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Pebble thats Stubby

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  1. we don't have time to get the job done. dontcha know we are too busy queueing to see the Queen's burial tomb?
  2. well its poor peoples fault they are poor and its poor peoples fault that the economy is doing badly. If only they were not poor they would be able to afford stuff and thus grow the economy. Instead they want handouts shrinking it. or something.
  3. I think Truss's appeal among some MP's in the contest. at the start her lack of anything credible made her not a threat so could be removed in later voting rounds. and if your preferred candidates got removed early then Truss is the kind of person who should be easily lead and influenced maybe even controlled. Which to those that want power is often very attractive if they can't be the leader themselves.
  4. well I live in a very safe Tory seat. In the prediction posted earlier I'm in a Blue seat surrounded by other Blue seats. My local MP is a minor Backbencher right now. He is also party of the looney ERG who with Liz Truss is getting everything he wants. So although removing her via General Election may give him more influence in the party while they are then in opposition I can easily see whoever remains of the Tory's working out they need to change direction and kick out most of the ERG and deselected them for the next General election after - allowing more moderate and possibly controllable MP's access to the few remaining safe seats.
  5. Depends, If you get police backing on the side of the civil disorder probably a lot less than if the police actually try to maintain order.
  6. I get that Completely nuking things by calling for an election now would be a bad way of removing Truss for the Tories. But if that is the only way they can get rid of her quickly it may be the best thing they can do for the party's future in the long term. I feel that the longer Truss is in charge the more damage she will do and the more likely swing voters will remember and blame all Tories in future elections.
  7. what is depressing about that, I live in one of the Blue Bits...... wankers.
  8. so how long before Liz tries to take away the independence of the Bank of England?
  9. I have much sympathy for the workers. to be honest I've had loads of sympathy for those who work in Weatherspoon's for years, I doubt its somewhere most people choose to work if they have much choice.
  10. Unless we are going to have Universal Basic Income, then I think everyone agrees that at some point if you earn over a certain amount you no longer should get benefits. The big problem is people loosing benefits at a faster rate than they earn more money (working more often has additional costs - eg extra transport or child care). I think a fair way to do it is for every £1 you earn over a basic amount you loose lets say 20p of benefits (including any extra tax you might need to pay for earning more). exact amount can be worked out. This way you will always get a reasonable extra bit of pay for doing more. I remember when I was growing up, my Aunt received several benefits while also working almost full time job. I remember her boss wanted to give her a pay rise, but unless it was going to be a really big rise (and not just a very good one) she would actually loose money as she would loose all the benefits she got at the same time. In this scenario My Aunt was punished if she worked any overtime. Doing work has to pay. but equally not doing work for whatever reason should be more than just survivable. The moment you start saying well a lazy person could benefit you will stop someone that has genuine reasons not to take work. Its impossible to create a system that can separate the "lazy" from those "in need" 100% accurately. Well I suppose it might be possible but the cost of implicating such a system would be far far more than any potential saving as every case would need to be fully accessed and repeatedly assessed with compassion.
  11. I don't think there is enough time to announce work out the exact wording, and hold a referendum in both Rep. Ireland and N. Ireland. and then implement the result before the end of 2024 even if they started the process today.
  12. Ice Cream Wins. Cake does not have regular roadside deliveries in vans that play crappy tunes.
  13. I am of the opinion that we really should not have a Monarchy, while also having a positive impression of Queen Elizabeth's reign. I do think the Monarchy has been a net positive for Britain and has given us a lot of soft power in the world. This does now mean we can't achieve the same via something other than the Monarchy. As people I wish them (mostly) well as I would anyone. However before we get rid of them can we at least wait till the coronation? let us get that extra bank holiday. Yes money will be wasted on the event itself, but that should mean there is less money available for this government to syphon off to their mates.
  14. When you shake that many hands some people are always going to be missed out. I may be wrong but I this is the first time I can remember people claiming he didn't shake a hand due to skin colour and given how many hands he has shaken over his life time I think there would have been an obvious pattern by now if that was the case. 2 mins on google and I can find these examples of King Charles shaking non-white hands. although most of the what I searched though where links to the same video of him not shaking a black hand. video Link and Photo link I am not saying he is not racist, the video does look bad, Once incidence could be coincidence. - I have seen plenty of times in the past where white hands have been skipped. will however keep an eye out from now on and see if there is indeed a pattern, but I won't condemn him for this one time.
  15. but what if you are talking about the left or right bank of a river in Naboo where the water flows illogically and often against gravity? how would you tell from looking at a map which way is downstream?
  16. Unless I've misses a scandal I believe those on 4 legs are safe from unwanted affection. I mean its always possible with Andrew I have missed a scandal or two. they also get the plus side of no matter how much they make him run around he will never get sweaty.
  17. I could understand kindof if they closed the facilities and restaurants for the day or even just the for the hours of the funeral. But to kick people out of their self catering cabins and make them sleep somewhere else? is stupid, cruel and unnecessary. Butlins is remaining open, however Monday's arrivals have been asked to arrive later. Butlins will win the PR for this.
  18. That's nasty. and really nasty if Monday was the middle of your stay. This could cost them a lot of future bookings.
  19. hmmm I guess the proper British thing to do would be to cut the Dimond in half before handing it back.
  20. What I don't get is why so many people feel the need to buy more flowers to place at the gates or in parks. I mean once a critical mass has been reached a few thousand more is not gonna make any real difference. - I am sure its great business for the florists, but it just seems such a waste of money. I get the need some feel to pay their respects but why not donate to a charity she was Patron to about 600. This way it can do some good instead of just being turned into compost. They have asked people stopped sending stuffed toys (although these could be collected and given to children's charities) and people remove all non compostable materials before laying flowers. - I imagine there is a lot of plastic flower wrap waste being created from this.
  21. How long before we have to change all our money? Does each note/coin get gradually phased out or do we do them all at the same time?
  22. Probably not for the funeral, but almost certainly for the coronation.
  23. yeah I could retire and if it ends up I'm not ready or something happens I could get another job. That in itself is kind of scary as I have worked for the same company since I was 16. I mean I'd have to write a CV and all kind of weird stuff. What I'm more likely to do is volunteering, that is actually part of the plan after spending some time just enjoying myself and traveling a bit. right now I have very restrictive holidays and basically get told when I have to take them. I guess I kinda want that Gap year kids do before going to uni.... before settling in to a routine and making a regular time commitment a couple of days a week with some charity. As to the dream home, I am very close to it now. what we really want is a bigger garden, that is not North facing or mostly in shade with massive trees. I like gardening, but the current one I struggle to grow the veg I want due to lack of light. Hubby wants a small workshop so he doesn't have to pull the cars out of the garage every time he wants to tinker. A slightly bigger kitchen would be nice and maybe an extra 2 foot on the dinning room as its a bit cramped when everyone is over. A downstairs bedroom with shower room near it would be ideal or at the very least the ability to put a stair lift in at some point without it blocking access to other rooms. Its very likely that at some point we will have one of our parents living with us. Our current home is close to what we want but not quiet there. a new home when we no longer need to live close to work is much more affordable. I have seen several on right move. In a way much easier before Brexit as I'd have a right to work in a different country. My role does not exist in the UK outside of my current location in my company. there is similar in Halewood (who have stolen some of our machines) but that is being manned by agency staff not hourly paid. I'd also still need to move. To take a different IT job at say Dunton I'd need a degree. the three now Two of us are the the only hourly paid IT within my company in Europe, Every other plant decided my exact job was salaried or agency. Absolutely. You need some kind of structure and routine and a reason for doing things. There are so many crafting classes and stuff I have wanted to do over the years but could not as I could only attend one week in every 3. Shift work really does mess with life not at work time. I'd also have much more time to devote to the garden and that is before even looking to regular outside volunteering. + I also plan on getting back involved with Con running - did that a bit with TitanCon but being retired I'd actually have the time I can devote.
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