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Scooter

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  1. So assuming that those who want lower taxation are likely the ones paying the most tax currently, if they all notionally happen to leave-reducing the total tax take disproportionately-the UK will "obviously become a better place to live", although the disproportionate tax shortfall will then land on everyone else and/or public services will be cut to compensate? Did you leave your other brain cell down the pub?
  2. Your indignation puts me in mind of a disgruntled Patricia Routledge. Your post sounded pretty much like a rabid defence of NuLab to me. That said, I agree that moaning on boards is pointless-I should really work harder...
  3. Don't worry, I think he is the tea boy in a small EA-the property portfolio is strictly fantasy...
  4. You must be one of those NuLab activists I have read about who write into the press in support of our great government pretenting to be private citizens? I don't really like the Mail but what is untrue about the comments posted? Your party has wrecked this country...
  5. Not really surprising when most ministers experience of work is as a trade union "researchers" (eg Milburn, Hain, Blunkett) plus the odd poly lecturer. Even Blair was only a barrister for a short time and this hardly gives him a view of how a normal business runs...
  6. Can't I just pay my licence fee money direct to the Liberal Democrats instead?
  7. Were they really EA's? They just seemed like dopey Bolton housewives....
  8. There is, to be fair, a bit more evidence that elephants exist...
  9. So that was it then? Biggest property bubble in history followed by a 4% acknowleged drop perhaps and then it is game on again? I don't think so...
  10. Personally I prefer Belsize or Primrose Hill as SJW seems a bit dull to me beyond SJW high street. Still sounds like a fairly good price for a 1 bedder there though.
  11. You are right-the Israeli Palestinian Arabs are not always accorded their full rights, although they are fully protected by the law in theory. The Druze do rather better and some reach senior positions in the army, police and business and the Bedouin are somewhere in between but suffer from poverty and lack of education, not necessarily because of differential treatment but other social factors which held them back long before 1948. The Bedouin are equally deprived in Jordan and Sinai without an Israeli in sight. I think it was probably Pvt Frazer's comment about Israel as theocratic dictatorship that caught my eye rather than your own comments. I would still contend-and I speak from experience of business in some Arab/Muslim countries-that minority groups in Muslim countries be it Shia in Bahrain, Saudi and other Sunni led states or Arabs in Iran (Khuzestan) are in a far worse position never mind Christians in Sudan and Iraq, Turkmens or Kurds who are oppressed and murdered. Chinese and Indians in Malaysia are discriminated against in favour of Malays specifically by law but none of this is mentioned by people who shout loudly against the Israelis. Not a perfect country for everyone or even anyone but they are far from the worst. S.
  12. Thanks for that-at least I'm seeing a bit more nuance in there than just "the Jews murdered Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila and Ariel Sharon ate my hamster.." from Private Frazer But how come the report you quote comes from the evil theocracy that is Israel, or does it appear to have a free judiciary and democracy after all?
  13. You seem very willing to play fast and loose with history. In fact the Palestinians in Sabra and Shatila were killed by a Maronite Christian Arab militia called Plalangists, not Jews or Israelis. "What if...yada yada yada" - is that an argument? Presumably establishing a world caliphate and recovering Spain for the muslims is just a matter of politics and economics as well? I suspect Bin Laden et al might be a bit miffed to find you thought that their lifelong devotion to Islam was just a matter of politics and economics as well. Listen to the man and his acolytes and you might understand the motivation a bit better. You sound like the lefty pub bores who are a bit too prevalent in parts of North London, or back in my old home Manchester for that matter. Don't expect you to change of course-your apparent dogmatism is almost Bushlike!
  14. However much you dislike it, Israel is a multi party democracy with a wide range of political views from hard right to hard left and including a reasonable number of Arab parliamentarians. There are a couple of religiously based parties who compete with everybody else for votes. To describe it as a theocratic dictatorship is just ignorance.
  15. No idea. I suspect as possibly the most sensitive location in the US they are not that keen on people filming their site or releasing film of it themselves. I am not sure that in itself is so strange and the British or other military would probably act similarly.
  16. And the barcodes on my cans of Miller Lite spell out 666, the number of the Beast...
  17. How does invading Bin Ladens's base country Afghanistan ever constitute ignoring him? The Iraq connection was spurious but Bush was on a roll only after reaching Kabul...
  18. The towers came down so quickly because Port of NY Authority took out all of the asbestos from their many properties including WTC, fearing asbestosis suits in the mid 90s. No conspiracy, just avoiding one risk and getting hit by another.
  19. Actually they invaded the first one after an attack on NY and previous attacks on US embassies were planned and coordinated by an Islamic terrorist organisation that was in collusion with the extremist Islamic de facto government of that country. Afghanistan and Iraq are not the same in terms of justification.
  20. Probably us for spreading the bad nesw!
  21. All fair comments. Sensitivity to racist language is so strong that a couple of years back a public official was fired for using the word "niggardly" until it was established that the word had no connection to a similar offensive epithet...
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