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View Poll Results: What would you personally prefer to happen?
I want the UK to stay in an ever-closer union 49 23.11%
I want the UK to stay in a loosely connected EU 68 32.08%
I want the UK out because the EU is bad for the UK 22 10.38%
I want the UK out because the EU is a bad thing 23 10.85%
I want the UK out because this would be good for the rest of us 17 8.02%
I don't really care 33 15.57%
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No matter what you think of Boris Johnson, he has a unique talent for awkward photos.
He's soured his milk...
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That's the famous "spin" version.

The reality is different and you know it.

Employment went up with the advent of zero-hour contracts so any figures can be massaged and manipulated.

Anyone would think you only get your information about the UK from Tory websites and right wing press. Have you ever actually been there recently? Ever been there at all?
I live partly in the UK. The reality is what I've described. You refuse to accept the reality because you likely live in a Swiss bubble and get your "spin" version from left wing press and websites. We can both play this game.

I actually get my information from statistics, those that many on here have trouble grasping. The ONS and ASHE, OBR EFO and IFS provide my data. It's all there in black and white, if youíre willing to look at it. The poorest under the conservatives has seen the biggest wage increases, and the richest have seen the biggest wage decreases over the course of the last decade. The tax system has the top 1% of earners contributing more than a third of all income tax.

The biggest problem is that wage increases havenít been able to keep up with inflation, yet this is a hangover from the last economic crash. And together with poor growth, is a problem that is seen across much of Europe. The fact remains though, that the poorer you are in the UK, the more likely you are to have seen a payrise over the past decade.
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The rise in food banks alone belie this as does the increase of children living in poverty.
Teachers, for example, have experienced a wage decrease, effectively, over the past eight years. You clearly are not British or you would have had experience of state services NHS, the police, social services, education - working daily miracles despite Tory cuts. Not because of any of the mess they have caused.

What you write above is merely panacea spin and believing it is, of course, your prerogative. That doesn't mean it's everyone else's.

Can the insults. You're simply lowering the bar.
Iíve not insulted anyone, point out where I have or stop lying.

There have been no Tory cuts to the NHS. The budget has increased every year since 2010. And while weíre on the subject of the NHS, people need to understand it canít be fixed. Never. Iím old enough to remember when the last Labour government was running it and it was still terrible. Winter crises, budget deficits, Mid Staffs scandal and mountains of PFI debt itís been left saddled with. It wasnít without reason there was a TV show called ďCan Gerry Robinson Fix the NHSĒ after 10 years of Labour rule. Then you can look to Wales where Labour are currently running the NHS and see how well thatís performing. This election has been run on a lie that the ďNHS is up for saleĒ, itís clearly not true yet no one seems to care.

And food banks. Always the food banks. Well letís look a little more into where theyíre most in use. More statistics Iím afraid so you better cover your eyes https://www.statista.com/chart/14092...-foodbanks-uk/. Wales (non Tory), Scotland (non Tory) and the North West (majority of seats held by Labour MPs). This is only Trussel Trust food banks, but they do run 2 out of every 3 food banks in the UK. It should also be noted that a rise in food bank use isnít limited to the UK. https://www.thelocal.de/20190919/ala...ers-in-germany

What the food bank map also demonstrates is the key reason why Jeremy Corbyn should never get the keys to Number 10. Despite what they say, socialists donít want to end poverty. What would they do without it? How would they define themselves? How would they get people to vote for them? Itís one of the reasons socialism never works. Outside of London, you can just go to your nearest Labour safe seat to see this in action.
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No matter what you think of Boris Johnson, he has a unique talent for awkward photos.
I actually think this is an excellent photo of him! Makes him more likeable.
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I live partly in the UK. The reality is what I've described. You refuse to accept the reality because you likely live in a Swiss bubble and get your "spin" version from left wing press and websites. We can both play this game.

I actually get my information from statistics, those that many on here have trouble grasping. The ONS and ASHE, OBR EFO and IFS provide my data. It's all there in black and white, if youíre willing to look at it. The poorest under the conservatives has seen the biggest wage increases, and the richest have seen the biggest wage decreases over the course of the last decade. The tax system has the top 1% of earners contributing more than a third of all income tax.

The biggest problem is that wage increases havenít been able to keep up with inflation, yet this is a hangover from the last economic crash. And together with poor growth, is a problem that is seen across much of Europe. The fact remains though, that the poorer you are in the UK, the more likely you are to have seen a payrise over the past decade.
I've got family and friends that work in the NHS, fire service and teaching, as well as manufacturing and retail, both on the front-line and at management level. Parents and ageing relations worried about heating and eating. You can present them with all the "black and white fluff stats" you like but their reality is very different. This is what the Tories are very bad at facing up to, and explains much of the fake news and spin they are trying to blind-side people with.

Voters aren't bothered with what the ONS churns out, they look at what is left in their bank account at the end of the month, whether they can get to see a GP within 2 weeks and whether their kids' teachers are leaving in droves driving up classroom sizes and squeezing resources.
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Voters aren't bothered with what the ONS churns out, they look at what is left in their bank account at the end of the month, whether they can get to see a GP within 2 weeks and whether their kids' teachers are leaving in droves driving up classroom sizes and squeezing resources.
Which is why most of them will vote Conservative on Thursday
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Which is why most of them will vote Conservative on Thursday
LOL - only if they've been sniffing glue beforehand.
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I’ve not insulted anyone, point out where I have or stop lying.
You are using "clique" and passive aggressive condescending insults like "superior intelligence" when it is clear you believe those with opposing views to be inferior. Ergo, insult. Don't accuse me of lying again.


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And food banks. Always the food banks. Well let’s look a little more into where they’re most in use. More statistics I’m afraid so you better cover your eyes https://www.statista.com/chart/14092...-foodbanks-uk/. Wales (non Tory), Scotland (non Tory) and the North West (majority of seats held by Labour MPs). This is only Trussel Trust food banks, but they do run 2 out of every 3 food banks in the UK. It should also be noted that a rise in food bank use isn’t limited to the UK. https://www.thelocal.de/20190919/ala...ers-in-germany

What the food bank map also demonstrates is the key reason why Jeremy Corbyn should never get the keys to Number 10. Despite what they say, socialists don’t want to end poverty. What would they do without it? How would they define themselves? How would they get people to vote for them? It’s one of the reasons socialism never works. Outside of London, you can just go to your nearest Labour safe seat to see this in action.
Those are only some of them. I'm in a Tory area and there are three local, privately (Church) run food banks. One is less than a mile from some very expensive property. So no, again, you do not have a clue and are picking only those stats which support your tunnel vision. But again, as I said eons ago, that's what stats do: support whatever one wants them to support. If you don't understand that then there is no point.


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I've got family and friends that work in the NHS, fire service and teaching, as well as manufacturing and retail, both on the front-line and at management level. Parents and ageing relations worried about heating and eating. You can present them with all the "black and white fluff stats" you like but their reality is very different. This is what the Tories are very bad at facing up to, and explains much of the fake news and spin they are trying to blind-side people with.

Voters aren't bothered with what the ONS churns out, they look at what is left in their bank account at the end of the month, whether they can get to see a GP within 2 weeks and whether their kids' teachers are leaving in droves driving up classroom sizes and squeezing resources.
Yep. This. This. This.
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I actually think this is an excellent photo of him! Makes him more likeable.
He looks like Nick Park sculpted him at Aardman.
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Which is why most of them will vote Conservative on Thursday
Maybe yes, maybe no. Will you be still on this thread after Thursday, regardless of the results?
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Musicchick... you appear to share TC's views. I'd love a positive exchange on the matter, what do you say?
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I live partly in the UK. The reality is what I've described. You refuse to accept the reality because you likely live in a Swiss bubble and get your "spin" version from left wing press and websites. We can both play this game.
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I actually get my information from statistics, those that many on here have trouble grasping. .
I agree, I would include quite a few people here. Probably you wouldn't be happy to see my list though.

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The poorest under the conservatives has seen the biggest wage increases, and the richest have seen the biggest wage decreases over the course of the last decade. The tax system has the top 1% of earners contributing more than a third of all income tax.

The biggest problem is that wage increases haven’t been able to keep up with inflation, yet this is a hangover from the last economic crash. And together with poor growth, is a problem that is seen across much of Europe. The fact remains though, that the poorer you are in the UK, the more likely you are to have seen a payrise over the past decade.
Which, if true (haven't checked those numbers myself), is refuting a lot of claims from the Brexit campaign.

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The only bit I find funny is the almost obsessive agenda to assert that itís only Labour supporters doing it. Itís six of one and half a dozen of the other. THAT is the bit Iím finding ridiculous. The fanatical refusal to believe that the right wing element also has its share of head-cases.

But nobody will present you with a detailed set of links so it canít be true, right.
Here we are back to the old comprehension and reading again.

Gets into an argument over what constitutes more vs. most but can't tell the difference between fewer and none.

You couldn't make this stuff up.
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Here we are back to the old comprehension and reading again.

Gets into an argument over what constitutes more vs. most but can't tell the difference between fewer and none.

You couldn't make this stuff up.
Do clarify, sir. Fewer and none of what?

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What ARE you banging on about now? Fewer and none of what?
It would be nicer if some posts wouldn't be so accusatory.
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What ARE you banging on about now? Fewer and none of what?
Reading my dear. It's something they teach you at school.
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It would be nicer if some posts wouldn't be so accusatory.
Modified accordingly...
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You are using "clique" and passive aggressive condescending insults like "superior intelligence" when it is clear you believe those with opposing views to be inferior. Ergo, insult. Don't accuse me of lying again.




Those are only some of them. I'm in a Tory area and there are three local, privately (Church) run food banks. One is less than a mile from some very expensive property. So no, again, you do not have a clue and are picking only those stats which support your tunnel vision. But again, as I said eons ago, that's what stats do: support whatever one wants them to support. If you don't understand that then there is no point.
Who needs statistics when one can confirm ones bias via anecdotal evidence? Why do we even need the ONS in the first place?!

And you need to look up the definition of insult. You won't find one in anything that I've written, you've merely chosen to take offense at it. And to think that after either you or one of your gang called me a "snowflake".
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Reading my dear. It's something they teach you at school.
You'll have to refer back, I'm afraid. The thread moved on significantly.
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And you need to look up the definition of insult. You won't find one in anything that I've written, you've merely chosen to take offense at it. And to think that after either you or one of your gang called me a "snowflake".
Derogatory or patronising remarks are rather insulting.

We had this discussion before. E.g. - one can write totally nasty racist stuff not using a single nasty/racist term.
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