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Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit
« Last post by Johnnie F. on April 13, 2019, 06:53:58 PM »
The situation, never seen anywhere before of its kind, is, that Brits have to prepare for an election to the EU Parliament, not knowing, whether they will have those elections at all or leave the EU before it with that deal their PM May made with the EU, when their House of Commons actually does agree to that before the scheduled elections. Could that political mess be even bigger? Catch?
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This reminds me of events some years ago in the UK.  Granny dumping became quite common.  Senile elderly relatives were being dumped at motorway service stations.
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Home: Britain / Re: Britain refuses to give Assange safe passage
« Last post by Taman Tun on April 12, 2019, 09:53:04 AM »
Plod spends at least GBP 13 million in embassy surveillance costs. What a waste.  This from the DM:-

The police bill? £13m and counting...

Scotland Yard has given the figure of £13.2million as the cost of guarding the Ecuadorian embassy while Assange was inside – but the true figure is likely to be far higher.

Uniformed officers were permanently stationed outside the embassy in Kensington, west London, from when the WikiLeaks founder arrived in June 2012 until October 2015.

At this point, the permanent deployment was stood down as police deemed it was ‘no longer proportionate’.

Under Freedom of Information laws, the Metropolitan Police has revealed that it cost at least £13.2million to guard the embassy from 2012 to 2015.

It said £7.2million had been incurred in police pay, £3.8million in overtime and £2.2million in admin overheads and costs to supporting departments.

Scotland Yard has refused to reveal costs incurred after 2015 for undercover officers and other surveillance.

It argued the release of such information would ‘cause operational harm’.

It also said it would ‘allow extremists to gauge the level of policing deployed to a specific site’ and adversely affect relations with Ecuador.

Last night the Metropolitan Police said it was ‘looking into’ whether it could provide an updated figure.
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A partially paralysed man found dead at a Khon Kaen temple on Wednesday morning had apparently been abandoned there by his family years ago.

Pol Lt Co Chana Krotha of the Chum Phae district police has appealed to relatives of the unidentified man to come forward and claim the body.

Monks at Wat Tha Jaeng Sawangg Lamsoen in the village of Ban Kaeng Yao found the man, who was about 60 years old, in a storage room. The cause of death was not immediately known.

Lay helper Boonlong Phakham said the man’s family left him at the temple late one night three years ago. The monks had cared for him ever since.

Boonlong said someone once phoned to inform the monks that the man’s daughter would be taking him home after she graduated from university, but no one ever came.

The Nation

Just like they leave their pets at a temple, when they don't want to take care of them anymore. :(
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Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit
« Last post by Johnnie F. on April 11, 2019, 02:51:53 PM »
Quote from: Roger on K-F
...one wonders if we should revoke Article 50 and then, try again later, maybe when HoC is better organised, we have a new Prime Minister AND the EU might well be in a weaker position.

After the UK has just proven to the EU27, how strong unity (of the EU27) can be, that is a very unlikely situation in the near future to come up. The UK made the EU27 realise the strength of standing together. The UK's politicians overplayed their cards. Another attempt would make them only the laughing stock of World politics again. I think most Brit politicians, at least of this generation, should have realised that by now.:)

Best would be trying to reform the EU from within. But having shown the World, how their institutions, mainly the Parliament, work, they might have problems being taken seriously. It comes down to the UK first needing to reform their own political system, "updating" it to today's challenges...
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Energy & Environment / Re: "No drought this year", says irrigation dept
« Last post by Johnnie F. on April 11, 2019, 01:58:23 PM »
The Department of Royal Irrigation (DRI) said on Wednesday all areas that fall under DRI-irrigated zones will have sufficient water supplies to meet consumption and farming demand through the dry season.

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For other areas, Mr Thongplew said seven provinces -- Kanchanaburi, Chaiyaphum, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Ratchaburi and Loei -- are at risk of water shortages.

Bangkok Post
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Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit
« Last post by Johnnie F. on April 11, 2019, 11:44:23 AM »
On this threat with a Trojan Horse, if they had to participate in the EU elections, there is a good comment by Peter Sturm in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

I'll translate it for our readers:

If they had to take part in the European elections again, they wanted to make life as difficult as possible for the Europeans, the British Brexit-Ultras announce - what a threat!

It must sound historically meaningful when the British Brexit Ultras give their anger to "Europe" free rein. After the great power fantasies of the recent past, the Trojan Horse is now being sought, which according to legend once brought the Greeks the victory over the city of Troy.

After all, if they had to take part in the European elections again, they wanted to make life as difficult as possible for the Europeans, and operate like a Trojan horse in a hostile environment. What a threat! But then somehow disappointing.

The nostalgics fixated on their little England have obviously spent all their energy on maintaining their cricket pitches and have lost sight of the reality of the EU.

Would their monster in the herd of the Straches, Salvinis, and as the other unpredictable steeds are all called, even attract attention? You have to be English to believe that.

But that's the basic tone of the exit campaign on the island. Delusion replaces reality.
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Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit
« Last post by Johnnie F. on April 11, 2019, 11:03:33 AM »
The handcuffs agreed to:

"The French president also insisted on the redrafting of the EU’s summit communique, writing in that the UK – during any extra time as a member state – would have to “refrain from any measure which could jeopardise the attainment of the union’s objectives, in particular when participating in the decision-making processes of the union”, according to a leak obtained by the Guardian.

The EU27 also emphasised their right to meet without the UK on key long-term decisions."

The Guardian
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Home: Britain / Re: The Brexit
« Last post by Johnnie F. on April 11, 2019, 07:27:41 AM »
Oktober 31 is the next date for Brexit, unless in Britain there is unity about a deal. In that (still not very likely) case they can even leave earlier. But there is also more time for revoking Article 50. Time to think and a couple of times re-think the whole Brexit over! Maybe the elections to the EU parliament next month in Britain will give an answer, what the people in the UK really want, now having learned about the whole impact.

The EU has shown unity again. And best condition of this by the EU27 granted and by British PM May accepted extension is, that the remaining 27 EU countries can hold meetings on their own affairs without the Brits disturbing, though they're also members still. That's what became of the Brexit ultras' threat to cause as much trouble as possible, if the Uk had to participate in the EU elections. ;)

Now who'll bet on the UK not asking for yet another extension again? ;)

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