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by Ben@Forest
16 Oct 2019, 8:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 671
Views: 13223

Re: Extinction Rebellion

But the French rail unions were carrying out strikes and were threatening to do so into the future, it was brought home to me by being at St Pancras and seeing a third of all Eurostar services cancelled. The French rail strikes were about changes in working conditions which the unions perceived as ...
by Ben@Forest
16 Oct 2019, 7:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 671
Views: 13223

Re: Extinction Rebellion

And sooner or later folk get a bit cheesed off and begin thinking "Okay, you've made your point...". Maybe that is the stage we are at now. Yep, l think there are a lot of unintended consequences with such actions, including strikes or the threat of strikes. In 2018 we were intending to v...
by Ben@Forest
10 Oct 2019, 8:19am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 671
Views: 13223

Re: Extinction Rebellion

What is a Citizen’s Assembly? Citizens’ Assemblies are innovative processes that can empower people, communities and entire countries to make important decisions in a way that is fair and deeply democratic. The Citizens’ Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice will bring together ordinary people...
by Ben@Forest
9 Oct 2019, 12:47pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 671
Views: 13223

Re: Extinction Rebellion

It's just like cycling & providing for cyclists. By encouraging folks to cycle and walk more, eat less meat, buy local, etc. the government can give the appearance of doing something whilst doing nothing at all. Politically, it's a huge win, and those pesky Extinction Rebellion demonstrators ar...
by Ben@Forest
9 Oct 2019, 10:07am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Extinction Rebellion
Replies: 671
Views: 13223

Re: Extinction Rebellion

Or a young relative of mine who lectures everyone about being 'vegan to save the planet' then goes to Thailand and says she is an eco tourist because one day she did a beach clean. She's just returned and is planning for South America in a couple of months. This is common theme l think. Many years ...
by Ben@Forest
7 Oct 2019, 6:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tree identification.
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: Tree identification.

Don't take advice from here, consult a good expert. Btw you could ask the local council tree expert. My parents did that and got planning permission to chop the poplars down on the back of the visit. Tree protection area. Local council tree officers are really only interested in council trees or th...
by Ben@Forest
6 Oct 2019, 3:34pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tree identification.
Replies: 18
Views: 534

Re: Tree identification.

Whatever it is, it's not good for the foundations being so close to the house. That has been on my mind for a few years now. Shame to cut it down but it probably has to go. I hate to destroy trees and shrubs. Why it has been over 30 years to blossom for the first time ?? Maybe it knows something I ...
by Ben@Forest
3 Oct 2019, 7:18am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The tories priorities?
Replies: 94
Views: 1921

Re: The tories priorities?

It is interesting that some of the legislation to deal with the union problems and modernisation of three working environment has been copied around Europe. Some like France are generally considered to still need to gi along that way. And yet the UK's productivity is significantly worse than France...
by Ben@Forest
2 Oct 2019, 7:40am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The tories priorities?
Replies: 94
Views: 1921

Re: The tories priorities?

she thanked me for bringing that issue up as it needed addressing and patted me on the thigh. We are both middle aged, l know her but as no more than a colleague and l was a bit surprised to have my thigh patted. But do l regard it as sexual assault? - no. Context is everything. A pat on the thigh ...
by Ben@Forest
1 Oct 2019, 8:33am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: The tories priorities?
Replies: 94
Views: 1921

Re: The tories priorities?

I have been on a training course recently which involved coach travel to various sites and commentary in between (by all on the coach who wanted to talk not just an organiser or lecturer). At some point l was sitting with one of the female organisers and brought up a point. At the end of which (and ...
by Ben@Forest
26 Sep 2019, 9:06am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you Abolish Eton?
Replies: 82
Views: 1748

Re: Would you Abolish Eton?

brynpoeth wrote:I briefly described my misery at a minor public school, others care to do likewise?


Perhaps no one else did. :shock:
by Ben@Forest
25 Sep 2019, 6:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you Abolish Eton?
Replies: 82
Views: 1748

Re: Would you Abolish Eton?

And so the thread drifts, as they do, and now we are at the disgrace of compulsory post 16 education (6th forms). Of course schools and educationalists tell us that full time post 16 education is essential (and so it is for their business model) and Governments agree (it helps massively with youth ...
by Ben@Forest
25 Sep 2019, 7:16am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you Abolish Eton?
Replies: 82
Views: 1748

Re: Would you Abolish Eton?

We have not talked about the emotional damage that these boarding schools do to their pupils. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/apr/12/stiff-upper-lip-by-alex-renton-review That review points out that Renton mixes anecdote with history and often criticises practices which have long gone - the ...
by Ben@Forest
24 Sep 2019, 7:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you Abolish Eton?
Replies: 82
Views: 1748

Re: Would you Abolish Eton?

But if I could easily afford to send my kid to a £40,000 a year private school and it got shut by the government, would I send my kid to a public school. No, I'd just send him/her to a £40,000 per year private school somewhere else. And that's the problem. With no private schools parents who want t...
by Ben@Forest
24 Sep 2019, 3:15pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Would you Abolish Eton?
Replies: 82
Views: 1748

Re: Would you Abolish Eton?

If I was making the rules, Eton would have to accept quotas. The family income & ethnic distribution of the college should mirror that of the UK, as exactly as possible. Overall compared with state schools Eton and other private schools have a wide diversity of foreign students (about 5% and th...