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johnnybangkok

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  1. 1. Reunification would be my preferred option but I cannot see it in my lifetime; at least not on terms agreed by both sides. - So no solution then as that DEFINITELY isn't going to work. Just ask the DUP and the whole of the protestant population of NI. 2. Gallilao and our share in various other projects & buildings wipe this slate clean. - Galileo (which i assume you mean) costs 13.7 Billion. That just leaves approx. 24 billion in the divorce settlement and the cost of EU pension contributions, security, science and the many, many other EU projects the UK is committed to. 3. Cameron promised (and we voted) OUT. Not really an answer but the gist is you just want us to leave our biggest trading partner with no deal and no customs agreements? That sounds like it'll work well for the UK economy. 5(4!). Any drop renders the likes of the NHS better able to serve everyone else. If you're referring to Doctors etc I see no reason why anything should change. 63,000 NHS staff in England are EU nationals - Just 800 EU nurses came to the UK last year, compared to 6,382 in 2016/17 and 9,389 in the year of the Brexit vote. Nearly 4,000 EU nurses alone left last year. That's what changing even if you don't want to acknowledge it. 6. They're under a different umbrella (& Ours are by far the best in Europe!) No they're not. It is through the EU that you exchange criminal records and passenger records and work together on counter-terrorism. This could be a major problem if we have any contradictory laws that don't match. We (UK & Ireland) would arguably be better off applying to join the US as one or two states than we ever will be by staying in the EU and in doing so would solve Irish unification and neuter the SNP in a single stroke. Wow, just wow!! You don't want us anywhere near the EU but you would gladly see us hitched to Trump as a vassal of the US? Incredible, just simply incredible. So in summary you have no real concrete, workable ideas? It's just 'lets leave and work out the problems after'. That's why sane people don't want Brexit. You don't have a better alternative.
  2. So in other words...nothing. Literally no original ideas to solve the myriad of problems Brexit throws up. Just the usual splattering of 1950's nostalgia (with the odd WW 2 reference thrown in for good measure), unworkable economics (yes the world is queuing up to give the UK a better trade deal than if they were part of the largest trading bloc in the world) and the usual splattering of xenophobia and downright racism. It's just the usual Leave campaign rhetoric that gets regurgitated time and time again but offers no solution other than 'let's leave and work it all out afterwards' and 'don't worry, at least we can keep the immigrants out' when the vast majority of your perceived 'immigrant' issue does not even come from the EU. However you are quite correct that arguing with Thai visa members is a 'waste of precious' time. Especially when they are as clueless as you.
  3. I'm not. I said I watched your video before (and it still doesn't answer my questions) and there's just no way I'm going to listen to 25 minutes of JRM. Rather than post just heavily biased videos of highly questionable individuals, why don't you just answer the questions I posed all by yourself? As a reminder, I asked what was YOUR solution to the following problems: 1. The Northern Ireland border. 2. Britain's financial obligations to the EU? 3. The EU single market & customs union and the subsequent insistence from the EU that entry to the single market/customs union also comes with free movement of EU nationals? 5. The drop in the number of EU immigrants and it's effect (already being felt) on the NHS, social care and construction? 6. Security - once EU law has no more effect on the UK, how do you handle things like Europol and the European Arrest Warrants that both require EU law to work?
  4. The speed of my reply is because you've posted this nonsense on at least 3 other occasions and I'm bored with looking at it. And 25 minutes of Jacob Rees-Mogg (a man with a HEAVY financial incentive for Brexit (https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jul/22/jacob-rees-mogg-second-irish-fund-scm) will have me contemplating topping myself.
  5. Sorry. Did think it was quite out there but honestly couldn't tell the difference. That's how bad it's become.
  6. So as I guessed, no real solutions then.
  7. So as I guessed, no real solutions. Just some wild ideas that you and your mates (all economists and legal experts of course) agreed whilst drinking your 80 baht bottle of chang until you fell off your bar stool. Unfortunately this is in fact pretty much sums up the Leave campaigns ideas. 'Leave means leave !!!' Even if it also means chaos.
  8. It has everything to do with this post. Saudi Arabia is currently conducting a war in the Yemen literally killing thousands and giving rise to one of the worst humanitarian disasters ever seen; they are killing journalists with impunity and are guilty of some of the worst human rights abuses in the world yet they don't get 'warnings' or reprisal from The Donald because, you know, they're mates and they've got oil. Turkey merely threatens Kurdish militia (not condoning it, just stating facts) and all hell breaks loose. The hypocrisy is something truly to behold.
  9. 'Leave means leave' - 'remoaners' - 'we won, you lost' - blah, blah, blah. I've noticed a VERY common denominator with you Leave lot in that you are all up for the brain dead slogans but very short on the ideas of how to handle the immense problems that Brexit has thrown up. So I'll give you all a chance. Please let me know what YOU would suggest to sort out the following:- 1. The Northern Ireland border. 2. Britain's financial obligations to the EU? 3. The EU single market & customs union and the subsequent insistence from the EU that entry to the single market/customs union also comes with free movement of EU nationals? 5. The drop in the number of EU immigrants and it's effect (already being felt) on the NHS, social care and construction? 6. Security - once EU law has no more effect on the UK, how do you handle things like Europol and the European Arrest Warrants that both require EU law to work? That's only 6 of then many, many, many problems. I'm all ears.
  10. 'Leave means leave' blah, blah, blah. I've noticed a VERY common denominator with you Leave lot in that you are all up for the brain dead slogans but very short on the ideas of how to handle the immense problems that Brexit has thrown up. So I'll give you all a chance. Please let me know what YOU would suggest to sort out the following:- 1. The Northern Ireland border. 2. Britain's financial obligations to the EU? 3. The EU single market & customs union? 4. The insistence from the EU that entry to the single market/customs union also comes with free movement of EU nationals? 5. The drop in EU immigration's shortfall effect on the NHS, social care and construction? 6. Security - once EU law has no more effect on the UK, how do you handle things like Europol and the European Arrest Warrants that both require EU law? That's only 6 of many, many problems. I'm all ears.
  11. Many of you guys that still go on with ‘the vote must be respected’ stance and ‘leave means leave’ surely must be questioning the validity of this argument. There was lies from both sides but it is now clearly evident that the Leave argument is no where near what was promised. ‘£350m a week for the NHS’ - This was one of the most infamous claims of the 2016 referendum campaign, famously written on the side of a bus. The claim read: “We send the EU £350m a week to the EU. Let’s fund our NHS instead”. This has widely been debunked with even Nigel Farage admitting it was a load of hogwash. Papers published by the Office for Budget Responsibility, a Treasury watchdog, predict the United Kingdom will have to still be paying the same amount of £37.1bn up to 2023 and since the UK has still to pay its share of EU pension contributions, large payments will continue until 2064. ‘We’ll take control of the UK’s borders’’ - There was never any chance that Brexit could lead to an end to immigration as it only controls the flow of EU nationals. An estimated 219,000 citizens from other EU countries immigrated to the UK in the year to June 2018, and about 145,000 emigrated abroad. So EU ‘net migration’ was around 74,000—the lowest level recorded since the year to September 2012. However latest figures show that 285,000 people come to the UK each year from countries outside the EU. Most immigrants have always come from countries outside the EU, and that hasn’t changed. If the government really wanted to stop immigration, it could have could stop it already. Britain has always had this ability. ‘We’ll get a trade deal with the EU as it needs us more than we need it’ - The one bit of being part of the EU which almost everyone likes is the ability to trade with European countries so the Leave campaign promised (and many of you still are) that the EU needs the UK more than the UK needs the EU. This is of course nonsense as the trade disparity is immense. It is of course possible to be in the single market even though you’ve left the EU IF you’re willing to accept that the EU makes the rules and one of those rules is the free movement of EU nationals. Another sticking point for all the xenophobes. Northern Ireland – Johnson, Gove and the rest of the Leave campaign promised “no change to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic”. But how was that ever going to be possible? At the moment, there is freedom of movement between Northern Ireland and Ireland. The UK says it wants to end freedom of movement with the EU when Brexit takes place and given that Northern Ireland is in the UK and Ireland is in the EU, that means ending freedom of movement between Northern Ireland and Ireland - doesn’t it? The economy will not suffer because of Brexit – Possibly one of the most blatant lies of them all. The Government’s latest economic forecasts - which they tried to keep secret - suggest the economy will be smaller by two per cent if we stay in the single market, five per cent if we sign a trade deal and eight per cent if we fall back on WTO rules. Many economists actually think this is very conservative. As I’m sure many of you living here in Thailand have seen, the pound continues to fall and everyone but everyone is predicting a fall in GDP coupled with growing inflation. If that’s good I’d hate to see your definition of bad. And the end result is – a No Deal Brexit - Separate assessments from Whitehall and the Bank of England have painted a grim picture of the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the UK economy. In a nutshell, the pound could plummet, inflation may soar and Britain’s growth would nosedive should we crash out of the bloc. When did a no deal Brexit even become a thing? Was that in the Leave campaigns election manifesto? It’s like you Leave supporters are merrily walking towards a cliff and despite people screaming and shouting at you that there is indeed a cliff ahead of you and you are going to fall off and do yourself a lot of harm, you would rather choose to ignore them because, ‘well I set out on this course and I’ll be damned if anyone is going to persuade me otherwise’. As a business man myself, if I entered an agreement with a client that promised me all of this at the beginning but 2 years later I ended up with what is now the ACTUAL deal, I rightly would be running miles from it. And if they said ‘well you agreed to the deal’ I would very rightly point out that THIS IS NOT THE DEAL I AGREED TO and walk away. It amazes me that so many of you just can’t.
  12. You have inadvertently hit on one of the many problems with illegal immigrants and the possible solution to the problem. Someone has answered where these people work, but it has been known for quite some time that the solution to illegal immigration is not to try and stop them getting into the country (an almost impossible task) but to stop the market for illegal immigration by going after the employers rather than the workers. There are currently systems in place that could do this if only there was enough finance to police it (and $5 billion would go a long way to help that) and enough political will to roll it out across the country. A wall is not going to stop illegal immigration; others have pointed out quite correctly that the majority of illegal immigrants are visa over-stayers. During 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) found that 701,900 immigrants with visas remained in the U.S. past their expected departure date which is more than double the 303,916 immigrants apprehended at the border during that same time frame. The report by the Center for Migration Studies found this pattern to be true for every year since 2007. This is why so many people are against the wall. Not only will it not be effective in stopping illegal immigration (as the majority are not using the border crossing and airplanes can get over walls), but the vast amount of money to build and maintain the wall (estimated at anything between $25 billion and $70 billion) would be much better spent looking at more effective solutions - such as going after employers. The problem is that these solutions don't play to his panicked, xenophobic base who believe that illegal immigrants are the root of all evil. Sane people aren't protesting the wall because they don't want controls over illegal immigration; they are protesting it because it just doesn't make sense.
  13. Ok thanks, I’ll do that (the Burying of ones Head in the sand bit that is). I was just curious whether you had an original thought or whether it was the usual, widely debunked nonsense most of you guys spout. I guess we will never know now. SAD FACE emoji.
  14. johnnybangkok

    Altercation with a taxi driver

    A great deal of keyboard warriors on this subject advocating retaliation and “kicking ass”. Before you do you might want to cast your mind back to this https://tastythailand.com/american-killed-by-thai-taxi-driver-for-refusing-to-pay-53-cent-fare/ Most taxi drivers carry some sort of weapon in their car; anything from a machete to a gun, so before you get all brave and alpha on them, just ask yourself this - is my life worth 100 baht?
  15. I know I’m going to regret this but I’m curious how much tin foil your hat is made from sooooooo just exactly who are these “money masters”, “globalist elites” and “New World Order” then? (please dont say the Rothchilds. Everyone says the Rothchilds).
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