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  1. To true Observer. I note you state the majority of people involved in knifings are young black males. I don't doubt you are right, but I'm not sure where you get the information. All the reports I have read meticulously avoid mentioning the ethnicity of those involved - presumably for fear of being branded racist. It is true that pictures of victims are almost all of young black males, but in the absence of arrests and convictions, we are not to know whether the offenders are black or white. But it is certainly true that the young offenders who carry knives are obviously more afraid of their peers (of whatever colour) than they are of the police, with or without increased stop and search powers.
  2. Handy they may be, but we managed OK before they were invented. It seems to me that most people use them constantly for the most trivial reasons. The number of times I see couples in restaurants ignoring one another and spending their time on their phones! People walk the streets oblivious to what is going on around them because they are texting. The phones themselves are obviously very useful - it's the people using them that are the problem!
  3. Do you remember the health warnings that accompanied the arrival of the mobile phone? Cancer, loss of memory, etc etc. Well just about everyone has one now and many people seem to spend their lives on them. As far as I know, the official advice is still that young children should not use them. But no-one seems bothered about health risks any more. Is any research being done to see if those early warnings were justified. I myself have noticed that people seem to be losing their memories at an earlier age than they used to, but this could be because so much information is available via the internet that no one needs to know anything any more! Anyone got any views?
  4. I'll have you know you are speaking of the city of my birth - although I did leave before I was three!
  5. Egbert


    Fact is, the number of arrests was double that of last year. Davy says where there are music festivals there are drugs. Pity there wasn't some music! But seriously, whatever the event, if it attracts drug dealers like this, it should be stopped
  6. Life goes on...I see a woman has been arrested for shoplifting at M&S
  7. Milky - it is not a leap into the unknown. I remember life before we went in and I didn 't notice any difference when we went in. I don't think we would notice any difference if we came out either!
  8. PJ - you (probably deliberately) miss my point. I am talking about being offensive to other members of the forum - not the people who are the subject of the debate, whether they be doctors or not. I have noticed for a long time that you seem to be incapable of putting forward an argument without becoming offensive. People are entitled to different opinions and mine is clearly several light years removed from yours. But I don't wish you personal harm because of it. Obs - I am well aware that the work ethic is in short supply these days. That is why the country is in the state it is. I still believe doctors should not strike - indeed, perhaps,they should not have the right to strike and it may well be that their recent actions will lead to them being placed in that small group of occupations who do not have the right to strike. One thing I do agree with you, however is that it was foolish to promise a seven-day a week health service without providing adequate extra funding for it. But that still does not mean doctors should strike. Baz. I too have had treatment at our local private hospital and have been singularly unimpressed by it. But it is not the consultants that get the hefty fees - the bulk of the money goes to the hospital.
  9. Obs - the trouble with giving "the people" ultimate power is that it includes people like PJ who cannot even conduct a debate on this forum without being offensive. In a Parliamentary democracy we vote and give power to our government. It's not a perfect system, of course, but nobody has come up with anything better yet. The country voted for our present government. They still don't have ultimate power but they are the people most entitled to have power. As to the doctors other options? They have the same one as anyone else. If they don't like their present job they should leave it and find something better. If enough of them do it, then changes will eventually follow. Fact of the matter is, most of them won't be able to find something better so they will stay. I do not believe there are any circumstances in which doctors should strike, even if they make exceptions for emergency cases. It contradicts the Hippocratic oath which, I know, is out-of-date, but which has been replaced by a more modern oath which most doctors still take. A lot of nonsense is being spoken about the government trying to wreck the NHS. The changes they are bringing are to try and make the NHS a seven day 24 hour service. It is ridiculous for junior doctors to want Saturdays to be treated differently to other days when the whole idea is that they should be just the same as other days. Incidentally, there are plenty of other occupations which shouldn't strike as well. In fact, any occupation which involves having a sense of vocation.It shouldn't be necessary to deny them the right to strike because if they are in the job for the right reason they won't want to strike.
  10. Thank you for your good wishes, PJ. You will be disappointed to know that both I and my wife have, over the years had serious, life-threatening conditions and have received excellent service from the NHS. I have nothing but admiration for NHS doctors WHEN THEY ARE WORKING. I have also had extensive experience of private medicine and have found it to be vastly inferior to the NHS. The point I was making is that the doctors should not be striking. There are no circumstances in which a doctor should strike. They should find some other way of resolving their dispute. And as I say, they have a privileged position in society and wonderful career opportunities.
  11. I keep hearing that the public are backing the doctors. Well I'm a member of the public and I'm with the Government. The doctors have got too big for their boots. I worked in an industry where seven day working was the norm - which meant Saturdays and Sundays were normal working days and the rate of pay was the same as for the other days. And in an emergency, if that meant actually working seven days in a week, that was too bad. Doctors have a privileged position in society. They have wonderful career prospects even if they are not particularly well paid in their early days. The Government has made a number of compromises (which in my opinion they shouldn't have made) and still the doctors are behaving more like a crowd of layabouts than professional people. They are supposed to have a sense of vocation, but they are not showing much of it at the moment.
  12. I can assure you Baz that if house cleaning was an Olympic sport, my better half would be a gold medalist. We seem to have got on top of the problem now, anyway. Thank you all for the helpful comments - but not for the idiotic ones
  13. Came home last night to find one room of the house - a downstairs bathroom - invaded with flies. Zapped them with a fly spray, closed the room off and this morning collected 65 dead flies. Anyone else experienced a fly problem recently - it struck me as most unusual as there had been none about for some time. Could it be connected to the mild weather?
  14. While I have great sympathy for people fleeing desperate situations in any part of the world, isn't it time we started doing something about ending the war in Syria rather than opening the door to more and more immigrants? And by "we" I mean the whole of Europe, not just the UK.
  15. I see on the news pages today that our council wants to lend money to Warrington Collegiate. I'm not suggesting that the Collegiate is not a worthy cause, but given the financial constraints the council claims to be under, should it be lending money to anyone? Some councillors, of all parties, are not happy about it. I am not surprised!
  16. I heard on the radio this morning about a study that is going on into the effect of children's TV on society. I believe it includes an exhibition somewhere. I remember back in the late 60s seeing a show called "The Banana Splits Show" or something like that. It featured a lot of animated creatures, flashing lights, lots of noise and a lot of jumping up and down. At the time I thought, if kids think this is how you enjoy yourself, they will all start doing the same. Since then there have been other kids shows featuring highly active characters who act hysterically. Also, I have detected subsequent generations of children have been more hyperactive than I recall earlier generations being. These days you can't apparently enjoy yourself without going beserk - in fact giving way to total abandonment. Has anyone else noticed this change - which unfortunately seems to continue into adult years - and can we blame The Banana Splits?
  17. I see Labour are trumpeting the fact that Ed Miliband has pledged to "review" the proposed tolls on the new Mersey bridge at Widnes and are suggesting that the campaign to scrap the tolls is a Labour campaign. Well I seem to recall that all the political parties were opposed to these tolls. I also point out that a "review" is not quite the same as a pledge to scrap the tolls and as it was the last Labour government that decided it should be a toll bridge in the first place, we should not hold our breath
  18. Probably the best places to live and the best schools are south of the Manchester Ship Canal. But this is reflected in house prices. To the north, Culcheth isn't too bad. Try to find somewhere where you can shop locally without having to travel into central Warrington.
  19. Nice one PJ - although how you have the time to dig up such stuff I don't know. But for clarification, I'm not a Lymmite, I have no objection to Netto, because I have never seen one. I simply object to those people in life who are so resentful about others who they perceive as being snobs. We've all got a bit of snobbishness in us and we might as well admit it. Even if it's inverted snobbery.
  20. The only people who are not "snooty" about something or other are people who haven't got anything to be snooty about
  21. Surely if people have done well enough in life to prefer and be able to buy quality products from quality shops they are entitled to do so without being subject to snide remarks about being "posh" or "snooty"? The real worry is that as Sainsbury's have a half share in this business, they might decide to close their existing store in the village centre, which would be disastrous for the other small, independent traders.
  22. I agree Eagle, that being a football fan doesn't make being a racist either worse or better. But the problem does seem to show itself among football fans rather than in other sections of the community - particularly the sort of fan who travels to matches abroad. Wolfie: The gentleman trying to get on the train did seem rather keen to assert his rights. Discretion being the better part of valour, I would have moved along the train and got on it elsewhere once I saw there was a crowd of rowdies there. But when I say they should be ignored, I am talking about the subsequent reaction rather than what happened at the time. You see, they don't want to be ignored.
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