Retail sales stage partial recovery in February
26/03/2021 | news | business | 127
Outdoor furniture and DIY sales were strong, but clothing stores continued to struggle.
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26/03/2021 10:42:42 4 11
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So what ?

This isn't really a "recovery", is it ?
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26/03/2021 16:05:04 2 0
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Yep.
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26/03/2021 10:43:44 11 8
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"Outdoor furniture and DIY sales were strong" - BBC: That's because they were OPEN

" clothing shops continued to struggle" - BBC: That's because they are CLOSED

Headline say partial recovery - but the BBC show a picture of a closed shop.

Not great journalism (again)
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Bob
26/03/2021 10:48:05 5 6
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Every shop can open for click and collect, should it want to.
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26/03/2021 10:43:44 11 8
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"Outdoor furniture and DIY sales were strong" - BBC: That's because they were OPEN

" clothing shops continued to struggle" - BBC: That's because they are CLOSED

Headline say partial recovery - but the BBC show a picture of a closed shop.

Not great journalism (again)
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Bob
26/03/2021 10:48:05 5 6
bbc
Every shop can open for click and collect, should it want to.
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26/03/2021 14:02:42 2 0
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Not every potential customer wishes to click and collect.
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26/03/2021 10:50:16 12 5
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'Online sales hit a record 36.1% of all sales' No surprise there as most high street shops are closed and the online purchase is delivered to your door. Most stats at the moment are irrelevant until the country gets back to normal. Seems the media outlets need to spout anything they can find to fill up the webpages .
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26/03/2021 10:52:13 5 10
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Why read info to only diss it regardless, got nothing better to do with your life but moan? What a waste of a life and global resources
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Bob
26/03/2021 11:02:39 2 1
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Good job the sentence is just a statement of fact and not prefaced with 'In a shocking surprise...', then isn't it.
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26/03/2021 10:50:16 12 5
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'Online sales hit a record 36.1% of all sales' No surprise there as most high street shops are closed and the online purchase is delivered to your door. Most stats at the moment are irrelevant until the country gets back to normal. Seems the media outlets need to spout anything they can find to fill up the webpages .
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26/03/2021 10:52:13 5 10
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Why read info to only diss it regardless, got nothing better to do with your life but moan? What a waste of a life and global resources
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26/03/2021 11:00:28 11 2
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The challenge when shops fully reopen is how to help independent local shops to compete with the supermarkets and online. We need to support towns and cities to develop a viable alternative to bland chain stores and out-of-town retail parks.
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26/03/2021 11:02:04 11 9
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Just watch retail spending surge as the economy is re-opened.

Its going to be Rishi Boom time.
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26/03/2021 10:50:16 12 5
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'Online sales hit a record 36.1% of all sales' No surprise there as most high street shops are closed and the online purchase is delivered to your door. Most stats at the moment are irrelevant until the country gets back to normal. Seems the media outlets need to spout anything they can find to fill up the webpages .
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Bob
26/03/2021 11:02:39 2 1
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Good job the sentence is just a statement of fact and not prefaced with 'In a shocking surprise...', then isn't it.
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26/03/2021 11:08:51 20 3
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Retail will bounce back next month as people are itching to go back to town centre shopping.

Just a shame John Lewis couldn’t wait for this.
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26/03/2021 12:34:34 10 4
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John Lewis was dieing before the pandemic.
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26/03/2021 11:10:14 14 3
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When the shops oin Wales were allowed to start selling non essential items again we saw the shops get busier and having been to ASDA in Caerphilly for groceries, the aisles that were previously closed were jammed with people filling their trollies.

Once things re-open there will be a massive boom.
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26/03/2021 13:53:56 3 0
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Definitely, you can only wear what have become rags for so long before you need new clothes!
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26/03/2021 16:03:53 1 1
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In infections.
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26/03/2021 10:58:21 18 14
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The UK is going to bounce back much stronger than the EU.
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26/03/2021 11:16:52 5 2
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Yawn....I think there’s more real news going on elsewhere that this unattributed journalist can be reporting on!

Boing, boing, boing.... that’s me bouncing on to something more interesting to read!
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26/03/2021 11:26:12 11 0
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While it is good to see a rise in sales, many will be holding off as they are unsure if they will be in employment in six months time. Understandable.
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26/03/2021 11:28:14 40 10
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BBC reporting the blindingly obvious!

Food and DIY stores are open.

Clothing and non-essential retail closed.

A chimp with a passing interest in economics could have written this!
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26/03/2021 12:16:52 23 16
bbc
A chimp with a passing interest in economics would be more qualified than the shambles we have running the show now.
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26/03/2021 12:19:48 3 2
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Not convinced a chimp would admit to writing this.
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26/03/2021 13:01:24 7 0
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It did, don't forget the BCC believes in diversity.
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27/03/2021 13:23:39 1 0
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Have you heard of the 'internet'?
Or is it too blindingly obvious for you that people may have switched from high street retail to on-line retail? Or may not have?
Or do you just salivate at the thought of poking the BBC about something, anything, everything?
Removed
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27/03/2021 14:42:14 0 0
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It's another comment without any merit from the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine!
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PS
26/03/2021 11:51:25 21 13
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The issue I have had with the Media(especially the BBC) over the last 6 months is stating the obvious & negativity. When did you hear or read an article where they reported with equal measure the gloom or bonus? I'm looking forward to watching GBNEWS
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26/03/2021 12:15:32 21 19
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I think many people who are sick and tired of Laura Doomsberg and similarly aggressive and negative journalists with their faux 'taking offence at the slightest off PC remark and will be turning over in their droves to GBNEWS when it launches.
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26/03/2021 12:16:16 5 7
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Try reading a dictionary for the definition of 'Impartial' and 'Equality'.

They are not the same thing.

Enjoy your propaganda channel - you will blindly follow those that wish to control you
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27/03/2021 13:29:30 2 0
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In your retired, index-linked, guaranteed-income, jabbed-already Nirvana things may indeed still look very rosy indeed.
Elsewhere, not so good.
Ask your kids.
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27/03/2021 14:45:11 1 0
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I should imagine most of the Tory Bot Propaganda Machine will tootle off, let's hope so!!

But, let's get serious they love the BBC really because it gives them a platform to spread their propaganda.
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PS
26/03/2021 11:51:25 21 13
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The issue I have had with the Media(especially the BBC) over the last 6 months is stating the obvious & negativity. When did you hear or read an article where they reported with equal measure the gloom or bonus? I'm looking forward to watching GBNEWS
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26/03/2021 12:15:32 21 19
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I think many people who are sick and tired of Laura Doomsberg and similarly aggressive and negative journalists with their faux 'taking offence at the slightest off PC remark and will be turning over in their droves to GBNEWS when it launches.
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26/03/2021 16:02:28 5 0
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I will.
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27/03/2021 13:30:57 2 0
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"...taking offence at the slightest off remark and will be turning over in their droves to GBNEWS when it launches."
Are your jackboots pinching, grandad?
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PS
26/03/2021 11:51:25 21 13
bbc
The issue I have had with the Media(especially the BBC) over the last 6 months is stating the obvious & negativity. When did you hear or read an article where they reported with equal measure the gloom or bonus? I'm looking forward to watching GBNEWS
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26/03/2021 12:16:16 5 7
bbc
Try reading a dictionary for the definition of 'Impartial' and 'Equality'.

They are not the same thing.

Enjoy your propaganda channel - you will blindly follow those that wish to control you
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26/03/2021 11:28:14 40 10
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BBC reporting the blindingly obvious!

Food and DIY stores are open.

Clothing and non-essential retail closed.

A chimp with a passing interest in economics could have written this!
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26/03/2021 12:16:52 23 16
bbc
A chimp with a passing interest in economics would be more qualified than the shambles we have running the show now.
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26/03/2021 12:19:29 6 0
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Children grow,
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26/03/2021 11:28:14 40 10
bbc
BBC reporting the blindingly obvious!

Food and DIY stores are open.

Clothing and non-essential retail closed.

A chimp with a passing interest in economics could have written this!
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26/03/2021 12:19:48 3 2
bbc
Not convinced a chimp would admit to writing this.
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26/03/2021 11:08:51 20 3
bbc
Retail will bounce back next month as people are itching to go back to town centre shopping.

Just a shame John Lewis couldn’t wait for this.
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26/03/2021 12:34:34 10 4
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John Lewis was dieing before the pandemic.
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26/03/2021 12:34:54 27 8
bbc
So when the shops are open, they sell more?

Noted.
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26/03/2021 11:28:14 40 10
bbc
BBC reporting the blindingly obvious!

Food and DIY stores are open.

Clothing and non-essential retail closed.

A chimp with a passing interest in economics could have written this!
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26/03/2021 13:01:24 7 0
bbc
It did, don't forget the BCC believes in diversity.
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27/03/2021 14:41:06 0 0
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All reasonable people believe in equality of treatment!!
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26/03/2021 13:09:51 9 2
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seeing most of retail has not been open I find these figures impossible to believe
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27/03/2021 13:38:05 3 0
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Are you familiar with the internet?
Yes?
So what they are saying is despite the convenience of the internet and shopping from the comfort of your armchair, people have in fact bought less
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26/03/2021 13:13:55 5 14
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with corona virus cases now out of control in France Poland and Germany 10% of these being the south African strain .

the chances of retail reopening on the 12 of April are ZERO

Boris Refusing to test arrivals at UK ports will keep this virus going on for years

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26/03/2021 13:20:10 11 2
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"Retail sales still below pre-pandemic levels' from looking at the graph, I would have picked a more positive headline.
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26/03/2021 20:36:36 4 9
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This is the BBC. They don't do positive economic headlines......
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27/03/2021 13:26:42 0 0
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Like a happy-clappy-snappy "Things aren't as bad as they might be"?
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26/03/2021 13:32:03 24 7
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Statement from the Ministry of the Bleedin’ Obvious...
“Shops that were open sold more because they took sales from those who were closed!”
As a (non-essential) Gift Shop owner I’ve sold virtually nothing.
I find this news item totally useless tosh!
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26/03/2021 13:44:44 10 13
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All in all this is good news and as I predicted!! One in the eye for the doom mongers!!!
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26/03/2021 15:25:40 6 8
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It's a temporary blip. Once furlough finishes and unemployed people are dumped in the gutter, you'll be eating your own words.
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26/03/2021 16:00:40 2 1
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And bbc
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26/03/2021 11:10:14 14 3
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When the shops oin Wales were allowed to start selling non essential items again we saw the shops get busier and having been to ASDA in Caerphilly for groceries, the aisles that were previously closed were jammed with people filling their trollies.

Once things re-open there will be a massive boom.
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26/03/2021 13:53:56 3 0
bbc
Definitely, you can only wear what have become rags for so long before you need new clothes!
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Bob
26/03/2021 10:48:05 5 6
bbc
Every shop can open for click and collect, should it want to.
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26/03/2021 14:02:42 2 0
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Not every potential customer wishes to click and collect.
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26/03/2021 15:24:38 5 1
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How come fuel sales have supposedly fallen so sharply given the rapid rise in the price of fuel?

This sector of the economy needs some explaining. We are told the price is going up due to recovery, yet there is no recovery. The price is increasing based on an expectation that the price will go up. Talk about an inelastic product!

Looks like we will all be stuffed when the economy recovers.
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26/03/2021 13:44:44 10 13
bbc
All in all this is good news and as I predicted!! One in the eye for the doom mongers!!!
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26/03/2021 15:25:40 6 8
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It's a temporary blip. Once furlough finishes and unemployed people are dumped in the gutter, you'll be eating your own words.
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26/03/2021 16:48:47 4 1
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You hope!

Which is an extremely sad indictment of many so called British people. True British people want the economy to succeed irrespective of whether they are Red, White or Blue or were once Remainers or Leavers. As it is we are now all Leavers whether we like it or not, because the reality is we have left the EU & it is time for former Leavers to accept this & start to support the country.
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26/03/2021 20:35:28 1 0
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The forecasters at the BoE, ONS, Treasury, IMF don't see it that way.

But obviously you know better......
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Tv
26/03/2021 15:46:21 15 2
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Yawn, yay in 2 weeks, we can all buy stuff we don't need
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26/03/2021 13:44:44 10 13
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All in all this is good news and as I predicted!! One in the eye for the doom mongers!!!
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26/03/2021 16:00:40 2 1
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And bbc
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26/03/2021 12:15:32 21 19
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I think many people who are sick and tired of Laura Doomsberg and similarly aggressive and negative journalists with their faux 'taking offence at the slightest off PC remark and will be turning over in their droves to GBNEWS when it launches.
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26/03/2021 16:02:28 5 0
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I will.
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26/03/2021 11:10:14 14 3
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When the shops oin Wales were allowed to start selling non essential items again we saw the shops get busier and having been to ASDA in Caerphilly for groceries, the aisles that were previously closed were jammed with people filling their trollies.

Once things re-open there will be a massive boom.
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26/03/2021 16:03:53 1 1
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In infections.
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26/03/2021 10:42:42 4 11
bbc
So what ?

This isn't really a "recovery", is it ?
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26/03/2021 16:05:04 2 0
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Yep.
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26/03/2021 16:34:55 9 2
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John Lewis could have advertised its lovely stores, its British history, its great guarantee policy, its wonderful staff, its back bone as the only large department store left, that its staff own the store rather than shareholders, it beautiful coffee shops and that Waitrose is at many of the stores as well. People would have flocked back. - Instead their senior management give in.
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27/03/2021 13:02:02 0 0
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John Lewis Chair has no experience of retail but was a career Civil Servant.
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27/03/2021 15:00:58 0 0
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I agree that John Lewis stores are lovely.
I love walking round them. I love the partnership model of the shop... but... I never buy anything.
It’s just too expensive for me.
HONDA PLANT gets investment of 700 MILLION and thousands of jobs. NOTHING on our so called National BBC. DISGRACEFUL. Removed
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27/03/2021 10:29:05 4 1
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Do Brexiters need everything spoon fed to you?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-56538151

Panattoni started in the USA in 1986 & is the world’s largest privately owned industrial developer.
In Europe they're re the largest developer of logistics property having delivered over 100 million sq ft of new build space.
Panattoni is the largest speculative developer in the UK.
??
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27/03/2021 13:35:02 2 0
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No mate
Honda plant closing
Land has been bought up by speculative developer, who could sit on it for years
No jobs whatsoever, so far
In fact jobs in automated distribution warehouses are quite few
Less than the high street retail they displace
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27/03/2021 13:58:56 3 0
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Investment?

They've closed down the plant and sold it dirt cheap to a property developer!
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26/03/2021 15:25:40 6 8
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It's a temporary blip. Once furlough finishes and unemployed people are dumped in the gutter, you'll be eating your own words.
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26/03/2021 16:48:47 4 1
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You hope!

Which is an extremely sad indictment of many so called British people. True British people want the economy to succeed irrespective of whether they are Red, White or Blue or were once Remainers or Leavers. As it is we are now all Leavers whether we like it or not, because the reality is we have left the EU & it is time for former Leavers to accept this & start to support the country.
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27/03/2021 14:33:58 1 0
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Ah yes! Fake patriotism.... the last refuge of the scoundrel!??
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26/03/2021 17:16:54 2 2
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Fuel prices have rises sharply over the last couple of days because the Suez Canal is blocked.
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27/03/2021 10:21:17 2 0
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As just over 10% of global trade goes through the Suez Canal, this isn't really a shock!
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26/03/2021 19:30:43 0 8
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Well retail was likely to do well, sinxce all the bills have been made and new car has been delivered courtesy of Sunak has his year long delivery of free money.
So many self-employed are up by £64500 tax year 2020-21 and still managed jobs on the side. A bit like most small team construction firms.
A bit of retail therapy should launder some of the cash.
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26/03/2021 20:18:37 2 0
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How on earth did you get to £64500 ?

The maximum you could get was £30000
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26/03/2021 20:49:26 1 1
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Learn to spell!
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27/03/2021 10:31:38 0 1
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Illiteracy and innumeracy in one post.
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26/03/2021 20:17:16 8 2
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These so call news headlines could be written by school children ..... we are partially shut down so we are buying less - is anyone surprised

And as for small movements ..... yawn
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26/03/2021 19:30:43 0 8
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Well retail was likely to do well, sinxce all the bills have been made and new car has been delivered courtesy of Sunak has his year long delivery of free money.
So many self-employed are up by £64500 tax year 2020-21 and still managed jobs on the side. A bit like most small team construction firms.
A bit of retail therapy should launder some of the cash.
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26/03/2021 20:18:37 2 0
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How on earth did you get to £64500 ?

The maximum you could get was £30000
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26/03/2021 15:25:40 6 8
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It's a temporary blip. Once furlough finishes and unemployed people are dumped in the gutter, you'll be eating your own words.
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26/03/2021 20:35:28 1 0
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The forecasters at the BoE, ONS, Treasury, IMF don't see it that way.

But obviously you know better......
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27/03/2021 14:35:40 1 0
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Funny how Brexiters like "experts" & their forecasts when it suits their narratives! At all other times they rubbish every word they utter! Hypocrisy at its finest!??
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26/03/2021 13:20:10 11 2
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"Retail sales still below pre-pandemic levels' from looking at the graph, I would have picked a more positive headline.
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26/03/2021 20:36:36 4 9
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This is the BBC. They don't do positive economic headlines......
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26/03/2021 19:30:43 0 8
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Well retail was likely to do well, sinxce all the bills have been made and new car has been delivered courtesy of Sunak has his year long delivery of free money.
So many self-employed are up by £64500 tax year 2020-21 and still managed jobs on the side. A bit like most small team construction firms.
A bit of retail therapy should launder some of the cash.
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26/03/2021 20:49:26 1 1
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Learn to spell!
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26/03/2021 22:49:11 1 6
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Going slightly off-piste but with the ridiculously overloaded container ship stuffing the movement of all the junk we seem to be in need of in Suez, on top of the lockdown and closed retail market is there any chance there is a higher power sending a message?
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27/03/2021 17:43:03 0 0
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Overloaded?
You only have to look at the load line clearly visible in news media photos to see she is actually only partially loaded.
The “ junk” you refer to, includes ships carrying foodstuffs, so in answer to your question, “ No”, but that’s just my opinion!
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27/03/2021 04:00:15 2 3
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brits buying slightly more garbage? how interesting, bbc. why is an increase in purchases in junk good for our world, bbc, please tell all
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27/03/2021 07:14:49 9 4
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our shallow economy is built on shopping holidays hospitality entertainment we are dependant on londongrad financial services to prop up the economy if it looses its passporting rights we have no manufacturing base to fall back on
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27/03/2021 07:27:03 4 2
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The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said sales were still down by 3.7% on a year earlier, before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

=Of course, UK is still in lockdown, many shoppes are banned to open

unlike the city who discovered the COVID first

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwBehEUQuY8

Unfortunately UK is still a long way to go before being normal like this
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27/03/2021 08:00:53 6 0
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Would be interesting to know to what extent a drop in high street sales had been partially or totally offest by the increase in online sales thorough the likes of Amazon.
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27/03/2021 08:05:34 5 0
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The ONS said sales were still down by 3.7% on a year earlier, before the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Food and mixed department stores benefitted from essential retailers remaining open, it said, though clothing shops continued to struggle. Outdoor furniture and DIY sales were strong with people stuck at home.

Perhaps they are only down 3.7% because of continuing lockdown? Not a disaster.
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27/03/2021 08:21:03 9 5
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When the Brexit furlough scheme ends, the economy will fall off the cliffs of Dover in a big red bus
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27/03/2021 09:02:16 5 7
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Better tell the OBR that.Predicting a post Covid vaccination/economic recovery of c.12% next two years. EU will be c.6%, excluding the recent impact of the German constitutional court injunction on Merkel signing the EU recovery fund deal. EU kaput more like!
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27/03/2021 11:13:55 1 0
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Are the Boris Busses moving from London to the Dover area ??
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27/03/2021 08:21:03 9 5
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When the Brexit furlough scheme ends, the economy will fall off the cliffs of Dover in a big red bus
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27/03/2021 09:02:16 5 7
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Better tell the OBR that.Predicting a post Covid vaccination/economic recovery of c.12% next two years. EU will be c.6%, excluding the recent impact of the German constitutional court injunction on Merkel signing the EU recovery fund deal. EU kaput more like!
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27/03/2021 09:23:35 7 4
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Lol more gammony bus dreams
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27/03/2021 10:17:23 6 4
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Funny how you Brexiters always rubbish forecasts by "experts" unless they happen to suit your narrative!

Is that hypocrisy or just double standards???
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27/03/2021 10:28:05 6 3
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12% off rock bottom
Only Brexiteers could put a positive spin on an economy they helped to crash recovering
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27/03/2021 12:00:43 2 0
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The 12% is from a low base & goes nowhere near to make up for losses thus far incurred. The OBR whilst independent is not best known for accurate prediction. Much depends upon ending of Furlough & if there's further mass redundancy that would stifle demand further. Other imponderables include our relationship with China and the USA + EU if we have not hacked them off further.
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27/03/2021 09:05:22 3 10
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If you want to understand investor sentiment in the UK economy; look at the OBR projections next two years, and the £ vs $ and € exchange rate.

Poor old EU. €750bn bail out fund after German constitutional court blocked Merkel signing it.
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27/03/2021 10:15:42 13 2
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How can a German Court block an EU bill? Brexiters told us that the EU & Brussels are supreme & that individual countries must bow to their instructions!

Is this just another of their many, many, many, many lies???
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27/03/2021 10:20:11 6 1
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So all of a sudden you believe the experts?
Try this:
"In a survey of European and US economists, 86% believe that UK economy is likely to be at least several percentage points smaller in 2030 than it would otherwise have been. Only a quarter of respondents believe the same applies to the EU-27 economy, while 41% don’t consider that the impact on the EU will be strongly negative"- LSE, Jan 2020
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27/03/2021 11:08:36 7 1
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Yup - having * off the EU, fallen out with China and realising the bromance with Trump is off, it looks like we are to rely on money from the Emirates (Private Equity, hoovering up trashed assets) ....

And the USD is 1.3890 today, versus 1.4494 before the ref
But here's the question, was it overvalued in 2016, or not?
Because you seem to play it both ways
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27/03/2021 13:54:36 1 0
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The court did not stop Merkel signing it. They stopped the German president, Herr Steinmeier from signing it.
Simply because amongst others, the right wing AfD lodged a protest.
Nobody in Germany doubts that it will be signed and ratified.
Why not check your facts before posting drivel?
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27/03/2021 09:02:16 5 7
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Better tell the OBR that.Predicting a post Covid vaccination/economic recovery of c.12% next two years. EU will be c.6%, excluding the recent impact of the German constitutional court injunction on Merkel signing the EU recovery fund deal. EU kaput more like!
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Removed
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27/03/2021 09:02:16 5 7
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Better tell the OBR that.Predicting a post Covid vaccination/economic recovery of c.12% next two years. EU will be c.6%, excluding the recent impact of the German constitutional court injunction on Merkel signing the EU recovery fund deal. EU kaput more like!
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27/03/2021 09:23:35 7 4
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Lol more gammony bus dreams
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27/03/2021 10:07:02 4 3
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More meaningless words rather than composing a cogent argument as to why his opinion is wrong. Could that be because you cannot refute it so insults are your only option?
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27/03/2021 10:38:16 2 5
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Wow, what an intelligent comeback, there, in the face of those OBR projections.

You really do have to question the mindset of you and your ilk, John. I mean, anyone would think you'd be rejoicing if we, the British, went down the tubes - just to prove your petty, spiteful little political point?

Utterly lamentable mate.
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27/03/2021 11:37:39 0 3
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Your economic credentials vs OBR are what?
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27/03/2021 09:23:35 7 4
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Lol more gammony bus dreams
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27/03/2021 10:07:02 4 3
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More meaningless words rather than composing a cogent argument as to why his opinion is wrong. Could that be because you cannot refute it so insults are your only option?
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27/03/2021 11:42:35 1 1
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Don’t stoop to their level is my sugggestion
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27/03/2021 09:05:22 3 10
bbc
If you want to understand investor sentiment in the UK economy; look at the OBR projections next two years, and the £ vs $ and € exchange rate.

Poor old EU. €750bn bail out fund after German constitutional court blocked Merkel signing it.
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27/03/2021 10:15:42 13 2
bbc
How can a German Court block an EU bill? Brexiters told us that the EU & Brussels are supreme & that individual countries must bow to their instructions!

Is this just another of their many, many, many, many lies???
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27/03/2021 10:33:55 8 1
bbc
Brexiteers always have the option to believe 'alternative facts' when it suits.
https://amp.ft.com/content/74841ea6-4fbf-4c7a-b015-66ba191ffc9b

Termed current affairs. Do try reading credible media sources, not twitter feeds
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27/03/2021 09:02:16 5 7
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Better tell the OBR that.Predicting a post Covid vaccination/economic recovery of c.12% next two years. EU will be c.6%, excluding the recent impact of the German constitutional court injunction on Merkel signing the EU recovery fund deal. EU kaput more like!
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27/03/2021 10:17:23 6 4
bbc
Funny how you Brexiters always rubbish forecasts by "experts" unless they happen to suit your narrative!

Is that hypocrisy or just double standards???
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27/03/2021 11:40:13 1 4
bbc
Project Fear 2

Airbus will leave. Nope.
Honda/Nissan. Nope
Property market crash. Nope
Financial services crash. Nope. UK/EU now in talks
No FTA’s. UK moving at pace.

And the rest of PF2? Like Y2K - hype!
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27/03/2021 09:05:22 3 10
bbc
If you want to understand investor sentiment in the UK economy; look at the OBR projections next two years, and the £ vs $ and € exchange rate.

Poor old EU. €750bn bail out fund after German constitutional court blocked Merkel signing it.
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27/03/2021 10:20:11 6 1
bbc
So all of a sudden you believe the experts?
Try this:
"In a survey of European and US economists, 86% believe that UK economy is likely to be at least several percentage points smaller in 2030 than it would otherwise have been. Only a quarter of respondents believe the same applies to the EU-27 economy, while 41% don’t consider that the impact on the EU will be strongly negative"- LSE, Jan 2020
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27/03/2021 11:35:33 2 3
bbc
Jan 2020?

We are now March 2021. Try looking at revised OBR forecasts arising from the success of the vaccine programme; not in place Jan 2020!
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26/03/2021 17:16:54 2 2
bbc
Fuel prices have rises sharply over the last couple of days because the Suez Canal is blocked.
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27/03/2021 10:21:17 2 0
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As just over 10% of global trade goes through the Suez Canal, this isn't really a shock!
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27/03/2021 09:02:16 5 7
bbc
Better tell the OBR that.Predicting a post Covid vaccination/economic recovery of c.12% next two years. EU will be c.6%, excluding the recent impact of the German constitutional court injunction on Merkel signing the EU recovery fund deal. EU kaput more like!
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27/03/2021 10:28:05 6 3
bbc
12% off rock bottom
Only Brexiteers could put a positive spin on an economy they helped to crash recovering
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27/03/2021 11:40:44 1 1
bbc
Covid not an economic factor. Wow!
HONDA PLANT gets investment of 700 MILLION and thousands of jobs. NOTHING on our so called National BBC. DISGRACEFUL. Removed
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27/03/2021 10:29:05 4 1
bbc
Do Brexiters need everything spoon fed to you?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-wiltshire-56538151

Panattoni started in the USA in 1986 & is the world’s largest privately owned industrial developer.
In Europe they're re the largest developer of logistics property having delivered over 100 million sq ft of new build space.
Panattoni is the largest speculative developer in the UK.
??
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27/03/2021 14:00:59 3 0
bbc
Lucky its not Panettone

Then the Swindon workers would really be on the breadline

They can't have their cake and eat it
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26/03/2021 19:30:43 0 8
bbc
Well retail was likely to do well, sinxce all the bills have been made and new car has been delivered courtesy of Sunak has his year long delivery of free money.
So many self-employed are up by £64500 tax year 2020-21 and still managed jobs on the side. A bit like most small team construction firms.
A bit of retail therapy should launder some of the cash.
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27/03/2021 10:31:38 0 1
bbc
Illiteracy and innumeracy in one post.
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27/03/2021 10:15:42 13 2
bbc
How can a German Court block an EU bill? Brexiters told us that the EU & Brussels are supreme & that individual countries must bow to their instructions!

Is this just another of their many, many, many, many lies???
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27/03/2021 10:33:55 8 1
bbc
Brexiteers always have the option to believe 'alternative facts' when it suits.
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27/03/2021 09:23:35 7 4
bbc
Lol more gammony bus dreams
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27/03/2021 10:38:16 2 5
bbc
Wow, what an intelligent comeback, there, in the face of those OBR projections.

You really do have to question the mindset of you and your ilk, John. I mean, anyone would think you'd be rejoicing if we, the British, went down the tubes - just to prove your petty, spiteful little political point?

Utterly lamentable mate.
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27/03/2021 10:59:00 4 0
bbc
I'd expect any economy to get up off its knees after a crash
But it still leaves the damage you've done:

"In a survey of European and US economists, 86% believe UK is likely to be at least several % points smaller in 2030 than it would otherwise have been. Only 25% respondents believe same applies to EU economy, while 41% don’t consider that impact on the EU will be strongly negative" LSE 1/20
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27/03/2021 10:38:16 2 5
bbc
Wow, what an intelligent comeback, there, in the face of those OBR projections.

You really do have to question the mindset of you and your ilk, John. I mean, anyone would think you'd be rejoicing if we, the British, went down the tubes - just to prove your petty, spiteful little political point?

Utterly lamentable mate.
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27/03/2021 10:59:00 4 0
bbc
I'd expect any economy to get up off its knees after a crash
But it still leaves the damage you've done:

"In a survey of European and US economists, 86% believe UK is likely to be at least several % points smaller in 2030 than it would otherwise have been. Only 25% respondents believe same applies to EU economy, while 41% don’t consider that impact on the EU will be strongly negative" LSE 1/20
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27/03/2021 09:05:22 3 10
bbc
If you want to understand investor sentiment in the UK economy; look at the OBR projections next two years, and the £ vs $ and € exchange rate.

Poor old EU. €750bn bail out fund after German constitutional court blocked Merkel signing it.
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27/03/2021 11:08:36 7 1
bbc
Yup - having * off the EU, fallen out with China and realising the bromance with Trump is off, it looks like we are to rely on money from the Emirates (Private Equity, hoovering up trashed assets) ....

And the USD is 1.3890 today, versus 1.4494 before the ref
But here's the question, was it overvalued in 2016, or not?
Because you seem to play it both ways
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27/03/2021 11:36:46 1 3
bbc
And in 2008 after the global financial crisis; what were the rates then? Since recovered!
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27/03/2021 08:21:03 9 5
bbc
When the Brexit furlough scheme ends, the economy will fall off the cliffs of Dover in a big red bus
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27/03/2021 11:13:55 1 0
bbc
Are the Boris Busses moving from London to the Dover area ??
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27/03/2021 10:15:42 13 2
bbc
How can a German Court block an EU bill? Brexiters told us that the EU & Brussels are supreme & that individual countries must bow to their instructions!

Is this just another of their many, many, many, many lies???
https://amp.ft.com/content/74841ea6-4fbf-4c7a-b015-66ba191ffc9b

Termed current affairs. Do try reading credible media sources, not twitter feeds
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27/03/2021 11:42:17 7 1
bbc
I don't read twitter as it's as factual & truthful as a Boris Johnson speech!!??

However, all the principle Brexiters always said that to be in the EU was to be dictated to by Brussels & that we had no control! So is that a lie or is it the truth? If it is truth, then all these EU countries must be acting unlawfully then?

Your answer???
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27/03/2021 10:20:11 6 1
bbc
So all of a sudden you believe the experts?
Try this:
"In a survey of European and US economists, 86% believe that UK economy is likely to be at least several percentage points smaller in 2030 than it would otherwise have been. Only a quarter of respondents believe the same applies to the EU-27 economy, while 41% don’t consider that the impact on the EU will be strongly negative"- LSE, Jan 2020
74
27/03/2021 11:35:33 2 3
bbc
Jan 2020?

We are now March 2021. Try looking at revised OBR forecasts arising from the success of the vaccine programme; not in place Jan 2020!
82
27/03/2021 11:45:56 5 2
bbc
Sorry, but as Brexiters have rubbished every forecast that was negative about Brexit & slated the "experts", why should we believe this one???
71
27/03/2021 11:08:36 7 1
bbc
Yup - having * off the EU, fallen out with China and realising the bromance with Trump is off, it looks like we are to rely on money from the Emirates (Private Equity, hoovering up trashed assets) ....

And the USD is 1.3890 today, versus 1.4494 before the ref
But here's the question, was it overvalued in 2016, or not?
Because you seem to play it both ways
75
27/03/2021 11:36:46 1 3
bbc
And in 2008 after the global financial crisis; what were the rates then? Since recovered!
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27/03/2021 11:43:50 4 2
bbc
Only after 10 very long years of Tory austerity & mismanagement!!!??
58
27/03/2021 09:23:35 7 4
bbc
Lol more gammony bus dreams
76
27/03/2021 11:37:39 0 3
bbc
Your economic credentials vs OBR are what?
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27/03/2021 10:17:23 6 4
bbc
Funny how you Brexiters always rubbish forecasts by "experts" unless they happen to suit your narrative!

Is that hypocrisy or just double standards???
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27/03/2021 11:40:13 1 4
bbc
Project Fear 2

Airbus will leave. Nope.
Honda/Nissan. Nope
Property market crash. Nope
Financial services crash. Nope. UK/EU now in talks
No FTA’s. UK moving at pace.

And the rest of PF2? Like Y2K - hype!
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27/03/2021 12:28:42 2 1
bbc
Project Fear 2

Airbus will leave. Under Review!
Honda/Nissan. Paid by Govt to stay!
Property market crash. Action taken by Chancellor BoE to ensure stability!
Financial services crash. £6bn share trading lost to EU. UK/EU now in talks, after Boris remembered how much UK GDP it represented!
No FTA’s. Lots of EU 'cut&paste' deals!

And the rest of PF2? Like Y2K - Lots of work to prevent chaos!!
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27/03/2021 10:28:05 6 3
bbc
12% off rock bottom
Only Brexiteers could put a positive spin on an economy they helped to crash recovering
78
27/03/2021 11:40:44 1 1
bbc
Covid not an economic factor. Wow!
https://amp.ft.com/content/74841ea6-4fbf-4c7a-b015-66ba191ffc9b

Termed current affairs. Do try reading credible media sources, not twitter feeds
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79
27/03/2021 11:42:17 7 1
bbc
I don't read twitter as it's as factual & truthful as a Boris Johnson speech!!??

However, all the principle Brexiters always said that to be in the EU was to be dictated to by Brussels & that we had no control! So is that a lie or is it the truth? If it is truth, then all these EU countries must be acting unlawfully then?

Your answer???
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27/03/2021 11:46:01 0 3
bbc
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-debt-idUSKBN2BI2FR

Try Reuters then too. Wow. All reporting the same and your cogent comment is what? Exactly!
60
27/03/2021 10:07:02 4 3
bbc
More meaningless words rather than composing a cogent argument as to why his opinion is wrong. Could that be because you cannot refute it so insults are your only option?
80
27/03/2021 11:42:35 1 1
bbc
Don’t stoop to their level is my sugggestion
75
27/03/2021 11:36:46 1 3
bbc
And in 2008 after the global financial crisis; what were the rates then? Since recovered!
81
27/03/2021 11:43:50 4 2
bbc
Only after 10 very long years of Tory austerity & mismanagement!!!??
84
27/03/2021 11:49:17 0 1
bbc
2008 Labour in power. A. Darling (chancellor) announces fiscal deficit of £160bn (£30bn for the banks).

Option 1. Keep taxes, spend nothing on public services, including NHS. That would work in a year!

Option 2. Cut spending over a period. Termed living in your means and that the MMT does not exist.

These facts pass you by too!
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27/03/2021 11:35:33 2 3
bbc
Jan 2020?

We are now March 2021. Try looking at revised OBR forecasts arising from the success of the vaccine programme; not in place Jan 2020!
82
27/03/2021 11:45:56 5 2
bbc
Sorry, but as Brexiters have rubbished every forecast that was negative about Brexit & slated the "experts", why should we believe this one???
86
27/03/2021 11:51:30 0 1
bbc
How about a credible factual link to back up your claims. An emoji is not evidence!
79
27/03/2021 11:42:17 7 1
bbc
I don't read twitter as it's as factual & truthful as a Boris Johnson speech!!??

However, all the principle Brexiters always said that to be in the EU was to be dictated to by Brussels & that we had no control! So is that a lie or is it the truth? If it is truth, then all these EU countries must be acting unlawfully then?

Your answer???
83
27/03/2021 11:46:01 0 3
bbc
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-debt-idUSKBN2BI2FR

Try Reuters then too. Wow. All reporting the same and your cogent comment is what? Exactly!
85
27/03/2021 11:50:34 4 1
bbc
My point is very simple! Brexiters said in 2016 we had to leave the EU to control our own destiny, make our own laws & not be dictated to & ruled by Brussels! So how is it that a German Court can overrule & stop an EU bill? There are numerous other examples of EU countries doing their own thing on laws, vaccine rollouts, etc.... yet Brexiters always said it couldn't be done!

So were they lying???
81
27/03/2021 11:43:50 4 2
bbc
Only after 10 very long years of Tory austerity & mismanagement!!!??
84
27/03/2021 11:49:17 0 1
bbc
2008 Labour in power. A. Darling (chancellor) announces fiscal deficit of £160bn (£30bn for the banks).

Option 1. Keep taxes, spend nothing on public services, including NHS. That would work in a year!

Option 2. Cut spending over a period. Termed living in your means and that the MMT does not exist.

These facts pass you by too!
88
27/03/2021 11:54:47 2 1
bbc
As someone who worked in finance for over 30 years your simplistic view is quite sweet! The Tory Govt chose a timescale for austerity to balance the books within a Parliamentary term! That was their choice! They could've invested
in infrastructure, but instead chose savage public spending cuts that had further knock ons in the real economy! Geniuses they aren't!??
83
27/03/2021 11:46:01 0 3
bbc
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-eu-debt-idUSKBN2BI2FR

Try Reuters then too. Wow. All reporting the same and your cogent comment is what? Exactly!
85
27/03/2021 11:50:34 4 1
bbc
My point is very simple! Brexiters said in 2016 we had to leave the EU to control our own destiny, make our own laws & not be dictated to & ruled by Brussels! So how is it that a German Court can overrule & stop an EU bill? There are numerous other examples of EU countries doing their own thing on laws, vaccine rollouts, etc.... yet Brexiters always said it couldn't be done!

So were they lying???
87
27/03/2021 11:54:08 0 2
bbc
How about asking the German Constitutional court yourself!

Remember the Supreme Court case (Miller vs Govt)?

It is termed legal oversight.

These legal facts pass you by too!
89
27/03/2021 11:56:47 0 2
bbc
https://m.dw.com/en/germanys-top-court-suspends-ratification-of-eu-recovery-fund/a-57018350

Wow. Even reported by the German press.

So FT, Reuters and German press vs your views!
82
27/03/2021 11:45:56 5 2
bbc
Sorry, but as Brexiters have rubbished every forecast that was negative about Brexit & slated the "experts", why should we believe this one???
86
27/03/2021 11:51:30 0 1
bbc
How about a credible factual link to back up your claims. An emoji is not evidence!
91
27/03/2021 11:58:57 3 0
bbc
Go back & look at Brexiters posts on here, including your own! Michael Gove factually declared that "we've had enough of experts"! ??
85
27/03/2021 11:50:34 4 1
bbc
My point is very simple! Brexiters said in 2016 we had to leave the EU to control our own destiny, make our own laws & not be dictated to & ruled by Brussels! So how is it that a German Court can overrule & stop an EU bill? There are numerous other examples of EU countries doing their own thing on laws, vaccine rollouts, etc.... yet Brexiters always said it couldn't be done!

So were they lying???
87
27/03/2021 11:54:08 0 2
bbc
How about asking the German Constitutional court yourself!

Remember the Supreme Court case (Miller vs Govt)?

It is termed legal oversight.

These legal facts pass you by too!
90
27/03/2021 11:57:05 3 1
bbc
No they haven't passed me by, but Brexiters lied about the alleged overarching power of the EU, which never existed, but gave the Tories & Daily Mail readers something to blame for all their woes!??
84
27/03/2021 11:49:17 0 1
bbc
2008 Labour in power. A. Darling (chancellor) announces fiscal deficit of £160bn (£30bn for the banks).

Option 1. Keep taxes, spend nothing on public services, including NHS. That would work in a year!

Option 2. Cut spending over a period. Termed living in your means and that the MMT does not exist.

These facts pass you by too!
88
27/03/2021 11:54:47 2 1
bbc
As someone who worked in finance for over 30 years your simplistic view is quite sweet! The Tory Govt chose a timescale for austerity to balance the books within a Parliamentary term! That was their choice! They could've invested
in infrastructure, but instead chose savage public spending cuts that had further knock ons in the real economy! Geniuses they aren't!??
92
27/03/2021 11:59:50 0 2
bbc
30 years in finance?

Tax revenue streams volatile, not guaranteed.

Public services a fixed cost (wages etc)

Infrastructure? Pay back period and DCF analysis.

And just borrowing more and more? Interest rate Y x Debt Z (increasing) has what impact on finances?

30 years? Hardly!
85
27/03/2021 11:50:34 4 1
bbc
My point is very simple! Brexiters said in 2016 we had to leave the EU to control our own destiny, make our own laws & not be dictated to & ruled by Brussels! So how is it that a German Court can overrule & stop an EU bill? There are numerous other examples of EU countries doing their own thing on laws, vaccine rollouts, etc.... yet Brexiters always said it couldn't be done!

So were they lying???
89
27/03/2021 11:56:47 0 2
bbc
https://m.dw.com/en/germanys-top-court-suspends-ratification-of-eu-recovery-fund/a-57018350

Wow. Even reported by the German press.

So FT, Reuters and German press vs your views!
96
27/03/2021 12:01:47 2 1
bbc
You're missing or ignoring the original point! I knew that we never lost our sovereignty, could make our own laws, control our borders, hold out own politicians to account, etc..... but Brexiters lied about ot & said that we couldn't! It was all a huge con job!??
87
27/03/2021 11:54:08 0 2
bbc
How about asking the German Constitutional court yourself!

Remember the Supreme Court case (Miller vs Govt)?

It is termed legal oversight.

These legal facts pass you by too!
90
27/03/2021 11:57:05 3 1
bbc
No they haven't passed me by, but Brexiters lied about the alleged overarching power of the EU, which never existed, but gave the Tories & Daily Mail readers something to blame for all their woes!??
93
27/03/2021 12:00:21 0 2
bbc
Still no evidence presented!
98
27/03/2021 12:03:30 0 1
bbc
Provide your factual evidence to support your claim.

Perhaps revisit UVDL recent threat to invoke A16 which put the GFA at risk
86
27/03/2021 11:51:30 0 1
bbc
How about a credible factual link to back up your claims. An emoji is not evidence!
91
27/03/2021 11:58:57 3 0
bbc
Go back & look at Brexiters posts on here, including your own! Michael Gove factually declared that "we've had enough of experts"! ??
94
27/03/2021 12:00:43 0 1
bbc
And your point is what? Exactly!
88
27/03/2021 11:54:47 2 1
bbc
As someone who worked in finance for over 30 years your simplistic view is quite sweet! The Tory Govt chose a timescale for austerity to balance the books within a Parliamentary term! That was their choice! They could've invested
in infrastructure, but instead chose savage public spending cuts that had further knock ons in the real economy! Geniuses they aren't!??
92
27/03/2021 11:59:50 0 2
bbc
30 years in finance?

Tax revenue streams volatile, not guaranteed.

Public services a fixed cost (wages etc)

Infrastructure? Pay back period and DCF analysis.

And just borrowing more and more? Interest rate Y x Debt Z (increasing) has what impact on finances?

30 years? Hardly!
97
27/03/2021 12:03:13 2 0
bbc
If you wish to call me a liar without any proof, I'd suggest you have your solicitor on speed dial!
90
27/03/2021 11:57:05 3 1
bbc
No they haven't passed me by, but Brexiters lied about the alleged overarching power of the EU, which never existed, but gave the Tories & Daily Mail readers something to blame for all their woes!??
93
27/03/2021 12:00:21 0 2
bbc
Still no evidence presented!
100
27/03/2021 12:08:48 3 1
bbc
In all his glory!
https://www.london.edu/think/who-needs-experts

And 3 years later!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cityam.com/this-country-has-not-had-enough-of-experts/amp/

Boris doesn't believe in Brexit: "This is a market on our doorstep, ready for further exploitation by UK firms. The membership fee seems rather small for all that access. Why are we so determined to turn our back on it?”
91
27/03/2021 11:58:57 3 0
bbc
Go back & look at Brexiters posts on here, including your own! Michael Gove factually declared that "we've had enough of experts"! ??
94
27/03/2021 12:00:43 0 1
bbc
And your point is what? Exactly!
55
27/03/2021 09:02:16 5 7
bbc
Better tell the OBR that.Predicting a post Covid vaccination/economic recovery of c.12% next two years. EU will be c.6%, excluding the recent impact of the German constitutional court injunction on Merkel signing the EU recovery fund deal. EU kaput more like!
95
27/03/2021 12:00:43 2 0
bbc
The 12% is from a low base & goes nowhere near to make up for losses thus far incurred. The OBR whilst independent is not best known for accurate prediction. Much depends upon ending of Furlough & if there's further mass redundancy that would stifle demand further. Other imponderables include our relationship with China and the USA + EU if we have not hacked them off further.
89
27/03/2021 11:56:47 0 2
bbc
https://m.dw.com/en/germanys-top-court-suspends-ratification-of-eu-recovery-fund/a-57018350

Wow. Even reported by the German press.

So FT, Reuters and German press vs your views!
96
27/03/2021 12:01:47 2 1
bbc
You're missing or ignoring the original point! I knew that we never lost our sovereignty, could make our own laws, control our borders, hold out own politicians to account, etc..... but Brexiters lied about ot & said that we couldn't! It was all a huge con job!??
92
27/03/2021 11:59:50 0 2
bbc
30 years in finance?

Tax revenue streams volatile, not guaranteed.

Public services a fixed cost (wages etc)

Infrastructure? Pay back period and DCF analysis.

And just borrowing more and more? Interest rate Y x Debt Z (increasing) has what impact on finances?

30 years? Hardly!
97
27/03/2021 12:03:13 2 0
bbc
If you wish to call me a liar without any proof, I'd suggest you have your solicitor on speed dial!
99
27/03/2021 12:04:21 0 1
bbc
Obvious facts presented. You singularly overlooked them
90
27/03/2021 11:57:05 3 1
bbc
No they haven't passed me by, but Brexiters lied about the alleged overarching power of the EU, which never existed, but gave the Tories & Daily Mail readers something to blame for all their woes!??
98
27/03/2021 12:03:30 0 1
bbc
Provide your factual evidence to support your claim.

Perhaps revisit UVDL recent threat to invoke A16 which put the GFA at risk
102
27/03/2021 12:09:47 3 1
bbc
After the UK Govt threatened the EU first! You have a very selective memory!??
97
27/03/2021 12:03:13 2 0
bbc
If you wish to call me a liar without any proof, I'd suggest you have your solicitor on speed dial!
99
27/03/2021 12:04:21 0 1
bbc
Obvious facts presented. You singularly overlooked them
93
27/03/2021 12:00:21 0 2
bbc
Still no evidence presented!
100
27/03/2021 12:08:48 3 1
bbc
In all his glory!
https://www.london.edu/think/who-needs-experts

And 3 years later!

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cityam.com/this-country-has-not-had-enough-of-experts/amp/

Boris doesn't believe in Brexit: "This is a market on our doorstep, ready for further exploitation by UK firms. The membership fee seems rather small for all that access. Why are we so determined to turn our back on it?”