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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User]
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    Yes I would vote exactly the same way as I did in the referendum and I suspect in three years time we'd still be nowhere!

    Not WW3 but if we do leave with No Deal as seems possible if not probably we might find the income we have doesn't go as far as it always has and I like to be warm in the winter so making a bit of extra provision to enable me to be warm doesn't seem a terrible thing to do?
    If energy prices DO get substantially higher we might have to make decisions on what the energy we CAN pay for is used for and if I've got some manual kitchen gadgets like a hand whisk and a mincer I can use 'human power' for preparation for cooking and keep the lights on a bit longer. Not prepping for the end of the world as we know it just trying to be a bit ahead of any problems that might happen.
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    There definitely could be another extension (despite Boris saying it's 31st October for the exit come what May. He could easily change his mind. I hate how it's been dragged out so long.

    kah22 - I voted Leave but since then have come to realise it was a bad decision and if I could vote again now, I'd vote Remain. But it is what it is, so prepping continues as I suspect prices will rise and who knows what food favourites might be in short supply (particularly as I'm a gluten free person)
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    I think we'll all stop feeling slightly unsettled IF we ever get a resolution of matters and actually KNOW that we're leaving or staying, it's the unknown and the uncertainty that makes for an uneasy feeling. Depending on which way you voted there are bound to be some unhappy and disgruntled people moaning away in either of these cases but actually having the knowledge of how the whole Brexit process is going to end and hopefully WHEN it's going to end too will mean we can actually stop running in circles and make a future for ourselves.

    I agree with you Zentimes as I'm pretty sure prices will rise right across the board and possibly the abundance of choice we've all become accustomed to might be less if we have to make sensible choices about what we buy and manufacturers start to slim down their ranges. I'm just hedging my bets and putting in some sensible but not excessive futures by taking advantage of summer sales to buy in winter things at prices that are reasonable. If all is resolved and nothing changes I'll still have made good investment and will have warm clothing, some food stocks and wood for the stove that will all be used anyway in the fullness of time so I think it's worthwhile to do so now.
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    Now, I'm not suggesting for a moment that us prepping is in any way responsible but look - supermarket sales are down
    We've got the tins sorted, we're rotating supplies & yes, no matter which soul lands the PM post & wherever they may drag us, if we bet on things going a bit sideways and have contingencies sorted, we can cope.

    If we trust the Gubbyment to look after us, we really need to go to specsavers etc. I reckon education & policing & health will carry right on (albeit with less money & at higher costs), which means what I can control, like the food & the heating & fewer shops to save fuel & money & stress - are plain horse sense.

    We hope WW3 isn't going to break out (but honestly who gave that sort of power to Trump?) as sitting on a hillside watching the colours in the sky is about all we can do once it's started, but we've heard the warnings about an economic downturn being possible (no said Mr Dyson who then emigrated & is now dwelling in the most luxurious flat in Singapore, yes said the pragmatic Canadian Mr Carney who has since returned to his mother country) & frankly Mr.Carney's opinion carried more weight with me. A stocked storecupbaord, a loaded woodpile, knowing what & when & how to plant & harvest & preserve our own food - that's prepping but it is also putting every tuppence to good use.

    I'm not loading up on bullets beans & bandages, those American prepper staples, mostly as I don't think it'll come to fighting in the streets. (A gal can hope. I have relatives who are more politically active & more at risk of crowds.) I did recertify as a first aider.

    I don't have any handy routes over a border to a land where things are still freely available nor the ability to get a legal passport to move around, so yes, I do think there will be shortages as the Just In Time supermarket delivery network was never designed to handle bonus paperwork. Which there likely will be.

    Ever seen the Spanish gating folk in & out of Gibraltar? Sometimes there are huge queues. Fresh fruit spoiling, skilled hands sat on the wrong side of the border. That could happen at ports and cascade. Rather than worry about it, I'd rather have that 'extra shop' already in my storecupboard. Know how to make my own bread, know who to talk to about fresh milk & meat locally (I've tinned both but fresh is nicer) & I've more peace of mind.

    Meanwhile, the youngest is on the electoral register & has been briefed on the nuts & bolts of voting. He is of course free to vote how he pleases, but if he doesn't use the tools available to make his views known, we have still deeper political problems.
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    A lot of economists seem to think there's the mother and father of recessions coming down the track and the shenanigans with Iran don't help, because it can only put up energy prices. That's quite independent of Brexit but whether or not Brexit turns out ok, uncertainty is not good in those circumstances. It's hard to know if we would overall come off better or worse for having left before recession hits - if this is the final straw for certain French and/or German banks then things could get a bit more interesting than one would like

    I think your approach is spot on DforV. I remember someone saying once that if you don't know what to do in the face of something that seems overwhelming then start with the bits you can do and usually other bits become easier to deal with. If you have the bases of food and keeping warm covered, you're ahead of the game
    It doesn't matter if you are a glass half full or half empty sort of person. Keep it topped up! Cheers!
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    edited 23 July 2019 at 2:12PM
    I thought I could find that quote easily but got distracted by this one
    Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
    Francis of Assisi. Not the commentator who springs to mind when prepping but that's part of the fun! When faced with the unknown, triage - what must be done, what can be done & the rest will likely cooperate or compost.

    A Mountain Rescue pal taught dryly that when lost, stop & brew up. It gets everyone focused on the same task, you seek & find combustibles, you agree a sensible location where folk can sit, you get water boiling & a brew going & folks gather by warm & relax a bit - and even if you're still lost, you've a campsite for the night & a fire to guide those looking for you.
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    Well we got Boris and all that currently means is we GOT Boris.

    We shall have to wait and see what 'getting Boris' actually means and becomes. Worrying about what 'might happen' is as fruitless as Canute trying to stop the tide so I'm just keeping on weather eye on the happenings in the UK, a weather eye on the happenings in most of the rest of the world and a magnifying glass on Iraq and the USA as I have absolutely no say or control over what happens there I'd like to be as ahead of any associated trouble beginning there as I could. In the meantime right here at home.....the prepping continues as per normal and I'm not panicking.
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    :p At various times and in various places, I have looked at the successful candidate and bethought myself that several someones are having a laugh.


    I susect that BoJo is what might be called a Seat Warmer, a Flak Catcher, a Light Distraction to front up the fiasco which is Brexiiiiiiit and, once he's made a complete hash of it, and taken all the flak, the smooth operators currently plotting in darkened rooms will insinuate one of their own into the public eye.


    But then, I am an 'orrible little cynic at times...... :rotfl:
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    GreyQueen wrote: »
    :p At various times and in various places, I have looked at the successful candidate and bethought myself that several someones are having a laugh.


    I susect that BoJo is what might be called a Seat Warmer, a Flak Catcher, a Light Distraction to front up the fiasco which is Brexiiiiiiit and, once he's made a complete hash of it, and taken all the flak, the smooth operators currently plotting in darkened rooms will insinuate one of their own into the public eye.


    But then, I am an 'orrible little cynic at times...... :rotfl:
    Could not agree more! Bozo( yes) is the UK equivalent of America's Trump.Shoots his gob off first,worries? about the fallout later.God help us.
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    I do like the idea that Moppatop as was is merely the distraction, but I’m too much of an engineer to not wonder what’s actually at the wheel then?

    Happily, I have Yet More goosegogs to harvest & shall distract myself constructively.
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