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Freeborn John

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  1. Someone will eventually let the cat out of the bag!!

    Our best hope is a gentleman who is currently being denied sight of the cat unless he signs a legal document to say he won't tell the electors anything about it, and especially not inform them who's garden it's going to crap in.

  2. There are places where, when you illegally clear a listed building for your own ends, they tell you to build the thing back up again at your own expense, this was recently the case with the Carlton Tavern in West London.

    Then there are other places where, when you roll up on a Sunday morning and level a listed pub which is standing in the way of a planned multi million pound development they say 'Oops, butterfingers!' and fine you £8,000 and a monkey for costs.

    Guess which category Warrington falls into.

  3. I agree Freeborn,


    Odd, the Iraqis after the first gulf war started selling oil in euros, after the second gulf war and Sadam was gone, One of the first things America did was to force Iraq to sell oil in dollars

    Indeed, and another example might be Colonel Gaddafi, his plan to sell oil not for Dollars, but for a new gold based unit called the Dinar, ended with his squalid death in a ditch and Libya in ruins.

    Russias decision to sell oil for Rubles a couple of years ago, and the subsequent inexplicable drop in crude oil prices from the competition which has seriously hurt the Russian economy could be seen as more of the same.

  4. For the past 20 or so years international politics has been solely about the $US preserving its franchise as the official world petro currency against various governments who have wanted to  break this stranglehold for economic reasons or else just kick the infidel Uncle Sam in the nuts.

    I suspect that this latest pagga is just more of the same.

  5. Algy


    Please do not take this the wrong way, but you mention racist comments, did you not post one the other day?


    most people that come on here are very reasonable, it would be great if we could get some new blood on here, not sure how to do it, I went quite for a while as I was working away.


    Could we not start another sub section, and call it Observers Rants or even better Observers Bull*hit where people can wander if they dare.

    I must say, after digging out this most awful post of Algy's, I find him guilty of...making a terrible joke.

    The return of Commissar Kije, then.

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  6. I think it will take more than an increase in tourism to give Spain a stable and profitable economy, since it's a notoriously low paying industry the jobs will probably be taken by the new migrants anyway.

    The measure of a country's health is in its employment rate, with half the kids and one in 5 adults unemployed I suggest that's a better indicator than some heavily massaged GDP figures that Spain is still in deep trouble.

  7. Obs,are you going to admit that the from your first post on this thread you have been lying to people, the crack you thought you saw, was not a crack, just a mistake by you!


    Even worse for you Portugal and Spain have turned a corner and there economies are fast improving, not good news for you, but there you have it.

    The Greek meltdown might have scared the other PIGS into pulling their weight a little, but with youth unemployment at over 50% and growing support for anti austerity politics, it's a brave man who will state that Spain has turned a corner.

  8. Well apparently we are both wrong. It is an initialism not an acronym


    Apparently an acronym can only be an acronym if the resulting word can be pronounced in its' own right as a form of word such as LASER or RAM..... Initialisms are similar but the resulting shortened down word is usually unpronounceable such as FBI or CIA


    I never knew that :)

    PIGS, now there's an acronym.

    Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain, whatever their government of the day they all stand true to one unshakeable principle.

    Never take your snout out of the Eurotrough.

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  9. The missiles are very complicated pieces of kit which are packed with things that can go dangerously wrong, they spend years in a cold, damp launch tube underwater when a snuggle blanket might be better, I think that spending money on their upkeep is quite a good idea.  

  10. Every British nuclear armed submarine has a locked safe containing an identical sealed letter from the serving British PM, they contain instructions to the boats commander on what to do if the government (and presumably the rest of us) has been wiped out in a nuclear strike on the UK, they are called the 'Letters of Last Resort'.

    I shudder to think what Corbyns letters would look like, they'd probably have a doodle of a flower on the envelope.

  11. I can only compare the position of the Labour Party today to that of a car which has been abandoned in a field, then found by Corbyns gang who are having the time of their lives razzing it around and around.

    Like all back seat drivers they're not any good at it, but they'll have enormous fun with it anyway until some political grown ups come along and take it off them, though there won't be much left of it by then, I'm afraid... 

  12. Whatever Cllr Bennetts motives, I too suspect that his statement wasn't far from the truth, coming as it did after the announcement that £2m of council money had been set aside for a transit camp, that councillors on the traveller task group had 'voted on the site in December' and the clincher 'But its location remains a closely guarded secret over fears of the likely reaction of residents near to where it would open.'

    Back pedal as WBC will, there it is.

  13. At half five on a Saturday morning a lot of our local young socialites are still staggering home blotto, some of the sights I saw when I used to cross the town at that time, it was like the walking dead.

    A siren would have been quite handy!

  14. The Irish know which way their breads buttered, as was demonstrated when they kicked against the Lisbon treaty and suddenly found themselves short of European funding, they know they can either bend over for it or else wave goodbye to all that lovely EU cash...

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