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Everything posted by observer

  1. Plastic problem ?

    The Gov has announced the eradication of our reliance on plastic in 25 years time; but should it take 25 years ? Surely a tax on plastics use, would encourage industry to use less in packaging, convert to re-usable glass bottles etc; and the target could be reached much more quickly ?
  2. Spy games ?

    If the Russian convicted of spying for the UK, was convicted in Russia; why didn't they execute him there ? Or were they that short of convicted spies, that they had to use him for a spy swop ?
  3. Medical resources?

    Seems around two thirds of the world's population don't have access to basic surgery facilties or qualified surgeons; which poses the question, should we be denuding third world countries of medical staff for the NHS?
  4. Abramovitch -

    Seems he's to be asked by HMG, how he acquired his wealth, before being issued with a visa to return to the UK. Thought it was common knowledge that the Oligarchs asset stripped the Soviet Union and it's people when Russia converted to capitalism.
  5. Abramovitch -

    If we have legislation in place to stop money laundering, it's clearly not being enforced. As for Putin, I'm sure he would be friends with anyone who gives him a cut, and it seems they've protested at Abramavitch's visa delay.
  6. Abramovitch -

    Well it does seem to be in vogue, as with East Coast Rail !
  7. Abramovitch -

    But "the proof" lies in Russia and seeing the whole Putin mafia have been at it, I doubt they'll cooperate with evidence. Perhaps they'd have more luck with our Bankers in tracing the dirty money being laundered in London.
  8. Abramovitch -

    OK, the Chelski owner !
  9. Can't get the staff -

    Seems small tech firms are struggling to get skilled EU migrants to fill job vacancies, so are trying to get recruits from the rest of the world. Alas, a shortage of visas is causing problems. According to CH4 news tonight, an Asian, who had studied in the UK to qualify, couldn't reach the income target to qualify for employment. So we have to ask, if he studied for his skills set in the UK, why weren't there a classfull of indigenous British students in the same class getting qualified for the same job ?
  10. Peace in our time ?

    So, after a flurry of bullying and threats, the US will sit down to a summit with N/Korea in Singapore, to discuss the de-nuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, or will it ? Kim promises he'll get rid of his nuke or nukes in exchange for western recognition of his regime, and US financial support instead of economic sanctions, and as an act of good faith will destroy his nuclear test facility. But hang on a minute, hasn't that facility just collapsed ? Which makes his promise of blowing up the tunnels to it, a PR joke. Having seen how easily a US President can scrap a deal with Iran, Kim must know he can't trust the US, so if he's got any sense, he'll be keeping his nukes just in case. Like Iran, his tactic will be to "wait out" the four year term of Trump and see if something less volatile comes along.
  11. Can't get the staff -

    Evidently so Con; a similar report on CH4 tonight, complained of two "highly skilled" (a term reiterated throughout the piece) Pakistani men, were given notice to leave the UK by the Home Office. A criteria for such action, is evidently "criminal activity"; CH4 didn't explore this in detail, but it seems that, in order to secure higher levels of earnings they inflated their earnings level on their CVs, but were then caught out by HMRC when they tried to amend their tax returns. So, after repeating their "highly skilled status" several times, the reporter mentioned that one had been working as an "events manager", whilst the other was a " compliance manager"; so not exactly rocket scientists then. Just another example of the fake news being churned out by our liberal media, in attacking, what they call, our hostile environment. Of course it's hostile, it needs to be, if HMG are going to exercise any control over immigration.
  12. Can't get the staff -

    So - don't bother then !
  13. Peace in our time ?

    In 1948, the common enemy for both sunni and shia, were the Jews.
  14. Peace in our time ?

    Seems Kim is having second thoughts about meeting Donald now, and if he's thought about it, he won't. Seems Bolton is pushing "the Libyan model" and we know what happened to Gadafi. Perhaps Kim needs to take a leaf out of Donald's book on gun law; the only defence against a nutter with nukes, is another nutter with at least one nuke.
  15. Fat tax ?

    Well, I think there's a common agreement that professional models are anorexic looking creatures on the whole, and probably used for the reason you stated. However, returning to the original point, if obesity causes expense, it may incite folk to do something about it ?
  16. Fat tax ?

    Seems a clothing retailer has decided to charge more for larger sizes, which presumably require more material to make. So in an age of obesity, doesn't this provide an incentive for plumpers to lose weight ?
  17. A perspective on immigration

    Still a valid option, if they take it, as the majority of politicians are trying to sabotage Brexit.
  18. Fat tax ?

    The medical BMI definition would place most folk as overweight, but I think were talking about folk who take up two seats on a bus or plane.
  19. £10k for millenials ?

    A "think tank", situated in an Ivory Tower somewhere, has come up with redressing the wealth balance between the generations by giving £10k in cash to all 25 year olds. What happens when the majority have blown it and return to square one ? Much better imo to provide "in kind", with more and cheaper (subsidised) housing and a living wage for all jobs.
  20. Fat tax ?

    We live in an age of self image, where folk expect to be forgiven for not looking after themselves - two legs good, four legs bad !
  21. Peace in our time ?

    Sunni V Shia, sucking in the Jews and Christians !
  22. Peace in our time ?

    True, it wasn't a legally binding agreement, and not even confirmed by the Congress. So, Iran can carry on making a nuke. But if the Yanks don't nuke them, the Israelis probably will - scary.
  23. A perspective on immigration

    Thought that was Brexit ?
  24. A perspective on immigration

    So, if the current law is ineffective in legalising the objective, then it's for the politicians to change the laws, or for the voters to change the politicians.
  25. A perspective on immigration

    Seems the HR lawyers have won a case for EU migrants that were rounded up as "rough sleepers" and deported, and will now be paying them compensation - thus making a joke of any pretence to "safe guarding" our borders.