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  1. Brexit or Eurin?

    More like prioritising their own survival. As I've said before, in the event of no deal or what looks like not a very good one, I just can't see the Govt taking us out without coming back to the public. If we then vote out again, it's our collective fault and not theirs and will therefore limit political damage.
  2. Carillon

    When was the last time we embarked on any large scale public sector contruction projects (i.e. not subcontracted to private operators)?
  3. Carillon

    To answer your points (for some reason I can't split your post)... 1. The projects that have tipped them over the edge are all large scale building projects, which couldn't have been done by the public sector anyway. Your comment may be valid for the schools/hospitals maintenance contracts but that's not relevant fo this case. 2. @Gaspode's post sums up pretty well the logical reasons for the Govt trying to support them in recent months. 3. Swings and roundabouts. Private sector company bids at low cost, goes fine & taxpayer saves money or goes tits up and gets bailed out, versus public sector run project goes OK or comes in delayed and over budget - gets absorbed into Govt spending and swept under the carpet.
  4. Brexit or Eurin?

    All the talk now of a possible second vote in the event of no deal does play straight into the EU's hands, though. Even less incentive for them to come up with a decent deal. I see this morning that both EU presidents are saying the door is still open for us. They're loving this.
  5. Carillon

    Most of those contracts were placed years ago, though, and the company only got into trouble last summer. They appear to have been hit by problems with a few projects all going south at the same time due to delays & cost over-runs. Whether this is bad luck or bad management (including over-optimistic bidding) will probably come to light in future. I would imagine that Government spending cuts will have had an effect on the contingency planning of these large bids. Lower cost maybe but more risky for the operators.
  6. Brexit or Eurin?

    I was a little surprised by his comments and confidence that Leave would win more easily on a second vote. In my mind and IF it were to happen, there are a few variables which would make it very interesting: 1. What proportion of Leave voters switch sides out of regret or frustration with the process so far? 2. What proportion of Remain voters would switch sides just to respect the decision from the first vote? I'm not convinced by this but I've heard commentators say there might be a lot. 3. Turnout - Would voter fatigue kick in & would Remain or Leave voters be more enthusiastic / apathetic?
  7. Brexit or Eurin?

    That second referendum I've been predicting all along is looking a bit more likely now....
  8. Carillon

    Maybe a tad. He makes Corbyn look like Maggie Thatcher.
  9. Random stuff that annoys me thread

    That anomaly in male biology that results in waking up in the middle of the night both desperate for a pee and ...erm...in a state of physical arousal which makes it almost impossible to do anything about it.
  10. v Brum (A) - Predictions

    Birmingham 0-2 Derby Vydra FRGS
  11. POLL: The McClaren era(s)

    Yes. I was sick of Clough's football & more so, was fed up of his tendency to single out players for criticism in interviews. I can't see GR ever doing that. What was the context at the time?. Who else could we have realistically chosen? I can't remember. I thought Mac would be a breath of fresh air, though. And he was.
  12. Best TV Dramas

    Anyone watching The Orville? Saw the first 2 episodes last night but can't work out if it's supposed to be an homage to Star Trek or a spoof. Not sure whether to bother with it, as I also find Seth McFarlane a bit annoying.
  13. Starting an internet business - advice needed.

    If you do use Squarespace, using discount code: "answer" will get you a discount for the first year I think.
  14. Rate the last film you saw partie deux

    Paddington & Paddington 2 Having missed it at the cinema, we watched Paddington after Chrimbo & followed up by a trip to the cinema on NYE for Paddington 2. They're both just lovely films. My little one (5 years old) loved them both & enough comedy nods to the adults. Utterly heart warming & feelgood in nature. Paddington: 8/10 Paddington 2: 9/10 (an extra mark for Hugh Grant as the pantomime villain in this one)

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