* Posts by Paul Shirley

1990 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Email proves UK boffins axed from EU research in Brexit aftermath

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Re: Oh dear, how sad, never mind.

Once Brexit is executed then things may be able to go back to normal

With one little problem, it will require Britain to accept some form of free movement and it's hard to believe Europe will accept a highly diluted version. Collaborative projects don't make much sense if scientists can't freely travel and work.

...but any uk gov that does that will have some hard explaining to 52% of the population. Given the way foreigners are already being made unwelcome by the rabid minority brexit empowered we may never get back to normal, if scientists simply don't want to risk coming here.

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Re: Is anyone surprised?

So much concentrated cluelessness. The 'unelected' are the ones asking for funding who noticed the uk fuckwits handling brexit are deliberately doing nothing to guarantee uk participation will continue. They've made the sane choice to avoid risk until the uk stops using them as a negotiating chip. FFS the uk refuses to even guarantee EU citizens in these collaborations can work in the uk, what kind of fool would sign up for that?

Brexiters would do well to remember how eager most governments are to grease the wheels of immigration for scientists. Play nice now or have your whining ignored when your scientists leave.

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Calling all Droids: BlackBerry’s giving away the Hub

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Re: Meh

Really, if you're complaining about getting too much email to use the Hub, you're doing a pretty pathetic job of managing your communications.

...if you're managing your comms, regardless of high or low volume, what does the hub do for you...

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Re: Meh

Tried a small pile of different aggregaters over the years, some preinstalled and deeply integrated, some apps less dug in and like Phil, never found any benefit to it. I don't get a flood of stuff on my phone but can't imagine how combining multiple floods would help. Leaving it segregated in it's separate channels leaves it more manageable for me. There are times I care, times I just clear the notifications and those times change and are different for each channel.

Firmly in the 'no, it won't improve my phone' camp.

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update: This design needs a dictator

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Re: Why does my mind do these things?

I wonder how much they noticed Google getting away with totally abstract line shapes in Android.

Or more accurately Google showing Microsoft levels of ignoring users and just doing it, a strange circle of Google stealing Microsofts 'ignore users' policy and Microsoft stealing it back.

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truncation bug...

...or a nod to WinPhones truncated text infested UI?

(To be fair Classic Menu has truncated 15 of 17 pinned app names, but the 9 or 10 chars it's showing does the job)

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Windows 10 still free, even the Anniversary Update, if you're crass

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Re: Twisting in the wind

Right-click desktop, Personalize, Start, turn off Occasionally

What makes you think that will continue to work? If the anniversary update doesn't disable the option it's just a matter of time till it is 'updated' away.

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What's Brexit? How Tech UK tore up its plans after June 23

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Re: @ Jules 1

@Jules 1: I think you underestimate the constitutional tarpit the Torys are in.

They got into power on the back of an election promise for a referendum. There's no credible interpretation where that doesn't also imply an election promise to implement the result. Not if they ever want to be believed in an election campaign again. If they stay in power they have to brexit.

But they can't just call another election, that would require a vote of no confidence, with an absolute majority of tory MPs that would be seen as dishonest and again wreck their future chances. Possibly enrage the leavers enough to give us a UKIP government and civil war shortly after. They can't quit before implementing brexit.

So that leaves delay. Boris thought he could get away with it, but Boris was panicking after unexpectedly 'winning', his plan to grab the 2020 election set a timescale dependent on losing and he isn't quick enough to come up with a better one.

Europe isn't going to quietly wait while the UK stalls. EU politicians and eurocrats have made it clear they expect the UK to leave, none showing any sign they think it can be undone. Anyone that thinks unnecessary delay has any bargaining value is mistaken. The EU know the UK gov must leave, they understood the constitutional implications right from the start. The UK is negotiating from a position of weakness and really shouldn't be annoying anyone right now.

The quicker this happens the sooner the UK mess can be fixed, one way or another. Pretty sure England & Wales will not regain entry during my lifetime, whatever a future gov or electorate wants.

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Re: Histrionics

Until the sick man of Europe stops delaying and actually fucks off out of the EU 'dealing with it' can't begin.

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Re: All it will take is one big company

I mean real work, like growing and manufactir8ing food

The only likely EU concession on the 4 freedoms could be services, not including them (and I believe the brexiteers current favourite Canada agreement excludes them). One way I suppose to finally establish if the finance service industry is propping up the physical manufacturing we don't really do any longer - at least not with UK owned companies.

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Re: @ Doctor Syntax

We know the EU is doomed as it is.

Wasn't that part of the brexiteer mantra, where we lead lots of european countries are eager to follow. I wonder if the relative quiet on that has anything to do with the massive polling swing from leave to remain in Denmark, after they saw the brexit result? Reality often has that effect on wishful thinking.

Far from doomed, with UK obstruction removed and the brexit nudge of fear the EU can finally start on genuine reform. Not the UK version where 'reform = pay less, opt out more' but never 'do things better and be more democratic'.

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Re: magical thinking

still get their cheap foreign workers

Inciting the mob of xenophobe little englanders with immigration control BS was easy. Putting them back in their closets when reality smacks hard against delivery, good luck with that. It's been a while since we last had serious sustained rioting here but I think they remember how to do it.

Putting them on workfare could solve both problems, knackered slave labour and no need for immigrants to take away their excuse. Which will be doubly useful with an unstaffed NHS to patch them up.

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No, the VCR is not about to die. It died years ago. Now it's VHS/DVD combo boxes' turn

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Re: Ah...

I remember buying a smart VCR with teletext programme guide programming. And the half day it took to decide it was quicker and easier just entering the time manually! When plus codes turned up programming got a lot easier and the machine was quite good at noticing time changes by itself, something the teletext version was supposed to do but never quite got right.

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Mobile broadband now cheaper than wired, for 95 per cent of humanity

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fixed vs mobile

Since fixed line internet is normally shared by entire households it's no surprise there are less of them per human than a 1/device mobile connection.

I'm frightened to think how much the data I use would cost on mobile, only cheaper for many of us if you're a light user.. The ITU are reminding us even broadband users typically use very little data. Especially the ones relying on BT... ;)

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Gartner's hype cycle turned upside down to assess Brexit

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Re: Stages of grief

What about the bargaining stage?

Any time you want to sign A50 it can begin ;)

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Re: Stages of grief

Some of us are well past acceptance and in “put on the popcorn“ mode. So much to wait for like the moment the electors realise the bloody nose they gave elites is mostly spray from stabbing their own nuts , they just shuffled the same corrupt pack of elite hyenas.

...and of course watching May destroy Boris and his pirate brexiteers will be irresistible.

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GOP delegates suckered into connecting to insecure Wi-Fi hotspots

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Wow! 1.5% Windows Phone

Looks like we're all wrong, WP is alive,well and positively thriving.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

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Re: Smart meter, as in Smart TV !!

"locate and negotiate the best rate"

Suddenly it's more clear why none of the energy companies have compatible meters. Wouldn't want the suckers actually getting any benefit.

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Re: 3% energy saving

If enough of us switched supplier every year and the meters aren't transferable, I wonder if this is the first real example of an energy saving product that never covers it's own manufacturing costs?

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

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Re: Seen it all before.

The engineers might stay, the profits won't. It's going to be near impossible to stop a foreign owned, purely IP licensing business deciding where it feels like paying even minimal amounts of tax. Just needs the sales staff to be somewhere else.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

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Re: Perhaps ....

use 3 or 4 different OS families in a day without any problems

This was one of the arguments the fanbois used to conspicuously run away from disputing when Microsoft started to merge WP with desktop Windows. Talking up the benefits of the same UI everywhere with Win8, same OS for 10 convinced no one.

It remains a terrible idea in many use cases for almost all users. A solution for Microsofts problems, not their users.

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Re: Pulling dick moves has historically worked really well for Apple.

Traditionally to be convicted of abusing a monopoly you have to have a monopoly. Apple tried very hard to have one on dick lawsuits but didn't quite manage it, got nowhere near on hard or software. Still acting a bit dickish though...

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Brit Science Minister to probe Brexit bias against UK-based scientists

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Re: Can I just check I have this right..

if it does have that expertise

Not if but while the UK has the experts, science is done by people not institutions, a great many of them foreign. ATM the UK has refused to give any enforceable guarantee on their status and done nothing at all to suppress the frothing europhobe mob Boris,Farage and the press barons incited.

For the ROW it's a time for caution dealing with little Britain, not carrying on hoping for the best while the brexiters delay and try to game brexit. Boris needs to be in Brussels today hand delivering A50 notification, he's only fit to be a messenger boy.

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Re: @Richard 12: Shock

Otoh I understand that quite a few French fisheryfolk are quite nervous.

I suspect they'll be less nervous than you think since most uk fishermen sold their licences, quotas and boats long ago. That's going to be a mess to untangle even if enough people can be persuaded to risk their lives at sea again.

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And your reply ignores that the UK had already had its application rejected enough years before getting in for the voters to veto it in this perverse mockery of democracy if they actually objected.

You can argue the thing morphed after joining, that the serially useless governments ignored electors like they ALWAYS DO. Don't pretend they were tricked into joining. Especially not to those of us that were there at the time.

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@YARR

You have an astonishingly amnesiac memory of UK government support for basic science. Gove epitomised it by openly rejecting 'experts', the only service the worthless cnut has offered. Left to any of the last 43 years governments we'd now be experts at better ways to whittle spoons and the best way to wrap fancy paper around imported technology.

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Re: Can I just check I have this right..

Some of what seems to be happening is individual researchers are either refusing to come here OR planning to leave, based on the hostile reactions now common from xenophobes. That's the consequence of 'leave' recruiting them to their campaign, it was a choice made by cynical scum afraid they might lose otherwise.

Since part of the purpose of EU grants is to encourage collaboration across Europe, if the people doing the collaboration refuse, there's not much point handing out the grants to the UK institutions. Ultimately the money follows the people and England is a pretty frightening place right now.

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Re: Boo fucking hoo

@imanidiot: If brexit doesn't happen - for real not some half assed smoke&mirrors that fools only politicians - your country will have bigger problems to worry about than science funding or EU staff feeling intimidated. And I mean from your own voters. What the EU chooses to do if you try delaying will look insignificant in comparison.

@Lars: an actually informed population will require undoing 30+ years of press bias and outright lies (mostly thanks to BJ finding it more fun than actual reporting). Never going to happen and we'd need to reform our demockeracy, both in parliament and by hanging enough press barons, first.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

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Re: QR Codes are still around....

QR could always be poisoned, that's why every reader I've used shows the data before letting the user decide what to do. Making it easier is of course enough to get more people choosing stupid anyway.

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Re: QR Codes are still around....

Same here. What's changed is rarely feeling any interest in scanning them and almost never bothering to pull the phone to do it even on those rare occasions. Seems like the novelty was all that was driving them. I now see NFC pads stuck on bus shelters, advertising boards etc. Intriguing the first few times but the novelty didn't last long enough to actually try it at all.

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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monkeywrench it

Next time try marking randomly chosen images as porn when they ask. See how long the filters last if everyone mistrains them.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Re: leave the woman be, Kieran

How do we know she hasn't called Boris?

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Re: Why only the internet?

I believe tv appearance fees are considerably lower than the bung on offer for propaganda passed of as opinion in the printed sheets. A politician cutting off a nice earner and bullshit opportunity? Never going to happen.

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Re: Trading standards need to get involved...

Why worry about the quality of the meat slurry, the country voted no to EU food standards, back to British slops for us all...

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Dolphin fans freak, blast browser's bumbling bundles of bloatware

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Re: Yeah it's a bloated mess

It turned suspicious quite a while back a along with a dramatic drop in quality (performance, bugs, bloat & constant feature churn). Would have replaced it earlier but none of the alternatives appealed to me. When Firefox finally started being useable a couple of years back Dolphin got sidelined then dumped.

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Prominent Brit law firm instructed to block Brexit Article 50 trigger

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Re: Oh come on

@Terry 6: next time you meet him in a car park mention 'workfare'. The last incarnation scrapped in Nov2015 but easily resurrected by a brexit friendly gov wanting to please the brexit voting farmers.

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"Quite honestly I don't see why so many reg commentators are pro remain?"

It's the contrast in exposure between professionals working with people across the planet and factory/office/shop workers getting drunk in Spanish tourist ghettos for a couple of weeks a year. Creates a more cosmopolitan view of the world.

That and not sharing the delusion our local chisellers are any more honest than anyone else.

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Re: "if it was 52 percent who had voted remain you would have no problem "

It remain won we would still have the xenophobe minority causing trouble, the leavers demanding a re-run and continue to have government after government talk about reforming the EU while blocking actual reform at every opportunity.

A smaller disaster but once such a polarised referendum was called only an overwhelming margin would minimise the damage. It's a real pity there was no 3rd option: for a deadline on genuine reform before a 2nd referendum, something that would make both the UK and EU leaders take the issue seriously and shift power away from both of them to us. Something no UK politician would ever allow to happen.

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@Ken Hagan

"unless we view all the governments of the last 80 years as somehow illegitimate"

You're assuming we don't think that.

I've never voted for a winning candidate in a UK election and first past the post means I might as well never have voted. I certainly haven't felt represented by the winners, even the coalition simply served to stop some of the madness, not do good.

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Re: If it is a group of business'...

I'll say it again: this will confirm that brexit is performed in a legal manner and reduce (not prevent) the inevitable legal challenges later. Where real reporters dealt with this, it was made clear they don't expect to stop brexit, just make sure it's done properly.

This is about removing uncertainty, which damages business, the country and it's people - native and migrant. The same reason I want the clueless fuckwits to stop delaying and finish this almighty fuckup quickly, before the enboldened xenophobes turn even nastier.

I remember what this country was like in the 70's and I don't want those attitudes back.

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Re: Sovereign rules apply n'est pas?

It's as if no one told them sovereignty is something they only borrow for 1 day every 5 years, then it's snatched back in exchange for a few promises our rulers will selectively fulfil.

The de minimis bit of control those in power needed to share to stay there. Us plebs are supposed to be satisfied with the illusion, after all it's more than most of us had for the last couple of thousand years.

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Re: "No, No, No. Let me resign..."

@Dan 55: "Cameron should have had a contingency plan given that he called the referendum"

...but he did and unlike Farage he implemented it immediately. That it's not the plan leavers wanted is not something I'm going to lose sleep over.

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

"It appears that the effort is not really aiming to find the proper way to do it, but an effort to override the vote of the 52% of those who turned out for the referendum."

Alternately this is the only way to stop both sides bitching endlessly that the notification wasn't legal when no one gets exactly what they want. Business wants certainty, even the certainty that the result isn't what they hoped for.

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

@Barely registers:"we're the ones currently in the bait box"

The English are in a hard spot as well, with an unknown number of leave voters unwilling to compromise on migration, likely to explode if they don't get what they think they were offered.

From the last couple of weeks listening to acquaintances and eavesdropping on strangers in unguarded moments, there are more than enough to worry about. The most extreme sample was not caring if everything else was a lie, as long as the migrants went home, followed by blind repetition of the 'take back control' mantra.

One of the eastern european seasonal farm workers put it nicely, he can go home but he felt sorry for the English with no where else to go.

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Re: What a horrible waste of time and money

The problem is Article 50 explicitly requires notification to be in line with the leaving states existing law and process. That strongly suggests it does not override the existing 1972 legislation.

For the record: I would much prefer legal action was aimed at forcing immediate issuance of article 50 notification. The prospect of UK politicians playing chicken with the EU for as long as they can get away with is good for no one.

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Fear and Brexit in Tech City: Digital 'elite' are having a nervous breakdown

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Re: The current plan does not matter

We elect MPs because we hope they will form a Government that does know better than us

We use representative democracy because:

1: naked democracy is dangerous: prone to persecuting minorities, making decisions that can't be easily undone, too easily hijacked by emotion rather than facts

2: it's inefficient

We've stopped at a system that should be more efficient (but looking at the chancers infesting it might not be). More importantly, done right it provides the essential pauses before making damaging bad choices. Time to think, time to find facts, time to talk people down.

Except our democracy has been captured by the party system, where often the only break on madness is convoluted legislative process injecting some delay. Where politicians have decided to be leaders instead of representatives. Where the voters can be manipulated and lied to at will.

When they called for naked democratic voting they abandoned their purpose of moderating the madness. The only possible argument for letting these c**ts interfere is that they chose to interfere so monstrously in the voting. That's a justification for sacking the lot of them, possibly disbarring them from any public service, not an excuse to give them more power.

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Re: Let cooler heads prevail...

Farage might be one of the horses...

Far from certain 'sanity' is here. We've pulled one leg back into the frying pan with the self serving Boris temporarily sidelined but there's no way to please all the brexit voters. There's too large a gap between those that just wanted a 'better deal' and those that want completely out at any cost.

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Osborne on Leave limbo: Travel and trade stay unchanged

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"Is there an agreed method by which we get access to the single market without all the conditions attached?"

43years trying to opt out of obligations by the UK is pretty good proof there's no way to pick and choose what you want apart from the big things like the Euro (and that window is gone).

Article 50 is a remarkably simple document with one obvious omission: it guarantees at least 2 years negotiation by the EU but negotiation in good faith is only implied, not specified.

When Boris is finally compelled by an angry electorate to deliver on brexit, the moment he stops negotiating in good faith there's nothing to compel the EU to show it either. And given the history of resisting the separation of benefits from obligations when dealing in or with the EU, there's not an honest court on the planet that would think refusing that was bad faith anyway.

Boris, Gove, whoever takes the poisoned chalice has a lot of explaining to do. And the "TakeBackControl" voters he'll be explaining it to aren't ones I'd want to piss off, as various migrants are sadly discovering today.

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Re: Growing Sense of bereavement..

the last thing we'd want him to do is try and intervene in a plunging market.

I thought we were just going to watch the bank of england piss away £250bil failing to prop up the economy this time?

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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What's pathetic is the sight of brexiteer reporter failing to report:

1: the petition was up BEFORE the referendum

2: it was put up by a leaver frightened the vote was going the wrong way!

The only meaningful poll is one to force immediate issuing of article 50 notification before the scoundrels can manipulate the situation into something worse.

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