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by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2019, 1:43pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 896

Re: Speaker of the House!

This is a speaker who has resisted some of the things the Tory government wanted. By doing so he's got himself disliked and distrusted by the far right of the party. Minority government, only very recently as 'Strong and Stable' pointed out they'd won more votes than labour and had a small majority...
by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2019, 11:57am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 896

Re: Speaker of the House!

Well before Brexit Bercow started to see how he could limit the power of the executive in favour of the House of Commons. And the Opposition love him for it, but of course if he sets precedents other Speakers follow they won't be so pleased when they wield (or.try to wield) power. Historically speak...
by Ben@Forest
13 Sep 2019, 7:58am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Speaker of the House!
Replies: 40
Views: 896

Re: Speaker of the House!

For some Bercow is a hero and for others he is not, but whatever one thinks he has destroyed the traditional impartiality of the Speaker. It is highly likely the parameters of the Speaker's role will be changed. Sir Bernard Jenkin, who is chairman of the Constitutional Affairs Committe just intimate...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 1:14pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 23
Views: 511

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

I think his arrogance can't have helped his case. His cricketing skills were above average but not great, look at his run rate. Useful bloke to put in and play for time or as a night watchman. If chasing runs he was never the man. His know all comments really spoil any broadcast for me. He always k...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 1:10pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 23
Views: 511

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

In the UK a prisoner who continues to maintain innocence but who does everything required of him/her, including education or behaviour workshops required, can still be released upon completion of half their sentence. Boycott only received a short suspended sentence and a fine but I don't know where ...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 10:00am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 23
Views: 511

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

Did he definitely say that? I was listening and got the impression he said that he didn't give a toss about the opinion of a woman who worked for a domestic violence charity. If so, that's a different thing. It's not pleasant but it's not the same as not giving a toss about domestic violence. He wa...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 9:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 23
Views: 511

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

Boycott rather confirmed his unfitness by saying he did not "give a toss" about organisations working against domestic violence. I would completely agree. He was found guilty. They had a photo of his girlfriend after the beating and it was not a trivial attack. His attitude stank. Did he ...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 9:30am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 23
Views: 511

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

Sir Sean Connery possibly has previous too, he famously said that 'slapping a woman is no big deal', though 40 years later said he was misquoted. But one of his ex-wives alleged domestic violence too, of course that's not a conviction. I don't remember any controversy about that when he was knighted...
by Ben@Forest
11 Sep 2019, 7:32am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: PMs honours: who deserves one?
Replies: 23
Views: 511

Re: PMs honours: who deserves one?

Given the furore over Geoff Boycott l can't say l heard about any other recipients in May's honours. Like him or loathe him l think Boycott made a good point about the inquisitorial legal system in France compared to the accusatorial system here. If the investigating magistrate found Boycott abrasiv...
by Ben@Forest
6 Sep 2019, 7:36pm
Forum: Women's cycling interests
Topic: Rebecca Twigg
Replies: 60
Views: 9644

Re: Rebecca Twigg

The rate of service pension also (and pretty obviously) depends on rank as well as length of service. So the pension a corporal gets is less than that of a sergeant major. And the pension either gets will not (unless they live the most frugal of lives) be enough to retire on, especially as at age 40...
by Ben@Forest
6 Sep 2019, 9:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?
Replies: 23
Views: 840

Re: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?

Going back on thread I see only one person has said they would ring Any Answers. I haven't voted (never trust polls) but l been to both QT and AQ, asked a question on QT and wrote a question for AQ which didn't get selected (though the topic did). It's odd that so so many with forthright opinions on...
by Ben@Forest
6 Sep 2019, 9:05am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?
Replies: 23
Views: 840

Re: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?

Tangled Metal wrote:Remind me what was her statement?


She said she could never (or would never) be friends with a Tory. Which in a way is unremarkable if just work colleagues but what about the rest of life from women you might meet at an ante natal class to a couple on the same holiday to your Uncle Derek?
by Ben@Forest
6 Sep 2019, 8:34am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?
Replies: 23
Views: 840

Re: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?

Often the BBC puts two journos of opposite politics together repeatedly so they become kind of friends with a load of in jokes and subtext to what they say that viewers probably don't get since they don't know them. Yes, it's true of politicians too. Many have friendships or relationships that tran...
by Ben@Forest
6 Sep 2019, 7:44am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?
Replies: 23
Views: 840

Re: Would you ever phone up Any Answers?

That's why i don't listen to then, they're pointless for information and I don't find listening to idiots spouting rubbish works as entertainment for me. Not always. On Any Answers sometimes a caller is a cardio-thoracic surgeon when the subject is smoking related heath or was stationed in Nothern ...
by Ben@Forest
4 Sep 2019, 1:26pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Northumberland National Park
Replies: 21
Views: 3279

Re: Northumberland National Park

We stuck to minor roads and used the NCN routes 10, 72 and 68 as well as local cycle routes extensively. We also found a lovely little road/track that takes you from Wark up onto Ward Lane. We found a lovely café in Simonburn which was a Godsend. Most of the rides were very hilly as we went from on...