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  1. patupaiarehe

     /  June 22, 2017

    Perhaps this is wrong thread to post this in. Perhaps…
    Or maybe not. This thread, is either the last, or the first one of the day. It all depends on one’s perspective. Some here, have been up since the ‘crack of dawn’, and are fast asleep right now. Others (such as myself), woke just after midday, played about here for a while, then went to work, preparing for an 8pm start. Why 8pm? Because that is exactly an hour, before all you ratbag consumers get kicked out of the supemarket! Us tradies need time to prepare for the job ahead of us! 9pm sharp, you all get booted out. And not a moment too soon! We have a ten hour window, to do what we do. I am home at 1am, as is everyone else in my crew. We’ll be back tomorrow, waiting patiently for you to finish your shopping….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuMV-9TQ8uU

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  2. patupaiarehe

     /  June 22, 2017

    Where you at, Missy???

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  3. Missy

     /  June 22, 2017

    Today was the state opening of Parliament and the Queen’s speech. It was not as elaborate as usual as it was originally scheduled for right after Trooping of the Colour and there would not be enough time for rehearsals by the Household Guard.

    Note that it probably suited the Queen that it was less elaborate and simpler than usual, she had to get to Ascot this afternoon, and I doubt she would have been happy if she had to miss the races. ๐Ÿ™‚

    A deal has not yet been reached with the DUP, this has given the opposition hope, but I think it is premature, the DUP would not countenance IRA supporters in Government, so it is expected if there is not a deal the DUP will either support the Government where they need to (on Confidence & Supply issues), or abstain which would still give the Government a slight majority.

    Hard Brexit was at the heart of the Queen’s speech, and marks the focus for the next two years. Key Manifesto pledges of Grammar Schools and Social Care were shelved, and a State visit by President Trump was not mentioned so it appears to have been postponed for 2 years, though a number 10 spokesperson says that it was not mentioned as a date has not been set.

    From the Telegraph:

    “The centrepiece of Mrs May’s programme is the Repeal Bill which will transfer relevant EU laws on to the UK statute book at the moment of Brexit in March 2019, with the aim of delivering “a smooth and orderly transition” and avoiding uncertainty for businesses and individuals.

    The Bill creates powers for Parliament to use secondary legislation to make what are expected to be a huge number of technical amendments to EU rules and regulations to ensure they continue to operate appropriately within UK law.

    It will pave the way for Parliament eventually to repeal or amend unwanted EU laws after Brexit.

    Separate Bills will aim to ensure the UK has its own customs regime on exit and can operate an independent trade policy with Europe.

    Meanwhile, an Immigration Bill will abolish EU free movement rules after Brexit and provides a framework for the UK to control migration while attracting “the brightest and the best”.”

    The Queen’s speech for 2018 has been cancelled by the Government to give them more time to deal with Brexit, so this year’s speech covers the programme for the next 2 years.

    Jeremy Corbyn predictably repeated his mantra since the election, that Theresa May – and the Government – don’t have a mandate or authority for their programme, and that Labour is a Government in waiting.

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  4. Missy

     /  June 22, 2017

    The Queen was accompanied by Prince Charles for the Queen’s Speech as Prince Philip was admitted to Hospital last night with an infection. He accompanied the Queen to the first day of Ascot yesterday.

    There are some in the public – and media – that hold fears for his health, and are obviously concerned at his latest admission to hospital only 6 months after his illness at Christmas.

    I think some forget he is 96 years old, and still quite sprightly for his age – and inappropriate at times (which I love). ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Gezza

       /  June 22, 2017

      Prince Philip the rebel ?? ๐Ÿ’‚

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      • Missy

         /  June 22, 2017

        The very one. He is so cool, it will be a sad day when he passes on.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 22, 2017

          Wonder if he’ll be like my uncle Huey & leave instructions that he just wants to be buried quietly in a cardboard box ?

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          • Missy

             /  June 22, 2017

            considering he has no say in how he is buried I doubt he would waste his time.

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  5. Missy

     /  June 22, 2017

    It was announced today that 68 apartments have been purchased by the Government in a luxury development for re-housing those that have been made homeless by the Greenfell Towers fire.

    This has taken some of the wind out of the sails of the protest today (I will report on that shortly, once I have put my dinner on).

    The apartments reportedly average 1.5million pounds, and are due to be completed by the end of next month. They are on Kensington High Street, so it means the residents will be re-housed in the borough.

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    • Missy

       /  June 22, 2017

      These will house about 250 residents, I am not sure how many need re-housing, but I understand that families will be given the priority for these apartments.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 22, 2017

      Evening Missy. Looks like patu encountered Wanky the PDT, er lye in the morning, & drew the bastard’s fire.

      Sinn Fein – they absent themselves from Parliament don’t they ? What chance they could decide to attend & what would that do the DUP?

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      • Missy

         /  June 22, 2017

        If Sinn Fein took up their seats it would give the opposition combined an extra 5 extra seats (without the DUP), but it would only be enough if DUP abstained, if they voted with the Government then the Government would have 5 extra seats. That is assuming Plaid Cymru, the Greens, and the independent all voted against the Government.

        But that is hypothetical, they have already stated they will not take up their seats to prop up a Corbyn led Government, so it is a moot point.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 22, 2017

          Cheers. It’s a silly stand. Would score points with sesnsible folk if they accepted the reality & history as a part of the past, but I suppose it would lose them so many votes from the unreasonable. What’s the point of even standing only to not participate? A futile gesture for the fools who can’t see the situation objectively & move on. Who knows, changes over time will hopefully just one day see the South & North get slowly blendier through normal human & trade & tourism interactions anyway?

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          • Missy

             /  June 22, 2017

            I think it is to do with their view that they do not recognise the Queen as the legitimate head of state for Ireland, and therefore refuse to swear allegiance to her, and if they don’t swear allegiance to the Queen they cannot take up their seats.

            Not sure why they bother taking part, to make a point most likely.

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          • Blazer

             /  June 22, 2017

            whats the point of…principles…at all…you mean.

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            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              Oh. No. That’s not what I mean. Read it again. What I said is what I mean.

            • Blazer

               /  June 22, 2017

              @Gezza…so conjecture and assumption is what you …mean.

            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              @ Blazer
              Don’t start …
              I have no time for ya nonsense tweets.

            • Blazer

               /  June 22, 2017

              yes more lofty posts are required, like what you bought at New World,what flavour,how many….roll on…

            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              @ Blazer
              You really have no idea what other people & life are about, have you?

              It’s because the only colour you seem to see in the light spectrum of humour are ๐ŸŒ‘ black, and ๐Ÿ˜ก red. Anything else just whooshes over your head. You can’t even detect the other different colours of humour others often see. Yours always seems to be or involve put-downs.

              Call yourself a *counterpuncher*? God, talk about laff mate. You’re a petty punch-drunk pussy, imo, always hitting out in rage or snarking at everything or everyone you don’t like, or any comment you assume must be an attack – because that’s all you can conceive of in a discussion with someone with a different view.

              Your posts show the emotional repertoire of a stoat: all you can seem to do is attack. From your snarky twitter-length insulty comments to your petty down-ticking fetish. It’s a shame because it makes you mostly now not worth even reading for me & I never previously thought of you as stupid.

              You can’t even recognise a bit of friendly joking between ordinary human beings with a full range of emotional capacity, who sometimes have a little exchange of a friendly wink, a bit of personal hi-jinks, a light-hearted remark – whether they always agree with each other or not. You even recently twisted a weeny bit of friendly banter into some grubby, perverted idea of an actual attempt at an online romance, a “pull”, & then just have to snort your unwanted & unnecessary derision, as usual. Like a fly to flypaper.

              I’m a bloke mate. I’m quite happy to smack you in the nose if you want a scrap. But I’m not so overburdened with an excess of testosterone & bile that’s all I ever want to do, like you.

              I appreciate talking to & hearing from smart men and women – and especially women who have intelligent opinions, stand up for themselves, & make me think, consider or recognise another point of view, or smile . That’s what real men do, Poppet. We know the world would probably be a sad feckin place with only just men in it.

              God I’d hate to inhabit your world. There’d eventually be nothing in it but dead stoats I reckon, and you’d be the last one standing.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  June 22, 2017

              Don’t hold back, G. Tell us what you really think!

            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              Just saying …

      • Missy

         /  June 22, 2017

        I think PDT has an accomplice….

        or is a vampire, or insomniac.

        But whatever, he (or she) is a coward if they are not willing to say why they don’t like the posts they downtick.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 22, 2017

          Ahh … just give im another pansy. He likes those. I’ve given him a veritable bouquet over the last few days. ๐Ÿ˜

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          • Blazer

             /  June 22, 2017

            Sigmund Freud has nothing..on you..Gezza….I don’t get the ..stoats ..bit..TBH.

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            • Gezza

               /  June 22, 2017

              Tell me about it. That’s the problem.

            • Blazer

               /  June 23, 2017

              is there any hope for me…doctor?

            • Gezza

               /  June 23, 2017

              The prognosis, psychologically speaking, is not good. However, never say die. There are still things to be tried that might result in some improvement. Meantime, take that one uptick with a glass of water, & call me in the morning.

  6. Missy

     /  June 22, 2017

    Today there was an anti Government protest timed to coincide with the Queen’s speech.

    The aim of the protest is to ‘bring down the Government’ and ‘shut down London’, but the organisers have also shoehorned the Grenfell fire into their ‘reasons’ for the protest by claiming they are wanting justice for the victims of the fire. The organisers have said that the people were murdered by the Government and capitalism.

    The protest was organised by a far left group called Movement for Justice by any Means. They appear to have connections to the Socialist Workers Party and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (the group that Jeremy Corbyn was a committee member of until he became Leader of the Opposition).

    The planned protest has been very controversial for a number of reasons.

    First, they have called their protest Day of Rage. Many have pointed out that this is violent and aggressive language, and with the history of these groups (previously organising and being involved in protests that resulted in riots, vandalism, and desecration of war memorials), many have been concerned the protest would turn violent.

    Second, they have been accused by the victims of the Grenfell fire that they are hijacking the fire and their grief for political purposes and violence. Many involved with the Grenfell fire relief, and the victims, have pleaded with the protest not to do it in their name, and to not hijack their grief for violence.

    Third, their stated aim to bring down the Government has many reading it as being that they want to use force to overthrow the Government, something that many see as being supported – and encouraged – by the opposition. Last week John McDonnell called on unions and the left to topple the Government, something that was seen as him supporting them to overthrow the election result. Two years ago after a violent protest against the Government that included vandalism of Government property, and one person being arrested for desecration of a war memorial, John McDonnell praised those trying to start riots, saying it was a good thing to see the Students kicking in the Government. Predictably he was ridiculed when on twitter last night, and again on the radio this morning, he said the protest today should be peaceful and violence achieved nothing. Once again it is seen as Labour trying to re-write the history of their senior front benchers. Jeremy Corbyn has also been criticised for not saying anything to ensure that the protest is peaceful.

    Finally, many see this as incredibly thoughtless and selfish of those that claim to be concerned about police cuts, and saying that part of what they are protesting is austerity and the police cuts. The police in London are currently stretched to breaking point, with the recent terrorist attacks, and Grenfell fire, the last thing many see them as needing is a protest of this size where their resources have to be diverted to keep the peace – and protect the protestors – during this protest.

    All in all there are many on the radio, and on social media, who are condemning this protest.

    One of the organisers was interviewed this morning and doesn’t seem to understand the basics of how democracy works, or the basics of the English language as she did not know the meaning of the word rage.

    http://talkradio.co.uk/news/day-rage-organiser-refuses-three-times-condemn-violence-anti-government-protest-17062115448

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    • Missy

       /  June 22, 2017

      There have been scuffles outside Parliament as protestors refuse to move onto the green at the police request – despite them supposedly being ‘supporters’ of the police and emergency services (yeah right, only when it suits them politically, generally they hate the police).

      At the beginning of the protest march the protestors were confronted by a volunteer helping the Grenfell Tower residents and asked them not to hijack the disaster and the victims grief for their own ends, typically he was ignored.

      The protest start was delayed by about 30 minutes as only about 100 people turned up for the start time, but the time it started they only had about 200. By the time it came past my workplace I would have said a couple of hundred at most – nowhere near as big as the organisers claimed it would be. I guess most who said they were going to attend forgot to caveat their acceptance with ‘only if the weather is suitable – not raining, and not too hot’. ๐Ÿ™‚

      To us it looked like there were more police than protestors!!

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  7. Gezza

     /  June 22, 2017

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/06/narrow-escape-brussels-nail-bomb-misfires-170621093107900.html

    Another of the Bastards. Moroccan, from Molenbeek – again ! Not on the Watch List! At least he didn’t kill anyone & they shot the swine before he could !

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    • Missy

       /  June 22, 2017

      I was listening about this on the radio this morning, and it was kind of funny the way the Police Spokesman worded his statement. He didn’t say the suspect had been shot and killed by soldiers, but rather the suspect had been neutralised by the military. Love that word – neutralised, excellent phrasing.

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      • Blazer

         /  June 22, 2017

        I disagree….torture is torture not enhanced interrogation,being shot and killed is exactly that.Sugar coating not…required.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 22, 2017

          Oh. No. That’s not what I mean. Read it again. What I said is what I mean.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 22, 2017

            Oops – wrong place. How the hell did that happen? ๐Ÿ˜•

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        • Missy

           /  June 22, 2017

          Blazer, neutralised is a standard military term for killing a target, it means the threat is neutralised as in no longer a threat or danger. The word is perfectly correct in its usage.

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  8. Trumpenreich

     /  June 22, 2017

    #FAKENEWS media devastated in the aftermath of crushing Dem defeat in the special election in US state of Georgia. This was suppose to be the beginning of the Resistance.

    The look on the faces of the CNN team after realising all their anti Trump hatred and Russian conspiracy theories had ZERO impact on voters is priceless:

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    • Mefrostate

       /  June 22, 2017

      Dems outperformed their polls in South Carolina 5 so I don’t know we can treat either result as a bellweather for 2018.

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    • MaureenW

       /  June 22, 2017

      McCain needs to be wheeled away .. past his used by date

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  10. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 22, 2017

    Saudi Arabia firms up its change of direction:
    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-succession-son-idUSKBN19C0AN

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    • Gezza

       /  June 22, 2017

      Saudi King empowers young reformer son in succession

      Quite a good article Al. As Defence Minister he has been in charge of the Saudi campaign in Yemen, apparently. A bit of concern that he is noted for hostility towards Iran. I agree with the Qatari position that Sunni & other Muslim countries should look underneath the rhetoric of what is in reality a constantly-threatened nation & encourage more, ongoing dialogue, not end it.

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  12. sorethumb

     /  June 22, 2017

    Democrats Admit They Lost Their Way On Immigratiom
    but Beinart largely ignores the much more important social, economic and political impact of cheap-labor legal immigration, which has greatly helped the high-IQ post-graduate class boost their wealth, political power and status advantage over other Americans in the deliberately fragmented, tribalized, diversified, disunited United States.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/21/leftist-atlantic-mag-admits-democrats-lost-way-immigration/

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