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  1. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    I don't think Mr O'Brien is someone you can rely on to present a balanced view...
  2. Another former bike star dies.

    Another one from the golden age gone. Bumped into him at the Casino some years back - seemed like a really nice bloke.
  3. which is the most unbiased news source?

    I come to the Island regularly and have spent well over two years of my life on the rock. Does that mean that Manx residents should not discuss Brexit as the Isle of Man is neither a full nor associate member of the EU?
  4. which is the most unbiased news source?

    I said I find it Pro EU. How anyone can consider it balanced I just don't know, unless, of course, it's particular bias coincides with your own. I'm actually the quintessential floating voter. I did vote Tory at the last election and it was the first time in my life that I have. It was also with some reluctance as the sitting MP is a remainer but the alternative was the Lib Dems, whose position on Europe is fundamentally at odds with my own. Labour were not considered because the prospect of having the likes of Corbyn, McDonnell and Abbott in control of the UK is a nightmare scenario and should scare people far more than anything Brexit might throw at us. As for why, Corbyn and McDonnell are devoted to an outdated and discredited ideology (a milder version of which damn near bankrupted the country in the seventies) and Abbott is, in my opinion, too lacking in ability to hold high office. I don't expect to convince you of my position any more than you will convince me about yours, so we'll just have to agree to differ.
  5. which is the most unbiased news source?

    I fail to see how anyone could accuse the BBC of a pro-Brexit bias. It's obviously pro-EU and left wing and so far up Jeremy Corbyn's alimentary canal they can tell what he had for breakfast. Don't even start me on the Guardian... Worse I think is the Independent. I remember when it launched that it was done so on the basis that it would have no bias. Perhaps it's in training to replace the Grauniad when it goes tits up. I would love for there to be a genuinely unbiased news source but right now there isn't, so you just have to sift through all the bollocks and draw your own conclusions.
  6. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Freggy, I would agree to a point about the lack of political will across Europe to create a centrally governed 'superstate' but that isn't where the problem lies. The problem is within the heirarchy of the EU where in my opinion, the desire for that most certainly exists. You will also see it in certain individuals who perhaps aspire to join (or re-join) that heirarchy. I doubt you will find it in a large part of the member states' populace. But then their opinion doesn't matter... I voted leave because I don't believe in the 'project'. This is something the current EU top dogs, such as Juncker, Verhofstadt etc believe in so fervently that it's preventing them from striking a mutually beneficial deal with the UK. The 'project' being the development of a United States of Europe. Something that Ted Heath is alleged to have witheld from the population at the time of joining the then EEC because the people would never accept it. It is my belief that the EU will ultimately fail. Whether it's 6 months or 6 years or whenever, who knows but I don't believe the talent exists within this organisation to govern a very large area of very different people and cultures. In the short term I also doubt that they have the talent to cope with the loss of the money we throw at them every year. It's even been theorised that the UK was taken into the EEC unconstitutionally and therefore our membership is invalid anyway. http://www.vernoncoleman.com/euillegally.html
  7. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Excellent post Woolley - agree with everything. I note that Digby Jones is very much in favour of leaving. I know he's an 'expert' and note your comments on that subject, but he has vast experience in business and if it was a given that business would suffer when we leave I would presume to find him in the other camp... I voted leave because I don't want to be part of a United States of Europe, governed by Brussels and by people in whom I have no faith and no power to unelect. The EU 'project' is nothing more than an exercise in empire building and as I mentioned elsewhere, the thing all empires have in common is that they are destined to fail. I would sooner we were independent of the EU when that happens. Juncker would have us believe that he doesn't want this but then calls for greater centralised control. The USSR failed, in my opinion, because it was too large an area to be successfully controlled centrally. As the EU 'empire' expands (most of the former Yugoslavian states and Albania seem to be next to be sucked in) it too will become to large for central governance. I accept that leaving is a leap of faith but I also believe that in the long term we will be the better for it.
  8. Brexit Is Reversible...

    Balanced view? In the fucking Guardian? Hmmm....
  9. Brexit Is Reversible...

    In the EU draft budget released to MEPs recently it appears they would like to set aside 2 million Euro for 'the private storage of certain cheeses'. FFS.... Is it since 1992 they've been shipping the whole rotten turd heap to Strasbourg once a month just so the French can feel more important? At 150 million Euro per annum? The unelected horrors at the top of the pile behave in a way that none of you would accept if it were Tynwald or Douglas Corpy - why accept it because it's the EU?
  10. labour

    “The Conservatives are intellectually bankrupt: caught between clinging on to the failing dogmas of the past and offering a pale imitation of the radical change which Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party now offers.” This is a recent quote from John McDonnell, who is, I believe, a Marxist? Do Corbyn and McDonnell themselves not cling desperately to failed and discredited ideologies? And this man wants to run the UK economy....
  11. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    One might also take view that if someone as odious as Blair wants something so badly it must be rotten to the core
  12. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    A takeover of Europe, heavily influenced by a certain country? Hmmm...
  13. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Not a Manx resident Pongo so I'm very much directly under the jackboot of the 4th Reich. (the reason I come on here BTW is that after 70+ visits and counting to the Rock equalling something over 2 years of time, what happens on the Island affects me, so I like to keep up to date with what's happening)
  14. So the UK is finished says Theresa Mayhem

    Tell you what Richard, you're obviously pro-EU and it is very likely that you and I will have to agree to disagree on the subject but can you perhaps enlighten us on what's good about the EU? Personally, I'm uncomfortable with being under the heel of a bloated bureaucracy at the head of which are some very unappealing characters, unelected and unaccountable, who seem intent on taking more & more control away from member states (such as individual countries no longer setting their own budgets). What is it that I'm missing when I don't feel that the EU is a good thing? I'm not a total dullard and happy to hear an alternative point of view. PK & Pongo - feel free to join in if you wish. (Can't remember if it was on here or on iomtt.com but I recall a comment about the now defunct TTFMAG, which went along the lines of "they exist to create problems that only they can solve...". I think that way of the EU)
  15. Brexit Is Reversible...

    I see that one of the potential front runners in the Italian election has invited the EU to 'go fuck itself'. If he succeeds in the election he'll be looking to get Italy out of the EU. People all over Europe are beginning to see through this sham of an organisation. As for Brexit, anything that pisses Tony Blair off so much can't be all bad