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Everything posted by Dartmoor_Matt

  1. Strange its not made the local news yet, we have a crack on the chimney, about 2 foot long but aside from that I can't see any damage.
  2. Nope, although I will, it was quite a shake... well for a place that doens't get that many lol.
  3. So thats what that boom and house shake was about then, I thought it was a bomb!
  4. Just to add a touch of perspective to this, visitor numbers down here were up this easter. Infact, largely record breaking in some sectors.
  5. Did you forget the original point? Its you harping on about not doing anything.
  6. Would that be the Kurds attacking Turkey on the demand of their own state?
  7. Indeed. Perhaps I should of said 'more' rather than 'the'.
  8. By whom? The Daily Mail? Gawd help us, the world must be ending. Again. Presumably we should of sat back and let Saddam murder the Kurds, the Taliban murder everyone and Gaddaffi murder his own people. Thought not.
  9. Why do you think he was so keen NATO took it on and subsequently made noises about arming the rebels which he knew NATO wouldn't do... genious is does not take.
  10. Interesting developments with the defection, which is a bit of a coup for the coalition, and UK in particular (since he came here and not France/US) Which is interesting, considering he must know he will face questions over the Lockerbie bombing and murder of the WPC Yvonne Fletcher. Going back to the earlier point ref splitting Libya, this is how it was originally, and the old borders could be used, you forget that loyalities lie less with nations and more with regions in much of northern Africa.
  11. How can you say it was poorly thought out? Are you an expert on the middle east and armed forces all of a sudden? That said, a better solution than arming, what can only be described as a badly organised rebel group, would be advisory roles from the Arab League with UN backing. That or come to arrangement to split the country, those who like him and those that don't. Like it used to be.
  12. It was only ever a temporary increase (3 years) On the plus side, they are seeing inflation linked savings coming back thru NS&I
  13. If Saudi goes we won't be able to afford the fuel to put in the planes. Ironic huh. As for Israel, well Hamas seem to deserve all they get imo, its getting to a point again, and they did bring it on themselves. Just wish Israel would use better targeted systems than artillery.
  14. Couple of points I'd like to raise, firstly, is it not the case that the people who are currently receiving more assistance from the Govt will of course be hurt more than others? For example I receive no benefits, tax credits, income support or other you would care to insert. Thus the spending cuts affect me virtually zilch. So it seems a tad incongruous to say the poor or disabled will be affected more, as it can hardly affect people who weren't getting anything in the first place. Secondly, I think it was stated that green belt would continue to be protected as before. Other than that, I think the budget was a step in the right direction for business, certainly the various insitutes seem to give the nod, with even richard lambert enthusing about it. As for the penny cut in duty, well again a first, but the cynical evil oil companies seem to have predicted it and wheeled and some excuse about already having paid the duty yada yada bleet bleet. All in all, good job, lets have more.
  15. For a touch on reality, this was a good read. Jeff Randall, Daily Telegraph
  16. George Osbourne actually said in the budget speech it would be paid fully by the treasury reserves, not from the MoD budget. So not sure what the Beeb were on about... mind you Sky had the news before then so that may be where I picked it up from and yeah, I think the UK and US are pushing for NATO involvement to appease everyone from Turkey to Italy, France on the otherhand seem a bit put out by it, who knew Sarkozy would be such a hawk!
  17. Telegraph - Full SpeechGuess the OBR sees it otherwise.
  18. Considering there was no new tax increases or spending cuts announced it was a pretty good budget for most people. Could of been alot worse, put it that way.
  19. Actually, when oil revenues go up, other tax revenues go down as a result, but don't let the truth get in the way. There was also no increase on duty of alcohol above inflation and perhaps you would of preferred the planned 5p rise to have gone ahead on fuel? Seems there is no pleasing some people. In more positive (and factual) news it seems the budget has prompted the largest company to move its tax base from the UK in protest to actively consider moving it back to London following the extra 1% fall in Corporation tax.
  20. Thats been cut too! Nice Mr Osbourne. Revolution, great. Which country shall we pick? http://forum.netweather.tv/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif
  21. Yup, much like my money being paid to people who cba to get a job. Sucks huh
  22. This on the back of a recent attack on Israel from Hamas rockets. As another note to answer the question of funding the war in Libya, it seems it is being met entirely by the Treasury reserves.
  23. He already spoke to most of the Arab rulers following his and Sarkozy's first trip to the EU, he gained their support which was announced and the UN then granted the resolution. Everything has been done by the book (unlike Bliar) and the AL are just getting twitchy because of what might follow. (UAE and Qatar have already moved jets into position)
  24. Is your world always so negative? I think we are seeing good progress with parts of the Arab world taking part in the action, which is a good thing, that coupled with French, British, Canadian and Italian jets protecting civilians. It remains to be seen if there will be any regime change from it, I doubt it can be done from the air alone.
  25. As I said, I don't agree with what is happening. The Arab League should be the ones to police any no fly zone and provide peacekeeping troops if the time comes for such a measure. Although I do find highly ironic that ALL of this could of been averted if people had listened to the UK when we first suggested a no fly zone, now we are seeing massive backtracks from the US, Arab League and even the rebels who are now supporting the idea. Arming the rebels is a bad idea however and we should look to history to see why.
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