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The B-Ark / Re: Your memories and stories of York Street
« on: July 30, 2018, 05:44:11 PM »
Not my earliest memory of Shoddy's, but my first day in long trousers, spent sitting among the girders of the new York Street stand taking shape. I think the game was in the FA Cup against Grantham (6-3). My mother would have slaughtered me if the trousers had been torn.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: August 21, 2017, 06:45:03 PM »
I really do not see that Ireland is a problem. We have an agreement with Ireland since the separation of the nations and this predates the EU or even the EEC by many years. Under that agreement,  Irish passport holders have the right to restriction-free travel within the UK and an Irish passport holder can even countersign your application for a UK passport. Assuming that a resumption of "The Troubles" does not occur we just resort to the situation prior to 1968.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: May 16, 2017, 07:21:39 PM »
It's been a while since I last commented on this thread, though I am happy to have been in at the beginning. So far I have seen my hopes realised and that we are well on the way to reclaiming our independence. The forthcoming election is really about one thing and that is our independence. Although a life long socialist, I will be backing Teresa May to finish the job.

However, although I may not be around to see it, as I have inoperable liver cancer and have no idea how long I have left, I predict that the Labour Party will eventually find a moderate socialist leader who will carry the country on many of the policies which are proving to be popular despite the current leader. Winston Churchill lead us successfully in a battle for survival, but then saw the country come out in favour of socialist policies, which gave us institutions which we take for granted today. I think that history will repeat itself. If it does, then I hope that a future Labour government is not as naive as some of those in the past, but treads carefully. One final thought: We must continue as Great Britain. Let's tolerate none of this nonsense about splitting up into rump states.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:34:04 PM »
We may be coming out of Europe. but what odds against Lincoln City being in next year? They can still dream.

The B-Ark / Re: Well done Lincoln
« on: February 18, 2017, 02:27:46 PM »
Fantastic Imps.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: November 09, 2016, 10:52:12 PM »
The judicial ruling is that parliament must give its assent before Article 50 exit may be started. Although much hot air was expended on Maastricht, the formal discussions were opened by a government that had not at that time the authority of a parliamentary vote to back its action. The discussions commenced under the imposition of the Royal Prerogative which it is now ruled insufficient. Remember that the judgement is about the act of formally starting discussions, not the outcome. I stick by my assertion that by the present ruling we are not legally within the EU.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: November 08, 2016, 10:05:04 PM »
Isn't it strange that there was no similar vote before Major signed the Maastricht agreement, thereby forcing us into the European Union. So it follows that we are not, and never have been in the EU. Happy days! PS. Can we have our money back?

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: October 14, 2016, 04:07:20 PM »
An interesting point on JR. Parliament makes the laws; the legislature is there to make sure that the law is applied, interpreting where necessary. The JR is asked to rule on whether there should be a commons vote on enacting article 50. If JR says no vote, then we go ahead, but if it insists on a vote, parliament is entitled to ignore the legislature, by amending the act which JR implies would be contravened, or by passing an entirely new act which overrules the JR decision. The snag is that to pass or amend an act there needs to be a vote in parliament. And round we will go again! To quote Sir Thomas More, I trust that I make myself obscure.

Regarding the debate on whether the government should tell parliament what its exit strategy is, of course you don't show your cards to the opposition (either in parliament of the EU). However, I would have thought that the exit strategy is clear...

    1) Invoke article 50 in full, breaking all ties and agreements which form part of our membership of the EU. (That's what exit means, although it would appear that many wish not to understand this.)

    2) Speedily enact through parliament those things which are under our control so that the status quo continues where we want it to.

    3) Negotiate with the EU about anything that we have lost by leaving so that we achieve the best deals we can. This point can start at any stage and doesn't have to wait for the earlier items. We will win some and lose some, but that's what those of us who voted for exit anticipated (or should have anticipated) anyway. At this point we are out with the best deals that are available.

    4) Negotiate new trade deals with the rest of the World, including the EU as we see fit. At this point the EU will have come to realise that being bloody minded is not suiting their interests and will probably be approaching us to replace the deals that they have denied us, or looking for new deals.

    From this point onwards it is a brave new World and we need to stay one step ahead as we have done throughout history. My only doubt is whether we have the negotiators of the calibre required to achieve this momentous undertaking. History will judge their success or failure.

Per ardua ad astra.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: September 10, 2016, 01:09:35 AM »
Never mind the flags. As at no time in many years, the message is in the music. We have built Jerusalem in England's green and pleasant land.

That which God has ordained, let no man put asunder.

The B-Ark / Re: Feeling old
« on: August 09, 2016, 10:35:09 AM »
Arms were for keeping by your sides and shirts were to be worn (tucked in) and not pulled by opponents or ripped off when celebrating a score.

The B-Ark / Re: Bostons MP.
« on: June 29, 2016, 05:43:13 PM »
So does anyone think that we vote for an individual and not the party? In the last election, the Labour candidate had an exemplary record of service to the local community and the Tory was unknown to the area. Unfortunately, in Boston & Skegness constituency, if you stick up a scarecrow and put a blue rosette on it, it will be voted in.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: June 28, 2016, 11:03:18 PM »
If we settle for a Norway style deal, then we have wasted our time. That's just a begging bowl. If we are serious we must stand on our own feet. That may be tough for a while , but it will not be the first time that we have stood alone and taken it on the chin. Or maybe the present generation is not made of what it takes.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: June 28, 2016, 07:01:08 PM »
What is fast developing as a matter of concern to me is the type of out that we are about to get. As I see it , we may be offered 1) just a bit out - we didn't really mean it, 2) not really out - give us all the perks, 3) please don't let us leave - find a way to stop it, and 4) ever so sorry - we didn't mean it and it's time for us to adopt the euro.

I voted for out. Out means out. we really need to sever all ties and start again. It will soon become clear which matters are of mutual benefit to us and the Eu, and where it is not obvious, we need to take a step back and look at our global position. Whatever the future, I am convinced that the politicians are planning to sell us down the river, and I fear that the river may be the Styx.

The B-Ark / Re: Bostons MP.
« on: June 28, 2016, 06:18:40 PM »
Stepping back for a moment, the role of a Member of Parliament is to stand for what he believes and what he understands his electorate voted for at the time of his election; i.e. the views expressed in his manifesto. Unlike a trades union delegate, he is not mandated to vote, but votes on his own conscience, normally following the lead of his party.

At times like the present, this may be unpopular with supporters (including me) of a different opinion, but that is the parliamentary system.

The B-Ark / Re: O/T In or out
« on: June 27, 2016, 04:29:24 PM »
I've just thought of something else from the era of television expansion in the sixties, and the prophetic words of Millicent Martin:

That was the week that was. It's over. Let it go!

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