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      john owen commented  · 

      These people have the same right to their manorial rights as the queen has to demand your allegiance and call herself queen.

      Their ancestors had bigger sticks and or more friends than your ancestors. Then they made the laws.

      Seeing as these people were the rich and powerful of their time and their wealth and power has been handed down to their modern day descendants do you really think that our politicians and figures of authority serve them before they serve us are going to do anything to help you?

      MPs Police Officers and the Armed Forces all swear an oath of allegiance to Queen before anything else. Sad to say I know but I think you are on a hiding to nothing and IMHO the likelihood that something may happen to you or members of your family if you pursue this will be greatly increased.

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        john owen commented  · 

        I am against FGM and can not concieve what sort of people it was that first instigated this practice nor can comprehend for a moment why anyone should want it to be done to somebody, usually their own children.

        Nor do see why the victims can not be granted anonymity, Though I can see how some might argue that the publicity of any one case could help bring to light other cases and eventually we might be able to discourage this practice from taking place either in this country or to anyone who is a British national.

        We do though have to consider if in fact by opposing something that is considered to be essential to the people of another culture should we be interfering.

        If it was anything else other than FGM that was acceptable (or even essential) to another culture would it be considered reasonable for our interference to be an act of racism, because we are not respecting their culture or right to live as they wish?

        We don't get involved when these same people, stone to death or hang adulterers and homosexuals. We turn a blind eye to their acts of mutilation and amputation when carried out on people who have been convicted of things we often don't consider to be much more than petty offences, if indeed we consider them to be a crime at all.

        When an Asian woman or girl, even one with British nationality, goes to a muslim country and is burned to death by a member of her own family for dishonouring that family's name do we do anything?

        By insisting that another culture cease to do something they have done traditionally and for centuries are we right or wrong to interfere or even voice an objection.

        I think there are other issues for 38degree members to be involved which require time and resources to campaign about. Issues that are of more importance to far more British voters than one of respecting the anonymity of a victim of a crime we don't understand and that the perpetrators don't consider to be a wrongful act, that is not to our knowledge commited to more than a handful of people a year.

        Harsh but true and ther has been no debate on a nationally publicised level or legal ruling made as to whether or not it would be a an act of racism to interfere with another culture. Though arguably when some people did try to interfere with the Russian people's beliefs on homosexuality and peadophillia and their treatment of both homosexuals and peadophiles (though many Russians consider there is no difference between the two) no-one in this country really objected to that type of cultural interference.

        There are many Muslims who think we have interfered enough in their countries already and whilst the kinder ones would like us to get out and leave them alone many of them wish we'd just drop dead. Yet there are many of them who say they like us and want us to give them food water and shelter. Whilst we have no idea what muslims really want from us and no real set guidelines on what is racism and what is double standards I do not see how you can get your idea for a campaign off the ground.

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          john owen commented  · 

          Personally I have heard enough about the Hillsborough disaster.

          I do feel sorry for those that lost friends and family that day. Relatively risk free activity of attending a football match should not have resulted in any loss of life, certainly not 96 and nearly 800 casualties..

          There was throughout the country a policy of allowing fans without tickets into stadiums so that they police would have an easier time of keeping an eye on them, during the game A policy which began I believe when football hooliganism was rife. It made some sense at the time.

          As a consequence there were fans from all clubs who regularly did not see the need to have a ticket for an all ticket game.

          Someone shut the doors before all the fans were in.
          Some idiot opened he doors.
          There were fans that should not have been there as they had no tickets.
          No-one thought to delay the kick-off till all the extra fans were inside
          .....and of course tell the people they were letting in that there was no need to charge their way in and that they could take their time.
          Some people told lies to cover their own, or someone else's backs. human nature I'm sorry to say, doesn't make it right but does happen.

          A catalogue of errors, for which there were victims they being for the most part or even entirity were ticket holders waiting to watch a game they had paid to see.

          Without a doubt the late fans, freeloaders and the police were to blame.
          Some families got sdome financial compensation..... well they did not that it made a difference
          Some policemen and ambulance people got Post traumatic stress and were compensated

          Some senior police officers got into some trouble over it, they still have to live with it. The fans that should not have been there that ran into the stadium, got into no trouble but still have to live with it. Some of them still have to accept they were partly responsible.

          if they had not been there....
          If they had walked in.....

          its all too late for casting blame now. It was not malicious it was deliberate murder is was simply a tragic catalogue of errors.

          Anyone else that was there, season, Sheffield Wdenesday season ticket holders with ticket for example, well we just live with it. What we saw was stupidity cause panic leading to death and injury and were-live for a moment it every time we go to a home game.

          Its 25 years ago this year that this happened.
          Acknowledge the passing of so many on the anniversary this year if you will, then can we please let it lie and just let folks get on with their lives.

          Bettison was not knighted for causing the incident and take it away or let him keep it makes no difference to most of us. You will never find peace till you let it go. Forget Bettison he has his own demons to contend with.

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            john owen commented  · 

            As soon as you jumped on the climate change bandwaggon I lost sympathy with you.

            Your idea is great Tax people for how many dwellings (not homes) they own.

            Most of your justification is frivolous speculation.

            They have money to spare...tax them instead gets my support

            It won't stop anything the developers do though.

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              john owen commented  · 

              Other than ship launching and opening buildings and attending the odd thing I do think it would be nice if someone who has been monarch of this nation for so long actually did something worthwhile. Besides telling her husband to stay quiet.

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                john owen commented  · 

                Go on then, who is IDS? and how do you know about the size of his penis?

                www.ids.co.uk
                www.ids.ac.uk
                www.i-d-s.com/

                somewhat confusing son't you think?

                I did consider ringing these people and enquiring about their respective penis sizes but thought better of it.

                I'd like to propose a campign that nobody should use any abbreviations without first explaining what they stand for.

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                  john owen commented  · 

                  I don't honestly think anyone would be so crass as to allow the renaming of a bank holiday and call it Thatcher day.

                  But then again I don't suppose most people that are employed will give a damn what its called just so long as they get a day off,

                  I'll wager most people don't even know how we came to get any of the Bank Holiday days.

                  Perhaps the renaming of this particular bank holiday, proposed by Peter Bone as a private members bill is soley to attempt to ensure that he is remembered for something other than the allegations of fraud in respect of his Mum in laws assets.

                  How do the good people of Wellingborough feel about this. Is there nothing more important happening in their constituency?

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                    john owen commented  · 

                    The inevitable use of water cannon in mainland UK will no doubt prove to be just be the thin end of a very thick wedge.

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                      john owen commented  · 

                      Simple really once the developer has repalced the ancient woodland with another piece of ancient woodland then it may be 'offset'.

                      How long does it took to create this particular piece of ancient woodland did you say?

                      Well if like must be replaced with like, as indeed it ought to be, then I don't think we'll see many developers trying to fill their boots.

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                        john owen commented  · 

                        Do you really expect anyone to properly examine the activities of any politician in this country; find something, do something about it and get a proper result.

                        Your naivety completely underwhelms me.

                        IMHO, politicians only get into trouble for something when either they have retired or someone wants them out of the way for something totally unrelated.

                        Whilst I empathise with your belief and feel your cause is justified I can not help but feel that it would be a waste of 38 degrees time and effort to pursue this when there are so many other things we can and should be doing, with much higher likelihood of a modicum of success.

                        Karl Lentz might have said:
                        the children is not children , they is our property and we are they property too.

                        Though I can't find that to verify it.

                        What he did not appear to say however was; Who 'they' are.

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                          john owen commented  · 

                          If you were really going to be fair.

                          I started work and paying NI contributions at 16. NI I was told was in part to pay for the provision and my entitlement to both the State retirement pension and if I paid sufficent stamps before I retired I would be entitled to a little more.

                          By working and paying NI I had in effect entered an agreement with the state. Why is the state allowed to change the rules by which I have worked all my life.

                          If they want to change something about pensions then surely they can only do so for people who have not yet started paying their NI. They have changed something about the amount of my pension AND when I may start to receive it without either consulting me or offering compensation.

                          Surely that is the reality of the situation.

                          Now in regard to this issue that you raise.

                          All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

                          They do as they will because we won't do any more than complain... a little.

                          I'll bet good money that Animal Farm is no longer compulsory reading in schools.

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                            john owen commented  · 

                            The very fact we have to sign in to comment here is a violation of our freedom to speak as we might wish, as openly as we might care do so, and without consequence.

                            The EEC is being allowed to control too much.

                            Clearly the people behind the power of the State of the UK must want these controls in place or they would try to stop them. Sorry did I say try, there is no need to try.... just ignore the legislation if it doesn't suit us and if they want to kick us out then let them.

                            Try, IMHO, is when the politicians want to look as though they are doing something, with no intention of succeeding, whilst ensuring that they serve their masters.

                            NOW! is anyone concerned enough to do something about it?

                            Be it fear, apathy or a combination of the two, I very much doubt it.

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                              john owen commented  · 

                              It is not a crime to own ivory.

                              I do not approve of how some of it has been obtaine.

                              But it has to be said that the craftsmanship of some ivory pieces is of an extremely high standard. and was created with very basic tools.

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                                john owen commented  · 

                                It has always been my understanding that secret agents and black ops people have a, convenient, 'accident' before they retired anyway.

                                At least McGartland is alive and he's getting smoe time in court.

                                He chose to be and was a SECRET agent ..what he did was a secret and should remain so. No one in their right mind would want to let the public asnd the media in there anyway. Never mind all the foreign powers SECRET representatives.

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                                  john owen commented  · 

                                  This could be acheived quite easily there are means byu which all mobile device signals can be blocked in a given area. Some restaurants used to use them, I believe.

                                  Pupils texting and even ringing each other in lessons is a problem in some schools its a huge poroblem. I've heard of kids who can't even read and write properly sending texts they have written under the desk when they can't even see the screen.

                                  No pupil needs a personal mobile device during the school day. Block them all.

                                  On the same topic, I'd rather not have a facility on my wifi hub and do switch the hub off when I'm not on the net. I won't have a mobile phone. Yet my home is bombarded with signals from all the phone companies and from several internet providers 24 hrs a day can someone tell me how to stop that.

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                                    john owen commented  · 

                                    Perhaps the amount of air time awarded to political parties by Ofcom should be based on the percentage of the vote attained by each party in the last general election.

                                    The big 4, Conservatives, Ukip, the liberals and pseudo (oops I meant New) labour would then get most of the air time and the fringe groups would get some. I for one think it is pointless the fringe parties having any air time at all, all they sem to exist for is bring pressure on the larger parties to adopt some of their policies which is not entirely not a bad thing so in fairness they should get some and the amount of which should reflect their national popularity.

                                    But there are some parties that some people would rather have them be given no air time and and only because they don't happen to agree with them. This is a democracy and despite what you may think of some people and what they might say they do have as much right to say it as anyone else has to express their views.

                                    So I think popularity in the last general election should be the guideline that is used in the awarding of airtime.

                                    Would you though be content with that? The percentages of the national vote were roughly

                                    1st Cons 36%
                                    2nd Lab 29%
                                    3rd Lib Dems 23%
                                    4th Ukip 3%

                                    6th SNP 1.7%

                                    The Greens came 7th with 0.9%

                                    The 5th with 1.9%, over double the green vote was the BNP

                                    Proportional representation of airtime seems very fair to me. It would quiten down Ukip a lot and hopefully if I blink I'd miss the greens altogether.

                                    It raises the question of what you call airtime? Not counting party broadcasts; Cameron and Farage are good at getting their views across at any and all opportunities. Clegg usually only when he shoots himself in the foot and Milliband only seems to get a mention out of pity.

                                    Nick Griffin is, it appears, deliberately ignored and I believe thats because the media is under orders to say nothing positive about the BNP and to not let Griffin get a word in whenever possible..

                                    The leader of the Greens I admit I had to look upo that its Bennet who appears to against most things and want everyone to pay more tax because .....

                                    Under a fairly allocated airtime scheme based on popularity they would have to let Griffin on the air for as much time as the SNP & the Greens put together.

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                                      john owen commented  · 

                                      You are missing the whole point of the so called draconian legislation.

                                      If the pharmaceutical and tobacco companies don't make massive profits, how can the state take so much revenue from them.

                                      If the use of e-cigs continues to grow soon the pharma's will lose millions and death dealers will go out of business. What do you propose we tax instead, to make up for the shortfall in revenue.

                                      If everyone stops smoking then the average age that people live to will increase, thus adding to the burden upon the state through welfare and state pension payments. Not to mention the effect on the ecomoy of ALL the jobs that would be lost.

                                      We can not sustain the current growth rate of the number of over 65's now, so what happens when even less people fail to die off before they even reach pensionable age?

                                      Have you never considered that there must be a very good reason why the state has not banned smoking outright.

                                      Never mind the taxes on the producer's staff wages, or the taxes raised from the support industries who produce the paper, the cardboard, make the production machinery the shipping and haulage companies, the taxes raised from the all the companies that whos existence is entirely dependent on providing the materials and means by which tobacco products are produced. The tax revenue raised just from the selling of cigarettes, not cigars not pipe or rolling tobacco just from cigarettes more than pays for the running of the NHS.

                                      If you don't yourself then perhaps next time you see a smoker instead of pulling faces and making silly comments you ought to thank them for the sacrifice they make both in terms of finance and their lives.

                                      If you want to maintain the status quo and an NHS ecigs have got to be taxed as hard as smoking is or stopped so that people continue to smoke.

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                                        john owen commented  · 

                                        Been going on for years surprisingly (given their land space) it was first done in the good old USA.

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                                          john owen commented  · 

                                          This does seem ridiculous. Clearly somone is accountable and should lose their job(s)

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                                            john owen commented  · 

                                            We could stay in the common market as far as trsde is concerned if it would be useful but I believe we should clearly state that the laws of each country do over ride anything laid down by Europe. The EEC should be advisory only it is not acceptable for it to be the over riding body of legislation for the whole of Europe

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