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  1. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Almost 10,000 EU health workers have quit NHS since Brexit vote https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/21/almost-10000-eu-health-workers-have-quit-the-nhs-since-brexit-vote?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  2. FIFA 18

    The demo is shit. As i predicted, its the year of slow gameplay (one year fast, next year slow forever). Hate slow fifas. I like to play a high % possession game and particularly enjoy this on fast fifas as opoonents stream forward trying to win the ball. Slow fifa forces everybody to play the same way. Gonna be a shit year.
  3. Hopefully the new manager gets them playing better football. Sampson's strstegy was more industrial than Leicester's.
  4. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    The City of London’s most senior official has told the government it must move fast with its Brexit negotiations or risk an exodus of jobs and damage to the UK’s financial sector. Before Theresa May’s much-anticipated Brexit speech in Florence on Friday, Catherine McGuinness said posturing over the so-called divorce bill was delaying negotiations over the much-needed transition deal that would prevent the financial sector facing a “cliff-edge” in March 2019, when the UK will leave the EU. A quick deal, she said, might be better than a perfect deal. McGuinness, who chairs the policy and resources committee at the City of London Corporation – the local authority for the heart of the capital’s financial district – warned that this was a critical moment if major insurers, banks and fund managers were to avoid implementing their Brexit contingency plans. She said: “We have to have progress … We’re talking about jobs and the economy and ordinary people.” The corporation is keeping a tally of official announcements from City firms about their contingency arrangements. It currently puts 9,770 roles at risk, with Frankfurt receiving more business than any other EU financial centre. Before the speech, it has been reported that the UK will offer €20bn to fill the hole in the budget of the remaining 27 members. “They need to get on and agree, and in considering what they need to pay, to consider the fact that if you haggle out every last penny you might get the most perfect deal in the world but find you lose more because business has gone unnecessarily and your tax-take has gone down,” she said. The prime minister’s speech has been billed as an attempt “to update on Brexit negotiations so far” and to “underline the government’s wish for a deep and special partnership with the European Union once the UK leaves the EU”. City firms have been instructed by the Bank of England to plan for all eventualities, including a “hard Brexit” where the UK leaves the EU without any transition arrangement. The Bank had demanded details of their plans by 14 July and firms have begun to reveal how they intend to cope. For instance, Amsterdam has been picked for expansion by Royal Bank of Scotland, Dublin by Bank of America and Barclays, and Frankfurt by Morgan Stanley. “This is a critical moment where transition needs to be agreed and if we don’t agree transition … people will have to start making arrangements, implementing the arrangements they have been making,” McGuinness said. Without a transition deal, McGuinness said there would an “unravelling” of the City – which others have described as eco-system of financiers, lawyers and fund managers. But, she said, EU financial centres would not be overall beneficiaries, with New York and Singapore more likely to benefit from London’s loss of business. McGuinness said the transitional deal must maintain the current trading relationship with the EU – a sentiment reflected by the chancellor, Philip Hammond, when he told a House of Lords committee this month that the transitional deal that the government was seeking would “look a lot like the status quo”. She said the City was seeking a bespoke deal once it left the EU, rather than copying other countries’ trading arrangements with the bloc. McGuinness also called for clarity as soon as possible about the status of EU nationals living in the UK. Recent research by the City of Londonshows that capital’s finance and insurance sectors rely on foreign workers: while 78% of jobs are held by British workers, 13% are from the EU and 9% from elsewhere. “The simple issue [is] people ought to feel welcome in their jobs and we need clarity as soon as we can,” she said, warning that financial firms had told her EU nationals were hesitating in applying for jobs, while those here might be “feeling unwanted and unwelcomed”. There was a need to spell out the status of people living here, she said, because “it’s just not fair”.
  5. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Pwc have suggested that staycations have improved the outlook in these figures because more people stayed at home with the pound being weaker. Oecd have downgraded expectations of growth for the uk down to 1% for next year and hsve us even below Italy. Still worst in the g7. Given the recent stories about personal debt being a huge worry for the economy then this doesn't sound great.
  6. North Korea

    Are you suggesting we should intervene in every country whose people aren't free to elect their leaders? I'd love you to try to explain when it became a responsibility of the UN to effect regime change. There is no civil war nor genocide in NK and no UN resolution would ever be passed to seek regime change. No UN resolution will be passed allowing any military action. If NK was stupid enough to strike first we'd not have the time to get involved. If the US strikes first then it is a war crime that we should absolutely not be involved in.
  7. North Korea

    Just because an icbm could reach london doesn't mean one would ever be heading that way. Why we feel the need to put ourselves in the firing line when we're not to begin with is beyond me. I repeat. What the **** has it got to do with us? I've said before, Russia, China and the US are all involved. We hold no sway whatsoever.
  8. North Korea

    Nothing to do with us. We happily ignore dictatorships around the world. Who, other than you, is even contemplating this being a reason for action? Simon Jenkins, bang on the money about the futility of acting as a us poodle for the last 20 years: Ignore Trump’s lies. North Korea is no threat to Britain https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/sep/20/trump-lies-north-korea-threat-britain-kim-jong-un-china?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard
  9. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    In the uk printed new is allowed to be biased - hence all newspapers being blatantly so. All broadcast news has to be impartial. Its a legal requirement. Both the left and right acuse the BBC of bias in the opposite direction. The likes of Fox news would be unable to comply with this.
  10. North Korea

    Trouble is nk fired its missiles and in response sk fired ballistic missiles in a simulated attack on nk nuclear facilities as a "show of force". Nk with nukes is horrific. But then I'd say the same of trump. The quicker the un gets rid of security council vetoes and moves towards the securing of a nuclear free world the better.
  11. Food glorious food (The cooking thread)

    Beef Wellington?
  12. Unpopular Opinions You Hold

    Skinny jeans are for girls. Skinny jeans on men is a passing fad for losers.
  13. North Korea

    The worry is that at some point trump feels the need to stop himself looking like a prize chump for making ridiculous statements which kim basically laughs back in his face. Trump really needs to stop this shit.
  14. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    If you can find a link to that I'd take it seriously