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  1. 4 points
    it does make you wonder then how much worse off the EU will be without the UK given the speed of which this bit of legal hocus pocus was put in place. I suppose there will me a more vigorous campaign from both sides now to support/denounce it. Saw a bit on the news yesterday when they were interviewing people in runcorn. First one they interviewed came out with the statement that they were worried and then admitted that they had not voted in the referendum. That being the case they have no say in the matter. Their excuse was that they were not sure about the issues. second guy interviewed ran a business and had voted, he wasn't worried as he had little to do with the EU as such. Nearly all his business was with American companies and he stated that he was seeing an increase if anything in his trade. in all the press coverage I have seen the focus has been on how bad leaving will be or how bad such a deal will be. Not one on how good things could be, and as always it is speculation. We will not know until it happens is the way to look at it. Then good or bad deal with it.
  2. 3 points
    Thought there were few less zombies about, i did wonder if there had been a cull. Must have been really terrifying for the people affected, maybe they can get compensation pay outs to pay for the counselling and emotional trauma. Can see the adds now. "emotionally scarred from the recent O2 failure? call Fleeceum and Scarper and we will fight your case, some of our clients have received up to £7.50 in compensation." From what i have heard it was a software problem, probably one dave from microsoft technical department can put right.🤣
  3. 1 point
    just so that we all know what we are talking about, a few facts. I am sure some are fully aware of this but reading all the conflation and bigoted rhetoric I thought a reminder may be helpful. Asylum seekers are looking for a place of safety There is no such thing as an ‘illegal’ or ‘bogus’ asylum seeker.Under international law, anyone has the right to apply for asylum in any country that has signed the 1951 Convention and to remain there until the authorities have assessed their claim. There is nothing in international law to say that refugees must claim asylum in the first country they reach. A European regulation allows a country such as the UK to return an adult asylum seeker to the first European country they reached. This means that countries on the edge of Europe have responsibility for a lot more asylum seekers than others. Some of the countries through which people travel to get to Europe are not safe places and many have not signed the Refugee Convention, meaning that people who remain there will not get international protection and be able to rebuild their lives. It is recognised in the 1951 Convention that people fleeing persecution may have to use irregular means in order to escape and claim asylum in another country – there is no legal way to travel to the UK for the specific purpose of seeking asylum. (United Nations 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees) The top ten refugee producing countries in 2015 all have poor human rights records or on-going conflict. Asylum seekers are fleeing from these conflicts and abuses, looking for safety. (UNHCR, 2014 Global Trends: World at War) In 2014, worldwide, 34,000 children applied for asylum having arrived in the country of refuge alone, with no parent or guardian. 1,945 of these applications were made in the UK. Many of them come from Eritrea, which was recently condemned by the UN for gross human rights violations. (Report of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, 2015) Many refugees and asylum seekers hope to return home at some point in the future, if the situation in their country has improved. The 1951 Refugee Convention guarantees everybody the right to apply for asylum. It has saved millions of lives. No country has ever withdrawn from it. p.s many asylum seekers are banned from taking a job and are given £5 a day to live on. Hardly fleecing the system.
  4. 1 point
    I didn't even know it had been down until I just read this (at 1.37am in the morning). Hope everyone coped and that it's not had any lasting traumatising effect on anyone
  5. 1 point
    I was beside myself with grief when one young woman called it a catastrophe. It really is terrible, i mean one of me is bad enough.
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