell you from stark reality and experience thus far the that there are few born and bred in this country that are committed to wanting to work in the less skilled industries. I have already written to my MP stating that there urgently needs to be a reporting mechanism to escalate and stop benefits of those who apply for work with no intention of attending any interviews just so they can fulfil the JSA requirements by demonstrating that they have been looking for work. These are the people draining our economy not the harder working migrants happy for the chance of employment.
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Comment posted on 24 December 2017
Who would have believed it. We have our own version of Donald Trump! Ignorance and fake news any more cobblers you want to spew out. By the way this may comes as a shock but we are no longer living in Victorian times!