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Charlie_L

Member since Oct 2014 • Last active Jan 2020
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On a bike in the New Forest and London, most of the time. Used to work for LCC, now a free agent.

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    and this
    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfre­e/2020/jan/17/eu-nationals-fearful-brexi­t-windrush
    Europeans will have to learn to live with the low level anxiety that we of the Windrush generation face. Even though we have all the right paperwork and permissions there is a chance that a detail will be lost or unavailable leading to being blocked for housing, jobs, healthcare or being held up at the border.
    My advice is not to read any Kafka. It is not good for your mental health.

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    ^^^^^ Thanks. You learn something new every day.

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    ^^^^ This is not dumb. It is very clever pandering to his crowd who love it. He makes self-deprecating jokes about his hair and orange look. At the same time it enrages his enemies in the environmental movement - his crowd love that. He produces a few sound/video bites that get shared far wider than his usual audience, even here.

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    Why are most of the media covering up the name of the burnt out lorry operator? Eddie Stobart.

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    Man made climate change denialism is the issue that has defined Australian politics for over a decade. Four prime ministers and a couple of leaders of the opposition have been removed by their own party for being on the wrong side. As with brexit it began when a minority group within one party managed to grab the balance of power. They then blocked any policy change towards reducing carbon use.
    For almost 200 years the Australian economy and easy lifestyle have depended on ruthless exploitation of the natural and mineral resources the white immigrants found there. To take effective climate action requires a fundamental change to the whole culture of the country.
    The arsonist myth about bushfires has been around for a long time. It is a convenient cover for those who have done nothing about climate change. The evidence suggests that about 1% of the current fire damage is due to arson.

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    ^^ thanks. I just spoke to my Dad. He was up all night in case they had to move again. The house has survived the night but there is no power to make cups of tea or re-charge the phones. They are better off than many other people but still pretty frightening for someone aged 99 with very little eyesight. The fire service had done some back burning around the housing area last week so there is less fresh fuel if the fires come back again.

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    My dad lives just on the east edge of the massive fire south of Nowra. The current advice from the fire service is:

    It is too late to leave. Seek shelter as the fire approaches. Seek shelter in a solid structure to protect yourself from the heat of the fire.
    Monitor the conditions and know what you will do if the fire threatens.
    Be alert to embers and spot fires.

    They have been evacuated to the community centre for the second time this week. A few hours ago the southerly wind change came through with gusts up to 50mph. The temperature dropped from 40 degrees to 22. It is now the middle of the night so they won't know if the house is OK until tomorrow.

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    I am gladdened by the appearance of some debate on the issues of public vs private ownership, the role of the state etc. At the same time I am saddened that this is only happening now. One of the immense failures of the recent Labour party leadership was to assume that people understood the issues or were engaged at all. They produced a manifesto that resonated strongly within their own echo chamber but meant little to the bulk of the population who had not been engaged in the policy discussion.

    I wish I had time to engage with all the arguments in recent posts, but that would mean cancelling Christmas. One caught my eye

    I'd chop all bus passes as all they mean is buses are more expensive for working age people.

    Simply not true. Bus passes provide financial support for bus operators, they make it possible to run more services and give a social and environmental benefit to everyone. London Buses is a nationalised industry with physical services provided by private contractors. It is one of the most successful transport undertakings in the world. The wholesale privatisation of buses outside London has been a failure with high fares and hopeless service.
    The highest profile privatisation disaster was Railtrack. Investors made a fortune while service levels dropped. The result was at least four major fatal rail crashes with dozens killed and hundreds injured. That is why Network rail has since been re-nationalised.

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    It's a tactic to win as the compromise candidate when the electorate is split down the middle.

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    I'm not necessarily suggesting that someone stands as "interim" leader. Just someone who promises to put themself up for re-election by 2022.

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