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  1. It is certainly very odd that there is no description of the attackers whatsoever despite dozens of witnesses and the account of the victim himself who seems a very articulate and decent type. Is it actually police or newspaper policy not to provide descriptions of the alleged offenders? I know that part of London well.It's affluent and generally very safe but as always in London one has to be a bit careful.And before anyone jumps to conclusions on what I'm driving at, there are out of control kids of all ethnicities in that area.
  2. Yes the Embassy role doesn't make any sense at all.Incidentally it is very common for a tax advisor to be a qualified accountant: indeed the best ones often have this background.This guy isn't some gormless tourist stumbling into trouble but someone very well familiar with the UK with a public school and Cambridge background.The incident is very shocking.
  3. That makes sense.Nothing happened to you so nothing happened to anybody else.In fact anyone who says something did happen to them is making it up.
  4. That is correct.I submit annual Thai tax returns but for the last three years I have had nil eligible Thai taxable income.My accountant recently told me, backed by the view of a tax office official that if this is to continue I need not submit a tax return at all.I'm thinking about this.
  5. But since by your own admission you don't even begin to qualify for PR, it doesn't appear you have any choice in the matter.
  6. https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/about-us/our-funding-and-collaborations
  7. That's a peculiar thought.Of course there are millions of English people who believe in the Union of the United KIngdom just as there are millions of Scots who feel much the same way.If nevertheless there is a referendum and the majority of Scots opt for independence, I don't think there will be any English people who will "be afraid what will happen". The huge majority of English people may feel sad but will wish Scotland well - always our friends and sometimes our families.Of course Scotland can make it as an independent country given its native genius - though as I've set out elsewhere there will be great challenges.I hope Scotland will stay but if it doesn't, don't for one moment think it will face malice and obstruction from its Southern neighbour.We are bound together forever one way or the other. Some facts for the interested https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/explainers/second-referendum-scottish-independence
  8. If you don't mind I will not address these points one by one because you have a tendency to ignore a few basic realities (eg the huge subsidies provided by UK to Scotland).I don't blame you since I understand how nationalism blinds some of its supporters.It was the same in England with Brexit. Try reading this article from The Guardian which addresses some of the key issues.The links in the article are also instructive. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/feb/13/save-uk-scotland-independence-unionists
  9. You aren't grasping either Lawson's or Mayhew's position.They are in simple terms just echoing Churchill's view that eventually Ireland will be united.This is not being dismissive of NI, just a recognition of reality which is underlined by Brexit and changing demographics. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/scottish-income-tax-shortfall-offset-by-uk-funding A little cold water to extinguish that piece of nonsense. European Community rules if Scotland is allowed to join.That is the border problem.THe example of the US and Canada is barely relevant. What do you expect Spain to say now? They can hardly say they will veto at this stage. In reality if push comes to shove the reaction won't be the same.Similarly what EC officials say now is irrelevant.It will be primarily a political decision by European governments which will have to balance the claims of one of the world's largest economies/political forces (UK) with those a small regional backwater (Scotland).I exaggerate to make the point. Yes - given the close ties (we're basically the same people) the withdrawal will be courteous and respectful.And you're right Scotland does have a few negotiating cards.But the reality is, like the UK and the EU in Brexit negotiations, it will be facing a partner with most of the aces.However close we are, the UK will seek to maximise its benefits and minimise those of Scotland.We should not expect much sentimentality when countries are defending their interests.AS Charles de Gaulle once said, "The State is a cold monster".
  10. I've read the Dominic Lawson article you quote and largely agree with it.Sooner or later Ireland will be united and most English people will wish it well.There is no question that Irish unity will be driven by myriad political forces: I don't think the late Paddy Mayhew's - a member of the Anglo-Irish gentry - ( reference to the province's need for subsidy is by any measure the most important (though it might give Dublin pause for thought) There is much affection in England for Ireland as there is for Scotland but the two cases are different. Nevertheless I suppose it's inevitable that there will be another Scotland independence referendum in the next few years.A key issue is not whether Scotland is a drain on the UK and in any case so what? Isn't the purpose of the Union to help each other out? The bigger issue is for Scots to consider.Assuming a new referendum approved independence, would they be prepared to cut back on public services to meet the EU's financing rules? Would they want the inevitable hard border with England? Would the EU accept Scotland in the first place given concerns over regional nationalism in Europe (eg Spain/Catalonia)? Do they think the English would roll over and give Scotland an easy generous deal in terms of exiting the Union? If so, think again in a scenario where one side holds all the cards that matter.It may come to this but I hope not.
  11. My wife has been in touch with a number of well known vaccination centres in Bangkok about the availability of northern hemisphere flu vaccine.The response has been a bit disappointing.Not only have they have no supplies in stock but they don't seem to understand what it is or why people might need it. We will persevere and I'm sure we'll eventually find more clued up people in one of the larger hospitals or clinics.However my question is this.I know the vaccination only provides partial protection and has to be updated yearly by the producers to take account of changed strains.But if one was travelling to Europe in their flu season would the southern hemisphere vaccine provide at least some level of protection or at least be better than nothing?
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