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  1. Actually, remainers had a mysterious journey to ever closer union, co-ordinates unkown; moreover a journey which seems to be increasingly losing its bearings.
  2. Inevitable?? Given that both party leaders have consistently ruled it out it seems extremely unlikely. Last week Jeremy again ruled out revoking A50 too, and of course May won't, so it looks increasingly like no deal following Parliament's and/or the EU's rejection of Chequers mkii or whatever it's called at the moment.
  3. Jeremy Corbyn’s position is a difficult one: he is a natural leaver whose policies for state intervention would be resisted or even prevented by the EU. Yet the EU itself is based upon interventionism. An obvious example is the GAP, a huge subsidy programme consuming 40% of the EU budget for less than 2% of its GDP. The Euro itself has proven to be another, with all sorts of consequences relating to nation-state sovereignty. All of this fits the irreversible ever-closer union by stealth at the heart of the EU project, as advocated by Juncker and many others, and quoted here numerous times. This doesn’t mean I’m against supra-national bodies as such, but I do feel that the EU is not evolving in the right direction; I feel it’s evolving in a potentially very dangerous direction, economically and politically. The EU, via its precursors, was nominally based on the political idea of preventing future Franco-German wars, and the economic goals of supporting French farmers and German industry. Does anyone still think France and Germany need the EU to prevent mutual war? Is there any real need for ongoing union? A close alignment of independent nation-states suits the zeitgeist much better imvho. Obviously you’re somewhere on the left, presumably in the company of Corbyn, Bernie Sanders, Varoufakis and Chomsky, all of whom have expressed admiration for each other. An interesting bunch, with interesting ideas, would they ever be in a position to try their ideas out I wonder?
  4. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    Actually I have a professional obligation to understand Thai labour law as it relates to teachers, I have no personal feelings about your claims at all. And yes I can read Thai, though for this type of work I pass it to our bilingual Thai lawyer. You have avoided sending me the URL now three times, even though you say know where the page is and that you can read Thai. All you have done is recycle misleading interpretations of Thai labour law made by lawyers who are trying to drum up business. I have seen that quote before, it is not your translation. Something you should consider is that the majority of posters on this forum are teachers with work permits. And every single one of them knows that their work permit is tied to their employer. New job, new work permit. This is true for every single country I have worked in or assisted others to obtain work permits in, and there have been many. I think this particular dialogue has run its course.
  5. Always a pleasure to hear from you MB Agreed on the first part. You can't be in the CU/SM and out of the CU/SM at the same time. About quitting Brexit. While the ECJ may rule that it's technically possible for the UK to cancel A50, it doesn't seem to be politically feasible given JC's and TM's opposition to the idea; add to this the penalties for doing so, and the timeline, and I'd say it's got zero chance of happening. I don't think May has got the character to walk away, and she is so committed to her own path, even though no-one else is, I can't see walking away as a reality, unless a Leaver takes over the Tory party very soon. Very unlikely imho, but a possibility I guess. My feeling at the moment is that we're heading for no deal accompanied by some specific emergency agreements in key areas - maybe air transport and data for example. I've benefitted more from globalisation than most people here, and I'd really like the EU to reflect on the strength of feeling across the EU about the importance of the nation state, and reform accordingly. This is my ideal solution, just a dream sadly.
  6. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    You said earlier that the relevant section of the law had not been translated. Yet now you have an English "version" of some sort. As I mentioned in my reply to your first post, some law firms made misleading claims about what's in the recent changes, obviously in an attempt to drum up business. I believe this is one of those misleading claims. It's definitely not a translation from the Thai legislation; it's clearly someone's "interpretation". I have been aware of this type of interpretation since the changes were made. My understanding at that time was that it was based on a misunderstanding relating to manual labourers who often need to travel from employer to employer. Thai Immigration is definitely not applying work permit law regarding teachers in the way that your quote suggests, as I know from arrests and deportations in the last month. You said that you can read Thai well enough to read Thai government web-sites, and that you know the relevant piece of legislation. Ok, please send me the link to the specific web-page that contains the information, not a domain-level URL like the one you posted before. Even better, please circle the Thai passage that you think supports your case and send it to me by PM, because we cannot post Thai language on the main forum, as you know.
  7. An excellent contribution soleddy, thanks. Some of Abbott's suggestions have already been made by British politicians, but he has joined the dots nicely on some of them. Zero tariffs on the type of goods that NI imports from Ireland , therefore no hard border! Neat. The majority share of Ireland-NI trade is agriculture, so ANZ would benefit from zero tariffs too. People say this could damage British farming, but we could easily redirect some of the massive subsidies we currently pay to French farmers. His idea of walking away is something that gets likelier by the week, as an acceptable deal becomes more and more unlikely.
  8. I'm sure Abbot realises that, why would you think he doesn't? This approach has already been suggested by several British politicians since the referendum, it's not new. It may seem radical to some people, but it's entirely feasible. It can be applied to selected goods, and the tariffs can be modified later as trade agreements are established. If we end up in a no deal exit I would be extremely surprised if zero tariffs were not applied to selected goods. People proclaim that goods pass between EU nations with zero tariffs, but what they often fail to consider is that the production of many of these goods is very very heavily subsidised. After we've left we won't be paying those subsidies any more.
  9. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    Except that what you are linking to isn't new, for me at least. As I mentioned earlier, It's part of my job to keep abreast of changes to Thai iabour law that affect teachers, and I went through these changes in some detail as they occurred. There is nothing that affects teachers. As I mentioned earlier, the vast majority of the changes are related to migrant manual labour. Changes relevant to professionals are limted to the opening up of a few professions to foregners, for example, accountancy, civil engineering, and architecture, and are driven by ASEAN regulations. English language teaching has always been a profession that's open to foreigners, for obvious reasons. This thread is about changes to the enforcement of employment law related to teachers, and to changes in employment law related to teachers. So far you have not said anything relevant to the topic. Most of the posters on this teacher forum are involved in education in one way or another, so there is a fair bit of experience scattered around the group, and to date I have heard nothing that suggests the changes in question have affected teachers. Furthermore, the hysterical jubilation that these changes were initially greeted with by some sections of the expat community has completely fizzled out as people realise that there is nothing in for them. cheers
  10. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    Well this is the teachers' forum. And this thread is specifically about teachers. But that doesn't change what I said earlier about your link - it goes to a front page, with menu links, as you would expect. It has no relevant information. The rule changes that you refer to have absolutely nothing to do with employment law relating to professionals. To a large extent the changes relate to "migrant labour", mainly manual workers from neighbouring countries. For example, the recent MoU regulations relate to a memorandum of understanding with Myanmar regarding manual workers, I believe about 70,000 have recently been processed under that protocol. There are a number of threads on TVF regarding these changes. They are full of wishful thinking I'm sorry to say. But I'd like to keep this thread on topic if I may. If there is any teacher here who believes that their working conditions or contractual terms have been changed by these new rules, I'd genuinely like to hear from them. My job requires me to keep fully informed of labour law regarding teachers, and I am confident that my working relationships with the MoE and Immigration enable me to do that, and I'm always open to new information. thanks.
  11. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    The URL you sent is to the main page - anyone can see that just by looking at the URL address in your post. Following that link takes you to a menu page, as you would expect. It is not about teachers. If you think you really have some relevant infomation about teachers please share it with a specific page URL.
  12. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    Great! So please post the specific URL for the Thai language page that you think provides the information about how the "new work permit laws" affect teachers and I'll look into it, thanks.
  13. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    Please post the specific page URL that you think provides the information about how the "new work permit laws" affect teachers and I'll look into it, thanks. By the way, the site you linked to does have an English language version, you just have to toggle the language option from Thai to English.
  14. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    Yes I am very sure. My certainty comes from wide experience and the fact that my work brings me into frequent contact with the MoE and Immigration, and my information comes from those contacts, not from internet chat. The "new work permit laws" have nothing whatsoever to do with teachers or anything that affects professional expat employment, despite the frenzied wishful thinking among some sections of the expat community, and attempts by some law firms to hype it up for their business.
  15. My Thai Life

    many teachers caught in crackdown

    Well if you already knew about this level of arrest of illegal "teachers" then you've been keeping it to yourself. Or maybe you're being ironic. The precise number of "teachers" deported isn't referred to in the article that I linked to, but it seems to be in the low thousands - less than 3,000 anyway, which is a huge amount more than has ever been talked about on this forum before. In fact, posters have regularly denied that farang "teachers" are being deported at all. Plus, I have seen regular postings on various Thai forums from people with work permits moonlighting in their "free" time, and advising others how to do so. This has alway been illegal - work permits in any country relate solely to your employer - but it seems it's only in the last year or two that this law has been enforced. Plus plus, the illegality of online teaching has also been questioned, not least of all on this forum. I followed those debates with interest and I have no intention of reopening them or participating in them. The simple fact is that online teaching is not legal for foreigners here, and people have been deported for it - as explained to me by Thai Immigration. For backpackers on "visa" on arrival this may not be important (apart from the fact that they probably can't afford the fine), but for people here on marriage or retirement stays the consequences would be life-changing. The rules have changed substantially in the last 2 or 3 years, and the enforcement of those rules is now taken much more seriously. People who have been here a long time may feel that they have got away with it for so long that they’ll never be caught, but the times they are a-changing.