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JAG

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  1. "My dear boy", perhaps if you ponder my post, and maybe even read it in conjunction with post #20, then you may understand the point I am making. A point that has not been lost on at least one member (see post #33) with whom I am more often at loggerheads over matters "Brexit'"
  2. It is a side issue, perhaps, but the more cynical might consider that the future of Airbus wing production in the UK was always under review. After all, there is a certain logic, as well as a massive saving to be made in making the wings in the same place as the rest of the airframe...
  3. You are of course correct, however my point is that it is perhaps a little bit umh, ungrateful (?) to proclaim in such a way when we are supplying (and paying for) a significant part of the force which defends Estonia against a very real existential threat. No doubt we will continue to contribute effectively (unlike some of our EU partners) to the NATO defence posture, in the Baltic States and elsewhere, after we leave the EU.
  4. What other possible reason could you have for modifying a revolver with a laser marker?
  5. Perhaps someone should remind Her Excellency President Kaljulaid of Estonia about "Operation Cabrit", the ongoing deployment of a British Army battlegroup (some 900 soldiers with armoured vehicles) to Estonia as part (a very significant part) of the NATO effort to defend her country?
  6. Yes, did rather come back to bite me on the bum didn't it!
  7. Well, fitting a revolver with a laser sight, and taking it to work with you, rather suggests a degree of premeditation. There is only one reason for a weapon thus modified - to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible; nothing to do with sport or hunting. As long as the USA continues to regard the possession of such military style weapons by private individuals as acceptable then they will continue to suffer such shootings, and that means that innocent people will continue to die to appease the gun w******s.
  8. So he probably obtained it and brought it from somewhere where they are as easy to buy as a packet of smarties... Gun laws work in the UK and USA because they are universally applied, from Penzance to Thurso, and Hobart to Darwin! Golly, I just surprised myself with my knowledge of Australian geography!
  9. JAG

    Clothes

    Well maybe, for the "Original Poster", being in Bangkok, and (taking a Scientific Wild Arsed Guess - SWAG - from looking at his avatar), being unlikely to travel to the US regularly are good reasons?
  10. Bloomberg should really consider changing their name to "Department of Stating the Bleeding Obvious"!
  11. It is not a "double standard" to refer to the matter of two old ladies being beaten to death by relatives seeking money to fund "ya baa", as a reason not to decriminalise it. It is a perfectly valid comment, in the context of that debate. If Farma were to have said that being killed by a drunk driver was somehow less of a tragedy, more acceptable, that would have been an example of "double standards" being deployed. He didn't say that. Personally, I am opposed to the legalisation of such addictive drugs (but then I have a teenage daughter), but I acknowledge that there are valid arguments for such legalisation. Having considered these arguments, I have formed the opinion that the benefits would be outweighed by the damage which it would do, so I am against legalisation. Now, before everyone queues up to demand answers and accuse me of double standards; yes I do drink alcohol (but not to excess, and not before driving), and I used to smoke - packed it in 20 or so years ago. Both these habits, while possibly (certainly in the case of smoking) not good for my health are not dangerous to others, nor are they responsible for breaking society or the savage violent death of old ladies
  12. Playing catch-up on this thread... Sadly, all these medium sized businesses, despite their combined turnovers and the substantial numbers which they employ cannot really offer much in the way of directorships, consultancies, and assorted other retainers and corporate benefits to retired and serving MPs, their spouses, family and close friends. Therefore their "clout " is limited.
  13. Hope, yes let us hope. I am pretty certain that the bag of surprises is ready on the prime ministerial desk... Party dissolutions, or a national emergency which causes cancellation of the election?
  14. I know that you (and many of us) wish for change, but I really do think that you should, before criticising the Thai people for not moving against the junta, despite the laughably obvious election rigging process currently underway, (and of which I am certain the Thai people are fully aware), consider a very simple fact. As you point out, the military have guns. What is more, they have often shown themselves prepared to use them. The current crop of military leaders (on both sides of any current faction struggle within the military) have demonstrated a willingness to use those guns. The events in Bangkok in 2010 are seared into the memories of a whole generation, the generation which would have to move if the junta is to be turned out. It is one thing to urge action, it is quite another to stand in the front ranks of a crowd, 50 metres from ranks of soldiers aiming automatic weapons at you, knowing that they have snipers (they used them) and are prepared to shoot wounded and medical staff (they did). It will have to be something major to spark off such a revolt. Thaksin's money is not enough, stealing the government is not enough, stealing the election does not, on its own, look to be enough. I suspect it will be a "crackdown" on protests, (in themselves not particularly significant). which leads to shootings and killing of protestors. I also suspect that the military's eventual undoing will be as the result of a vote - not a ballot - the conscript soldiers, who make up the vast majority of the army, and are predominantly called from the very population, demographic and geographically, which will oppose the junta, will vote - with their feet. There is another, totally different, perspective which may bear examination. What if, the general population, aware that the most likely conflict, perhaps leading to open fighting, is between certain factions, and have decided to keep out of the way - to sit this one out. My point about the conscripts voting with their feet still applies.
  15. Probably gives the recipient amazing powers which allows him to perform incredible feats - like being able to shit through the eye of a needle at 20 metres...
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