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by Ben@Forest
17 Jun 2019, 5:59pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Are people lazy?
Replies: 22
Views: 500

Re: Are people lazy?

Rommel said that the best officers were those who were intelligent and lazy because they'd work out a quick way to achieve something. Those to be avoided at all costs were the stupid but industrious.
by Ben@Forest
14 Jun 2019, 2:24pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: End of Pensioner "Perks"
Replies: 329
Views: 7552

Re: End of Pensioner "Perks"

In defence of those who - with hindsight - got it wrong in the early post-war years, they were replacing the Poor Law provision for the majority of the working class: if you didn't die in harness, have a stay-at-home daughter to look after you in old age or face the workhouse. It was ever thus; Nye...
by Ben@Forest
10 Jun 2019, 7:46am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 415
Views: 7811

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

Lance Dopestrong wrote:Is Baronet Moseley dead? I grant you, he's a bit middle if the road, but otherwise he fits the bill.


Mosley spent a longer time as a Labour MP then a Conservative one; though his political affiliations can only be described as chequered. Or probably, more accurately, opportunist.
by Ben@Forest
8 Jun 2019, 12:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?

Oldjohnw wrote:I read the Guardian and The Times, and occasionally the DT.


I buy the i, subscribe electronically to the DT and read the Guardian (but have never paid - sorry Katherine). Darlington and Stockton Times weekly and Yorkshire Post and German newspapers or news magazines occasionally.
by Ben@Forest
8 Jun 2019, 9:50am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?

Who reads the Guardian? Answer: People who already have a Guardian type view of things. Ditto the Telegraph... With the Guardian yes and no, or at least the website. It's free so those not of a 'Guardian persuasion' will comment there, tho how much of the article they read is open to question. And ...
by Ben@Forest
8 Jun 2019, 8:41am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?

I'm sure she does. £100k is the salary of a head teacher. Declaration of interest: I have a small soft spot for her because she has twice used some work I have done and quoted it. I'd say the headteacher of a secondary school has way more responsibility than Polly does, but she earns her money, peo...
by Ben@Forest
8 Jun 2019, 8:29am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?

Oldjohnw wrote:Boris gets £700k for making it up. And he gets - probably - to be PM.


I think Polly probably earns a lot more than £100,000. About a decade ago it was £92,000.

And she did try her hand at politicking. Really with a bit more assiduousness she could easily have been an MP.
by Ben@Forest
8 Jun 2019, 8:17am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?
Replies: 25
Views: 570

Re: What is Wrong with Politics and Reporting?

It has ever been thus; you only need to flick between the Guardian and Telegraph websites to see that one will point out the faults or inconsistencies or untruths in a Conservative/Labour position whilst often ignoring the same on 'their own' side. And with opinion writers it doesn't even need to be...
by Ben@Forest
3 Jun 2019, 6:38pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: D-Day
Replies: 54
Views: 1220

Re: D-Day

Any one going to be watching The Longest Day ? I don't much like seeing warfare reimagined by actors and directors, with added heroics and miraculous escapes. Death in war is arbitrary, and does not conform to dramatic requirements. It is also more horrible than can be shown on screen. And it's not...
by Ben@Forest
3 Jun 2019, 6:21pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Net tax contribution
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Re: Net tax contribution

That's only at the monetary level. Once you start looking at non-monetary contributions, it's pretty subjective. And at that point you can't make the judgememt. My wife is a nurse, does that make her contribution to society of more importance than someone who imports luxury goods? What if the impor...
by Ben@Forest
2 Jun 2019, 8:55pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Net tax contribution
Replies: 36
Views: 967

Net tax contribution

A topic spurred by the thought on another thread, rightly or wrongly, that one has paid far more into the tax system (which obviously isn't just income tax though that's the way people often perceive it) than one has taken out. I read an article a few years ago that posited that an average person, w...
by Ben@Forest
27 May 2019, 1:17pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: What is a Troll?
Replies: 68
Views: 1465

Re: What is a Troll?

Generally I wouldn't expect a troll to be very active in the debate, except to throw in the occasional extra hand grenade. The distinguishing feature, though, is not unsupported arguments, but taking positions that are more to do with generating controversy than with the poster's own views. Chat fo...
by Ben@Forest
25 May 2019, 1:04pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 415
Views: 7811

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

My uncle was a POW in Germany captured in Greece, and I'd like to bet that none of them stayed in Germany after the war. There is a difference, German POWs were retained here or the Soviet Union longer to help rebuild those countries they had tried to destroy. So there was time for German POWs to e...
by Ben@Forest
24 May 2019, 6:54pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 415
Views: 7811

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

To which I would have replied, "yes, because there was always some scruffy enlisted PEON like you to bull them for him." I met a good few German WW2 veterans (including some who were prisoners of the Soviets); they were almost universally unhappy and a little ashamed of their war service....
by Ben@Forest
24 May 2019, 6:18pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 415
Views: 7811

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

A few weeks agi I was reading a piece about Brexit in the French newspaper Le Monde where he was described as toujours fagoté comme l'as de pique which might be very loosely translated as always looking like a bag of muck tied round the middle Reminds me of a German lecturer l had (as in both Germa...