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BleakRefs

Member since Sep 2008 • Last active Aug 2019

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    Since the vote to leave... leaving in the least damaging way possible was always the best case scenario. Even if you’re a devout europhile, just being realistic, giving that ground ... buys you political capital.

    MPs didn’t go that route.

    MPs didn't really have that option. As soon as May started blathering on about end to FOM and leaving the CU and SM, the overton window shifted and a compromise Brexit was out of the window. The ERG won't even vote for the WA if the backstop is removed!

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    Except Labour have offered a workable and very straight forward way of avoiding no deal. It may be true that some people would rather have no deal than accept that (Tories and some libdems), but that cannot be pinned on Labour. It is up to those people to explain why the impending shit show which may follow is a better outcome than Corbyn as leader for a short period of time.

    I do think someone will crack here, ultimately. And am really not bothered by who it is. However, instead of trying to pick fights with Labour constantly, it seems to me trying to work together with the party at this point would be more productive. If, as many predict, it becomes impossible for Corbyn to achieve a majority, then that goodwill would likely have gone a lot further to finding a solution than what's happening now.

    It's already impossible for Corbyn to achieve a majority. The 8 Tories and the 8 Labour MPs who've said they'd never vote for Corbyn under any circumstances puts it beyond all reach.

    What you call 'picking fights' with Labour is really just being able to count.

    And I'd have a lot more faith in Corbyn's dedication to no deal if he didn't manage to checks notes aah yes 1) become PM and 2) call the GE he's been blathering on about as a result of his plan.

    If he were serious about this, his caretaker government would either revoke or revoke before GE, and he wouldn't insist on being leader of it.

    At this point I don't give a fuck. I'm glad he's doing more than he was - credit where it's due - but that doesn't make up for the last three years of dithering.

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    The Lib Dem’s have been an obstacle to a soft Brexit consistently. They voted against backing a custom union (lost by one vote), they stood in EU elections promising remain (a referendum asking; revoke, extension, no deal - which ... let’s be honest ... is a stitch-up to ensure remain).

    They’re doing a great job of ensuring leaving with no deal.

    Well, they've been pro-remain, which is at least a consistent position. And while I'm not saying they've made no mistakes, when you compare it to the mistakes Labour have made around Brexit they're small fry. But factually I accept everything you're saying, except to say that your conclusion is incomplete. If Lib Dems are ensuring we leave with No Deal, Labour as the official opposition are triply damned.

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    [the Lib Dems] prefer no deal to Corbyn in charge for a few weeks

    You could just as honestly (read: not very) say that Corbyn would prefer no deal to someone else being in charge for a few weeks. Fault on both sides here. Only the partisan say otherwise.

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    Ha yeah. Mine was £2400 and while there was a reserve fund, they didn't want to spend it on anything residents wanted. We've just taken the RTM and it's down to a more normal £1400 a year.

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    She's entirely wrong and lying, he literally and demonstrably campaigned for remain.

    He CAMPAIGNED for Remain, at about a 7/10 level, and when he wasn't taking holidays. But he didn't FIGHT for Remain. We all know what Corbyn fighting looks like. That Corbyn was conspicuously absent during the Referendum.

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    Very good point. A service charge of £500 a year is very low so there is clearly not going to be a reserve fund for such things.

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    Check to see what the ground rent terms will be in 50 (etc) years time. Very unlikely with your freeholder as the council, but some double every ten years, which would end up being a significant amount towards the end of the lease.

    Find out who your managing agents (i.e. the people you pay your service charge to) will be. Google them. Worth seeing what their reviews are like.

    If it's a flat you have more rights as a leaseholder, weirdly, so the remainder is pretty low risk given the viper pit Leasehold is.

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    ESP those labour MPs facing mandatory deselection as a result of Corbyn’s policies. What do they have to lose?

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    I expect he'll get a bloody nose just like May did when he talks to Merkel et al.

    Christ I hope so. Johnson desperately needs a smack in the mouth from reality.

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