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No Deal Brexit and Millenium Bug are NOT the Same!

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KennDodd Fri 22-Feb-19 17:23:01

Ffs. Why would somebody even think that?

Anyway, aibu to be frustrated by this?

HoomanMoomin Fri 22-Feb-19 17:23:50

YANBU.

bellinisurge Fri 22-Feb-19 17:28:53

Bored of explaining the difference.

RedForShort Fri 22-Feb-19 17:31:25

Huh? You're going to have to explain this one; who thinks they are the same?

bellinisurge Fri 22-Feb-19 17:34:09

Everyone who pops onto Brexit threads to say it's a load of worry over nothing. Like Y2K. It was a daily occurrence. Less so now but still happens a fair bit.

LoudBatPerson Fri 22-Feb-19 17:41:44

YANBU.

It is like banging your head against a brick wall.

I never realised quite how naive people were about the work that went into resolving Y2K until Brexit came around.

GregoryPeckingDuck Fri 22-Feb-19 17:47:10

I think they just mean in terms of the mass hysteria. You could compare it to a number of events from that time that people thought the world was going to end because the Mayan clock came to an end to princess Diana death and the ott public mourning and totally innaproptiate and disproportionate grief. It’s the group think element that they are picking up on is all.

Rufusthebewilderedreindeer Fri 22-Feb-19 17:53:42

YANBU

yolofish Fri 22-Feb-19 17:56:44

hahaha! desperately trying to think what makes something experts worked on and planned for a good few years in advance the same as something where experts were deliberately not involved, no work or planning took place, and lions were led by donkeys... nah, simply cant do it.

Boyskeepswinging Fri 22-Feb-19 18:00:34

I think they just mean in terms of the mass hysteria
Exactly this. I have been flamed a number of times for saying there was mass hysteria leading up to Y2K. Posters pile in saying they/their DH/their friend was working on the Y2K project for years before and it was all under control. To which I say, great, but us mere civilians did not know this. The press was on Project Fear Overload and remember social media had not really evolved then so the mainstream press were most people's source of news.

AornisHades Fri 22-Feb-19 18:02:30

YANBU. Two digit dates could easily have caused chaos. It didn't because code was checked and fixed over a long period of time.

Boyskeepswinging Fri 22-Feb-19 18:03:15

desperately trying to think what makes something experts worked on and planned for a good few years in advance the same as something where experts were deliberately not involved, no work or planning took place, and lions were led by donkeys... nah, simply cant do it
But we weren't told this was happening. We were told it would be the end of civilisation on 31st December.

The parallel I, and others, have tried to make is the level of mass hysteria. Obviously the reasons for the hysteria are different.

doIreallyneedto Fri 22-Feb-19 18:05:13

@GregoryPeckingDuck - I think they just mean in terms of the mass hysteria.

The mass hysteria was only from ill-informed and/or gullible people, with a tendency towards melodrama and who mainly gathered news from tabloids. Most people realised that a lot of work was being done to prevent problems and, while there might be some small issues, most would be dealt with in advance.

Those claiming the similarity between Y2K and no deal brexit are showing a remarkable similarity to those ill-informed people.

Boyskeepswinging Fri 22-Feb-19 18:07:34

The mass hysteria was only from ill-informed and/or gullible people, with a tendency towards melodrama and who mainly gathered news from tabloids
Er, no it really wasn't. Amazing how history gets rewritten after less than 20 years!

MissGiddyPants Fri 22-Feb-19 18:08:46

Yay. Another Leave bashing thread.

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doIreallyneedto Fri 22-Feb-19 18:09:17

@Boyskeepswinging - We were told it would be the end of civilisation on 31st December.

Only if your main source of news was the tabloid press.

I'm in my mid-50's so remember it quite clearly. I don't know anyone who thought it would be the end of civilisation on 31st December and, while some were involve in the software industry, most weren't.

StealthPolarBear Fri 22-Feb-19 18:10:22

Tha k you op. I've been silently screaming this in my head all day

Rufusthebewilderedreindeer Fri 22-Feb-19 18:10:49

To be honest boys i don't remember being told it was the end of civilisation

I remember being told what the problems might be and that people were working init

I certainly wouldn't have bothered turning up to that new years eve party if i thought it would be the end of the world

GregoryPeckingDuck Fri 22-Feb-19 18:11:16

So the people who think there is no life of economic prosperity outside the EU are I’ll infirmed? If anything the mere fact that the majoirty of remainders were raised in the EU would suggest otherwise. Most people who have lived outside the EU look on the public tears and melodramatics with bemusement.

Uptheapplesandpears Fri 22-Feb-19 18:11:21

The thing is, if you're trying to make a parallel between something that was averted because of a carefully considered and lengthy strategy executed by experts and something we need to avert where none of this is the case, you might need a new parallel.

Rufusthebewilderedreindeer Fri 22-Feb-19 18:11:25

On it

Not in it

Boyskeepswinging Fri 22-Feb-19 18:12:57

I'm in my mid-50's so remember it quite clearly
Me too and I have never read the tabloid press. But, hey, having different memories of the same event is hardly unusual.

doIreallyneedto Fri 22-Feb-19 18:18:24

@GregoryPeckingDuck - So the people who think there is no life of economic prosperity outside the EU are I’ll infirmed?

Of course not. However, crashing out of all trade deals with nothing to immediately replace them is hardly a recipe for economic prosperity.

doIreallyneedto Fri 22-Feb-19 18:21:50

@Boyskeepswinging - But, hey, having different memories of the same event is hardly unusual.

That is true. Living, working and socialising in different areas/social groups will also impact on the attitudes you're exposed to at the time which will in turn affect your reality.

Wonderbag Fri 22-Feb-19 19:07:51

It would be comforting to hear that new laws etc are in place for protection though. So we know we’re covered by safety standards, maternity rights etc when we leave.
There are plenty of charlatans will take advantage of the gap if they can.

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