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MattK last won the day on December 15 2020

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  1. MattK

    Howler from Top of the Pops

    It must be really weird being in the audience, as presumably the drummer is actually playing while everyone else is miming.
  2. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Interesting selective reporting there. Yes, the UK economy is predicted to grow faster in 2021/22, but that is only because we suffered one of the largest contractions in 2020. You can see the figures here. However, more interestingly is if you calculate the overall growth from 2020 to 2022. What you see is that the UK is predicted to have the third smallest growth of any Advanced Economy, behind Spain and Italy and with significantly smaller growth than the US, Germany, France, the Euro Area and the average of Advanced Economies. World Output - 7.2% Advanced Economies - 4.0% United States - 6.4% Euro Area - 1.7% Germany - 2.1% France - 1.9% Italy - (0.9)% Spain - 0.4% Japan - 1.0% United Kingdom - 0.7% Canada - 4.3% Other Advanced Economies - 5.8%
  3. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    "I never thought leopards would eat MY face," sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People's Faces Party.
  4. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Do you really believe the EU are punishing us by treating us the same as other third countries? Why do you think products like dairy, shellfish and fresh meat were left out of the trade agreement? Before you jump to the conclusion, remember, the fisheries minister didn't read the trade agreement before voting on it as she was busy with Christmas. Now, do you really think it's all the EU's fault or is it simple incompetence from our Government?
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    You do realise the EU are not "punishing us for leaving"? They are treating us the same way as all other third countries. I find it strange that Brexiteers claim Britain is a wonderful country and yet simultaneously have such a victim mentality.
  6. I think you're on to something. Speedway fans moan endlessly about there only being six or seven teams in a league, but rugby fans cream themselves about the same six teams playing each other every year in the Six Nations.
  7. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Here's a story which for me is Brexit in a nutshell. Helen Browning’s Organic, a British brand of fancy sausages previously used British pork to make sausages at a factory in Germany and in turn sold their sausages at many UK supermarkets. A perfect example of seamless trade thanks to a single market and custom's union. It also shows the over-simplistic of claims to "buy British". However, due to Brexit complexities they have now taken the decision to no longer use British pork and instead source supplies from Denmark (obviously still in the EU). No doubt Brexiteers will question why they make their sausages in Germany in the first place. The company says this is due to "a lack of a suitable factory in the UK". This once again show the facile argument that companies can simply move their manufacturing to Britain. Of course, this is a good opportunity for an entrepreneurial Brexiteer to open a local meat processing plant, but then they wouldn't be able to export fresh processed meat, as this wasn't part of the trade agreement and British is now a third country meaning all process meat has to be frozen. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/24/uk-firm-to-stop-using-british-pork-after-post-brexit-border-problems-helen-browning
  8. MattK

    10 killed in Boulder Colorado grocery store shooting

    https://babylonbee.com/news/media-now-claims-shooter-was-factually-arabic-but-morally-white In case anyone is wondering, Babylon Bee is a satirical web site.
  9. MattK

    'the Donald' Trump

    Remember Sidney Powell, who said she would "release the Kraken" with her court cases against the election result? She is now facing billion dollar lawsuits from the companies she made false claims against. Her defence? She is now claiming “no reasonable person" would believe that her comments “were truly statements of fact.” Her comment were apparently "political statements" which "are inherently prone to exaggeration and hyperbole." It's a shame so many people took them at face value. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9390945/Sidney-Powell-tells-judge-no-reasonable-person-believe-theories-Dominion-Voting.html
  10. This is a myth. There is UK case law which allows refugees an element of choice as to where they claim asylum. http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Admin/1999/765.html
  11. MattK

    Salmond and Sturgeon

    Scotland will get to keep all the taxes raised in Scotland, which is obviously doesn't today. There was a report into regional contributions to UK finances conducted by Oxford Economies which showed Scotland as one of the few regions in the UK which actually paid in more than it received. People often point to the Scottish Government's own budget which shows a deficit of around £15bn, however this is misleading as at the moment only a few taxes are devolved to Scotland, Income Tax, part of VAT and Scottish equivalent of Stamp Duty. After independence Scotland will get to keep everything raised there. For example, Oracle have a huge data centre in Scotland, however their UK HQ is in England, so the taxes they paid do not count towards Scotland's income, only what England decide to give them.
  12. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    The EU invested over 2 billion euros up front in a range of different vaccines. 300m euros went to Astra Zeneca, which is substantially more than the UK paid up front (£65m according to Phlipphlopp). Therefore, if the British government can claim credit for investing/funding/backing (or whatever anyone is claiming) the Astra Zeneca vaccine, then the EU deserves at least the same credit. All major countries invested vast amounts in advance orders to expedite the development of various vaccines. Therefore, I don't think any country honestly can take credit for this. Britain gave regulatory approval sooner, allowing us to start our vaccination programme first. The EU have vaccinated people faster and have therefore vaccinated more people, but a smaller percentage of their overall population.
  13. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    The EU did spend billions. There is more than one vaccine you know?
  14. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    The EU invested £300m upfront in the AstraZeneca vaccine. Does that mean they get to take four times as much credit as Britain?
  15. MattK

    European Union - In Or Out?

    You may have missed it Vince as it hasn't been in the news much, but a few weeks ago there was this thing called "Brexit" where Britain decided to leave the EU. As a result, we needed to negotiate special access for areas where Britain didn't want to be treated the same as all the other countries outside the EU. Some areas where we didn't negotiate special access includes the export of live shellfish and frozen meats, therefore all of those British exports are now treated exactly the same as exports from any other third country. This lack of special treatment appears to have come as a surprise to those who believed the likes of Farage, Johnson, Rees-Mogg et al. who said Britain would get a "great deal" and that "the EU needs us more than we need them".

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