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  1. Windrush -

    Well our PC media have hammered this one for all it's worth, the feigned indignation and hysteria, cloaks the real objective here, and that is to remove what they describe as a "hostile environment" by softening any pretence to an immigration policy. Yes, the Windrush migrants have been badly mistreated, and the situation will require correcting, but not at the expense of a policy. Clearly, the right thing was done, but to the wrong people, and we have to ask just what proof HO needed to establish citizenship. But don't let this detract from the fact that at least a million illegal migrants have disappeared into the population, and the efforts of HR lawyers, consuming legal aid, are retarding deportations of migrants that simply should not be here. Add to this, the panic being shown by the EU over the future of 3 million of their citizens; of course they're panicking, as 3 million people returning to the dole queues of Europe, will no doubt put a strain on their reduced budgets. The fact that the 3 million seem to wish to stay in the UK, despite Brexit, appears to be a vote of confidence in our future.
  2. Windrush -

    I "got it" a long time ago Con, in fact, I've posted on here about it when discussing postal voting, and how the ethnic vote is delivered; which is why I'm suggesting things need to be tightened up. As for the civil service, like many other organisations, they too appear to operate in silos.
  3. Windrush -

    Don't think it was a Gov "initiative" to deliberately target W/Indian immigrants, but rather a sound policy that was mis-applied by jobs worths, and compounded by a lack of data; hence the need for a system that accounts for every bona-fide citizen. There are still an estimated million illegal migrants unaccounted for, with more arriving every day. When caught, the usual routine is to apply for asylum, then the HR lawyers take over at tax-payer's expense in legal aid, and cases drag on for years. There is clearly a case for a system that provides speedy deportation of "illegal" entrants and proper records of ID for legal citizens.
  4. Brexit

    With both Houses of Parliament being dominated by Remoaners, we have the prospect of them trying to keep us in the Customs Union; which, in effect, would mean we won't actually leave the EU, and won't be able to sign unilateral trade deals elsewhere. Hopefully, the PM will persist in efforts to leave the CU, and if the Remoaners wish to sabotage negotiations on "a deal"; then let's quit with no deal; pay them nothing and leave them with a 20% hole in their budget.
  5. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    Having just passed through Stockton Heath village, I have to say, in contrast to the TC, it's looking quite vibrant, despite having a major crossroad at it's centre.
  6. Windrush -

    Not sure what your getting at Con, but I'd always been under the impression that we were all on some kind of data base, but evidently not; and the apparent inability of HMG to introduce viable IT systems hasn't helped. I recall a Labour Home Secretary, who described the Home Office as "not fit for purpose", floating the idea of ID cards for everyone; which on reflection, we should have introduced. I keep coming back to the simple notion, that if everyone was stored on a national computer system, with E-passports, they could be counted in and counted out. Basically the system used by Cruise Ships, which takes about 30mins to organise when you arrive at the ship. Alas, it seems to me, that those on the left of politics, prefer no system of ID, making the waters of the electoral system much more muddy and thus open to manipulation.
  7. Windrush -

    That's the theory Asp; but your last sentence covers it. !
  8. Windrush -

    One can see the liberal agenda at work here, really milk this windrush saga and put the Gov on the defensive, thus weakening their resolve to sort immigration out. Now the liberals are attacking Gov plans to require proof of identity in order to vote, saying it will deter immigrants from voting - well of course it will, if they are here illegally. Still, a good indication of where they expect to get their support from.
  9. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    Yep, be lost without your spell checks Asp !
  10. Playing with fire ?

    Seems Donald is now threatening shock and awe on Assad, in retaliation for alleged use of chemical weapons, and wants to include us in the enterprise. The pretext however is quite ironic; yes, the use of chemical weapons (in an effort to sanitize war) is illegal in international law. But it's recent alleged use in Syria, killed around 40 civilians; any retaliation using "conventional" weapons will most likely kill a lot more than 40, and the consequences of escalation into a nuclear exchange (nuclear weapons being apparently "legal"), would mean counting civilian deaths in millions if not billions.
  11. Playing with fire ?

    Be interested in the size of the deficit at the end of his term, given his infrastructure commitments. As for the rest, I don't disagree Tex.
  12. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    Cappuccino actually Sid ! but they do serve tea !
  13. The House of geriatrics -

    See the unelected House of Lords is challenging the Gov over Brexit, and by implication, challenging the people. Time to close it down ?
  14. The House of geriatrics -

    If everyone who has worked in the UK is issued with an NI number, I fail to see how the mistake was made, as they must be on a data base. Meanwhile, we're getting daily deliveries of illegal migrants in the back of trucks, which don't seem to get deported.
  15. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    Which means there will be less high street stores and more ghost towns.
  16. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    A lot of the high street stores are suffering due to the on-line shopping, so it's down to people again - if you don't use it, you lose it. Seems also, that some are reluctant to leave the virtual world and explore the real world and enjoy the company of other Europeans over a cup of coffee !
  17. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    Perhaps as a start Dave, efforts could be made to re-populate the TC. We've now got a generation that can't afford to buy or even rent a flat. If the Council bought up properties, and provided cheap rented flats above shops, it would kill two birds with one stone, and furnish demand for shopping and entertainment.
  18. The House of geriatrics -

    Think we may be surprised at just how much influence is exercised by such unelected individuals within the London bubble.
  19. Playing with fire ?

    Don't disagree with that Tex, my point was that he's now reneging on some of his promises - IE, to withdraw from foreign entanglements and relieve US tax-payers from propping everyone else up. He was going to pull out of Syria, but that slimy French weasel - Macron talked him into staying involved, obviously cos it suits the French. If I were to be critical, I'd suggest his performance is inconsistent and unpredictable; and I'm still wondering how slashing taxes to the wealthy will relieve the National deficit ? PS. How's the wall coming along ?
  20. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    Going to where exactly Dave ? M&S gone, TJs gone, unless you want to listen to a guy playing an accordion and gather some tumbleweed !
  21. Town Hall flag

    Could it be the WRLFC flag ?
  22. Give Warrington town centre a chance!

    Where to begin, there are multitude of factors that have played a part in the demise of the Town Centre, and it's not just a Warrington problem. If we start with the politicians, I would suggest that rather than an emotional attachment to and investment in a comprehensive vision (local plan), our politicians, either through laziness or ignorance, gave total cart blanche to the expediency of allowing a developer led strategy, which has resulted in piece meal and disjointed development. If we go back to the golden opportunity of Warrington New Town, we can discern that it was wrapped around the old Town without being integrated into it. The linear road system linked areas of NT development, rather than adopting a radial system that placed the TC at it's centre. It also gave rise to the "out of Town" retail phenomenon, which was car dependent, with the resultant sprawl of retail "sheds" we see today. All of which draw custom and activity away from the centre. Likewise, in the TC itself, we saw the development of Golden Square, which in effect was like moving the existing TC to the N/W of the TC, leaving other areas abandoned. Retail has a finite demand, and if you move it and concentrate it in one area, the rest dies. We've also got the issue of that demand, if residential dwellings, and thus population are moved outward, it's no wonder we witness reduced demand for shopping and entertainment. Finally, the advent of on-line shopping clearly doesn't help the high street's sustainability. Whether it's too late, I'm not sure, but any remedial strategy will take a generation to repair.
  23. Raw Meat -

    Just read a piece claiming S/Markets are packaging cook in the bag meat, because the millennials have an aversion to touching/preparing raw meat for cooking. What's going on ?
  24. Raw Meat -

    Now you've reminded me, I have tried the bake in the bag fish, can't say I liked it though. But this article seemed to be trying to suggest that the millennials (snowflakes) are too squeamish to handle raw meat, maybe it was just a slow news day .
  25. Playing with fire ?

    Think your onto something there Asp; seems the West has interests in a pipeline too - so perhaps that's what the PM means when she uses the term "British interests" !