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33 comments to Free space

  • I think this disk is suffering from fragmentation problems. 🙂

  • PapayaSF

    LOL, excellent.

  • Thailover



  • Cal

    Okay, I’ve started this Twitter page up. Any tips gratefully received. But make them really good — a quick search shows that’s there’s lots of fantastic low-lying fruit:

  • Myno

    I think you folks just transitioned to Tremendous Britain. 3 Orders of Magnitude Greater.

  • Regional

    So Britain has decided not to participate in a Jonestown re-enactment and the Gubb’mint Broadcasters are beside themselves with Banshees howling their despair.
    Remember the world still wants to trade with the Great Satan, like wise Britain.

  • Cal

    Jesus, this Twitter malarky is like shooting fish in a barrel. There are must so many morons out there feeding me lines.

  • Fred the Fourth

    Hmm. Looking at Cal’s twitter prompted me to check the FTSE history. Right now, it’s showing right on the level since March, pretty much no change, also now more than 500 points above the extended July 2015 – March 2016 trend line, which was heading down at about 100 points/month.
    Yeah, London and The City – doomed, I tell you.

  • Michael Staab

    I have to admit that news of Brexit becoming reality has brought both cheer, and a bit of confusion as to where all this will lead. Simple axiom being demonstrated here; the government which governs best is the one closest to the people. Brussels is a bit off from Britain.
    Self determination, sovereignty and accountability, along with borders, language and culture define a country. Britain has relearned that, and from their example I hope we in the USA may find such an expression of the rejection of our globalist masters.

  • Fred the Fourth

    Come invest in US tech equities if you want excitement. When I was at Adobe in the 90s it was normal for the stock to move more than 5% in a single day, and that was when nothing was happening. Hell, on Black Friday 1987 the Dow Jones fell from 2400 to 1800 while I was driving in to work. What to do? Wait it out, of course.

  • Fred the Fourth

    Duh. Black Monday 1987, of course, not Friday. (Slaps own face in disgust.) Monday Oct. 19.

  • Rob Fisher (Surrey)

    Love the Tweets, Cal, keep it up!

  • Lee Moore

    I found a delightful screech in the New Statesman by someone called Laurie Penny.


    Which had to be a spoof, except for the fact that as it was in the New Statesman, no one would get it as a spoof. Anyway, enjoy :

    “a day when prejudice, propaganda, naked xenophobia and callous fear-mongering have won out over the common sense…..Nigel Farage, the rich, racist cartoon demagogue….yesterday the frightened, parochial lizard-brain of Britain voted out…..The curtain has been torn away and now we all have to look at the men behind it. They are not good men……I’m no longer at all worried about risking hyperbole or unoriginality when referencing all that Nazi history they made us study in school….a posse formed entirely of angry-looking, whey-faced blokes in suits…”

    wait for it…


    “I want to wake up tomorrow in a country where people are kind, and tolerant, and decent to one another.”

    Perhaps it’s something to do with Protestantism but I am afeard that I may be enjoying this too much.

  • Oh Lee, cheers for that, I will be smirking all day after reading this wailing. We crushed our enemies, drove them before us, and it seem this is what the lamentations of their women sounds like 😉

  • Cal

    Back up again after a very late drunken night of celebrations. Still happy despite the hangover. I’ll see if I can do some more tweeting today.

  • What do you learned fellows think the outcome of this petition will be?

  • Brian Micklethwait (London)

    I just heard on the BBC Radio 3 news that there’s a petition, gathering signatures fast, to have another referendum, because the one we just had was not fair, in some way I didn’t catch. Not enough people voted Leave for that to be a proper decision, I think. So they want a rerun.

    So all those young people who didn’t vote Remain but would have or should have, can vote, in the rerun?

    It won’t happen, but if it did, I think the result might be extremely interesting, and would be a bigger vote for Leave. But we will never know.

    It’s like they’ve internalised the reflexes of the EU. If at first you get the wrong answer, ask again, until you get the right answer. This is just one of many reasons why so many people hate the EU and why I for one am glad we’re about to be out of it, despite all the short-term economic grief.

  • Brian Micklethwait (London)

    My last comment was posted in ignorance of the comment above mine by WhOOps, but I pretty much answered his question anyway. Widespread derision, and if such a rerun actually happened, a bigger win for Leave.

  • It must now be debated in parliament though… Events may be moving too quickly for it to have any effect perhaps. The EU leaders seem quite keen to get us out quick, maybe they are afraid we will change our minds!

  • We cross posted twice there…
    Because the turnout was below an arbitrary figure set by the person starting the petition was my reading for the grounds.

  • Cal

    And where were all those referendums with that 60% result on a 75% turnout that saw us signed up to all these EU treaties over the years?

    Second referendum not going to happen.

  • I hope not. I can imagine a lot of regretters.

  • Laird

    When was the last time you had a 75% voter turnout for anything? All the articles I read noted that this was, in fact, a rather high turnout (72+%) by historical standards. But, wrong answer so set an unattainable target, I guess. Typical leftist crybaby tactic.

    Actually, I kind of like the 75% turnout / 60% support standard. But it should have been applied to joining the EU, not leaving it. It should be difficult to pass new laws (or whatever) and easier to repeal them. They may be on to something here, even though they have it backwards.

    “We crushed our enemies, drove them before us, and it seems this is what the lamentations of their women sounds like.” That made me laugh out loud.

  • Laird

    Assuming there is no re-vote, and Cameron makes good on his promise to move forward on negotiating the terms of withdrawal, it’s time to start thinking closely about just what that will entail. Dechert, LLP (an international law firm, descended from the old Dechert, Price, Rhodes law firm in Philadelphia) has published a short piece on the implications of Brexit. I don’t agree with every one of their comments, but my disagreements are mere nits; in the main it seems to be a pretty good summary of where the major issues will lie, and certainly provides a good road map for thinking about them. Given the uncertainties in the markets following the vote (and subject to the caveats in my first sentence), it seems likely that the negotiations may move faster rather than slower. You will want to get out in front on this.

    Don’t rest on your laurels, chaps; you’ve broken the opponents serve and now you need to consolidate the break.

    BTW, I love that image at the top of this thread. It makes me smile every time it comes up.

  • Runcie Balspune

    Looking through the headlines chronicling the rather vitriolic reactions of the various EU big heads, I wonder why people thought we could ever strike a lasting friendship with them in the first place.

    Bear in mind that a good proportion of the Remainer vote was the “default”, i.e. either (a) those too young to realize their long term future, (b) those who have a vested financial interest in remaining, and (c) those who just don’t like change, I’d say the 51.9% who did vote Leave was quite significant. It takes bravery and a cool head to change things, to know when to quit is not only a challenge, but it can even be a economic argument.

    The way this is being dismissed by the mainstream media and the various 101st Keyboarders is quite shocking, Project Shit Stirring is already far advanced before the truth has tied its shoelaces. The coming weeks will see many get used to the idea and start to realize potential and opportunity, the financial markets already have. We shall have great fun documenting the Malthusian doom mongers predictions as they fail to emerge.

    If anyone can actually point to a positive article, mainstream preferred if possible outside of Breitbart, etc.

  • Cal

    Looking through all these pro-Remain luvvy-media-celeb Twitter feeds makes it very clear why Remain lost. The contempt for any ordinary person who might wonder about taking a slightly different view to them is palpable (and I’m also talking about the tweets they were sending before the polling day, when they were pretty sure they were going to win).

  • This British-American couldn’t be more pleased with his cousins-across-the-pond’s decision to regain control over their own affairs. All the crushing, driving and lamenting is quite good to see and hear. Were it up to me, I’d make your country our most-favored trade partner immediately instead of the ChiComs.

  • Natalie Solent (Essex)

    Tim Worstall linked to this post, as you can see if you click on the trackback link above. I did like this comment by ‘Mohave Greenie’:

    More than a few bad sectors too…

  • llamas

    Made a special trip to Ackroyds at 5 and Beech-Daly for pork bangers and Heinz beans and will celebrate tomorrow with a Full English.

    The whining and snivelling of the sore losers is just the icing on the cake. It proves (if more proof were needed) just how much many of these people actually hate democracy, and yearn for the day when they and their sort can take charge and not have to take any further account of all those oiks, chavs and other undesirables that actually populare the country.

    F*ck ’em.



  • I wonder how many boys (and girls, why not?) will be born with the name “Brexit”?