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Freeborn John

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  1. Going from most reports, this nice old building has been allowed to deteriorate horribly, the tried and tested method of demolition by neglect. The council, who will have surveyed the place and know its true state, should make it clear to the taxpayers what its plans are, since they obviously didn't buy it on impulse.
  2. I don't believe I ever said that funding was secured years back, you did. Tut tut.
  3. While if you find any evidence that local authorities manage major public works by first having them done and then finding the finance for them, don't hesitate to produce it. Oh dear, oh dear, don't go into business, promise me?
  4. Let not a straw remain ungrasped, good old PJ. A lamp post which went into the ground yesterday would have been part of a contract which was agreed more than 36 days ago, hence it would have been part of the 15/16 budget. Incidentally, they're currently ripping King Edward St up and re tarmacking it, did the clerk of works pop into Waterfields for a meat and potato pie last week and think "Hmm, I'll sort that pot hole outside the bookies out when I get back to the office, in fact I'll do the lot!"
  5. Nurse! Nurse! He's out of bed again!
  6. You keep coming back with the same old stuff, time and time again, you just wear your victims down. A wise man once defined Hell as the place where there is no reason, presumably he'd met you.
  7. So exactly when were the contracts signed for the current phase of public works to be done, well within the 15/16 financial year I suggest. Or did WBC ring the contractors up last week and say "Hiya mate, got any lamp posts?" I do sometimes think you're deliberately obtuse in lieu of having something smart to say.
  8. You just said that the millions the lights are costing were 'confirmed years ago', now you're agreeing that the project was within the window of the 15/16 budget, do stop wobbling about. The creative financial decisions were all done and dusted by March 31st, OK?
  9. This is like pulling teeth but I'll try again. Those millions of which you speak exist as part of a so called 'allocated reserve', that is, money (claimed to be) earmarked for a certain purpose. However, there is also an 'unallocated reserve', a private stash which Eric Pickles describes as rainy day money, central government keeps a beady eye on this nest egg and points it out when local authorities go scrounging. In the run up to budget time, many local authorities feel a sudden need to buy stuff, the unallocated cash is transferred to the allocated reserve and councils can legitimately t
  10. Nay, oh yapping one, 'tis phased to ebb and flow with the fortunes of yonder counting house where the fine folk lurk.
  11. Not at all, and as far as it being a 12 month a year project, it's actually phased, not least by the winter weather. Maybe you work in a nice dry office where stuff like digging in flooding holes is less of an issue?
  12. Quite so, some areas had their lights replaced two years ago, mine did. Before that we had a spring epidemic of those funny yellow lights on islands in the middle of the road, one year they suddenly did every bus stop in the town with red tarmac. I suspect it depends on how much spare dosh they've got hanging around once winters over.
  13. It's that time of year again, when councils balance their books by using up any cash they've been holding back for a rainy day. Otherwise, central government might find it and reduce their budget for the upcoming year, they really don't want that.
  14. Worralls shooting and fishing shop, a whiskery old gent if memory serves...
  15. Indeed. As a hat tip to the overburdened taxpayers who paid for the £14,000 of iPads the council treated themselves to, couldn't they just stick an 'i' in front of the one they're using now?
  16. The obelisk looks very much like a sewer vent, they built them like that in the old days.
  17. No they do not Are you familar with French and British tactics, How do you know that the professionalism of the French army is less than the British. And to think that any other mainstream political party would have not gone in with the Americans at the time is very naive Yes, they plainly do. Nowhere have I stated that the calibre of one nations troops is lower than another, I believe it was you who lamely suggested that superior French tactics explained those awful figures. Look up the Rules of Engagement laid down for their troops by the different nations for an explan
  18. The figures prove that British troops are being put in harms way by the British government in a way which other nations troops are not. This cynical waste of life cannot be excused away by silly claims of inferior tactics, the professionalism of the British forces is second to none. It seems that one government is prepared to pursue it's political ends at the cost of many lives while other governments are keeping their troops out of combat in pursuit of theirs. But that's Labour for you...
  19. UK killed in action 292 French killed in action 38 German killed in action 33 Looks like Labour are willing to throw our bravest and best away where others won't.
  20. It's hard to imagine a situation where confidence in the ? goes through the roof after a debacle in Afghanistan. The French are indeed in Afghanistan. Sitting on their hands.
  21. If the Dollar takes a prat fall in Afghanistan the Euro gets a nice little boost, if I was the French I'd sit on my hands too.
  22. No public transport after 6pm...welcome to the town that thinks it should be a city.
  23. Oh, the money is there, some private enterprises are thriving by cherry picking the more troubled cases like this lady. Just off Winwick Rd and very convenient for the town centre is a discrete building in which patients 'who are likely to present risk if accessing the community' are confined, guests in this privately owned forensic medium secure unit cost the NHS between ?400 and ?700 per day each depending on just how likely they are to abscond and 'access the community'. Not a lot of people know that.
  24. Would anybody with a fully functional brain do this to themselves You'll be able to ask her that yourself next year if you bump into her walking free as a bird down your street, courtesy of people more concerned with her rights than yours...
  25. After her antics on the motorway and her subsequent release this lady stabbed someone to death, ran down the road hitting herself over the head with a hammer, attacked a do gooder with a roof tile which she had in her coat and then leapt off a 40 foot bridge into busy traffic below. One would hope she would be kept safe out of harms way until the next ice age, she will actually be back out among us next year. Some mistake there surely.
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