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  1. RHB

    Finsbury Park Mosque: Man dies as van hits pedestrians

    This is the BBC headline this morning. A man has died and eight people have been injured after a van ploughed into pedestrians near a north London mosque. Far too early to confirm a reason but hate crime looks a possibility. We are living in a very sad world at the moment. RIP to the deceased...
  2. Migrant "children" from Calais

    Oh dear, According to the media the authorities are having a tough time deciding the age of these "kids",I mean how hard can it be,look for small children aged 10 or under then bingo it cannot go wrong,surely? In addition why not make the "uncle" travel from the UK to pay for the child's...
  3. londonblue

    FA Cup 4th Substitute

    The FA Cup are going to allow a fourth substitute from the quarter finals onwards: BBC Apparently that will add "intrigue and interest". Give it a rest. It'll allow teams to change one extra player should they need to, which I don't have a problem with. But add "intrigue and interest"? What...
  4. Welfare

    I am a masters student at the London School of Economics. As part of my studies, I am doing some research into what people thinking about the welfare state. Specifically I am interested in the views of people living in Thurrock. I am looking to interview people about how they feel about the...
  5. Research On Thurrock

    Evening All, I am a masters student at the London School of Economics. As part of my studies, I am doing some research into what people thinking about the welfare state. Specifically I am interested in the views of people living in Thurrock. I am looking to interview people about how they...
  6. Mad Cyril

    Pyramid schemes and high pressure direct sales.

    Anyone got any stories. I have just got back from a visit to someone's house under the guise of a social event hosted by the parents of my young nephew. I thought something was odd when I spotted some leaflets for cookware on the coffee table and sure enough a 'friend' arrived to cook some...
  7. South Bank Hank

    Feed the ....... ?

    So we fed the Goat and Shaun scored... We fed the Moose and Franck scored. We fed the Pigg and Joe scored. Can we get a Southend animal welfare 11 or do we need to loan some in?
  8. Hotman

    Welfare state

    Is it 'well fair?' Would a welfare loan, perhaps similar to student loans (repayable if future earnings above a certain point) be more appropriate? Just a thought, and not a well developed one at the moment...
  9. why i believe that an untargeted slashing of the welfare budget is a false economy.

    I'm going to argue the unpopular. I'm going to argue that the current plans to reform the welfare budget should be scrapped because the problems they cause will cost more to resolve than they will save. I'm not going to argue for no reform. I hate the current system and agree with much of the...
  10. Cameron, Clegg and Osborne

    I cannot think of a single reason (other than the fact that they are not Gordon Brown) that would motivate anyone to vote for a party in which any of these three hold sway. I voted Liberal in the last election and I feel like an absolute mug. If this utter circus continues on I fear that I...
  11. Thoughts on the state of British society?

    Due to the response from earlier research, I've just started phase 2 of a university research project looking at whether Britain is regressing to a less civil state with less social constraint and more casual aggression. The questionnaire is live at http://www.topfan.co.uk and as you’ll see, the...
  12. TrueBlue

    What the hell!!

    Taken from the Echo site... http://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/9809011.Lottery_grant_helps_unemployed_Bangladeshi_community/ Lottery grant helps unemployed Bangladeshi community 5:44pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 in News UNEMPLOYED members of the Bangldeshi community across Essex have taken up a...
  13. blues_r_best

    Even Bigger News than the Ipad 3

    SimCity V!
  14. Thorpe Groyney

    Conservative 'Big Society' Aide Turns On Cameron Over Children's 'Appalling Experience'

    Blimey. Phillip Blond, who David Cameron described as an 'intellectual soulmate' has said that government policy of 'Big Society' has actually made children's lives worse. Blond set up the ResPublica research group and thinktank for Cameron, and they issued their findings in "Children And The...
  15. smudgster

    Southend against the cuts

    Before the game against Gillingham i and several others will be handing out fliers advertising a march through southend protesting against the government cuts and the attack on the welfare state. These cuts will affect everybody including SUFC who will be hit by the knock on affect of people...
  16. Tangled up in Blue

    Osborne to cut benefits

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/sep/09/george-osborne-cut-4bn-benefits-welfare The sort of person I'm worried about is an ex-girlfriend of mine who's now living on disability benefit after having had mental heath problems for a couple of years.Technically she's below retirement age.Is...
  17. Lord Football

    Food For Thought.

    I've been a bit quiet on here for a while, frankly the whole political arena is depressing. Even so, I've busy doing what I do. I thought I'd share some thoughts.... The Recession The recession was caused, in essence, by the collapse of the banking industry that took a gung-ho approach to...
  18. Ron Manager

    Con/Lib agreement in full - in summary

    1. Deficit Reduction The country is skint, cuts will be made to make life harder for working families but still allow big businesses to dodge as much tax as possible. 2. Spending Review - NHS, Schools and a Fairer Society Cuts 3. Tax Measures Minimal tax cuts for the masses (enough to get...
  19. pickledseal

    Conservative Romford MP

    If Rosindell is Shadow Home Affairs Minister with special responsibility for Animal Welfare, why is he about to 'enter' a poor dog....? http://www.facebook.com/andrew.rosindell
  20. Slipperduke

    Blimey. We're quite good.

    WAS BILIC RIGHT? HAVE ENGLAND LOST THEIR 'ENGLISHNESS'? Well, if he meant that we no longer play artless, stone-age football, devoid of movement and guile, then he hit the nail on the head. If his idea of 'Englishness', is to canter through games as if the result has already been secured by the...