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  1. Should I stay or should I go now - U.K. in/out of the EU (contd.)

    Do you feel the same about the one to get us into the EEC?
  2. Scottish Independence

    I think that's the worst thing about the Euro and one reason I was overjoyed we kept the pound all those years ago. It's why I raised the question earlier about where the survey was taken. Perhaps a well earning Dubliner is okay, but my partners southern Ireland father certainly doesn't agree the switch was positive. Similarly I've never lived with someone from Madrid but with Spaniards from 8 other cities and they despise what the euro has done for consumer prices. It's fine when wages increase but that's almost impossible across a whole nation. Very interesting that you brought up owning a house too; the housing crisis in the UK has been pouring fuel over the EU fire for years. Though some of that is our own fault and not the EU's.
  3. Scottish Independence

    Cheers for that piece of research. I have never seen it before but it's a really interesting document. 28,000 EU citizens were polled; fair play to the researchers. 5,000 pooled outside the EU too. I read back over the years too, v interesting to see how opinion changes. This evening I'm going to check where all those interviews took place. At the moment I don't really know what I'm reading....well I know, but I haven't yet worked out whether it holds any bias....though it's clear that the currency question doesn't ask about the impact of the Euro but rather participants desires to have one currency for all nations.
  4. Scottish Independence

    They have to join the Euro as that was the term of their membership (no date thank god). Apologies, I assumed you were replying to that specifically as my original point was based around the Euro and major change delivering economic prosperity and security for its citizens. The inequality will continue without specific policy protecting certain roles and maybe even cities/towns. Those jobs for big companies will become redundant when new jobs move to the next tax break nation or next tax break job. How will Poland and the EU navigate that? In the long term, your generation (the modern skilled sector) will own Poland, are you going to give it up for the next generation of Poles? Or will you protect your increased wealth/house price/investments/job? Also the reduction of farming jobs (in modern counties esp.) is a global trend that has given rise to poverty and malnutrition. These are economic and cultural problems for Poland as I'm sure you know very well. Construction may very well be next if we're not careful. In many ways Brexit was given its platform because of the lack of manual labour focus by the EU. The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) certainly has its part to play there. I'm glad you don't share my concerns but I'm v surprised you didn't know about the Euro. People are right to be baffled by PiS but they've made a few points that both Scotland and the EU really need to listen to.....we ignored the real opinions are now we're left with Brexit. Imo an ignorant left is as bad as an ignorant right; I hope the Scottish people are aware of that because Sturgeon and May aren't.
  5. Scottish Independence

    All I can go on is occasional conversations with my Polish family and the news I read/watch so I am of course much less informed than you. It's good to hear that the country believes the Euro will be good for them....maybe the positivity will help. It's not the opinion I read so clearly I am out of touch. As I understood it (perhaps past tense now!) many people are overjoyed at the new society and investment the EU brings (esp. security) but I'm not sure the long term economic prosperity is suiting all people in Poland. We're a big country! Many people talk about the amount of people leaving the country, low skilled jobs seeing wage stagnation, the running out of EU funding, many Polish companies being bought by international ones, agricultural employment loses (a major employer) and the rising price of Polish homes. There are many more examples but from what I read and understood there are many in the country who are concerned that when Poland does 'catch-up' (whatever that means, Spain is certainly treated like it's caught up) the EU will already have put them on the downward spiral and found a new country to support. You work in Lodz, but I am guessing you don't work in textiles? Maybe finance or tech? And perhaps not even for a Polish company? (Not expecting an answer btw, too personal) Being part of the EU is one thing; running your country under outdated, inflexible EU regulation is quite another. I hope it never happens because I love Poland but I am certainly concerned that EU and Polish politics/ideals will clash heavily in the future,
  6. Scottish Independence

    I definitely agree with you but I used 'England' for a specific reason. (I also used Britain in the same sentence.) Scotland constantly blurs the lines between the UK and England when they are throwing about insults and criticisms.
  7. Scottish Independence

    I agree there and I personally love the idea; I just hate the farcical practice. If you consider that EU membership requires the Euro I don't think Hungary, Poland, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Sweden, Denmark, Latvia or Lithuania would agree with you that the major change delivers economic prosperity and security for its citizens. Poland is one country that has highlighted the endemic problems of currency and micro economic weakness when the EU gets involved. Scotland might have more obvious economic power than Poland but strategically it's less valuable than a gateway and border country.
  8. U.S. Politics

    Why don't you think so? Many non-white people live in manufacturing decimated regions with poor employment opportunities and even lower standards of educational strategy. Couple that with high costs of healthcare (Obamacare didn't really do enough) and a general feeling that a black president didn't fight for ethnic communities and there's a good chance you'll see either apathetic voting or voters not polling honestly. Remember, Hillary wasn't mentioned and arguably as a political leader she was more divisive for the voters than Trump. She definitely caused people to stay away from the ballot box.
  9. Scottish Independence

    You're absolutely right but meh, teaching us a lesson will only make Europe weaker. Plus Scotland leaving England is imo v different from Britain leaving the EU. The whole European union has to change and until that time it's pretty likely that the EU will fall one nation at a time. (economically and not just by membership). I cannot wait to see the SNP campaigning for the Euro. If that's your opinion I look forward to your further explanation in US politics Do zobacenia.
  10. U.S. Politics

    And it isn't helped by Merkel being hacked in 2010. Distrust runs deep.
  11. The banker loving, baby-eating Tory party thread (regenerated)

    How very interesting.
  12. U.S. Politics

    I live with a Dane and we chat a lot about his homeland. People do pay for care because public healthcare is still under pressure and so people are forced to go private. This means there are collection agency issues, perhaps for loans taken out to fund medical care. Dane's don't have credit cards as we know them. In fact my housemate still calls his debit card his credit card. 'Credit' is generally frowned upon. Also nonsense that people don't use their savings. I couldn't say if that is true but under the two different healthcare systems surely that stat doesn't work? Modern fake news.
  13. The banker loving, baby-eating Tory party thread (regenerated)

    Well yes, obviously, but when was the last time any political party did that! Even the Lib Dems were guilty of that and they didn't consider themselves all that powerful! I'd rather have a party who says. 'yup this isn't working' and makes changes than sticks to failure for the sake of its electorate or media spin.
  14. Scottish Independence

    Sod Scotland, the interesting one is Catalunya. if their referendum goes ahead it gives Spain a hell of a headache, especially as they might run it without a blessing from Madrid. And for the EU, well it's far more pressing than Scotland and the fall out will no doubt create some new ground for Scotland to either leap onto or off.
  15. The banker loving, baby-eating Tory party thread (regenerated)

    Well it was Cameron so no, he didn't have a clue. Plus it was a London/South East based policy. Also on your flat situation, lots can be done at the local level if there was the motivation. I'm trying to change the way local policy comes from central but I'm running into local authority pushback on my flats idea; sadly. Though at least their argument is based in reason.....for a change. Wouldn't surprise me. The opposition to development is very strong because politicians don't want to lose their jobs. And remember the majority of Tories are in the affluent South where opposition really is tough. Then again I live in Brighton which is Labour dominated and tbh it's worse than central for caring about housing. Even when the Greens were in it was a joke. They ONLY look for large sites that deliver lots of 'planning contributions' or sites they can build themselves to make themselves look like they're doing something meaningful. I attended a meeting on Friday where a govt official told me there was little to no land for development in the South East.....Politics is the housing crisis maker but ignorance is as much of a problem.