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Phil.

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  1. Phil.

    Allies and Enemies.....who are they these days?

    I'm afraid you fail to grasp the bigger picture with regard to Saudi Arabia. Whilst the country might be a bit distasteful to western sensitivities, the House of Saud is a controlling influence, on something that would be far worse if they were not there. Indeed there is a belief, that the current King and his son are attempting to move the kingdom away from the warped and twisted version of Islam that exists there. However it will take time, and it is not a forgone conclusion that they will be successful, as the clerics are against it. The Saudi armed forces whilst well funded and equipped, are in fact pretty useless, and their adventures in Yemen, are having a demoralising effect on them. It is certainly dangerous at present for the ruling family, with the clerics against them, and an armed force that might switch its allegiance. So whilst we may not like everything they do, they are better than the alternative.
  2. Phil.

    Allies and Enemies.....who are they these days?

    It's all rather complex isn't it. You mention Qatar, who are our new best friends, and have invested eye watering amounts in the UK. Not to mention the long term arrangement for us to supply Typhoons, with ongoing maintenance and training. I suppose if it all goes wrong out there, you could have British supplied Saudi Typhoons, shooting down British supplied Qatari Typhoons and vice versa, and we can presumably pick up new orders to replace the ones that they have lost.
  3. Phil.

    Allies and Enemies.....who are they these days?

    Whilst all of what you say is absolutely spot on, are you prepared to hand control of all the Middle East and its oil to Russia, as that will be the end result.
  4. Phil.

    Common Sense In A Court

    Having now read the judgment in full, your post above actually supports the point made in the judgment. The point the court have made, is that it is not about the individual as any discrimination on that basis would have lost the appeal. The issue was solely about the message. You correctly state that the bakers did not want the point to be made at all by anyone, and this is the direct reason why the appeal was successful. Example, there are many straight people who support gay marriage, but the point being made was that even if a straight person wanted that message on a cake it would have been refused. As to your final point, the judgement does not create that situation. I do agree however that it does set out where the line is drawn, and that someone who wants to discriminate, maybe able to do so if they are shrewd about it, but this has always been the case.
  5. Phil.

    Brexit 2017

    Well if that's the case she is doing a pi55 poor job of doing so. What she is currently engaged in, is producing a result which means we haven't really left the eu, worse still, we will continue to be governed by them but with no say, at the same time unable to engage in any of the potential benefits leaving might offer. I suspect the grand plan of our civil service, which never wanted to leave, is to try and ensure we are so closely aligned with the eu, that ten years down the road, we can slide back in without any difficulties as the treaty allows. In doing so though we will have lost all our current exemptions. I don't think any of the above is what the ' wingnuts' want at all.
  6. Phil.

    Common Sense In A Court

    This certainly seems to be the case. Whilst not overwhelming evidence, Mr Lee had it is reported, been a previous customer at this bakers with no issue, it only became an issue when the bakers were asked to produce something supporting an issue, which is not currently legal in NI, and which is politically charged. The bakery declined. The law lords judgement is quite clear, this case was not about discrimination, if it were the bakers would have lost their appeal, it was only about freedom of expression, and that they were entitled to refuse to produce something supporting one side of an issue.
  7. Phil.

    Climate change

    The whole world economy is built on carbon and fossil fuels. We in this country have taken 40 years, to almost agree to build a third runway at Heathrow. Anyone who thinks, things can change to the extent they need to in the next 12 years is dreaming. So, if the latest reports are correct, we have pretty much screwed the planet, and the planet will deal with us in due course. The natural world has a unique knack of dealing with problems, and we have become the problem. Be it with a global outbreak of some nasty disease, or climate change that causes drought and effects food production, billions of us need to die and the planet will ensure one way or another that happens. In some respects and on a planetary scale the sooner humans are removed the better it will be.
  8. Phil.

    Brexit 2017

    Drawn up by an independent boundaries commission to redress the blatant bias Labour have had for years.
  9. Phil.

    Brexit 2017

    Of course, and holding my Scottish passport.
  10. Phil.

    Brexit 2017

    Leave to retire in Continental Europe, and enjoy life, whilst looking back at dreary old socialist, crime ridden Britain.
  11. Phil.

    Brexit 2017

    Which resulted in this rather famous quote. “Ask him about the cemeteries, Dean!" In 1966 upon being told that President Charles DeGaulle had taken France out of NATO and that all U.S. troops must be evacuated off of French soil President Lyndon Johnson mentioned to Secretary of State Dean Rusk that he should ask DeGaulle about the Americans buried in France. Dean implied in his answer that that DeGaulle should not really be asked that in the meeting at which point President Johnson then told Secretary of State Dean Rusk: "Ask him about the cemeteries Dean!" That made it into a Presidential Order so he had to ask President DeGaulle. So at end of the meeting Dean did ask DeGaulle if his order to remove all U.S. troops from French soil also included the 60,000+ soldiers buried in France from World War I and World War II. DeGaulle, embarrassed, got up and left and never answered.”
  12. Phil.

    Brexit 2017

    Not really, perhaps the staff prefer freshly baked croissants, rather than hamburgers made from hormone injected beef for breakfast. Still has diddly squat to do with the eu. Maybe, unlike the eu, the rest of the world don't want to pay vast sums of money on a pointless relocation exercise, which the eu do, once a month.
  13. Phil.

    The Genius of Banksy

    I don't suppose the art collector will think too long about it, as estimates indicate the little stunt may have doubled its value. The dealers will also be making a killing on the initial and possible resale, so they won't mind Banksy having fun either.
  14. Phil.

    Brexit 2017

    I don't agree, it's a record of the ebb and flow of the process which still has a way to go, possibly the most interesting part is yet to come. I wouldn't say I have changed my mind about the eu, I have changed my view in respect of how I would vote in another referendum potentially, depending on the options on the ballot. There is a circumstance, where I could see myself voting to remain, if the alternative is not really leaving.
  15. You could always try adding bright dye or uv leak detection dye. Some can't be injested so not all suitable for potable water, but there are some on the market that are. Just don't go to a disco if you have showered in the treated water, you'll glow.
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