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China generally is not better or more worse than the USA in what they are doing; but they are way more efficient.
 

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China's social ranking algorithms, their strict control over social media, the great firewall of China, these are qualitatively different from anything in the US.
 
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BoJo finally has revealed his glorious plan to ram the UK's economy even further into the ground, because Brexit alone is just not bad enough to ruin the country!

Behold the new plan on how to regulate immigration on a point based system; to get a work permit you need minimum 70 points:



The industry, fish industry, health and service sector already are fearing the worst. The government though is of the opinion that those sectors should purify themselves from cheap migrant labour.

Some mention worthy laudation for this plan are:

Industry leaders warned the changes would have a huge impact on food processing factories that rely heavily on EU workers to keep the supermarket shelves full with pre-packed chicken, beef and pork cuts.

Tom Hadley, director of policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, said: “Jobs the government considers ‘low-skilled’ are vital to wellbeing and business growth. The announcement threatens to shut out the people we need to provide services the public rely on.

“We need access to workers that can help us look after the elderly, build homes and keep the economy strong.”

UKHospitality chief executive, Kate Nicholls, said “ruling out a temporary, low-skilled route for migration in just 10 months’ time would be disastrous for the hospitality sector and the British people” and deter investment in the high street.

The Confederation of British Industry director general Carolyn Fairbairn said the removal of the cap on the number of skilled workers was “welcome”, but she warned that in “some sectors, firms would be left wondering how they would recruit the people needed to run their businesses.
“With already low unemployment, firms in care, construction, hospitality, food and drink could be most affected,” she said.

The hospitality sector will also be hit with no “barista visa” for coffee shops, despite warnings from Pret A Manger two years ago that only one in 50 job applicants were British.

Also vulnerable are hotels that rely on EU workers for cleaning, kitchen and chambermaid staff, and big business and homes who rely on EU workers for cleaning, security and housekeeping.

“If it comes to a point where it is harder to access labour then don’t turn off the tap overnight. Give people time to adjust. Please make the system cheaper – it is just ridiculously expensive,” said Ian Robinson, a partner at the firm and a former policy official at the Home Office.

But with its 80-strong majority, the government can deliver on its new policy with a immigration bill expected to ease through parliament in the coming months.

“UK businesses will need to adapt and adjust to the end of free movement, and we will not seek to recreate the outcomes from free movement within the points-based system,” said the government in a briefing paper.

It also said that employers would have to work harder to recruit and retain British staff.

“It is important that employers move away from a reliance on the UK’s immigration system and as alternative to investment in staff retention, productivity, and wider investment in technology and automation,” the briefing paper added.

Special arrangements are being made for seasonal workers who harvest the fields but this is only set at 10,000 places, far below the National Farmers’ Union’s (NFU) demands for temporary visas for 70,000 in 2021.


 

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Lengthy article (via Evernote because of the Indy's registration requirements) about two former Labour strongholds that voted Leave.

One of them, Mansfield, is near where I'm from. it's a town I know reasonably well, and its problems are very typical of the area.


There is a beautiful sunset as my train pulls out, but could the young, like me, also be leaving here? Nottingham had been on everyone’s lips (“You look to Nottingham and you see it getting bigger and getting better, and you look to Mansfield and it hasn’t changed,” one twenty-something planning to move had told me). Had I been witnessing a town in terminal decline… or was there the chance of renewal?
Nottingham -- the city I'm from -- is only 20 miles away and, while certainly not without its own problems, is a world apart from somewhere like Mansfield and the other old mining towns and pit villages in the area, and naturally finds it far easier to attract, and retain, investment because of its size, facilities, status as regional economic centre and its road and rail communications.

I'm really at a loss to know what to do about places like Mansfield -- the pits, factories and brewery closed a generation ago, and people who were going to have moved away to look for better opportunities elsewhere.

There's no particular reason for a town like Mansfield to exist in its present form any more, not when you've got cities like Nottingham, Sheffield and even Doncaster all within 20 or 30 miles of it, and no one -- certainly not me -- really seems to have any real idea of what to do about it.
 

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On the subject of Boris and bridges: let's remember that he couldn't even build a 360m long bridge across the River Thames.


So at most, you'll get a zip line across the Irish Strait out of this endeavour.
 

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Reuters reported Wednesday that Google is planning to ship its UK user data from its European headquarters in Ireland to the US.
So british Google-users do not need to suffer longer from the bureaucratic EU-rules to protect the privacy of the user



 
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Totally expected. The ones who receive more funds from the EU than they pay for, want the budget to grow and the ones that pay more then they get out of it, are not really eager to do so. But there will be an agreement in the next weeks, maybe months. It's an every seven years repeated ritual dance around the honey pot.
 

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There you go, every second of waiting, discussing, hope, fear, bitterness, protesting, was worth it.
The fruits of Brexit are within reach for every single Brit now!

I can truly understand, that every Briton can't hardly wait to stand in that endless line at Schiphol airport or in Calais, just to show of the new blue wonder of man kind. You lucky bastards.
 
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There you go, every second of waiting, discussing, hope, fear, bitterness, protesting, was worth it.
The fruits of Brexit are within reach for every single Brit now!

I can truly understand, that every Briton can't hardly wait to stand in that endless line at Schiphol airport or in Calais, just to show of the new blue wonder of man kind. You lucky bastards.
 

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They got it though somewhat wrong: today you would not plunder a church, but some bank in the City of London instead.
Are there still banks that have cash at the offices in the UK?
Here you have to go to an ATM if you want cash and they are mostly situated inside supermarkets and shopping malls these days.
At my bank you can get mortgages, loans, insurances, advise about stock market investments, but no cash available.