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    alanjjohnstone
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    JD Wetherspoon’s boss, Tim Martin, has pledged to slash the price of lagers, spirits, wine and cider if the UK leaves the EU, after shaving 20p off a pint of ale to illustrate the Brexit benefits.

    Martin has been one of the most vociferously pro-Brexit figures in the world of business, repeatedly insisting that leaving the European Union, even without a deal, will mean cheaper prices for customers.

    https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/sep/06/wetherspoons-pledges-cheaper-booze-as-a-post-brexit-tonic

    #190121

    robbo203
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    JD Wetherspoon’s boss, Tim Martin, has pledged to slash the price of lagers, spirits, wine and cider if the UK leaves the EU, after shaving 20p off a pint of ale to illustrate the Brexit benefits.

    Seems  like a case of free advertising for a political cause combined with a case of free advertising for a commercial venture.  A cynical exercise which we can take with  a pinch of salt

    If Martin is genuine in his claim in wanting to shave 20p off a pint of ale “to illustrate the Brexit benefits” what’s to him doing the same thing now?

    #190122

    alanjjohnstone
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    The link says he has already cut  the price of Ruddles, an ale made by Greene King, by an average of 20p across its 900 pubs.

     

    #190135

    ALB
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    Is this (put forward here by a SDLP politician) the face-saving formula for Johnson — a customs border down the Irish Sea leaving Northern Ireland in the EU customs union and frictionless single market, perhaps endorsed by a referendum in Northern Ireland? After all, having thrown away its majority, the regime is no longer so dependent on the DUP and can dump them.

    Incidentally, this is what the EU originally proposed (without the referendum). It was the May government that changed it to apply to the whole of the UK. But that was when they still needed DUP votes and went around with hand on their heart saying how dear to them was the union of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    #190152

    Bijou Drains
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    I was talking to a small businessman from Northern Ireland last week and for him this was the dream solution, as part of the UK they would have access to all (if any) trade deals that the UK have as well as having free access to the UK, they would also in effect be part of the EU for trade purposes. It would make Northern Ireland a very attractive part of the world to set up manufacturing plants in.

    #190181

    ALB
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    Just received a personalised letter from “Jo Swinson MP Leader of the Liberal Democrats” (don’t know how I got on their mailing this, perhaps because I once complained to a LibDem councillor about a 20 mph speed limit and bumps on a main road). She makes the following promise:

    “If we stop Brexit, then we can build an economy that works for everyone, so families aren’t forced to rely on foodbanks. We can make tackling the climate emergency a priority for our government. We can start investing in our schools so that every child has the best start in life.”

    Oh yes. If not being in the EU would prevent this, why couldn’t “we” have done these things during the forty odd years when Britain remained a member?

    #190185

    JClark96
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    Utter nonsense, their revival is one of the worst things to come from all this.

    #190198

    Bijou Drains
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    No comment from the political viewpoint, but from a comedic viewpoint, I found this very funny.

    #190199

    alanjjohnstone
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    The video uses very clever techniques. They say the next generation will be harder to detect imposing faces and images

    Anybody know the cost of buying that software for ourselves to make our own spoof videos?

    #190243

    alanjjohnstone
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    From the SWP to Brexit Party.

    Not surprised by the political careerist trajectory of this person

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/sep/14/alaric-bamping-brexit-party-my-far-left-ex-boyfriend-harriet-sherwood

    #190250

    alanjjohnstone
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    #190253

    ALB
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    That’s a coincidence as North London branch report that yesterday, when they set up their stall at their usual place in Holloway Road, they found that the Brexit Party were already there — together with their candidate, James Heartfield.  But what a disappointment the author of the excellent Unpatriotic History of the Second World War has turned out to be. Although he didn’t agree with us, he was sympathetic enough to sign our nomination papers at one local election and presumably voted for us. His talk on his book that he gave at Head Office is on this site here:

    https://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/audio/unpatriotic-history-2nd-world-war/

    Rather ironic that he should now be the standard-bearer for an ultra-patriotic British party full of nostalgia for the Dunkirk spirit.

    #190272

    ALB
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    I see the Liberals voted yesterday to drop the word “Democratic” from their title when they voted that MPs should vote to ignore the result of a democratically-held referendum without a mandate from a further referendum.

    Meanwhile, Labour’s position is even more ridiculous. They want to negotiate a deal and put it to the people telling them to vote against it.

    The farce continues.

    #190280

    alanjjohnstone
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    Just what policies those leftists are aligning with in the Brexit Party.

    Abolishing inheritance tax is the new top priority announced by the Brexit party.

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/16/scrapping-inheritance-tax-wealthy-brexit-party

     

    #190305

    alanjjohnstone
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    The EU reveals its nationalism

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eu-european-way-of-life-african-manfred-weber-conservative-a9108796.html

    The European Commission earlier this month decided to create a new Commissioner in charge of Protecting Our European Way of Life – and give them responsibility for immigration policy

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