Advanced Members
  • Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

329 Excellent

About lamyai3

Recent Profile Visitors

2,805 profile views
  1. I was talking about what might have been - hence my use of the past tense. In any event May is now a lame duck.
  2. Dust off the crop tops
  3. Exactly. Just look at how so many member countries took matters into their own hands and flouted the Schengen border rules last year. The UK just needed to grow a pair and refuse to comply with the EU's worst excesses and decisions... rules that don't work either break down or get reformed if enough members rebel against them. EU reform is surely on the way, and Britain has completely isolated itself.
  4. Well, I spent my childhood years thinking there was a Hugh in there, but apparently they were twins: "Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble, Grubb."
  5. The article dwelled over the most important lesson. A career endorsement from the PM is the best publicity money can buy.
  6. He thought about using the catchphrase "Come and have a go if you think you're hard enough" but decided it wasn't snappy enough...
  7. You can certainly buy the vaccine in certain pharmacies, but refrigeration will be a problem. Also be clear about whether you're getting an intramuscular or an intradermal injection, as it's not recommended to switch between the two. The intradermal dose is 10% of the intramuscular dose, and is often recommended by the WHO these days (certainly for post-exposure prophylaxis) but you might find it much more difficult to find a nurse who can administer the intradermal (ID) injection. If you're periodically in Yangon you might be better trying to organise some of the shots in one of the rabies clinics there.
  8. It was widely presented as a pledge or a promise - hence the government's acute embarrassment in trying to wriggle out of it. No amount of word twisting changes this, the public believed what they were told. Just google Brexit newspaper bias and take your pick (and please point me to any evidence of a majority of remain articles in the papers). I'm talking about newspapers here, I'm not denying the BBC was warned about it's pro-remain stance. In fact this was a big part of the problem when it came to the referendum - Dimbleby's astonishment is hardly surprising, since it indicates how hugely the BBC misjudged what was going on. As far as I'm concerned they're as responsible as the tabloids were, unwittingly leading the public to believe there'd be a landslide vote for Remain... large swathes of younger voters were fooled into thinking that it would never actually happen and didn't bother to vote. There is no way that this can be described as the people having spoken.
  9. 1,2) Your memory must be defective, and since you're unwilling to look anything up that would trounce your argument, here is the exact wording used in the vote leave campaign, plastered on posters and leaflets, along with the tabloid front pages: “Let's give our NHS the £350 million the EU takes every week” I see no coulds or maybes in this statement, it was a promise to the public, one that's caused the government to squirm in embarrassing denial ever since. As to Osborne, you're ignoring what I'm saying about the media. You don't think they seized upon this Project Fear stuff and used it to sway their own argument? 3) There are countless reports of massive newspaper bias prior to the referendum, here's one study by Oxford University. Please find me a single shred of proof that the media was swamped with pro-remain articles. 4) Meh.... you've got nothing.
  10. Quite right. From an article in the Standard last week: "And as for thwarting “the will of the people” as expressed in the referendum, consider this: by 2019 some two million people from the 2016 electorate will have died and been replaced by a similar number of 18 to 20-year-olds. Given no change in the declared voting preferences of the old and the young that would give a majority for Remain."
  11. 1) Hilarious? If you reread what I wrote, you'll see that every side was bamboozled in this disastrous campaign. Both sides were guilty of sabre rattling, and in the end sadly it looks like another case of "it was the sun wot won it"... 2) The NHS thing was most certainly put across as a pledge, they even emblazoned it on the side of their London campaign bus. The attempts to distance themselves from this after winning the referendum were a disgrace. 3) I call your bs, and raise you a steaming pile of elephant dung. I live in Thailand (clue - check the forum your posting in) but I was indeed in the UK at the run up to this dog's breakfast of a referendum, as well as several times since. The tabloid media was swamped with pro leave articles, this is not even a point of view - it's well established. It shouldn't take long for you to google the ratio of pro-Brexit news articles prior to the referendum if you're open minded enough to do some fact-checking on this. 4) If what you call Project Fear is an attempt to halt this mass march to the cliff edge and beyond, then I'm fully in favour of it. A second referendum would do it, and the reason so many are completely against it is they know perfectly well what the result would be.
  12. Hardly. Don't forget that every politician was chest thumping to the extent that there was widespread incredulity on both sides and the public didn't know who to believe. I certainly saw Osborne's comment as nothing more than a tactic, as I'm sure most others did. The sentiment behind it was a different issue though, that Brexit would hit people in the pocket and the effects on the economy would be very bad. The NHS £350 million a week pledge on the other hand was at a whole different level of misinformation, presented as virtually a campaign promise, and went out in public information brochures delivered door to door. The public was so confused by the whole thing that they looked to the media to interpret what was going on, and in doing so hit a barrage of pro-leave propaganda. The ratio of tabloid articles in favour of exit was 2:1, and the pro remain aspect of the media (BBC etc) befuddled the picture enormously in the late stages by presenting opinion polls that predicted a resounding remain victory. You keep harping on about Project Fear, in my opinion this description is misapplied and should be used to refer to the actions of the tabloid media in the nature of the pre-referendum articles and opinion pieces published. How on earth can a referendum be called fair when it's conducted on such narrow margins and on the basis of so much duplicity?
  13. The director of the vote leave campaign Dominic Cummings himself admitted it was won by lies: "Pundits and MPs kept saying ‘why isn’t Leave arguing about the economy and living standards’. They did not realise that for millions of people, £350m/NHS was about the economy and living standards – that’s why it was so effective. It was clearly the most effective argument not only with the crucial swing fifth but with almost every demographic. even with UKIP voters it was level-pegging with immigration. Would we have won without immigration? No. Would we have won without £350m/NHS? All our research and the close result strongly suggests No. Would we have won by spending our time talking about trade and the Single Market? No way."
  14. His niche had nothing to do with the field of essay writing and the lecture circuit, his great contribution came out of beat poetry and poignant protest songs. I'm sure the substance of what he wanted to say was truly reflected in his address and showed much of what his inspiration really was, but I expect he has no interest in, or facility for this kind of speechwriting. For me, I'm happy to judge him on his work, not his essay skills, and I actually kind of like the fact it was plagiarised, it smacks of rebellion and harks back to his delinquent roots.