Jenuall wrote:You should be not able to get to the position of MD in a major organisation whilst being that stupid and gullible.
I mean, he’s obviously had more than a healthy dose of nepotism to get there but surely in his role he should have a good enough understanding of bargaining positions to understand the U.K. would never have had the easiest trade deal in history
So the Yellowhammer docs published yesterday are the very same ones that Gove claimed were out of date in the middle of August when they were leaked in the Sunday Times just with the words base scenario edited to reasonable worst case scenario. Either they've done strawberry float all since the 2nd of August when they were written or the new ones are even more damning. Just how long are we going to put up with the same old bullshit being trotted out?
Leadsom's "We won't publish the docs because then people won't want Brexit/We're going ahead with Brexit because that's what people want." interview was just an amazing example of the doublethink permeating modern politics.
BBC News wrote:John Lewis has fallen to a half-year loss and says a no-deal Brexit will have a "significant" impact.
The retailer said while it had prepared for no deal, it could not fully offset the effect and the impact on fresh food supplies was a concern.
The stores group, which also owns Waitrose, reported a loss of £25.9m, down from a profit of £0.8m last year.
Sales slipped amid "difficult" trading conditions, which were not helped by "subdued consumer confidence".
John Lewis pointed to "soft demand" for its home and electrical goods as a particular weak spot.
The partnership, which normally makes most of its profits in the second half of the year, said it had been making preparations for a no-deal Brexit, including building up stocks "where that is sensible".
However, the partnership's chairman, Charlie Mayfield, said: "Should the UK leave the EU without a deal, we expect the effect to be significant and it will not be possible to mitigate that impact.
"Brexit continues to weigh on consumer sentiment at a crucial time for the sector as we enter the peak trading period."
He said the group was worried about the impact of a no-deal Brexit on fresh food supplies and consumer confidence.
"Ultimately, that could have a knock-on impact on profits," he said. "That could be significant."
Salary increases and an IT overhaul also ate into the group's profits, John Lewis said.
Amid what it described as a "weak grocery market" sales at Waitrose slipped slightly to £3.4bn in the six months to 27 July.
However, the supermarket chain also reported a 10.7% growth in online sales, which the partnership said was "well ahead of the market".
At the John Lewis department store business, total sales were £2.1bn, down 1.8%.
"After a disappointing end to last year, and the well-documented problems at fellow department stores Debenhams and House of Fraser, it's no surprise to see John Lewis' like-for-like sales and profits falling," said Hargreaves Lansdown analyst George Salmon.
"Weakness in big ticket purchases is particularly interesting because it implies consumers are factoring in Brexit uncertainty before splashing savings on large screen TVs or setting up repayment plans for new furniture."
John Lewis plans to reach more customers by expanding its network of "click and collect" points at Co-op stores.
In May, the department store announced that online shoppers would be able to pick up their purchases at six Co-op stores as part of a trial. John Lewis now plans to extend that to another 50 by the end of October.
Karl_ wrote:BREXIT BAR DEAL: Tell the barman "anything but beer" then pretend you're enjoying your glass of toilet water because it was technically what you asked for and you don't want to be a moaner.
Yes. Or, ask the barmaid for a drink. She brings you a pint of bleach as you didn't specify what drink. Drink it anyway. Drink means drink, after all. strawberry float the experts.
It's the best they could do in lieu of any actual personal scandal, and unfortunately it's much more sinister than it first appears.
They went in on the jazz thing because jazz is connotative of black people, so to a certain kind of hardcore racist it will vaguely suggest that he is "anti-white". It will also be considered by racist boomers to be a somewhat "elite" thing to be into (i.e. music that isn't pop/rock from when boomers were young).
This has been done almost word-for-word before. In Nazi Germany, jazz was referred to as "Negermusik": a conspiracy of the "Jewish elites" to replace the music of "white German culture" with the "degenerate" music of black people. To suggest someone was into jazz would be to suggest that they were a participant in that conspiracy, and people were arrested and even sent to camps on that basis. That's the rhetorical tradition the Mail is drawing from.