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  1. That's grim news indeed 😐
  2. What's obvious is that she really wants the status quo while keeping the abomination that is the Brexiteers happy. 🙂
  3. Thank you! Very informative!
  4. Good News! A strong Germany at the heart of the EU run by centrists. I take comfort in that 🙂
  5. Don't take that tone with me. I am not deflecting in any way. The point is entirely germane and of interest to other contributors, I would have thought. Anyway, again, good night; I'll leave you to it
  6. Merely stating facts. The Golan Heights are Syrian territory occupied by Israel? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golan_Heights Even the Americans recognise this area as being OCCUPIED by Israel. But, heh, what's international law when you're on the side of righteousness 🙂
  7. My staff member is Swedish and has worked for me here in Phuket for 10 years. He has a work permit and usually gets a 1 year multiple entry from KL or Penang. I am advised that they now only issue single entry 3 month visas. Any sensible solutions? He does have two young Thai children that he is bringing up asa single parent. Would he get a cat O, 1 year do you think (on the basis of salary/tax paid)? I dont understand this business that consulted now only issue 3 month visas and you must go to an Embassy. Whats the issue with KL then? Thanks for any advice
  8. Why 2% of GDP? What are we defending against? The Russians? You really want Berlin to start buying 100B Euro of Leopard tanks a year? Let's think about this. It is our decision to have a blue water fleet and a nuclear deterrent. How much do we actually contribute to European defence in reality?
  9. May ready for tough talks over Brexit

    Bit of a non sequitur?
  10. May ready for tough talks over Brexit

    My outburst was prompted by the good news from Bombardier. I see no reason why the UK should not have a modern, technology driven manufacturing base. Japan and Germany excel at this. Why not the UK. We certainly have the scientific and engineering brains. IMHO, we are let down by our much vaunted bankers and the short termism of our markets. We can't go on living on usury 😉
  11. May ready for tough talks over Brexit

    http://www.bbc.com/news/business-43073701 This should be us But short termism and bloody shareholder value has destroyed our industry. Great idea! Look at our aviation history: Comet, Lightning, Concorde, Vulcan, WHERE ARE WE NOW??? I watched a documentary about the newly built Pacific Peppercon Class locomotive "Peppercorn" on a 100 mph qualification run near York. Fabulous! Some here think I am anti English. You couldn't be further from the truth. Hitachi Locomotives on the East coast line? I was born in Middlesborough ( which explains much) AND semiconductors?? We invented the computer for goodness sake!! The UK is a shadow of what we should be. All this Brexit car s just taking our eye off the ball. We need to rebuild our real world class manufacturing base. That's going to take investment in both human capital and plant