Getting Brexit done

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by jimbob » Sat Feb 15, 2020 10:08 pm

I have never had a blue British passport.

I had a black one in the 1980s-1990s
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by FlammableFlower » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:21 pm

I had to look through those tweets to check it wasn't a piss-take; but no, Colin had indeed been incredibly pro-Brexit, telling remoaners to suck it up and jubilant when the big day arrived.* His speedy tweeting of his disappointment is then a bonus helping of schadenfreude.

*although it may be an incredibly long game Colin is playing before revealing actually he wasn't a Brexit supporter and the joke's on us...

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by jimbob » Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:23 pm

FlammableFlower wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:21 pm
I had to look through those tweets to check it wasn't a piss-take; but no, Colin had indeed been incredibly pro-Brexit, telling remoaners to suck it up and jubilant when the big day arrived.* His speedy tweeting of his disappointment is then a bonus helping of schadenfreude.

*although it may be an incredibly long game Colin is playing before revealing actually he wasn't a Brexit supporter and the joke's on us...
I did the same for the same reasons and came to the same conclusion. He's the archetypal Brexit warrior
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by sTeamTraen » Sun Feb 16, 2020 12:23 am

jimbob wrote:
Sat Feb 15, 2020 11:23 pm
I did the same for the same reasons and came to the same conclusion. He's the archetypal Brexit warrior
I thought it was a spoof account because I can't imagine anyone writing "This isn't the Brexit I voted for" when complaining about what another country has done (if they had indeed changed anything). It sounds exactly like an ironic comment lampooning Brexiteers. Oh well.

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by snoozeofreason » Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:08 am

I think that "This isn't the Brexit I voted for," and its various variants are what youngsters call a "meme". In the absence of any other information I'd be inclined to think that Colin is meming and that we can't infer anything about his attitude to Brexit. If you people were hip to the beat like me, you would know that.
In six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them. The human body was knocked up pretty late on the Friday afternoon, with a deadline looming. How well do you expect it to work?

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by Martin Y » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:34 pm

Mentally adding "This isn't the Brexit I voted against" to my tee shirt list.

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by Gfamily » Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:36 pm

Martin Y wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 12:34 pm
Mentally adding "This isn't the Brexit I voted against" to my tee shirt list.
Mine would be "This is very much the Brexit I voted against
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by El Pollo Diablo » Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:10 pm

snoozeofreason wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:08 am
I think that "This isn't the Brexit I voted for," and its various variants are what youngsters call a "meme". In the absence of any other information I'd be inclined to think that Colin is meming and that we can't infer anything about his attitude to Brexit. If you people were hip to the beat like me, you would know that.
There isn't an absence of other information, though. He's either very earnestly stupid or very cleverly ironic. And the evidence points most starkly to the former. Occam's shaver and all that.
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by snoozeofreason » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:06 pm

Hmm dunno. He's obviously a leaver, but leavers use that meme as well as remainers, and you don't have to be particularly clever to use a meme.

Either way, since we are still in transition, I would guess his problems are because we are outside Schengen, rather than outside the EU, which is something nobody voted for or against.
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by El Pollo Diablo » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:10 pm

If there were any evidence to suggest that he's shown any cleverness thus far in any other arguments, it might be fair to assume any level of cleverness in this reply, but unfortunately I think you'll be disappointed in that search.

Obviously, the ultimate stupidity is that waiting in a queue in an airport in the EU is currently pretty much entirely unaffected by Brexit. It's a double-edged sword of foolishness, again, not really helping the whole "oh but he could be havin a larf" argument.
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by dyqik » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:18 pm

Btw, the Schiphol queue was due to them training new staff, not because the procedure for British people entering Schengen had changed.

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by snoozeofreason » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:25 pm

El Pollo Diablo wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:10 pm
If there were any evidence to suggest that he's shown any cleverness thus far in any other arguments, it might be fair to assume any level of cleverness in this reply, but unfortunately I think you'll be disappointed in that search.
I can't see much evidence of cleverness either but, as I said, you don't have to be clever to use a meme. Anyway, I am sure he's changed his views now. There's nothing quite so effective at changing people's views as a Twitter dogpile.
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by plodder » Mon Feb 17, 2020 3:48 pm

looked like a f.ckwit to me.

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by jimbob » Mon Feb 17, 2020 5:06 pm

El Pollo Diablo wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 1:10 pm
snoozeofreason wrote:
Mon Feb 17, 2020 9:08 am
I think that "This isn't the Brexit I voted for," and its various variants are what youngsters call a "meme". In the absence of any other information I'd be inclined to think that Colin is meming and that we can't infer anything about his attitude to Brexit. If you people were hip to the beat like me, you would know that.
There isn't an absence of other information, though. He's either very earnestly stupid or very cleverly ironic. And the evidence points most starkly to the former. Occam's shaver and all that.
And playing the very long game - which is why, when I posted the link to the initial tweet I said that it didn't seem to be a parody.
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by TopBadger » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:26 pm

Wondering what to make of this new* visa points system.

Whilst is no cap on numbers, the scoring for low paid workers essentially excludes them - unless HMG declares a shortage - and that seems unlikely as current patter is more about service industries and farming increasing salaries to be attractive to locals - industries that are not famed for fat margins - meaning prices for hotels, eating out and such, including food prices generally, are going to rise.

At least one party (but possibly both) is likely going to be disappointed. If the xenophobes are happy then business are taking a hit. If business is good with this then the xenophobes are going to be pissed. If prices rise too far everyone is going to be pissed.

2021 is going to be a highly interesting year.

*well, not that new - I'm sure I had to do something similar last time I hired outside the EU.
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by lpm » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:42 pm

It's upside down.

We should recruit immigrants to do the tedious low paid jobs. We should reserve interesting high paid jobs for British people.

It's racist, but in a reverse racist way. Imagine you had a bunch of people milling about, waiting to be assigned jobs, and you started giving all the better paid and more enjoyable jobs to brown people, and gave the sh.tty monotonous jobs to the whites. The racist whites would rise up and lynch you. Yet the racist whites are praising their beloved Boris for doing just that.

Odd.
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by FlammableFlower » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:43 pm

It's going to be great for anyone British who (in the words of someone I've forgotten the name of on the News Quiz), "wants to stand in a cold field wrestling broccoli."...

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by Gentleman Jim » Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:58 pm

FlammableFlower wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:43 pm
It's going to be great for anyone British who (in the words of someone I've forgotten the name of on the News Quiz), "wants to stand in a cold field wrestling broccoli."...
Agreed - as a farmer friend said "It's not so much the money, but the local kids don't want to stand in a field at 4am, in the rain and snow, putting straw on top of carrot plants"

eta Oh, and as someone on the news commented, neither Priti Patel's or Sajid Javid's parents would have got into this country under these new rules
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by Gfamily » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:26 pm

On the one hand, they are going to quadruple the numbers of seasonal agricultural workers to 10,000.
On the other, given that the following suggests that about agriculture needs about 100K seasonal workers, and that the previous 2,500 plan only covered those from outside the EU, it looks as though we could still have a shortffall of 90K workers

https://www.euronews.com/2019/06/12/uk- ... his-summer
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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by JQH » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:31 pm

All the people who support this better hope their jobs are secure - because they'll find their benefit claim declined when they refuse to doss in a caravan in East Anglia while picking cabbages.
And remember that if you botch the exit, the carnival of reaction may be coming to a town near you.

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by cvb » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:41 pm

Gentleman Jim wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:58 pm
FlammableFlower wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:43 pm
It's going to be great for anyone British who (in the words of someone I've forgotten the name of on the News Quiz), "wants to stand in a cold field wrestling broccoli."...
Agreed - as a farmer friend said "It's not so much the money, but the local kids don't want to stand in a field at 4am, in the rain and snow, putting straw on top of carrot plants"

eta Oh, and as someone on the news commented, neither Priti Patel's or Sajid Javid's parents would have got into this country under these new rules
It's funny how these "ethnic" tories are very quick to pull the ladder up after them.

They are tories so therefore relatively evil to start off with though.

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by Martin Y » Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:46 pm

Gentleman Jim wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:58 pm
… as a farmer friend said "It's not so much the money, but the local kids don't want to stand in a field at 4am, in the rain and snow, putting straw on top of carrot plants"
Yebbut it kinda is the money. Some of them would do it for a few weeks in some imagined super-rich country, earning super-rich minimum wage, because although you'd be living in student-like squalor while you were there, the money you'd come back with would be pretty appealing compared to the cost of living here. Nobody wants to do a miserable job in dismal conditions when they'll have f.ck all to show for it at the end.

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by FlammableFlower » Wed Feb 19, 2020 3:41 pm

Martin Y wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:46 pm
Gentleman Jim wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 1:58 pm
… as a farmer friend said "It's not so much the money, but the local kids don't want to stand in a field at 4am, in the rain and snow, putting straw on top of carrot plants"
Yebbut it kinda is the money. Some of them would do it for a few weeks in some imagined super-rich country, earning super-rich minimum wage, because although you'd be living in student-like squalor while you were there, the money you'd come back with would be pretty appealing compared to the cost of living here. Nobody wants to do a miserable job in dismal conditions when they'll have f.ck all to show for it at the end.
That's definitely where the "local" bit is important.

In my teens I had various not very well paid jobs, generally they were worth it but I found my limit. The kitchen "porter" job (washer up mainly) in the nearby posh public school didn't pay that well, but it was not horrendous work and you got free meals and a half-pay "retainer" for doing nothing during the holidays (bonus); the marquee job was physically hard work, but fun (I was the only one without a criminal record and there was a lot of illicit substances abounding); whereas in the meat factory job I lasted all of 2.5 days - freezing cold, mind-numbingly repetitive and ridiculously low paid (pre-minimum wage, the "agency" that you went through to get the job took almost everything).

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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by Stephanie » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:36 pm

El Pollo Diablo wrote:
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Nope, he left because he was being oppressed by unfair moderator actions.
Can confirm. It was shortly after some other posters threatened to leave because they thought we moderated him unfairly - in the opposite direction.
Indeed. Like Shroedinger's mods*, we are simultaneously too lax and too overbearing. In a genuinely successful community**, obviously, everyone would agree and everything would be perfect.


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Re: Getting Brexit done

Post by TopBadger » Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:56 pm

JQH wrote:
Wed Feb 19, 2020 2:31 pm
All the people who support this better hope their jobs are secure - because they'll find their benefit claim declined when they refuse to doss in a caravan in East Anglia while picking cabbages.
That thought crossed my mind too... local job centres are going to have a bumper crop of sh.tty paid menial jobs. They won't have to doss on site though, I'd expect our lovely caring Tories to discourage that sort of thing so the underpaid can spend what little they get on petrol/travel and continue to be poor, cold and starving.

The Tories should have a slogan for this... something to do with work and being set free... which for some reason seems familiar...
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