Do you have enough facts yet to make your decision about the EU?

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With less than 6 weeks to go now, until we get the chance to cast our vote on whether we want to stay in the EU or leave, do you feel in a position, armed with enough facts, to make your choice?

On 23 June, the UK will settle a question that’s been rumbling close to the surface of British politics for a generation: should the country remain within the European Union, or leave the organisation and go it alone.

Both sides insist that the outcome of the vote will settle the matter of Britain’s EU membership for the foreseeable future. That’s about the only thing they agree on.  The rest seems to be a combination of scaremongering and propaganda, which is perhaps only serving to confuse the electorate.  There is a concern that younger voters are less likely to vote, partly due to not being registered to vote, although it would seem they are more likely to want to remain in the EU.  The older voters, historically, are the ones that reliably arrive at the Polling Station, and are perhaps the ones who wish to leave.

The latest poll of polls have shown that exactly 50 per cent of voters support Brexit and 50 per cent would like to remain in the bloc. Carried out by NatCen Social Research, the comprehensive survey takes into account the average of the six most recent surveys. Individually, however, each poll shows contradictory results, with narrow leads for Remain and Leave depending on the survey.

What would happen if the referendum was held tomorrow? Would you know how to vote?  Are you ready to vote on should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU? Do you need more facts to make an informed decision? Or are you ready?

Do you have enough facts to make your decision about the EU yet?

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Arewen
14th Oct 2016
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There are so many arguments for and against, I honestly do not know. One thing I have noticed, so many armchair politicians. Afraid I am going to be a sit back and see what happens person.
Hawke008
22nd Jun 2016
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Markus Kerber, head of the highly influential BDI, which represents German industry, has said that his organisation will press politicians in Europe hard to make sure businesses in the UK and the EU retain full, equal access to each other's markets after Lexit. Anything less would threaten jobs on both sides and serve no-one – least of all the Eurozone, which is in desperate trouble.
This intervention, which confirms what Leave campaigners have being saying for a long time, is a huge game changer, and should reassure voters that British businesses have everything to gain and nothing to lose if we strike out from the EU as an independent, self-governing democracy with full powers to enhance our trading opportunities worldwide.
Roof Top Crow
22nd Jun 2016
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judging by the consistent level of thumbs downticks I know that my views are not those held by most other Silversurfers.

What I do not understand is the very strongly held view that the UK would be better off outside of the EU.

Maybe it is immigration. Both the Leave campaign and the Remain campaign were on the TV last night and they both strongly supported immigration. Neither side had a plan for reducing immigration. Without immigration, we all know that the NHS, care homes, and public services would fail. So it cannot be that.

Maybe its is the economy. But in EU membership, we have become the 5th strongest economy in the world and the 2nd strongest in the EU. On last night's TV, both Gove and Johnson agreed that voting to leave would drop us into recession triggering high unemployment and the misery that goes with being out of work. So it cannot be that.

Maybe it is security. But both sides agree that NATO, the USA, the Commonwealth Countries and all the EU countries say we are safer in membership of the EU. So it cannot be that.

Maybe it is sovereignty. But the only areas where we have given up singular UK decision making is in things like air traffic control, security, health and safety, pollution control, scientific research and no one is saying we should change those things. So it cannot be that.

Maybe it is Boris. He is a very good speaker but as we witnessed last night he never gives facts he just does some very clever rabble rousing. He does it with his little boy lost body language and a child little stutter. But even my granny could have seen through that performance and level of insincerity. So it cannot be that, well I hope not.

Reading though Silversurfers posts from other members I get the impression that we are all very nervous about the future. The things we have always taken for granted such as cheque books, post offices, DHS, and pubs are all disappearing and it makes us feel that life is being changed without asking us if this is what we want.

It could be that many people think that by voting to Leave we will somehow stop life moving so fast and changing so fast. That is not a sensible and realistic approach, we have to accept that life is changing very fast and the younger generations know how to live and work in this world and we do not.

We senior citizens must come to our senses. The world has changed and we have to hand over the future to the next generations, the generations in the future that will work and drive the economy and society forward.

Voting to leave the EU would hold back our children and hold back our grandchildren for years to come. The UK would become a historic backwater in the history of the world.

PS.
Farage has just backed out of the C4 debate that was scheduled for 9pm. Farage quoted family reasons.
Not sure what to make of this, maybe hop poisoning has overwhelmed him, or maybe a recognition that sharing a stage with clever intelligent people has led to a mental lack of confidence.

Think of the future, think of the next generations and not just yourself.

Now it is up to you, just be sensible, do not take a risk on the future and vote to Remain.

Signing off as Roof Top Crow.

And thanks to the editorial team for being so patient with us
Lionel
22nd Jun 2016
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The Remain side has failed to address the widely held perception of the EU as a malevolence. Indeed, by skilfully avoiding the core issue, sovereignty, they may have reinforced that perception in many people, ultimately at some expense on polling day.

Neither camp has fought a clean fight; it has been a nasty, messy and devious business. Truth and integrity has been lost. I feel our politicians have reached rock bottom in the public's estimation. What remains to be respected in the political establishment?

On other online forums I watch but don't post, people have traded insults worthy of an Army barracks. Much character assassination has taken place and much hurt endured.

For myself I now consider both Conservatives and Labour as unelectable.

I fear our post referendum period. Whatever the result there will remain a very significant portion of our country who are disgruntled, unsatisfied and unheard. How will they react? The answer doesn't bear thinking about. Families have been split, father against son, mother against daughter. Employers telling employees which way to vote. These and the so many other wounds may need a generation to heal.

This referendum will resolve nothing. It has been and will continue to be a truly damaging political exercise. The nation is polarised on the matter of Europe. Whatever the result it may well turn out to be a hollow and devastatingly expensive victory.

Yes, I fear the peace not the war.
Roof Top Crow
22nd Jun 2016
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I agree with most of what you are saying.

To address paragraph 6.
In the referendum vote, it is clear that remain will be successful.

But it will be a shock for our sitting government in the UK and the other EU members. All governments in the EU will have been shocked by the number of people who wanted to leave the EU.

The consequence will be a much greater understanding in the UK, in the other 27 countries and in Brussels of what people want and think.
Lionel
22nd Jun 2016
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Roof Top, nothing is clear at the moment. It's all just a mess, as one would expect!
Lionel
22nd Jun 2016
1
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Roof Top, you're a star. I've so enjoyed these last weeks of combat, batting the matter to and fro between us. I say again you're a star.

Whatever the result, I will always hold you in the highest esteem, a gentleman. Thank you for these stimulating posts.

I praise you; from a Council house to where you are now, and bringing others with you along the way. I have no envy of you, or your present place. No, none whatsoever.

We are different men; men who sought different things in this life. You attained your goals and, strangely you may think, so did I. I congratulate you for reaching your life goals, as I did. Just the goals and the route to them was so different.

Whatever the result tomorrow you remain a man I will hold in respect - and there are few enough of them!
scandiman
22nd Jun 2016
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I am not sure that it matters which way we vote. This country has so many problems that decades will pass before we can sort them out. By then others will arise to add to the mess. I have never before felt so completely depressed about the state of UK. I can think of little to be optimistic about. I know many who work in public services which are staggering under a huge workload, no investment which focuses on increasing levels of management.
I will vote Leave, so that the one thing we can ensure is that we can have some semblance of control over our future. Whether we have politicians of the right calibrate to lead us is another matter.
Roof Top Crow
22nd Jun 2016
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I believe it does matter how you vote. We are still recovering from the last recession and although I do not agree with many of the things this government is doing we do at least have very high levels of employment, growing exports and a reasonably bright future.

The very last thing we need to do now is to withdraw from the agreement we have with the EU. An agreement that has made us wealthy and stable. Leaving the EU would push the country back into recession and begin 10 years of uncertainty.

At the government level, we would be having to deal with thousands of agreements that will have to be rewritten. Every one of those will have to pass through parliament. The chaos and delay would be horrendous.

At the social services level and that that includes the NHS funding would have to be cut as we would be in recession. NHS staff would be under even more pressure.

Business would be in turmoil. It would take years to come to an agreement with the EU. You can be assured that they would not make it easy for us. Many industries such as Bentley, BMW and Airbus would have to seriously think about returning to their country of ownership.

We have control now.

If we leave we will lose control of our future, we will spend generations renegotiating our place in Europe and the rest of the world. We will never get back all the good things we have now.

What the Leave party want you to believe is that somewhere out there is a kind of mythical nirvana of wealth and freedom.

Leaving is a total and absolute fantasy made up by people who are academics and theorists who are enjoying the challenge. The difference between them and us is that they will not have to feel the pain.

They want you to believe that all it takes is Boris to run up the flag and everything will fall into place and we will be happy, our children will be happy and our grandchildren will be happy.

It is a lie.

The Leave party don't have a plan. It is a total and absolute lie by the Leave party to even infer they have a plan.

Boris was asked last night what is your plan, he was asked 6 times and all he could do was smirk like a naughty schoolboy, fiddle with his hair and wave his notes about.

Independence Day. Have you ever heard such immature rubbish. Boris, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Like any other decision in life, you have to make a choice.

On one side we all the have fantasy and uncertainty that voting leave offers all of us in the UK. That means not just us oldies but the next generation and the generations after that.

On the other side, we have jobs, low inflation, long-term security and the future the next generation and the generations after that want. That comes with voting to remain.

If you have any doubt then vote to remain.
scandiman
22nd Jun 2016
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Should read 'and investment which focuses ' etc.
scandiman
22nd Jun 2016
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Should also read 'calibre' not 'calibrate'. Damned predictive text!
Roof Top Crow
22nd Jun 2016
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I have been active on two other forums.
Should we stay in Europe and Barometer Survey Shows over 50s etc.


What I do not understand is this strongly held view that the UK would be better off outside of the EU.

Maybe it is immigration. Both the Leave campaign and the Remain campaign were on the TV last night and they both strongly supported immigration. Neither side had a plan for reducing immigration. Without immigration, we all know that the NHS, care homes, and public services would fail. So it cannot be that.

Maybe its is the economy. But in EU membership, we have become the 5th strongest economy in the world and the 2nd strongest in the EU. On last night's TV, both Gove and Johnson agreed that voting to leave would drop us into recession triggering high unemployment and the misery that goes with being out of work. So it cannot be that.

Maybe it is security. But both sides agreed that NATO, the USA, the Commonwealth Countries and all the EU countries say we are safer in EU membership. So it cannot be that.

Maybe it is sovereignty. But the only areas where we have given up singular UK decision making is in things like air traffic control, security, health and safety, pollution control, scientific research and no one is saying we should change those things. So it cannot be that.

Maybe it is Boris. He is a very good speaker but as we witnessed last night he never gives facts he just does some very clever rabble rousing. He does it with his little boy lost body language and a child like stutter. But even my granny could have seen through that performance and level of insincerity. So it cannot be that, well I hope not.

Reading though Silversurfers posts from other members I get the impression that we are all very nervous about the future. The things we have always taken for granted such as cheque books, post offices, DHS, and pubs are all disappearing and it makes us feel that life is being changed without asking us if this is what we want. It could be that many people think that by voting to Leave it will somehow stop life moving so fast and changing so fast.
That is not a sensible and realistic approach, we have to accept that life is changing very fast and the younger generations know how to live and work in this world and we do not.

We senior citizens must come to our senses. The world has changed and we have to hand over the future to the next generations, the generations that work and drive the economy and society forward. The vast majority of people who work or who are in further education will vote to stay in the EU because they know it is the future.

Voting to leave the EU would hold back our children and our grandchildren for years to come and we would become a historic backwater in the history of the world.

As senior citizens, it is our responsibility to give the next generations the best possible chance in the future. Take that responsibility in hand and vote to Remain in the EU.
Lionel
21st Jun 2016
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Roof Top, my older sparring partner - gone to ground because remain side are losing? How about coming back here and engaging in some more sparring.

I loved it all.
iestynlad
19th Jun 2016
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Re: Murder of Jo Cox - there are any number of these nutters at large in our country thanks to the fact that much less is spent on mental health services and actually locking these sorts up and treating them if possible but keeping them away from the harm they can do if they are not treatable. It is frightening as Jo Cox was a tiny slim little woman posing a physical threat to nobody. This guy may have held differing views to her but his extreme actions show that democracy is in grave danger in this country. He needs to be dealt with most strenuously - death penalty - any chance that could come back?? Can we have a poll on re-intro of death penalty please?
MorrisandDoris
20th Jun 2016
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As tragic as this murder Jo Cox was I find it quiet appalling that Cameron is using it for the Remain in Club by blaming the far right for her murder, he had mental problems nothing to do with right wing extremism or the Brexit campaign .
I thought Cameron was just weak and useless,now I see him as just another despicable lying politician .
Lionel
21st Jun 2016
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I do to! It does seem there is a recent history of killings at an opportune moment, a moment at which the establishment is fearing a loss of face, or loss of advantage.

This matter of Jo Cox is now well out of hand. Over the top. One may only conclude apolitical motive at this pivotal point in UK politics.
scandiman
20th Jun 2016
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It is right that we mourn the murder of this young lady. Taking of human life in any circumstances is appalling. I would like to point out however, that in the 1980s two police officers were murdered in broad daylight in front of hundreds of witnesses, but no-one has ever been convicted, let alone arrested. I am referring to Keith Blakelock and Yvonne Fletcher, murdered at Broadwater Farm and outside the Libyan Embassy respectively. In the case of Keith, the community clammed up and refused to talk. In Yvonne's case, shots were fired from inside the Embassy, but the killer was allowed to return to Libya because of diplomatic niceties. I don't recall Parliament being recalled. Both were no more able to defend themselves than was Jo Cox. Both were also public servants.
lindz64
20th Jun 2016
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This Tory government cut the funding to mental health services massively, they have blood on their hands. This man apparently had a meeting arranged with a mental health worker, but months in the future. What good is that? This government have cut funding to almost everything, whilst giving £1 billion pounds of our money to Turkey to enable their accession to the EU. What is going on Cameron??????
Lionel
19th Jun 2016
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Iestynlad, I deeply empathise with you. Care in the community hasn't, and cannot, work. Not for the mentally disturbed or for us ordinary folk. No,

I cannot here give details, Official Secrets and all that nonsense, but just a very few years ago, towards the end of my working life, I worked in an institution for the criminally insane. Youngsters, all under eighteen who were, each one, mass murderers. Killers who's story never hit the press. It was just too horrific even for the tabloids. Sedated with Haloperidol they were normal kids, dozy and sort of spaced out.

By now all those I knew will be in Broadmoor, or similar, and will never see freedom again. So often have I asked myself the question, would it be better to have put them to the rope? And here I'm a lot like Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. On the one hand, yes, but on the other hand, well, maybe and maybe not. These are human beings I knew, became attached to, fond of. A charming girl of seventeen, dark haired and dark eyed, a charmer to be sure. Who would know she had slain her grand parents, parents and three siblings with a kitchen meat cleaver?

Coming back to Jo Cox's killer. He is mentally ill, without a doubt. That he killed her is also without doubt. But shouldn't the death penalty be for people of a demonstrably sound mind who have done such an horrific deed, rather than a mad man? But that begs the question, the same question which bothered me a few years ago.

What does a civilised society, so called, do with such people?

Please come back on this one, there's a lot of mileage in this subject. I'll respond to anything to care to write here.
lindz64
20th Jun 2016
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Respect Lionel, it must be a very special sort of person who can do that job. I don't think that hanging is for this type of person who obviously wasn't in control of his faculties (and bringing back hanging won't happen, more's the pity) then there's the other question, what to do? There is no care in the community, most of the mental hospitals have been closed down and are now posh apartments/houses, which speaks volumes about successive governments. I don't have an answer for you Lionel, but this government ought to.
Lionel
21st Jun 2016
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Lindz, let me assure you, I'm not a special kind of person; I did a job with as much compassion, understanding and heart as I have. The same may be said of my working with farm animals. Not special, just an ordinary fella.

To say hanging is for all those who murder is too simple a solution; It's tabloid solution which is no solution at all. I'm very much a monogamous male but I must say that dark haired, very young, beauty was indeed attractive and she knew it! At sub eighteen she knew how to catch a man. But she was a mass murderer yet to be with her, well, one wouldn't believe that. Given she was on Haloperidol, a chemical straight jacket in sufficient doses, she was a normal kid.

My question is, how does one justify hanging a kid like this? She doesn't know what she's done is wrong! She could be your daughter or mine, if I'd had kids. The others in that place were the same; I only learned their history by reading the files. Sickening. This girl wasn't the worst!

Care in the community? Well, nice title but no substance. These kids I spoke of above, they'll never see the community again. But before anyone gets soft hearted, the Mental Health Act is about protecting ordinary citizens from the insane. It most certainly not about releasing partially treated people back into the community so ordinary people are endangered. That's the entire point of the Act.

Should we look to government for an answer? Now, here please don't read this as a put down, it is not. But most of my sixty five years governments haven't provided solutions, no, rather they have compounded and complicated problems, the while claiming money is in short supply. Whatever the problem we get a short term solution which, may I say this, usually ends up with ordinary folk like you and I picking up the tab in one way or another. You are quite right.
I don't think so!
iestynlad
19th Jun 2016
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Voted weeks ago by post. BREXIT!
Roof Top Crow
17th Jun 2016
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Good morning Lionel. Very well written and like you and millions of other people I am shocked by the death of Jo Cox.
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I can think of nothing more to say.
Lionel
17th Jun 2016
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Roof Top, a generous stance. Thank you.

This sort of thing happens, regrettably, in a banana republic, not in the UK.

There's something fundamentally wrong with our society, something the referendum will not resolve.
Lionel
16th Jun 2016
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Please, let us set aside our differences this evening and consider ... a Labour MP has been murdered, apparently for her Remain stance. She is, I understand from the press, the first sitting MP to be murdered since 1812.

This entire incident is a blemish on our society, one for which we will be held to account.

Debate, however keen, may be engaged in without malice or violence; Roof Top and I have had a series of very lively interchanges these last few weeks. My conviction hasn't changed and I truly doubt his has. Roof Top, do you have some good news for me?

We are on opposite sides of this divide. Yet, if I knew where you live, what your name is, I would say, let's have a pint mate, it's on me. But please don't tell me, I'm tight on the wallet!

We're mature adults on this forum, Silversurfers. Let's not allow this referendum to descend into a blood bath.

Without our generational wisdom, it might well go down that road.
Hawke008
17th Jun 2016
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Lionel, that was a highly well thought out piece and I thoroughly endorse your sentiments with regard to the callous slaughter of this well liked and respected MP. (Perhaps using the words 'blood bath' was not the most appropriate choice of words given the circumstances surrounding Jo Cox’s murder.)

I have one minor niggle - your comment ‘apparently for her Remain stance' is not, and has not been supported by the current information about the person who carried out the attack. The alleged link to Jo's Remain views is attributable to the inflammatory and rather highly emotive speculation that has been screamed in the 'red top' media.
Lionel
17th Jun 2016
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Fair comment Hawke, and I accept your points.

As I wrote late last evening her 'Remain,' stance was the information to hand. It has since emerged there were other, very dark motives behind this tragedy. But, none the less, I concede your point and apologise.
Hawke008
18th Jun 2016
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Thank you Lionel, but no apology necessary.

It is unfortunate that, as today's news reports have identified, there has been a nasty political element from politicians of all hues to the reporting and comments on this terrible act.

I don't always see posts here as I tend to dip in and out of this site when I am not otherwise engaged, so please forgive me if I don't respond to you the same day, or sometimes the same week!
Lionel
18th Jun 2016
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Hawke, your generosity of heart is uncommon.

Yes, there are deep, dark forces at work in our political system. It was, I think, in 2004, the Queen's Christmas speech when she said, there are dark forces at work in our country, but God willing, they will not prevail. These forces have not yet prevailed but they are very strong and very devious. And our politicians are riven with these forces.

Hawke, may I ask, dip in a little more often. Your company is welcome to me.
lindz64
16th Jun 2016
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You're quite right again Lionel, I haven't 'dipped in' for a week or two, the reasons for which I won't go into on here, but I echo your comments. Jo Box, the MP who was so savagely murdered this afternoon represented the constituency of Birstall which is about two miles away from where I live. She was a beautiful lady inside and out and she leaves a young husband and two small children. The man who killed her also lived locally to Birstall and had a history of mental health issues. I probably shouldn't say this on here, at this time, but I'm going to, so much for closing all the mental hospitals in West Yorkshire (if not the entire country) and so much for "care in the community"... where is it? It has never and will never work. RIP beautiful lady!!
Lionel
18th Jun 2016
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Lindz, I know just a little about care in the community. A cost saving exercise at the expense of the general public - that's you and I. Oh, so much is about costs, money ... too much. How many more lives have been lost, how many irreparably damaged through this money saving exercise? I don't know. But Jo Cox is not the first and she won't be the last.
lindz64
19th Jun 2016
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You're so right Lionel, as with everything, money is the God and it ties in with your comment about dark forces and our politicians being riven with them. These must be the worst years we have ever known in our country and I'm so scared for my children and grandchildren, as I guess are hundreds of thousands of others.
Lionel
20th Jun 2016
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Lindz, yes, I believe these are the very worst years we have ever known in our good country. Churchill quoted William Shakespeare, "King Richard II", Act 2 scene 1, when he said, This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war,

(Sorry, can't stand Shakespeare, got it off the net!)

But now hasn't this become a septic Isle?

Aren't we driven by money? Driven by greed for the latest, best, shiniest and the biggest of everything?

This is but one of the dark forces at work in these islands. Greed. Enough is never enough. No one now has a sufficiency. They always want more.

I too am scared for my step grand children, all four of them from two families. One pair we gave up on years ago and the other two, well, we raised them over fifteen years. The two families are so different they have nothing to say to each other. One pair has so much and yet the other pair doesn't. But the better kids are the two that have less. Says a lot, doesn't it?

Lindz, for twenty five years I was a farm worker, by standards poorly paid. For part of that time I was living and working in Swaledale, North Yorkshire. We lived in a hamlet of perhaps twenty people. Times were hard. We helped each other and we got by very well indeed. No matter what occurred there was always helping hand, or several. Those years were the best years of my life - nobody had an excess they didn't give away. Old men and boys shovelled snow so we could get to work. That was a small community of people. Nobody had money to spare; we gave the chapel fifty pence a week each, and still it kept going. Yet we were a contented people. That's better than chasing happiness.

What price money? The price of one's soul? I think so.
barge
16th Jun 2016
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Roof Top Crow
14th Jun 2016
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I find it hard to understand your views. It seems to me that you would like our liberal and broad minded UK society to change into the kind of society that was put forward by Enoch Powell in 1968.
A man who wanted society to discriminate against people on the basis of the colour of their skin and their country of birth.
Thankfully his ideas were rejected by UK society and he lived his last years as a figure of contempt.
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In you last sentence you say you are sorry for the next generation but you do not put forward any views on how it could be better. Is that really the legacy you want to leave behind?
viking
14th Jun 2016
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We are all wasting our time commenting on the failings of the EU [plenty of those] but nothing will change the "captains of industry" who can sway the vote to stay in by their lobbying methods [plenty of scandal there]. So my advice is sit back and watch the faces and the horror of the big cats when Enoch's vision becomes reality and hits the profits and the shareholders of the big corporations.

I do not have much time left in this world, but feel very very sorry for the next generations who will see the changes bought about by the greed and lies of the stay in campaign
lindz64
19th Jun 2016
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Very well said Viking, I couldn't agree more. Greed and lies sums it up perfectly x
lindz64
16th Jun 2016
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Sincere apologies Viking, I meant to click on the 'thumbs up' but missed. Hope I'm forgiven? x It was definitely a 'thumbs up'
viking
14th Jun 2016
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I think roof top is wrong, our MP's do in fact have private health care. This means they are able to be seen by a doctor the same day, and not have to wait for two weeks for an appointment with a visiting locum. You are quite correct in saying that there is no information about how many MP's send their children to private fee paying schools, of course you will not find this information because they wish to keep this secret so as not to annoy the public further.
lindz64
16th Jun 2016
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You're quite right Viking, MP's do have private health cover, why wouldn't they on their salaries and expenses to die for? (can you see them waiting three weeks (in my case anyway) to see a doc?They wouldn't make it public anyway if their offspring go to private schools, they're accomplished at lying to us mere mortals, but we're not all stupid x
Roof Top Crow
14th Jun 2016
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Where is this information about Members of Parliament having private health care paid for by as part of their remuneration package? All I am asking is for you to tell me where this can be confirmed.
Roof Top Crow
13th Jun 2016
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Thank you Lionel. My background is different, I grew on a council estate, I had a state education and left school at 15. I worked on the factory shop floor. In my 20s I got married and we are still together. We started a business and sold it many years later. We have children and a very wide circle of friends.

We have a house, no debt and enough income to be able to support friends and family when they need it, but we are also conscious of how much we spend in the supermarket.

I come from a background where we lived a very modest way of life. A job and the Friday pay packet were vital to survival and the loss of a job was a crisis. Many millions in our society are still in that that situation and are now very worried about the possibility of recession and unemployment.

Living in the country and being able to take a spiritual and theoretical view of society is a luxury that millions and millions of working people do not have, and will never have. You are not representative of our society.

You say that that you have nothing to lose and maybe you do not, but millions of other people do have a lot to lose. If we chose to push the UK into recession by voting to leave the EU many people will lose their jobs and the Friday pay packet.

To use the words of the Johnson script writer, the cold hard reality of leaving the EU will be brutal. Many millions will be out of work and become dependent on state handouts.

Unlike you I have never believed in the nobility of poverty. Your idealistic opinions on freedom ignores the very basic fact of life in the UK. The vast majority of working people want a warm safe place to live and have enough income to put food on the table, buy clothes for their children, have a car, watch TV and go on holiday occasionally.

In you post you say Brexit is going to hurt, hurt us all. I assume you mean that choosing to vote the UK into a recession is acceptable to you. It seems to me that you are saying that unemployment and all of the misery that goes with being out of work is acceptable. I find that very difficult to understand.

The world has changed dramatically and the speed of change will increase. The world is now driven by technologically and automation and we cannot go back to how it was before. You of all people should know this, the technology being used in farming has driven agricultural workers of the land and into the cities where there are jobs and careers.

The future is our obligation, not the past. The world, its economy and all its 7.4 Billion people are being driven forward by technology. The UK and the EU lead the world in technology along with the USA and China. The UK in particular leads the world in the supply of service industries.

If we vote to leave the EU it will change nothing in the world but it will change the UK with our 64 million people. We will become isolated, remote and much much poorer.

Is that what you really want for the next generations in the UK.
Lionel
13th Jun 2016
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Rooftop, I offer to you my sincere respect, and that for a job well done. We both have trodden our respective paths and, in very different ways, been successful. Rooftop, I congratulate you. There is a romance in following a dream, is there not, an unbreakable link, say between the sailor and the sea, the entrepreneur and business or the farmer and the soil. Sadly, few ever enter into such a love affair. That your romance is different to mine is not the occasion of criticism, no, but respect.

Please allow me to clarify something. My first decade, begun just a very few years after yours, was in a Norfolk hamlet, raised by mother and Victorian grand parents. Father was at sea as a ship's master. When he returned from the sea we moved to his home town, London, where he made his fortune. For the next decade and more I was a fish out of water, midst an embarrassment of wealth and privilege, the while only wanting to return home. This I did, eventually.

You have the impression I intimated there is a nobility in poverty! That is not so. There is no blessing in poverty, but, as you will know too well, it serves to spur some to better things. You are another, we're in a similar mould.

I'll answer your point about automation in agriculture. My back garden buts a 1,100 hectare farm. One man owns it, and, apart from a contractor, works it alone. I know him, and in discussions this year he admitted 55% of the value of the yield will be spent in sprays, artificial fertiliser and paying for ever larger equipment. He said in a good year he gets a little less than three tons of wheat per acre. My first farm used a little artificial, two sprays and had not heavy equipment. It was a mixed farm and we recycled muck onto the land. The wheat yield was consistently three and a half tons, so not only was the yield better, but that farm was more profitable. What price automation? I'm no Luddite, no not at all, but it doesn't make sense to me to pursue a policy of diminishing returns and ever higher costs for the sake of EU conformity. Would you have ploughed this furrow in your business? I think not.

Rooftop, I forsook the baubles and trinkets of metropolitan life for a different life, one I understood. That it afforded me over many years the opportunity to take a back seat, take a distant overview of life, came at price, but a price worth paying. You say my view is theoretical. No, it is empirical! You say it's spiritual - well, delighted I am you recognise that - but if the spiritual doesn't inform our day to day existence what value has it? None. But that doesn't diminish the spiritual view. Perhaps I do not represent society as a whole, but who does? You? David Cameron? Who is representative of our multi-faceted society?

The shepherd, sitting alone on the moor side, tending sheep, has a unique perspective on life. He is alone, truly alone. There is time to think, time to ponder, to look at what went before and project his mind to what is, and what will be.

I was that shepherd.

The EU was, is, and always will be a mistake for us. And to quote Cameron, the arch Euro-sceptic, no ifs, no buts ....
Lionel
12th Jun 2016
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Roof Top, your cold facts and figures may be well suited to the board room of your own company, to shareholders, but out here in the real world they don't mean much at all.

Please allow me to show you what I mean. My father was a self made man, very much self and very well made. He fought me tooth and nail when, in my mid teens, having had offered business opportunities in oil, merchant banking and diamonds, I declined and said, I'm going to be a farm worker, that's where my heart is. At sixteen he cut me off, evicted me from our London SW7 house and we never spoke again. Money speaks, yes, but I'm deaf to that voice.

With a Prep/Public school education my then cut glass accent made it very difficult to get farm work. For five years I worked, unhappily, in the London wine trade, where I made a pile, and that by my own wits, but my first wife spent it. In my mid twenties I got a farm job, the lowest of the low. Then I knew happiness, contentedness. I was fulfilled. Free. Through my own endeavour I rose from peasant worker to the top of the farming tree. Departing farms after many years was difficult - but my body had taken much punishment.

My father died many years ago, cutting me off. I wasn't allowed to attend his funeral. His will, which I've only seen online, shows I missed out on and eight figure inheritance. My sister got it.

You may believe me or not. I care not.

As I sit here late this evening, in a hamlet in Suffolk, I own my former Council house home, I own what is about me and I owe not a penny to any man. I'm not a proud man, no. But I am an honest man. I care not to be in debt. My hard work for what I have teaches me to appreciate it all.

Roof Top, I'm like so very many men I've known over the years, prepared to take the punishment to arrive at a long desired end.

We British people, and after six generations here I may say that I think like that, are different. Stubborn, relentless, fearless and uncompromising. Brexit is going to hurt; hurt us all. You, with your wealth, will lose more than I. I have nothing to lose. So very many British men are like me. We have little or nothing to lose because governments, banks and businessmen have inveigled us into believing their untruths while they robbed us of rightful earnings. Yes, it's happened to me. What else is to be lost?

The sixth generation in England, I consider myself English; English to the core. We're slaves to no men. My family left all that behind. My family oral tradition teaches me what its like to live as slaves under a foreign power, then the Hapsburgs. I do not want this for my step children or step grand children. No, better than that is possible. And we may have it, but not inside the EU.

Whatever your figures may indicate, Rooftop, in terms, they are cold, unfeeling, impersonal and, frankly, irrelevant. The Englishman and woman will vote with the heart; casting first a look backward over generations, and then a look forward way beyond these times.

We are not voting for ourselves, no, we are voting for our children and grand children that they may be free men and women. Perhaps not rich and comfortable as you seem to be, enslaved as you are to the EU and the global village, but free men and women owing allegiance only to the Crown of England and to no other.

I'm a patriotic man; a patriot for the Crown, for law and order, for freedom of the individual, with the personal responsibilities that brings. I'm patriotic for England and it's vast, vast potential to change the world in which we live. To survive and prosper greatly in the world, and that unfettered, unshackled by anything, or anyone.

I wonder ... who in your beloved EU make like such a public post as this?
Lionel
13th Jun 2016
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I am my own man, and have been for so many years. Who's man are you? Who or what is your master? For I have none. I am a free man.
viking
11th Jun 2016
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It is interesting why so many MP's from both sides of the debate wish to stay in the EU,and are more concerned with things financial on behalf of large corporations.
They are not concerned one iota about the number of immigrants[legal and illegal] coming into this country, why?-because of the following.
The "perks" of an MP include private health care for themselves and their familiy - no waiting for two weeks for an appointment with a visiting locum.
The majority of both Labour and Tory MP's send their children to private fee paying schools,- so no problems in getting offspring settled in a school of their choice.
Once on the "gravy train" blow everyone else.
lindz64
17th Jun 2016
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MP's from both sides and the large financial institutions wish to stay in the EU Viking, because it is their interests so to do. To sum up the EU I'd ask you to search the Bilderberg Group, that will open your eyes if you haven't already researched them. This explains why the EU was ever first thought about and it doesn't make for good bedtime reading. On another subject, I have to say I was totally disgusted with Bob Geldof yesterday, abusing and gesticulating with two fingers to the fishermen on the Thames who had come from as far north as Scotland and as far south as Cornwall, at their own expense to protest about their falling living standards, which weren't good to start with. Geldof is a multi-multi millionaire and he's abusing these men who care deeply about their industry, which the EU has trounced over the years. They have a small corridor around our beautiful country where they are 'allowed' to fish, but any Tom, Dick or Heindrich can fish our waters... how fair is that? Remember the fishermen a few years back being paid to burn their fishing vessels by the EU? I rest my case. Who wants to be dictated to by faceless beaurocrats! Bob Geldof obviously, but then he's one of the rich boys who it seems have a vested interest. Not me, I'm out!
Roof Top Crow
11th Jun 2016
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I cannot find any evidence of UK members of Parliament having free health care. I think you are wrong in this assumption.
I cannot find any information about the number of UK members of Parliament who educate their children privately. Probably because it is not something that needs to be declared by an MP.

The reality of the UK is that business creates jobs. Businesses and people pay the tax the Treasury needs to run the country. If businesses stop being profitable or fail then jobs are lost and tax is not paid to the treasury. It would be incredibly irresponsible for UK members of Parliament not to be concerned about business and jobs.

At the moment immigrants who arrive in the UK via the points system and the immigrants from the EU contribute 5 times more to the treasury than they claim on benefits.

By the very nature of illegal immigration into the UK we cannot know how many are in the country.
Jo Kingham
11th Jun 2016
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Looks like the exit campaign is leading - yipppeeee. Fingers crossed it remains like that on 23rd June.
Roof Top Crow
9th Jun 2016
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There has been a lot of talk about who pays the most to the EU
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Germany is the largest, followed by France and then the UK. Those places change from time to time, the UK was in second place in 2013.

If EU contributions were calculated on a per person basis the order changes significantly. On that basis the Netherlands is the largest contributor to the EU and the UK is the 9th.
lindz64
17th Jun 2016
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On one of the many, many political programmes over the past couple of days, it was said that France is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, so the places are definitely changing and they won't have our billions to help bail them out after next week
Roof Top Crow
9th Jun 2016
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52 Trade Deals.
As EU members we currently have 52 trade deals with countries outside of the EU. At the point we leave the EU we will lose all of those 52 trade deals.
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Brexit have this fantasy plan of being able to create trade deals with the rest of the world. No details of course but voting to leave would mean abandoning the 52 trade deals we already have in place as EU members and starting all over again.
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Quickest Trade deal agreement was with South Korea. It took just 4 years.
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Longest Trade deal agreement has been with the South American countries. It has been in discussion for just over 16 years and it is still not finalized.
Roof Top Crow
9th Jun 2016
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There has been a lot of talk about what would happen if we vote Brexit.
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Actually nothing will happen for at least 2 years.
During that 2 years negotiations will take place between the UK and the EU under the terms of Article 50 of our EU agreement.
When the terms of our departure have been are provisionally agreed they will be put before the UK parliament. If they agree they will vote yes, if they disagree they will vote no and it will go back to Brussels for further discussion.
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For at least 24 months the UK economy will drift aimlessly and in limbo. International businesses in the UK will lose interest in the UK and they will relocate to mainland Europe. Jobs will be lost and unemployment will go through the roof.
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Silversurfers, is this the legacy you want to hand on to your children and grandchildren.
Roof Top Crow
10th Jun 2016
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Correction.
We have to get the exit agreement signed within 24 months. We will automatically lose our EU membership at 24 months, even if we had not made an agreement.
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53 international trade deals will expire at the point we leave the EU.
Roof Top Crow
8th Jun 2016
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Just like all forums it is not a "one on one" situation. We are both trying to influence forum readers who are not posting their views.
Lionel
8th Jun 2016
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Well, that might be your place Roof Top, but it isn't mine.

I write here from conscience and heart, not to influence anyone. This thread is now so old, in forum terms, I doubt many are reading it.

No, this, for me, had become a friendly debate between you and I.

I respect you, and your views and sincerely hope we may engage on other subjects.
Roof Top Crow
9th Jun 2016
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Interesting point about the number of people on this forum. I assume the editor / moderator will know the answer.
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Dear Editor
can you let Lionel and I know how many people click on this forum in a typical day.
Thanks
RTC
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Hello Roof Top Crow, Many thanks for your question. Up to 1,000. You may want to take our latest survey on the EU Referendum today as well .. here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5BXJPSY Feel free to share it with your friends too 🙂
Roof Top Crow
9th Jun 2016
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Thanks Ed.
On that basis I will keep on posting my thoughts on the forums. I think I can safely say that Lionel will do the same.
viking
8th Jun 2016
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Wow you two guys really are getting down to the nitty !

The reason that the big guns from the EEC are crowing about the desertion consequences is the fact that without our wacking contribution to their coffers it would be very difficult to find that sort of money from the rest of the contributers. Remember that UK is the 3rd largest contributer to the EEC funds.
Roof Top Crow
5th Jun 2016
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I just had to put this on the forum.

Boris de Pfeffel Johnson on the TV this morning.
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Vote Leave are setting out "an agenda for the government to take back control" after leaving the EU.
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By what right does this group of people, who we did not elect, believe that they can set out an agenda for a government that was democratically elected by the citizens of the UK.
lindz64
17th Jun 2016
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Someone has to do it, Cameron has no interest in anything if it doesn't include remaining in the money-grabbing EU and I applaud them for taking the lead, including Boris and Nige!
Lionel
6th Jun 2016
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If one looks at the votes cast in the last election it is debatable they have a mandate to govern.

I have a set of proposals for governing this nation. You wouldn't like them, be assured. But if I made those proposals public, would you attack me in the same way?

Would my proposals be seditous, presumumptive? How are they in a different place to those of Boris et al?

In a liberal democracy, which very sadly we have now, this is what you get.
Roof Top Crow
7th Jun 2016
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It is the difference in scale. You use this and other forums to put forward your views. I have no problem with that.
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Boris de Pfeffel Johnson uses the media and a very well funded campaign to try and take control of our elected government in order to move his own political objectives forward.
Lionel
7th Jun 2016
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First, you are very wrong! I do not write on any other forum. Neither do I 'use' this to put forward my views. If you look back at your posts on this thread you will see it is you who does this. I merely answer you. My answers are from conviction and not my bank account. My answers to you, and others, embrace a view the well being and prosperity if the British people. And yours? Please tell me.

So now let's have no more of this presumptive nonsense.

I notice you have no substantive argument for my statement Cameron's majority is, under scrutiny, perhaps not a majority. Neither have you truthfully answered my earlier point, this referendum is not about business, no, businessmen are mere minnows with over inflated egos and ambitions. I say again, this referendum is first and last about self determination of the British people. It is not about business, businessmen, the economy or anything else.

Is your case unravelling Roof Top?
Roof Top Crow
8th Jun 2016
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I am not sure why you assume my objectives in participating in this forum are driven by personal gain. In taking the time to participate in the way that we both do, it must show that we both have a view on what we think is best for the future of UK society.
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Moving on. The argument by the leave group and the remain group seem to come down to two things, immigration and the economy.
The leave party are saying that the cause of all of our problems in the UK is immigration. They recognise that leaving the EU will crash the economy and cause unemployment but that they say that is a price worth paying for massively reducing the level of immigration into the UK. They know that there will be less money in the economy to pay for the NHS and other services but this they say is just something we will have to except.

The remain party are saying that they recognise the concerns about UK immigration. They go on to say that legislation has been put in place that will ensure that immigrants come here to work, pay tax and not to claim benefits. They remind us that immigrants are massive contributors to the revenue the country needs to be able to pay for the NHS and other services. Remaining in the EU will maintain our strong economy and continue to create very high levels of employment.
Roof Top Crow
4th Jun 2016
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I know that a lot of Silversurfers will find it uncomfortable but in the north of Europe we need the unemployed migrants from other parts of the EU to come and work in our factories, on our farms and in our service industries.

In northern Europe Germany has a massive problem with an ageing population and of course it is getting worse. Germany desperately needs immigrants from other parts of the EU to go and work there.

Our problem is different. The UK unemployment level is at just over 5% and can not go down any further. If we do not have the unemployed immigrants from the EU working in the UK, and that includes the NHS, our economy will fall into recession. In addition to keeping our the UK economy buoyant, immigrants paid £3.1 billion pounds in tax to the treasury last year which is 5 times more than they claimed.
lindz64
17th Jun 2016
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And how much did we pay out in benefits to the unemployed immigrants, legal and illegal? That would be an interesting answer?
Roof Top Crow
17th Jun 2016
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The answer is very complex and it is beyond my ability to write a full explanation of how the different methods are being used.

The one thing that seems to be agreed on is that immigrants from the EU contribute £1.34 for every £1.00 they receive in state aid.

The difference between the two is that immigrants contribute about £20 Billion a year to our economy.

Illegal immigrants are not recorded on the system, so no data is available. But the system is very robust and without an NIC number it is very difficult to claim benefits.
Lionel
6th Jun 2016
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It seems rather silly to me, industrialists etc., many years ago seem to have entered into a compact with the state to keep about five per cent of employable persons unemployed, the while paying higher corporation taxes to do so! Yes, I understand the need for a pool of employable labour, but five per cent? As said, silly especially when we consider the systematic de-skilling of said labour force.

As far as immigrant labour is concerned, I don't have a problem, providing such labour comes here for a term, works in an already vacant position and then, returns home. So many don't and thus we have places like Peterborough with a quickly growing Polish population opening their own shops, taking houses ahead of Brits on the list, and never return home.

As a point of order, Roof Top, does an immigrant from outside the EU selling the Big Issue on our streets have a real job? A job which allows them to claim all manner of benefits from the state.

Recession. We in the West inhabit a ferrously consumer society. George Orwell wrote about this in 1984. Consume, consume, consume. And like him I question the wisdom of encouraging the population to 'get more,' it's not good for us. We get spiritually stuffed, sick, when we have too much of anything. Thus, whilst I wouldn't welcome recession, the economy flat lining for a few years woukd be good for us all. Might teach us to value what we have.

Do you value what you have? I wonder.
Roof Top Crow
7th Jun 2016
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From what I read it seems that 5% represents many categories of people. People between jobs, redundancy, people retraining, seasonal unemployment, ill health, disability and so on.
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The opposite of de-skilling is retraining. Easy enough for me to say to say, but it must be a very difficult challenge to ask a redundant person who has worked as say a steelworker or a miner to retrain to work in an office and use modern IT technology.

The UK has a long history of immigrants coming to the UK. Huguenots in the 16th century, Indians in the 17th century, Africans in the 18th century, Germans in the 19th century, Russian Jews in the 19th century and then many Jews from Europe in the early part of the 20th century. In my lifetime I have seen West Indians, Kenyan Asians, Irish, South Africans and now people from the EU coming into the UK. Many of these people go home and some stay and become British citizens paying tax and contributing to society.
UK born people have done much the same and millions have gone to Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Canada.

Big Issue sellers buy the magazine for £1 and sell it for £2. They are self-employed and I believe the Big Issue declares all its sellers to HMRC. As self-employed people Big Issue sellers have to pay tax like everybody else.

George Orwell said “The choice for mankind lies between freedom and happiness and for the great bulk of mankind happiness is better”
Happiness for many people seems to be about reading Hello magazine and watching The only way is Essex.

I do not disagree with your view on society’s spirituality. However it is arrogance on both of our parts to assume that we know better than the majority of society and believe that life should be lived by our values and not theirs.
Lionel
8th Jun 2016
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I'll answer your post below.

I accept your analysis of events as they are today, but with reservations.

The techno integration of which you speak says we are all now imbibing George HW Bush's vision of a global village. Actually we're being drawn into it as hounds are drawn to the scent of a fox on a fox hunt. Get the fox or go hungry.

But please allow me to ask you, in your playground days, if little Johnny was slicing himself with a blade, if teenage Harry was shooting up, did that mean you also sliced or shot up? If there was another popular offence against school discipline resulting in a severe flogging, did you commit that offence because other took the risk?

In the same way, as other nations agree to unite politically, economically and culturally is it necessary to follow the crowd? Crowd followers only get the crumbs from the bottom table.

You know, Roof Top, there's a great deal of long lasting merit in standing up, mostly alone at first, and saying no! There is always a price to pay for being different.The merit of which I speak is seldom in hard cash, no, but instead of following the crowd we may stand upright, as free men, men living by conscience and say no!

I say NO! You are, of course surprised?

This referendum is not about the immediate consequences of saying no to the EU, oh, no, we pay politicos and minions to deal with detail. This referendum is about the British people, and I count myself as British after so many generations here, determining for themselves the way their country will be governed, and by whom.

It is just possible, would you concede, some of us have a sight of something beyond a failing EU, something very British and very enduring.
Lionel
7th Jun 2016
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Let's deal first with immigration. I'm from an immigrant family. Polish Jews who walked and worked their way across Europe to get here. That's 1840. On arrival we scattered across the country. My family integrated, changing its name, outwardly changing it's religion - Judaism was practised in the home as it is to this day, but not outside the home. That is very compatible with Christianity. Family members have served in the armed forces in the Crimean War and every conflict since. Many were lost. We lost family in the concentration camps; several were killed by Moseley's Brown Shirts. Some others became policemen, nurses, doctors and yes, a couple become businessmen.

Six generations ago we took on Britishness, and have held to that ever since. Ferociously held to it.

Integration is the subject here.

No current argument about immigration to the UK convinces me it's either right or wrong. No. It's the numbers involved, the onslaught, which bothers me. And integration.

You quote Russian Jewish immigration to the UK. Between 1880 and 1910 90,000 Russian Jews landed here - that's 10000 a year, somewhat shy of todays immigration figures, don't you think? Find their descendants. You cannot, because they have integrated with their host country. And is it the case current immigrants integrate? No, it is not; by all accounts I've seen or read the UK is riven with ghettos. And that's my experience too. I'll write more it if you persist.

Now, that rather mythical five per cent. You are wrong. Ill health, disability and retraining do not qualify as unemployment. You were speaking of a pool of five per cent of unemployed labour available for businessmen to call upon; pull them out of their poverty, so to speak. I notice you didn't contradict my statement of a compact between business and the state. Yes, very informative.

Happiness! Is Hello Magazine and the Only Way Is Essex your opinion of those of us who have not subscribed to your way of life? I know nothing of these things whatsoever.

Happiness is a fleeting thing, a butterfly alighting on a flower or a bee gathering honey from a flower. An obedient Collie dog. Contentment is not fleeting, no, it endures, and is enlightened from time to time with sheer happiness, but that fades quickly. Then we are left with what is. Contentment is where we live and move and have our being; happiness is when we touch something eternal, an insight into the 'other,' and that endures as a memory, informing the
contentedness.For most of my life I've been content with my lot. What price magazines or TV?

Now answer my question. Do you value, highly esteem what your life's efforts have given you?

You think having an opinion based in generational experience is arrogance? You think the experience of life of countless generations may be thrown off so easily because someone now thinks?' This now brings into question wisdom or self will. Arrogance no.

But let's return to the referendum. It is not about enterprise et al it's about self determination. Have you never determined what you or your enterprise will do?
Roof Top Crow
8th Jun 2016
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I will answer one part of your post. Integration.

Integration is now being driven by technology. Services such as Twitter, Facebook, Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and all of the other social networks are integrating the world. The language that binds all of this integration together is English.

The world is integrating and communicating in English. If the UK decides to leave the EU it will not stop this integration.

Like over 80% of the population I live in a big multicultural city. Closer to home I have seen a real change in society. In the under 45 year old we now have family and friends who come from France, Germany, Spain, Romania, Italy, Sweden, Japan, Poland, Ireland, America and many more. The common language of communication among all of us is English. Society is integrating very quickly and will continue to do so. People who were not born in the UK but now live in the UK are integrating with the British way of life and we Brits are integrating with theirs and overall we are integrating with the rest of the world.

So where does that leave the UK and the referendum. We oldies cling on to the fantasy memories of better times in the past. We oldies can pretend that by pulling up the drawbridge we will stop society changing, we will somehow stop integration, but just like King Canute the reality is that the future cannot be stopped.

The truth about the future is that the smaller the countries and regions will have less and less influence in the world. The logic is very basic and it applies to teams, trade unions and armies. On your own you are weak and vulnerable but together we are strong.

We must integrate to survive because together and integrated we are stronger. Being part of the EU makes us strong. If we chose to leave the EU and resist integration we will become weak, vulnerable and isolated.
Wilf
6th Jun 2016
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I do think this era of growth at all costs is insane. We only have one world and we are destroying it.
ginntonic
4th Jun 2016
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I know enough to make my decision. All the talk between politicians and their big company friends (backers) are just trying to confuse people. The financial difference between the amount we pay in and get back in various forms from EU and how much we will save by not paying into EU is quite small. In everyday life to everyday people £millions is a hell of a lot, but to these financial bodies it is a very small amount. Working it all out, leaving the EU would mean the average working household would be approximately £100 a year worse off, but this would level out over the following few years as our economy settled. The argument between immigration and migration is irrelevant really. People will come here to work, we will go abroad to work. We did it before the EU was formed so I can see is ending if we leave.
The scaremongering France and David Cameron are trying with reference to border control is tripe, this is a totally different agreement, nothing to do with any EU directive.
The fact there has not been conflict in Europe since the EU was formed is coincidence, this is because of NATO, which we would still be part of.
The NHS and our education system is going to hell because of our Governments cost cutting, this will not change by leaving or staying in the EU.
As I am not a fan of any of the party leaders or Boris, nothing they have come out with has had any influence on my choice. I never believe any of their diatribe in political debates or on party political broadcasts.
My personal reasons to vote leave are to get control back of our laws, commerce, trade (export and import), farming, fishing and sovereignty.
Rant over. I feel better for that.
Roof Top Crow
6th Jun 2016
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That seems very well thought through except for your conclusion.
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According to the House of Commons library only 9% of our laws are made on the basis of following an EU directive. Those directives have been agreed by a UK cabinet minister and our MEPs. In practice they are to do with commons standards in health and safety, animal welfare and technical standards. It is not the 60% that Boris de Pfeffel seems happy to spread about as misinformation.
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Over 90% of businesses want to remain in the EU. Those that do not want to remain seem to be small business that do not trade with the EU. Business such as shops and local community services.

The farming industry wants to remain in the EU and I can understand that. The grant of £3 billion a year keeps most small farmers in business. Those that want to leave seem to be the really big farmers and they want to leave because leaving will crash the price of agricultural land. The removal of the EU grant will put the small farms out of business and the big farmers will then buy the land at a knock down price.

Sovereignty. I have asked in the past which bit of sovereignty have we given up that has changed our way of life. I have not had a reply. The reality is that in being able to work with the rest of the world we have to agree to some common values otherwise the system will collapse. NATO, security, passports and air traffic come to mind.

Please bear in mind that if the UK votes to leave we will fall into recession. Then for the next five or ten 10 years our civil service will be bogged down in renegotiating over 100,000 legal agreements we have with the remaining 27 EU countries. Meanwhile the world will move on without us.
Roof Top Crow
4th Jun 2016
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Immigration is the last resort of the brexit campaign. They have lost the economic argument and distortion of the immigration facts are all they have left.
We should ask ourselves why immigrants come to the UK. They come here because we have a thriving economy and without immigration we would not have enough people in the UK to fill the jobs that are available. The absolute reverse of places like Spain where they have very high unemployment because there are no jobs.
By definition people who travel to another country to work must have a lot of determination to succeed and of course many immigrants to the UK get ahead by starting a businesses. They are primarily, young, healthy and they do not bring children with them.
Last year immigrant arrivals paid £3.1 billion in tax which is 5 times more than they claimed in benefits. 80% of immigration arrivals have a job offer before they arrive. The claims that they undercut the wages of British born people cannot be substantiated.
Migration Watch cannot find any evidence of pressure on school places or on the NHS although they do say that by 2020 there will be a problem. The pressure on schools and the NHS comes from the UK government failure to invest in the past. It is not made better or worse by immigration although the £3.1 billion they pay in tax must help the treasury.
Roof Top Crow
2nd Jun 2016
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Its quite breathtaking the level of distortion that Boris Johnson is very glibly able to bring into his speeches.
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The House of Commons library says on its web site that somewhere around 9% of the laws put in place by the UK Government are influenced by EU regulations.

I have just seen Boris de Pfeffel Johnson tell an audience that the EU decides on 60% of the laws of this country. This is absolutely untrue.
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But then this is the same Boris de Pfeffel Johnson who was sacked by The Times for lying in print and was then sacked by the Tory party for lying about his affair with Petronella Wyatt.
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The Boris de Pfeffel Johnson version of the truth is very clearly not based on facts.
Lionel
2nd Jun 2016
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Well, Roof Top, I've just sat through the Sky TV so-called debate with Cameron.

You will, doubtless, recall, I was a farm worker for a number of years, working with cattle more often than not. I'm well used to bovine excrement, by the ten tons at a time.

But here, please let me assure you, in twenty five years of working with livestock, I have never experienced so much being dumped in one hour.

Cameron, leader of the In campaign, illegally I might add, is your supposed leader.

You're welcome, Roof Top. There's only one place for his out pouring and that is the muck heap.

You call Boris a liar! Just sat through far worse.
Roof Top Crow
3rd Jun 2016
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I do not see how you can compare the two performances.
Boris de Pfeffel Johnson arrived in a small town for a bit of theatre. Put the bus behind him, the one with the illegal sign down the side, filled the square with supporters, did not take questions, shouted some vague statements for 15 minutes and then left. Boris de Pfeffel Johnson does not of course have any kind of government or public responsibility.
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David Cameron is our Prime Minister. He has the greater level of responsibility than any other person in the UK. He was interviewed by a professional journalist for 30 minutes and the journalist set the tone for the following 30 minutes. In this next 30 minutes the audience asked questions but following the journalists lead they did not listen to the answers.
lindz64
19th Jun 2016
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The bus with the illegal sign down the side? What's happened to the Police investigation into the 'remain' (Tory) politicians illegal overspending on the EU campaign?? That's gone quiet, I wonder why?
Roof Top Crow
20th Jun 2016
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Both issues have been addressed.

The overspending has been acknowledged but since in the scheme of things the amount was very small, no further action was deemed necessary.

£350 million pounds a week. The leave campaign has been very heavily criticised for continuing to promote what is known to be an absolute lie. They have continued to use the slogan because it is the only argument they have that is based measurable facts. Not much anyone can do about it except recognise it as an outright lie.
Roof Top Crow
2nd Jun 2016
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We already have a points based system in place. Last year the points based system allowed more non EU immigrants into the UK than EU citizens.
The system contains a lengthy list of sub-tiers of migrant, but broadly they are classed as one of four 'tiers'.
Tier 1: high-value (possessed of exceptional talent, highly skilled, high-net-worth investor, graduate entrepreneur)
Tier 2: skilled workers (jobs that cannot be fulfilled by a UK or EEA worker, intra-company transfers, ministers of religion or sportspersons) - capped at 20,700 a year unless the immigrant earns more than £150,000
Tier 4: student (in primary, secondary, or tertiary education)
Tier 5: temporary migrants
Each tier offers its own allocation of points for specific 'attributes'. For each of the groups in tier 1, a person earns points according to different criteria:
English language ability
Capacity to support oneself financially
Age and previous experience
The admission of migrants who possess "exceptional talent"- that is, who are acknowledged to be world leaders in their fields - is capped at 1,000 per year, although few have taken advantage of this route so far.
You must have a specific job offer in order to apply for entry under tier 2, and reach a total of 70 point.
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Under this system the highest number of successful applications come from China, Pakistan and India followed by far fewer from the USA and the other English speaking countries.
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The brexit system does not have any detail other then the statement that it might be launched in 2020
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Another brexit head line grabbing statement but again without any detail or substance.
Wilf
2nd Jun 2016
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Just reading that Australia took in 187,000 migrants last year. This UK point based system is fine but its the EU migrants that we have no control on thats driving voters mad. I am still undecided but cannot see why the stay in campaign just cannot get their heads round this. Put frankly there are too many people in the UK and far too many joining us -fact!
lindz64
2nd Jun 2016
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Well said Wilf. On the news tonight Angela Furor Merkel said the UK would 'be crazy' to leave the EU. In English speak, she is panicking because she and her cronies are going to lose a couple of billion English pounds per year, not to be sniffed at. (No mention in her diatribe that France are now bankrupt... who's going to bankroll that? I wonder!) How very dare she say we're crazy!! You'll notice that the rich Tory boys and their cronies, big business and bankers are the ones desperate to stay in, the ordinary man in the street has more intelligence in their collective little toes. The remainers (or most of them) don't care about what's to come years down the line when our once lovely country is no longer ours, all they're concerned about is the short term money to be had to fill their already overfull pockets. Wake up Britain, fight for your country!
Roof Top Crow
2nd Jun 2016
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But what is it that you do not like?
They are predominately young, just about all of them speak English. If they do not speak it very well they certainly get better whilst they are here.

They bring the hands on skills in things such as carpentry and plumbing, and we are desperately short of those skills within the British born community. They do the unskilled jobs on farms, and in retail and catering. They cannot claim benefits, they pay tax and then most of them go home after a couple of years.
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What is it you do not like ?
Roof Top Crow
1st Jun 2016
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Points based systems.
This is all very confusing. Points-based systems are always introduced by countries looking to increase immigration.
Australia wanted more immigrants and introducing a points based system worked very well, they got a very large increase in immigrants.
lindz64
1st Jun 2016
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Yes they did, skilled immigrants who can speak English, makes a lot of difference!!!
Roof Top Crow
2nd Jun 2016
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I agree skilled workers are very important. But we also need lots of semi skilled and unskilled workers. We need them in retail,
warehousing, farming and so on.
lindz64
19th Jun 2016
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If I had my way our own lazy sods picking up money (benefits) for nothing would be damn well MADE to get of their lazy backsides and do the jobs that immigrants do. What a bloody country this is
Roof Top Crow
20th Jun 2016
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It is a failure of success governments to provide the education and training needed for even the simplest of skills.

I do not agree or disagree with your view that that people should be made to work. I just do not know how you can force people to work when they do not want to work.
Wilf
1st Jun 2016
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Yes but we have to have some system its a total mess at the moment and the UK cannot keep accepting people. We are projected to have 80m by 2040!!
Roof Top Crow
1st Jun 2016
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I think we should consider the numbers of laws made in the House of Commons that are influenced by the EU.

Having said that, it is a very complex calculation and it will vary from session to session. The House of Commons library has said that there is not a simple way of defining what is a Law as passed as an Act of Parliament and what is a regulation influenced by our EU membership.

It seems that somewhere around 9% of the laws put in place by the UK Government are influenced by EU regulations.Most of this 9% is to do with common standards and values such as health and safety, animal welfare, security and scientific research etc.
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The other 91% of laws are UK acts of legislation. They include things such as the Health and Social Care Act which reformed the NHS. This 91% of legislation is entirely drafted and voted on within the UK and none of it is directed or influenced by EU legislation.
jimbo5977
1st Jun 2016
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I'm voting out of Europe, let's make our own laws and not be dictated to by unelected, corrupt politicians
Roof Top Crow
31st May 2016
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Lionel
Thanks for your post 3 days ago. This forum is about voting in or out on 23 June and you are taking our conversation away from the discussion.
Roof Top Crow
31st May 2016
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Lindz64 asked me the the following question.
Where do you get your facts about British born people are at the highest level of employment it has ever been?
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The Office for National Statistics publishes the UK unemployment rate every month. The current rate of unemployment is 5.1%.
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We are in a period where we have the highest number of people in employment that is technically and practically possible. This very high level of 5.1% includes British born people. There are very few people who are fit to work who are out of work.

My information comes from freely and openly available sources that includes our civil service, governments worldwide and academic studies. I do not take my figures from the headlines used in some of our trashiest newspapers.
lindz64
31st May 2016
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And Governments don't ever fiddle the numbers? You're more gullible than I thought
Roof Top Crow
1st Jun 2016
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Cynicism has its place in most forums, but its use on this particular forum is not helpful.
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Can you tell me where I might then look for data and researched statistics that are more accurate than the sources I am using.
lindz64
1st Jun 2016
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You're right of course, I'm very cynical, although I wasn't until 2010. You talk about the UK having the highest level of employment since the year dot!! What you forgot to mention is the hundreds of thousands on zero hours contracts who are included in those same employment figures. How would you like to travel for one hour + to 'work' to be told "go home, we don't have any work for you today". Yes, I am VERY cynical, with every good reason... that's why I said they fiddle the figures. We're not ALL stupid
Roof Top Crow
2nd Jun 2016
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Employers using zero hours contracts have by law to adhere to the regulations which say any individual on a zero hours contract who is a ‘worker’ will be entitled to at least the National Minimum Wage, paid annual leave, rest breaks and protection from discrimination.
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The retail, fast food and farming industries are typical of zero hour’s contract users. In day to day practice they work from pre-planned rotas which they discuss with the staff.
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The daughter of a business colleague manages the rotas for a chain of retail outlets. The zero hours employees fill in the hours and days they want to work. This is matched against the busy and slow periods of the business and the rota is published a week or two in advance.
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You will I am sure recall the McDonald's media storm just 3 months ago. They were under pressure from the media for using zero hour’s contracts. So they asked the staff what they wanted.
80% chose to stay on zero hours contracts. They liked zero hours because it gives them a chance to look after their children, study at college, travel and then come back to a job.
doctorproc
28th May 2016
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! believe the ultimate goal of the EU Commissioners is to create a EU community run by them. This means no more democracy but a Totalitarian/ Statis United States of Europe similar to so called Communist Countries e.g. Russia & China, these countries are not adhering to the Communist Dogma but are governed by a clique looking after there own interests. They've already shown there true colours with Italy & Greece by appointing commissars from there own clique overruling the Democratic Elected Governments.

This is the Government you will have if you vote to remain in the EU.
lindz64
29th May 2016
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You're so right doctorproc. I don't want to be governed by an un-elected, un-democratic, egotistical mob (there's now way they can be called a government, governments are elected by the people) who are desperately trying to keep us in the EU... not because they want us, but they sorely want our £35 million per week. Junker has let his mask slip today, saying that the UK will be punished if they don't do as he tells them and take in millions more immigrants! His leader Merkel welcomed them with open arms, she can have them in her back garden. I'm not against Syrian women and children coming here, I am totally against single, fit you men who should be fighting for their countries, not leaving their woman and children to fend for themselves. They are deserters, not refugees. Please God that we leave this hell hole, otherwise known as the EU
Munsterlander
29th May 2016
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I think you are probably right. Seems like the top European guys in the EU are a bunch of professional politicians who want a super state. Total madness! How can you merge the Brits with the Greeks or Hungarians. We like them all-I have Greek friends but lets not all live in the same house cheek by jowl. Lets just live as friendly neighbours and celebrate our incredible diversity in Europe
lindz64
2nd Jun 2016
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And it was reported last night Munsterlander that France is bankrupt! Guess who will be paying for that? x The 23rd can't come quick enough.
Barton babe
28th May 2016
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I will be voting leave. We were doing ok before joining the common market, we will again if we leave.
Roof Top Crow
28th May 2016
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In the years before we joined the EC the economy of the UK was declining in comparison with the rest of Europe. We joined to stop the decline.
Joining worked and we are now the 2nd strongest member in the EU and we have the 5th strongest economy in the world.
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lindz64
29th May 2016
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It's a long time since we joined the Common Market, a lot of water (and money) has gone under the bridge now. The Common Market was supposed to be a trading market, VERY far removed from what we have now. This EU is un-elected and un-democratic and if we remain, we will be swallow up like a minnow in a large pond. Yes, we do have the fifth strongest economy but I don't understand what you mean by 'we are now the 2nd strongest'?? In what way? Cameron put 77 proposals to the EU and every single one was rejected. If that makes us the second strongest, God help those further down the ladder. I want OUT for the sake of my children and grandchildren before immigration gets any worse. There isn't enough housing or schools, doctors closing their lists, pressure on our NHS and other services, businesses closing... we want our country back. We have brilliant workforces, a country to be proud of, why be negative? We've done it before and we'll do it again, Rule Britannia
Roof Top Crow
30th May 2016
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Second strongest in financial terms. This strength in finance means that a lot of tax is paid to the revenue and it is this tax that pays for the NHS, education, social services, our pensions and much more. You only have to look at Greece, with a failed economy, to see what happens when you are not financially strong. Cuts in health care, cuts in education, pension payments halved, massive unemployment and much more.
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We can all read the Daily Mail and the Express and believe what they say or we can look at the facts.
The level of British born people is at the highest level it has ever been. If you look at the number of people who cannot work e.g young mothers, people in medical care etc we are very very close to the maximum number of British born people who are available to be employed.
Without the immigrants our building industry would see a massive slow down so no more social housing, the NHS would have to close departments, wards and have a limited number of A&E services open, the services industries would move abroad and the retail sector would collapse so no more high street shopping.
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Not so sure how to define what is a minnow in a large pond.
In the EU we represent 13% of the population.
In the world we are 0.88% of the population.
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lindz64
30th May 2016
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Yes, let's look at Greece. How many millions were poured into Greece, the sinking ship? Where do you get your facts about British born people are at the highest level it has ever been? Having asked that question I have to say that there's no surprise there! I'll take issue with you when you say without immigrants our building industry would see a massive slow down. It's this incompetent government who chose not to build social housing, therefore our own British builders were laid off and a large percentage retrained... there was a documentary about this 18 months/2 years ago and it left me in tears. Those that didn't lose their jobs were priced out of work with the immigrants undercutting their wages. Lastly, I'm disappointed that you have so little faith in our country, all your doom and gloom will be proved wrong
Bob Henson
28th May 2016
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Regardless of all the misinformation flying around, as a general principle one cannot dispute that the UK is a net contributor on a large scale. Demands for money will increase shortly with five new poor countries joining the EU.

We have the third highest population density in the EU (leaving out small islands etc.). We have no more room for economic migrants and must take back control of our borders.

We must take back control of our law making process. The mass of pointless (to us) laws emanating from the EU cost us a fortune.

We have no option but to leave the EU.
ginntonic
26th May 2016
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I'm voting to leave.
Munsterlander
29th May 2016
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Yes I am thinking that now. I want to stay as I am worried about the economy but I worry about Britain become a grey outpost of an EU superstate
lindz64
1st Jun 2016
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You will be more worried about the economy Munsterlander when the other five countries join the EU and our 'contribution' goes up accordingly. The only way is out and up!!
Roof Top Crow
31st May 2016
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I think you are right to worry about the economy. Leaving would be a massive upheaval for government, the civil service and business. The chaos would last for many years.
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Grey Outpost. The UK population is 13% of the total EU population. If we vote to leave we will then be less than 1% of the worlds population.
lindz64
29th May 2016
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I'm with you Munsterlander. I'd rather put up with 2 years austerity (that's a laugh, the Remainers threatening us with that when we've had years of it already!) than put up with the EU bullying a minute longer than we have to. I'm not European, I'm British!!
Roof Top Crow
31st May 2016
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Austerity is not a problem if you are retired, we all know how to get along and we have our state pensions.

But would you really wish austerity on the younger generation with families and children. Austerity means increasing unemployment, less money for the NHS, less money for education and all the rest.

Is that really what you want for the UK ? is that what being British means ?
tammypettifer
3rd Jun 2016
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Roof Top Crow, I just don't understand your reasoning! How can you want to live in a country which is governed by unelected, undemocratic beurocrats. Do you not see what will happen to our Great country if we stay. We practically have no say whatsoever in the EU parliament. Every single law that we try to bring in is vetoed by the EU. Sorry but David Cameron has already sold us down the swanney. He has already lined himself up with a cushy job in the EU. He and his family will be allright mate and stuff the rest of us! Have you watched Brexit The Movie, do yourself a favour and watch it. The EU have been planning for an EU superstate ever since the beginning. We were lied to in 1975 when Edward Heath said we were joining a Common Market and we are being lied to now. The people of this Great Britain have had enough. We believe in our country. We want it back! Clearly, I am voting leave. I know there will be a bit of upheavel for a few years but I can live with that!
Wilf
31st May 2016
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problem is with all the unfettered access to EU people the NHS, schools etc are swamped. This is reality and will get worse and worse. The UK simply cannot accommodate 70+ million people. It will if we stay in the EU! By the way I want to stay as I think its a risk leaving but I am starting to think ...short term pain for long term gain!
Roof Top Crow
26th May 2016
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A leading leave campaigner was recently saying that without the UK as an export market many businesses in Europe such as BMW and Mercedes would struggle to survive. The reality is very different The UK is a relatively small export market for the other 27 EU countries.

8% of all exports by the 27 EU countries come to the UK.
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44% of all of our UK exports go to the EU countries.
lindz64
29th May 2016
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44% of all our exports go to the EU countries??? That means that 56% doesn't! Do you seriously think that BMW and Mercedes, to name just two, would suddenly stop selling their cars to us? Of course they wouldn't, we're one of their biggest markets, likewise, Italy, Spain, Germany, France aren't going to stop exporting to us/buying from us either. The scare mongering goes on and on!
Roof Top Crow
30th May 2016
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Maybe I did not express clearly enough. 44% or just under half of the thing we make in the UK are exported to the EU countries. In business terms the EU is our biggest and most important customer.
It is proposed by Brexit that we tell our biggest and most important customer that we want to change the terms of how we work with them. We tell them that we we know they might impose a charge on the UK for selling to them.
Meanwhile we do not have a plan as to how we will replace the business we will lose by not selling to the EU. It could be 5% it could be 10%, it could be 20%. Nobody can even hazard a guess at what the loss will be.

Nobody in business would ever consider this plan, but then Boris, Gove, Hoey, Grayling and the other fantasists have only ever worked as academics, journalists or politicians.
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Yes of course BMW and Mercedes will still be bought in the UK. But we are not either businesses biggest markets, their biggest markets are their home markets in Germany.
Both companies have said they will regret us leaving the EU but any loss from the UK population of 65 million can easily be made up from within the 430 million people in the remaining 27 countries. They have both also said that with TTIP coming they are planning major growth in the USA. BMW already has a factory in the USA building its 4 x 4 cars and they plan to double its capacity.
lindz64
30th May 2016
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The EU might be our biggest customer, they've seen to that, but there's a whole world out there! The plan to replace the business (which won't be lost anyway) is, as I said, that there's a whole world out there, part of which we're not allowed to trade with, Fraulein Merkel runs this ship! TTIP, are you SERIOUS? I hope we're out before they sign up for that, that will be the end of our NHS... have you read up about this travesty? You should, please... and I'm still voting to leave. It seems to me that the only people desperate to remain are business men and the rich!
Roof Top Crow
31st May 2016
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To run the country the treasury needs tax and tax comes directly from businesses, the people who work and pay tax and from the things we buy. If the tax the treasury needs reduces we then get cuts in the NHS, Education etc.
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The two largest trading blocs in the world are the EU and the USA. They are ideal for the UK because we buy similar products from each other and broadly speaking we have the same common values.
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We know that if we leave the EU we will need to re negotiate a trade deal, which will take 5 or more years to do. We know if we leave the EU then it will take
more than 5 years to negotiate any kind of trade deal with the USA.
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If we proceed down this path of leaving the EU and waiting years to agree a deal with the USA then inevitably we will drop into recession. Recession will mean less tax for the treasury and I have said before that will mean taking money away from the NHS and Education etc.

The UK is 0.88% of the worlds population. If I understand you correctly you are proposing to close the trading agreement we have with the EU and walk away from the trading agreement that we might have with the USA via the EU.
Your plan is that we then go off around the world with the strength of our 0.88% population behind us and create trade agreements with so far unnamed countries in the rest of the world.
Roof Top Crow
24th May 2016
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Boris Johnson strongly made the case for Turkey to be admitted to the EU and said he could not wait for the “great moment” when the two halves of the Roman Empire “are at last reunited in an expanded European Union” in a documentary he made for the
BBC.
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This is the same Boris Johnson who is now saying that this would be a disaster for the EU.
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This is the same Boris Johnson who will say anything that helps him become Prime Minister.
Roof Top Crow
24th May 2016
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EU Audit.
I have read that the EU has never been audited. That is not true. The European Court of Auditors signed of the EU accounts for 2013 in 2015. They are now working towards signing off the 2014 accounts.
lindz64
29th May 2016
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Where can I read this for myself Roof Top?
Roof Top Crow
30th May 2016
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European Court of Auditors.
It says the following :
As the EU's independent external auditor, the European Court of Auditors looks after the interest of EU taxpayers.
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I was incorrect regarding the 2014 accounts. They signed them off and published them in November 2015.
lindz64
30th May 2016
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Thank you for that Roof Top x
Bluesman1955
19th May 2016
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I most definitely will be voting to leave.
Zigzag
18th May 2016
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There is only one way to go and that is IN-vote IN,IN and IN 🙂
Having lived in Germany for many years;all I can say is that everything works there unlike things in this country.
Munsterlander
29th May 2016
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Yes I agree with you. Its a shame the EU is not just the UK, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Denmark. They all work-the other countries are a shambles. The UK is much much better than it was in the 60s and 70s when it was a mess but then we got better in the 90s and 2000s. Great food, trains that work (well mine do!), cars that work, Good TV whats not to celebrate!
Lionel
18th May 2016
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Zig, as one well familiar with former communist Europe where things also worked well, I can't see your direct connection between EU membership and things working well. The two just do not correlate.

By your absolute reasoning we would all be better off under a Stalinist communism, because the trains ran on time and are clean; the roads are in good repair. But do we, you, want the Gulags that are consequent upon that kind of communism?
Munsterlander
29th May 2016
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Lionel I think are a bit mistaken. The former communist countries where total basket cases. Nothing worked-there was no food in the shops. Albania and East Germany and Hungary where hell holes. I know I went to them. If they worked so well why did the East Germans and Russians build a wall to keep all their own people from fleeing to the west? A communist paradise???
Roof Top Crow
18th May 2016
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Can anyone explain what element of sovereignty we have so far lost but being EU members.
Lionel
18th May 2016
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Haven't you noticed?
Roof Top Crow
19th May 2016
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I asked the question because it is not clear to me and millions of other people what part of our sovereignty we have lost. Can you give me a list of examples.
Roof Top Crow
17th May 2016
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Can anyone tell me what will happen if we vote to leave. There are one hundred thousand (yes 100,000) items of legislation that the UK has signed that will need to be re written. Such as agreements on security, passport control, aircraft control, shipping, pensions, armed forces travel, telephone, fishing, agriculture and much much more and they will all have to go through government and parliament.

How many years will it take to do all of this?
lindz64
19th Jun 2016
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100,000 pieces of legislation???? I rest my case
Roof Top Crow
20th Jun 2016
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That is easy to say, but it does not answer the question.
Lionel
17th May 2016
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Isn't that a matter for the minions. People who delight in the detail. I'm sure you've had them in your enterprises.
Roof Top Crow
18th May 2016
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It would not be a job for the less senior civil servants, it would be the principals in each department who do the re negotiation. The very same people who will also need to be roaming the world setting up new agreements.
Lionel
21st May 2016
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I did not say I could not answer your question, no, I said I will not. English is a very valuable tool in communications, wouldn't you agree? Comprehensaion, sadly no longer taught in schools, is the adjunct to language.

The remainder of your comment is pure speculation.

We do not know what will transpire with the EU if we remain, but we do have a vague idea if we leave.

Let us not say agglomeration, the bonding permanently with other nations, is beneficial. If it is please provide evidence that is neither from an economic perspective nor your personal wealth creating endeavours.
lindz64
29th May 2016
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I'm more than impressed Lionel, just wish I was as literate x
Lionel
27th May 2016
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Rooftop, it bothers me somewhat, in your comment displayed below, all your points are based on the advantages of EU membership for business enterprise.

This may be a quite grave error of judgement!

This last thirty five years, beginning with Thatcher, enterprise has been given a supremacy which, it must be said, is out of proportion to its place in society. Enterprise is a servant of people. Without people there is no nation state, no EU and no enterprise. Banking has accrued to itself the same status, and that without merit and without conscience.

As I see this country today, business enterprise has alienated people, the people of this country. Business enterprise has assumed the place of greed and avarice, of dog eating dog. It's been a thirty five year war and in the final analysis, no one beneath the entrepreneur is any better off. Neither do they have any value.

Surely enterprise is a partnership, between entrepreneur and his people, a mutuality? A straining at the same leash to produce metal benefits according to their status within the enterprise?

Now, business people such as yourself, want to further enslave us to a Europe of dubious heritage, and that in the name of further profits. Always increasing profits, but at whose expense and whose advantage? Sadly the advantage is always with the businessman or his management or shareholders.

People are wealth creators, not businessmen, nor shareholders.

Business is not the life blood of this nation, no, that's something other the EU is working hard to quash. But it is a vital part of the nation's life, of course it is! But to have such a supremacy, turn a blind eye to such obvious corruption all around in the name of profit, no. No, not at all.

Roof Top, I am neither a Communist nor a Socialist. But what you propound is unacceptable and without the prospect of longevity. Your enterprise culture is usually based on cities. It is a fact every city based culture has failed in a relatively short space of time. And with that culture, the wealth and status of those who sucked at the breasts of that culture.

I had the enormous privilege to travel through Poland, Czech and Slovakia ( the latter were one nation on paper), in the very early nineties. They were just dipping their toes in the warm water of life outside Communism, a system I deplore.

These countries were a mix of fledgling capitalism and communism. The railways worked on time, roads were good, airplanes took off on time, and the people were content. Notice content and not the word happy. Happy is a transient thing.

A few years later I returned and much had changed. No full employment, roads broken up, railways in disarray ... and capitalism was biting it's ugly teeth deep into them.

That's where we are now!

Rooftop, I see no merit in any phrase of your post. If diversity in the UK, which I deplore, is forced upon us, is it not a contradiction of terms, of understanding, to now say we must not be diverse in our relationship with Europe or other races? After all, diversity, and migrant labour, has made so many rather richer than they would be. Are you one such? Why may we not say diversity between us and Europe should not also prevail?

Rooftop, I may well understand why a lifetime in enterprise has coloured your opinions. I would be as you are if I had remained where I once was.

But now, at seventy one, presumably retired, take time out, take some mind space, and ask yourself, may I justify everything I've believed? Everything I've done? Like me you've just a few years to go before the final judgement. Ask yourself, could I have done anything better?

These are the questions you should be asking yourself, privately. No, not propagating Europe - how will that benefit you? Does it really matter to you we have common standards of this or that?

Go think man, there's more to life, so much more, than business and Europe.
Roof Top Crow
23rd May 2016
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The advantage of bonding and working together with other nations. The list would be very long, but here are a just a few.
Common standards in health and safety, common standards in work and employment benefits, common standards of animal protection in slaughterhouses, common standards of fishing stock protection, common standards in scientific research, common standards of data protection, common standards of arrest warrants, common standards in protecting personal savings in banks, common standards in the sale of medicine and drugs, common standards in military hardware, freedom to travel and work and much much more.
Lionel
19th May 2016
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Roof Top, I will not answer your question. It is redundant even in the writing. As said, which you have not accepted it seems, our hirelings will do the will of the British public, within the time frame necessary. It's that simple.

You have clearly benefitted from our expensive membership of the EU. So very many have not. Indeed, many today suffer for our membership. That you question why we would want to be outside the EU shows a level of ignorance, or lack of care of others which I would have thought unbecoming of you.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you is the best of guidelines for human life. I can recommend it.
Roof Top Crow
21st May 2016
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The official leave party run by Boris and the unofficial leave party run by Nigel have not been able to answer the same questions that I asked you. So realistically you are not able to answer them either.
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What we do know is that if we remain in the EU the UK will stay economically strong and that economic strength will be able to maintain the NHS, social services, the armed forces, education and so on.
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If we leave the EU we can only guess what might happen. Even Lord Owen, a senior spokesman and supporter of the leave campaign has agreed that the UK will fall into a deep recession if we vote leave. A recession means, hardship, loss of jobs and a very difficult time for thousands of people.
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Is that what us oldies really want for the UK?
Lionel
18th May 2016
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None the less they remain minions and hirelings, paid to do their master's bidding. And nothing more.

They all are servants.
Roof Top Crow
19th May 2016
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Please answer my question. How many years do you think it will take to re write the legal agreements we have with the EU. I have read that it will take up to 10 years, do you think this is correct.
annbakeronegmailcom
17th May 2016
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We need to take back control of our laws and borders. Prices were actually lower before we joined the original Common Market but the EU has taken over a lot more than just trade. Also the immigrant crises is a cover for Muslim extremists' who are gathering around Europe and will, in the not too distant future, end society as we know it! Remember the words of Enoch Powell, he was right!!
JudiCat63
16th May 2016
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Vote of Incompetence for the ENTIRE Government in the UK! Not one party has managed to pull this country out of the gutter it has got into since joining the EU...

I feel like I want to start a political party based on the right things in order of importance.

LEAVE THE EU ASAP! Refuse to pay anymore in, as we have already paid FAR TOO Much as a small country as it is!

Money saved to go to : NHS/FIRE/AMBULANCE/POLICE/EDUCATION staff

Get rid of bean counters & pencil pushers in companies that are struggling due to these people who add nothing to the company.

Reduce the amount of wages & bonuses of those who currently earn over £M p/a

Restart Farming, agriculture for ourselves,
Invest money into new steel company,
& Manufacturing companies
Increase our Armed Forces,
Remove all illegals from the UK & Stiffen Boarder control
University fees to be paid in full by ANYONE NOT a UK citizen for at least 5 years prior to University. UK citizens to have a free Education - paid for by the money saved by not paying it into the EU.

As a personal thing I would like to see the "Chunnel" closed for a few months until we can re-inforce it against immigrants, rats, & dogs carrying Rabies -

Update our Military ships, subs, etc.

Don't force children to be in education - instead give them a choice of: Caring for the community for 2 years, education for 2 years, or Entering the Armed forces early.

Children who don't want to be in education disrupt it for those who DO - so remove the element of those who play up, & we get back to the children who WANT to learn.

Write off ALL current student Loans for the price of education - only keep the loans for "living"

Universities would do better to raise funds by alternative means - in the US they hold events to raise funds - ours need to do the same! Offering jobs at the end of courses, even basic ones - ie assistant in a Lab, or Library - giving experience along with the education.

Encourage young people to care for the environment, invest in our bees, free Hives for people who are prepared to have one in their garden/allotment.

By establishing that we are a brilliant nation without the EU will see the expansion of exports from this country. We KNOW how to make things GREAT - so leave the EU, put the funds where they need to go (Oh & Politicians - it's AN HONOUR to server your country - so you live on the basic wage of someone unable to work, & dormitories will be built for you to stay in in London - basically a bed, with bedding, breakfast & evening meal will be provided along with showers & water from the showers being used to flush toilets. No more £k's for "Expenses".

Then onto looking after our elderly, & our heritage - thus increasing tourism.

All of this could be achieved within 20 years if we leave the EU. If we stay in, then we will be bankrupt within 5years. No jobs, no income support or disability & no NHS.
Longfellow
16th May 2016
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Can I have a job as one of your cabinet ministers..lol
JudiCat63
17th May 2016
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@Lionel of course! But do you agree with the majority of my "manifesto" ?lol
I just saw how much I wrote! Oh dear! Thank goodness I didn't print it out!
What position in my make believe cabinet would you be best in? I think that teachers should hold education, maths peeps finance & so forth. As for me, either NHS or IT /communications
Noona
17th May 2016
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Europe needs us we will be stronger and richer if we leave
Lionel
17th May 2016
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Judicat, this is the real Lionel.

Judicat, I agree with your manifesto every inch of the way. (No millimetres here). I've been saying for years we must have a fresh start, clear them all out. I hope we have an Oliver Cromwell moment coming. Addressing the Rump Parliament in 1653 he said:

“You have been sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”

And in the fresh start, in your government, may I offer myself for the post of Minister of Agriculture? After so many years in farming I think I may leave UK agriculture in a better, more productive state, then we have now.
Lionel
17th May 2016
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But did I get agriculture?
JudiCat63
17th May 2016
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Sounds like a plan! Just need to get elected now!!!
thefilthycripple
16th May 2016
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We are fed mountains of lies daily by Politicians with no morals , just look around do you like what you see ? Bank holiday weekends are chaos ,as everywhere is full up ,with gridlocked traffic .To fulfill Osborne's economic plan we need to let in 3.3 million more migrants ,unless there is a colossal investment in roads ,schools ,hospitals ,doctors etc we cannot accommodate the population . It strikes me most of the remain vote are younger people who are scared of the I known
Wilf
17th May 2016
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Seems like the majority of youngsters are for staying in but then it should be their decision as they will be the next generation to rule and manage UK
Lionel
18th May 2016
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Wilf, there'll be nothing to rule and manage. We will be even more a suburb of Berlin. Is that what you want or young old, or would you want them to be pioneers, forging, building and living in a brave new world?
Wilf
18th May 2016
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Lionel-sounds a bit drastic. For one London is THE city of the world with possibly New York so cannot see why we would be a suburb of Berlin?....and secondly we once ruled a third of the world. We don't now...its termed the "rise and fall of great powers"...part of evolution of the world...China is now ..once again the rising power
Pam1960
16th May 2016
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Talk about waste of money I have just received the voting guide through my letterbox. Does it give anymore info than we already know. No it doesn 't. Perhaps we can spend the £350 million we pay to the EU on more leaflets
fanny71
16th May 2016
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The EU is crumbling but it will stagger on. The waste of money is appalling. Unemployment is rife. Europe cannot hope to accommodate all the non EU people, it will tip over. Our laws made by the people we elected should be sancrosant. Unlike Italy (the greatest empire ever), Holland, Belgium, France, GB to name a few, Germany has never to my knowledge gone out in the world and conquered another land, this is now their chance to do just that. I am OUT
Wilf
16th May 2016
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UK economically seems to be ok. why go out and risk that?
JudiCat63
17th May 2016
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The UK needs to be an island again to increase its ability to look after its people. & if you read the economy you will have seen we are one more being dragged down by Europe into south decline. It's far from steady! This is why we MUST leave.
roysplace
16th May 2016
3
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The U.K. Is ok because we didn't join the eurozone and still have control over our interest rates.
Wilf
16th May 2016
3
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Very true..best decision we ever made not to go into the Euro
Kes
16th May 2016
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Out! There are no facts. Just a lot of scaremongering on both sides. Most people will probably be voting on gut instinct, not clear cut facts.
Pam1960
15th May 2016
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Do you really think that if we leave the billions of pounds that we currently put into the EU will be put into the NHS ir towards education etc. I doubt thid money will be available it will disappear into the ether. As for illegal immigrants or any other immigrants for that matter, taking jobs, as far as I can see they are doing the jobs no British person wants, hours too long, wage too low. I was in a restaurant in London a couple of weeks ago, the waiter, an Italian said he works 12 hours a day for minimum wage, I can't see queues of British unemployed wanting to do this.Back in the 1950s when West Indian migrants came to this country, the outcry of they are taking our jobs was heard, Have we not moved on from this bigotry and discrimination. I feel the reason that Britain is Great is because we have embraced different cultures and freedom of religion, speech and thought. I am shocked that immigration is being used as a reason for editing the EU. If we want to leave for trade reasons or to be accountable only to ourselves then fair enough but the immigration aspect smacks too much of Nazi Germany, what next Jews and homosexuals
fanny71
17th May 2016
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It would be interesting to know which part of the U.K. you live as I do feel that has a lot of relevance as to what anybody's attitude is to immigration.
Pam1960
17th May 2016
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I live in Nottinghamshire. I'm sure whether we have any more or less than any other other part of the UK. I do know that I have worked in companies that have employed quite a large number of other nationalities. I would also like to say that I have a number of friends and colleagues of different races and religions and have never felt threatened in any way
lindz64
16th May 2016
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We've moved on from 'they're taking our jobs' to 'the majority of immigrants coming to Europe now are young, fit men who should be fighting for their country'... what decent sort of man would get himself out of that situation and leave wives and children to suffer? Who knows how many terrorists there are amongst them. I think the main point for most thinking people is that they are afraid for their children and grandchildren, as am I. Something will have to give when Macadonia, Turkey, Ankara and the rest of them join the EU, so as far as I'm concerned, the sooner we leave the better. Cameron has given seventy seven proposals to Europe and EVERY ONE was turned down. What about the money paid into the EU? If you have a business in the UK your books have to be audited yes? The EU have not had an audit all the years we have been part of it so tell me, how does anyone know where the trillions of pounds go?? There's an interesting question. The billions of pounds paid in by the UK (which is more than any other country, possibly bar Germany) would help sort this country out (not just the NHS). I don't want to be ruled by a faceless set of self-serving beaurocrats who's interest in the UK goes only as far as the cash they can get out of us. If we stay in the EU, we'll have no power (not that we've ever had any in Europe) because Fraulein Merkel runs that show. I can't wait to leave
Wilf
16th May 2016
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If we do leave you can be sure the monies we save by not being in the EU would not go to the NHS. Anyway if we are out we will still have to pay the EU ...look at Switzerland they do.
scandiman
15th May 2016
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I am convinced that, if we vote to leave by a narrow margin, it will not be accepted. If we vote by a similar margin to stay, it will be accepted. A vote to leave will mean years of prevarication, dithering and half truths. A repetition in other words, of all that has gone on for four decades. Staying will mean us being sucked deeper into federal Europe. I am so weary of the endless bickering and sniping and a lack of adult, sensible debate that I'm not sure I particularly care about the result.
Wilf
16th May 2016
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I agree with you. If we do go out in the short term ...5 years? ..our economy will be damaged and then could go either way
Robert2706
15th May 2016
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I agree with all you say Nigel.
I am also convinced that if it is a vote to stay we will be sitting ducks for the EU.

We will get nothing out of them whatsoever and there will make more and more demands on us. There will be no chance of getting any meaningful changes not that Dave can tell us what he wants to change.
Having gone for referendum we must vote to leave or submit to the EU at all levels
Lionel
15th May 2016
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May I go off topic for a moment please?

The referendum in itself will solve nothing. It is not at all clear Parliament is bound by the result.

There is so much speculation in the press about vote rigging when the result is announced will it be accepted as full and final? I think not.

If the result is out, will any action be taken by the state to make progress towards out. I think not.

If the result is in I feel half the nation will be disillusioned, believe they are unheard, and become a never silent majority. The institutions of state which have traditionally be pillars on which our society rests will be derided, ridiculed and diminished.

When I stop and survey the state of this nation at this end of my life I do fear a civil war. A melt down of all that made this island people once great. Rebuilding won't be completed in our lifetime.

No, the referendum will solve nothing in itself. What comes after it won't be decisive either, but will be horribly damaging to every soul on these islands.
Lionel
15th May 2016
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I most certainly do have enough facts. It will be a vote for OUT!

Amidst all the noise about the economy and immigration the underlying truth, heavily shielded by the IN camp, is that the referendum is about who governs this once proud nation. Ourselves or faceless, nameless bureaucrats in Brussels? Unelected, unaccountable and frankly unwanted by more than half this nation.

My wife and I take a strong view: if its necessary to lie, deceive, manipulate or force a matter then it is of it's very essence wrong. It will not prosper. The EU is not prospering - rather it's teetering on the edge of self destruction.

Our politicians of the last forty years have been party to these lies and deceptions. Indeed, reduced to inventing their own deceptions when they thought public opinion would be unfavourable on an EU matter. And we stand on the brink of self destruction in at least one of several ways.

Being aware of these lies and deceptions around the EU for forty years and more, then we cannot vote for a continuance of living a lie. The cost of OUT will be hard to bear at times; people will be hurt, offended their circumstances reduced. No matter.

It is, in our well reasoned opinion, we must leave the political EU, sack many of our leading politicians and hold former leaders to account. The Civil Service is as guilty as our leaders. So many must also be removed and held to account.

Yes, I have enough facts, thank you. It's been a growing pile for forty odd years. They must be swept out and not just under the carpet.
Roof Top Crow
15th May 2016
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So the fact that the EU has helped the economies of Spain, Portugal and Ireland back on the road to recovery and been a major player in restoring the wolds economy back to its current level of stability has been a failure.
So the fact that Europe remains in the longest period of peace that it has ever been known has been a failure.
All this has been happening whilst the Uk has become the second strongest economy in Europe, the sixth wealthiest country in the world and at the same time we have one of the lowest unemployment rates in Europe and you also call this a failure.
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Meanwhile you are suggesting that things should change and the population of the U.K should be hurt, offended and have their circumstances reduced. I assume that also includes all of us forum contributors including you.
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And who is it you think should be taking our politicians and civil servants to account. Is it a new kind of judiciary you are suggesting ? And if so would it need to use the armed forces to drag these people into your new courts
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What kind of society do you want? You have not put forward any alternative structure. You have not forward any plans for your brave new world.
Lionel
15th May 2016
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Take off the shades man, the real world is outside the EU.
Roof Top Crow
16th May 2016
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I am retired now but for over 35 years I owned and managed businesses that traded all over the world. I have travelled most of the world on business. I still read all of the financial newspapers and web sites world wide.
Just about every region in the world including the USA, Asia Pacific, India, Australasia all say the same thing.
They all say that the U.K has and is everything they want for their own people and their societies.
They all say the same thing. Do not abandon what you have for this fantasy that life can be better by trading as an independent country without trading agreements.
In the past 12 months I have been in Asia, the USA, Africa and 5 different European countries. Talking to everybody it has been difficult to explain why we would even consider leaving the EU.
Lionel
16th May 2016
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Roof Top ... this is a referendum on the sovereignty of our nation. It is certainly isn't a matter of the economy or migration. Even less is it a matter for any other nation or it's nationals to comment upon.

I believe the right to vote in the referendum should be further restricted.
Edge
16th May 2016
7
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Roof Top, you are incorrect in your statement, I don't know where you got your information from, but let me give you some facts. Australasia was nearly destroyed financially, when the EU stopped us from trading with them, they are now very keen for us to get out, so they can return to how we used to trade. The USA are only interested in the deal they have agreed with the EU, as it stitches us all up, if we trade alone with them, they know they will have to give us a better deal. Asia and Africa are worried that as we leave our boarders will return and they won't be able to unload all their rubbish on us.
nelliebear
15th May 2016
6
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So come on , if you are so knowledgeable maybe you could tell us how it will pan out if we stay in ?
Roof Top Crow
15th May 2016
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A sigh of relief from the government the uk population voted in to power to make sensible decisions on our behalf.
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The economy of Europe and the U.K would return to its previous level of strength and stability. The cash the manufacturing industry and the service industry has been hoarding would be released stimulating growth and employment.
International manufacturers such as Nissan, Bentley, Jaguar, Airbus and many others would throw away the plans they already have in place to leave the UK if we voted no. The financial sector would throw away the plans to go to Frankfurt and or New York if we voted no.
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We could then have a full on attack on the EU to get things changed. Which we can do as full members but we cannot do as a small island on the outside of Europe.
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The losers would be France who already have deals in place with Nissan and others to move manufacturing to France with funding from the EU. Germany who have provisional deals in place to move other car manufacturers to Northern Germany with EU grants. Plus the financial sector in Germany and the USA who are ready to fund the move of traders and brokers into those countries.
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Industry and commerce funds our life in the UK. If we leave the EU our economy will take 20 years or more to recover.
lindz64
16th May 2016
8
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We could 'then have a full on attack on the EU to get things changed'??? You're in cloud cuckoo land. Cameron put seventy seven proposals to the EU and every single one was thrown out. We've never had a voice in Europe, never have and never will. All that's important in the EU is the voice of Fraulein Merkel and how much cash she can 'extort' from the gullible countries paying in (mostly by the UK!) How can you say that if we leave the EU our economy will take 20 years or more to recover? This government can't get the forecast right for the next six months, but you can forecast 20 years hence! Keep up with the Tory boy scaremongering... it's not working!
Ellie590
15th May 2016
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Definitely out, we oldies can remember before we were in so not worried by the scaremongering. It was better before, New Zealand lamb for dinner again lol
billE
15th May 2016
10
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Vote out. No doubt.
Lionel
15th May 2016
11
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Bill E you can count on our vote for OUT.
Beatricehaycock
14th May 2016
12
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I am voting out, free from the dictatorship of Brussels.
Jo Kingham
14th May 2016
11
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Out for me for a whole range of reasons. Fingers crossed that's what happens
eddiejazz1938
14th May 2016
10
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I voted yes to join the EU many years ago because I understood that we would have a free trade area and free movement of people within Europe.

I did not vote to be governed by Brussels and have to accept laws made in Brussels.
For this reason I shall be voting to leave the EU .
robincross61
14th May 2016
10
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Having watched the BREXIT movie I'm left in no doubt the The UK should leave the EU.
https://vimeo.com/user14444354/review/166378572/11244b88d0
Alicia
14th May 2016
11
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I will vote to get out of the EU.
We need to take back control of immigration and reduce it.
roysplace
14th May 2016
10
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When we vote out will others follow?
What will the EU do to replace the money we send them?
Will people be happy to be a suburb of Germany if we vote to stay in?

I for one will be voting to leave, sovereignty is worth whatever price these unelected bureaucrats can try and scare us with.
Christine Lagarde' worst case scenario of 9.5% loss of GDP would be worse than the 1928 depression and worse than the First World War - that is laughable
Lionel
15th May 2016
3
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Roysplace, self determination, together with truth, justice, mercy and hope allow a people to flourish. If only one of these elements is consistently missing, then that people descend into a gangland of corruption, vice and murder.

Just look at our cities. Reflect in the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in the 1930's.

Salutary session for us all, if we would but see it.
Marg1
14th May 2016
10
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Brussels have too much to say re: our lives, that's all there is too it.
mediaman
14th May 2016
6
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Don't fall for Dodgy Dave's Project Fear...we can and will succeed as an independent nation and make our own laws to boot...we must take back our country from unelected fat cat EU bureaucrats...on June 23 Vote LEAVE!
lindz64
16th May 2016
5
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We have a great country, with great people, and we have the confidence to be a great nation again, shame the remainers don't see it like that. Our fathers and grandfathers didn't die for our freedom to end up like THIS! We were a great nation before the EU and we will be again. It might take a year... or two at the most... but we are the fifth wealthiest country in the world and other countries are not going to stop trading with us, that is just so much bs. We'll also trade with most other countries that are blocked to us now, unless Merkel gives her permission. What have we come to as a country? It's sickening!
Robert2706
13th May 2016
8
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There are unfortunately very few facts available to support the exit vote. However I can see that the remain side are unable to tell us how and what they would be capable of changing in the current EU set up. This is the biggest worry should we remain.

I have been for getting out for years but I am worried that too many undecided people will be swayed by the doom and gloom prophecies from the industry and other countries who I believe have more to lose by UK exiting than we have in going.
Lionel
15th May 2016
4
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Robert, they are all excellent points. Thank you.
Wilf
13th May 2016
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I think the main concern about leaving is it will damage the economy. Bank of England and IMF have said same thing in 2 days
sammydarlo
16th May 2016
4
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Actually both used the same- meaningless word- that word being COULD. Not would just could. Equally you can say it it may not. Its OUT for me and has been for many a while.
lindz64
16th May 2016
6
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It certainly will damage the economy Wilf... of the EU. I reckon they've had enough trillions out of us over the years, time to self rule and take our country... and cash... back where it belongs x
Lionel
15th May 2016
6
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If we reflect on the Post War history of the Bank of England it is clear. That institution is not to be trusted with our money, let alone an opinion.

And the IMF? Why are they wading into a specifically national debate? Their opinion is invalid.
sammydarlo
16th May 2016
3
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The IMF want us in the EU so they can keep lending us money at their lovely interest rates- which the uk government in their wisdom then GIVE AWAY in foreign aid, while we the british citizens have to repay both the initial sum borrowed (to give away) and the interest on it. They did a wonderful job of supporting greece- NOT.
Dai
13th May 2016
5
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Voting out if only to prove Call me Dave wrong
cecil
13th May 2016
14
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I'm not at all politically minded, but it seems to me that other countries only want us in for what we give them. And are frightened for themselves without us!!
JudiCat63
14th May 2016
7
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Cecil you are correct - the amount of money we as a country Pour into the EU is what is supporting it - We have a democratic system - but we are being overruled by Brussels - It really is time to say good bye & thanks for pulling our economy into the mire. Once we no longer pour £Billions into the EU we will be able to pay our nurses, doctors, firemen/women the proper wage they need to live. There will be more jobs as those immigrants who are illegal are being shoved out (Although that is costing us £20k per person! I think it's time we started to charge their country for repatriation!) We have the ability to stand alone, to feed ourselves, to create a better society & still trade over international borders - So the EU will be miffed -tough! - If we leave I think Greece, Spain, Denmark & a few others that are on the brink of complete bankruptcy thanks to Brussels - the only country to have made money is Germany - That is not fair is it?
Lionel
15th May 2016
5
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Excellent points Judicat.
maryduff
13th May 2016
-6
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We should stay in the eu. Stronger together.
nelliebear
14th May 2016
5
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Sorry Mary , being in the EU all these years has brought Britain to its knees . We should now take our sovereignty back ! I think you will find that other countries are going to do the same . The EU has been disintegrating for years .
lindz64
16th May 2016
5
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You're quite right nelliebear, the French are waiting with baited breath to see what the UK do, most of them want out x
sammydarlo
16th May 2016
6
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And both the dutch and the Czechs are asking for their own referendums to leave. As you correctly say the french too also want out.
Roof Top Crow
15th May 2016
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Do you mean by being brought to our knees the fact we have the second strongest economy in Europe, we have become the fifth wealthiest country in the world and the country with the lowest unemployment rate in Europe.
Edge
16th May 2016
3
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Roof Top, we are operating on borrowed money, at some stage we have got to pay it back; then the EU will have us on our knees. Our current position in the world is false, we have one of the highest rates of debt and it is growing every month. That idiot Osborne predicts financial melt down if we leave; the only way we can start to clear our debt, is to leave. Don't believe the rubbish they are predicting, they haven't correctly predicted anything since they came to power, and that's within our own country. Their only prediction that has come to fruition, is their pay rise!
JudiCat63
14th May 2016
6
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@MaryDuff - You sound scared why? We are a really Strong country - as a Nation we will survive & THRIVE having left the EU! All you have written is the propaganda of the fat cats who want your pension money. Rethink - read the facts... Staying in the EU will kill us as a country.
Wilf
14th May 2016
-4
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I agree maryduff we are stronger in.
Wilf
13th May 2016
0
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Edge
13th May 2016
12
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It doesn't take the brains of an Arch Bishop to see that we need to get out of the farcical EU. All the money we pay in, could be used to sort our own problems, rather than everyone else's. The EU is panicking, as we are one of the few countries that pay in, rather than take out, plus there are many more reasons for us being our own country, run by people that we can vote in or out. We have no idea who makes all the decisions at the moment, or where they come from and how they got there. It is the most corrupt organisation in the world; since it formed, the accountants have never signed off the annual accounts, as it has never added up.
JohnHerb
25th May 2016
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The problem is its a very rich trading bloc and we will suffer hugely from the economy if we leave
Edge
26th May 2016
1
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Get a grip John, have you not been taking note of the state of the EU, we, as a financial force, is stronger than most of the EU put together. We don't need them, they need us and our money. As soon as we leave, it will all implode, they have been surviving off our billions for too long. Just ask their accountants, why have they never signed off on the accounts, any other business would be ceased from trading, so why are these unknown people still spending your money.
Wilf
26th May 2016
0
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Edge, Germany is no 4 in the worlds economies its 2x as strong as they UK ...look at their motor industry. If we leave the city will tilt towards Frankfurt and we will loose ooos of jobs
lindz64
16th May 2016
4
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I couldn't agree more Edge, very well said
JudiCat63
15th May 2016
5
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@Edge - Do you ever get the feeling that we British are the only ones WHO STICK TO THE RULES?? Look at France - pays virtually NOTHING in but TAKES OUT £Billions - Us? We pay in £Billions & take out illegal immigrants, job hunting foreigners etc... Time for us to look after ourselves methinks!
lindz64
16th May 2016
6
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Well said JudiCat, the British are world renowned for fair play and then we get dumped on from a great height. Europe are not interested in us, but they are VERY interested in the £350 million a week we kindly give them... time for out, time to look after our own. There isn't and never will be democracy for anyone in the UK while we're in the EU, Merkel rules ok!
Edge
15th May 2016
4
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You're dead right there Judi, to vote in is almost treason. There are many sensible countries out there, just waiting for us to get out, so they can trade with us.
Violetta69
13th May 2016
3
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Go to Vimeo to view "Brexit the movie" to help you decide.
Pam1960
13th May 2016
0
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I find it strange that a population of uninformed and in some cases uninterested people are being asked to vote on such an important issue. Without the facts, I am with Wilf on this one are we not playing Russian roulette with the future of this country.
Lionel
15th May 2016
4
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Pam, I put it to you, if we vote In we are playing Russian roulette with the future of our country.
nelliebear
14th May 2016
3
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Pam , we have been playing russian roulette whilst being a member of the German/French alliance ruling the EU !
Wilf
14th May 2016
-5
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Thanks Pam..I think it would be madness to leave
bvpainter
13th May 2016
-6
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If you speak to reasonably educated young person under 60 years old, I think that they in the main want to stay in the EU.

It is there future that we are looking at, so in my opinion one should respect their views and vote to stay in.
MalSmith
13th May 2016
10
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It is because I care a great deal about our young people that I will be voting to leave. Their energy, zeal and inspiration is being stifled by the EU. Look at the youth unemployment rates in countries such as Greece, Spain and many other European countries. If we manage to get free, we will start trading with the world again, on our own terms, and their opportunities will be boundless. Living in a democracy again means that they, and we, will be able to get rid of our rulers at the ballot box if they are not up to scratch, which we cannot do with the unelected, unaccountable commission who make over 50% of our laws, which we just have to obey - have you seen the latest nonsense about kettles? I have no intention of condemning our young people to continue living in slavery which will only get more onerous as the Brussels oligarchy becomes more powerful and will do whatever lies within my power to prevent it.
Wilf
13th May 2016
-4
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The only problem is the EU is the world biggest trading bloc...why would we want to leave the rich club? China and USA have both said they prefer us in it and they are the next 2 largest trading blocs.
sammydarlo
16th May 2016
4
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India and china have both also said they will be happy to trade with the uk OUT of the EU. The USA only want us in to make it easier for THEM to trade with the EU, trust me it is NOT FOR OUR BENEFIT! Do you seriously think that the USA- in pursuit of mighty dollars would cease trading with the UK? NO WAY. And we would be welcomed back into the commonwealth with open arms, many of our ex-commonwealth have already said they would welcome the uk back- and at least those ex-commonwealth countries actually like us- you cannot say that about the french and the germans!
nelliebear
14th May 2016
3
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The EU will miss us more than we them . I am fed up with non - elected fat cats running our country !
Wilf
14th May 2016
0
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Its the same in the UK and every other country worldwide. Tell me what will change in the UK if we leave the EU?
JudiCat63
14th May 2016
5
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Wilf, If we leave the EU it is only us leaving a governing body - not a trading post - the 1972 agreements of fair (yeah right!) trading to & from the "COMMON MARKET" will still be in situ- ergo we regain power over our own country, we no longer fund every other country in the EU who wants money because joining the Euro monetary system has totally bankrupted them - Spain, Greece, there are more - but look who has gained - GERMANY! We are bleeding no - haemorrhaging £Millions to "Support" failing economy - & it has pulled us back into a recession - WE HAVE TO GET OUT! As a 52yr old I not only remember the joining to the Common Market, but the French burning our sheep alive in trucks or has everyone forgotten that the only thing France takes from us is MONEY?
MalSmith
13th May 2016
6
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The US want us inside the EU so that we would be trapped inside their iniquitous TTIP deal - there are rich pickings for big American corporations here, our NHS for one. Perhaps China is under the impression that we have some influence in the EU, if so, they are wrong, we have none. You only have to look at Cameron's pathetic 're-negotiation' to see that. Besides, China has been happy to make a trade deal with tiny Iceland, why would they not be even more happy to trade with a country of our stature?
MalSmith
14th May 2016
5
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Wilf, these would be the same financial institutes who warned us that we would not be able to compete & at serious disdvantage if we did not join the euro? We didn't and are now the 4th largest economy in the world. Are they also the same institutions that said joining the ERM would be a jolly good idea - look what a disaster that turned out to be for us. As for the IMF, I think they need new crystal ball, the old one has been giving wrong answers for quite a while now. And just look at what they have done to Greece! The leave campaign has plenty of evidence on what is likely to happen in the event of Brexit, perhaps you are not reading the Out literature? Although I don't have a link, you may be able to find through Google what Senator James Paterson, repesenting the State of Victoria, Australia has to say about it all.
Wilf
14th May 2016
-4
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We have as much influence in the EU as any other nation...the same as Germany or France for sure and we are the second biggest economy in the EU after Germany. Every global financial institute have said its negative for the UK to leave the EU. What the evidence from the leave campaign that our economy will be better=nothing
Pam1960
13th May 2016
3
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The problem is we don't actually know which side is telling the truth about the implications of leaving. One side is saying such and such will happen then the others say that is just scaremongering. I don't think anyone knows for definite how it will affect us. I think most people will stick with better the devil you know unless there is more honesty about the effects of Brexit
MalSmith
13th May 2016
8
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Let us get rid of the devil altogether! Voting to remain is not voting for the status quo, but giving them carte blanche to continue with their empire building. If you read the Leave campaign literature you will find that much of it shows where they have obtained their figures from, so you can check it out for yourself and be sure.
Wilf
13th May 2016
3
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Yes I agree totally that's why we need to have a clear explanation from both sides so people can make a rational decision. the current situation is very unprofessional.
JudiCat63
13th May 2016
8
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I'm all for EQUAL trading - which is why we joined the COMMON MARKET, but I don't see countries BUYING from us! We are a far too soft country, with some brilliant things that are what help us to be great such as our FREE healthcare! This is why immigration levels are SO much higher than thought - we are about to POUR Millions out of our country to let Turkey & 4 other Old Russian countries join the EU - what will WE get out of it? Longer waiting lists to see our doctors! If we Ploughed back into the NHS, Agriculture, & management of UK businesses what we pay the EU, there wouldn't be massive waiting lists! We need to get out, Police ourselves, take back our own legal system & basically be trading partners, but nothing else with the EU. It's a trap for losing your money, your country, your rights.
Wilf
14th May 2016
-2
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Sorry Judicat63 I dont agree. We are in the richest trading bloc globally...all the financial bodies like IMF say stay in. Even the Chinese say stay. Why would you leave the rich club to be out on your own. Doesn't make any sense. What we do need to do is stay in and control our boarders
MalSmith
13th May 2016
-3
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SkinnyLizzie
13th May 2016
-1
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We should stay in. We are a little dot in a big world - a world which has changed beyond belief since we could survive in isolation. It would take years to forge new trade agreements and the rest of the world will not want to trade with us during a period of uncertainty. What will happen to the thousands of Brits who work for European companies, both here in Britain and abroad. They'll all be out of work.
JohnHerb
25th May 2016
0
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yes I totally agree with you
sammydarlo
16th May 2016
3
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Why would they all be out of work? Those european companies chose the uk to set up business in because it had advantages for them-if there had been the same advantages in europe they would surely have set up their companies and offices ON the actual continent of EUROPE not a little island just off the coast. They would have set up in france or germany, denmark or sweden. Norway and iceland are NOT members of the EU but they still get along very nicely thank you AND THEY HAVE TRADING AGREEMENTS WITH THE EU. Even Switzerland (a nicely rich country) is not a member of the EU. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Ukraine, Moldova, Iceland, Belarus, Russia are NOT members of the EU and neither (YET) is Turkey- god help the uk if we remain a member when Turkey are allowed to join!
MalSmith
13th May 2016
6
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Foreign workers rights are protected by the Vienna Convention which is nothing to do with the EU, so here would be no mass sackings. We are not 'a little dot in a big world', we have the 4th largest economy in the world (having overtaken France recently), the 4th largest defence force (which is why the EU/Berlin is just waiting to snap it up), we have a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, are members of the G7 and various other international bodies. True, we were forced to give up our seat at the World Trade Organisation in favour of the EU, but we would soon get it back again if/when we are free and independent again - we are still world players. Iceland is little - a population of about three quarters of a million people - if they can negiotiate a trade agreement with China, which they have, no-one can tell me that we are too small to trade with the world . And we would be free of the EU trade tariffs/CAP which keep prices high in our shops.
nanabet48
13th May 2016
13
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Personally I think we should leave the EU and put the 'Great' back in Great Britain.

The EU is not what we signed up for and if people think we will loose a lot of the things they THINK the EU is responsible for us having, they need to look into just when the various employment laws and other 'benefits' were introduced. By leaving we will not revert back but we will keep the things that are beneficial to us.

From what I have seen on TV it seems that the majority of people in the 45/50 age group want to stay in, while the older people want to leave. Why? Because we remember what our country was like before it was interfered with and know it was much better than today!
rubysgran
13th May 2016
12
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l personally think we should come out and start getting our country and laws back
RetiredJohnB
13th May 2016
-4
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Based simply on my experiences when I employment.
I hate to think what it would have been like without the various employment laws created by being in Europe.
I think we should stay in but expect our politicians to try a bit harder on our behalf.i
tripodasaurus
13th May 2016
5
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A good point indeed. If we left the EU no doubt we could keep abreast of developments in the EU and choose whether to adopt them or not. That would give us the best of both worlds.
JohnHerb
25th May 2016
0
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yes I agree much better to be in
Wilf
13th May 2016
9
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The government should send a leaflet and have a website with both sides of the argument. This is a democracy ...or I thought it was. What is the matter with them. they ask us to vote and then don't give us the facts how dumb is that!
MalSmith
13th May 2016
4
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Great idea but the EU is not a democratic institution. Decisions are made by the commission and council, all appointed not elected, and are only sent to the European Parliament to be rubber stamped and give a semblance of democracy. Our great democratic tradition is virtually non-existent as long as we remain inside. Cameron did not want to give us this referendum it was the great groundswell of public opinion that has forced him to it.
tripodasaurus
13th May 2016
7
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I'm afraid this is typical of politicians esp. Cameron who is a master of spin. I don't listen to what he says anymore because I know he's not going to be balanced and factual. It's a great pity that our PM can be so deceitful.

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Should advertising be less sexist? tv ads and mass media: old style television with text Marketing and advertising
Unilever, the firm, behind more than 400 brands from Ben & Jerry's ice-cream to Dove soap, has...
Should the law be changed on naming and shaming the accused? cliff
Sir Cliff Richard has admitted he feels "tarnished" following two years of "trauma", after the CPS...
Do you research to ensure you always get the best deal? Isolated stack of bills over a black background.
It's a familiar complaint from customers, that they have to search on the internet to find the...
Do you approve of dummies? happy baby with pacifier lying in a stroller
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Love them or hate them, parents have used dummies, pacifiers, comforters, or soothers for...
Would you like to be categorised as 'Mrs M&S'? LONDON-MAY 21, 2013. M&S store sign in London on May 21, 2013. Marks and Spencer specialises in the selling of clothing and luxury food products. 703 stores in UK and 361 stores in more than 40 countries.
Marks and Spencer's has a new boss and he has unveiled plans to revive the retailer's clothing...
Do you renew your insurance policies on a comparison website or via a broker? Insurance - letters on wooden desk with laptop computer and a notebook. 3d render illustration.
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In this day and age, we probably all have many different insurance polices, covering a range of...
Should Abortion be de-criminalised after 24 weeks? Pro-life vs pro-choice female right on abortion concept
The Royal College of Midwives has faced controversy after calling for the legal limits on abortion...
Should attendance rate be considered when fining parents who take children out of school in term time? Young family having fun together in pool
Should parents whose children attend school regularly be allowed to take their children out of...
Should it be legal to require females to wear high heels at work? High heel woman shoe. Isolated on a white background.
It's still legal in the UK for a company to require female members of staff to wear high heels at...
Do you buy a daily newspaper or do you read the news online? Desktop monitor, office laptop, tablet PC and black glossy touchscreen smartphones with internet web business news on screen and stack of color newspapers isolated on white background
A brand new daily newspaper, the New Day, is set to close on Friday, just nine weeks after it was...
Do you find supermarket offers misleading? SUPERMARKET
Around four in ten of all products sold in supermarkets are on some kind of special offer as...
Have your tried e-cigarettes as an alternative to smoking? Electronic cigarettes isolated on the white background
Doctors have given e-cigarettes the green light in a new landmark report stating smokers should be...
Do you support or oppose junior doctors in all-out strike? picture of doctor hands giving white pills and glass of water
Today is the first day ever that a Junior Doctor's strike will effect cover in Hospital Accident...
Do you rinse your dishes before placing them in the dishwasher? Open dishwasher with clean utensils in it
It's the argument that divides households - and we want to hear your view. Before putting your...
Should Inheritance Tax be abolished? Papers with inheritance tax and testament form.
Currently, inheritance tax is paid on amounts left over £350,000. This tax is payed on income...
Should Britain stay in the EU or is now the time to leave? Eu Flag
The decision for the EU Referendum date has now been made, and David Cameron will...
Should the government be spending tax payers money on EU Leaflets with a one sided view? _89125929_89125928
The government is spending more than £9m on sending a leaflet to every UK household setting out...
Should ‘Exercise Equivalents’ Be Part of Food Labelling? Image of overweight person chased by cupcakes and runs above a scale, isolated on white background
There is a new initiative being investigated which says that food should be labelled with how much...
Do you think that all dogs should be microchipped? Cute puppy
The new law comes into force tomorrow, 6th April 2016, for all dogs in the UK to be microchipped...
Should the Government save the British Steel Industry? Steel sheet manufacturing at steel industrial plant.
The UK steel industry has been thrown into its biggest crisis for a generation after Tata Steel...
Are you concerned about your weight? weigh scale on limit - help ! diet health
According to a report by England's chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, obesity is the...
Would you prefer the date of Easter to be fixed? Resurrection of Jesus Christ- Jesus is risen
The Archbishop of Canterbury hopes to end the debate spanning 12 centuries by finally setting an...
Is it ever acceptable for a man to be unfaithful to his wife? White used shirt on a white background with woman's red lipstick on the collar
Edward Fox, a three-time Bafta winner who starred in The Day of the Jackal and Seventies...
Should over 70s have to retake their driving test? Man driving a car and showing thumbs up
Currently, there is no age restriction on when Brits should stop driving with the law only...
Should St George's Day and St David's Day be National Holidays? English and Welsh Relations Concept Image - Flags of England and Wales Jigsaw Puzzle
While St Andrew's Day and St Patrick's Day are national holidays in Scotland and in Northern...
Will you be buying any Cadbury Creme Eggs this year? Cadbury Creme eggs
The Cadbury Creme Egg recipe debate has been in full swing since Christmas!  To many, the...
Should cannabis be legalised for medicinal reasons? bigstock-Close-Up-Dried-Marijuana-Leave-97248254-653x435
It's a debate that continues to court controversy. The Australian parliament passed new...
Will you continue to use scented candles? spa image of frangipani flowers and candles

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It has recently been reported in the Daily Mail and on the BBC News that lives are being put at...
Should London have more Skyscrapers? LONDON, UK - MARCH 4TH 2015: A beautiful dusk-time view of London overlooking the Shard Tower Bridge City Hall River Thames the dome of St. Pauls Cathedral and the tip of Monument on 4th March 2015.
In May 1984 Prince Charles made a passionate speech during the 150th anniversary of the...
Should it be illegal to smack your child? Mother Hitting Young Daughter
Scotland are looking at changing their law so that parents who smack their children could end up...
Ready prepared or whole - how do you buy your vegetables? A group of fresh and mixed vegetables
With a wealth of health information at our fingertips, most of us try to take good care of our...
Should you be fined for missing a GP appointment? doctor checking blood pressure with stethoscope and sphygmomanom
It's thought that £162 million is lost each year through missed GP appointments. A poll of...
Should out-patients and visitors be charged to park at hospitals? Close-up Of Person's Hand Inserting Coin At Parking Meter
Many hospitals around the UK charge out-patients and visitors an hourly fee to use their car park...
Will you be making a romantic gesture on Valentine's Day? Bouquet of red roses with decorative heart and gift box. St Valentine's concept with copy space
With 14th February almost upon us, shops are bursting with heart shaped chocolates and cards...
Are you getting enough sleep? Alarm clock in the middle of the night  isolated on black concept for insomnia
A survey, conducted by YouGov,  polled 4,100 British adults and found that a whopping 46 per...
Would you be prepared to give up your free TV Licence? LONDON UK - 5TH APRIL 2014: The outside of a BBC building in central London
The BBC has announced that it is planning to bring in some "Silver Celebrities" in a campaign to...
Are you drinking more or less alcohol as you get older? Red wine pouring into wine glass, close-up
A recent survey found that the  over-50s are increasingly turning to alcohol to cope with...
Bottled Water or Tap Water? a glass of drinking water blue backgroung
Last year, bottled water overtook carbonated drinks as the world’s best-selling soft drink...
Will you modify your alcohol consumption in light of the new guidance? Red wine glass and glass of light beer
New alcohol limits were issued last week by Chief Medical Officer, Dame Sally Davies, following...
Do you use Blankets or a Duvet on your bed in Winter? White flowers and books on a side table near a bed. Fresh design.
There have been a great many revolutions in our daily habits over the last century: frothy...
Should Prince Charles step aside and allow Prince William to become the next King? LONDON, ENGLAND, UK - JUNE 13 2015: The Royal Family appears on Buckingham Palace balcony during Trooping the Colour ceremony also Prince Georges first appearance on balcony on June 13 2015 in London
Did you watch last night's documentary on ITV, where Ant and Dec got to find out more about what...
Do you take a daily dose of vitamins and minerals? Variety of dietary supplements including capsules of Garlic Evening Primrose Oil; Artichoke Leaf; Olive Leaf; Magnesium and Omega 3 Fish Oil. Selective focus. Taken in daylight.
As the temperature drops and coughs and colds spread, shops are filling up with vitamin tablets...
Are you taking part in Dry January? Red wine pouring into wine glass, close-up
January is becoming increasingly associated with a break from the booze, after the excesses of the...
Is a weight-loss pill the answer to the obesity crisis? Closeup shot of a woman showing blue capsule pill. Female hand holding a medicine. Shallow depth of field with focus on blue capsule pill.
A new weight-loss pill has been developed to trick the stomach into thinking it's full. A fat...
Should women serve on the front line? British soldiers in desert uniform in action
After David Cameron revealed yesterday (20th December) that woman could be allowed to fight in...
Will you be buying a tin of Quality Street this Christmas? quality
Nestle are slowly slimming down their festive tin and hoping we don’t notice! In what might...
Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Snow globe with Christmas tree
A white Christmas could be a reality this year as forecasters warned of a very cold end to 2015...
Would you take an anti-ageing pill in order to live until 120? Medecine jar with anti aging pills surrounded by nutritious superfoods including avocado pumpkin seeds and berries
There is a report in the Daily Telegraph today which says scientists now believe it is possible...
Are we in danger of diluting our Christmas traditions? Little 7 year old angel visiting a nativity scene reenacted with a doll
Great Britain has become a multi cultural society and as a nation seems happy to embrace and...
Has Christmas become too commercialised? Black Friday And Cyber Monday Sale
In days gone by children were happy with a clementine and some chocolate pennies in their...
Would you support Britain in joining airstrikes against Isil in Syria? MORAYSHIRE, SCOTLAND - 21 JUNE: RAF Tornado jet fighter aircraft overflying its base during routine exercises at Lossiemouth, in Morayshire, Scotland on 21 June 2012.
France, which has launched a series of 'massive' air strikes agains Isil in Syria, has said it...
Will you be sending Christmas cards this year? Merry Christmas greeting card template. Santa Claus and the deer. Vector flat illutration for Christmas design.
Sending Christmas cards is an age old tradition dating back some 172 years.  They give us a...
Which Breakfast TV news programme do you watch? Susanna-Main-V2
Some of us wake up and turn on the TV to see what is happening in the world first thing in the...
Christmas shopping - Online or High Street? Gifts online shopping ordering internet e-commerce shop concept
Black Friday originated in America, and is the Friday after Thanksgiving Day, often seen as the...
Should Police budgets be cut? LONDON, UK - MARCH 12: Two police officers outside Westminster Abbey where Queen Elizabeth II attends the Commonwealth Day ceremony on March 12, 2012 in London, UK.
The Police, like most civil servants are under the focus by the government to make further cuts...
Would you support Junior Doctors if they go on strike? Doctor. Close-up. Doctor hands crossed with stethoscope.
Junior doctors have rejected the Health Secretary's last-minute pay offer and will go ahead with...
Have you tried HRT? Hot flush therapy - over textured blue background.
Today we hear that hundreds of thousands of women should be offered hormone replacement therapy to...
Should drivers over 70 be tested every three years? In car view of senior female driver using the horn in a car
A man whose wife was killed by an elderly driver, who mistook the accelerator for the brake, has...
Should we leave the EU? EU European Union flag backdrop background texture.
David Cameron has set out his demands for European Union reform kicking off a new phase in the...
Do you wear your poppy on the left or the right? Poppy for Poppy Day or Remembrance Day isolated on white background.
Remembrance Sunday is approaching and poppies are on sale to raise money for the Royal British...
Did series 6 Downton live up to your expectations? DowntonAbbey 3
So as the final series ever of Downton Abbey comes to a close, and we bid farewell to the Abbey...
Have Cadbury's bosses gone Fruit & Nuts? SWINDON UK - FEBRUARY 8 2014: Bar of Cadburys Dairy Milk Fruit and Nut chocolate
First they changed the recipe of the Cadbury's Creme Egg earlier this year. Now they are changing...
Do your pets get distressed with the sound of fireworks? Puppy blocking its ears and looking away
As Bonfire Night approaches, many people will be busy buying fireworks and planning displays...
Will you change your online shopping habits? Online Data Security Concept Illustration with Padlock Icons Cyber Background and Circuit Board Elements. Internet Security Technologies.
Earlier this week mobile phone operator Talk Talk had a major security breach, and today we hear...
Do you support a 'sugar tax' to help tackle obesity? mix of sweet cakes donuts and candy with sugar spread and written text in unhealthy nutrition chocolate abuse and addiction concept body and dental care
We have all been made aware this year that sugar is the enemy in our diets, and the excessive...
Would warnings over dementia stop you drinking alcohol? Red wine pouring into wine glass, close-up
We wake up to the latest report that middle-aged people should be warned there is "no safe level...
Should the traditional red cricket ball be changed to yellow? Cricket ball resting on a cricket bat on green grass of cricket pitch
On Saturday 17th October the English cricket team were denied victory in their test game against...
Is the correct use of grammar and spelling important to you? KIEV, UKRAINE - MAY 20, 2013: A social media logotype collection of well-known social network brand's printed on stickers and placed on modern computer keyboard.
There have been many arguments about whether or not spelling and grammar matter in social media...
Should recreational drug use be decriminalised? Close up Dried Cannabis or Marijuana Leaves Used for Psychoactive Drug or Medicine on Top of the Table
The United Nations drug agency is in an embarrassing situation over its drug policy after Sir...
Do you have potatoes with every meal? Farm fresh baby potatoes displayed on a hessian sack on a rustic wooden table at farmers market a healthy nutritious root vegetable popular in vegetarian and vegan cuisine
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A study looking at the nation’s relationship with the classic spud has found that Brits would...
Are you in agreement with the ban of smoking in cars with children? hand of the car driver with cigarette closeup
A new law against smoking in cars carrying children will be introduced in England and Wales...
Are you happy to pay for your shopping bags? Collection of various plastic bags isolated on white
Did you know that from Monday 5 October 2015 it will become compulsory for many shops in England...
How do you make the perfect cup of tea? Serving Cup Of Tea With Milk.
In Britain we drink a staggering 165 million cups of tea per day, or 60.2 billion a year, and...
Are you bothered by online advertising? Advertising concept: magnifying optical glass with words Advertising on digital background, 3d render
Most websites nowadays feature adverts, some are simple banners while others are 'trackers' that...
Would you like to see the railways re-nationalised? LIVERPOOL, UK - JUNE 11, 2015 - Virgin Class 390 train alongside platform seven in Lime Street Railway Station Liverpool Merseyside England UK Western Europe, June 11, 2015.
Jeremy Corbyn has spoken of re-nationalising the UK’s railways, and the case for national...
Do you like or dislike Facebook's plan for a new 'Dislike' button? MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 14, 2015: Facebook like logo for e-business, web sites, mobile applications, banners, corporate brochures, book covers, etc on white background
Facebook is to add a "dislike" button to its social network, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said...
Do you find terms of endearment such as 'love' and 'darling' patronising? a nurse home care visits a patient
A care home in Yorkshire has been marked down by inspectors as potentially uncaring because staff...
Do you have your milk delivered by a Milkman? milk bottles standing on a doorstep after delivery
Do you remember that wonderful clinking sound of the milk bottles arriving and the ubiquitous...
Should terminally ill patients have the right to die? Dead patient in the hospital corridor. The light at he end of corridor
MPs are due to debate the ethically fraught issue in the House of Commons for the first time in 20...
Is modern technology making you smarter? Mobile devices
Recent research has shown that middle-aged brains are getting smarter partly because of the...
Who should elect members of the House of Lords? imgo-2
David Cameron has been heavily criticised today for appointing 45 new members to the House of...
Do you sleep with a snorer? Portrait Of Senior Angry Woman Awaken By Her Husband Snoring
Broken nights of sleep due to sharing a bed with someone who snores, is proving to be an issue for...
Should Britain agree to take more refugees? Concept sign of how the EU turns its back on refugees
With the refugee crisis escalating and worsening each day in front of our eyes on the television...
Should women only carriages be introduced on trains at night? LONDON UK - November 20: Central line Liverpool Street tube station platform in London UK - November 20 2011; Metro train approaching Liverpool Street station with passengers waiting on platform
Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn has said he would consider introducing women-only...
Is the Labour leadership election process flawed? LONDON UK - MAY 7TH 2015: The Labour Party on a UK Ballot Paperfor a General Election on 7th May 2015.
There are questions being raised about the integrity of the Labour leadership contest. It is...
Is it wrong to spend your kids’ inheritance? Nest eggs
It’s the age-old inheritance debate. Should you spend your hard earned cash enjoying your golden...
Should e-cigs be prescribed on the NHS? one electronic cigarette with a tobacco cigarette (3d render)
Health officials have today given their backing to the use of e-cigarettes, claiming the devices...
Are you financially stable? Baby Boomers Corkboard Word Concept with great terms such as generation wealth retirement and more.
A report by eight charities including Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society have said that it is a...
Are you increasingly shopping online? mobile shopping concept  -  virtual shop on phone screen with credit cards
Recent statistics indicate that the number of people shopping on the high street is falling by 1...
Would you be willing to pay more for milk? Grazing black and white Holstein-Friesian dairy cows in a sunlit pasture against a blue sky.
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Earlier this week some dairy farmers blockaded the supermarket Morrison's distribution centres and...
Do you usually leave a tip in a restaurant? Tip and bill on a gray restaurant table
A survey in holiday hotspots around the world has found that the British are the second meanest...
Do you get enough sleep? Man lying on the bed with alarm clock.
The government is to launch a campaign to try and persuade middle aged people to sleep more as...
Are the over 50s more caring than younger age groups? take care of old mother - young female hand giving a red heart to old hand of a mother
A recent survey by Yours Magazine, has highlighted that people over 50 have got big hearts...
Does the BBC favour the younger viewer? use the remote control to change channels on Television
Ian lavender who played Private Frank Pike, the young mollycoddled member in the comedy Dads...
Are you too old for selfies? couple of dogs in love very close together lying on grass taking a selfie
Contrary to popular opinion, social media clearly have an important role to play for us as we get...
Should the House of Lords be reformed? Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in Westminster, London.
With yet another embarrassing social blunder by one of the UK's Parliamentarians, Lord Sewel...
Should there be a legal age limit for leaving a child home alone? 8 years old child watching tv laying down on a white carpet at home alone
If there was a one-size-fits-all guide to parenting we would all have been perfect and known what...
Should smoking be banned on British beaches? Brighton United Kingdom - April 16 2012: Tourists on the beach enjoying a Spring day at Brighton on the south coast of England.
Brighton Beach could become the first beach in Britain to ban smoking. The city council will vote...
Should parents be fined for taking term-time holidays? Three smiling children posing on a beach wearing snorkeling equipment.
Mums and dads who take their children out of school early to get a cheaper deal abroad face a £60...
Would you welcome your GP surgery being opened 7 days a week? doctor
There is much debate going on about proposals for GP surgeries to be open 7 days a week...
Can your child or grandchild afford to go to university without your help? Oxford, England
With the increased university fees, and the cost of accommodation whilst living away from home not...
Is taxation the answer or is awareness going to reduce our sugar consumption? Soft drinks with ice being poured against a bright white background
The British Medical Association is advising that sugary drinks should be taxed at 20 per cent to...
Do you think charities are too aggressive when it comes to raising money? a conceptual image to illustrate talking on the phone, cell phones, wireless/cordless phones, telecommunications, technology, business and personal communications, etc.
Four of Britain's best-known charities are facing serious allegations of pursuing vulnerable...
Do your grown-up Children owe you money? Breaking The Bank
Nowadays, with the cost of living, credit cards and high interest rates on loans, the bank of mum...
Is TV a source of inspiration or sedation? Young Couple Sitting On Couch Watching Cookery Show
The television, part of the household for over half a century, is often vilified in the press as...
Do you call your midday meal lunch or dinner? salmon fillet with vegetables and basil on a plate
We all know how confusing the English language is, and coupled with regional variations it is...
Do you check customer reviews before buying something online? KIEV UKRAINE - MAY 16 2014: Man in a car planning a trip using Tripadvisor app on Apple iPhone 5S. Tripadvisor is a travel guide source providing reviews photos and advice for hotels and vacations.
New research shows more than half of us consult online reviews and customer feedback before buying...
Is your dog a picky eater? Cute Bichon Havanese puppy dog is lying beside a red bowl of dog food and looking at camera - isolated on white background
There are two kinds of dogs. The first kind lives to eat. They will devour anything you put in...
Will you be reading Grey this summer? Books-Fifty Shades of Grey-1
Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian Grey, is published today, 18th June, which...
When the odds are decreased, will you continue to do the Lottery? LONDON, UK - APRIL 07: Close up of blue National lottery sign in front of shop, showing its crossed fingers logo. On 07 April 2015.
National Lottery operator Camelot are set to make changes to the in the Lotto game from this...
Is Chris Evans a suitable replacement presenter for Top Gear? 670x377Image
It has been confirmed that Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked as Top Gear presenter after a BBC...
Should Handstands and Cartwheels be banned in school playgrounds? An Illustration of Children Playing in the Fields
Handstands and cartwheels have been banned during break times at a primary school in Devon after...
Should ear-piercing be banned for babies? child, happiness and people concept - adorable baby
There is a petition which has already been signed by over 36,000 people, asking the Children's...
Are you a blood donor? blood_types
It's National Blood week in the UK and NHS Blood and Transplant are launching a new campaign to...
Does courtesy on the road still exist? Road Rage
Have you noticed a slow eradication of basic courtesies amongst many road users? Just think back...
Is the balance right between toddlers social interaction and technology engagement? Little sweet child plays with computer tablet on a white background. Learning toys and early development.
Having just returned from a holiday abroad, it struck me how many parents provide technology in...
Have you drawn up a Will yet? Last Will And Testament
Did you know that more than 60% of adults in the UK have not drawn up a will? It isn't the...
Should the World Cup be held in Qatar in 2022? Football 2022 Design With Qatar Flag
Qatar is hosting the football World Cup in 2022 but ever since it was awarded the prestigious...
Would you consider Botox® injections? Removing Wrinkles
Some two million Botox ® treatments have now been carried out in Europe, making Botox ®...
Do you prefer Cadbury's Roses to be 'twist' or 'flow wrap'? ROSES
Since before the Second World War Cadbury's Roses have had twist foil wrappers  – but from...
Should National Service be reintroduced in the UK? Marching Marines
The last person was called up for National Service in the UK in 1960. Ever since then, there...
Do you believe what manufacturers say on packaging? Set Of Suntan Cream
It has just been announced that some  leading sun cream brands are not delivering the product...
Have you switched energy supplier? Save Energy Shows Power Powered And Savings
Common myths and misconceptions are holding customers back from getting better deals on their gas...
Is it right for the EU to impose refugee quotas on the UK? Humanitarian food for poor children in refugee camp
The EU is planning to change its legislation for a mandatory migrant quota system which will mean...
Do you iron your bed sheets? Close Up Of Iron Ironing Wrinkled Cotton Linen
There's nothing like getting into a hotel bed with  clean, crisp linen even though it may not be...
Would calorific information on alcoholic drinks affect your consumption? a variety of alcoholic drinks
There is about to be a vote in the  European Parliament to determine whether calorie labels...
Do you take notice of dietary and medical advice regarding healthy eating? Food pyramid
Are you fed up to the back teeth with the latest medical or dietary advice on eating? Every...
Does making new friends get easier or more difficult as you get older? Multiethnic Group of Hands Holding Letter Friends
Making friends.... do you think it gets easier as you get older, or more difficult? 'Will you...
Do you use anti wrinkle cream? Skin Care. Moisturizing Cream In Female Hands
In years gone by,  when it came to beauty products,  our grandmothers used Pond's cold cream...
Is 65 too old to become a mother again? Baby foot in mother hand. Tiny Newborn Baby's foot on female han
A German woman is set to become world's oldest mother of quadruplets. The 65-year-old Berlin...
Do you think Camilla should be crowned queen? CAMILLA
As the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall   celebrate their 10th wedding anniversary today, has Camilla...
Do you find beards attractive? Portrait Of A Brutal Bearded Man With Tattoos
Men might be growing beards to appear more attractive to women and more dominant to other men, a...
Have you noticed that pack sizes have shrunk while prices remain unchanged? shrinkflation
Some big name brands are shrinking product sizes and quantities while keeping the original...
Do you feel well informed about potential pension scams? Scam Alert
Six days before the government’s pension freedoms take effect, a study has revealed that...
Are you feeling happier as you get older? Hands Holding Smiley Faces Speech Bubbles
A new poll by Eurostat indicates that British Pensioners are  happier than their counterparts in...
Would you like to take a one way trip to Mars? illustration of solar system showing planets around sun
Mars One will establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two...
How do you like the design of the new £1 coin? 56285ef2-7093-4e28-9e6b-f97ac7fc7394-1020x612
A new 12-sided pound coin was unveiled yesterday which will be in circulation in 2017. The new...
Should Jeremy Clarkson be sacked or reinstated? Top Gear
Top Gear is the BBCs most successful show, being shown in the UK and 214 territories around the...
Would you like to become a spy? Female eye peeking through a keyhole concept for curiosity, stal
A new report has just been issued by a group of MPs that says there are not enough middle-aged...
Should households pay a universal flat-rate fee regardless of whether they own a TV? Tv License Paid
Everyone watching a TV in the UK currently has to pay the annual BBC licence fee of £145.50 for...
Outrage as Cadbury's owner changes Creme Egg recipe cadbury-creme-egg
The Cadbury's Creme Egg was first launched 43 years ago in 1971.  Fans of the sickly-sweet...
Did you go to your closest secondary school? Education. School, teaching and educational concept blackboard.
More than half a million children, including the prime minister’s daughter Nancy, will find out...
Are you plagued by nuisance phone calls? Telephone Receiver
It could be the end of the line for cold callers … ministers are planning a change in the law to...
Do you have insurance for your pet? Dog Is Protecting A Cat With A Umbrella
Your dog or cat is a member of your family and keeping them healthy is a priority, but escalating...
Is it important to know how to use grammar correctly? Punctuation Mistake
Do you know the difference between you're and your?  Do you use "its" and "it's" properly? And...
Will you go and see Fifty Shades of Grey? 50-SHADES-OF-GREY
The premier of Fifty Shades of Grey the movie received mixed reviews last night. Jamie...
Are you a good neighbour? Love Your Neighbour
Everybody needs good neighbours - New research reveals an impressive 93% of people aged over 55...
Do you trust eating advice shared via the media? dairy products. cheese, milk, sour cream
We are constantly told what to eat and what not to eat, and quite often the advice is...
Would you consider having a GP consultation via webcam? Doctor
Almost a fifth of patients (18%) would be happy to have a GP consultation via a webcam on their...
Would you like to turn back time? Time Twister
Would you like to turn back time? This is a question posed by one our our members who would...
Would you consider cashing in your pension for a lump sum? World map. Vector illustration.
Retired workers could be given the right to sell their pensions under plans floated by the...
Should Winter Fuel Allowance only be given to those pensioners who need it? Fireplace With Fire Flame And Firewood In Barrel Interior. Heati
Winter Fuel Payment or Winter Fuel Allowance is an annual payment to help with heating costs, made...
Do you celebrate Valentine's Day? Valentine's Setting With Red Roses, Champagne And Gift
With 14th February almost upon us, shops are bursting with heart shaped goodies and cards...
Should 'Dippy' the dinosaur be replaced with a Blue Whale? Dippy the dinosaur
London's Natural History Museum is re-modelling its entrance, moving out the dinosaur and moving...
Should pregnant women be given vouchers to quit smoking? Young woman stop to smoke while she is pregnant against white ba
Offering shopping vouchers worth a total of £400 to pregnant smokers makes them more likely to...
What irritates you the most about mobile phone users? Group of multiethnic commuters in a train with woman reading new
A new online poll names and shames mobile phone users' most irritating practices, from...
Do you use online banking? Online Banking Concept
UK banks are experiencing faster growth rates for digital services by customers in their 70s and...
Should Page 3 in The Sun end now? The Sun Newspaper and Magazine
After ensuring that most of the national and international press, including its own sister paper...
Should women over 50 have NHS funded fertility treatment? a man wearing white coat and blue medical gloves holding a semen
It was reported in the Daily Mail this week, that women in their 50s are having fertility...
Cuts to cancer treatments announced Medicine  Pills
The government will stop funding 25 cancer treatments as part of its efforts to stem the soaring...
Do you think Organ Donation should be Opt-in or Opt-out? Red heart at the human hands isolated on white
The UK has one of the lowest organ donation rates in Europe and, while only 5% of the population...
How have you been affected by the NHS crisis? Ambulances at Hospital
In the run up to the General Election, according to every newspaper and news report, the...
Would you buy misshapen fruit and vegetables? Bunches Organic Rainbow Carrots
Jamie Oliver, who has led the campaign for improved school meals, is turning his attention to a...
Did you marry the right person first time round? Just Married Sign And Cans Attached
For most people, the day they get married is one of the happiest of their life. But it seems...
When do you celebrate Twelfth Night? January 2015 - Calendar
According to tradition, it is unlucky to leave decorations up in the home beyond the end of the...
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Dogs are more popular than cats for the first time in over 20-years! For more than 20-years...
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Most of us will make a New Year's resolution - maybe to lose weight, quit smoking or drink less...
Do people worry too much about being politically correct? Dictionary Series - Misc: Politically Correct
In society we are now compelled to walk on egg shells because there might be a slight possibility...
Red wine has a miracle age-defying ingredient! Ripe Grapes, Wine Glass And Bottle Of Wine
Just in time for Christmas, scientists have discovered that red wine does indeed have a 'miracle...
Do you find the greeting "Merry Christmas" offensive? Christmas. Merry Christmas
Don't say 'Merry Christmas', it might offend someone, says Whitehall guidance Employees at...
Is it time to make drink driving zero tolerance? Drinking Driving
With the introduction today of a new lower alcohol tolerance  in Scotland now making it different...
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Which utilities call centre do you find most frustrating to contact? Four young customer service operators sitting in a row and talki
If you have a query or concern regarding a service or a bill provided by one of your utility...
Why do so many men and women argue over the thermostat? Hand Turning Dial On Thermostat
The temperatures have plummeted, and the annual battle for control of the thermostat is breaking...
Would you like a White Christmas this year? Christmas Tree and Decorations over Snow background. Winter fram
Forecasters predict it’s likely to be ‘cold and unsettled with wintry showers’ over the...
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According to research out today, half of the adult population in England are taking prescription...