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  1. As a sign prices are going up, the grey one is listed for more than mine would have been this time last year by the same seller, despite mine being 2-3 years newer and with 2-3k lower miles (admittedly not 2+2 though).
  2. Yes, that's the one I was thinking of, 37/38k. Will's is here: https://www.pistonheads.com/buy/listing/12367719
  3. Will Blackham has a nice looking S for sale at the moment on Pistonheads, but similar price to the yellow one. I'd recommend speaking to him and/or any Lotus dealer near you. I was the first to see my car with Will after letting him know what I was looking for - he didn't end up advertising it..
  4. Great posts from @basalte and @C8RKH. I've gone a bit quiet due to an insane workload the last month (partially caused by Brexit, ironically..). My posts are generally coming from a similar place to yours @C8RKH, as I will demonstrate: "It seems that you can easily get away with blaming stuff on the EU as somehow, some of the people who do it, believe that it shows they are of a superior patriotism, to those who voted remain and therefore they are not worthy/able of challenge. I am not accusing you of being this, just making a general statement about those who believe it is legitimate to just constantly throw the shit at the EU." I'm just trying to offset what I see as a huge bias in the way our relationship with the EU has been communicated to the public over decades. In time I expect a closer relationship with Europe will emerge, but there is a lot of poison to suck out first. The greater & more immediate concern I have is what else the Vote Leave crew are now getting up to in Downing Street, with zero accountability.
  5. For what it's worth I've upgraded to an Alpine ILX-702D & quite happy with it. Straight swap, and CarPlay works well. It's not wireless, but I prefer my phone is being kept charged anyway. It's got physical buttons for volume, mute, voice command etc, which I prefer to the touch buttons you get on some others. The Alpine audio setup guide on this forum can be used to get the most out of the speakers. You can also bring back the Lotus logo if you like & upload any image as a new opening screen, using the right format on a USB stick (but this is probably also the case on other brands).
  6. However it's difficult to know what to believe, this was my local Tesco last week.
  7. These are the same drivers you said were being exploited by poor pay & conditions? The workers came here if it was a good deal for them. They had a whole continent and us to choose from. If the aim was to improve conditions/pay for all workers, Brexit was a drastic way to go about this. E.g. drivers were always considered a key part of the economy in France, & the road tolls there pay for decent facilities which wouldn't otherwise be viable for private companies to run. Here; run down bolt-ons to service stations with little investment for decades. The second part of your comment gets to the nub of things. If Brexit was the solution, the way it has been done is reckless & irresponsible. There is evidence of pretty much everything in the 'yellowhammer' no deal Brexit report now happening. The main impact is on the low paid, for whom inflation hits a far greater proportion of income in terms of the cost of living. Being a self-sufficient country is a noble aim, but a long-term fantasy at best. We produce only 60% or thereabouts of the food & energy we need. We haven't invested in skills/training to fill the gap in the workforce. We will get there if we have to, but it will take years of disruption. The government's solution? Whip the rug from under everyone & see what happens. Far better to have invested in the infrastructure & skills we need first, in my opinion.
  8. What's interesting now is that: - 'The shortages are absolutely nothing to do with Brexit' has very quickly become: - 'The shortages are an inevitable part of our master plan to increase wages'. Never mind the impact on inflation etc. & overall growth... Cognitive dissonance is something this government excels at.
  9. Brexit is a major factor in the effects of the driver shortage now being felt. It's not just down to the numbers of drivers in each market, Brexit has fundamentally changed the efficiency of the system. - The UK has a similar size shortage in drivers to other EU countries. - But, GB is the only country with widespread gaps on supermarket shelves / garage forecourts. Northern Ireland is affected to a degree due to checks applied to deliveries from the mainland, but there are no petrol shortages thanks to the open border with Ireland. - Between countries on the continent and Ireland, there is no hard border or bureaucracy affecting the flow of goods. Drivers do international deliveries, and then some local jobs on their way back. This used to happen freely in the UK. - Thanks to customs checks etc., the UK is now so cumbersome to trade with from overseas that we have to rely more on our domestic hauliers. Hence, the haulage market in the UK has become significantly more inefficient, while in the EU the work can go where the demand is with no barriers. It's not just drivers, the number of trucks in the UK at any one time has reduced because many are not bothering to cross the channel. It's being felt now because since the start of the year, EU companies have gradually been replacing their UK suppliers with others to avoid these checks, and we reached critical mass a month or two ago whereby the effects are now being seen. I'm not a haulage expert, but it seems obvious that by restricting the flow of goods/labour across our borders will fundamentally reduce the efficiency of the continental supply chains which we used to benefit from. We can no longer share the burden with neighbouring countries. The pandemic is another factor, but we had the pandemic over nearly all of 2020, and we've only seen these effects this year...
  10. I still have this if anyone's interested (advert expired).
  11. Dropped mine off at Allon White this morning, this was outside: https://allonwhite.co.uk/used-lotus-cars-for-sale-uk/2019-lotus-evora-400-automatic-2-2-pearl-white-u373 Might have a closer look when I go back, just out of curiosity..
  12. Sorry, I think you missed my sarcasm there; I was trying to make the point that surely I'm welcome to point out issues with our current relationship with Europe (and therefore Brexit), after Brexiters have been doing it for decades. Today I'm just trying to get to the bottom of why freedom of movement was so toxic, given the EU treaties themselves allowed countries to send EU nationals back home if they did not contribute. The view that rejoiners/remainers don't consider the collective 'we' isn't at all what I've seen. We want to work together with the continent for the good of everyone. Everyone loses out by the fact we're diverging on standards etc. (see the CE mark fiasco and barriers to trade between GB/NI). I did mention what 'I've' lost as a result of freedom of movement ending, but it's just a way of expressing what everyone has lost. It was necessary to leave the EU (but not with this kind of hard Brexit), and it's now been done, but it's not necessary to stick with it. The question will be asked again at some point, & the country may change its mind.
  13. The total unemployed is 1.6m, but the long term unemployed (12+ months) is only 360,000 according to: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/employmentintheuk/march2021 The unemployment rate is quite stable, so most of the 1.6m therefore find another job within a year. I agree there is some slack which could/should be picked up by UK unemployed, but I don't think the issue was EU membership. It's UK government policy over a number of decades. What was stopping them from training people up before? Then market forces would mean migrants were less likely to come to the UK because there was more competition for jobs. Successive governments took the easier route of relying on foreign labour, then pulled the rug from under industry without proper planning. Also, since freedom of movement was properly introduced (1992 Maastricht treaty), UK unemployment has been coming down (apart from the 2009 crash and Covid): https://tradingeconomics.com/united-kingdom/unemployment-rate What you outline sounds great, but I don't agree that Brexit was necessary to achieve that ambition. As for pointing out the issues, sorry, I do remember the complete silence of Brexiters about the issues with the EU prior to 2016, I will now pipe down.. 😉😉. I'm just keen for the UK to prosper, and the simplest solution is to form a closer relationship with Europe.
  14. What exactly was the issue with freedom of movement? The consensus here seems to be that we welcome migrants who integrate and contribute to the economy. Within EU law it states verbatim: 1. All Union citizens shall have the right of residence on the territory of another Member State for a period of longer than three months if they: (a) are workers or self-employed persons in the host Member State; or (b) have sufficient resources for themselves and their family members not to become a burden on the social assistance system of the host Member State during their period of residence and have comprehensive sickness insurance cover in the host Member State https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32004L0038&from=EN We just chose never to implement that rule by controlling our borders properly. We now face a cliff edge of EU workers returning home, without a pipeline of replacements. It seems there is no backlog of Brits looking for work which was taken over by EU workers, which might have been an argument for ending free movement but appears to be a myth. We are now seeing the effects with supply chain issues in many industries. Brexit is not the only factor, but it's a big one. Meanwhile, I now do not have the automatic right to work or retire on the continent or in Ireland 🤦‍♂️
  15. I don't think they do. It's only got a range of 130 miles at best though.
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