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John Wright

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  1. No, some of them are chinless, out of their time, Eton and Oxford attending, Lord Snooty’s, still gormless no marks. The difference, daddy, and his chums, own or Edit, the Mail, Sun, Express, Telegraph, Times, often from tax exile in Monaco or Brecqhou or USA. They spin the news and twist it to influence the nation, especially those you are defending, and have been doing so from a rabidly anti EU perspective for 40+ years. That’s where Johnson came from, making up lies to print in their rags as well. Is that helpful?
  2. What you’ve got to remember is that the Newson’s building on North Quay was originally 4 separate buildings. Looking from the quayside, north, and numbering left to right, you’ve got 1. a narrow 4 story house. 2. A slightly wider 4 story house. 3. A double fronted 4 story warehouse with windows on each side of each floor and central barn doors for lifting things in, and out, 4. a two story cottage at the junction of North Quay and Queen St. They'd all have been erected free standing. Not requiring mutual support. 2. Collapsed. A false front ( asbestos panels on a frame ) was erected with a covered drive through, for deliveries and collections. The cottage has little merit. The warehouse, number 3, is really the only remaining old Douglas harbour warehouse in vernacular style. I think it’s really significant and that the frontage should be retained. Number 1 ( in my description ) is only half the depth of 2 and 3. 4 is triangular in shape. 3 has had some serious bowing historically. The front and back walls would have originally been tied to each other by the cross joists. That’s failed at both first and second floor level and some heavy duty ties/plates were installed many years ago and on two separate occasions ( looking at the different tie Rod plate ends ).
  3. Apparently Tesco is closed from 6pm 24/12 to 10am 26/12 to allow those who prefer to self checkout to go home to spend time with their families.
  4. No, but it allows identification of draw down by things on standby, it enables dynamic pricing so things can be switched on at times of overcapacity and low demand. End of the day it’s for the benefit of us all.
  5. That’s just nonsense. It’s neither politically, legally or pragmatically true. There is a huge amount of shared sovereignty. Between England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. The sharing started on different dates, and has changed, and areas ( Republic of Ireland ) have stopped sharing. UN, and all associated bodies. International Criminal Court. WTO. Antarctic Treaty Organisation. Vienna Convention on International Circulation of Traffic. EHCR. They all take something away, but give something much greater. And so it was for the EU. The fundamental meaning of sovereignty, and the disproof of your argument, is that you can exit the arrangement because you have sovereignty. The question is not about sovereignty, but whether the loss of advantages is outweighed by the resumption of isolation. That’s the Scottish question. It will be the Irish question, with substitution of sovereignty being shared with one jurisdiction to it being shared with another. And of course the EU was about consent between equals. Things moved at glacial speed sometimes due to the need for consensus. But the democratisation of the process by creating a Parliament, having direct elections, seems to be seen as a threat by some. The EU will still be there, long after the UK is dissolved.
  6. Was actively posting until 21 January. Then posted this “Totally uncalled for. I'm sick of this shit”, and hasn’t been seen since.
  7. And the relevance of that is? You can’t operate a customs Union and a single market without pooling sovereignty to ensure a level playing field, common standards, etc. And every trade deal, or international treaty, involves limiting sovereignty in one way or another.
  8. And I find the balance between sovereignty and pooling sovereignty to favour pooling with our nearest neighbours, with which we do, and will continue to do, most of our trade, share cultural backgrounds, where most of us will travel. The current frictions to trade, capital markets, service and movement of labour is simply damaging. The oven ready deal is clearly not the final one. Negotiations will continue. And that’s where we will find the true illusory nature of sovereignty when we have to choose between deals with one country/trading bloc and another because of the restrictions. The deals so far are not in the UK’s favour. They never will be. And for those who suggest the EU is trying to screw the UK over out of spite, whatever, get real. There were decent deals to be had. It was the UK and the ERG hardliners that rejected them for the sake of a pure, but damaging, hard Brexit deal. That, and total British unpreparedness and naivety of approach. But mainly because we let the ideological “lunatics” steer and run the negotiations.
  9. Did I say you were a xenophobe? You seen unduly sensitive. No, I highlighted three of the less savoury tactics ( and lies ) used by the Brexit campaign. The immigrant posters were clearly xenophobic and racist. Aimed at that sub set demographic of society to which it would appeal. The racists and xenophobes. By not so subtly using using many back, Asian and mid eastern types in the advert a false narrative was created. The whole referendum is an object lesson of the dangers of referenda as means of dealing with complex issue’s.
  10. Why do most things need replacing? Why are we changing optic sizes?
  11. Warning. Incorrigible. Nothing to choose between you and @BriT Choose your punishment, both of you. Be careful what you wish for!
  12. @Asthehillsand @BriT stop the tit for tat turn of the screw escalation stuff, now
  13. First, of all the red tops, plus The Times and Telegraph have been anti EU for 40 years. You can’t expect fair or balanced reporting or opinion pieces from papers owned by Murdoch, the Barclays, Rothermere. Second, “call me Dave” was fighting to save his political career, and the Tory party ( not the country ) from the successors of John Major’s “bastards”, the ERG and Farage, and the various nebulous right wing lobby groups in Tufton Street. Third, you’re correct, Cameron and Remain played a good hand very very badly. Fourth, the liars and chancers, plus their tax exile media chums, the Farages, Francois, Rees-Moggs and Johnson, supported by the no marks like Pritti & Suella played a blinder. They duped people, played the xenophobic card ( remember the immigration poster full of brown or black skinned people ) conflating EU freedom of movement with immigration from elsewhere ( which we were always able to control - but didn’t ) and the £350m a week for the NHS side of the bus. Great sound bites/memes. And, yes, project fear back fired, as a campaign tactic. Even although almost everything predicted is now coming to pass. And after May messed up, served Art 50 notice without sorting out what the UK wanted out of its future relationship and without establishing the rules and order of negotiation. Then she called an election and put herself totally at the mercy of the ERG. At that stage Remain, abetted by Speaker Bercow and some very inventive, nifty and nimble, parliamentary procedure played a blinder. But ERG managed to portray them as the establishment and thwarting the will of the people. Along came the UK’s peoples prince ( and I do agree with the childish playground adjectives usually trotted out by @P.K. ) and called an election and won a landslide, but not on any real policies, just promises of “an oven ready deal” ( when he didn’t have the oven, Turkey, stuffing, tin foil ), and the promise that all the delay and shenanigans would be over ( of course it wasn’t/isn’t - we got a canary, singed on the barbecue, and no trimmings ). It is now clear how bad the oven ready hard Brexit deal was for UK. It all starts again.
  14. Except he got virtually everything he asked for, that were within the power of the EU. And the things he didn’t get were things the UK already had the power as a sovereign state to legislate as they weren’t EU.
  15. Sunday Times is leading with Rishi allegedly planning to move the UK to a Swiss style multiple bilateral agreement relationship with the EU, but without free movement of labour. Times quotes unatributed government sources. All well and good, but, a. The ERG rent a mob/gob knives are already out, Mark Francois blustering and ranting . It may be Rishi’s downfall, and, b. EU won’t accept that as a deal. Free movement of people, goods, services and capital are integral to their thinking.U
  16. Sunday Times is leading with Rishi allegedly planning to move the UK to a Swiss style multiple bilateral agreement relationship with the EU, but without free movement of labour. All well and good, but, a. The ERG knives are already out. It may be Rishi’s downfall, and, b. EU won’t accept that as a deal. Free movement of labour, goods, services and financial services are integral to their thinking.
  17. Apparently so. Full most weekends with Manx revellers. Cheaper than a taxi home.
  18. Jersey has always had bigger, better, hotels. Our industry, until recently, was dominated by boarding houses and private hotels.
  19. I think it’s better to keep NI and it’s link to state pension funding , and perceived links to other benefits and health/social care, separate. Have an NI tax free allowance, as now, but no upper ceiling. Introduce elimination of ceiling over 5 years. Set at 10% each for employers and employees. Self employed and dividends to suffer NI at 10%, with self employed to pay an increased fixed weekly sum. Apply NI to pensioners.
  20. Tourist industry has been on the slide since the 1960’s, which is when package holidays started. Charter flights, bucket seat shops. The last hurrah of the Manx tourist industry was 1979 and Millenium. It was ruined by lack of investment. Hoteliers worked hard all season and then went away for the winter months. More than half the rooms on the prom ( excluding the Sefton, Metropole, Villiers. Palace, Continental ) weren’t en-suite. Half the rooms were in an outlet overlooking a dank brick yard and the bedrooms in the outlet of house next door. Yes, there were grants to instal en-suites. But you can’t do that without losing rooms and that affects occupancy and revenue. Hotels weren’t double glazed and most had no heating. Out of season wasn’t pleasant. The various Tourist Boards did their best with attractions and promotions and themed events. But the industry didn’t invest. There was a move to self catering in the market. Planning refused all applications to convert.
  21. As I say had monthly contracts. Got an upgrade to 160gB a month, with 25 EU and IoM roaming, fair use, 24 month, for less than I was paying. I’m pleased..
  22. @doc.fixit @Happier diner @The Bastard @forestboy ANEK ship all sorts on the car deck. Donkeys at Keramoti. Not sure about the solas stuff for them. Snapped en route to Thassos.
  23. Maybe it’s because there are two different territories/jurisdictions? Would you be so sanguine and gung Ho about an Irish or a French operator? There are advantages and disadvantages of our peculiar position. It’s down to whether we want to be a county of England or a region of Scotland or our own idiosyncratic separate semi detached.
  24. I have a DECT set up with a hand set in every room. They also act as intercoms. It’s my work line. I’ve had the number since I moved into Douglas 30 years ago. The DECT system isn’t fibre/voip compatible. It’s useful to have a handset in every room. I don’t use my mobile unless there’s no other alternative. The signal in the house is poor in summer due to tree surround. Still, better than Spain where I have to go to the end of the lane to get a signal. The current system and number of lines is down to the house being my office, distinguishing between house and office calls historically, and because one line was Paul’s for his business. I discourage business contact by text, WhatsApp and messenger. Nightmare for filing and record keeping and disclosure ( a la Ranson/Magson ). I try and confirm phone calls by e-mail. Im looking to reconfigure to a system that suits me and the way I live and work. Generally my mobile is for me to contact others when I’m out of the house, not for them to contact me. I think my landline message tells callers to e-mail, rather than call my mobile. And my e-mail footer definitely says I won’t respond to work related texts, messenger or WhatsApp - and to use e-mail instead.
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