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  1. That's all we need. We are still dealing with a global pandemic and all the associated fallout, trying desperately to restore the the economy after 2 years of disruption and lockdown, still finishing off the terms and negotiations from Brexit and now potentially having to deal with with conflict between Ukraine and Russia. Yes what a perfect time to be spending loads of money, suspending parliament, going around the country doing their campaigning and mass marketing, changes of government, changes of direction, changes of policy, changes of personnel...... Let alone the possibility that all of which could merely result in exactly the same party holding a majority. When are some people going to get into their thick skulls, getting rid of Boris does not automatically wave some magic wand and open the door to Keir Starmer and his mob. For all the hysterical mudslinging being thrown at Boris Johnson, what exactly has that great lump on the other side of the house done. What exactly are his oh so wonderful policies which are going to be so great for this country. As far as I'm concerned, with exception of taking the easy position of childishly objecting and criticising every single thing the government proposes (which any moron can do) and getting obsessed over gatherings of staff already in the same workplace (something which Keir himself also partaken in) he's hardly been impressive with his performances either. .... so all well and good calling for a general election but who exactly are we going to be voting for.
  2. Not necessarily. I do query the convenient time to broadcast such a program. However I don't think the BBC is biased one way or another. They are a broadcaster and like all media organisations they only care about what is best for their business. They put out what they know is best to attract viewers or listeners.
  3. With the exception of the last line I agree with that. There does have to be a balance and it is a very difficult position to judge. It is something that takes some great skill and cooperation from all sides to achieve. That goes well beyond the simplistic, meaningless and far too often used soundbites like "tax the rich" or "blame the bankers" or "people before profit" bandied about by point scoring politicians and moronic protest groups.
  4. What makes you so certain the programme has any information which people don't already know. Rich people = bad. Corporations = evil. ....Heard it all before Anna. Pound to a penny it's was same hysterical talking heads, opinions and over dramatised guff that's been talked about, documented and reported on many times before. Businesses making obscene profits. Human beings looking after number one and getting one over their rivals. Rich people v poor people....... Circumstances that existed from year dot. Shock horror. I chose not to watch either. This is not a new subject that I feel needed to be regurgitated about. Emotive television with a nicely timed scheduling just as the supposedly evil Tories and controversial leader are facing attack.
  5. Actually there have been academic studies on that point with prove that they can be. Facial recognition technology defaults to identify one type of skin tone. Its a fair question to raise whether manufacturers and designers should be thinking about that. If they are not or refusing to.....well. Yep. It is inbuilt in their design. It's for that same reason why they produce ads which are ridiculously OTT artistic, comedic gags or dramatic without barely mentioning or showing the product they are meaning to advertise. They simply don't need to, it gets people talking, it goes viral on the internet and their logo/brand suddenly reaches eyeballs that a fixed slot in a commercial break on some tv network could only dream of. Let's face it, how ridiculous have things become that the annual John Lewis and Aldi xmas adverts attract international press coverage. People sit and wait for the premiere of an advert. All those who say adverts doesn't influence them, doesn't affect them, they don't watch etc...... yes they do, they just don't realise it.
  6. Parents should teach them then. Basic mandatory education is one thing but do schools really have to be expected to teach every single basic life skill now. In times of change, the demands on schools have hugely increased, the numbers of pupils have gone up, the special needs and other support requirement have changed, the necessary curriculum and skills required for the evolving workplace has changed... Personally I think there should be far better things that's school resource be spent on than swimming. Oh no, of course, silly me, that involves responsibility for one's own children. That simply won't do this day and age.
  7. Perhaps, but given that they closed down the shiny new Birmingham store which was only built and opened in 2015 and there even newer York store which was built on an out of town Retail Park, as part of their closure programme there would be no guarantee of that.
  8. Purely playing Devil's Advocate..... whilst at the time it was a disaster to lose such a prestigious shopping mall project, with the benefit of hindsight maybe we had a lucky escape. After all, what we could now have ended up with was a massive redevelopment skewed primarily for retail units which thanks to the 2008 recession, Brexit and subsequently Covid could have led to even more empty vacant spaces to those the city already naturally suffers from. Of course John Lewis and Debenhams are massive blow but at least the current redevelopment works has a smaller retail focus and more work on offering other non-retail uses. In trying to look for a positive, failure of 7stone give us a chance (albeit luck rather than judgement) to scale back and reconsider a project to create things that people are actually going to use and occupy rather than chasing now much more turbulet and risky premium retail pipedreams.
  9. Neither are a large majority of the residents in Kelham. It has being under redevelopment with a drift towards residential for at least 20 + years. It's bars, restaurants and venues attract crowds well into their grey hair years. Can we stop going down the road of wild stereotypes. Not every middle-aged person or retiree wants to live in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields with nothing more than a tin pot village shop 5 miles away..... Some people enjoy living in a city centre and it's not all young, hipster student types. With some of the new central apartment developments attracting a price tag starting from £200,000, city living is certainly not simply a domain for the young crowd as they simply could not afford it. The fact is that there has been some evolution in the world of work and the way people live. With the recession, many people living in big houses in the suburbs have found themselves having to downsize into smaller or even apartment living. Others, whose family have grown up and flown the nest are now deciding not to keep a big empty house and move somewhere smaller and more central so they can enjoy facilities in walking distance. Now we have another factor, thanks to the recent change to home or hybrid working, where people formerly living in a run down shoe box bedsit in London are coming back up north where they realise they can get a huge new build apartment, nice townhouse or terrace on the fringes of of the town centre and a short walk to the station for those occasional office visits, for significantly less money each month. Such factors are changing the demands on the local housing market and also where people are choosing to live which does not fit into traditional default stereotyping.
  10. Damn. That must be why my tube was cancelled and I had to faff around finding an alternative. Oh what a disaster... it all ends with me stuck on a train...... oh wait. False alarm everyone. But....... maybe it happened. Maybe this is it. The afterlife exists and seems its nothing more than a mirage of sitting in a budget hotel room eating Five Guys and drunkenly replying to SF posts
  11. No. The present case being brought is a civil compensation claim seeking monetary damages award for alleged sexual assault. All such criminal issues have already been heard and resolved including said alleged victim signing a big fat damages settlement agreement previously. Now the money appears to have run out and Mrs Victim is clearly seeking another payday. No arrests waiting to be made. No jail cell waiting for Andrew no matter how much people wish otherwise - it isn't going to happen.
  12. It suspect so. Although within teenagers there is some difficulties as it's such a grey area. Example, an adult couple with 5 years age difference would not turn heads. However it must be difficult circumstances when faced with a legal 16-year old having consented sexual relations with a underage minor at 14 or 15. Around the world the opinion also differs where I think even today Japan still has the legal age of consent down at 13 in some regions.
  13. I agree to both of these. If this is so serious as has been made out, people need to stop using such blatently emotive and inaccurate language. People might think that disputes over words is "trivial" but in law that it is very much the fundamental detail. Words are absolutely the key. Nothing has yet been evidenced or proven. It is time people realised that. I have said before, distasteful as the lay public and sensationalist media think it may be, the fact is she was a 17-year old at the time of the alleged offences which is over the age of consent. If she fails to categorically prove that she was there under duress or forcibly made conduct a sexual act (seemingly three times in three different locations) then there is no claim against the Prince. Simple as that. There is lots of uncorroborated smearing of the high profile individual, but what about the possibility that the accusor is professionally playing victim to hide the fact that she is nothing more that some former tart who was perfectly content and agreeable to shagging around with high-profile individuals to get lots of nice goodies, lifestyle and travel opportunities. That could be the reality in all this just as much as any of her allegations.
  14. It already is a suitable modern workplace. It employs thousands in offices all over the city and wider UK. The Chamber is just a tiny, but most interesting, part of the process and that's what gets focused on. Its the same way as the visually archaic court room is just a tiny speck of the legal world. All these easy armchair statements about reform are well and good but there are obvious flaws. Who actually gets to be that strong leader? What then stops them dominating and pushing their own agenda and agendas of their privileged followers and yes men........just like now. Human nature chooses sides and loyalty is open to reward no matter what system. Who then decides exactly what is deemed common good. Good for whom? A government can't give the people everything they want nor let business and corporations have free ride. There has to be a balance so who gets precedence? How does that then play out on the global stage where we are always going to be in competition no matter how much we as an individual nation try to reform - countries like China and emerging nations certainly won't share. Then, what makes so called 'ordinary' people. Jobs, background, income level, qualifications. Putting aside that so called "real world" down to earth lifestyle does not magically equal advanced skills required to run the country, how does one differentiate what is real word experience. Catch all stereotypes like "wealthy" for example could mean very different things to someone living/working near Burnley with a £50k salary and comfortable 4 bed house when compared to someone on £50k in Belgravia, strugggling to pay rent for their micro-bedsit with shared bathroom. There are 650 elected representatives in the House of Commons and we cannot get so distracted by the few headliners. Reform is one thing which I agree should be regularly considered but let's not sell it like its some magical transforming victory for the working classes. Let's not continually belittle the educated and well paid as some evil scurge on society which seems to frequently be the underlying agenda being pushed. Quite frankly, I want educated, experienced, qualified people in charge. What I don't want is Bob the bus driver who knows nothing about anything playing politician. Angela Rayner has given an example of a politician with the common touch and boy does she live up to it.
  15. ......yes fine. But just watch how expensive Sky, Netflix etc will suddenly become once they can no longer rely on vast archives from the BBC or its subsidiaries. How will people react when Freeview stops being, well, free.... Let's just see how happy people are when their free bbc news app suddenly disappears behind a paywall or some prime national sporting event suddenly goes pay per view or their local radio station which used to broadcast football commentary for some small league team in full suddenly gets broken up by ads or simply removed altogether for not making money. Commercial radio is not all its cracked up to be. Hallam fm for example only has about 2 shows a week made local. The rest are just networked shows from Manchester/Leeds stations Grass is always greener and that...
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