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Alan
East Grinstead
Poet and Iconoclast, not a cynic but a sardonic, & not-so-free
Interests: Writing poetry, politics, my family, music, especially Van Morrison
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In our appreciation of politicians we should recognise that cream rises to the top. Alan Douglas PS So does scum ....
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I really enjoyed the remark of one contributor to 5Live's evening broadcast on Wednesday. "Balls ? The name says it all." I have half a thought that this crisis is worse because investors, who have to think in years, can see this utterly evil moron gaining control of the Treasury in 2015. Alan Douglas
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DC has finally become a leader, as "leadership consists of getting ahead of the right parade". Alan Douglas
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Is it too simplistic to suggest that if we stopped PAYING people and/or families to be disfunctional, many fewer would seek that as a career choice ? Alan Douglas
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There is no problem. In Durban they have just agreed (a triumph !) to continue producing hot air for the next 5 - 10 years. That should prevent a few hypothermia deaths. Alan Douglas
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Even the EU figures show that such a tax will REDUCE the overall activity and hence the tax take. I simply cannot understand why the "normal" position of so many people is that any tax any time is right. We are not ants, nor a soviet country, they tried all that, it collapsed. Free men have rights, including to benefit from the results of their labour, not have it taken away to be given to self-serving elites and the feckless. I do support the idea that as a free man benefiting from living in a free country, there should be a contribution to the common weal (say 15 to 20 %), but when that contribution ramps up so dramatically, one thinks, why bother to create wealth, it is going to be confiscated anyway. Alan Douglas
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Dave, you are front-runner for most stupid remark of the week so far. You would really prefer faceless and unsackable EU bureaucrats running your life than politicians we can at least get rid of every so often ? Alan Douglas
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I say it is giving tiny minds any level of authority - "More than my job's worth, guv." Alan Douglas
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Miliband "is more like a teenager" - I see him and Balls at Question Time conspiring like two much younger schoolboys setting up some wizard prank, and hoping not to be caught. Alan Douglas
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Elaine, you speak so much sense, esp that last priceless line ! Alan Douglas
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"Think about the bigger picture." which is that the people who actually MAKE the decisions never present themselves to the electorate. They can go on with their euroticism and wet dreams with no fear of being held to account. I want to vote my rulers IN, and have a chance to vote them OUT again if/when they goof, which by your own admission - "sort out their difficulties" - they seem to be very good at. As was said above, you LDs are so concerned with electoral systems in the UK, HOW COME you do not have the same concerns where it really matters, in the EU ? Alan Douglas
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"The repatriation of powers: always tomorrow, never today" By the time they get round to "repatriation", there won't be any patria to bring them back to .... Looks like much worse that carelessness to me ! Alan Douglas
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Are we quite sure that Lib Dem here isn't beautifully taking the mickey ? He has certainly had some bites ! Alan Douglas
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Did I read you right ? formidable and Mary Riddell iin the same sentence ? NO way. I gave up the DT because of her vapourings, and nothing has changed. Alan Douglas
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That David-er-ummmmmm-Ed Milliband really ought to grow up. Alan Douglas
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Tim, you say : "because of factors beyond its control, this is a government that is in office but not in power". YES. And the REASON it is not "in power" IS THE E U ! That Lib Dems are a brake on progress we understand. But that oh so often it is said "Can't change that, the EU won't let us" IS the central problem we have in Great Britain - oh, take out that Great, that we have in Britain. The EU is that "factors beyond its control", thus is THE first thing to address. Alan Douglas, steaming !
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"how calamitous the consequences of ... Britain's withdrawal from the European Union" Initially yes, but giving a people back some sense of CONTROL of their conditions would release the pent-up natural abilities of the British peoples, and they would soon be energetically creating more prosperity. JS, we are NOT all babies needing to be told what is good for us by unelected officials whom we can never hold to account or get rid of, except by complete withdrawal. Therefore withdrawal it has to be. At least in the UK we can throw the scoundrels out once every 5 years or so. I completely fail to see why Clegg, Cameron etc, and you, are so besotted with staying in the EU - fear of letting go of nurse ? I voted to stay in the COMMON MARKET way back when, and if left at easing trading, the CM (NOT EU) might have remained a good thing. How is trading helped though by punishing a market trader for selling pound rather than Kg of bananas to willing customers ? Merkel warns of war - back to the only true "level playing field" - the war grave cemeteries dotted all over Europe. Alan DOuglas
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... and PIIGS might fly .... Alan Douglas
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To simple to suggest this is merely : Ve hav vays of making you ... love ze Euro ? Sadly, no. Alan Douglas
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Funny how Clarke has never attacked the EU ! And he IS a team player - in their side. Alan Douglas
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"liberate the people from the state's grasp" - of their WALLETS ! Unless you get income taxes DOWN, the incentive to work harder, to take greater risk, will simply not be there. In the face of this, all other "grasps" are irrelevant. Raising the tax threshold to £ 10,000, or even better, £ 12,500 would be a vast boost to willingness to get out and create wealth, as it would give the impression that one might get to keep some of it as a reward for one's energy. Alan Douglas
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I just heard that stupid green woman arguing with Eric on R4. I don't care how often rubbish is collected, but I DO care about the consequences - several hundred huge ugly and large dead flies on my window-sills in summer. Well done Eric, shooting the Greens down in the flames of their own stupidity. Alan Douglas
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Thank you Elaine. Another could be : The Blind, lead by the EU-acolytes. Alan
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Leadership For A Better Future Future : For A Better Leadership Better Future, Oh For A Leadership Better Leadership : For A Future I could probably go on and on .... Alan Douglas
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