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Posted: 22/07/2014 at 17:05

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.



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Posted: 17/07/2014 at 12:32
Nayan wrote (see)

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.


Race to the Stones

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 07:52

Is anyone doing Race to the Stones 

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.

Essex has voted strongly for UKIP

Posted: 05/06/2014 at 12:14
Peter Collins wrote (see)

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 ?

Essex has voted strongly for UKIP

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 10:01
Nick Windsor 4 wrote (see)

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.


Posted: 15/04/2014 at 08:23

Anyone that thinks there is any logic to some of the speed limits in force in this country has to be bonkers. I'll take a stab at it and for no particular reason say 20 m.p.h.

The price of trainers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 08:26
Flob wrote (see)
It is Becoming increasingly difficult not to buy from amazon USA. Even with post and import tax, there are still great savings to be made. Things will only get worse if we leave Europe and have to pay tax on imports from the continent.
I'm embarrassed to say I bought some stuff in sporrtssdirect yesterday and it was competitive but not cheap. I only went in there as no where else local sells the size 12-15 footy socks I like for running(non krappimor).

No need to worry about that, we buy more from them than they do from us, they're hardly going to want to spark off a tariff war.


Posted: 17/02/2014 at 10:52

I'm only in favour because I'm sick of hearing about it, let them have it, its pretty drab, they eat shit food, talk weird and wear kilts, its full of midges, the roads are crap  and there is no Loch Ness monster, why would we want to keep them? just to bury them all early at the state's expense with their arteries clogged up by fat, and their faces red and bloated by fried mars bars.

To be honest I don't think their roads can be much worse than ours.


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 08:41
Screamapillar wrote (see)



Colin McLaughlin wrote (see)

The Scots seem pretty hopeless about arranging their independence, frankly.

When we say they won't be able to keep the pound, we get called "bullies". How absurd is that?

If they want to be independent, they should have their own independent currency. Surely that's obvious?


They haven't sorted out whether they are going to be in the EU or not after independence either.  If they don't sort that out, Scots won't know if they will have any right to be in the rest of the EU or not after independence.


If  they join the EU, and particularly the Eurozone, then the independence they voted for will immediately be lost. Very much looking forward to seeing the Troika descend upon Edinburgh and creaming off the top of people's bank accounts as in Cyprus. If they renege on their share of UK debt and consequently struggle to borrow from the market this is a distinct possibility.

help for flood victims

Posted: 13/02/2014 at 12:29
Screamapillar wrote (see)

I'm no good at maths but I can tell you that 110m won't go as far as 17bn.


Well I'd like to see the daily £55m stopped for evermore, we'd soon pass £17bn then.

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