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    mikeyboy got a reaction from Nigel Bridgman-Elliot in Meat Cattle Deforestation.   
    Looking at just at the export of cattle is only seeing part of the problem. The major cause of deforestation is the growing of Soya which is used as animal feed.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Davie P in Boris Johnson   
    That's a pretty dubious video from a dubious source. Misattributed quotes, footage edited to make people look like they've said something they haven't, strings of insults... and I stopped watching at 2 mins.
     
    If you're going to take umbrage to a local journalist writing "left wing slurs" about Boris Johnson, then using videos from Paul Joseph Watson as evidence to back up your points is somewhat ironic.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Capeesh in Boris Johnson   
    Neil Riddell's letter is a fine example of democracy in action, Boris may have won the election but that doesn't mean his opponents should down tools and remain silent.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Davie P in Boris Johnson   
    ^ an interesting take on democracy - if you're not a 'winner', then shut up? And if you do dare express an opinion contrary to 'the winners' then it's a tantrum?
     
    Surely part of a healthy democracy is to have a forthright opposition, debate and plurality of viewpoints?
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    mikeyboy reacted to Davie P in Boris Johnson   
    There is evidence to support all of those accusations against Boris Johnson. 
     
    And yes, the same accusations were levelled against Trump, and again there is abundant evidence to back them up.
     
    Trump is fond of saying the US economy is the strongest it's ever been, but that is factually inaccurate. The US economy is quite strong at the moment, but there have been many periods is recent history when the US economy was in much better shape, and most positive trends under Trump are largely the result of policies put in place during the recovery from the 2008 financial crisis that pre-dated his administration. 
     
    Trump's fondness for protectionist and populist economic policies, and trade wars, are generally considered to have had a negative impact on the economy.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Skalavagr in Stuart Hill (Captain Calamity) Forvik   
    The political placards fixed to lamp posts by the LibDems and the SNP are removed by the party themselves. If they left them up then they too would be charged.
     
    I agree that Mr Hill has every right to express himself, but I have always thought there is something a little bit "off" about a middle-class Englishman coming to Shetland to tell us ignorant natives that we have everything wrong politically, and that he knows more about Shetland's history than any of us plebs. Just another know-it-all white settler in my opinion.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Capeesh in Brexit (merged threads)   
    The Enabling Act of 1933, was an amendment passed on 23 March 1933 to the Weimar Constitution that gave the German Cabinet—in effect, Chancellor Adolf Hitler—the power to enact laws without the involvement of the Reichstag.
    We all know what happened next.
    Deliberately shutting down or bypassing parliament to force through the governments will is a very dangerous precedent, history's full of examples of dictatorships who came to power by taking advantage of chaotic circumstances.
    The people who planned to bypass parliament at Westminster have been found guilty by our highest court, now it's time for the punishment.
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from ivy.lally in Please, provide urgent information! Employment offer of complete unknown for oversees newcomer ;)   
    Could be the Brae hotel, they have houses for the employees.
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from Selkie in Brexit (merged threads)   
    Sorry had to go to a meeting!
     
    I don't think it is patronising to say that people believed lies because people did believe the lies and still do. Often stuff that was debunked years ago is still quoted so obviously this is that case.
     
    I agree with your view on the differences between those that voted. Which is why it is really unhelpful to see this constant emotive them and us rhetoric on social media and in certain papers. 
     
    I just personally can not see how the UK will be better off outside the EU.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Capeesh in Brexit (merged threads)   
    They won't offer anything better than they already have simply because it would go directly against their own interests, when Leave said we'd get single market access and have complete control over immigration, they must've forgottten to add the fact the EU would never agree to free movement of goods, capital, services and not labour, the four freedoms are too important to them.They're not going to let the UK flood their market with cheap chlorinated chicken from the USA, or any other product that doesn't meet their standards. The second we leave the single market and the customs union there's going to be checks on everything going from the UK to the EU regardless of what we do with goods coming from the other direction.
    This isn't the EU punishing us or playing hardball because they have the upperhand in negotiations, this is the EU protecting themselves, the Leave campaigns were selling us pie in the sky fantasy to suggest otherwise.
    I notice Sturgeon and Corbyn get a mention in the blame game, the Scottish Government's been frozen out of EU negotiations and any concerns they've put forward have been completely ignored.
    The opposition parties in Westminster have fared no better, while sensible government might have tried to get some kind of consensus going on the Tories have been using very dodgy tactics to circumvent parliament altogether.
    Why's it unfair to suggest leave voters take responsibility for their decision? I do have sympathy for the people who believed the lies and now regret it but we all make decisions everyday and have to live with the consequences, thats life.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Davie P in Brexit (merged threads)   
    You can trade freely with your local shop because you are in the same country with the same laws, currency, tax arrangements, safety standards etc etc. If you want to trade across borders, you need trade agreements - hence the various EU trade agreements and harmonisation.
     
    Re: 'a regime in which we have little say'. Nonsense. We are/were one of the most influential partners in the EU.
     
    With the greatest respect, your recent analogies of comparing Brexit to the Y2K computing system upgrade and comparing international trade agreements with nipping to the local shop would indicate you haven't fully grasped the complexities of Brexit.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Windwalker in Brexit (merged threads)   
    yes of course
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    mikeyboy reacted to Davie P in Brexit (merged threads)   
    Agreed.
     
    We were told that Brexit would bring untold benefits to the UK and that we'd be able to pick and choose which bits of EU membership we wished to retain. We were warned from many quarters that Brexit would be a complex issue to resolve, but were told by the 'Leave' politicians it would be easy. 
     
    Many people didn't either didn't see the benefit of leaving the EU or didn't believe the rhetoric and voted for the status quo in the referendum, others did believe it and voted to leave.
     
    Since the vote, the utopian Brexit vision has proven to be undeliverable through a combination of 'unforeseen circumstances' which should have been thoroughly investigated before the referendum (the Irish backstop and the complexity of much of the legislation, for example), the EU understandably sticking to their negotiating guns and the government being unable to find a consensus or even a majority for one of the many flavours of Brexit that was promised.
     
    Now the very people who set this train in motion are blaming those who didn't want it in the first place for not getting on board and supporting the increasingly extreme vision and attempts to circumvent laws and parliamentary processes (however, our governmental executive and the legislature branches, and independent judiciary, seem to be holding up relatively well in the face of these attempts).
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    mikeyboy reacted to Capeesh in Brexit (merged threads)   
    Nope, they could've delivered the Brexit result, left the EU and maintained access to the single market like Norway and the other EFTA countries.That's what the leave campaign were selling at the time, it's the option that would've caused the least damage.The Tory government alone took that option off the table, not the EU.
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from Davie P in Brexit (merged threads)   
    Sorry had to go to a meeting!
     
    I don't think it is patronising to say that people believed lies because people did believe the lies and still do. Often stuff that was debunked years ago is still quoted so obviously this is that case.
     
    I agree with your view on the differences between those that voted. Which is why it is really unhelpful to see this constant emotive them and us rhetoric on social media and in certain papers. 
     
    I just personally can not see how the UK will be better off outside the EU.
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from Davie P in Brexit (merged threads)   
    Nobody mentioned leaving with no deal at the time. we were promised the easiest deal possible by everybody in the leave campaigns. Even Farage said he would be happy with a Norway style deal. The official leave campaign had a whole section on how No deal and WTO rules were by far the worse option.
    Strangely the tone only hardened after May realised she had boxed herself in with her Red lines. At that point the EU were offering quite a reasonable compromise that would have allowed continued unrestricted trade. Suddenly it was " No deal is better than a bad deal!"
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    mikeyboy reacted to Capeesh in Brexit (merged threads)   
    The truth of this is staring everybody in the face, it's easily checked.Without a doubt there's people out there who want Brexit no matter what, medicine shortages, food shortages, pound crashing, companies up and leaving etc all an acceptable price to pay but there also must be people out there who swallowed the lies and now reality is starting to dawn on them are thinking.."WTF have I done!"
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from Capeesh in Brexit (merged threads)   
    Nobody mentioned leaving with no deal at the time. we were promised the easiest deal possible by everybody in the leave campaigns. Even Farage said he would be happy with a Norway style deal. The official leave campaign had a whole section on how No deal and WTO rules were by far the worse option.
    Strangely the tone only hardened after May realised she had boxed herself in with her Red lines. At that point the EU were offering quite a reasonable compromise that would have allowed continued unrestricted trade. Suddenly it was " No deal is better than a bad deal!"
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    mikeyboy reacted to Capeesh in Brexit (merged threads)   
    The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, The British Medical Journal, the UK's own civil service, the NHS in all parts of the UK and all the other people who know what their on about are saying there's a real risk of medicine shortages in the event of a no deal Brexit, nothing to do with Holyrood. Will Brexit supporters ever take ownership of their own mess?
    Probably not. They're trying to blame the dog.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Capeesh in Brexit (merged threads)   
    You can't shoot yourself in the foot and blame the EU for the pain. Take responsibility, you voted for it.Boris is pretending to negotiate, one of the first things he did was get rid of most of the negotiating team, he left a few yes men to sip champagne and sit on their hands in the wine bars of Brussels while he tours the U.K. trying to convince the gullible that when crap/fan day comes it was nothing to do with him, it was the big bad EU that did it. He's a shyster and a charlatan.
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    mikeyboy reacted to Davie P in Brexit (merged threads)   
    ^ That's a myth. The Y2K problems were largely averted because of a global effort to upgrade computer hardware and operating systems in the years before the turn of the millennium. 
     
    Comparing a No-deal Brexit to a well planned and implemented technical upgrade process that took place over years is quite far off the mark.
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    mikeyboy reacted to JGHR in Brexit (merged threads)   
    No need to be puzzled, its quite simple. Theresa May's Tory government negotiated a deal to leave the EU with the EU representatives. The EU did not 'give us' anything, they negotiated in good faith, with the British government of the time, terms under which Britain would leave the EU. The EU representatives were quite clear that some aspects of the deal they reached with Mrs May, namely the question of the Irish border were non negotiable for them. 
     

    Boris cannot get another deal that is correct, but not because negotiations are closed, they are not, but because he has no intention or desire to get another deal. So far the extent of his efforts to reach a new deal amount to, firstly, claiming that the changes of not reaching another deal were 'a million to one'. Secondly, bustling off to Brussels, so far as I recall on a single occasion, and telling the EU representatives to scrap the back stop which of course they rejected, as every single person in the country with an ounce of wit knew they were going to. Thirdly, returning to the UK and claiming that parliament had undermined his non existent negotiation. 
     
    Boris and his deluded bunch of public school boy cabinet chums are the only ones claiming that they can 'get another deal' and it strikes me that it's you doing most of the moaning.
     

    It was Boris and his merry band of Brexiteers who voted down Mrs May's deal, were it not for them Britain would already be out of the EU and 'Getting on with it' 'no ifs no buts', 'come what may', 'do or die'. Now that it seems more and more likely that Britain will remain in the EU, never forget who's fault that outcome will be. It will not be due to the 'remoaners' it will be the fault of Boris and the Tory party MPs who voted down the deal Mrs May reached. 
     
    Parliament will never allow Britain to leave without some kind of deal, because MP's are not permitted to do that under their code of conduct which says 'Members have a general duty to act in the interests of the nation as a whole; and a special duty to their constituents.'   The majority of MP's understand that allowing the UK to leave the EU without a deal would not be 'acting in the interests of the nation as a whole' therefore they are prohibited from facilitating that outcome.
     
    Boris will never reach a deal with the EU ever, unless he suddenly changes tack, and Britain will never leave with no deal. If you want Britain to leave the EU the only hope you have, ironically enough, is if Prime Minister Corbyn goes to Brussels and negotiates the exit. Keep that in mind when marking your card at the upcoming election. 
     
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from George. in Shellfish waste vs plastic   
    Sounds good.
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from Roachmill in Brexit (merged threads)   
    No we just have to accept that a referendum is advisory unless it specifically says so in the legislation.
    The only progress that an election would bring is that a no deal Brexit would happen on the sly.
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    mikeyboy got a reaction from Roachmill in Brexit (merged threads)   
    This is hilarious! It is Mays deal!
    She handicapped herself by losing her majority, ridiculous Red lines and not facing up to the ERG.
    The Tory party owns this situation and it is they who are destroying the UK.
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