Great Guy

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    Great Guy got a reaction from gilf in Unmentioned history constantly being mentioned   
    Tbh, I'm not sure how much of the UK's wealth can be put down to our involvement in the slave trade. Places like Sweden were never really involved (?) in black slavery and they are equally wealthy to the UK. So it's hard to say that slavery made the UK rich.
    Also this BBC Scotland programme says "every brick used in Scotland was due to Scotland's involvement in slavery". However slaves never built any buildings in Scotland. It's probably fair to say slavery made some Brits exceptionally rich and gave them the resources to build huge houses. However the craftsmen that built these houses would probably have built other things if the UK wasn't involved in slavery. 
    I'd genuinely have a lot more respect for blacks if they campaigned against modern day slavery (which exists on a huge scale). However they continue to bang on and on about nasty whitey buying blacks from other blacks 200 years ago.
    I refuse to feel guilty about slavery, that was stopped by Britain 200 years ago, that had nothing to do with me or my family. 
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    Great Guy got a reaction from OurDayWillCome in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    The thing that gets me is if we had voted for Bremain the UK would slowly have morphed into an EU superstate. Brexit voters would have been ignored (as they have been for 40 years). 
    However we voted Brexit and Bremain voters have to be continually consulted?
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    Great Guy reacted to Chewing Grass in Question Time   
    I don't know any Engineers who watch Question Time.
    Engineers are the sort of people Politicians hate as they have to work out how stuff works for themselves.
    This is dangerous stuff and is why Stalin sent train-loads of them to the Gulags.
    Engineers know question-time is stage managed, unbalanced, propaganda bollocks as the audience is largely populated by people interested in politics i.e. left-whingers, teachers and social workers.
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    Great Guy got a reaction from OurDayWillCome in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    The thing that gets me is if we had voted for Bremain the UK would slowly have morphed into an EU superstate. Brexit voters would have been ignored (as they have been for 40 years). 
    However we voted Brexit and Bremain voters have to be continually consulted?
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    Great Guy got a reaction from OurDayWillCome in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    The only good thing the EU really offers us is free trade. If places like Japan can get a free trade deal with the EU why can we not get one?
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    Great Guy got a reaction from OurDayWillCome in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    The thing that gets me is if we had voted for Bremain the UK would slowly have morphed into an EU superstate. Brexit voters would have been ignored (as they have been for 40 years). 
    However we voted Brexit and Bremain voters have to be continually consulted?
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    Great Guy got a reaction from OurDayWillCome in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    The only good thing the EU really offers us is free trade. If places like Japan can get a free trade deal with the EU why can we not get one?
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    Great Guy reacted to janch in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    May needs to go.  There needs to be a vote of no confidence then a leadership election to get a proper Brexiteer to get on with it as the last 2 years have been wasted.  In hindsight May was never going to do it as she is a closet Remainer.  She's had the benefit of the doubt for 2 years but no longer.  The Tories need to get their act together and fast.
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    Great Guy got a reaction from null; in 'Worrying' lack of diversity in Britain's tech sector   
    Maybe there are just genetic differences between the sexes? Small boys tend to play with guns and small girls colour things in....
    I studied engineering at university. 90% of the course were male. I work in an engineering office and 90% of the engineers are male. What do we do? Force women into a course/ career they don't want to do?
    Why don't we celebrate our differences instead of trying to form a homogeneous world?
     
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    Great Guy reacted to maudit in 'Worrying' lack of diversity in Britain's tech sector   
    Women with children mostly want low stress career that will fit with school hours and will sacrifice pay and seniority to get this. The only v high up women I have worked for have all been childless. Very difficult to have both. 
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    Great Guy reacted to Option5 in 'Worrying' lack of diversity in Britain's tech sector   
    Another factor in women's choice of career is the ability to take time out to have children. A doctor, teacher etc. can quite easily go missing for a few years, in tech the subject changes so quickly that a few years away may make your skills worth less or even worthless.
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    Great Guy reacted to Harley in 'Worrying' lack of diversity in Britain's tech sector   
    Another "report".  I've worked for many great women.  They all had one thing in common - ability.  I left my last job for several reasons, one being the decision to positively discriminate in favour of women as they were deemed to be insufficient in numbers in managerial roles.  Why should I or anyone else suffer like that.  Especially the talented women who would be labelled something else.  It was a sign the company was failing.
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    Great Guy reacted to Sgt Hartman in 'Worrying' lack of diversity in Britain's tech sector   
    I agree, there's a shocking lack of gender diversity within the scaffolding industry too. This outrage needs rectifying immediately and if women aren't queuing up for the chance to lug heavy steel scaffold up buildings in the pissing rain then we'll make them do it. Of course they will thank us for giving them the opportunity as this sort of equality is clearly what they've always wanted.
    It's for the good of society, comrades.
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    Great Guy reacted to SNACR in 'Worrying' lack of diversity in Britain's tech sector   
    Why isn't there more diversity in Beauty Therapy?
    I think the government should give lorry driver's grants to retrain as Beauty Therapists.
    I reckon Big Dave's grip, honed from years of prostitute strangling, would be ideally suited to massaging too. The tragedy is, in a female dominated industry, I just don't think he'll be taken seriously.
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    Great Guy reacted to The Generation Game in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    Or, as he suggested, just suing them. 
    Of course we should have played hardball. They get more money from us than they give us (both in terms of funding the EU and from import/export trade balance). 
    Getting agreement with 27 others was always going to be nigh on impossible without bending over. So you flip it around and tell them they get nothing from you and to let you know when they want to make a deal on something. 
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    Great Guy reacted to onlyme in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    Consensus?
    Not when she sidelined the Brexit secretary and his workers and schemed up a plan behind his back, that should have been it for her then, Raab seems to have been involved in nothing at all ether over the last 5 weeks, not seeing or reacting to the proposal till yesterday having once seen it then resigning this morning.
     
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    Great Guy reacted to Austin Allegro in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    Yes. Sorry to say she seems to exhibit the worst characteristics of female managers; she tries to avoid confrontation by seeking some kind of feeble consensus which ends up pleasing nobody, resulting in her stamping her feet and trying to look tough in a headmistress type way. I've seen this style of management get more and more common  in the last 20 years, to the extent that I gave up working in the corporate world because of it.
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    Great Guy reacted to SuperTramp in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    I don't know why we are so scared of the EU, it's just a giant protection racket, that introduces over 300 new laws and regulations every month that individuals and small businesses cannot comply with.
    The result being that in another 20 years the only businesses left trading on the continent will be a small group of useless industrial behemoths rather like the former British Leyland, creating useless goods, that nobody wants, at a huge loss. All the while being swamped by low skilled labour from the third world, consuming vasts amounts of resources in the form of welfare.
    The UK is also a net contributor to the EU, if we were to walk away, we could use the extra money to lower taxes and cut some of the worst EU regulations foisted upon us in the last 30 years, which would easily smooth out any uncertainties/ups and downs after leaving.
    Give it another 5 years and the EU will be begging the UK for access to our market.
     
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    Great Guy reacted to The Generation Game in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    Indeed. It should have been "Right, we're off. What current rules do you want to keep and here's what we want in exchange for that?"
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    Great Guy reacted to Happy Renting in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    Article 50 specifies 2 years for negotiating leave terms. The default position has always been a 'Hard Brexit' unless other terms are negotiated.
    The Government and Opposition were both totally unprepared for a Leave vote, wasting the opportunity (rather, obligation) to prepare contingency plans and policies well before the Referendum.
    After election as party leader May then jumped the gun by invoking Article 50 prematurely without any clear plan about what we wanted after leaving. (The idiot Cоrbyn actually wanted to invoke article 50 immediately after the Referendum, without preparation or a plan which was even more stupid - so Leaving under Cоrbyn would actually have been worse still.)
    She then weakened her position in the UK by calling a General Election and fucking that up.

    May totally failed to prepare for the default Hard Brexit, which was criminally negligent and also fatally weakened the UK's negotiating position.
    We were under no obligation to make settlement payments to the EU. The EU sells more to us than we sell to them. They need our trade more than we need theirs. The EU has more vulnerable nationals in the UK than the UK has in the EU (?).
    May then threw away our strong negotiating hand and allowed the EU to dictate the whole negotiating process.
    We are 'led' by morons.
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    Great Guy reacted to Mental Floss in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    I'm so astounded by the gobshitery that May displays I can barely believe anyone is so stupid.
    By trying to play the middle ground, you lose any of the benefits of either end of the spectrum. At this point either:
    Fully throwing our weight behind euro lunacy and taking as much as we can from that corrupt edifice  OR
    Accepting the the EU are not serious about achieving a deal and therefore leaving with no agreement
    are both FAR superior to the bollocks May is trying to foist upon us. Thing is she isn't a leader, shes a follower so the idea of vassalage doesn't worry her.
     
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    Great Guy reacted to Austin Allegro in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    This is where things like BBC bias come into their own. The 'no deal' Brexit is always presented as the end of the world, the worst case scenario etc, when in fact as somebody (Jonathan Davis?) points out, it is Brexit on WTO terms, there is  no such thing as a 'no deal'. The whole thing is intended to promote the idea that EU membership is unassailable.
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    Great Guy reacted to Hail the Tripod in THE REMAIN TRAP   
    That's exactly what we voted for. It's amazing how the public discourse has been massaged to the point where it is assumed that Brexit requires a "deal". We were presented in the referendum with the "best" new deal Call me Dave could renegotiate or just leave outright , and we voted "No, not the new deal, we'd rather leave". We didn't vote for another renegotiation; we voted to leave!
    I suppose it was assumed the politicians and civil servants would spend the two years disentangling the regulatory framework rather than assuming it wasn't going to happen, so it'll be harder in the short term than it should have been.
    The opportunity for a relatively well ordered sundering has been wasted. A good deal was never on the table, because it sets a precedent for fragmentation of their 4th reich.
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    Great Guy got a reaction from Chewing Grass in Aung San Suu Kyi Rohingya Thread   
    BBC reporting on this now. The UN consider this genocide and want Burmese generals to be charged with war crimes.
    OK, fair enough it probably is a war crime. However what about non Muslims being persecuted in Muslim lands? It's clear that persecution of Muslims is far more widely criticised than persecution of Christians.
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    Great Guy got a reaction from maudit in Aung San Suu Kyi Rohingya Thread   
    yeah, whenever you get a bunch of Muslims that try to soften the message in the Koran they will get killed by the hardliners. it's really hard to see a peaceful way forward.