Saintslass

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  1. Saintslass

    Those nice tories

    Er, by whom? I became a member of the Tory party in January of this year having spent all my life voting Tory (yes, I was actually a young Tory once - they did and still do exist!) but never having joined the party. However, having been out and about canvassing for the first time ever just a week ago, I came to the conclusion that I just can't do it while Appeaser May is in charge not least because she's trying to convert the party to the new New Labour. So I will continue on as a member but only so that I can have a say in who is the next leader.
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    Our new position in the EU

    John Major. He of the ERM fame and who took us into Maastricht without a referendum. And we won't mention the whopping defeat in 1997. Oh well!
  3. Sometimes when people try to show others up - on Twitter or IRL - they just make themselves look as daft as the person they are trying to show up.
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    Those nice tories

    Are you suggesting that IT issues are uniquely a UC problem? Get real. Which part of government has not been negatively affected by IT issues? The advance covers the initial wait time. Any other delays will be very small in number and down to many different factors, all of which could happen with any benefit claim. Again, not unique to UC. I have just referred to the 'cuts' to what some claimants get - the cut to the initial funding by Osborne which caused IDS to resign. That effect will only be realised as UC is rolled out more widely as it didn't affect those of us who claim as singletons. We got the same amount as we did on jobseekers.
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    Those nice tories

    I have claimed UC. Six weeks ago seven months of unemployment for me came to an end. I'm not defending anything. I'm simply saying it as it actually is rather than what the Guardian says it is. Osborne cut the budget for UC before even the pilots got underway. IDS resigned as a result. That money needs to be put back into the system and then, with the advance being available, there will not be a problem with UC. It's a very good idea: six benefits rolled into one is far more efficient, flexibility for those who work in casual, temporary, part time or low paid employment; ease of signing, control over job searches, minimum but more useful interaction with job coaches (whose role is to chat with you about jobs and training rather than simply oversee signing on). And jobcentre staff much prefer UC to jobseekers - I know this, I've chatted to jobcentre staff about both in the periods of unemployment I have experienced throughout the last eight years.
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    children and religion

    Indeed. Like you I know about the science of it yet to me the science isn't the wonder; it's the awesomeness of it all and the beauty of it and the majesty of it, even when the rain is lashing down and the wind is howling.
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    children and religion

    I agree. I think also it may be a comforting thing to think that those you have lost can still be a part of your existence in some way. It suggests a deep seated need in humanity to believe in something beyond death. (Belief in something beyond death is of course a key tenet of the Christian faith)
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    children and religion

    I connect most closely with the Biblical creation story when I am in the Lake District. I look at the hills and lakes, the trees and moody sky and I am filled with wonder. The Biblical creation story to me is all about the wonder of the world. It's probably in the right order scientifically too!
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    children and religion

    Sorry, I wasn't thinking of theology at that point but rather the folk religion that has evolved in recent years around death whereby everyone who dies becomes an angel 'up in the sky'. Your post triggered a moment of reflection as to how that has come about and I have no idea.
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    children and religion

    I don't want children to be indoctrinated, be that with atheism, science, politics, religion or anything. I always hope that children will be given the best opportunities in life and included in that is providing them with love, security, hope, joy and a future. How they go on to live their lives as adults is of course entirely up to them.
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    Those nice tories

    That will be because they either haven't claimed for an advance. Whether you like it or not or accept it or not, an advance is now available and people do not have to wait five weeks.
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    children and religion

    Interesting post. But you forgot about angels. Everyone is an angel these days. They die and become an angel. Where did that come from?
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    children and religion

    Why is that chilling?
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    children and religion

    Again, I can only speak from a Christian perspective but the Bible is quite clear about the purpose of prayer: it is for the benefit of humans, not God. Humans need to reach out, either in praise or petition, in celebration or desperation. You only need to look around you as you go through life to see this is true. We develop relationships and those relationships are built on sharing at some level be that in the pub for a few on your mate's birthday or more intimately with someone you love. The basis of Christianity is a relationship, with God through Jesus, the human face of God if you like. God wants to build relationships with his people, the church, and there is no relationship without communication. Hence, prayer.
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    Our new position in the EU

    That is misleading. If, for example, we didn't want EU migrants claiming benefits unless they had held a job first - one of the proposals discussed at the time - the government would have had to have offered the same system to ALL UK residents which would have resulted in a big change to our welfare system in the negative. No EU country is allowed to discriminate in any way against nationals from another member state. Hence, while in theory of course we could have done anything, we would have been in breach of our treaty obligations if we had simply not allowed EU nationals to claim welfare while allowing British nationals to do so.
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    children and religion

    I can only speak about Christianity because that was my faith background but if a person believes that Jesus is more loving, more just, more compassionate, wiser and more powerful than any human being on earth, that can bring hope. Of course it can also bring anger because the flip side is that if Jesus is more loving, more just, more compassionate, wiser and more powerful than any human being on earth, why do people hate, suffer, endure, etc, etc. If you are a person of faith and understand Jesus in the former light then regardless of your situation - and no human situation is perfect (whether rich or poor, sick or healthy, 'good' or 'bad') - you will have hope: hope that there is purpose, that there is a future, that there is more to life and humanity than your own circumstances suggest. If you understand Jesus in the latter perspective then chances are you will either struggle with faith or not have it at all. Man made constructs, as you put it, exist in all areas of life. You have your own and you will call it your values or whatever. The difference with having faith in God or a god is that the focus of the construct is outside yourself. That means in general terms all followers will follow very similar guidelines and moral views will be to a general standard rather than comparative, as is the case for those who don't follow a faith. That creates communities and bonds that can hold people together and to their faith amidst the worst of situations such as terrible persecution like in China or Pakistan. As for not telling others how to think, that isn't unique to faith (if indeed that is the case). Parents are always telling their children what to think, and do, and believe. They do it overtly by their words and actions and covertly by their behaviour, example, habits. The people who do the most telling are parents, not religions. And no child attends a church if that child's parents do not want it to attend because, as I say, it is parents who tell their child what to think, etc. Teachers come later of course, in schools, and friends and maybe religion too. Ultimately, though, we all choose what we believe and what we do, even young people make that choice. With reference to your final paragraph, what you will find is that when people of faith did those good things, they were the only ones doing them. Things are different now because of the reach of the state.
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    children and religion

    Depending on the religion, or the interpretation of that religion, holding by a faith can be a thing of hope. There have been many stories down the centuries of people in dire situations, be that poverty or grief or trauma, who have either found faith or found their faith supports them through their difficult times. Why would you rob the poor (to use your example) of hope?
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    Our new position in the EU

    According to the Guardian there is also a pro-Remain group that is threatening to vote down the agreement by May if it doesn't suit what they want. There are groups on both extremes that will use their power to stop whatever they want to stop; that is what having a minority government is like. The power lies with the backbenches.
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    children and religion

    What do you understand by the term 'indoctrination'? To hold a religious view is protected by Article 6 of the Human Rights Act. What do you mean by the term 'molestation of a young mind'? Sounds sexual. Shouldn't it be against the law for people of any age to corrupt the minds of people of any age? (That assumes impressionable because otherwise the receiving mind wouldn't be corrupted) There have been some great things done in the name of God: great acts of heroism, charity, sacrifice, etc. So why do you want to deprive the world of that just because some are 'mad fekkers'? And anyway, there are mad fekkers who don't believe in any religion; what about them?
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    Tommy Robinson

    West Yorkshire Police are becoming a bit of a joke really. They were all over Twitter last week - or rather Twitter was all over them - because they were inviting people to report to them so-called hate crimes that weren't actual crimes but which were upsetting. Clearly they haven't experienced any cuts! They need to be taken to task. Even if Danny Lockwood had been the bald white man (like there aren't thousands of those), armed police are OTT. I wonder where the UK is going, I really do. Yes, question someone for painting a swastika. Absolutely right. But get the right man and do it in a civilised fashion. Armed police are for terrorists, armed robbers and other people who are armed. Good grief.
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    Tommy Robinson

    Wasn't it the Muslim Council of Britain that complained? Anyway, a later report seems to point to just one soldier, who has been fired (or whatever they do with naughty soldiers) as he apparently has repeatedly flouted the rules and, well, been a naughty boy. I'm not sure what the rules are regarding soldiers being seen with political or campaigning figures? I assume, although I don't know, that they should be seen as neutral at all times given that they will be called to defend us all, regardless of gender, class, sexual orientation, etc, etc, etc.
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    Our new position in the EU

    Apparently Ireland allows remote customs checks for Americans arriving at Dublin airport.
  23. I would be grateful if someone would clarify to me what exactly makes a 'climate change denier' as I have seen it used in a slightly broader sense than, say, a Holocaust denier (which to me anyway means a person who denies the Holocaust ever took place). Is a climate change denier someone who denies climate change is happening at all, accepts climate change is happening but denies human beings are the reason for it, isn't sure, is sceptical, all of the above or something else?
  24. Liberal people will tend to be ok with differing views? Really? That might have been the case once upon a time but it certainly isn't the case now. Just look at Brexit for an example of how intolerant of certain views the liberal folk are. In fact, identity politics shows us clearly how intolerant liberals have become (or maybe always were underneath, who knows).
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    Those nice tories

    Some Council tips already do the scavenging for you - they sell reusable rubbish at knock down prices. Pity St Helens hadn't thought about doing that given that they complain endlessly about The Cuts. They could have made a few bob here and there to buy the councillors some more new kit.