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  1. http://www.dezeen.com/2015/09/11/student-style-accommodation-adults-next-market-london-uk-naomi-cleaver/ Speechless. The comments are fun though.
  2. Nobody seems to have pointed out yet that council houses don't actually belong to central government. So how is this actually going to work? Central government passes a law forcing councils to give away substantial assets earning them an income? Given that most councils presumably use this income to, you know, provide services, I can only assume their response will be either to cut services or put up council tax. Also, these new outright owners with suddenly no housing costs (other than maintenance) will presumably be able to out-compete us poor sobs who have never had a council house and h
  3. On the contrary, if you read my posts up thread you'll see I have no problem admitting Western governments have committed atrocities. I condemn all military adventurism - Iraq and Afghanistan have been disasters for the West and it would have been much better if they hadn't happened. I do not understand why so many people seem to think that it if one is opposed to Western military adventurism one must support Putin's or vice versa. Let's be clear, the world would be a much better place if everybody stopped invading other countries and started trading peacefully with their neighbours. That d
  4. So what's your proposal? Ignore the nasty man and hope he goes away?
  5. In any case, copydude is Russian and either completely taken in by Putin's propaganda or paid to trot it out, at a guess. I think he used to be based in Cypress, but it seems he's now moved to Donetsk to fight the noble fight of taking destablising another country in furtherance of Putin's imperial ambitions. Either way, he's going on ignore from me. There'll be no sense coming from that direction, and no possibility of convincing him either.
  6. Most of this I agree with. Regarding sanctions, it is important to remember that we have limited options in reminding Russian leaders that there are consequences to military adventurism such that they think twice before continuing along that path. The sanctions we have imposed so far are quite tightly targetted only on Russia's leaders and those directly implicated in the conflict. Russia itself has banned the import of foodstuffs from the EU which is doing far more to hurt the Russian people than anything the West has done. So no, sanctions do not yet seem to have been effective, but those we
  7. If you really believe the Ukrainian government is engaged in ethnic cleansing it is clearly you who is talking through your hat. People are fleeing the violence and many have gone to Russia because that is what was possible, or because they have relatives there. If the Ukrainian government were engaged in ethnic cleansing you would see the ethnic Russian minorities elsewhere in Ukraine being cleansed and no such thing is happening. However, I was not discounting the scale of the disaster, rather pointing out that the number of refugees going west or east was not relevant to the point that it
  8. I am not in any way advocating war against Russia. It is a tragedy that Russia is choosing aggression rather than peace. I would much rather that Russia respected Ukraine's right to self-determination and traded peacefully with the West. There's no reason with the right governance, that Russia could not be like a huge Norway. Instead it is choosing to become more like a huge North Korea. For me this is a personal tragedy as I have family in Ukraine. However, strategically for the West it is important to find a way to turn Russia away from its current course (preferably using peaceful means) t
  9. Well I think those numbers come from Russia itself, the reliability of which should be doubted (Russian media showed queues of Ukrainians at the Polih border and passed it off as Ukrainians queuing to get into Russia, for instance). However, that is immaterial. The point was, Bloo Loo's contention that 'half of Ukraine is rising up against its government' is patently false.
  10. Comparing Putin to Jimmy Saville is interesting. I am no expert on the evidence against Jimmy Saville, but my understanding is that there is a vast quantity of credible evidence. Exactly the same is true of the evidence showing Russia's direct involvement in easternn Ukraine. Nobody has the time to prove it to you if you can't be bothered to look with an open mind, but most of the weaponry, kit and even rations in use by the 'militants' are Russian issue and not of a kind in common use by the Ukrainian military - anyone who takes the time to look into the variants of tanks shown trundling thr
  11. You do not seem to take facts very seriously in your arguments. In the two eastern provinces taken by the 'separatists' much less than 50% were ethnically Russian, and of course most of the population simply wanted to get on with their lives. Most of those have fled - a majority have fled west to the relative security of western Ukraine (obviously they were happy to remain Ukrainian) while a substantial minority have fled to Russia, probably partly because they had family there, that is where their sympathies lay, or because fleeing that way did not involve crossing the front line. The remain
  12. Well it's true that sanctions haven't changed Russia's course yet. The alternatives available to us were either to look the other way and simply ignore the invasion (this would surely encourage further bad behaviour by the Russians, or don't you care about global security?), retaliate militarily (something you evidently deplore) or hope that sanctions would eventually persuade Russia to change course. For better or worse we have chosen the middle way. Ukraine made no moves to deprive Russia of its port or military stationed in Crimea, those bases were leased under long-standing agreements and
  13. Yes. The Budapest Memorandum is interesting. All those supporting Russia's actions would do well to remember that if Russia had not guaranteed Ukraine's territorial integrity 20 years ago (along with the UK and US), Ukraine would still be the world's third largest nuclear power. It is a very clear betrayal that Russia has gone back on its word, and the UK and US are now obligated to act under international law. Interesting that Angela Merkel is bringing this up (Germany is not a signatory of the Budapest Memorandum). I suspect the EU would struggle somewhat to maintain unity were the UK and U
  14. Which bit do you not believe, that Russia took sovereign territory, that it had no justification, or that they killed thousands? Or is it that you think a sanctions regime is not mild in comparison to invasion of a neighbouring soverign state?
  15. Nobody should seriously want Russia to collapse. Even the current despotism in Russia is probably preferable to the chaos that might follow a complete collapse. Our response to Russia has been very mild - they have taken sovereign territory with no justification other than they wanted to, and killed thousands. We have instigated targeted sanctions e.g. preventing travel for those directly involved in the acts actually against international law. Most of the suffering of the populace in Russia (and I don't believe there really has been much, yet) is self-inflicted. As to interference, the prote
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