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Elon Musk's Tesla ICO

Speaking of ICOs, last week something amazing, breathtaking, and revolutionary happened. We had another ICO... the very first of its kind.

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Leprechauns riding rainbows - EU stole the Gold
Irish Government On Verge Of Collapse, Could Impact Brexit

The Irish government was on the verge of collapse as it faced a vote of no confidence in the deputy prime minister by a party whose votes are critical for Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to pass laws (the government is a minority administration).


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Politician's Sexual harassment - more than a "fleeting touch":
BBC.Question.Time.170119.Thornberry.Sexually.Assaults.Morgan

Nov 24, 2017 at 11:39 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@rhoda, Nov 24, 2017 at 2:41 AM

Importers don't pay tariffs. The folks who buy the stuff do. It's a tax on consumers of imported goods. What might cost the importer is reduced sales if he can't find savings equivalent to the tariff from, say, agents and middlemen.

Spot on :)

Nov 24, 2017 at 7:26 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@Ross Lea, Nov 24, 2017 at 1:12 PM

I am dismayed with Gove I thought he has more sense than to embrase this Green nosense, bring back Owen Patterson.

As many are. Also puzzled. Yes, bring back Owen Paterson.

Nov 24, 2017 at 7:23 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@TinyCO2, Nov 24, 2017 at 10:38 AM

Where were all the amazing speeches from those two [BoJo & JRM] during the election?

They are probably in a drawer. May, Timothy et al forbade all Conservative candidates doing any campaign speeches outside their constituencies and insisted only local or no media were present

This restriction was lifted in final week when May's team realised outlook was not good. However, all speeches & appearances had to be approved.

Conservative candidates were furious with May & her advisors Stalinist control.

Nov 24, 2017 at 7:22 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

@Uibhist a Tuath, Nov 24, 2017 at 8:14 AM

Particularly difficult for manufacturers who import components for their finished products, add value, which are then exported and have tariffs applied to the finished product on top. It's one reason I'm not entirely confident in the "it'll do more harm to their car industry than ours" view. According to SMMT, nearly 80% of UK car output is exported and 56% of that goes to the EU. 60% of of the components in those cars is imported. That old chestnut the double whammy.

There are agreements on this. Example:

How firms export: Processing vs. ordinary trade with financial frictions

Nov 24, 2017 at 7:14 PM | Registered CommenterPcar

Ross Lea

re:Gove

there are quite a lot of people wondering WTF Gove is playing at. Has he changed his tune as a result of in-job pressures - or was he lying before?

Labour did a comprehensive job stuffing assorted departments with their place-persons. When I go and look at the cv / associations of a quango nabob or a senior departmental "executive" - their progressive affiliations are still, years later, indicative of an ideologically partisan approach to discharging their duties... It's also clear imho that at least part of Blair's confidence in the public sphere must be as a result of dealing with many people who are to some extent in debt to him for their advancement.

Nov 24, 2017 at 1:33 PM | Registered Commentertomo

TinyCO2

Tony Blair stuffed the civil service with green activists and Gurdian reading lefties and now we cannot get rid of them. You need a strong minister in charge. I am dismayed with Gove I thought he has more sense than to embrase this Green nosense, bring back Owen Patterson.

Nov 24, 2017 at 1:12 PM | Unregistered CommenterRoss Lea

Kleinefeldmaus - Boris is intelligent when he writes stuff down. When he talks he's a blithering idiot. That said Junker is a gobby fool so perhaps Boris might do fine against the EU. Except he has to have the confidence of the Tories and he's a bit too random to do that. Can he grow up? Jacob Rees-Mogg might be a great PM but then again he might not. He's not been tested. Where were all the amazing speeches from those two during the election? If May was too shy, they should have auditioned for top spot and got the Tories the lead they needed for the negotiations.

And no matter how good the MP, they always have to negotiate the civil service. Who has ever bested them? They were a law untto themselves in the era of Yes Minister and no government has ever tamed them.

Nov 24, 2017 at 10:38 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

"That says a lot about your character and weakness." Pcar.

No it doesn't. It says that I'd have been on the spot to gauge what the strengths of the other MPs were like. I'm surprised by how little our civil service does and how much it has handed over to the EU. A lot of key Brexit supporters have washed their hands after the vote as if that was job done. The vote was job started. Neither the MPs not the people were ready for the vote. I'm not sure that the civil service will ever support it. That lack of clarity is causing serious issues. It will take decades to get into any kind of stability. I say that as a full supporter of Brexit. In those decades you still have to run elections. What if Laboiur was in charge? May has to appease all sides while trying to do the near impossible task of getting out of the clutches of the EU without too much damage. I don't know that any of the MPs are up to the job.

"No, our spineless, appeasing politicians are, "The Brits" are not." Pcar

If it was just MPs it would eventually reflect itself in who was elected but it doesn't. As a country we like fair play but only so far. For some reason that doesn't translate into political decisions. It just ends up as weakness and compromise. We like smart people (both physically and mentally) but are then surprised when they act like a City banker. We like 'nice' people and then are surprised when they give too much money away or go soft on crime. We like confident people who speak their mind and then pillory them when they're too confident or say something controvercial or just dumb. It's driven by the media but the public aren't far behind.

As a nation we need to decide what we want and that would require serious debates. Debates nobody will give us.

Nov 24, 2017 at 10:02 AM | Unregistered CommenterTinyCO2

Zimbabwe has had its first ever bloodless election. Predetermined results due later.

Nov 24, 2017 at 8:38 AM | Unregistered Commentergolf charlie

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