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Donald or hillary?

Posted: 07/11/2016 at 14:20
aym280 says:

Calm down, Verdun. I am only putting out facts.  I am talking about what Putin did to help out the baddie Assad.. 

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 Assad may have been the baddy in Western eyes by the time Putin rode onto the scene, but Assad, just like Saddam, Ghadaffi and many others had been flavour of the month in the West in their time too.

Donald or hillary?

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 19:46
aym280 says:

Verdun: Are we condemned to appeasement? 

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 Jaw, jaw is always preferable to war, war.  There might come a time when the talking has to stop but I pray it doesn't come to that in my lifetime.

Donald or hillary?

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 17:33
Verdun says:

 What exactly would you suggest we did to stop Putin's land grab?  

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 I'm not suggesting that there was anything that could be done to stop it.  I just don't see him as a victim of the West.

Donald or hillary?

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 17:09

Personal choice between the two would be "None of the above".  Trump has bullied and coerced his way to the top whilst Clinton seems to be more concerned as to what is in her best interests, rather than that of the country.

Putin is an old style Communist who effectively rewrote his own nation's constitution to get back into power.  The West have done absolutely nothing to stop his land grabs so he's confident he's facing down a toothless tiger.

I wouldn't trust any of them any further than I could throw them.

True we don't have a say, but does that mean we're not permitted an opinion?  There was me thinking we lived in a free democracy.

Andy Murray

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 14:26

No Irish that I'm aware of in me, but I'm still pleased to see them do well.

I can't understand the mentality of wanting any of the 'Home Nations' to do badly.  I'm half Scottish (the good half ) and half English, and the only time I want England to lose is when they're playing Scotland.  The way Scotland play football or rugby these days, that's more in hope than expectation too.

Andy Murray

Posted: 05/11/2016 at 20:31

I'm also delighted with him hitting the No1 spot.  Almost equally delighted that we've got this far in the discussion without anybody slagging him off!!

He can come across a bit dour at times, but he's not a professional interviewee - he's a professional tennis player and the best these islands have produced for many years.  Hopefully his achievement can simply be celebrated.

how can I get rid of an unwanted yucca

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 20:21

Thanks Verdun,

To be honest it's not a plant which has ever really appealed to me, so not growing it isn't a problem.

how can I get rid of an unwanted yucca

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:05
Verdun says:

Personally, it is good you are getting rid of it.  It is a dangerous plant and not suitable for any garden.  Don't let those who have yuccas persuade you as to their beauty etc. and urge you to keep it.

good luck June 

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 What's so dangerous about a Yucca?  It's a genuine question, not intended to cause trouble!


Posted: 28/10/2016 at 08:48
pansyface says:


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 That is true.  Not just in the JC but in other areas too.  One 'recruitment drive' would only take on those who had been unemployed for over 6 months, and had no qualifications.  These people were to be trained as claims processors, a job which is far from straightforward I promise you.  Their first task was simply to file completed claims in strict alphabetic order.  Even that task was beyond many of them.  We even resorted to giving them a copy of the alphabet on a sheet of A4 paper and they still got it wrong.  I'm amazed any claims are correctly processed now.


Posted: 28/10/2016 at 08:10

I haven't seen the film but have heard about the main content areas.  Having worked for DWP I am aware that the types of scenarios played out are genuine and shouldn't happen, but they are a tiny minority of the people claiming ESA.  Many of the problems were created by ATOS and the way they pressured their staff to get through as many medical assessments as possible in a day.  ATOS were stripped of responsibility, or chose to terminate their contract, depending on which version you believe, a couple of years ago.

There are jobsworths in DWP - I dealt with plenty of them when I worked there.  There are many more staff who care deeply about the people who need support and want to get a fair outcome.  Pressure from senior management, once again to get the numbers, puts those staff in an impossible position.  Do they hit the work targets or do the job thoroughly and be disciplined or sacked for not hitting the targets?  Be under no illusions, hitting the targets and doing the job thoroughly are mutually exclusive goals.

I'm just glad I'm no longer in that situation.

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