Friday, 31 March 2017

Things of the Past

Once you jump none of the following will apply.

Free movement of labour law

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Immigration was largely cited as a reason for people voting Brexit.

As a member of the EU, the Government does not have control over the number or type of EU migrants who come to the UK seeking work.

Leaders of the Leave campaign said they will introduce an Australian-style points system, where all migrants would be subject to the same rules, and could be selectively refused entry.

Free movement of labour applies across the EU, extending even to Switzerland and Norway – who are not EU members, but have free trade agreements with the EU.

Brexit supporters could end up fighting amongst themselves – Nigel Farage pushed immigration to the centre of the campaign, while Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, a libertarian and supporter of free trade, told the BBC: ‘Do not imagine that if we leave the EU that will mean zero immigration.’

The right to be forgotten rule

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In 2010, a Spanish citizen who had once had his home repossessed said his privacy was being breached as people could read about this old issue on Google.

The case went to EU court, who ruled in his favour and said that individuals have the right to demand that search links remove links with personal information about them, if it’s ‘inaccurate, inadequate, irrelevant or excessive’.

However, when Britain is out of the EU, Google could apply to a British court to rule that, in the UK, there is no right to be forgotten.

Child benefit for migrant workers law

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Currently, EU citizens working in the UK can claim child benefit, even if their children are not living in the UK.

This law could be scrapped as part of any changes to immigration.

Working time directive

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Under EU law, it is illegal to make an employee work for an average of more than 48 hours a week.

In 1992, John Major opted out from this directive, but the Labour Government opted back in six years later.

Working class voters who backed Brexit are unlikely to want to see this protection disappear, but it could still be scrapped.

Fisheries policy

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The Common Fisheries Policy gives European fishing fleets equal access to the waters of all EU states within 12 nautical miles of the coast.

Quotas are imposed to preserve fish stocks – which Boris Johnson has previously described as ‘crazy’.

The Leave campaign promised that Brexit would help fishers ‘take back control’ of Britain’s fishing waters and fish stocks.

VAT on energy bills law

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EU law says that the standard VAT rate must be at least 15 per cent.

The reduced rate, which only applies to certain specified goods and services, must be at least 5 per cent.

Governments aren’t given the freedom to decide that there should be no VAT on chosen items – this caused the argument on ‘tampon tax’, which was eventually scrapped.

Outside the EU, the Government could make gas and electricity bills VAT-free.

This move would be socially progressive, as the people most affected would be those on the lowest incomes.

However, green activists could object, saying that it wouldn’t be green, as it may encourage people to use more electricity.

Climate change directive

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The Open Europe think tank see the renewables directive as the most expensive piece of legislation imposed by Brussels.

It sets targets for tackling climate change, such as achieving a 20 per cent share of energy from renewable sources by 2020.

The cost required to achieve these targets is reputedly £4.7bn a year, and with Brexit campaigners tending to be sceptical about climate change, scrapping this directive could be seen as a useful way to save money – although green activists would disagree.

Diabetic motorists directive

Traffic driving in winter on the M5 motorway near Bridgwater, Somerset, England (Picture: Getty)

There is not an overall ban on diabetic motorists – but a directive from the EU states that diabetics who need regular insulin treatment should only be issued with driving licences ‘in very exceptional circumstances’.

After Brexit, it will be up to Parliament to govern road safety.

Metro

Want One

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Well Said

Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.
Mark Twain
US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)

News Thump

A man has finally reached page 50 of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s seminal masterpiece ‘One Hundred Years Of Solitude’, 234 days after first embarking on the novel.

“I am determined not to give up” said would be intellectual Simon Williams, “it is widely acknowledged that this boring piece of shit is the zenith of magical realism.

“I nearly quit last month, but everyone always goes on about what an amazing book it is, so thought I better stick with it, rather than lose face with myself.

“At first the smug satisfaction I got from looking down my nose at the other commuters clutching their copies of the Metro was enough to sustain me, but then I lost the book jacket so no one even knows what I am reading now.

“What I wouldn’t give for a copy of The Girl On The Train,” he sighed ruefully.


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DYK?

The so-called “Spanish Flu” of 1918 started at a military camp in Kansas before spreading around the world and killing 50 million people.

Prawn Curry

Is what we'll be scoffing today and bar the lentils (currently on the go) everything is ready as we did most of it yesterday.  I find a curry always tastes better the second day as the flavours have a chance to draw in so we're hoping today will be a good effort.

Wonderful

I have no idea how to get back to the bar we were at last night (off the On Nut Road and then some), nor what the place was called, but it was a super night out with Francoise and Khun On.

Combine good food, very good value beer (large Chang at THB 70) and even better company and you have all the makings of a belter of a headache this morning.

Today will be brief.  😁

C & H

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Fluffy

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That's That

Going to cut it short today as the internet is inexplicably very slow at the moment.  I'm sure it will soon settle down but I can't be arsed hanging around and have plenty to get on with in the meantime.

We'll be back tomorrow if the Changover permits.

Well Said

The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.
Benjamin Disraeli
British politician (1804 - 1881) 

Staying Put?

Tottenham could carry on playing at White Hart Lane next season but apparently we have until Friday (tomorrow) before we have to commit to making Wembley our new temporary home for next season.

With piss poor results in our previous outings at "the home of football" it's not a bad call (lost three out of four this season and got dumped out of both Euro campaigns) but we would still end up there anyway before coming home to our new 61 000 seater stadium in 2019/20.

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Good to know:  Spurs revealed record revenue of £209.8 million for the year ending 30th June, 2016.  Profit after interest and tax rose to £33 million, up from £9.4 million the previous year.

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Archer

Just finished series 4 and haven't laughed so much in ages.  It is so funny it hurts and we spend half the time re-watching the entire episode as we miss so much due to our childish guffaws.

If you haven't seen this before, what's the matter with you?  Do it N-O-W.

Murky

Periodically our pool goes from crystal clear to an opaque, murky looking water and I am not sure what causes it.  Luckily the guys get right onto it and treat the pool and after a few days we are back to normal.  We should be OK again by tomorrow which is god news as we've missed our daily dip.

New Bar

We're off tonight to check out yet another local bar which is situated on a lake and does good local food and apparently three bottles of Chang for THB 200.  Hopefully cold ones.

We'll let you know how we get on soon.

C & H

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Nigel Farage’s Photo Casebook #7

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Well Said

Never confuse movement with action.
Ernest Hemingway
US author & journalist (1899 - 1961)

News Thump

The Royal Mint has ended speculation about the ‘hidden feature’ of the new pound coin by revealing that it’s the fact that since the Brexit referendum it’s now only worth 82p.

In the run-up to the coin’s launch, social media had been buzzing with ideas as to what the promised ‘hidden feature’ could be – with guesses mostly aimed at an intricate anti-counterfeiting measure, but the simple truth has been revealed that it’s just not worth anywhere near as much as a pound used to be.

Royal Mint supervisor Simon Williams said, “We don’t usually talk about security features in the nation’s currency, but the truth is that in the end we didn’t bother putting any in this coin.

“Twelve months ago we started planning the replacement of the pound coin as so many people were making fake ones, but since the Brexit referendum, people just haven’t bothered counterfeiting it since it’s fallen to its lowest value since 1985.


“This new one’s probably worth more melted down and bartered for animal skins.”

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In Case You've Forgotten

It's been so long since we last saw any Premiership games that you may well have thought the season was over.  It's not, but unless Spurs can grab owt from Burnley, our season may well be.

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DYK?

Lubricants are engineering marvels. The film of oil on a car’s wheel bearings is less than 0.1 micrometer thick– 1 000 times thinner than a piece of paper.

Bones

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