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  1. I said as much in the opening of my post - "A healthy hire boat industry is essential for the local economy to survive..." I'm sorry if I did not make myself clear. But the vast majority of the businesses (excluding those related to boating) are not within the BA's executive area and rely on the local population for their custom and income, particularly outside the six week 'season'. When I look at the BA's obsequious fawning over the hire industry and compare that to their dismissive and arrogant attitude towards private owners (who provide 2/3rds of their tolls income), I'm rather surprised that anyone can't see that hand being bitten.
  2. A healthy hire boat industry is essential for the local economy to survive, but that does not come within the remit of the Broads Authority in either of the Broads Acts. The promotion of tourism has its own organisations to perform that function. Perhaps the Authority should remember it gets double the income from private owners that it gets from the hire companies. It's never wise to bite the hand that feeds.
  3. But the 2 metre rule hasn't been removed. What the Prime Minister actually said in his speech to the Commons today was (and I have emphasised the first and last sentences): "Where it is possible to keep 2 metres apart people should. But where it is not, we will advise people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’, meaning they should remain one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission. We are today publishing guidance on how businesses can reduce the risk by taking certain steps to protect workers and customers. These include, for instance, avoiding face-to-face seating by changing office layouts, reducing the number of people in enclosed spaces, improving ventilation, using protective screens and face coverings, closing non-essential social spaces, providing hand sanitiser and changing shift patterns so that staff work in set teams. And of course, we already mandate face coverings on public transport. Whilst the experts cannot give a precise assessment of how much the risk is reduced, they judge these mitigations would make “1 metre plus” broadly equivalent to the risk at 2 metres if those mitigations are fully implemented."
  4. Yet he's still a member on here, apparently.
  5. Why should submitting some information for balancing the discussion be indicative of my drinking preference? I fail to see the logic.
  6. Typical Giarduan fodder. On a more positive note: "Farmers supported through the pilot managed to increase their coffee yield by around 100% and to double their income as seen in the below table." (source)
  7. I have tried to stay out of this discussion, but I must confess I really don't understand what you are saying, MM. How can the content of the link be attributed to Tempest? If you look around the Topple the Racists site you'll find that it is closely associated with the Stop Trump organisation - look at the list of signatories to the letter they wrote - hard-left, Corbynists and Marxists, in the most part. Remind me of the Left's record on racism under Mr Corbyn. Before the mods jump in, I'm not trying to politicise the discussion, just trying to point out that there are many 'protesters' who are motivated more by their hard-left politics than by any sense of injustice to minority groups.
  8. Sorry to spoil your fun but: "Fill in this form with the details of your item to add it to our map. Submissions will be moderated by the organisers." Moderated or censored? You decide.
  9. Copyright material should always be attributed. The original article can be found here https://zoella.co.uk/2020/06/01/black-lives-matter-resources/
  10. What was the source of this anti-Churchill rhetoric, please? It doesn’t take much research to see just how biased it is. He was certainly no angel and, perhaps, not a very nice person, but simply to repeat such ... words fail me ...does no-one any favours.
  11. That article makes it clear that the enquiry found such behaviour to be totally unacceptable and the Met Police "stated the methodology had constituted abuse and a "gross violation" with severely harmful effects". The units have been disbanded. A great deal of police work is intelligence lead, with covert officers involved. That is entirely appropriate, subject to suitable restraints and supervision, which has, in some case, been absent.
  12. I thought this was about racism. The demonstrations in the UK were prompted by an event in the USA, so I don't think I'm changing the subject by mentioning racist behaviour in other countries, behaviour that involved the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people in ethnic minorities. I'm sorry if that doesn't chime with your agenda, but it can't and shouldn't be so lightly dismissed.
  13. "Whataboutism, also known as whataboutery, is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument." (Wiki) Sorry, but I don't think my post fits that definition, but you did manage to avoid responding to the evidence I provided.
  14. I'd love to see you try to unpick that statement, batrabill. But before you do, you might like to read this article and that's before we discuss the happenings in East Timor, Myanmar, Iraq ... shall I go on?
  15. For the sake of semantics, the Police also serve the Queen. The declaration made by all police officers is contained in the Police Act: "I....................of....................do solemnly and sincerely declare and affirm that I will well and truly serve the Queen in the office of constable, with fairness, integrity, diligence and impartiality, upholding fundamental human rights and according equal respect to all people; and that I will, to the best of my power, cause the peace to be kept and preserved and prevent all offences against people and property; and that while I continue to hold the said office I will, to the best of my skill and knowledge, discharge all the duties thereof faithfully according to law." Note the word "impartiality". 'Taking the knee' while on duty in front of a crowd of demonstrators is hardly an expression of impartiality. Not for one moment can I imagine a member of our armed forces acting in such a manner. I'll say no more!
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