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  1. You have not understood my post - I fully understand that there are many poor and deserving people who deserve better from our governments of ALL shades. I am saying that Labour pay lip service to this ideal but refuse to tell us exactly how they are going to achieve this. I was a Labour voter for almost 60 years and still believe in the ideals of the original Labour party. Blair & Brown started their slide into Tory policies and continued the mass privatisation program. I believe that Corbyn would have stopped that but he never got the chance. Starmer is a Blairite and will do nothing for the poor. He doesn't have a single idea of his own or if he does, he refuse to say what they are. The Bonds idea had been suggested well before he latched onto it. It matters to everyone what Labour says unless we want to turn into a one party state but it also matters that they not only say the right things but DO THEM. As for the policies of the Conservative Government, my opinion is that they have made many mistakes and should be held to account when the Inquiry into their policies takes place. You might remember though, that Starmer was the one who started all the pushing to come out of the first lockdown too early. The Tories were voted in with a massive majority becasue they listened to the voters about Brexit when Labour tried every tactic to stop it so Boris at least listens. Starmer hasn't supported Boris at all - he has simply not gone against him and told his MP's to abstain when they had the chance to vote against him. In case you hadn't noticed, the latest poll puts Boris massively in front of Starmer and Labour has no chance of winning an election with Starmer as leader and until they stop sitting on the fence. I am no Tory lover but will not vote for Labour until I hear some real costed policies which prove their commitment to helping the poor. They have conned us long enough. I want Gas, Electricity, Water, Railways and Royal Mail back in public ownership. I know Boris won't do that but neither will Starmer and, at this point, we still don't know what Starmer WILL do.
  2. Despite the Tory majority, it does matter what Labour says, if only to show whether they are worth of our vote at the next election. This doesn't mean that they can simply rubbish everything that Boris does (which is what's happening now) but they must explain their alternative policy so that we can compare. If they don't have an alternative policy to any they oppose, they will not be worthy of our votes.
  3. A party with no beliefs and no policies, that they are willing to talk about and simply claim that they want to make the poor better off without explaining how they will do that and who is going to pay. As they still believe in privatisation and all the policies which Blair & Brown followed, there is no point voting for them because they just took Margaret Thatchers policies when they got into power. Leaves people wondering about the difference in their policies and the Tories. One thing to be sure of (because they told everyone not to talk about it) is that they want to get much closer to Europe again, whatever the cost.
  4. No, I don't expect anyone to be grateful for being spared that fate. I do expect that people of all ages show more consideration for others and make more efforts to avoid spreading Covid. I'm quite sure that all the doctors, nurses and ancillary staff in Intensive Care Units and all those people who have lost precious loved ones will agree with me. As for those who want to be selfish and carry on spreading the virus, I don't care whether they agree with me or not.
  5. No need to propose anything. We are already heading in the right direction and the government have told us how we make our way slowly back to as near normal as possible. It just requires a little self discipline which, unfortunately is in short supply in this country. If everyone had followed the advice correctly, we would have been at this point sooner. No one wants this to go on for much longer, including me, but we are nearly there so we just need to stop whinging like spoilt kids, about our lost freedoms and make the effort to regain them. Many other nations have done much better than us so we need to stop carping and understand the reasons why.
  6. You might be surprised at how many people who are NOT over 80 have had very serious problems with Covid 19 and very many have died, from teenage years upwards so that is a very sweeping and misleading statement. We have had these curtailing of liberties for a year in an effort to shield EVERYONE. Deaths may have fallen but still averaged over 600 a day last week so the emergency is a long way from over. There's a reason for "no date when we can get back to normal life" It's quite obvious to most people that we will NEVER get back to normal life unless science can come up with a better answer than the present vaccines. People of any age, who defied the restrictions, fully deserve to be criticised because they are the people who have been spreading Covid and prolonging this horrible lock-down for everyone. Youngsters in the past have been whisked off, whether they liked it or not to fight wars and with many losing their lives in this pursuit, I don't think today's youth have done as badly as they might.
  7. My present computer is an all in one, which is the type I was discussing in my post. I prefer to stick to all in one as it's much neater but I might end up having to go back to a tower. I Didn't consider that as I wanted to stay with all in one computers but I may be forced to change. You are probably right but this just shows why China is making all the money. We need to change that situation. The richest country in the world usually dominates but America seems to be giving up the struggle against China.
  8. That's why they shouldn't put all their eggs in 2 baskets with just Nuclear and Wind Power. As an island nation, we are surrounded by sea, which never stops moving. Surely it can't be too hard to derive lots of power from this. It would make more sense in our present emergency, than investigating planets like Mars. An interesting and exciting investigation, but not relative to our problems with climate change.
  9. I have been using, for many years, a brilliant Acer Z5610 (All in one computer) which is coming to the end of it's life. As a result, I have been comparing what's now on the market for some time and cannot believe the stupidity of most manufacturers. I have found, that it's almost impossible to buy a computer with the USB and card reader sockets on the front or side panels where they can easily be reached. The only one I can find is the new Lenovo Yoga A940 which is a very good computer with good spec but, unfortunately made in China. As China's behaviour gets worse, I have a policy of trying to buy from Western countries so as not to enrich China at the expense of others because I believe they are aiming at world domination on all fronts. Whether you agree or not, am I alone in thinking that the design of modern computers is seriously flawed when you cannot plug in a USB pen drive or an SD card without having to leave your seat to stand up and go around the back of the machine to achieve this. I can perform this action on my present Acer and do this many times in a normal day. Growing older makes moving about more difficult and, If I were disabled and working from a wheelchair, it would be very hard to do it at all. I should mention that most of my work is connected with Musical instruments, Audio and Style files etc, which brings about the necessity of constantly moving data quickly and easily between my machines. A touch screen is also needed for some of my purposes but to look for that plus accessible sockets is asking the earth. Even the extremely expensive Microsoft Surface Pro has all the sockets at the very back. Presumably, theses designs are an attempt at neatness but, if they make you fit a hub to avoid standing then they are less neat than my present Acer. Unbelievable to think, that even if you were willing and able to spend between £3,500 and £4,500 for a Microsoft Surface Pro, you still couldn't use it without having to stand up, although it has the perfect base to install easy reach sockets. Can no one but the Chinese make progress forwards these3 days and why are even Microsoft so lacking in common sense? My old Acer is easy on the eye, neat and tidy and I can work on it all day without moving. Maybe the average person isn't bothered as they rarely move data and I am an unusual user. I wondered if I was on my own with these views.
  10. Splitting hairs on the subject doesn't stop it being selfish and anti social to think only of yourself and ignore the rest of the human race. Many people are dying at this moment because of that attitude.
  11. Trump and his supporters are not simply Republicans. They are so far right Republicans that they more resemble the Nazi party and see transgender, LGBT, and probably also. Native Americans as the unfit and unclean. With Trumps view of immigrants, you wouldn't believe that the nation was founded on these very people with the inclusion of freed slaves (who are still not wanted by Trump supporters) They also, like the Nazis believe in using force to achieve their ideals and, the only deviation from the Nazi line is that they embrace Jewish people. Middle of the road, law abiding American's probably don't enjoy living under a constitution which gives American's the right to bear arms but, I think that will be impossible to change and would result in another civil war.
  12. If they are too dozy to back up highly important data, they shouldn't be allowed grown up computers.
  13. So sorry to hear this. Rest in peace Mort and condolences to family and friends.
  14. It would be helpful to find out what you are actually trying to say. Quotes from unknown (to us) third parties mean nothing at all. It's a well known known fact that even among fully qualified experts, you can always find opposing views so how do you know which one to support. No posters on this forum are experts in virology so we should be as careful as we can and follow the advice - Hands, Face, Space until we get on top of it. No matter how virulent the virus, it would not spread if everyone stuck to the rules.
  15. Good point - you took the words out of my mouth. I would include Facebook & Twitter with these bog rolls too. I sometimes think the world has gone mad - important happenings are overlooked and and trivial things are blown up and celebrated. Three cheers for the NHS again. Time that the honours list changed too. Away from entertainers who are well paid for their work, sports stars ditto and politicians and their benefactors. Lets have more NHS surgeons, nurses, paramedics etc and more firefighters, lifeboat crews & mountain rescue people. Those who give the most, always receive the least and those who line their own pockets finish up at the top of the tree.
  16. Although I am disappointed with the performance of Boris and Hancock throughout this virus pandemic and think that their reactions have been too slow and marred by U-turns, the fact is that the spread of this virus is caused purely and simply by the action of ordinary citizens who, by their impatience, thoughtlessness and sheer stupidity, are responsible for the large scale spread of Civid-19. I walk for 90 minutes every day for health reasons and have worn a face mask every time I have left the house and make sure that I am distancing from others. I very rarely see anyone else wearing a mask except just before entering shops and I see lots of people every day day standing close to each other whilst chatting, including mothers at school gates, dog walkers, neighbours etc. I consider it worth going to this trouble for the sake of members of my family and also the NHS and the well being of the general population. Do others not care about their own loved ones or the poor NHS workers, or is it just down to stupidity? The scenes at the London stations are disgraceful and much more needs to be done to enforce the rules.
  17. True enough, that guy was the bees knees but I was only quoting a few of those from the 20th century to show that we had still been doing things since the 1800's.
  18. If it can be done, then why wasn't it? Especially before construction of the Supertram systam. You are excusing Sheffield City Council by trying to blind us with science. Maybe you work for Sheffield City Engineers. Complicated doesn't matter. Compared with a scale of work done throughout history and including the last century, (yes, we were still good in the 1900's), it must rate much less than 00.01% complicated. Apart from all our great Cathedrals and buildings such as Westminster Hall we built an incredible infrastructure in this country. I could quote all day long, great engineers of the 20th century, who you dismiss so lightly. Have you not heard of R.J. Mitchell, Christopher Cockerell, Barnes Wallace, Clive Sinclair and even Dyson - just a few of dozens of leading engineers, designers and inventors. Our Hawker Hunter was the first military plane in general use to break the sound barrier. Our Harrier Jet was the first vertical take off fighter which went into service. Along with the French, we produced supersonic Concorde, which America & Russia tried and failed to do. Computers, Calculators and TV's were developed here and the internet was conceived here. They were all done after the 1800's. Us uneducated yokels may know a little bit more about engineering than you think, so I would prefer that you didn't talk down to us. I don't think our City Engineers fail us so much as our City Council and Central Government but, compared with the old days, "we are still useless".
  19. WE were leading the world in modern engineering before both you and I were born and we maintained that world class expertise for many many years. We now, according to you, have such an expert knowledge that someone like me can fail to comprehend and yet, we cannot undertake so many large projects or even little flood prevention schemes. I seem to recall that it was flooding there in the 70's before the supertram was even built. There were also similar floods in many other parts of Sheffield too. If you or anyone else has such vast knowledge of modern engineering and yet small projects such as this, are "too hard" to undertake or pay for then I still say " we must be useless." It's not my dismissal that's shameful but the fact that a small project like that, can't be done.
  20. So was everything we did from the industrial revolution onwards but we managed it. Now, we have to call in some foreign company instead - this tells me that we must be useless.
  21. Wrong attitude - So do you just leave it then cos it's a bit of a hard job? Wonder how they managed to build York Minster and similar. Seems we are pretty useless at everything these days which is why we usually call on the Chinese. Britains changed since I was a lad. and we should be ashamed.
  22. As the shops close down and we all shop on the internet, every company will be like PC World. Once they have your money, they won't give a damn whether the product works or whether you need help or advice. All we need then, is for the internet to go down and all shopping ceases completely. Think it can't happen - in these days of cyber warfare, it's a certainty. It's also another way to hasten the end of money and get everybody to use plastic.
  23. People will regret buying everything from the internet when all the shops have shut down and they are unable to view anything before they buy them. Shops not only sell stuff but provide advice and also service when the goods fail. They also pay their full whack of taxes and the Government and your Local councils are going to see their income drop drastically whilst Amazon etc. sends all their money to American headquarters. I once worked for Debenhams (and Pauldens before them) and they were great companies to work for in the old days with a lovely family atmosphere. All progress seems to be backwards these days.
  24. You've said that before. Fine, we are all in agreement then. Except I know that the moaning will still continue because you lost the referendum and decide to do a Donald Trump.
  25. You seem to be as mistaken as John Major about how much influence Europe has. We were not allowed by the EU to make trade agreements at all until we entered this last phase of leaving on January the first last. And we can just as easily do the same.
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