1. It's a load of nonsense that our demographics spell disaster & we need perpetual population growth to increase productivity.

I've watched huge fields at the back of me go from 3-4 day harvesting time to just 1 day over 20 yrs, such is the size & swiftness of modern machinery.
2. Very large farming enterprises that used to employ dozens, now keep a skeleton staff of 5 or 6. Contractors make up the shortfall if needed.

Whilst my focus is on agriculture, other sectors have developed in a similar way. Technology is replacing man hours.
3. We're already filling man hours void with the changes seen on the High Street. Notice how labour intensive services have replaced retail: coffee shops, hair salons, nail bars. They all rely heavily on human interaction as part of the experience.
4. Look how supermarkets have self checkouts to cut down on staff requirements for those with just a few items.

To say we need more & more people to make the economy grow neglects those advances.
5. With the advent of AI, that trend can only continue.

Our growth therefore has to come from innovation. But we need to tighten up intellectual property laws so that investment in ideas & invention isn't ripped off at the earliest opportunity.

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1. Perhaps we need to think about how 'ethnic minority' is defined.

Taken at national level, anyone who isn't white British is in a minority group.

But for instance, if a white British person goes to live in Lambeth, they are in a minority.
2. Given the size of ethnic minority demographics in certain towns & regions, it's a concept that's outdated & it's been outdated for some time.

Many places contain a sizable population of non white, or non British citizens.
3. Whilst those citizens may still be considered a minority, the margins have narrowed to the point where the demographic mix doesn't present a tiny group of people in need of additional laws to protect them.
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1. You sure about that?

See below ⬇️
2. The EU tweeted to say it had invoked Art.16 ⬇️
3. And although the regulation was removed a few hrs after publication, the draft is still available:

web.archive.org/web/2021012915…
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12 Nov
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1. To stop illegal immigration, the changes needed have to come from the top: the various international human rights agreements we're signatory to.

Our trade agreements with other countries require a commitment human rights.
2. How many trade agreements would you bin? They all contain commitments to human rights, so all of them?

Like it or not we're not a self sufficient country. We can't produce all commodities we rely on: cotton, coffee, tea, citrus fruits etc.

You willing to give up all those?
3. Take for instance our trade agreement with Japan.

It has a commitment to the United Nations: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (see pic below)
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1. It's almost like the Victorians knew what they were doing when they built homes near to places of work.

They built smaller schools so kids could walk to school.

They built cottage hospitals so routine illnesses could be treated locally.
2. Settlements had the basics to hand: the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker.

We turned all that on its head with centralisation of work, health & education. Now the roads are choked.
3. We built out of town developments with 100's/1000's of houses & little else. Far enough away from work/education/leisure so as to require a car.

And now we've decided that was wrong and the consumer will have to pay a premium for the 'luxury' of driving to work.

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1. I haven't bought a newspaper for years.

I don't do any other political social media apart from Twitter. I tried Parler but it wasn't for me - a bit too extreme for my political compass.
2. There are some great accounts on Twitter, written by people with knowledge & without a paymaster to please.

Social media has given a voice to normies. Good, bad & ugly. That's the nature of the beast.
3. I'm convinced Brexit would never have happened without social media giving a voice to normies, who, quite rightly, were angry that their vote was about to be cancelled. The only way to stop it was by direct media access to those who sought to overturn the referendum.
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From Lisbon to Warsaw & back

1. This thread describes the run up to the present litigation, where the Polish Constitutional Court has rejected aspects of primacy of EU law.
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3. Polish political leaders got the jitters over the Lisbon Treaty. Excuses were made as to why a referendum was a bad idea. Poor turnout, only just had an election, people voted to join the EU, they don't need to vote again etc.
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