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21 minutes ago, philipl said:

Interesting that the number of UKIP voters who say Brexit is a mistake has risen from 1% to 7% in the last six months...

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You might be able to discount the % signs :P

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12 hours ago, Mike E said:

You might be able to discount the % signs :P

7% of 12% of the electorate equals 1% overall.

The UKIPers changing their minds have removed the Brexit winning margin on their own.

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First quote from the Guardian for a while (well done Al, hope you have been enjoying the right wing links I have been posting)

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/25/brexit-eu-nationals-exodus-jobs-recruitment?utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=GU+Today+main+NEW+H+categories&utm_term=218995&subid=572785&CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2

Vital industries likely to face labour shortages

Around 31% of companies employing more than 500 staff are now actively looking at moving at least part of their operations out of the UK.

 

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Putting a Ukip/Brexit/Farage hat on here, shouldn't potential labour shortages force complacent British managements to have a long hard look at the way they're doing things by

1. hiring and more important, training, British labour

2. paying better wages

3. investing in more modern machinery and automation thereby achieving the long sought-after goal of better productivity

Shifting production to the countries with the lowest labour costs is one of the reasons we've lost so much manufacturing over the years and one of the reasons why the likes of Trump / Farage have appealed to the electorate.

 

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BBC News has just announced that Qatar are going to invest £5bn into the UK as it is optimistic on our future.

 

If only more people could look on the optimistic side.

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50 minutes ago, Biddy said:

BBC News has just announced that Qatar are going to invest £5bn into the UK as it is optimistic on our future.

That's £5bn over the next 5 years. Qatar have invested £40bn over the last 10 years. It's nothing groundbreaking, Biddy, and it seems as though you're making every effort to be desperately optimistic. Sure, Brexit has happened, and we must all try to work our way around it if that applies to us individually, but it won't stop me or others calling it exactly as it is - an economic step backwards - to what extent, I don't really know yet, but it's certainly in the wrong direction.

While these sporadic articles about huge conglomerates/monarchies saying they'll invest in the UK, and they clearly believe there is opportunity to be had, it feels like a few holes are being plugged in the dam. It's the ones who don't invest that will go quietly off the radar, and the general economy is not going to hinge on Toyota or Qatar. It's ironic... We voted to step back from the world, and some are desperately trying to trumpet diminished investment from Qatar and a Japanese car company. I'm not really enthused.

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6 hours ago, Biddy said:

BBC News has just announced that Qatar are going to invest £5bn into the UK as it is optimistic on our future.

 

If only more people could look on the optimistic side.

British taxpayers are stomping up £4.7bn in export credits (subsidies) for exporting to Qatar in return. Last year the UK only sold £2.6bn to Qatar so this doesn't exactly make much economic sense....

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On 27 March 2017 at 2:40 PM, Biddy said:

BBC News has just announced that Qatar are going to invest £5bn into the UK as it is optimistic on our future.

 

If only more people could look on the optimistic side.

When they say invest what they really mean is they're going to buy up more high value properties in Central London.

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