Sure the SU was a terrible regime, repressive, cruel, brutal and murderous and ultimately, yet another failed socialist experiment. However, the terror that is ISIS/Procol Harum/ Taliban-stan/Sharia etc where murderous terror can and does strike anyone, anywhere at any time, any place, is truly terrifying to all of us.
John, I know you're an intelligent man and respect your views on many things (apart from motorcycles ) but I would suggest you take a look at some of the history of the Soviet Union again. Under Stalin the death toll of their own citizens was well into the millions, there was systematic slaughter in the Ukraine on an industrial scale. Later the suppression of minorities, intellectuals and dissenters under Krushchev, Brezhnev and to an extent Chernenko and Andropov as they tried desperately to keep control was swift, brutal and faceless. The scale and breadth of the brutality of the regime was staggering and that's before you start to look at it's influence in other countries, be it eastern Europe or the third world. It was a truly vile regime.
I would make a conscious decision not to buy a product or service from a supplier whose behaviour I found to be "unethical" I do not find myself compelled to buy from those who make a positive ethical stance.
Spent three weeks in the Sothern Highlands at a group 6 second division club and realise the cost of living in Aussie is a lot higher than in Europe..so par for the course (exchange rate).When you paying 5$ for a VB then off course it works out more expensive
So its very similar to what the Dutch pay now before the extra contribution the NRB are asking.
Shadow is there a set/ minimum fee from the RFU or do individual unions (Counties) set their own membership contributions ?
Part of the players contributions will go towards being a member of the club,who will then use that to pay for being a member of their own county union who then use that to pay their RFU membership.
Is that roughly how it works in England?
I don't know what the situation is re RFU contribution or costs, I will see if I can find anything out but can't promise