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  1. Upthread, a video of the risible Jacob Rees-Mogg was posted with him having a dig at the Germans over solar and hoping we could bring in cheap panels from China when we leave the EU. I wonder if in his blindness, he knew that we had PV panel manufacturers in the UK that don't have Chinese parents. I assume the sort of economics that he espouses would view the demise of the UK manufacturers in the face of Chinese dumping as Capitalism red in tooth and claw. He also espouses the reduction of safety standards, saying that what's good enough for India could be good enough for us. Tell that to the residents of Bhopal.
  2. First of all, sorry to hear about your situation and good luck with job hunting. I have to say that for me, all LinkedIn achieved was a massive amount of spam. Binned it in the end. Since I got binned by my former employer, I went through a difficult patch but now turn down work because those who also left when I did have drifted away from what we did and I'm the only one still standing/stupid enough to do what I do. Have you considered a complete career change? It might be better for you and you could probably offer more support to your wife as well?
  3. This moving production away from R&D is starting to afflict the world of British hifi, arguably the best in the world. Just got, at last, a Musical Fidelity M6Si amp. Designed in the UK... made in Taiwan. I was looking at the high-end Arcam too - made in the USA. Where would we stand on that under, say, WTO rules? I too was going to mention Dyson's removal of manufacturing to Malaysia, but was beaten to it. Reading his Wikipedia entry is interesting: his conversion to Brexiter from advocate of joining the Eurozone particularly so. A very good point is raised upthread - what do we sell these new trading partners in return? It'll have to be a lot more than "innovative teas and jams" as the Maybot has suggested in the past. Although I have had little time for Chris 'Fat Pang' Patten in the past, he has made a very good point recently: we are in this mess thanks to two of the least competent Prime Ministers in memory.
  4. Correct - VAT used to be at two rates - 8% and 12.5%. When it was harmonised, it went up to 15%. The 12.5% was the 'luxury' rate and produced some real anomalies; a good example being a humble little transistor called the BC108. Because the BC108 was in a metal can, it was taxed at 12.5%. But its plastic-cased friend the BC 548 - identical in every respect electrically save for the BC548 being in a plastic case - was taxed at 8%. Worse still was the predecessor of VAT - Purchase Tax. This had a bewildering array of rates depending upon the item being purchased and was varied willy-nilly to usually, control the economy or some aspect of it. Another example: during the Big Freeze of 1947, when coal wasn't getting delivered because of the snow, people turned to electric fires to heat their homes which put a limited post-war electricity grid under severe strain - because of course, they couldn't get coal either. So to prevent a repeat of this in 1948, the purchase tax on electric fires and other 'frivolous' items was raised to 125%. That's right - one hundred and twenty five percent.
  5. I don't think (BICBW) that was what @pidgeonpost was referring to. The UK had a reputation for having the filthiest beaches in Europe (and they were), as well as some of the dirtiest rivers. The Thames was nigh on dead forty years ago.
  6. Everywhere I look round here, I see solar panels on new builds and increasing retrofits. I see them in fields, acres of them. Sorry, I can't accept that EU anti-dumping legislation is affecting the uptake of solar panels, be it PV or water. This would appear to be relevant regarding solar panels. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-28/ja-solar-withdraws-from-eu-minimum-solar-pricing-agreement
  7. The first bit is basically, anti-dumping legislation to protect EU-based manufacturers from the Chinese selling stuff so cheaply that it drives local manufacturers out of business. Also known as 'protectionism', something the US is very keen on at the moment. Secondly, the sheer number of solar farms I've passed recently both in the car and on the train would suggest that not to be the case.
  8. Ah, but most of the time you aren't having a Vince's Cable moment, are you? And are you on a metered supply?
  9. You don't need me to tell you this, but there's a difference between incorporating into UK law and originating it; the UK has been at the forefront of energy-saving laws though (again, the lightbulbs being the best known). The trouble is, the UK has a nasty habit of gilding lilies when it comes to the incorporation of EU Directives into law. Sometimes a 'sensible' EU directive gets turned into something totally daft by the UK legislature. @Lennox has raised a good point: sure, we could repeal this as part of the Great Repeal Bill in time, but it doesn't alter the fact that we would have to make pumps that were compliant if we want to sell them into the EU (I'm assuming we make such pumps in the UK). The trick here is to make those pumps cheaply enough, and of a good standard, that they don't cost three times what the non-compliant pump does! I'm all for energy-saving - I don't want to pay unnecessarily for my energy. I'm sure I've come across something like this before, now it's been mentioned. I think (BICBW) that it was to do with the 'maniverter' fitted to my Ford Ka...
  10. I've had a quick read of what Karl's response entailed - as part of energy saving directives, the pumps have now become variable-speed rather than fixed speed. That I can see would drive their price up, but a three-fold increase seems like piss-taking to this bystander. I'm a little confused as elsewhere I read (and only a quick read so might easily be wrong) that it was permissible to replace like-for-like on existing boilers until 2020? I have heard anecdotally that modern boilers don't last very long, and as someone who has only recently had central heating installed... Thanks for the response Karl, much appreciated.
  11. Okay... why? I know you to be a passionate 'leaver' having read your posts on here pre- and post- referendum, perhaps you'd like to answer the questions I posed upthread?
  12. Okay... so far, not so good. So, let's try and lead by example. Why did I vote to stay in? Primarily, it was the ease with which I, and my company, can work within Europe. To give a practical example, last year I worked in Paris for two months. Amount of paperwork involved? Two short forms - one to tell the French I'm in reasonably good health and unlikely to chuck myself off the Arc de Triomphe, the other to say that I will pay PAYE and NI in the UK on my earnings whilst out there. Oh, and they do check up on that, as some people discovered! Compare that to some countries where you have to present yourself to a medical centre for tests before even getting a work permit. Best of all - no 'Carnet' needed for the kit. Turn up, use it. Job's a good'un. Also, commonality of standards were I to produce something for use in the EU (unlikely, admittedly); if I make it to meet EU standards, it's good for use in 28 countries. Travelling there and back; easy, breeze through the blue channel. Last year, within 20 minutes of the plane landing at Heathrow I was on the train to Paddington - okay, I got lucky with the baggage carousel but the biometric passport was a doddle. I liked Paris so much, I went back for a holiday this year with a mate. Whilst over there, he rather liked the look of a particular regional ham he saw in a butchers. He tried a bit, and was sold on it. So he bought it on the morning we travelled back, wrapped it up well and he was happily munching it the next day for dinner. Perfectly legal, as it's within EU boundaries. Once we're outside the EU, unless something is done that will be illegal. I also note that under an EU directive, surcharges for credit/debit card use are to be banned. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-40648641 Of course, nothing post-2019 would stop us from doing that.
  13. It was published on 8/7/16. I need some help here from Leave supporters; just what is it about the EU that upsets/angers so many that they feel they would be better out of it? What, in particular, has any EU regulation done to you personally that you feel the need to be out? (Don't say 'lightbulbs' - the UK proposed that one) What does being in the EU stop you from doing? What opportunities will being out of the EU bring that would otherwise be impossible within? I know some will say "unelected bureaucrats telling us what to do" but we have those already; they're called civil servants. Some will cite immigration but, the EU ruling is that unless an immigrant can prove that they can sustain their being in an EU country within three months, they have to leave. The UK chooses not to implement that rule. Similarly, there will be those that say "if we object to something, we get overruled". But if the other 27 countries support the something that's being objected to, isn't that democracy in action - 27 for, one against? As for the cost of the EU, it accounts for 0.37% of the UK's budget: pensions account for 12.29%.That 0.37% is second from bottom in a big list of things, only the Fire Service gets less. Civilised answers, please.
  14. To be honest, that is the best way of all to host images - via your own domain. You may need to look at methods of anonymising the ownership of the domain though, if privacy is important to you.