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  1. Leavers still have their fingers in their ears, just like when Yellowhammer came out. Someone else's fault. Must be the airlines or the airports or something else run by furriners.
  2. We live in a world where brexit chumps whose travel plans are in chaos are now, because they can't blame Europe, blaming the airport operators and airlines — the very people who warned them that brexit would make it impossible to staff the air industry. The penny will never drop with some people.
  3. Not true. A lot of Rangers fans make a point of supporting England, and when they had money Rangers used to sign England players. Fans of most other clubs can't stand Rangers and so don't support England. Same dynamic applies somewhat to Celtic and the Republic of Ireland. Ask Scottish rugby fans who they support when England play South Africa or New Zealand, and you'll find that they, albeit without much enthusiasm, tend to favour their neighbours.
  4. I was in favour of Scottish Independence when the UK was in the EU. I'm not so enthusiastic about Scottish independence now — at least until the Russia problem has been resolved. Given the Russian influence on both the extreme right-wing of Little England and some of the pro-indy Scot-Nats (eg; RT man Salmond), I'd prefer this debate be set aside for a few years.
  5. Er, if you know anything about football you'll know about local rivalries. Tottenham, Arsenal, Liverpool, Man Utd, Everton, Man City - they all generally will each other to lose. Nothing to do with politics. No need to be so thin-skinned.
  6. This English chauvinistic 'lover spurned' attitude of, 'go ahead and see how you get on without the reflected glory of us sometimes winning in the cricket against the four other countries who play it, and by the way you're not getting your share of the embassies or the government buildings in London, or the BBC or Armed Forces you also paid for' isn't going to win any 'no' votes — and is a recipe for a bad separation if it comes. A better approach from the English would be to respect that your mates who have stood by you through thick and thin might go their own way, and wish good look to them if they do. That way, they might not — but if they do, at least they leave as the best of friends (and allies). England and Scotland should study a bit more about the bad choices made when Ireland decided to opt out of the UK and think what are the best measures to take to avoid those mistakes.
  7. When the tories needed a shameless liar to 'get brexit done', Boris was the man of the hour — problem was, he didn't just lie through his teeth to sell brexit, he seems to be unable to honest about anything at any time. Has there ever been a politician so disrespectful of his own character as this turd of a man?
  8. Can you explain the woke content in say, PE, languages, English, Geography, RE, textiles, design tech, food tech, ICT, drama, music, history, mathematics, biology or chemistry? I'm struggling to imagine what you think 'woke' is. Thanks.
  9. Hmmm, on second thoughts maybe I was being a bit generous there.
  10. In my opinion Tynwald should be for exchanging ideas, representing the people and debating the important issues of the day. They are paid to express opinions on the big issues. I respect Joney, Tim Johnson, Alex Allinson, Daphne Caine, John Wannenburg and Chris Thomas because I think they work hard and I kind of know what they stand for, even though I don't necessarily agree with them. I respect Stu for setting out his opinions, if not his work rate. There's always a place in politics for the hail-fellow-well-met, which you get in spades with Juan Watterson, and a bit with Sarah Maltby and Tim Crookall, and a place for the honest brokers who meticulously weigh up what they hear, eg; Lawrie Hooper and Rob Callister. To be honest, I'm not sure what skills most of the rest have or what they stand for beside looking after numero uno and being the big I Am - and one or two of those are jaw droppingly dull individuals. Still, that's a better mix than you get in most parliaments.
  11. Interesting to see how many of you presume that these 'resignations' have been instigated by genuine political scrutiny. That isn't usually how our government works, because if it did the other departments of government wouldn't be so badly run. It looks to me that there seems to have been some sort of collective gross misconduct. I wouldn't be surprised if some sort of whistle-blowing or external investigation has uncovered some sort of dodgy and botched collusion to arse-cover over a bad decision, or get rid of a dangerously or expensively crap civil servant. You can't just have people 'resign' on the spot unless there is evidence of gross misconduct, can you? It seems like some sort of damming evidence has come to light and the guilty parties have resigned one by one as they realise their positions are untenable. That's what it all looks like anyway. In my opinion this all stems from appointing people with no personal investment in the community they are to serve, and almost always from our neighbouring jurisdiction to the right - which has had awful standards of governance for decades.
  12. Well, I think regular readers will know how little I think of that man. It was a good speech, to be fair. Maybe he actually did write the Churchill book himself, or maybe he just read it?
  13. Woolley, you posted as I was writing. I agree with your 'with hindsight' comments. I spent almost a month in Vladivostok in 1995. At that time it was very dangerous, as in, you really had to carry a gun, especially if you went anywhere at night. Hospitals and schools had no heating in below freezing temps and nurses and patients wore thick coats. The local bureaucrats and politicians where unashamedly corrupt and in cahoots with violent gangs. The police, marines and navy were demoralised and frequently unpaid. Foreign currency was extremely powerful - you could buy any public asset for buttons, but you couldn't hold on to it without paying large bribes and hiring serous protection. Most Westerners I knew left even quicker than I did, because setting up a serious and useful business there seemed impossible. I will say as well, that although most people were very friendly, none of them wanted foreigners telling them how to run things. They were simultaneously afraid of a Chinese military takeover of the Russian Far East, or a humiliating capitalist takeover.
  14. Putin invaded Ukraine to distract from his domestic troubles. He needs people to believe that his Tsarist / nationalist rule is superior to and stronger than democracy. Without people believing this he cannot keep stuffing his pockets with state funds. Recently, he has been challenged at home and abroad. The corruption of Putin and his cronies and his investments in foreign football clubs, politicians, media and tax-haven bank accounts and private palaces and estates in Russia were being questioned. The Paradise Papers, the Navalny campaign, the reports into voting collusion, etc., were feeding into his paranoia. Putin's campaign against democracy was also going off the rails. He was able to curtail democracy at home and harming democracy abroad (by bank-rolling morons and sociopaths) quite well until recently. He's been able to push Russian nationalism (from wars to running a national athlete doping programme) at home, and he's been sponsoring racists, nationalists and crooks abroad. When Trump lost it was a bitter blow, despite winning brexit. Democratic Ukraine was looking increasingly better off, as were the Baltic and other East European states. Putin needs to show to his own people that democracies are inherently soft, self-doubting, dysfunctional and weak. Pushing the bizarre notion that this war is somehow partly our fault for welcoming functioning democratic states into the fold is not just ludicrous, it is music to his ears, because it shows how weak we are. Likewise, the half-hearted response when he chooses to have opponents and bystanders poisoned slow and, until a couple of days ago, our can't-be-arsed response to his war. We really should be doing all we can to crush this dangerous madman. And afterwards, we have to help Ukraine rebuild, and help Russia de-Putinise - by which I mean - rebuild with stict protection of individual liberty, democracy and rule of law.
  15. I've heard a couple of intelligent, well intentioned but uninformed people over the last couple of days repeating the nonsense that people like Farage have been pushing (its all NATO or the EU's fault for 'poking the Russian bear'). So, I'm sharing the link below to Alexei Navalny's 'Putin's Palace'. It's a long watch - but important if you want to know about Putin. After it came out and people started protesting, Navalny was poisoned with novichok nerve agent. He survived, after two months in a Berlin hospital. Incredibly, he returned to Russia, where he was arrested and sentenced to 30 months of 'corrective labour' in a notorious prison - a very slow and painful way of killing a recovering novichok victim. Putin is not our fault. https://palace.navalny.com/?fbclid=IwAR3m1QHI3KAnkiGrwPd_3-fNHRwDDgWaXD9SrKZKNQXhWNW3nm-NPChb9mo
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