UK among hardest hit nations by pandemic, says OECD
01/12/2020 | news | business | 271
Research by leading international agency suggests only Argentina will be worst hit by the pandemic.
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01/12/2020 15:29:20 4 12
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Shut schools please
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01/12/2020 15:29:28 13 6
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I would hope there will be plenty of work in the UK post Covid, both in the construction of new hospitals and the employment of people to work in them.

Goodness knows it's obvious this is what is required.
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01/12/2020 15:39:33 7 1
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just need to print more money.
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01/12/2020 18:59:08 0 0
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When "this" dies down you will see a surplus of nurses. Financing of NHS too precarious right now.
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01/12/2020 15:31:35 6 14
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Nice to know the OECD have spent their £400 million budget wisely, they also have a habit of making inaccurate future 'predictions'.
Mystic Meg is a much cheaper alternative.
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01/12/2020 15:54:37 4 1
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Did you manage to win the lottery based on her predictions?
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01/12/2020 15:32:27 4 18
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"The report says it's important for the UK to conclude a trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year. "
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Well, fancy. Since the EU are hell-bent on punishing the UK for voting to leave, I'm sure this information will be useful for them to ensure a trade deal isn't concluded other than on the most unreasonable terms.

Hasn't 'no deal' has been undervalued enough as it is?
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01/12/2020 15:34:24 14 1
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I think they are hell bent on getting the best possible deal for the EU and why wouldn't they?
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01/12/2020 15:38:36 2 0
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how can you undervalue something which is worthless?
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01/12/2020 15:32:43 55 18
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"Boris is doing a great job"......so say the members of his ever diminishing Fan Club. Still waiting for one piece of factual evidence for that.
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01/12/2020 15:58:54 17 30
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Doing better than the so called experts who still cannot agree!
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01/12/2020 15:33:08 4 18
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Thats because the stupid government has over reacted and shut everything down, completely without justification! We will never fully recover from this mess. The USA will do well, largely on the basis the President didnt over react, realised the economy was much more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early and let business continue. Thats what we should have done.
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01/12/2020 15:58:22 3 0
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Do you want to go face to face with the families who have lost young people to the virus? Of course not!
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01/12/2020 16:00:19 2 0
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Wow. "the economy is more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early". Even at a additional 1% death rate that's 680,000 people. 680,000 mothers, fathers, grandparents. And that barely registers with you because you can't go the the pub for a few months? Just wow. Some people really have no interest in humanity. I hope you believe in Karma - I really do.
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01/12/2020 16:37:11 1 0
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"the economy was much more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early"

You really are nasty, aren't you?
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01/12/2020 15:33:19 9 9
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No problems here.
Record House Prices
Retail Sales through the roof
Used Car Prices Up
Xmas Tree Bubble

Don't know what they are talking about!
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01/12/2020 15:39:57 15 5
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House price bubble you mean.

Retail sales through the roof? Have you seen the new on Debenhams and Arcadia Group?

Due to the mismanagement of Coronavirus and Brexit, while most other countries recover, we're going to get left behind.
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01/12/2020 15:57:45 3 0
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And Jan 2nd, food price rises, inflation blooms, food shortages in the short/medium term and further unemployment.
no unicorns though.
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01/12/2020 15:32:27 4 18
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"The report says it's important for the UK to conclude a trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year. "
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Well, fancy. Since the EU are hell-bent on punishing the UK for voting to leave, I'm sure this information will be useful for them to ensure a trade deal isn't concluded other than on the most unreasonable terms.

Hasn't 'no deal' has been undervalued enough as it is?
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01/12/2020 15:34:24 14 1
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I think they are hell bent on getting the best possible deal for the EU and why wouldn't they?
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01/12/2020 15:49:27 0 1
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No, they are hell bent on punishing us. If they were hell bent on getting the best possible deal for the EU member states, they'd have agreed a trade deal a long time ago. Trade deals benefit both sides, you know.

Still, that's the EU for you... an unaccountable organisation insulated from the people it represents, prioritising its own self-aggrandisement over its members' well-being.
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01/12/2020 15:34:35 7 20
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OECD based in France says GB will be worst hit by Covid19 & "says it's important for the UK to conclude a trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year. Failure to do so would, it says, "entail serious additional economic disturbances in the short term and have a strongly negative effect on trade, productivity and jobs in the longer term.Who would have thought that from an EU agency!!!
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01/12/2020 15:39:35 12 3
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Being headquartered in France doesn't make it an EU agency - many member countries are thousands of miles from Europe.
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01/12/2020 15:52:12 5 1
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The OECD is not an EU agency, any more than EuroDisney is. Both are based in France.
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01/12/2020 15:34:37 29 10
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Because the establishment couldn't care less about the mass, working class peasants.

They see life through bonusses, golden hellos and goodbyes.
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01/12/2020 15:36:11 47 22
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The best thing Boris can do is to join the EU. next best thing, resign.
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01/12/2020 15:38:13 31 20
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He could do both. It's the only way he can salvage some credibility.
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01/12/2020 15:48:38 3 0
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We voted to leave the EU. Are you now proposing that Boris defies the will of the people and simply rejoins the EU? Where are those noisy protestors who took the government to the courts complaining about the Brexit proposals being undemocratic. Then the election happens and Boris wins a big majority (that's democracy in action). They seem to have gone quiet now? Why is that?
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01/12/2020 19:09:22 0 0
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Good luck with those. Take a look across the pond and Boris' heroes actions.
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01/12/2020 15:36:50 44 18
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I don't know how the Tory government is going to get us out of this mess?

They've handled the countries response to the pandemic spectacularly badly. In addition, they're determined to further depress the economy by dragging us out of the single market, possibly without a deal - as if things couldn't get any worse.

We'll be left with a huge amount of debt and a failing economy.
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01/12/2020 16:12:15 9 6
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Keep clutching at that straw, like a drowning man holding onto an anchor
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01/12/2020 17:41:06 3 0
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And a bitterly divided nation - as though it could be much more bitterly divided than it is now!
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02/12/2020 04:24:45 0 0
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The answer is that the Tories are not going to get us out of this mess because they deliberately created it. When they have used the chaos to divert billions to their friends, supporters and owners they will clear off with the EU passports are secretly acquiring is my guess.
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01/12/2020 15:37:36 75 30
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The UK has been hit hard by Bojo's incompetence. No other country comes close to this level of buffoonery.
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01/12/2020 15:44:03 50 9
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Attitude of a significant minority of the British (will not wear masks, will not socially distance, let's all flock to the beach etc) hasn't helped, either. The old saying ... "you get the leaders you deserve".
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01/12/2020 15:53:37 4 7
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Really! Look at the issues in the US and the state of the Labour party in the UK. In fact look at the issues in the EU, Italy in particular. Italy is bankrupt and will need financial support from Germany and France; luckily not us! In the COVID world show me a country that got it right, according to many Sweden did but hey ho! Unfortunately the stupid don't seem to get COVID!
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01/12/2020 16:11:35 1 7
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USA is not doing bad under the orange Umpa Lumpa
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01/12/2020 18:57:49 5 1
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Actually I think he is a rank amateur when compared to Trump. But I think he is in silver position. Trouble is that if Bozo wasn’t in no 10 it would be Jezzer. Imagine the COVID figures from Diane Abbott. Now that doesn’t bare thinking about
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01/12/2020 19:19:44 0 0
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Trump was just as dire for the USA.
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01/12/2020 20:06:14 0 0
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Er....USA!
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01/12/2020 15:36:11 47 22
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The best thing Boris can do is to join the EU. next best thing, resign.
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01/12/2020 15:38:13 31 20
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He could do both. It's the only way he can salvage some credibility.
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01/12/2020 15:50:57 1 2
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It will take more than that. Rebirth, maybe?
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01/12/2020 15:32:27 4 18
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"The report says it's important for the UK to conclude a trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year. "
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Well, fancy. Since the EU are hell-bent on punishing the UK for voting to leave, I'm sure this information will be useful for them to ensure a trade deal isn't concluded other than on the most unreasonable terms.

Hasn't 'no deal' has been undervalued enough as it is?
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01/12/2020 15:38:36 2 0
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how can you undervalue something which is worthless?
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01/12/2020 16:07:04 0 1
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By comparing it to our only other choice: to enter into an arrangement with an organisation that despises us and whose primary interest is to see us suffer. No deal sounds reasonably attractive by comparison, don't you think?
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01/12/2020 15:39:03 32 5
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“The OECD says the government and the Bank of England should maintain policies to support the economy until a recovery is well underway.”

As in continue printing money to the benefit of the super-rich asset holders and other banks, with hardly any benefit to the majority who need the most support; the fact QE is still happening after over 10 years suggests it doesn’t work.
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01/12/2020 16:03:26 30 8
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Shhhhh don't tell everyone, the Tories and the inherited rich have done very well out of the massive asset bubbles QE has inflated.

They won't change until the people's vote changes.
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01/12/2020 16:49:13 2 1
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How does devaluing the currency by printing money assist asset owners exactly? Like this is a genuine question, I always thought that QE negatively impacted us all
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01/12/2020 17:38:23 2 0
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It suggests to me that short of overthrowing and replacing Capitalism, it's the only solution that Capitalists can think of.
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01/12/2020 18:32:20 2 0
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youre are absolutely correct, then look at teh otehr side
New Labour had full control over the parliament and did not reverse thatcherism either, started further outsourcing (privatisation) drives instead

Blair was worth £1.2m when elected, 1 year after leaving office it was over £30m, same for good old Gordon, Cameron, Gleg, May (Husband) and nearly all MPs from both sides
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01/12/2020 15:29:28 13 6
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I would hope there will be plenty of work in the UK post Covid, both in the construction of new hospitals and the employment of people to work in them.

Goodness knows it's obvious this is what is required.
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01/12/2020 15:39:33 7 1
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just need to print more money.
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01/12/2020 19:01:09 0 0
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Or go to Bitcoin
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01/12/2020 15:34:35 7 20
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OECD based in France says GB will be worst hit by Covid19 & "says it's important for the UK to conclude a trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year. Failure to do so would, it says, "entail serious additional economic disturbances in the short term and have a strongly negative effect on trade, productivity and jobs in the longer term.Who would have thought that from an EU agency!!!
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01/12/2020 15:39:35 12 3
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Being headquartered in France doesn't make it an EU agency - many member countries are thousands of miles from Europe.
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02/12/2020 00:35:46 0 0
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He is probably of the opinion that the UN is a branch of the US government what with being in America and both starting with the word 'United'
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01/12/2020 15:33:19 9 9
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No problems here.
Record House Prices
Retail Sales through the roof
Used Car Prices Up
Xmas Tree Bubble

Don't know what they are talking about!
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01/12/2020 15:39:57 15 5
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House price bubble you mean.

Retail sales through the roof? Have you seen the new on Debenhams and Arcadia Group?

Due to the mismanagement of Coronavirus and Brexit, while most other countries recover, we're going to get left behind.
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01/12/2020 15:56:49 1 1
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Retail includes Amazon and online not just physical shops! Due to the selfish behaviour of those who party and drink we will not get out of it as quickly as some. Shame manslaughter charges can't be made to stick on those spreading the virus.
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01/12/2020 15:59:31 2 0
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We were left behind from 2016.
Exports of Stilton will sa e us..

No, I forgot!!!!
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01/12/2020 16:14:14 1 1
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I think Pete is talking about the record sales of pitchforks. He also missed out a couple of stats:

+ Used dental prosthesis bargains
+ Second hands cigarette buds sales have never been so incandescent!

We need a second helping of Brexit laced with smallpox.
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01/12/2020 17:33:53 1 0
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No, the left behind are going to be left further behind - the Tories do not care about them as they are insignificant on General Election days. So long as people can keep buying stuff they don't need online, change their car every 3 years and have one and ideally two holidays at least a year, they'll continue to stick their cross in the Tory box. A vote for the selfish Party - again.
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DG
01/12/2020 15:41:02 6 13
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Our problem is that the under 25s have not been controlled.
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01/12/2020 15:44:01 6 2
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By allowing them to go to School and University you mean?
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01/12/2020 16:28:19 0 0
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Presumably you are far too old to remember being under 25?

There's more than enough blame for all age groups, without trying to fire up an "age war"!
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01/12/2020 15:42:55 27 14
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Sounds almost positive to me. bet they haven't taken no deal brexit into account. That will double the pain.
Bad deal will not be much better.
Why, owhy, leavers?
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01/12/2020 15:41:02 6 13
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Our problem is that the under 25s have not been controlled.
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01/12/2020 15:44:01 6 2
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By allowing them to go to School and University you mean?
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02/12/2020 00:32:01 0 0
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By *insisting* they go - and demonising teachers and lecturers who predicted the problems it has created
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01/12/2020 15:37:36 75 30
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The UK has been hit hard by Bojo's incompetence. No other country comes close to this level of buffoonery.
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01/12/2020 15:44:03 50 9
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Attitude of a significant minority of the British (will not wear masks, will not socially distance, let's all flock to the beach etc) hasn't helped, either. The old saying ... "you get the leaders you deserve".
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01/12/2020 15:49:58 4 1
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we must be really bad if that is true.

Well, 43% of us.

oh!!!!! Yes, well.....
Don't thilk the 57% did.
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01/12/2020 15:50:41 5 1
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What evidence do you have that flocking to the beach in July to September has brought about a second wave in November?
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01/12/2020 15:44:08 11 6
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Post Brexit, fill the Arcadia brand stores and Debenham stores with fish counters and switch their activities from clothing retail to fish retail in order to sell the copious amounts of extra fish our post Brexit fishermen will be catching. No longer a Nation of Shopkeepers, as Napoleon described us - post Brexit we can be a Nation of Fishmongers, the envy of the world.
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01/12/2020 17:00:21 1 3
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25,000 jobs are on the blink of going & that all you have to say its Brexit. Well I hope that nobody you know will not be on the blink of losing they job
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01/12/2020 15:44:48 9 6
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Will BoJo and his mates take any accountability for this to see why UK is the worst hit among developed countries?
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01/12/2020 15:52:40 5 4
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Umm, which planet are you on?
This Boris, the bucks tops somewhere else.
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01/12/2020 15:45:19 32 14
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Shocker - worst hit economy globally, it's almost as if the UK has been totally mismanged throughout Covid by the most inept and corrupt of global governments.... oh hang on...

Oh and don't forget Brexit in four weeks - will make covid economic hit look like chicken feed.

Seriously - why have we let Brexit and this Brexit government do so much damage to our country.
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01/12/2020 15:57:44 14 6
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We could have stopped Brexit by Voting Liberal Democrat in December 2019 - 9 out of 10 people di not vote that way so clearly Brexit for most people is not that important. We have to get on with it and when someone campaigns to re-join that nay be the way back in.
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01/12/2020 16:37:09 2 0
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The same people screaming about the cost will be the same people who were screaming we should have locked down earlier/longer, we should have paid more to businesses and people etc.

Can't have it both ways.
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01/12/2020 16:55:42 2 1
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Seriously because people did not like the leadership of the Labour party in the last general election.
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01/12/2020 15:36:11 47 22
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The best thing Boris can do is to join the EU. next best thing, resign.
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01/12/2020 15:48:38 3 0
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We voted to leave the EU. Are you now proposing that Boris defies the will of the people and simply rejoins the EU? Where are those noisy protestors who took the government to the courts complaining about the Brexit proposals being undemocratic. Then the election happens and Boris wins a big majority (that's democracy in action). They seem to have gone quiet now? Why is that?
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01/12/2020 15:53:41 0 3
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Yes.
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01/12/2020 16:32:26 2 2
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And your ballot paper had a cross next to "No deal, and a load of other cock-ups please" did it?
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01/12/2020 15:34:24 14 1
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I think they are hell bent on getting the best possible deal for the EU and why wouldn't they?
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01/12/2020 15:49:27 0 1
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No, they are hell bent on punishing us. If they were hell bent on getting the best possible deal for the EU member states, they'd have agreed a trade deal a long time ago. Trade deals benefit both sides, you know.

Still, that's the EU for you... an unaccountable organisation insulated from the people it represents, prioritising its own self-aggrandisement over its members' well-being.
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01/12/2020 15:52:30 2 0
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You appear to be confusing the EU with the UK Cabinet
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01/12/2020 16:39:44 2 0
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So lets see. We told them do go away, in no uncertain terms, and you are surprised they aren't falling over backwards to help us leave?

What colour is the sky on your planet...
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01/12/2020 21:19:03 0 0
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More weirdly British utter paranoia. I’m ashamed to have the same nationality as you.
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01/12/2020 15:44:03 50 9
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Attitude of a significant minority of the British (will not wear masks, will not socially distance, let's all flock to the beach etc) hasn't helped, either. The old saying ... "you get the leaders you deserve".
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01/12/2020 15:49:58 4 1
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we must be really bad if that is true.

Well, 43% of us.

oh!!!!! Yes, well.....
Don't thilk the 57% did.
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01/12/2020 15:44:03 50 9
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Attitude of a significant minority of the British (will not wear masks, will not socially distance, let's all flock to the beach etc) hasn't helped, either. The old saying ... "you get the leaders you deserve".
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01/12/2020 15:50:41 5 1
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What evidence do you have that flocking to the beach in July to September has brought about a second wave in November?
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01/12/2020 16:30:04 4 0
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Facts never seem to stop people moaning on here, do they, unfortunately?
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01/12/2020 15:38:13 31 20
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He could do both. It's the only way he can salvage some credibility.
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01/12/2020 15:50:57 1 2
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It will take more than that. Rebirth, maybe?
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01/12/2020 15:51:55 79 22
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I thought Johnson said we would "prosper mightily"?

But then again, he said we would have a world beating track and trace system, no border in the Irish Sea, million to one chance of no deal, was not going to prorogue Parliament, would lie down in front of bulldozers at Heathrow, signed the Withdrawal Agreement, had an oven-ready deal, was not going to lock down etc etc.
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01/12/2020 15:58:48 59 21
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I mean it is quite astonishing to see the length and breadth of his corruption and lies in just a single year. That's some world beating right there - putting Russia and tin pot dictators to some shame.
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01/12/2020 16:02:11 8 0
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not much mention of workd- beating anything recently.
Down to hopefully now.
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01/12/2020 17:25:35 2 8
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QE during economic downturns saves jobs you idiots. But this is the typical Labour reaction. No forward thinking whatsoever. You would cheer for abolition of QE but when the knock on effect is job losses you'll continue to point the finger. Never mind get rid of Boris. Get rid of the socialist experi-"mental"-ists.
You have to admire the blind loyalty of the 7 who have down voted this comment. Johnson could defecate daily on their front lawn and they would still support him for making them poorer. Removed
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01/12/2020 18:14:56 4 2
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And that was all prior to Covid, to be honest unless you were mystic meg I don't think you could have put that into the planning - what do you think ?

Maybe you should have voted labour rather than landslide for the Tories - oh, you probably did, they can't even run their own party.
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01/12/2020 21:43:51 0 3
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Keep shoe-horning your brexit doom into every HYS. Like a stopped clock you might be right one day.
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02/12/2020 07:21:38 0 0
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That was ore covid... tipical lefties double standards... pick bits of the truth when suit them
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02/12/2020 07:26:27 0 0
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Funny to read posts from fake lefty trolls... you are not real left... just moan .....in this covid times also the left would have made mistakes like has hapoened in any ther part of the world... left or right are in the same game... protect the elites... just the elites that the left protect and help getting richer are the real viscous ones
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02/12/2020 14:51:16 0 0
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Of course this country has suffered severely. what do you expect when you have millions of people who have gorged on cheap credit and now are in the sh@t house
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01/12/2020 15:34:35 7 20
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OECD based in France says GB will be worst hit by Covid19 & "says it's important for the UK to conclude a trade deal with the European Union by the end of the year. Failure to do so would, it says, "entail serious additional economic disturbances in the short term and have a strongly negative effect on trade, productivity and jobs in the longer term.Who would have thought that from an EU agency!!!
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01/12/2020 15:52:12 5 1
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The OECD is not an EU agency, any more than EuroDisney is. Both are based in France.
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01/12/2020 15:57:31 3 1
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Don't know what 'Old Ken' will say when he discovers the WTO is based in Switzerland.
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01/12/2020 15:49:27 0 1
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No, they are hell bent on punishing us. If they were hell bent on getting the best possible deal for the EU member states, they'd have agreed a trade deal a long time ago. Trade deals benefit both sides, you know.

Still, that's the EU for you... an unaccountable organisation insulated from the people it represents, prioritising its own self-aggrandisement over its members' well-being.
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01/12/2020 15:52:30 2 0
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You appear to be confusing the EU with the UK Cabinet
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GK
01/12/2020 15:44:48 9 6
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Will BoJo and his mates take any accountability for this to see why UK is the worst hit among developed countries?
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01/12/2020 15:52:40 5 4
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Umm, which planet are you on?
This Boris, the bucks tops somewhere else.
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01/12/2020 15:53:09 6 3
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Penny just dropping with some UK residents I see, pays your money takes your chance.

Gamble responsibly.
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01/12/2020 15:37:36 75 30
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The UK has been hit hard by Bojo's incompetence. No other country comes close to this level of buffoonery.
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01/12/2020 15:53:37 4 7
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Really! Look at the issues in the US and the state of the Labour party in the UK. In fact look at the issues in the EU, Italy in particular. Italy is bankrupt and will need financial support from Germany and France; luckily not us! In the COVID world show me a country that got it right, according to many Sweden did but hey ho! Unfortunately the stupid don't seem to get COVID!
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01/12/2020 16:07:01 10 3
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Don't tell me, the EU is on the brink of financial collapse whilst Brexiteers ride their golden unicorns to the COVID-free sunlit uplands?
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01/12/2020 21:42:37 0 0
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"Unfortunately the stupid don't seem to get COVID!"

Oh I don't know, both Johnson and Trump managed to catch it.
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01/12/2020 15:48:38 3 0
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We voted to leave the EU. Are you now proposing that Boris defies the will of the people and simply rejoins the EU? Where are those noisy protestors who took the government to the courts complaining about the Brexit proposals being undemocratic. Then the election happens and Boris wins a big majority (that's democracy in action). They seem to have gone quiet now? Why is that?
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01/12/2020 15:53:41 0 3
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Yes.
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01/12/2020 15:54:11 12 12
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What a load of economic rubbish from the OECD.
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01/12/2020 16:53:45 7 1
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Why please do tell us
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01/12/2020 15:31:35 6 14
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Nice to know the OECD have spent their £400 million budget wisely, they also have a habit of making inaccurate future 'predictions'.
Mystic Meg is a much cheaper alternative.
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01/12/2020 15:54:37 4 1
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Did you manage to win the lottery based on her predictions?
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01/12/2020 16:36:24 0 1
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Haha, afraid not. The National Lottery is a working class competition. People in my financial position should not play the lottery.
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01/12/2020 15:54:44 13 6
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An economic prediction.

Worth its weight in gold
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01/12/2020 15:57:07 17 13
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It's worth far more than a blustering promise from Bojo. Where do we start?
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01/12/2020 15:57:45 3 0
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more like scrap-iron.
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01/12/2020 15:39:57 15 5
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House price bubble you mean.

Retail sales through the roof? Have you seen the new on Debenhams and Arcadia Group?

Due to the mismanagement of Coronavirus and Brexit, while most other countries recover, we're going to get left behind.
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01/12/2020 15:56:49 1 1
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Retail includes Amazon and online not just physical shops! Due to the selfish behaviour of those who party and drink we will not get out of it as quickly as some. Shame manslaughter charges can't be made to stick on those spreading the virus.
Removed
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01/12/2020 15:54:44 13 6
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An economic prediction.

Worth its weight in gold
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01/12/2020 15:57:07 17 13
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It's worth far more than a blustering promise from Bojo. Where do we start?
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01/12/2020 15:52:12 5 1
bbc
The OECD is not an EU agency, any more than EuroDisney is. Both are based in France.
45
01/12/2020 15:57:31 3 1
bbc
Don't know what 'Old Ken' will say when he discovers the WTO is based in Switzerland.
67
01/12/2020 16:14:18 4 1
bbc
Or that NATO is based in Brussels...
26
01/12/2020 15:45:19 32 14
bbc
Shocker - worst hit economy globally, it's almost as if the UK has been totally mismanged throughout Covid by the most inept and corrupt of global governments.... oh hang on...

Oh and don't forget Brexit in four weeks - will make covid economic hit look like chicken feed.

Seriously - why have we let Brexit and this Brexit government do so much damage to our country.
46
01/12/2020 15:57:44 14 6
bbc
We could have stopped Brexit by Voting Liberal Democrat in December 2019 - 9 out of 10 people di not vote that way so clearly Brexit for most people is not that important. We have to get on with it and when someone campaigns to re-join that nay be the way back in.
108
01/12/2020 16:57:02 1 3
bbc
So you did not like the result well you lose get over it
41
01/12/2020 15:54:44 13 6
bbc
An economic prediction.

Worth its weight in gold
47
01/12/2020 15:57:45 3 0
bbc
more like scrap-iron.
7
01/12/2020 15:33:19 9 9
bbc
No problems here.
Record House Prices
Retail Sales through the roof
Used Car Prices Up
Xmas Tree Bubble

Don't know what they are talking about!
48
01/12/2020 15:57:45 3 0
bbc
And Jan 2nd, food price rises, inflation blooms, food shortages in the short/medium term and further unemployment.
no unicorns though.
49
01/12/2020 15:57:57 8 3
bbc
"How are the Government going to get us out of this" Therein is our problem. We have some great people young and old but to many who think they have no need "to do thier bit" as they used to say. Evidence --- those who ignore the COVID rules for their selfish needs/desires. There are many more but BBC wont let me list them!
6
01/12/2020 15:33:08 4 18
bbc
Thats because the stupid government has over reacted and shut everything down, completely without justification! We will never fully recover from this mess. The USA will do well, largely on the basis the President didnt over react, realised the economy was much more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early and let business continue. Thats what we should have done.
50
01/12/2020 15:58:22 3 0
bbc
Do you want to go face to face with the families who have lost young people to the virus? Of course not!
32
01/12/2020 15:51:55 79 22
bbc
I thought Johnson said we would "prosper mightily"?

But then again, he said we would have a world beating track and trace system, no border in the Irish Sea, million to one chance of no deal, was not going to prorogue Parliament, would lie down in front of bulldozers at Heathrow, signed the Withdrawal Agreement, had an oven-ready deal, was not going to lock down etc etc.
51
01/12/2020 15:58:48 59 21
bbc
I mean it is quite astonishing to see the length and breadth of his corruption and lies in just a single year. That's some world beating right there - putting Russia and tin pot dictators to some shame.
109
01/12/2020 16:57:08 11 2
bbc
world beating corruption
5
01/12/2020 15:32:43 55 18
bbc
"Boris is doing a great job"......so say the members of his ever diminishing Fan Club. Still waiting for one piece of factual evidence for that.
52
01/12/2020 15:58:54 17 30
bbc
Doing better than the so called experts who still cannot agree!
93
01/12/2020 16:40:01 4 1
bbc
Yep fact free comment as expected.
106
01/12/2020 16:55:11 3 1
bbc
and your factual evidence for that statement is?
161
01/12/2020 18:19:22 2 0
bbc
And yet somehow doing so much worse than the rest of Europe, east Asia and Australia / NZ, who all have the same access to expertise that we do.
19
01/12/2020 15:39:57 15 5
bbc
House price bubble you mean.

Retail sales through the roof? Have you seen the new on Debenhams and Arcadia Group?

Due to the mismanagement of Coronavirus and Brexit, while most other countries recover, we're going to get left behind.
53
01/12/2020 15:59:31 2 0
bbc
We were left behind from 2016.
Exports of Stilton will sa e us..

No, I forgot!!!!
60
01/12/2020 16:08:31 0 0
bbc
Cant take mickey very literal on here, amazing
6
01/12/2020 15:33:08 4 18
bbc
Thats because the stupid government has over reacted and shut everything down, completely without justification! We will never fully recover from this mess. The USA will do well, largely on the basis the President didnt over react, realised the economy was much more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early and let business continue. Thats what we should have done.
54
01/12/2020 16:00:19 2 0
bbc
Wow. "the economy is more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early". Even at a additional 1% death rate that's 680,000 people. 680,000 mothers, fathers, grandparents. And that barely registers with you because you can't go the the pub for a few months? Just wow. Some people really have no interest in humanity. I hope you believe in Karma - I really do.
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01/12/2020 15:51:55 79 22
bbc
I thought Johnson said we would "prosper mightily"?

But then again, he said we would have a world beating track and trace system, no border in the Irish Sea, million to one chance of no deal, was not going to prorogue Parliament, would lie down in front of bulldozers at Heathrow, signed the Withdrawal Agreement, had an oven-ready deal, was not going to lock down etc etc.
55
01/12/2020 16:02:11 8 0
bbc
not much mention of workd- beating anything recently.
Down to hopefully now.
16
01/12/2020 15:39:03 32 5
bbc
“The OECD says the government and the Bank of England should maintain policies to support the economy until a recovery is well underway.”

As in continue printing money to the benefit of the super-rich asset holders and other banks, with hardly any benefit to the majority who need the most support; the fact QE is still happening after over 10 years suggests it doesn’t work.
56
01/12/2020 16:03:26 30 8
bbc
Shhhhh don't tell everyone, the Tories and the inherited rich have done very well out of the massive asset bubbles QE has inflated.

They won't change until the people's vote changes.
62
01/12/2020 16:10:28 2 2
bbc
Since it was started under Brown not even then been very quiet on it.

Don't hold your breath
89
01/12/2020 16:38:32 2 0
bbc
I'm surprised people are not catching on what QE will do to the property market.
90
01/12/2020 16:38:45 4 0
bbc
Or until there's a revolution.
57
MVP
01/12/2020 16:04:12 6 9
bbc
The UK has been hardest hit due to the dithering by our government

Compare the UK stats with, say, Germany and it is obvious how many lives could have been saved if we had competent leaders
84
01/12/2020 16:35:04 2 2
bbc
Or Spain, Italy, or Belgium. Oh hang on, they have all had higher death rates than the UK. Let's pick the one that hasn't......
101
01/12/2020 16:52:41 0 0
bbc
Yes but not forget the devolved government in Wales & Scotland. They leadership or lack of leadership as cost many lives as well.
133
01/12/2020 17:40:20 0 0
bbc
and what's stopping you from stepping up?

Easier to criticise from the sides eh?
37
01/12/2020 15:53:37 4 7
bbc
Really! Look at the issues in the US and the state of the Labour party in the UK. In fact look at the issues in the EU, Italy in particular. Italy is bankrupt and will need financial support from Germany and France; luckily not us! In the COVID world show me a country that got it right, according to many Sweden did but hey ho! Unfortunately the stupid don't seem to get COVID!
58
01/12/2020 16:07:01 10 3
bbc
Don't tell me, the EU is on the brink of financial collapse whilst Brexiteers ride their golden unicorns to the COVID-free sunlit uplands?
15
01/12/2020 15:38:36 2 0
bbc
how can you undervalue something which is worthless?
59
01/12/2020 16:07:04 0 1
bbc
By comparing it to our only other choice: to enter into an arrangement with an organisation that despises us and whose primary interest is to see us suffer. No deal sounds reasonably attractive by comparison, don't you think?
53
01/12/2020 15:59:31 2 0
bbc
We were left behind from 2016.
Exports of Stilton will sa e us..

No, I forgot!!!!
60
01/12/2020 16:08:31 0 0
bbc
Cant take mickey very literal on here, amazing
61
01/12/2020 16:09:39 7 4
bbc
What’s their record of getting these predictions correct?
The UK now needs to star producing things, we rely on the service industry, not good for a pandemic.
64
01/12/2020 16:11:45 10 1
bbc
How do you propose to completely restructure the UK economy overnight, without our competitors noticing?
72
01/12/2020 16:26:13 1 0
bbc
I wouldn't be too hasty to write off service industry - it accounts for about 40% of world trade and employs more than 50% of the global working population.

Oddly enough, it comprises only about 17% of trade between EU member states. So much for one of the four freedoms! Shame France and Germany conspired to water down the Bolkestein Directive, but I guess they've got all those guilds to protect.
56
01/12/2020 16:03:26 30 8
bbc
Shhhhh don't tell everyone, the Tories and the inherited rich have done very well out of the massive asset bubbles QE has inflated.

They won't change until the people's vote changes.
62
01/12/2020 16:10:28 2 2
bbc
Since it was started under Brown not even then been very quiet on it.

Don't hold your breath
13
01/12/2020 15:37:36 75 30
bbc
The UK has been hit hard by Bojo's incompetence. No other country comes close to this level of buffoonery.
63
01/12/2020 16:11:35 1 7
bbc
USA is not doing bad under the orange Umpa Lumpa
73
01/12/2020 16:26:15 10 1
bbc
It's doing very bad.
271
02/12/2020 20:56:49 0 0
bbc
US has had the worst Covid response of any country, for which Trump is partly responsible.

Covid has at least shown up the populist incompetents, as well as the stupidity of Brexit. The US have responded and kicked Trump out. The UK though isn't being allowed to get out of Brexit.

So this year Covid hammers the hospitality industry. Next year Brexit hammers manufacturing. Hold on tight.
61
01/12/2020 16:09:39 7 4
bbc
What’s their record of getting these predictions correct?
The UK now needs to star producing things, we rely on the service industry, not good for a pandemic.
64
01/12/2020 16:11:45 10 1
bbc
How do you propose to completely restructure the UK economy overnight, without our competitors noticing?
81
01/12/2020 16:31:15 0 0
bbc
do you see anyone here getting paid enough to give the people that *do* get paid enough, the solution? how dare you..
12
01/12/2020 15:36:50 44 18
bbc
I don't know how the Tory government is going to get us out of this mess?

They've handled the countries response to the pandemic spectacularly badly. In addition, they're determined to further depress the economy by dragging us out of the single market, possibly without a deal - as if things couldn't get any worse.

We'll be left with a huge amount of debt and a failing economy.
65
01/12/2020 16:12:15 9 6
bbc
Keep clutching at that straw, like a drowning man holding onto an anchor
66
01/12/2020 16:13:20 19 10
bbc
UK has a very open economy, big in tourism/ hosting, big domestic service economy, an oil industry, huge in aviation (manufacturing and as a hub), big car production, an international retail destination, massive film production location, huge festival and music industry, sport that is unrivalled, the list goes on. Apart from the games/ software everyone's taken a hit. 2021 will be better for UK.
71
01/12/2020 16:25:26 16 15
bbc
Nice try, but as Bojo's scriptwriter you too will soon be out of work.
79
01/12/2020 16:30:15 3 4
bbc
we don't have big car production. we've got a few high-end companies. if everyone wanted to go to Tesco's in a Rolls Royce or an Aston, we'd be sorted...but they don't, they want a Ford Focus.
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DP
01/12/2020 22:37:43 0 0
bbc
They have all been very successful until Bozo obliterated them in March...
230
01/12/2020 22:40:15 1 0
bbc
you just managed to forget that a lot of the above are sold into the EU....got any replacements yet?
45
01/12/2020 15:57:31 3 1
bbc
Don't know what 'Old Ken' will say when he discovers the WTO is based in Switzerland.
67
01/12/2020 16:14:18 4 1
bbc
Or that NATO is based in Brussels...
19
01/12/2020 15:39:57 15 5
bbc
House price bubble you mean.

Retail sales through the roof? Have you seen the new on Debenhams and Arcadia Group?

Due to the mismanagement of Coronavirus and Brexit, while most other countries recover, we're going to get left behind.
68
tv
01/12/2020 16:14:14 1 1
bbc
I think Pete is talking about the record sales of pitchforks. He also missed out a couple of stats:

+ Used dental prosthesis bargains
+ Second hands cigarette buds sales have never been so incandescent!

We need a second helping of Brexit laced with smallpox.
69
01/12/2020 16:20:45 5 2
bbc
Whilst the UK Government has shut down the retail sector they have let Jeff Bezos's Amazon steal the Christmas trade from many UK retailers. Shame on you HMG, Shame on you.
76
01/12/2020 16:28:41 2 0
bbc
HMG: "not my department mate"
122
01/12/2020 17:29:45 1 0
bbc
Am no fan of the Tories but those retailers who have been slow to develop strong and efficient online businesses have zero chance of competing with Amazon. Technology and the resultant change in shopping habits is defeating High St retailers who fail to adapt. Green has possibly made a conscious decision NOT to adapt because that requires investment in people and technology - not his thing.
129
01/12/2020 17:35:59 0 0
bbc
Lots of UK retailers are on line. Blame the people who use Amazon not the Government
70
01/12/2020 16:22:17 46 5
bbc
Johnny G

"UK has a very open economy"

...open? Not the word I would chose.

UK economy is more vulnerable than most because of a poor manufacturing base, poor education, poor labour regulations, excessive borrowing, over-dependence on imports, weak currency, poor political leadership (wasting 99% of time on brexit without getting anywhere), and years of lack of investment in infrastructure...
118
01/12/2020 17:19:04 17 1
bbc
Yes this exactly.
124
01/12/2020 17:31:11 5 0
bbc
Agree. It is service industry based. Relying on travel and hospitality.
217
01/12/2020 21:24:28 2 0
bbc
You have hit the nail on the head.
229
01/12/2020 22:37:52 5 0
bbc
not to mention about to throw away our biggest market..........
244
02/12/2020 00:08:18 2 0
bbc
Correct
66
01/12/2020 16:13:20 19 10
bbc
UK has a very open economy, big in tourism/ hosting, big domestic service economy, an oil industry, huge in aviation (manufacturing and as a hub), big car production, an international retail destination, massive film production location, huge festival and music industry, sport that is unrivalled, the list goes on. Apart from the games/ software everyone's taken a hit. 2021 will be better for UK.
71
01/12/2020 16:25:26 16 15
bbc
Nice try, but as Bojo's scriptwriter you too will soon be out of work.
61
01/12/2020 16:09:39 7 4
bbc
What’s their record of getting these predictions correct?
The UK now needs to star producing things, we rely on the service industry, not good for a pandemic.
72
01/12/2020 16:26:13 1 0
bbc
I wouldn't be too hasty to write off service industry - it accounts for about 40% of world trade and employs more than 50% of the global working population.

Oddly enough, it comprises only about 17% of trade between EU member states. So much for one of the four freedoms! Shame France and Germany conspired to water down the Bolkestein Directive, but I guess they've got all those guilds to protect.
63
01/12/2020 16:11:35 1 7
bbc
USA is not doing bad under the orange Umpa Lumpa
73
01/12/2020 16:26:15 10 1
bbc
It's doing very bad.
80
01/12/2020 16:30:37 0 0
bbc
Read OP "not close" USA is not only close but surpassed. i.e. not done bad in context what OP stated.
74
01/12/2020 16:27:55 1 5
bbc
the solution is simple. and simply simple at that.

we. must. stop. manufacturing. things.

selling phone contracts, and a strong city financial sector. that's where we need to concentrate on.
139
01/12/2020 17:46:33 1 0
bbc
If you reverse every statement made you would see what we actually need to do or should have been doing decades ago...
20
DG
01/12/2020 15:41:02 6 13
bbc
Our problem is that the under 25s have not been controlled.
75
01/12/2020 16:28:19 0 0
bbc
Presumably you are far too old to remember being under 25?

There's more than enough blame for all age groups, without trying to fire up an "age war"!
69
01/12/2020 16:20:45 5 2
bbc
Whilst the UK Government has shut down the retail sector they have let Jeff Bezos's Amazon steal the Christmas trade from many UK retailers. Shame on you HMG, Shame on you.
76
01/12/2020 16:28:41 2 0
bbc
HMG: "not my department mate"
77
01/12/2020 16:29:38 1 5
bbc
As usual the BBC give us negative headlines but not the comparative data.
94
01/12/2020 16:42:22 3 0
bbc
Other news sources are available, that would probably be more to your liking...
30
01/12/2020 15:50:41 5 1
bbc
What evidence do you have that flocking to the beach in July to September has brought about a second wave in November?
78
01/12/2020 16:30:04 4 0
bbc
Facts never seem to stop people moaning on here, do they, unfortunately?
66
01/12/2020 16:13:20 19 10
bbc
UK has a very open economy, big in tourism/ hosting, big domestic service economy, an oil industry, huge in aviation (manufacturing and as a hub), big car production, an international retail destination, massive film production location, huge festival and music industry, sport that is unrivalled, the list goes on. Apart from the games/ software everyone's taken a hit. 2021 will be better for UK.
79
01/12/2020 16:30:15 3 4
bbc
we don't have big car production. we've got a few high-end companies. if everyone wanted to go to Tesco's in a Rolls Royce or an Aston, we'd be sorted...but they don't, they want a Ford Focus.
162
01/12/2020 18:20:01 2 0
bbc
You must have a strange idea of what is big, we produced 500,000 at the Nissan -Kant alone last year
73
01/12/2020 16:26:15 10 1
bbc
It's doing very bad.
80
01/12/2020 16:30:37 0 0
bbc
Read OP "not close" USA is not only close but surpassed. i.e. not done bad in context what OP stated.
64
01/12/2020 16:11:45 10 1
bbc
How do you propose to completely restructure the UK economy overnight, without our competitors noticing?
81
01/12/2020 16:31:15 0 0
bbc
do you see anyone here getting paid enough to give the people that *do* get paid enough, the solution? how dare you..
27
01/12/2020 15:48:38 3 0
bbc
We voted to leave the EU. Are you now proposing that Boris defies the will of the people and simply rejoins the EU? Where are those noisy protestors who took the government to the courts complaining about the Brexit proposals being undemocratic. Then the election happens and Boris wins a big majority (that's democracy in action). They seem to have gone quiet now? Why is that?
82
01/12/2020 16:32:26 2 2
bbc
And your ballot paper had a cross next to "No deal, and a load of other cock-ups please" did it?
83
kr1
01/12/2020 16:33:51 3 0
bbc
Did that headline really say :UK among nations with highest proportion of population not compling with Covid rules"
57
MVP
01/12/2020 16:04:12 6 9
bbc
The UK has been hardest hit due to the dithering by our government

Compare the UK stats with, say, Germany and it is obvious how many lives could have been saved if we had competent leaders
84
01/12/2020 16:35:04 2 2
bbc
Or Spain, Italy, or Belgium. Oh hang on, they have all had higher death rates than the UK. Let's pick the one that hasn't......
105
01/12/2020 16:54:06 2 0
bbc
When you try to improve don't you try and learn from the best rather than justify poor performance by trying to find the worst?
40
01/12/2020 15:54:37 4 1
bbc
Did you manage to win the lottery based on her predictions?
85
01/12/2020 16:36:24 0 1
bbc
Haha, afraid not. The National Lottery is a working class competition. People in my financial position should not play the lottery.
110
01/12/2020 16:58:21 0 0
bbc
"People in my financial position should not play the lottery."

Because you can't afford it?
26
01/12/2020 15:45:19 32 14
bbc
Shocker - worst hit economy globally, it's almost as if the UK has been totally mismanged throughout Covid by the most inept and corrupt of global governments.... oh hang on...

Oh and don't forget Brexit in four weeks - will make covid economic hit look like chicken feed.

Seriously - why have we let Brexit and this Brexit government do so much damage to our country.
86
01/12/2020 16:37:09 2 0
bbc
The same people screaming about the cost will be the same people who were screaming we should have locked down earlier/longer, we should have paid more to businesses and people etc.

Can't have it both ways.
6
01/12/2020 15:33:08 4 18
bbc
Thats because the stupid government has over reacted and shut everything down, completely without justification! We will never fully recover from this mess. The USA will do well, largely on the basis the President didnt over react, realised the economy was much more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early and let business continue. Thats what we should have done.
87
01/12/2020 16:37:11 1 0
bbc
"the economy was much more important than a few extra very old people dying a bit early"

You really are nasty, aren't you?
88
01/12/2020 16:37:17 3 5
bbc
Contributors to HYS seem to have forgotten that we voted to leave and we voted for the current government. The article is about economic growth. Rarely are predictions accurate. So what is the purpose of the article? It seems to me to be another opportunity to claim a deal is better than no deal. Stating the obvious!, but forgetting how to negotiate. Boris's team know how to negotiate. Let them.
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Jo
01/12/2020 16:39:32 5 1
bbc
really? I do hope that you might be correct but the record to date is far from impressive
111
01/12/2020 17:00:11 2 0
bbc
"Boris's team know how to negotiate."

Pull the other one - it plays the national anthem...
116
01/12/2020 17:11:29 0 0
bbc
I get the impression you'd vote Tory even if they set your granny on fire.
56
01/12/2020 16:03:26 30 8
bbc
Shhhhh don't tell everyone, the Tories and the inherited rich have done very well out of the massive asset bubbles QE has inflated.

They won't change until the people's vote changes.
89
01/12/2020 16:38:32 2 0
bbc
I'm surprised people are not catching on what QE will do to the property market.
56
01/12/2020 16:03:26 30 8
bbc
Shhhhh don't tell everyone, the Tories and the inherited rich have done very well out of the massive asset bubbles QE has inflated.

They won't change until the people's vote changes.
90
01/12/2020 16:38:45 4 0
bbc
Or until there's a revolution.
88
01/12/2020 16:37:17 3 5
bbc
Contributors to HYS seem to have forgotten that we voted to leave and we voted for the current government. The article is about economic growth. Rarely are predictions accurate. So what is the purpose of the article? It seems to me to be another opportunity to claim a deal is better than no deal. Stating the obvious!, but forgetting how to negotiate. Boris's team know how to negotiate. Let them.
91
Jo
01/12/2020 16:39:32 5 1
bbc
really? I do hope that you might be correct but the record to date is far from impressive
28
01/12/2020 15:49:27 0 1
bbc
No, they are hell bent on punishing us. If they were hell bent on getting the best possible deal for the EU member states, they'd have agreed a trade deal a long time ago. Trade deals benefit both sides, you know.

Still, that's the EU for you... an unaccountable organisation insulated from the people it represents, prioritising its own self-aggrandisement over its members' well-being.
92
01/12/2020 16:39:44 2 0
bbc
So lets see. We told them do go away, in no uncertain terms, and you are surprised they aren't falling over backwards to help us leave?

What colour is the sky on your planet...
52
01/12/2020 15:58:54 17 30
bbc
Doing better than the so called experts who still cannot agree!
93
01/12/2020 16:40:01 4 1
bbc
Yep fact free comment as expected.
77
01/12/2020 16:29:38 1 5
bbc
As usual the BBC give us negative headlines but not the comparative data.
94
01/12/2020 16:42:22 3 0
bbc
Other news sources are available, that would probably be more to your liking...
95
01/12/2020 16:44:25 2 4
bbc
This gives us all a very good idea of just how badly this pandemic has been managed by those purporting to represent the medical profession.

Right from the start, every Tom, Dick and Harry has been allowed to enter the UK and go where they please, all on the empty promise that they will self-isolate, which they clearly didn't.

Shutting down businesses was stupid. Most will never recover.
100
01/12/2020 16:51:50 5 0
bbc
Yeah, must be Johnny Foreigners, Realityman. Normally they just get the blame for recessions, housing shortages and low wages but you've also got them down for spreading Covid. Strong on opinion but light on fact.
96
01/12/2020 16:45:16 6 1
bbc
UK has been hit hard by Bojo's incompetence
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Be careful,you're falling into trap of personalizing this about Johnson and in so doing letting Tories off hook for 10 years of chaotic Govt.When they're good and ready,Tories will drop Johnson like a stone.Solely criticizing him now will make it easier for Tories to simply appoint new leader and attempt to walk away from mess their Party has created.
254
02/12/2020 04:32:38 0 0
bbc
Correct the current Cabinet of no talents will all have done a runner by mid next year. All of them are throwing money at their pals who own companies and the likes of Serco. The bolt holes are being secured right now. After they jump ship because MP's wages are "chicken feed" to quote Bojo what's left?
97
01/12/2020 16:46:51 3 3
bbc
Well at lease one country will do well. China the place where this all started. The world as pay heavy in death while China reaps the reward
16
01/12/2020 15:39:03 32 5
bbc
“The OECD says the government and the Bank of England should maintain policies to support the economy until a recovery is well underway.”

As in continue printing money to the benefit of the super-rich asset holders and other banks, with hardly any benefit to the majority who need the most support; the fact QE is still happening after over 10 years suggests it doesn’t work.
98
01/12/2020 16:49:13 2 1
bbc
How does devaluing the currency by printing money assist asset owners exactly? Like this is a genuine question, I always thought that QE negatively impacted us all
120
01/12/2020 17:23:31 2 0
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Robin Hood in reverse, but kept very quiet. Share & House prices worth about £128,000 + to richest 5% of population

https://positivemoney.org/how-money-works/advanced/how-quantitative-easing-works/
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01/12/2020 16:50:02 6 3
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It would have been nice if the article had included a list of the other european countries and what their predictions were. Then we could see how much worse off we were predicted to be, 0.1% maybe?

It is rather like the regular articles each time that the UK passes another 10,000 deaths, the figures are irrelevant, unless you consider the population of each country.
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01/12/2020 17:01:53 1 0
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And a breakdown of all the home countries in the UK would be nice too
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01/12/2020 17:22:38 2 2
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Work it out for yourself, Peter B. The data for population sizes and deaths is all on the internet. Do the calculations and you can see that, for whatever reason (take your pick of ill prepared, slow to react, poor test and trace, poverty/poor lifestyle) the UK has NOT fared well.
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01/12/2020 16:44:25 2 4
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This gives us all a very good idea of just how badly this pandemic has been managed by those purporting to represent the medical profession.

Right from the start, every Tom, Dick and Harry has been allowed to enter the UK and go where they please, all on the empty promise that they will self-isolate, which they clearly didn't.

Shutting down businesses was stupid. Most will never recover.
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01/12/2020 16:51:50 5 0
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Yeah, must be Johnny Foreigners, Realityman. Normally they just get the blame for recessions, housing shortages and low wages but you've also got them down for spreading Covid. Strong on opinion but light on fact.