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Michael Fallon resigns, apparently due to a historical sexual harassment claim with a journalist whose knee he put his hand on. The whole sexual harassment/abuse allegations are like the expenses scandal mark two. However, I cannot believe Michael Fallon, a man who has never had an original thought in his life - a mouthpiece and attack-dog for those higher up or just more intelligent that him, would resign over such a matter. Let's be fair here: the allegation is minor. Stuff to temporarily damage a reputation, not destroy a career he's spent his life working on. Therefore there has to be more behind it. Much more serious allegations incoming, which Fallon knows will come out so has decided to get himself out of the spotlight already? Or was Tory HQ already planning on getting rid of him and found this a convenient moment to do so, as it simultaneously shows that the cabinet is very real about sealing with historical sexual harassment cases? Or was Fallon already planning on resigning as Hammond was planning to take money away from his ministry? Maybe Fallon was ready to take a sword for the party and draw attention away from the 36 man (maybe woman too) list. Strikes me as odd as it would only further investigation into that and just pour fuel on the fire. Funny business.
 
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Brullnux said:
Good to see the EU funds aren't going to furniture then.
25,000 panniers
150,000 briefcase
5,000 clutch bags
6,000 umbrellas
6,000 windbreakers
29,000 ties
8,000 bracelets
9,500 USB key
300,000 badge holders
200,000 pens (as though MEP's don't have their own pens)
200,000 scratch pads
6,500 folders
500 bath towels

all this cost €3 million.
 
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Echoes said:
Brullnux said:
Good to see the EU funds aren't going to furniture then.
25,000 panniers
150,000 briefcase
5,000 clutch bags
6,000 umbrellas
6,000 windbreakers
29,000 ties
8,000 bracelets
9,500 USB key
300,000 badge holders
200,000 pens (as though MEP's don't have their own pens)
200,000 scratch pads
6,500 folders
500 bath towels

all this cost €3 million.
Is that a year or ever? Considering Macron spends 25000 on his make-up that's not bad. Every redecoration of the White House costs half of that, for something that is purely for aesthetic (free folders, USB keys, badge holders and pens are extremely common in businesses).
 
"The NHS is under threat. Only a new model of care will save it"

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2018/jan/04/nhs-under-threat-new-model-of-care?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

Neoliberal ideologues cannot have it both ways. If they want people to be responsible for their own health, rather than have to fund a workable NHS that can cope with the effects of an epidemic of lifestyle related disease then they have to do something to halt the importation of American sloth and greed culture, regulate the food industry and rein back the dominance of the car as transport.
 
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macbindle said:
"The NHS is under threat. Only a new model of care will save it"

https://www.theguardian.com/healthcare-network/2018/jan/04/nhs-under-threat-new-model-of-care?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Copy_to_clipboard

Neoliberal ideologues cannot have it both ways. If they want people to be responsible for their own health, rather than have to fund a workable NHS that can cope with the effects of an epidemic of lifestyle related disease then they have to do something to halt the importation of American sloth and greed culture, regulate the food industry and rein back the dominance of the car as transport.
Wait, what, Brits can’t regulate themselves against the primal blandishments of sloth and greed, just say no to a steady diet of supersize crisps, better yet, mmmm: Pringles and dodgy sausage rolls off the motorway, and quit being hidebound and passive long enough to take back their own “public” transportation and communal civil design?

It’s the Americans’ fault? Sounds like a Trumpian argument. Or the opioid victims who had no idea thar be dangers there.

Oh woe! O whither the commons? Neoliberals have been having it both ways and laughing at the plebs the entire time.
 
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/10/davis-and-hammond-make-plea-to-germany-in-pursuit-of-brexit-deal
Philip Hammond and David Davis have made a direct appeal to German business leaders to help them forge a Brexit deal to secure the future of Britain’s financial services.

Britain’s decision to leave the EU has already caused havoc in the financial services sector with thousands of jobs in corporate banking, asset management and insurance being moved to Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin.
The only really profitable industry in the UK is about to move to the EU. Full panic mode! (Using 2008's crash is BS)
 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5266657/Ukip-leaders-girlfriends-racist-Meghan-Markle-messages.html

Legions of blue-rinsed Mail readers will be quivering with cognitive dissonance over their tea and marmalade this morning, with an uncomfortable elision of their two favourite tropes: racism and the Royal family. Which trumps which? The Royals.

Racism is perfectly acceptable, especially in this era of the Muslim hordes overwhelming the white indigenous Briton, beaten into submission and silence by the PC brigade.

But not when the target is a soon-to-be member of the Royal Family.

Of course the Mail's bad faith outrage will have nothing to do with smearing the current UKIP leader in preparation for a return of oleaginous opportunist, Nigel Farage...

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/13/nigel-farage-hard-brexit-leave-remain-no-deal
 
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macbindle said:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5266657/Ukip-leaders-girlfriends-racist-Meghan-Markle-messages.html

Legions of blue-rinsed Mail readers will be quivering with cognitive dissonance over their tea and marmalade this morning, with an uncomfortable elision of their two favourite tropes: racism and the Royal family. Which trumps which? The Royals.

Racism is perfectly acceptable, especially in this era of the Muslim hordes overwhelming the white indigenous Briton, beaten into submission and silence by the PC brigade.

But not when the target is a soon-to-be member of the Royal Family.

Of course the Mail's bad faith outrage will have nothing to do with smearing the current UKIP leader in preparation for a return of oleaginous opportunist, Nigel Farage...

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/jan/13/nigel-farage-hard-brexit-leave-remain-no-deal
Did you miss the recent "Royal wears racist brooch to lunch with Megham Markle" story?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-42462724

'Princess Michael of Kent has apologised for wearing a brooch that critics have called "racist". The royal, who married the Queen's first cousin, attended a Christmas banquet at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday wearing a blackamoor brooch. Prince Harry's fiancée, Meghan Markle, who is mixed-race, was also a guest at the lunch. A spokesman said the princess "is very sorry and distressed that it has caused offence".'
 
It is strange that there is so much concern towards not offending Markle when you consider that she is marrying a man who used to occupy his time by machine-gunning Afghan farmers with impunity up in his helicopter
 
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macbindle said:
It is strange that there is so much concern towards not offending Markle when you consider that she is marrying a man who used to occupy his time by machine-gunning Afghan farmers with impunity up in his helicopter
So its clear...a Jr officer or enlisted soldier should personally verify the information used as a basis for a Blair order to military superiors before packing your gear for deployment?
A man famous or not should not want to shield his loved one from hateful, harmful speech and actions?
Afghani farmers? Was that the sizable group involved in collateral killings?
 
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Unchained said:
macbindle said:
It is strange that there is so much concern towards not offending Markle when you consider that she is marrying a man who used to occupy his time by machine-gunning Afghan farmers with impunity up in his helicopter
So its clear...a Jr officer or enlisted soldier should personally verify the information used as a basis for a Blair order to military superiors before packing your gear for deployment?
A man famous or not should not want to shield his loved one from hateful, harmful speech and actions?
Afghani farmers? Was that the sizable group involved in collateral killings?
I don't understand the relevance of your first sentence at all, I'm afraid.
The second sentence is missing the point hugely. I'm not talking about Prince Harold's reaction to the racist comments from UKIP floozy, in fact nobody is, I'm commenting on the double-standards of sections of the UK press.

Your last sentence involves a whole universe of discussion, but if you think there are clear distinctions between Taliban and civilians you'd be wrong.

Anyway, if it was up to me, and I wanted to teach Afghanis about democracy, I'd probably my send a Prince to shoot at them from a helicopter too.
 
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