Russia has previously been invaded by France and Germany, and it would seem pretty obvious that it is going to react when the Ukraine starts making noises about joining the EU. At times I wonder if the EU was being naive or deliberately provocative.
Interesting point. Cameron, that well-known Europhile, went to Kazakhstan last year and expressed his wish to see an EU spreading from the Atlantic to the Urals. The EU then courted Ukraine only for the then elected Ukrainian PM to veto the deal. This is when it all kicked off and we had the unedifying view of Ashton and Van Rompuy in the Ukraine lending their support to the demonstrators who eventually overthrew the elected leader. OK he was a corrupt bugger but they only had to wait a few months for the next election to come round, the problem here of course being that the East would have probably voted for him to stay in power.
Is it any wonder that Putin reacted by moving in to the Crimea and allowing the people a vote to leave the Ukraine. Consequently we see no fighting in the Crimea and doubtless this situation would be replicated in E Ukraine if the people there were given a vote too. Having goaded Putin into action these sanctimonious words and this bellicose finger pointing from Cameron are laughable.
Putin was right over Syria too. Remember that Cameron was all for going in with all guns blazing and lending support to the so-called rebels against Assad. Fortunately wiser heads in Parliament voted this one down. These very Al Qaeda and ISIS factions are now running amok throughout the Middle East.
Teachers can retire to earn a decent chunk of their final salary, inflation protected, until they finally pop their clogs. That costs whatever it costs, and the taxpayer (thats you by the way) foots the bill. When you run the numbers this turns out to be a very large amount of cash.
If you want to retire as comfortably as this, you dont ahve the luxury of leaning on the state to pick up the tab. Essentailly you ahve to put enough into savings, pensions, isa etc to fund it all. At current prices thats in the ballpark of about half a million quid. ie, whatever you are putting away had better have grown to that sort of money if you want to enjoy anything like what your averaghe striking teacher is going to get when they decide they cant be arsed with schools inspectors, unsatisfied parents or ofsted reports and call it a day.
Of course anyone is entitled to strike if they are being screwed over. Teachers however don't know they are born.
Let me say the important bit again. HALF A MILLION QUID. Hows your pension plan doing?
Extremely ill-informed comment. The Teachers' scheme is contributory, a large chunk being taken from teachers' pay each month. Pensions contributions qualify for tax relief admittedly but no more so than any other pensions scheme or for those who wish to fund their retirement through investing in a SIPP.
I am doing it over the 2 days and just wondered if there were any other RW's on there that were doing it
I'm quite looking forward to it, particuarly getting to Avebury Stone Circle as its just such a lovely place ( may take abit of cash with me to have a drink in the pub when i've finished, well it would be rude not to )
Don't make the mistake of eating there. Longest wait for food in a pub I've ever had and poor quality when it eventually arrived.
On the other hand, we're still, I think, the fourth largest economy in the world, with more than enough wealth generated to give everyone already here and many more coming in a decent standard of living. If only everyone at the top paid the tax they were supposed to.
The top 1% already pay 30% of all income tax collected. Just what do you think a 'fair' figure might be ?
At a time when the main parties are ignoring the electorate, and only seek to ridicule the UKIP party attempts to gate-crash their closed shop, why are the electorate voting for UKIP in large numbers?
UKIP have uncovered the fact that mainstream politics is not about people it is about their own agendas, they do not listen to their electors and UKIP are exploiting this.
When are the main parties going to wake up and realise that they have to listen to their electors or someone like UKIP (with any old rubbish for a policy) will take their vote.
some of you will waste time telling me how abhorrent the UKIP agenda is, I know that we all know that, but they have stolen a march by listening, does the country stand by and watch or do we face abhorrent politics because only 36% bother to use a vote
Please explain why the UKIP agenda is abhorrent.
What I find abhorrent is left wing rent-a-mob following UKIP candidates around, disrupting meetings, attempting to deny free speech, and intimidation at polling booths necessitating a police presence.