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QUOTE (x2lls @ Feb 18 2018, 11:14 PM) *
I wonder how the interim UKIP leader will fair then. He certainly spoke his mind to Sky News.


I suppose the mainstream media will treat him in the same way as Vince Cable - an irellevance, useful only to pad out stories.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 12:39 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 18 2018, 11:03 AM) *
When stories such as this fill the column inches one wonders why it should be deemed so questionable? For years the labour party considered the communist doctrine as the political bible and little doubt the politburo used it to their advantage. This doesn't mean JC is/was a spy anymore than certain right wing tories who cosied up to dictators were intent on world domination but once again it detracts from the real issues of the day.


Slight rewrite of history there Sir William! Too much Arthur Bryant at Eaton!

Ironically, Stafford Cripps got himself expelled even for suggesting an informal link up, a popular front, at the end of the 30s. Even modern Labour history is littered with what some regard as witch hunts against communists.

It's probably quite healthy, after all, the Conservatives have a record of ridding itself of troublesome doctrinaire people; expelling Britain First and even kippers!
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I suppose the right wing press found the Zinoviev(?) worked back in the 1920s so why drop a good technique. Nothing new here at all; yet we fall for it, every time, hook,line and sinker! Of course, politicians do mix with horrible people and regimes, but it's worth understanding the whole picture. I'm sure Lord Harmsworths columns praising Herr Hitler right up to September 1939 where as misrepresented as Lord Londonderrys overtures at the same time.

No, frankly, I don't believe any of the mainstream media without independent verification. If you think Messrs Murdoch, Dacre and their ilk gaurentee press impartiality and honest reporting then you are sadly mistaken.

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Maybe, but remember the 'Mail on line' is seen in the same light as National Equirer stateside. I'm waiting for the Corbyn is an alien story and his house gets visits from UFOs!

Still it sells papers, Sunny Harmsworth would be proud!
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Posted on: Feb 17 2018, 11:34 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 17 2018, 11:18 AM) *



Worth you writing in then, I have a couple of times and got as expected, a bland response. However, the more mail, particularly bespoke reasonably polite letters, the more change is possible.

We know the Tory position, but again worth letting Richard Benyon know about the strength of feeling.
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Posted on: Feb 17 2018, 11:09 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 17 2018, 10:06 AM) *
Yes, Labour are.


True, but find one that ain`t!
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Posted on: Feb 16 2018, 10:00 AM


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Rather interesting too that Lancashire CC didn't impose a ban because they were told it would introduce community tensions. Showing up again that decisions like this aren't made well by local Councillors. Haven't they understood that not imposing the ban is likely to introduce even greater tensions.

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Posted on: Feb 16 2018, 08:14 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 16 2018, 07:31 AM) *
Cobblers.


Really? I suppose if you are cash rich, innovation is a foreign country!
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Posted on: Feb 16 2018, 07:32 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 15 2018, 06:54 PM) *
I must admit I have never compared the price of Danish bacon against UK produced because I only buy home grown but we are all aware that the great british housewife will scream from the highest steeple over the weekly food bill yet can not go more than 10 minutes without a mobile phone wedged in her ear.
Whatever the brexit deal throws out it is safe to assume that the day of "cheap" food has had it's lot.


Frankly, another un-sung benefit of Brexit. Hopefully our over reliance on food imports will significantly reduce too, the EU did cause serious damage to our food supply security, very dangerous for an Island nation.
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Posted on: Feb 16 2018, 07:29 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 15 2018, 10:59 PM) *
Its already happened in some towns. White flight. People generally like to live with like minded people. So it is a fait accompli. I work in a very multi racial company and we all get on. But come lunch time the Indians sit together, the black people sit together. If I were to join either group I would be made to feel welcome as they would if they sat with white people. Different food. Different interests. Is it reallly a problem as long as we respect one another? Mates are mates whatever skin colour or religion. Funny old world.


So then, whilst you are working in your multi ethnic teams, everyone gets on and pulls together to deliver deadlines and solve difficult problems but when there is a break, strict self imposed segregation applies. In other words, the teams don't mix! Must be almost impossible when it comes to corporate parties, team building and such like.
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Posted on: Feb 15 2018, 06:35 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 15 2018, 03:33 PM) *
Though I applaud their positioning, I do have reservations over the general welfare in these Countries. Denmark in particular produces pigmeat on a massive scale in conditions that can only be described "factory". If they have banned halal and kosher across the board it would be interesting to know the opinions of those religious factions concerned and are they importing their meat from other EU countries?
I'm sure everyone has read the article in last weeks NWN by Andrew Davis regarding the shooting industry, ( I use the word "industry" advisedly), and it's need to put it's house in order. The fact that townies are paying money to stand in a muddy field and blast away at anything that moves with scant regard to the birds welfare is a worrying development. Let us hope that any future legislation will include ALL animals, both domestic and wild.


I quite agree, but it's rather interesting that countries we think have a lower standard of animal,welfare than ourselves can manage to abolish what is a dreadful practice we permit in great volume every day.

The practice of importing cruelly treated / slaughtered meat is of course a big probem for us too. Right now we import huge amounts of Danish bacon (just one instance) because Tesco and its peers now they can't blame bogus EU free market rules, claim that Mrs Miggins would revolt if she had to pay more for her Bert's breakfast bacon!

The issue is economic rather than religious.
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Posted on: Feb 15 2018, 01:59 PM


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Denmark and I believe Belgium have both banned Halal and Kosher slaughter. No reason why we can't then surely?
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Posted on: Feb 15 2018, 01:52 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Feb 15 2018, 09:03 AM) *
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Simply, at the moment we clearly don't. Many people already here have to sleep on the streets, our health service is demonstrably close to collapse, our education service no longer have sufficient funds to continue the present levels of service and even after two decades of very heavy investment, our rail service is still significantly overcrowded and we've lost many higher grade jobs. Even our defence capability us breaking down. Therefore, I'd hold we can't cook with any more people It surprises me anyone would even want to visit, let alone stay.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2018, 10:24 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Feb 14 2018, 06:35 PM) *
So we have had a couple of days of media frenzy over an issue that in "normal" times would have maybe warranted a single column inch in the Grauniad. The press on both sides of the political divide stand as one in condemnation, BBC commentators are ripping into charity executives and the women's movement for world dominance are apoplectic in indignation.
The crime? Couple of aid workers exchange a few shillings for a bit of rumpy pumpy with a local call girl. Now to the best of my knowledge celibacy is not a prerequisite to assisting those in peril nor is it a disciplinary matter to what they do in their spare time. Now if there is evidence to show that the monies collected were used for this purpose I could endorse the outrage but come on let's face it the sex trade is the only work available in a lot of the third world and faced with a choice between obtaining money for food and starving then it is a no-brainer. What these self righteous moral high grounders should be doing is ensuring that, firstly the peoples that need the help get it and secondly, the corruption that is so evident in these Countries is addressed as a matter of urgency.

Still on a positive note I haven't heard much about the folly of brexit of late. cool.gif


Yes, would agree with that. Essentially, this should surely be an internal disciplinary matter - not even worth much of a mention in the red tops. Perhaps the in the recent sale of the Express we can see answer; arresting the decline of newspaper sales is now seen as critical. Might we now see what our fearless reporters get up to in their spare time? Sadly, ad seems usual these days, this story is hiding a much bigger scandle in the Charity sector; the lack of proper financial control or regulation.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2018, 04:04 PM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Feb 14 2018, 09:05 AM) *
Bit racist there OTE!!
Bet you wouldn't say that about, say, the Pakistanis?? ohmy.gif


Very good point, I agree!

The latest rugby matches gave me much the same thoughts. Arguably, abusive criticisim of a nation state team is arguably racism. I'd go further, if there is really no difference between them, then how can we create national teams?

So, I'm quite happy to criticise the Spanish for animal cruelty and the Indians for failing to do anything about poverty in their country etc.etc.etc.

When it comes to immigration, that necessarily comes at a personal level. I have absolutely no issue with anyone coming to this country, provided we have room.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2018, 11:40 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Feb 14 2018, 09:23 AM) *
Here's an interesting blog of one person's opinion of them.

Oh well, they tried. The GWR logo is also interesting in as much as these units are remincent of the old GWR railcars that used to run to Lambourn and places - sometimes coupled together with the same consequences. It's also a pretty sad reflection of UK management - getting rid of safety and platform staff because of 'new developments' like automation but accept oddly designed new trains which appear to demand more staff. Presumably the plastic coffee servers are paid a lot less than guards.
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Posted on: Feb 14 2018, 11:32 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 14 2018, 09:18 AM) *
It may also demonstrate how much over the odds people might be paying for the service; business has a way of dealing with that.


It does indeed. That's where we come in; next stop Carey Street..
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Posted on: Feb 14 2018, 06:32 AM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Feb 13 2018, 09:49 PM) *
Great cliff walks, and down to the calanques. Wonderful memories, heard my first Scops owl there. Bliss.


Very nice, but must admit, I haven't been back for a few years though.
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 13 2018, 09:47 PM) *
Yes I could. Because they know I'd get the job done. Obviously your company has an issue with trust or perhaps they just don't trust YOU! laugh.gif I love my job and the people I work with. We party together. Love it.


Minor problem; I don';t work for a company. Nonetheless, its really good to hear about motivated employees; clearly in some cases corporate hype works. Again, just enjoy it; believe me, its not a privilege extended by many employers.
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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Feb 13 2018, 09:29 PM) *
If i pitched up at midday tomorrow no one would bat an eye lid. Its about getting the job done. Not the hours you work. In fact I may just do that. 👍


So then, if you 'pitched up late' during a week's fairly minor travel disruption, you could still get the job done? Interesting management conundrum that, if you really think about it! I wonder if any of the Asia / Pacific software houses have sniffed an opportunity yet? So, enjoy it whilst you can.
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Posted on: Feb 13 2018, 09:28 PM


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QUOTE (Strafin @ Feb 13 2018, 09:17 PM) *
We are not leaving Europe. We're leaving the EU. Geographically the UK will remain where We are. We will be the same distance from the rest of the world as we are now!


You are absolutely correct. I suppose I was letting my English age old predudice against the French show. Mind, as far as I've been able to tell, they've never been over keen on us and I'm not over convinced that us leaving EU will have a positive effect on that relationship.
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Posted on: Feb 13 2018, 09:25 PM


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QUOTE (Turin Machine @ Feb 13 2018, 09:05 PM) *
Surprised you know it! Not many do. Where did you stay?


Well, there you go. Sister in law came from Ferrageon and we had extended family visits.
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Posted on: Feb 13 2018, 08:34 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 13 2018, 08:12 PM) *
I like to think it more of a problem of democracy than any particular party.


To some extent, I'd agree. However, the move from a mixed economy to market forces was Thatcherisim - she and her peers subscribing to the monitorist theories and practices. Arguably very popular because it meets base human instinct, this popularity and our democratic approach meant New Labour and the LibDems followed suit. However both choose to pretend to be nice whenever they get the opportunity. No change on the horizon means we all need to embrace the approach. I can't see a dictatorship being much different, history suggests in practice, these are generally right wing, no matter their name.
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Feb 13 2018, 08:07 PM) *
Whether or not I deserve my experience doesn’t remove the fact GWR are running a Shoite service at the moment. It has been officially late every time I’ve used it this month. At least it was so late today that it made choosing the next one easier.


The real trouble is that there is nothing to stop them. Railways are an oligopoly and so they can extract whatever they can for the lowest possible input; basic economics. Can't blame them for that. However, in the absence of a real market and real competition. The Government appointed a Regulator; he's clearly failed but no one is calling for his replacement, so I'm not convinced you'll see a solution. Driverless vehicles longer term perhaps.
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Posted on: Feb 13 2018, 08:02 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Feb 13 2018, 07:16 PM) *
Ok, thanks for that, the wife thinks it's all 'A good year' nonsense. It's going to be there or one of the islands this year. I'll pass your thoughts on to her. Never looked at Cassis though, what's it like?


Can be busy in the season, but that's no surprise. As you like boats, probably more pleasant.
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