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  1. 13 hours ago, TheTeapot said:

    Oh come on, it isn't just another project fear story. It's about animal welfare standards...

    I'm referring to the consumption not production.

    Who thinks about the welfare of hens whilst they're tucking into Sunday lunch, KFC, etc..? Not many I'd imagine. Their only thought might be that chlorinated chicken would be harmful if consumed. When the matter was first came to light in the media, the emphasis was on the consumption and not welfare. That's what I mean about the project fear bit. Many people believe because of the spin that it's the chlorine that's harmful when it's not.

    If more people knew how bad the welfare of farmed hens was, they'd probably never eat chicken again. In the US, EU, UK, the welfare of the hens, and other animals is atrocious, they're as bad as each other; the hormones, antibiotics, feed (BSE, for instance). It's profit that matters to the producers.

    If it comes about that chlorinated chicken enters the food chain consumers will be able to choose whether to purchase it or not, the consumption of it won't be mandatory.

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  2. Can't those in the private sector organise themselves into a pension scheme of their own? I can understand those private sector employees earning less than 20k would perhaps feel unable to contribute say, £200 a month but a family member, 27, earns around 30k pa, lives at home with his parents, doesn't drive a car yet claims he can't afford it. His party lifestyle doesn't allow it. There's a lot like him I suspect. Spend now, don't pay for later.

  3. 41 minutes ago, Freggyragh said:

    You easily try to justify any number of terrorist murders by explaining the cause - but only if you are so wedded to a cause that you can no longer make simple moral judgements. Someone who loved their country would always value the lives of its own people. Rog hates Britain, but why are you backing him up here? Do you hate Britain too, or does your political ideology mean more to you than your country? 

    Of course I don't hate Britain, it's my country and I'm proud of it. Although born here, I am British.

    I don't for one minute think Rog hates Britain. He may hate what he sees and feels it's become but a lot of Brits feel that way. Possibly 17.4 million of them?

    Why are you living in the past over the subject of Israel? Yes, terrible atrocities occurred on all sides but that was then, this is now. Your perception of historical events seems quite one-sided. I wonder why you, and other posters here, refer to Rog's affinities; there's definitely a relevance because you do not challenge other posters in the same way about their origins. I see it as an institutionalised antisemitic bias, and you're not necessarily aware of it. Like the Met and their treatment of Blacks and other ethnic minorities, they couldn't see the indoctrination until it was properly quantified. Do you hate Israel? Jews? Do you think it has a right to exist out there, in that piece of desert that they toiled over and made viable? 

    And I don't see how you arrived at the conclusion that I justify terrorist murders. If you're referring to my views on Israel fighting for it's survival against tremendous odds since 1948 to the present, I believe it was war, and still is. It's 1400 years old.

  4. 1 hour ago, Shake me up Judy said:

    Last week's The Moral Maze on BBC Radio 4 gave this one a good airing. I liked the contribution of Graham Linehan.

    Yes, thanks for that. Portillo was also good.

    What concerns me is the very small percentage of people who define themselves as 'trans.' The issue has been hijacked by fringe groups seeking exposure for their own ideological stance. I used to have a lot of respect for the Terence Higgins Trust, it persevered, in the face of bigotry and oppression for gay rights and sexual equality, especially with the HIV/AIDS issue, to bring about change and that homosexuality is 'normal.' It should never have involved itself in this. I don't think trans pressure groups do any favours to the gay community.

    Linehan, speaking of the Tavistock clinic for dysphoric kids; the dark in-joke amongst the staff about, "at this rate there'll be no gay people left" was interesting. Also, It was only a matter of time before the accusation of nazism and eugenics was used in an attempt to shut him up.

    Something needs to be done to protect biologically-defined (those who I would term 'real') women.' This denial of a biological truth, and the demonisation of those who do not agree with trans ideology should be properly discussed on a national level.

    Trans women should not be allowed in female prisons or women's refuges either. Or sports, for that matter. It's a ridiculous and dangerous notion in many respects.

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  5. It's little wonder there's so much confusion.


    On 2/15/2020 at 10:46 AM, Chinahand said:

    The court saying the Police overreacted over Harry Miller’s tweets and the recent kuffuffle over Rebecca Long Bailey’s endorsement of a Labour Trans charter is keeping these issues live.



    I definitely don’t think it is a hate crime to have the opinion that a person’s sex does not change because they actually, or want to, cut off or add a penis and take some hormones.  

    Such an opinion may miss out multiple nuances but it isn’t a crime.

    Great post. 

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  6. 22 minutes ago, Rog said:

    Those irregular forces really were freedom fighters.

    I'd agree with that. They were also angered by the duplicitous actions and underhand dealings of the British and French in their broken promises and the selling of arms and ammunition to the Arabs. Israel knew what was coming after the departure of the 'peacekeepers.' They were left high and dry. And the Arabs, there were promises made to them by the British about keeping a cap on the immigration of stateless Jewish refugees from Europe. 

  7. 24 minutes ago, P.K. said:

    I think I'll quote from Samuel Johnson "Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel."

    This is another of your idiotic tropes, inaccurate and again used without a hat-tip to context.

    You're now into the wood of the bottom of that damn barrel you keep scraping...

    @Rog Just saw your previous post. 


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  8. And of course, we have the Muslim Council of Britain jumping at an opportunity to claim victimhood, calling O'leary out as a racist and demanding he be shut down. Remind me, what race is Islam? When people criticised IRA terrorism, and the catholic community in Northern Ireland, were they being racists also? O'leary highlights that a tiny minority of the worlds Muslims are active in terrorism, I think we could agree that the vast majority of those terrorists are young men, some of them of white ethnicity.

    He also criticised obese people, calling some of them "monsters" who required two seats. Is this not as contentious? 

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  9. Haven't seen that. Will look for it. There's an interesting article on wiki about the BOTRK- Black-listed directors, arguments between Alec Guinness and the writer as to the portrayal of Colonel Nicholson; the director said the character should be a "bore" whilst AG wanted to play him with a kind of dark, begrudging humour, and much more. Good article... 

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  10. All potential apprentice's have to have the eye test these days. Red/green blindness is quite common in men, apparently. If you fail, that's it, no sparky. I think in the old days it was different. 

  11. The portrayal of the killer, played by Antony James, is also a fine piece of acting. He captures the nervy and scheming psychopath perfectly, the careful use of the close-up lens adding to his seething menace...

    The film, 'Return from the River Kwai' didn't do it for me, but it had a hard act to follow. Guinness succinctly capturing the foibles of the typical British officer: the rigid, stiff upper-lip type always setting the example. Especially on release from the 'cooler' where his vain attempt at keeping his composure figuratively collapses in a heap. The film went some way to portraying the cruelty inflicted by the Japanese guards on the prisoners, though the reality of the time was far worse. Which brings me to another film I'd like to see again- 'King Rat.' Once again set in Jap prisoner of war camp. Directed by the brilliant Bryan Forbes. A great cast, including a young Leonard Rossiter in a straight role. Can't remember the whole cast but it is quite a line up. One to watch...

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