Google+, you burst on to the #socialmedia scene like a comet. A rubbish comet in a fermement of amazing comets but a comet nonetheless. As others said you were wonderful & important, selling their services on the back of you, I said you were rubbish. I take my share of the blame.
As you became a wasteground, we continued to see the charlatans say you were a vital part of the #socialmedia spend. You weren't. #Search was always more important - along with the other social networks. #Google does so many things so amazingly well but this was never one of them
The #PeoplesVote is the Politicians' Referendum. And here's why ...
Different countries use referendums in different ways. At one end of the spectrum, we have the lovely Switzerland who have decided they want a system of referendums for just about everything...
Oct 3, 2018 • 5 tweets • 3 min read
BRITISH CITIZENS LIVING IN THE EU27. THIS CONCERNS YOU!
@theresa_may's awful government will not go the distance - it will fall and there will be an election - possibly even a #PeoplesVote. REGISTER TO VOTE NOW! Let's have our revenge!
If you have been living abroad for less than 15 years, you can vote. All you need is your last UK address and your national insurance number. It's simple. No forms, no finding people to sign stuff or make declarations.
Back in 1989/90, the Community Charge was introduced by Margaret Thatcher in Scotland and then England and Wales. You probably remember it as the Poll Tax. Despite it being hugely unpopular, Maggie pressed ahead with the policy.
Maggie's argument was that the people had voted for the policy - after all, it had been in the Tory manifesto that had given her another landslide - so she had to deliver it and they could not change their minds.
Sep 19, 2018 • 6 tweets • 2 min read
And now @theresa_may will assert her considerable authority...
I rarely directly share stuff from the British expat groups on Facebook as they are closed groups but I wanted you to see this. This is what we are up against.
In France, we have no effective consular support. @UKinFrance is awful.
The Ambassador himself does nothing to protect the interests of British citizens living here. The staff have been holding utterly pointless meetings where they parrot the UK government line without listening.
Sep 14, 2018 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
@MartinSLewis@MoneySavingExp Just another issue with the passport thing, there are over a million UK citizens living in the EU and many more elsewhere. We rely on the passport as our ID card because there is no access to other official UK ID (driving licences aren't ID...
...contrary to what people may think). Overseas UK citizens have to send their applications in well in advance due to the delays at HMPO and also with the delivery system. We simply do not have the luxury of waiting until the last minute.
Sep 13, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Love this so much! Well done, @joswinson and also to Gabriel!
The idea that because something is a profound change it needs to take ages is ridiculous - even more ridiculous than the sight of sick members being wheeled up to the door on hospital trollies to be counted.
"As a mother", you'd assume @andrealeadsom would get the importance...
Just when you thought that @Theresa_May's government couldn't get any more shifty, they've introduced a cunning stealth tax by reducing the validity of your passport when you renew it. (Great spot @MoneySavingExp !)
Before, if you renewed your passport within the final 9 months, the unused portion would be added to the length of your new passport so you got what you paid for. Now, they have decided stop that - so you will lose any time between when you renew and the final validity date.
Sep 12, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
I've mentioned this before and I got a tirade of "but why would they do that? More Project Fear!"
And lo! It came to pass...
But, before I go, let's have a detailed breakdown of why mobile companies will reimpose roaming charges.
Firstly, mobile companies are there to make a profit.
Secondly, removing roaming charges meant that a key bonus revenue stream was greatly curtailed.
Thirdly, see 'Firstly' and 'Secondly'.
Sep 10, 2018 • 10 tweets • 5 min read
BREXIT AS SEEN THROUGH THE PRISM OF 100 FRIENDS
"Right, who wants to go to dinner? Hands up for yes.... Hands up for no... OK, 52 of you want to go to dinner so we are all going!"
NO VOTERS: "Wait a minute! We don't want to go!"
LEADER: "Tough. We're all going on Thursday!"
HALF OF YES VOTERS: "Erm, we don't want to go on Thursday."
LEADER: "Shut up. Everyone voted to go to the Italian on Thursday."
*Leader rings Italian restaurant*
ITALIAN RESTO : "Hello"
LEADER: "Hi, I'd like to book a table for 100 on Thursday."
Sep 7, 2018 • 7 tweets • 3 min read
Dear @leovaradker, you may have seen this letter from @Jacob_Rees_Mogg. I understand he has a business (Somerset Capital Management or SCaM for short) domiciled in Ireland. I have some concerns regarding this.
As you will know, @leovaradker, Directive 2016/1164 laying down rules against tax avoidance practices that directly affect the functioning of the internal market is due to come into force on 1 January 2019.
Sep 6, 2018 • 12 tweets • 5 min read
Right. I'm ready to call it! The UK government is aiming for the #Brexit negotiations to lead to:
- A Norway deal
- A 'Norway' v '#Remain' referendum.
Well, the answer to that lies on the island of #Ireland. Due to the GFA, there are not many ways of squaring the circle of having the hard border that is required by the WTO, Northern Ireland remaining in the UK and the UK being outside the customs union.
Aug 31, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
No. This is actually happening. This "scaremongering"/"project fear" narrative has to stop now. There is demonstrable proof that this and other similar things are happening on the ground (recently including CAF). Real lives impacted.
The distinction is an important one because many British pensioners in France actually worked in France prior to retirement.
It is up to each EU27 member state as to how they treat UK citizens living in their country.
Aug 21, 2018 • 13 tweets • 3 min read
INFORMATION FOR UK CITIZENS OWNING A HOLIDAY HOME IN THE EU SCHENGEN AREA
It's probably useful for you to understand what will happen in the event of a #NoDealBrexit so that you can plan the use of your property accordingly. If you have any actual questions, feel free to ask.
In the event of a #NoDealBrexit, the UK would become a 'third country' - that is a country that is not a member state and one without any agreement in place with the EU as regards access. This is accepted by both sides.
Aug 17, 2018 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
This is worth a read but it is also mindboggling that @evanhd has had to tweet it. I unfollowed some people who were RTing comments saying that he is a racist yesterday. They all come from the worst of tribal politics - the Corbynistas - that exists in UK politics today.
As the new #academic year beckons, I'm preparing new lectures and materials, including on the EU single market. The irony that I, as a British citizen, may not be allowed to work in the EU without a visa post-March isn't lost on me.
So, I will, when I get a moment, send you my wife's booking reference and contact details because this is happening to her and you can speak to her directly. However, this has been going on for years now and I've sent a lot of new passengers your way. A lot.
So, @BrittanyFerries I'm sure you will agree that since I have persuaded people to travel with you by telling them the good things, it's only right that I also highlight when you fail disabled passengers and those who need assistance.
Aug 11, 2018 • 8 tweets • 2 min read
So my wife, baby and 9 year old have just been dumped on the ferry without assistance. The docker assumed that my 9 year old would sort the cases of the disabled woman who was similarly dumped.
They then put a woman who had an operation yesterday in the lift without assistance, behind her bag (which she can't lift) so that she was stuck behind it.
Aug 8, 2018 • 4 tweets • 2 min read
Right then, #FBPE funsters! I am putting together a new podcast introducing Bargaining Chips from around Europe. It'll be as fun and light-hearted as the subject matter and the news allows us. The current plan is for it to be something like fortnightly.
It'll be recorded remotely - so you will need a computer and a headset of some description. There may be occasional live recordings (including in Paris next month - possibly!)
But I need YOU! The format at the moment requires me to be joined by two guests each month...