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  1. Humphrey Appleby

    F 1 Today's race

    The race director had a poor GP in Saudi Arabia, but Christian Horner tries to influence and even intimidate the race officials with his public histrionics.
  2. Humphrey Appleby

    Birmingham Assets and Payments

    Why would anyone want to continue to work for an employer that failed to pay them?
  3. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Probably not because he didn't make any points relevant to the EU violating treaties or whatever you claimed he did. You usually give up when I point out the lack of substance to whatever was claimed...
  4. Humphrey Appleby

    Model Railway

    Mine is actually marked Triang, but sold as Hornby. Think the Triangs had deeper flanges, didn't they...?
  5. Humphrey Appleby

    Model Railway

    A Class 31 locomotive in that as well, which was my first Hornby model albeit in BR green. Still have it...
  6. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    I didn't say he wasn't entitled to speak. The question was why it was worth highlighting given that it didn't make any actual pertinent points about the EU allegedly breaking treaties. Others are also entitled to point out the speakers credentials as a known bigot, which reduces their credibility when complaining about an issue (abortion) that's at the very least a grey area in terms of whether it's a wider human rights issue or not.
  7. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    I'm sure you know the point I'm trying to make, but the Hitler was appointed Chancellor after the Nazis gained a plurality in the Reichstag in what was considered to be the last free election in 1932. The underlying point though, is that 37% of the electorate freely voted for the Nazis (43% if you take into account their coalition partner) and they were the largest party by a considerable margin even if they didn't have a majority. So clearly democracy can be very flawed, and I find it particularly appalling when elected representatives attack minorities for popular appeal. A lot of the problem with the (alt-)right is that they equate narrow majorities or mere pluralities (or even losses in the case of Trump) with the right to dominate and ignore the views of 'minority' positions, and anyone disagreeing is 'woke' or some other perjorative. True democracy is about protecting the rights of the minorities insofar as is possible, and particularly when they harm no-one else. For example, it's a biological fact that homosexuality exists whether or not some like it or not, and gay people are no more likely to harm anyone else than the rest of the population. It's truly appalling then, that elected representatives should not only go out of their way to condemn a law abiding peaceful community, but actually support discriminatory laws against it in order to cultivate popular appea;. Tapping into wider prejudices rather than seek to address those prejudices is disgraceful, and I also think it says something about those who seek to defend such things as merely 'expressing a viewpoint'. No doubt the Nazis were 'expressing a viewpoint' against the Jews which happened to be supported by a lot of population. But it wasn't right, should have been 'cancelled', and it ended in people being shipped off to extermination camps. Whilst the Polish homophobe might not be in same league as Hitler, I'm sure many Germans didn't initially think it unreasonable that Jews should be forced to wear a yellow star, then lose their jobs, before having their assets confiscated and then deported, even if they might have stopped short of having them murdered. It usually starts in a small way... Are you seriously trying to equate European Parliamentary elections with those during the Nazi era in any way? I don't remember seeing any stormtroopers outside the polling stations for a start...
  8. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Hitler also got enough votes to win an election, so not sure what exactly that proves. As far as I can see, it's rambling speech by a reactionary homophobic old bigot in response to Poland being censured by the European Parliament over a new anti-abortion law approved in dubious circumstances. I fail to see how the EU is overriding their own treaties, even before we get into the European Convention of Human Rights and other democratic requirements of being in the EU, but either way it's a matter of 'he said, she said' and hardly prima facie evidence of the EU overstepping its authority. I'm also missing which bit of the speech was actually about malpractice or corruption. Not quite sure what a 'fake lefty' is - does that make me a 'true righty' by extension? However, it seems it's the anti-cancel types who are the ones who don't think anyone should take issue with their unreconstructed viewpoints, especially when they're expressed from a platform in the European Parliament. In a democracy I'm perfectly entitled to take issue with such views, and indeed question why others choose to amplify individuals who hold such views.
  9. Humphrey Appleby

    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    Shows what a racket travel testing has been all along. Nothing but a tax by mates of the Tory government... https://inews.co.uk/news/consumer/covid-reused-old-pcr-test-code-shows-how-shambolic-operation-is-1333573/
  10. Humphrey Appleby

    The Crisp Crack Of Leather On Willow

    Could be an awkward series if Cummins knows how to use reviews properly - unlike Paine... Paine not playing would also deprive the Barmy Army of a song or two as well. They've already managed to get inside his head...
  11. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    I think it's hilarious how the Brextremists are still obsessed with the EU.
  12. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Do you bother to highlight the speeches of MEPs who have something positive to say about the EU? Or those that speak against homophobia for that matter? The MEP you chose to highlight was too homophobic even for some of the Tory MEPs to stomach...
  13. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    We should take notice of what a right-wing homophobic bigot thinks?
  14. Humphrey Appleby

    European Union - In Or Out?

    https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/19751965.committee-finds-priti-patels-controversial-immigration-plans-illegal/
  15. Humphrey Appleby

    'the Donald' Trump

    Speedway has been known to get better viewing figures than that...
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