Monday, 27 June 2016

C & H

Calvin and Hobbes

What You Wanted

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Just some of the truthy flights of fancy that won't be coming true any time soon include:

1. We aren't going to see a fall in immigration levels

No one in the Leave campaign actually gave any target figures, at any time, ever. Conservative MEP Dan Hannan has already said this morning that people expecting immigration to come down will be "disappointed".

2. We aren't going to have an extra £100 million a week for the NHS

Nigel Farage has already told reporters today that the Leave campaign shouldn't have claimed that.

3. We aren't going to be able to stay in the single market

No other country has a set up like that: both France and Germany have made it abundantly clear that we are not going to be able to have our cake and eat it, ie, take advantage of the free-trade zone without contributing a single penny to it, as Leave says we will.

4. We aren't going to get our sovereignty back

Looks like we're going to get a new prime minister by the end of the autumn Conservative party conference. It'll be a short list of two people, nominated by MPs.

This unelected leader could then theoretically hold office unopposed until a general election has to be called in three year's time.

P.S. We still have the House of Lords. So there's that.

5. We aren't going to save £350m a week

The Leave claim that the UK gives £350m a week to the EU has been thoroughly debunked. But it was still emblazoned on their battle bus right up until the end:




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6. We won't remain a world leader in research and development

UK investment in science and universities has dried up since the recession, whereas the EU gave us £7bn in science funding alone between 2007 - 2013.

We're also going to face new barriers to collaboration with European universities and research centres.

7. We aren't going to save £2bn on energy bills

Leave promised we could end VAT on household energy bills. While that's possible, it won't save us any money in reality because we rely on imports for so much of our energy.

Because the pound has fallen, inflation will go up, which means imports and thus our domestic energy bills will cost up to 12 per cent more than they currently do.

8. We aren't going to be a 'greater' Britain

Overnight the UK economy has already slumped from the fifth largest in the world to sixth.

More than £200 billion has already been wiped from the value of the UK stock market - or put another way, 24 years' worth of UK contributions to the EU.

DYK?

A lump of butter buried for 2 000 years in an Irish bog can remain edible.

Team Eng-er-land vs Iceland

Presumably the Brits will now want to leave the 2016 Euro tournament now?

Extra Happy

Reports are coming in from across the country suggesting that since the vote to leave the EU, everything has got much, much better.
“It’s about the control mainly,” said Simon Williams, a lid tightener from Glossop.
“We’ve taken all this control back, and I, for one, bloody love it; the control, I mean. I’ve just spent the weekend just sitting around trying to decide what I’m going to do with all this control we’ve taken back.
“It’s brilliant.”
Some reported that they were already enjoying the lack of interference from Europe.
“Yeah, because, right, I voted out because I don’t want the French telling me what to do,” said a lady who couldn’t remember her own name.
“It’s worked too, because, right, since Friday morning there has been literally no French person who has told me what to do.
“So, they can f**k right off with their baguettes and that.”
Others, however, were taking more practical steps.
Eleanor Gay, a lettuce moistener from Hartlepool, has knocked down her garage and plans to knock down her conservatory after lunch.
“Well, I voted out to strengthen our borders, and I’m not sure of the technical details, but I reckon they’re going to need loads of bricks, so I thought I’d donate some.”
Although everything is definitely better now, experts are suggesting everything will be even better in a few years when everyone has a brand new hospital at the bottom of their road and literally no-one is unemployed because no one has come over here and took their jobs.
NT

Too Late Now- 3

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The anti-Brexit protests that broke out after the historic vote

The anti-Brexit protests that broke out after the historic vote
Thousands of people have taken to the streets across the UK to demonstrate against Brexit.

Protesters waved EU flags and banners saying "Yes 2 EU" and "So long Great Britain" following the historic vote in London, Glasgow, and Edinburgh, angry at the result of the EU referendum, which the "Leave" campaign won by 51.9%. 

A petition for a second referendum has reached two million signatures and counting online. However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has rejected calls for a second vote, saying, "The referendum has taken place, (and) a decision has been made. I think we have got to accept that decision and work out our relationship with Europe in the future." (Source)



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THE U.S. secessionists who are inspired by Brexit

THE U.S. secessionists who are inspired by Brexit
After the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU, a group of Texans are pushing for a Texas exit—in other words, a "Texit." That's right—some in the Lone Star State wish to break free from the U.S. and its federal government.

The Texas Nationalist Movement claims to have a 260,000-signee strong petition and is urging the state to hold a Brexit-style referendum over the possibility of Texas seceding from the rest of the country. The movement insists its goal is to have Texas run purely by Texans, and some anti-union rebels have called for a break if Donald Trump loses the election in November. (Source)

Too Late Now- 2

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The U.S. presidential candidate whose Brexit tweet got some amazing responses

The U.S. presidential candidate whose Brexit tweet got some amazing responses
The day after the vote, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump tweeted something truly stupid regarding Britain's decision to leave the EU: 

Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!

Scotland voted 62% to 38% to remain in the EU, and Trump was "corrected" by the Twitter masses:

Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
@realDonaldTrump they voted IN you absolute fucking doughnut. A future leader? You couldn't lead an OAP egg and spoon race.



Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!



Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
@realDonaldTrump This is fun! Scotland voted to remain you munchkin handed Creamsicle.



Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!



Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!
@realDonaldTrump Are you purposely trying to lose? Or are you seriously this stupid?



Just arrived in Scotland. Place is going wild over the vote. They took their country back, just like we will take America back. No games!



And so on... (Source | Photo)



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The UK Independence Party leader who lied to voters

The UK Independence Party leader who lied to voters
ITV's Susanna Reid asked Nigel Farage, one of the major proponents of the Leave campaign, if the 350 million pounds a week that are currently sent to the EU will now be going to the National Health Service, as was claimed. Farage denied that was the case, calling the idea a "mistake."

The stunned reporter said, "That was one of the Leave campaign adverts. That money was going to the NHS. That's why people, many people, voted." Farage attempted to distance himself from the claims that the extra money would go to the health care agency, but Reid continued to grill him. “You're saying that after 17 million people have voted for leave based—I don't know how many people voted on the basis of that advert, but that was a huge part of the propaganda—you're now saying that's a mistake?”

Farage ignored Reid's next question as to if there would be anything else those who voted for the Leave campaign would find out was erroneously promised to them. He said only that Britain was "back to being a normal country, in charge of our own laws and able to start making our own relationships with the rest of the world, (and) maybe even re-engaging with the Commonwealth."

Watch the tense exchange below:(Source)