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Disappointed that climate change isn't more front and centre here, although at least their commitment around energy security includes renewables.

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Here's a reminder that Ubisoft is a hateful company run by a hateful man and no one should be buying their games: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/ubisoft-has-reportedly-made-minimal-changes-following-abuse-allegations

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Jesus Christ, the comment section on that video...

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Why you shouldn't buy the Tory lies about benefit claimants.

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"One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws."

-Martin Luther King Jr.

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I thought there was quite an interesting comment made below the article:

Drawing a compelling narrative for the nation, that tugs emotional strings, has always been something that the Right have been good at, as limitations imposed by the like of objective reality, historical fact and a sense of intellectual integrity never have to intrude. Keir Starmer would not be the first leader of a centre party steeped in pragmatism to struggle to come up with something that can compete.

The new Right is an unholy alliance stretching across the globe that informs and supports each other. Their common cause is the entrenchment of power among the unaccountable. It is the pursuit of a low tax, deregulated shrunken state that provides a safe haven for the selfish … the oligarchical kleptocrats skimming off the world’s cream, the future of the planet be damned.

A useful tool for these people is migration ….. the fear of the unknown …. the blaming of “national decline” on the “other”. It is a hackneyed play straight out of the handbook. These people probably quite like the idea of the free movement of labour – it’s good for businesses, after all – but they see much more electoral value in simply weaponising it. And they do this because there is a widespread feeling out there that immigration is out of control. This is an unfortunate fact that progressives and centrists have to address, so it is very worthwhile to parse the issue out.

The UK – and much of the first world – have aging societies. The majority of people understand the need for immigration. However, they also don’t want to see an immigration system in chaos. It undermines confidence in the state and it breeds insecurities and suspicions. What is required is a system with transparent bureaucratic controls and appropriate regulation. This can provide the bedrock of assurance upon which the obvious benefits of migration can be appreciated and celebrated.

Starmer – and politicians generally - refuse to make the case for immigration. He has not taken the time to describe the demographic time-bomb in the West with its aging population. He has not extolled the vibrancy that migrants bring, both economically and culturally. He does not make the case that the ambition and drive of migrants, putting themselves through unimaginable hardships in the pursuit of opportunity and a better future, are exactly the sort of people a country could use.

Instead, the terms of the debate have been ceded to the Tories and the right-wing media, and in so doing Starmer has enabled the very worst instincts of the electorate. The outrage of the Labour frontbench to Tory policies on immigration is centred on a system that doesn’t work. The moral outrage at the Tory government ….. at their inhumanity …… is largely being outsourced to less prominent figures.

I am happy to say that in recent weeks Starmer has begun to mention the benefits of immigration. He is a cautious, disciplined, methodical man. Let us hope that these are the first steps that signal his intended direction of travel

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Oh for fucks sake. I really enjoyed Deck Nine's LiS work. This is extremely disappointing.

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I used to believe that the DJ on the radio sung all the songs as well.

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Sure, but it was called 'Mass Effect: Andromeda' so the numbering makes sense.

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Yeah, I like it to. I think they did a good job with the characters for the most part. I'm still hoping we'll see more of Ryder and the rest of the crew.

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Get fucked Jeremy you utter, utter twat.

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Our GDP per capita and productivity have been underperforming since 2003. There's more going on here than just Brexit.

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Sure! Here's the ONS data for GDP: https://www.ons.gov.uk/economy/grossdomesticproductgdp/timeseries/mwb6/ukea

Here's the ONS data for Productivity: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/labourproductivity/timeseries/lzvb/prdy

I was wrong on my dates; however. It's more like 2008 rather than 2003, so ties in with the financial crisis.

You also miss my point. I'm not arguing whether Brexit did or didn't affect our economy, I'm pointing out that the data shows we had economic issues long before 2020, and so pointing the finger of blame solely at Brexit is missing the wider picture.

Also, whilst I don't disagree re. your comments on recovery, it's worth bearing in mind that Foreign Direct Investment in the UK remains respectably high as of 2022: https://unctad.org/node/41440

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If you extrapolate out a trend line from pre-2008 to now on the GDP graph you'll see that the position where we would have been prior to the financial crash is higher than our current position. The same is true on the productivity chart, albeit a lot closer. My point it that we were already in a bad point prior to Brexit.

See, for example, ONS graphs for unemployment: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peoplenotinwork/unemployment/timeseries/mgsx/lms

Or adjusted pay: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/earningsandworkinghours/timeseries/kac3/lms

That's all I'm saying. The issue with with placing that blame exclusively at the feet of Brexit a) ignores the inherent difficulty in separating the economic affects of Covid and Brexit and b) shifts blame from decades of economic and political missteps by our government and onto an convenient scapegoat. The whole things a mess, but Brexit cannot be viewed in isolation.

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It's not just a 'run up to a recession' it's over 12 years of continuous growth arrested in 2008. I'd argue that's more than enough data points to extrapolate a trend line. Don't take my word for it, though. Here's an example of the ONS doing the same thing: https://www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/dvc496/Recession/chart5/index.html

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This isn't about shareholders, this is about demonstrating the economic performance of the UK in the lead up to Brexit as it pertains to our current situation. In your previous comment you seemed to be implying that you can't extrapolate a trend line prior to a recession and I demonstrated that you could because the lead up was measured in years. I'm not arguing that damage from a recession is permanent, I'm arguing that it put us in an already bad place in terms of productivity etc prior to 2020.

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Well said. Brexit happened and now we need to move on. Wallowing in this constant self-flagellation is doing no one any good, and blaming Brexit instead of the incumbent government making all the decisions isn't helping either.

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It's certainly a fair point. In the UK we have accreditation such as https://mcscertified.com/ which provide at least some piece of mind and the government provides a platform to search for certified installer: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-a-heat-pump-installer

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One potentially begats the other. If the demand is there then the installer base will follow. That demand is still comparatively low though, which is unlikely to change until the government starts mandating installs. It's a real Catch 22 - demand is low because quality is wildly varied. Quality is wildly varied because demand is low.

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'The Government did not give any details about when or where the power stations would be built.'

This is the important bit. As frustrating as these 'commitments' are there's no guarantee they'll even happen.

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Maybe. Given this governments track record I only believe something is going to happen when it actually does, not when it's revealed, committed, unveiled, pledged or otherwise. We'll see I guess.

Spider-Man, Alan Wake, Ridiculous Fishing devs speak up in support of consultancy studio Sweet Baby Inc ( www.eurogamer.net )

During a game's development, narrative consultants will be hired by studios to help with fleshing out or tweaking narrative elements, Kenney said. "Narrative consultants do not get final say," Kenney reiterated. "It doesn't get into the game if we [as the developer] don't approve it....

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Yeah, exactly. If it was the same size as a S7, I might consider it actually small.

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Huh, the more you know. Thanks.

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What a ridiculous situation. My local council is making service cuts left and right to make things meet. This level of austerity is unsustainable.

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A bigger question is why energy prices are still linked to gas prices, and not decoupled for renewables.

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If you're on a renewables tariff your prices would go down. It would encourage people to switch. Otherwise you're prices would be no different to current.

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OK, sure. But why should I, someone on a 100% renewable tariff, continue to pay energy prices that are dictated by a energy source I'm not using? That makes no sense to me.

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How? We're also with Octopus and our prices have never been negative.

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Ah, no, we're not. We're on 'flexible', so that makes sense. Thanks.

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No, because this time they super pinky promise they won't need to crunch. Trust me, bro. This time they won't. They promise, bro.

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Good, it was a stupid idea in the first place, tbh.

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'Recent research shows that drinking has become less routine and expected for young people, while not drinking has become more socially acceptable' Good. This idea that you need to drink to have a good time needs to die a death, tbh.

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In case you needed another reason not to by this collage of shite, here's a reminder that Ubisoft is a hateful company run by a hateful man and no one should be buying their games anyway: https://www.gamesindustry.biz/ubisoft-has-reportedly-made-minimal-changes-following-abuse-allegations

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I have the PD non wireless stick on car mount and can confirm it's expensive for what it is, but it does look and feel premium. Holds my S23u well, to.

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Yeah they've come a long way but it still looks weirdly cartoony sometimes, like something you'd find on a kids tablet or something. I just install Nova Launcher or Niagara Launcher and that way you only have to interact with the menus, which aren't too bad IMHO.

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  • YungOnions ,
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    If I understand your comment correctly you are implying that individual actions matter little because it's only on a large, collective scale that change can be implemented? My counter to that is you can do both. Personal responsibility and collective responsibility are not mutually exclusive. Plus I'd argue you're more likely to foster collective responsibility from the actions of individuals, than you are waiting for a group to spontaneously decide to act as a whole.

    Finally I'd also point out that there are degrees of change. My picking up litter on my daily walk is not going to make the world a better place, but it will make my neighbourhood a better place, and that's valuable to. And in doing so it may inspire others to do the same, and from there you generate that collective responsibility you mention.

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    Actually evidence suggests otherwise. Look up 'Broken Window Theory'. Basically keeping an area clear of litter discourages people from littering, not the other way around.

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