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  1. Or, Johnson - 'Get Brexit Done' --- Even the Lib-Dums have conceded https://twitter.com/LibDemDebate/status/1266411981235503105 )
  2. What we're witnessing, Ron, is the EU loving media establishment Remainiacs and their minority of cohorts/followers in the last chance saloon The EU today have at last realised they're going to have to make concessions.
  3. Cummings blog post was about, referenced, and linked to an article about the potential of a global pandemic. Said article referenced coronaviruses. Proof: The article from last year: https://web.archive.org/web/20190607062413/https://thebulletin.org/2019/02/human-error-in-high-biocontainment-labs-a-likely-pandemic-threat/ The report describes yet another well-publicized incident in China in which “two researchers conducting virus research were exposed to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) coronavirus samples that were incompletely inactivated. The researchers subsequently transmitted SARS to others, leading to several infections and one death in 2004.” Link to the blog referencing the article: https://web.archive.org/web/20191028221459/https://dominiccummings.com/2019/03/04/the-most-secure-bio-labs-routinely-make-errors-that-could-cause-a-global-pandemic-are-about-to-re-start-experiments-on-pathogens-engineered-to-make-them-mammalian-airborne-transmissible/ Opening paragraph: Experiments on viruses that could cause a global pandemic killing many millions were halted but were recently cleared to resume and will be conducted in these ‘top security’ labs. He had the following text that linked to the article: The new Bulletin of Atomic Scientists carries research showing how the supposedly most secure bio-labs have serious security problems and clearly present an unacceptable risk of causing a disastrous pandemic: He edited it a while back to add another quote from the article that specifically mentioned coronavirus, but it is true that he wrote about the danger of a potential global coronavirus pandemic.
  4. Kinnock took his missus to his parents to say happy birthday to his dad. He was deemed not to have broken regulations.
  5. Brendan O'Neill: The media’s Dominic Cummings story has completely collapsed. He did NOT go to Durham a second time, which was reported on the front page of the Sunday Mirror and the Observer. He did NOT have any physical contact with family members. The police did NOT talk to the Cummings family about the Covid lockdown guidelines. Cummings did NOT carry on doing things that everyone else had stopped doing — he even missed the funeral of his uncle who died from Covid. He did NOT leave his London home for leisure reasons — he left it because he was receiving death threats as a result of media demonisation. He was very ill, his wife was ill, and at one point his child was taken to hospital in an ambulance in Durham. His family has had a really rough time and the media have told lie after lie about him. The scandal is not Cummings’ behaviour — it is the collapse of ethics and objectivity in the British media.
  6. The media frenzy has nothing to do with rule breaking and it has little to do with the virus -- It has everything to do with Brexit and Cummings being a brilliant political strategist and one who was director of the successful Vote Leave campaign -- He's also in the process of sorting out the useless civil service. Well, looks like the Lefty Remainiacs that are the media establishment and the deep state who have made this an issue because they want Cummings gone as Boris's senior adviser lose again
  7. It's disheartening to see a person I once regarded as one of the more intelligent Lefties descend into a gibbering idiot Has Steven Kinnock resigned yet, Purple?
  8. One would think so wouldn't one, BB, but no - Real questions and effort should be put into working out how we can put together a viable exit strategy from this mess, but no, cheap political point scoring takes priority where the Left is concerned. They are a disgrace.
  9. The conspirators stories are full of holes and No 10 have given the media the treatment it deserves --- How could so-called senior investigative journalists not see the holes and investigate further before publication? Not to mention all the papers following it blindly and seeking Dom's scalp - including the recently deceased Telegraph. It just shows the level of both incompetence, bias and contempt present in our big media outlets.
  10. Must've been an incredibly swift trip to Durham https://www.gettyimages.co.uk/photos/dominic-cummings?begindate=2020-04-17&enddate=2020-04-21&family=editorial&phrase=dominic cummings&recency=daterange&sort=mostpopular#
  11. The following article completely destroys the Remainiacs 'Project Fear' and economic argument: Most people know that about 46% of UK goods exports go to the EU What people weren't told until now is that this is only 7.7% of GDP If we lose all EU exports tomorrow, the economic effect would be much less than COVID AN EXCLUSIVE AND IMPORTANT REPORT FROM BREXIT FACTS4EU.ORG SOME HIGHLIGHTS Big Brexit Britain and the truth about the EU’s small economic effect Revealed: EU’s “Single Market” in goods - only 7.7% of UK’s GDP… and falling The EU’s share of UK goods exports has been falling for years Countries such as Germany have benefited far more, with 50% higher exports as proportion of GDP Yet UK total exports to the non-EU World are growing fast – now 18% of UK economy The UK could lose ALL EU exports and it would have less effect on UK GDP than COVID-19 This special Brexit Facts4EU.Org report includes a special insight for our readers from David Campbell Bannerman, former MEP of 10 years’ standing, crucially with many years of experience sitting on the EU Parliament’s International Trade Committee. It is well-known fact that around 46% of the UK’s goods exports go to the EU. This figure drops to 43% if services are included. It is a lesser-known fact that a percentage of the UK’s “EU exports” in fact merely transit through Dutch and Belgian ports on their way to the rest of the world. The true percentage for “EU exports” is therefore lower than reported. One fact which is NOT known is that the UK’s exports to the EU represent a very small proportion of the UK’s economy as a whole. The effect of EU exports on our economy is so small in fact, that the economic effects of the Coronavirus measures will dwarf any possible Brexit impacts on GDP. Even if EU goods exports (7.7% of GDP) are added to EU services exports (5.9%), the percentage of UK GDP arising from export trade with the EU last year only just made it into the teens. Brexit Facts4EU.Org exposes the myths about the importance of EU trade After extensive research into the Government’s latest figures for 2019, Brexit Facts4EU.Org can reveal some astonishing facts. We have used the latest data for 2019, from the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury. Brexit Facts4EU.Org Summary Putting the EU in its place, economically UK's total GDP in 2019 : £2,214.9bn UK goods exports to the EU : £170.6bn (7.70% of GDP) UK services exports to the EU : £129.8bn (5.86% of GDP) 86.4% of the UK economy has NOTHING to do with exports to the EU In fact, nearly 70% of the UK economy is derived from domestic activities Domestic GDP (EXCLUDING exports to all EU and non-EU destinations) 68.46% GDP from non-EU goods exports : 9.12% GDP from non-EU services exports : 8.87% GDP from EU goods exports : 7.70% GDP from EU services exports : 5.86% How does the UK compare to Germany? UK's GDP from EU goods exports : 7.7% Germany's GDP from EU goods exports : 22.3% Germany has been doing almost three times better from EU membership than the UK Of the proportion of the UK economy derived from exports, the non-EU Rest of the World has a much larger impact than the EU. The UK’s exports of goods and services to non-EU countries in 2019 were ONE-THIRD HIGHER than to the EU27. Former MEP and EU Parliament International Trade Committee Member, David Campbell Bannerman, commented:- “Your excellent research shows very strongly that the main driver of our economic wealth isn’t the EU – it’s our own economy. We're making and selling so much to ourselves. Almost 70% - as you found out - is generated within our own borders, and 86% has nothing to do with the EU. “So this argument that we have to do a deal with the EU or we're finished is a nonsense.” A full interview with Mr Campbell Bannerman appears in tomorrow's edition of Facts4EU.Org. What has happened to UK goods exports to the EU’s Single Market in the past 20 years? The story of the UK’s economic relationship with the EU’s Single Market has not been a happy one. Below we show what has happened to the proportion of the UK’s goods exports to the EU over the past 20 years. PLEASE NOTE : This chart shows the percentage of UK goods exports which go to the EU - NOT the small percentage contribution they make to UK GDP. In just 20 years, the share of UK goods exports going to the EU has plummeted from 60.2% to 45.8% That’s a drop of ALMOST one quarter It means that exports of UK goods to the EU now only represent 7.7% of UK GDP Exports of UK services to the EU are even lower at 5.86% of GDP Services are the lifeblood of the UK economy- around 80% of total GDP And when it comes to services, it should be recalled what the EU’s Single Market Commissioner admitted in 2017:- “The Single Market – this jewel that is all too often taken for granted – does not function properly for services” - EU Commissioner for the Single Market, 2017 Given that services represents almost 80% of the UK economy, and that the Single Market has been going for over 25 years, this was an extraordinary admission. This is the Single Market which was described by the OECD in their damning 2016 report as being: “unfinished and stalled”. (This report came out just before the Referendum, but somehow the BBC forgot to mention it.) The non-EU world is buying from the UK more and more Below we show how the rest of the (non-EU) world has been buying more and more goods from the UK, and contributing more and more to UK GDP. In the last 20 years, while goods sales to the EU have been falling, the rest of the World has been snapping up an increasing number of products from UK companies. Sales of goods to the rest of the (non-EU) world now account for 9.1% of GDP. And these sales have been growing. And finally, what about services? When it comes to services, the UK's sales to the rest of the (non-EU) world are far more important for UK GDP than our sales of services to the EU27. In fact the UK’s sales are now more than 50% higher to the rest of the (non-EU) world than to the EU, as a proportion of UK GDP. SUMMARY The EU is on our doorstep. We were members for 47 years. Yet the EU has a much smaller effect on UK GDP than our trading partners in other parts of the world, and the EU has been shrinking in importance for years. In this article we have tried to put the EU’s market into context. In terms of the UK’s overall economy, the impact of our sales to the EU are much smaller than most people have been told. Even if the EU stopped buying anything from the UK tomorrow, the effect on the UK economy would be less than the effects that the Coronavirus measures are having. Informative opinions We asked renowned former MEP David Campbell Bannerman – a man with years of experience on the EU Parliament’s International Trade Committee – for his views on our research. Mr Campbell Bannerman is a former MEP of 10 years’ standing, former Chairman of the Conservative Bow Group, former Deputy Leader of UKIP, and crucially has many years of experience sitting on the EU Parliament’s International Trade Committee. He is also the originator of the ‘SuperCanada’ trade option, for the future trade arrangement between the EU and the UK, and is an ardent Brexiteer. EU Parliament Brexit spokesman - the Belgian Guy Verhofstadt - once called David Campbell Bannerman's comments “insane”. We can’t think of a better recommendation for reading what Mr Campbell Bannerman has to say. Photo left: Guy Verhofstadt, MEP from Belgium, a divided country with less than a fifth of the economic power of the United Kingdom - an extreme EU federalist politician in the EU Parliament Here is a short excerpt from our interview with David Campbell Bannerman. “Post COVID we've got to be much nimbler as an economy – indeed as a country. “We've got to be more competitive, we've got to be less regulated. All of these things can be compromised by a bad deal with the EU involving regulatory control. That is not acceptable. That is too big a price to pay.” You do not want to miss David Campbell Bannerman's fascinating views on our research here tomorrow, together with his thoughts on the UK-EU trade talk Observations Naturally no-one would wish away anything contributing to the UK's GDP, and this article does not say this. What it does do is to provide solid and up-to-date facts about the relative importance of EU exports to the UK economy. This report is about context. It's about proportionality. For years the British people have been brainwashed by previous governments, the London Establishment, Big Business, the BBC, and others into believing that exports to the EU provide the lion's share of jobs and wealth. They don't. Not even remotely close. We remember Remainer MPs - mostly Labour, LibDem and SNP, but many Conservative MPs too - telling the public that "50% of our exports go to the EU", "our jobs depend on the EU", and other such claims. Prior to the Referendum and every day since we have tried to counter these falsehoods. Over and over again - both before and since the EU Referendum four years ago – anti-Brexit campaigners have trotted out the same tired arguments about Brexit. One of their recurrent themes has been what they claim as being the necessity of staying in - or closely allied to - the EU’s “Single Market” and “Customs Union”. They claimed - and still do - that so much of our economy depends on this. Sadly their arguments were not based on the facts. Our research above clearly shows how the EU has made a much smaller contribution to the UK economy and its GDP than the public has been told for so many years. The information in our article has all been researched from official sources - in this case from the Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury. Of course it makes sense to do a trade deal with the EU - on very good terms If an advantageous trade deal can be struck with the EU, then of course it should be done. The problem is that the EU seem to believe that the UK will do a deal at any price. Given the current intransigence by the EU and given the relatively small contribution from the EU market to the UK's overall economy, however, it seems inevitable that Monsieur Barnier's "teek-tock" will still be ringing in his head for long after his retirement. We hope readers agree that the above report is important, and that it was worth researching, writing, designing and publishing it. We know it's longer than most of our articles, and that it contains more facts than usual, but we felt readers would want a full picture.
  12. Christ alive, Serfdom! I'm a straight up, common sense Right-winger --- As if I'm ever going to be compatible with the Marxist BBC! Cummings can remain, resign, get fired or get hanged in Felbrigg woods... I'll still be a straight up, common sense Right-winger.
  13. So you agree with Neil (pantsdown) Ferguson's advice to Boris and the government, but you don't agree that the latter should've followed that advice... ****
  14. So you're saying Boris and the government have made all the right decisions where the virus is concerned, yes?
  15. Boris ~ "Brilliant forensic mind that he has"
  16. Visiting a Far Lefty activist married lover for a bit of nooky when one is supposed to be the top scientist that advises house arrest on the populace is hardly less a misdemeanour than driving a car up the country Let's have a butchers at Neil (pantsdown) Ferguson's track record: His modelling of the China virus's transmission suggested 250,000 people could die in the UK without drastic action In 2005, Ferguson said that up to 200 million people could be killed from bird flu. He told the Guardian that ‘around 40 million people died in 1918 Spanish flu outbreak… There are six times more people on the planet now so you could scale it up to around 200 million people probably.’ In the end, only 282 people died worldwide from the disease between 2003 and 2009. In 2009, Ferguson and his Imperial team predicted that swine flu had a case fatality rate 0.3 per cent to 1.5 per cent. His most likely estimate was that the mortality rate was 0.4 per cent. A government estimate, based on Ferguson’s advice, said a ‘reasonable worst-case scenario’ was that the disease would lead to 65,000 UK deaths. In the end swine flu killed 457 people in the UK and had a death rate of just 0.026 per cent in those infected. In 2001 the Imperial team produced modelling on foot and mouth disease that suggested that animals in neighbouring farms should be culled, even if there was no evidence of infection. This influenced government policy and led to the total culling of more than six million cattle, sheep and pigs – with a cost to the UK economy estimated at £10 billion. It has been claimed by experts such as Michael Thrusfield, professor of veterinary epidemiology at Edinburgh University, that Ferguson’s modelling on foot and mouth was ‘severely flawed’ and made a ‘serious error’ by ‘ignoring the species composition of farms,’ and the fact that the disease spread faster between different species. In 2002, Ferguson predicted that between 50 and 50,000 people would likely die from exposure to BSE (mad cow disease) in beef. He also predicted that number could rise to 150,000 if there was a sheep epidemic as well. In the UK, there have only been 177 deaths from BSE. On 22 March, Ferguson said that Imperial College London’s model of the Covid-19 disease is based on undocumented, 13-year-old computer code, that was intended to be used for a feared influenza pandemic, rather than a coronavirus
  17. All world economies are going to drop as a result of the Coronavirus measures in various countries, you tool --- And as the EU is losing us as a member they're facing a far bigger overall drop in their economy -- The EU’s post-Brexit economy is set to tank by 30% this year alone. 15.34% (€2.52 trillion) of the EU’s total economy came from the UK last year --- The former are going to lose that and all indications are that the EU's combined GDP will fall by 15% this year because of the Coronavirus lock-downs. Where the UK is concerned, I have an inkling that no longer contributing €2.52 trillion to the EU will help quell the hit of any recession caused by the virus. Hermoron ~ "Keep up, Jools" Yeah, right
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