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Some Russian made the  statement, - that " Britain is a small Island, that no one takes any notice of" - Whilst "small Island" (or more accurately islands) is an obvious geographical fact, do we really want to pursue this post-colonial hangover of pretending to be a big player on the world stage ?

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Some Russian made the  statement, - that " Britain is a small Island, that no one takes any notice of" - Whilst "small Island" (or more accurately islands) is an obvious geographical fact, do we really want to pursue this post-colonial hangover of pretending to be a big player on the world stage ?

There is some truth in what he say's, other than Argentina (not so sure they are any more!) I don't believe many countries respect us as a major power, we can't keep quoting from the history books how we were a major power and had a great empire, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece and France all had massive empires in the past and now look at their world power rankings. It doesn't reflect on the people and armed forces of this nation it reflects on the governments that have bled us white and  who have and still are giving what wealth we have away before looking after it's own people.

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Wasn't it (new) "Labour" that spent us into the red, left future generations with PFI debts, took us further into the EU and opened the doors to a flood of E/European immigrants, gave GPs a pay rise and a cut in hours, thus sparking off the current A&E crisis. Not forgetting their sucking up to the City and Bliars wars of course. Unfortunately, the other two main Parties are no better either.

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After seeing the Last Night of the Proms  on tv with all the smiling ,singing & accompanying flag waving , we must come across to the world as a great, prosperous country when in reality we are in some respects a broken 3rd world country whose place on the world stage hides the reality of our trouble at home.

 

We have working youngsters who are stuck in poverty due to high fuel,travel to work, ,energy & rental costs & who, because they work, can't afford to get on the property ladder ,whereas the lazy ,feckless & unscrupulous enjoy a luxury taxpayer funded lifestyle & behold ,in a few short weeks, pensioners will be dying in their homes for want of being able to afford to turn on the heating & the sick will be populating hospital corridors because there are no beds.

 

But ,never fear , Britain will soon be welcoming thousands of Romanians & Bulgarians to bleed our welfare state even more while  Dave signs cheques for foreign aid !

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Britain will soon be welcoming thousands of Romanians & Bulgarians to bleed our welfare state even more while  Dave signs cheques for foreign aid !

 

and the likes of Kije will be there with open arms.... occasionally turning round to tell our youngsters that they can now legally go and work in Romania or Bulgaria for three goats a year as payment.....

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Well aware Kije of the culture of "borrowing" without an ability to pay back, that appears to still be with us. This culture was promoted by the Banks, seized upon by Governments (especially by Gordon Brown) and every individual who was happily running up thousands of pounds on their credit cards. Gordie was more than happy to drop us in it with PFIs etc, so far from "prudent". Fair summary of the state of the nation Dave, just hope voters start to do something about it.

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No, but I hold him responsible for the financial crisis in this country. After all he was in charge of the country's finances for the decade prior to the collapse. What were we paying him for?

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So, Lt Kije, government ministers shouldn't be held to account just because they make a complete mess of their country's finances - is that what you're saying? They can do what they like, getting well paid, then walk away with a handsome pension without any comeback. A fine state of affairs.

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