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#3109104 Gunships to stop migrants

Posted by gingerjon on Yesterday, 02:54 PM

People rightly castigate UKIP for making misleading and wholly wrong statements , casting fear, uncertainty and doubt. They are not the only ones to adopt this tactic, it seems.


Nope.  It is very, very, very hard to get a new school built.  Hence we are seeing (in the SE at least) towns double in size with new-build estates but no new schools (or indeed much in the way of new services at all) to cope with the increased demand.


Compare that to how comparatively straightforward it is to gain approval for a free school.

#3108484 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 19 April 2015 - 02:12 PM

You should be a politician


Why, thank you.

#3108423 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 19 April 2015 - 12:53 PM

You state "private landlords". What percentage were previous social housing occupants who have progressed up the social ladder through wealth creation or how many social housing tenants who bought their properties have sold these on at a profit? I understand both your and GJ's point about a lack of social housing and understand your political viewpoint here but I feel like you stat might be a little misleading.


The issue for me is the lack of housing in general and the lack of social housing in particular.  Right to buy is not a solution for either right now and the problems it caused in its earlier incarnation are a part of the reason (not the whole part) for the situation we're in now.

#3108391 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 19 April 2015 - 11:52 AM

48% of the social housing sold off under the previous right to buy scheme have ended up in the hands of private landlords as well as drastically reducing the quantity of affordable social housing available. I wouldn't consider that a success. 


It must be a success because it made a group of people rich whilst depriving a larger group of society over a longer period of time of the same support.

#3107343 UKIPpery

Posted by gingerjon on 17 April 2015 - 10:40 AM

Facts.  They're just annoying things that get in the way of decent prejudice.



#3107244 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 17 April 2015 - 07:55 AM

According to the Telegraph, David Cameron won last night's debate.


Not sure if they waited until after it had finished before making their bizarre comment unlike, say, The Sun's front page about Ed's failure in the 7-way debate which was published before the debate started.

#3103841 My bbc paranoia

Posted by gingerjon on 10 April 2015 - 01:19 PM

 Just saying "RU Bad" won't make them like you on here  :tongue:


Actually ...

#3102012 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 07 April 2015 - 07:43 AM

John Humphrys apparently just signed off an interview with Nathalie Bennett with the words, "Thank you Caroline Lucas".

#3098275 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 01 April 2015 - 09:56 AM

.We ought to get free travel anywhere in the UK. 


Yes, old people shouldn't have to pay for anything.


They fought in the war and drank warm beer on golden evenings.

#3097498 General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

Posted by gingerjon on 30 March 2015 - 05:32 PM

I will probably be voting Labour because they are putting up a local candidate and whilst I don't particularly dislike the incumbent I don't think she's grasped enough what needs to be done locally - and has voted strongly in favour of policies that have impacted badly on some of the very deprived areas down here. I would like to vote Green but think that overall they are too woolly and have a kneejerk anti-science streak and are over-statist; I still have a lot in common with the stated policies of the Lib Dems but, fundamentally, they stand no chance here and whilst I believe the last five years would have been a lot worse without the LDs in government I'm not prepared to put my vote to their name as any kind of mandate.


It's a reluctant vote.  I'm not suddenly a Labour supporter and I hope they don't get an outright victory nationwide - I hope none of them do.  I hope attention is paid to the fact that it seems almost guaranteed that more people will not vote at all than will vote for the party that gets the biggest vote in parliament.

#3097058 Germanwings

Posted by gingerjon on 29 March 2015 - 05:12 PM

I'd rather someone who isn't suicidal and wanting to take everyone else with them.

I don't know how many pilots are being treated for depression but I don't want to be a passenger on their plane thanks. They won't be out of work though because there will be people like you who think it's fine. You won't mind being on their planes will you?


Right now, there's no obvious connection between his depression and the act of killing 149 people.  It might be 'obvious' because, y'know, madman but in the terms that people who know about depression understand it, it is not inofitself a condition that leads to people deliberately harming others.  That's why the press reporting which directly linked a diagnosis of depression with being a madman who kills 149 people is wrong.


The reports from Germany seem to be saying that Lubitz had put himself under extreme stress.  A break-up, an unwanted pregnancy and an eye problem that would have ended his flying career - these have all be mentioned.  There's actually a fairly robust history of men who suffer these kinds of incidents and who fail to deal with them - whether they have depression or (more usually) not - going out in a blaze of murder-suicide.  You'll have heard about them in those news stories where four people are found dead in a house and police aren't looking for someone else, that kind of thing.


I don't know, and, more relevantly to why the press reporting was so wrong, neither does anyone else yet, what triggered the impulse to fly a plane into a mountain.  Right now, I'd rather the inquiry looks into all aspects rather than going, "Oh, look, he had depression, let's stop looking into anything else now."

#3095950 Union vs League commentators

Posted by gingerjon on 27 March 2015 - 03:12 PM

It was noticeable that when Stevo was ill the whole ethos of the commentary changed - and the 'B' team commentators rarely bang on about single decisions so long after they've happened.


I sometimes think the union lot go too far the other way but I get absolutely fed up with the obsession with talking about the ref over and above everything else happening during the game.

#3090677 Hillsborough Inquest update

Posted by gingerjon on 18 March 2015 - 09:38 AM

Whilst that is undoubtedly the truth at last, it is only part of the truth. One man finally admits to tragic mistakes that cost the lives of so many, but what happened next?

The deliberate cover-up, the misinformation, the false impressions conveyed to a public and a media all too willing to trust what they were told by the authorities.




The deliberate besmirching of the dead, the bereaved, the survivors.  For more than twenty years.


The inquest set up to exonerate the authorities and ignore any suggestion that many of the 96 could have been - and should have been - saved.


Duckenfeld's admission that he's human is barely even scratching the surface of what makes Hillsborough so grotesque.

#3086939 jeremy Clarkson

Posted by gingerjon on 11 March 2015 - 10:48 AM

And on that bombshell ...

#3086938 jeremy Clarkson

Posted by gingerjon on 11 March 2015 - 10:48 AM

So do I. I think I need a lay down in a darkened room now.  :fie:  B)


One of the portents of the apocalypse ...