Peter Collins

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Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:07
Rich949 wrote (see)

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.



I think the truth is that few on any of the sides you mentioned are particularly nice people with decent motives. It's hard to see Putin as a victim in all of this. As ever, it's ordinary people who suffer.


Posted: 23/07/2014 at 13:05
the dude abides wrote (see)

i wouldn't be so sure. statistically speaking, democrats are more war-mongering that republicans. i think it's something to do with having a point to prove they aren't wishy-washy.

I think historically that's because the Republican party was non-interventionist for much of the last century (for both good and bad reasons - that's me speaking). That changed through the 50s and 60s – though strangely both the Korean War (technically a police action by the UN) and Vietnam were bequeathed to Republican presidents by Democrat presidents – and particularly in the last 30 years.

what challenge next

Posted: 23/07/2014 at 12:52

Perhaps you solve the problems in the Middle East!

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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 12:15
Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

Teachers are not underpaid nor are they overworked FFS, it's not the simplest of jobs but it has great terms and conditions that virtually everyone in the private sector would envy.


People in the private sector should join unions and seek to get better pay and conditions, not urge a race to the bottom and abjure those who seek to protect their hard fought-for conditions of service.

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Posted: 16/07/2014 at 16:26

But they've certainly been slashing budgets like bonkers, and the people who do the 'actual work' as you put it, are the ones who get cut, and those who don't get cut are the ones who take on 1.5 or 2 people's jobs for no further pay. You might make comments about cutting local councils but, believe me, it's been going on for a long time already.

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Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:19

To be fair, there are a great many mps of all parties who don't cheat on expenses, work long hours and try to do the best jobs they can. I say that as someone who hates Tories and LibDems. They've also been cutting local councils like crazy (my wife works for one), leaving them to do very difficult jobs with drastically reduced resources: most council employees don't have extortionate salaries, just like most people in the private sector don't. And I don't think governments have control over think tanks, which are usually private organisations.

Have you ever been in a fight?

Posted: 16/07/2014 at 15:08
NetanyahuTheWarCriminal wrote (see)
Peter Collins- if you do not have a point to make it is often easier to now out gracefully, instead of looking like a tool.

Blimey, no wonder you get in fights. Dear oh dear. I'm blocking you. It's a bit like walking away from a fight. Learn from it.

Anti-social music broadcasting runners

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:37

I am aware of that fact. This was, for once, in real life, not in cyberspace or a dream.

Have you ever been in a fight?

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:35
YiddBarmy wrote (see)
Peter Collins wrote (see)

Notwithstanding fighting back, especially in the case of being sexually assaulted, but I'm surprised how many people seem to feel violence is an appropriate response to verbals. It's not. 

What utter twaddle. It all depends on the level of and the nature of the abuse. Also more often than not attackers start with verbal to see if you will defend yourself or not, so turning the other cheek is an invite to be swung at. It has happened to me on more than one occasion. You can judge the situation but it is always 50/50 whether you will have to fight in thst situation and if it is definitely going to happen then it is best to finish it before it starts.


You've seen my twaddle and raised it to heights of twaddle I can only dream of.

Question from a beginner

Posted: 15/07/2014 at 15:13
literatin wrote (see)

Good work. I love doing strides. I like to pretend that I am a beautiful, elegant gazelle.

I thought you were.

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