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  1. When I worked at British Airways the cleaner gassed himself and the occupants of two toilet cubicles by mixing two solvents together. One of them required hospitalisation. Sadly this is yet another anti public service thread based upon preconceived prejudices and ignorance. I gave up hope long ago that you guys would grow tired of continually retreading these old turds.
  2. And the more I learn the more I like them. I also quite like the Archbishop of Canterbury.
  3. Looking at that link I realised that I had not checked out RightMove for prices in my area for ages. I put in the post code where I sold the last house I "owned" with no higher or lower price and a one mile radius. I got 6 properties returned. When I used the same search criteria a couple of years ago I was getting 6 pages.
  4. You can see an example of why things never change by looking at the current fiasco at the FIFA meeting. 90% of the members vote in a complete ar5e as president for another four years because he serves the VI's and defends the status quo thus keeping the gravy train on track. Politicians who do not tow the line fail to win power. That makes significant change impossible.
  5. That stabbing analogy doesn't work because the Tories were denied the opportunity to stab by not being in power. There is no way of telling what they would have been thinking and no way of telling whether they dismissed whatever they were thinking. IMO if differences in government were measured on a scale where the possible change was given as 100 points of left or right movement, a so called radical government moves no more than 20 points. Since Thatcher that change has barely hit 5.
  6. I have a 2001 Focus that we bought over 3 years ago for £3000. Dealers round here are still asking well over £2000 for the same age Focus. Doesn't seem like any kind of price crash to me.
  7. It seems to me that this graph shows a pretty steady up and down pattern a bit like the tide coming in and going out until the credit crunch hit. It is without doubt to me that general public expenditure was broadly the same for both the Tories and Labour up till that point. The last part of the graph is caused by the way the government reacted to the crunch....the massive bank bailout. That's the reason whether anyone likes it or not and the same applies to the fact that it was a worldwide crisis. It's up to you how you divide up the blame for the crunch and how you view the response that came from not just our government but all leading governments. The one thing that is not proven by that graph is that there is any major difference between different government's ability to balance the books over anything more than a few years at a time. Certainly not a big enough difference to either save or destroy this country's economy.
  8. And that would include all the people daft enough to think that Gordon Brown caused all this and Cameron will save us all. The best we can hope for from this government is that they will make little or no difference to the outcome. That would only come about as a result of their general incompetence and a failure to implement their idiotic plans. My view is that they will make things worse. I would go on to say that time will tell but if I came back here in 5 or 10 years and things had gone a certain way there would still be plenty of posters all too willing to call the total opposite.
  9. Ok. What's that bit from around 1988 to around 1997? Sorry, but you did ask.
  10. The last Tory government presided over two recessions the first of which was intentionally started. Who was to blame for the second? Lawson would be my answer. Certainly not the Labour party.
  11. Yes, when John Major became PM he had to, with Clark's help, sort out the dreadful mess left by the previous PM.
  12. As I started to read that paragraph I almost thought you had fallen for the lie that this site is about unfair and inflated house prices. Then I realised that you were not fooled, or at least not any more. This site is largely a home for cash rich speculators making or trying to make a killing on the housing market "when the time is right". Some of them have been waiting, so far in vain, for rather a long time.
  13. And he was completely right when he did. It's only one set of Judges that think different. The previous lot upheld his decision. That woman is a typical high ranking official who would have taken most of the credit if her department had been praised but when the SHTF she tries to wash her hands of not just part but all of the responsibility. Her comments in the press tell you all you need to know about her.
  14. Not being funny but white skin is generally inferior and apart from a slight tan I'm as white as they come, before you ask. Skin pigmentation serves to protect you from the sun's damaging rays and white skin is least effective in that vital role.
  15. Racial problems are caused by people who have a problem with someone different and blame that problem on the other person's race or their cultural differences. The problem is so very often not caused by that difference but it's an easy hook that you can hang the blame on.
  16. You need to read that quote again. It says no evidence of significant economic benefits. It doesn't even mention the idea of it being a negative economically. I don't think anyone here is arguing that there are blindingly obvious benefits, just that the negatives, and I don't deny that there are some, are equally insignificant. Anybody can quote the example of the teacher beaten by four fundamentalists. Incidents like that are few and far between and tend to happen only in inner city areas where there have always been tensions of one sort or another. On the whole immigrants are not "ruining" this country for the so called indigenous population. I speak as someone who's father went to America and took, in theory, someone else's job. I know what it's like to be unjustly mistreated just because I was seen as a foreigner.
  17. As I said, can't be bothered to check because it's obvious. All you have to do is look around at all the brown faces.
  18. Ahh, you're asking for facts from those arguing from a right wing prospective. Good luck. You must have noticed by now that these arguments are more of the "It's obvious, innit" variety. Most right wingers express their views as if what they are saying is something only a simpleton would fail to agree with. The trouble with believing that you have found an easy and obvious answer is that it often stops you from making even the most rudimentary checks that someone with doubts would feel compelled to carry out.
  19. Many years ago when immigration from the Indian subcontinent was first seen as "a problem" I used to explain that it was not India's poor that were coming here. It was mostly well educated folk with a bit of wealth by Indian standards. It seemed to come as a surprise to some people that the dirt poor can't afford an airline ticket.
  20. 444 posts. Most of them complete nonsense. And mostly coming from people who have done very well despite all the things that they think are wrong with this country. Strange, considering that whenever somebody talks about spreading the wealth more fairly they are accused of envy. At least those people are generally those who have less and would just like a bit more from those who own 95% of this country. You anti immigration guys have much more than the people you wish to exclude but still begrudge "outsiders" coming and taking even a tiny share. Actually, it's not strange because that's basically the same approach you take to any distribution of wealth down to the "lower orders".
  21. The same type of person who sounds off about immigrants competing for "our" jobs also invariably holds forth about dole scroungers. I don't want any of them competing with me in my job sector either. Keep em on the dole for life, I say. If possible I would bump off everyone else in my field and then I could charge £10000 a day for my labour.
  22. Mad experiment? It's been going on for the whole of man's existence. Stopping folk from crossing borders is the relatively new thing.
  23. Dividing that up into the three sentences, I agree that statistics can't be trusted but your borders comment is based on a false idea of why borders exist. Remember that borders were in place long before anybody was ever stopped from crossing one. As for reaching saturation point, that is an opinion held by many but completely unsupported by any viable facts.
  24. You guys have such a narrow, blinkered and one dimensional view that debt and deficit reduction is the economic equivalent of the holy grail.....the answer to all our ills that must be placed at the forefront of all monetary policy with little or no regard to any negative consequences. That is so obviously a totally foolish position to adopt.
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