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Food Poverty In The UK Has Reached "Public Health Emergency" Levels

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Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

This tragic story emanating from the UK just doesn’t seem to go away. Probably because it’s true. The food crisis across the pond first came to my attention in earnest back in October when the Red Cross announced it was set to provide food aid to the UK for the first time since World War II.

The latest twist to this unacceptable saga comes via a letter send by a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities to the British Medical Journal calling it a “public healthy emergency” and accusing the government of covering up the problem by delaying a report on the subject.

 

More from The Independent:

Hunger in Britain has reached the level of a “public health emergency” and the Government may be covering up the extent to which austerity and welfare cuts are adding to the problem, leading experts have said.

 

In a letter to the British Medical Journal, a group of doctors and senior academics from the Medical Research Council and two leading universities said that the effect of Government policies on vulnerable people’s ability to afford food needed to be “urgently” monitored.

 

A surge in the number of people requiring emergency food aid, a decrease in the amount of calories consumed by British families, and a doubling of the number of malnutrition cases seen at English hospitals represent “all the signs of a public health emergency that could go unrecognised until it is too late to take preventative action,” they write.

 

Despite mounting evidence for a growing food poverty crisis in the UK, ministers maintain there is “no robust evidence” of a link between sweeping welfare reforms and a rise in the use of food banks. However, publication of research into the phenomenon, commissioned by the Government itself, has been delayed, amid speculation that the findings may prove embarrassing for ministers.

 

Chris Mould, chief executive of the Trussell Trust, the largest national food bank provider said that one in three of the 350,000 people who required a food bank hand-out this year were children.

 

In their letter, Dr Taylor-Robinson, Professor Whitehead and colleagues cite figures recently released by the Government which revealed a surge in the number of malnutrition cases diagnosed at English hospitals since the recession – up from 3,161 in 2008/09 to 5,499 in 2012/13. They also draw attention to reports from the Institute for Fiscal Studies which found a decrease in the number of calories purchased by families, as well as “substitution with unhealthier foods, especially in families with young children”.

Fortunately for the UK, they are blessed with a concentration of oligarchs with supposedly extraordinary capabilities so they should be able to sort this all out in now time. Isn’t that right Boris Johnson?

Full article here.

 


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Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:05 | Link to Comment NoWayJose
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Coming to America...

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:18 | Link to Comment ghengis86
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We should only hope to be so lucky with the millions of land whales and their fucking scooters at WalMart.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:33 | Link to Comment Xibalba
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hunger games, bitchez

Central Planning style

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:38 | Link to Comment killallthefiat
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Maybe those fatass Brits will lose some weight finally

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/children_shealth/7853104/British-child...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:33 | Link to Comment ghengis86
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Alright, who's the junker? Show yourself (and disclose your weight or chubby-chaser affection, you F stick)

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:35 | Link to Comment negative rates
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It's either that or wheel um in fast & fat, tell um (or don't) they need an operation they can't afford or won't live thru, and start the billing process.  

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:48 | Link to Comment Popo
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This has ONE and only ONE cause:  The elites attempting to protect their asset prices, and calling such oppressive policies "stability".    Stability is code for, "no matter what happens, we don't lose bitchez.  We will beggar every last one of you just so long as our assets carry the same face value".

This is not a crisis.  This is the direct result of policy intended to protect the rich.  

Sorry UK masses.  You are cannon fodder in a different kind of war.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:05 | Link to Comment WillyGroper
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Not much different from the millions of kids in the USSA that are in the same boat. Privatize NHS, starve a third of the next gen & you got some serious population reduction. Isn't that the goal? Just heard a guy named Dowd on BBG saying he thinks the USSA is getting ready for an Arab spring. I think he's right.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment Bendromeda Strain
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There are actually many ways to propagate a crisis. From the left you simply squander and misappropriate what resources there might be, and invite wholesale fraud at every turn. If your population isn't dishonest enough, import some who are!

What - you thought Cloward-Pivin was restricted to the USSA?

https://www.google.com/#q=british+immigrant+benefits+mansion

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:20 | Link to Comment Bendromeda Strain
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BBG saying he thinks the USSA is getting ready for an Arab spring

Something tells me that Lara Logan won't be covering it...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:14 | Link to Comment WillyGroper
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Me thinks you're right.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:38 | Link to Comment negative rates
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It was me, I had to log on and off 6 times to do it right. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:57 | Link to Comment killallthefiat
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What, now you can't call fat people "fat".  

 

What, now you can't call gay people "gay".  

 

What, now you can't call black people "black".

 

I am a gay, fat, black, and I stand by my original statement...Maybe those fatass Brits...  

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:45 | Link to Comment TBT or not TBT
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The cheapest calorie sources are the most fattening, which is to say poverty is obesogenic when it drives people to shift food purchasing to lower grade foods.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:04 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Peanut butter is cheap (well the MaraNatha for seven bucks aint exactly cheap), but it's nutritionally decent, and it's the best backpacking food. Keeps ya warm at night.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 03:31 | Link to Comment Hobbleknee
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I don't know about the UK, but peanut butter is really expensive in Sweden.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 04:56 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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Is very expensive here in UK as well.  It's an imported luxury food.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:40 | Link to Comment negative rates
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We make gasoline from peanut butter and jelly sangwiches around here  so i'll take some blame for the lack of supply.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:17 | Link to Comment Oracle of Kypseli
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TBT or not TBT <<<< The cheapest calorie sources are the most fattening,>>>

Only when you eat them while sitting in a couch watching the tube.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:18 | Link to Comment RSloane
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Fresh peanut butter is very easy to make, cheap, and store. I make seasoned or sweetened with honey peanut butter myself. Prep time is nothing. Storing is easy. Why pay a lot for it?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:44 | Link to Comment greatbeard
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>> MaraNatha for seven bucks aint exactly cheap

I pay $14 a jar for mine, 28 oz, but I'd pay that for Maranatha before I'd take Skippy, or any similar shit, for free.  Mainstream peanut butter is nasty.  It's amazing what they have turned our food supply into and what people are willing to accept.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:58 | Link to Comment quasimodo
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WTF is wrong with Smuckers Organic or even the Natural line? 

There are also a lot of other organics that are not that outrageous for price.

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:15 | Link to Comment NIHILIST CIPHER
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Brits are dumb enough to keep up that ugly ass queen and her nazi husband in high style while she maintains 85 castles and  eats the best food on the planet, Bet she never misses a moments sleep worrying about her loyal STARVING subjects. Phillip stated a few years ago that he wished he could come back as a pandemic disease when he dies so he could rid the planet of most of us sheep. Wise up Brits!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:27 | Link to Comment lewy14
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...says the nihilist cipher.

Dickens, you ain't.

Sat, 12/07/2013 - 04:14 | Link to Comment Parrotile
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You do know that "Phil the Greek" is, well, Greek??

He's also regarded as being just as "Crazy but mostly harmless" as his (in)famous son - Prince Charles . . . . . . .

Well if he DOES come back "as a Pandemic Disease" it'll at least keep me in a job for a few more years.

(Note to Phil - make it soon old chap - I'm planning to retire not so far down the track, don't you know!!)

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:50 | Link to Comment Adahy
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I don't know about that.  My garden is pretty cheap ($0, and even makes me money sometimes), and it keeps me healthy and lean.

Or, if you don't have ANY land whatsoever (I provide 90% of my food on 1/4 acre), there is always dried beans, rice, flour, sugar, potatoes, salad greens of all kinds, grits, canned tomatoes, etc.; all of which are cheap, keep well (other than the salad), and can produce a myriad of meals.  One catch:  You actually have to cook it.   OOOHHHH, I know, putting forth effort is scary; but it is worth it for high-quality, nutritious, tasty food.

Now, if you want to be a lazy-ass and just toss some pre-made shit in the micro for 3 mins and chow down; then, instead of paying with effort, you pay with your health.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:41 | Link to Comment Ronaldo
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Exactly!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:52 | Link to Comment lewy14
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Actually, you can almost get away with being a complete lazy ass...

Do your cooking in a slow-cooker. Make decently big batches of stuff.

Invest in some nice containers - preferably glass, that seal really well.

End up cooking for about a couple hours a week, keeping three or four batches of stuff in the fridge.

(Takes 8 hours to cook, but that's work the slow cooker is doing, not you. Let stuff cook overnight if you like.)

...but which you can nuke out of the fridge just like the most convenient fast food. Only much, much nicer. And cheaper.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:10 | Link to Comment garypaul
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what is up with TBT anyways? My position is doing much recently.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:09 | Link to Comment RSloane
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How could anyone do that to their child? The amount of money children are spending on sweets is unbelievable.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:23 | Link to Comment Antifaschistische
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Why don't they just raise their minimum wage and solve all the problems?

Maybe they will wake up before America does and realize that to really survive in an eclectic international economy they need to make stuff that the world wants.

They've been liquidating their financial and human capital for 50 years.  America...40 years.   Oh well, thank God there's the Red Cross to save us all.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:53 | Link to Comment darteaus
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Fri, 12/06/2013 - 05:59 | Link to Comment Oracle 911
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Well that was funny and disgusting at the same time.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:44 | Link to Comment FredFlintstone
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Reminds me of the bar scene in Star Wars. Truth is stranger that fiction.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:32 | Link to Comment jballz
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^^^^ Two land whales at zerohedge.

 

 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:20 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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Probably is coming to America, maybe soon.  Although, it is hard now to have confidence in such & such's numbers nowadays...  

 

So political... 

***

On our recent trip, I asked an employee at an outlet mall, who apparently would know, how retail $ traffic was this year vs. last.  He said 2013 has been worse than 2012 which was worse than 2011.  THAT is another reason to beware of all .gov numbers and all numbers with an agenda behind them.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:24 | Link to Comment AlaricBalth
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Already here...
In 2012, 16.1 million or approximately 22 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.

The United States changed the name of its definitions in 2006 that eliminated references to hunger, keeping various categories of food insecurity. Now "hungry children" are classified by the government as "food insecure children".

With continued increases in the number of hungry children during this "remarkable" economic recovery, those in government must sleep better knowing there are no more hungry children. They are just food insecure.

Disgusting...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:46 | Link to Comment wisehiney
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AB, sometimes, do you not just want to exhale, and remember how those indescribalble Texas weekend dogs swere.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:18 | Link to Comment AlaricBalth
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I was strolling along the boardwalk a few nights ago and I observed a mother and her cute little 5 year old daughter as they were walking towards me. As I moved on by them, I heard the daughter say, "Mommy. I'm hungry." The mother replied, almost laughingly, "Honey, you're not hungry. You are just a little food insecure." Just then, the adorable little daughter looked up at her mother and retorted, quite loudly, "Food insecure??? HEY BITCH...FEED ME!!!!"

As George Carlin once said, "I don't like words that hide the truth. I don't like words that conceal reality."

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 05:24 | Link to Comment pondview28
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This analysis is exactly backwards. They got rid of the hunger category because there isn't any substantial amount of it. They had to develop an evocative, yet meaningless term so that they could jerk heart strings and fool voters. Most of all so that lobbyists, bureaucrats, and fund-raisers wouldn't lose their jobs, budgets, and power/political bases.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:10 | Link to Comment BeansMcGreens
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I dont know why you received all the down votes, but you are actually right.

This group of words such as food insecure, food desert, substainability. and so forth are lingo of the people who live off the the fact of  people in real need. My business deals in food production, and when I hear these words I know right then the people I am dealing with are full of themselves. and aquiring whatever money they can scam without providing nothing to help the problem. These people are the true parasites.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:19 | Link to Comment dryam
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Exponential equations in nature lead to death.  Just say'in.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:33 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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America now produces more corn for ethanol (0 or negative energy return) than food. American food production is suicidally connected to oil, GMOs and pesticides all lowering production, destroying food diversity, poisoning humans, pollinating insects and other animals, removing top soil, decimating water tables and a hundred other things. For perfect timing, as the oil gets harder to reach, this last generation knows next to nothing about food production, skills that every one before it has known and kept sacred now handed over to a handful of corporate criminals whose main goal is to control seed and make it self destructive.

this site has taught me a lot of invaluable things but my food skills come first. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:26 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Squandered hundreds of millennia of hard earned evolution in a short 100 years. Fucking shameful!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:23 | Link to Comment Flakmeister
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And you are going to dare fetter my liberty to make as much money as I can as fast as I can from it?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 02:20 | Link to Comment Joenobody12
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I hope not. I am heavily invested in ARNA which sells a diet pill that actually works. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:56 | Link to Comment Rafferty
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Meanwhile hundreds of thousands of welfare-dependent Africans and Mulsims flood into Britain every year.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:05 | Link to Comment max2205
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Snap

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:23 | Link to Comment ZerOhead
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Crackle

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:31 | Link to Comment frankTHE COIN
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Pop goes the Weasel.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:11 | Link to Comment hungrydweller
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Don"t worry.  log vs. linear will solve it all.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:11 | Link to Comment frankTHE COIN
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This is pretty sad. You hate to see children suffer. Unfortunately , War Games are not far off for a lot of people and it will only get worse before it gets better.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:15 | Link to Comment NoDebt
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Full circle from ancient hunter-gatherers to modern economies where the same basic survival skills, in different form, are needed to find enough food to survive.  

Fine work, gentlemen.  Fine work.

Why don't we just declare that certain segments of the population have gone on a diet to shed a few extra pounds and write this whole thing off as yesterday's news.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:43 | Link to Comment mkkby
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Ronald Reagan called all the homeless "campers" to make it look like it was their choice and not his fault.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:08 | Link to Comment Ness.
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Barack Obama apparently calls the unemployed and homeless constituents.  My, have times have changed.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:36 | Link to Comment Babaloo
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Clearly being unemployed should disallow people from voting, right? Being poor also is a disqualifier.

The worst crime is this country is being poor.

And your dumbass comment got 5 upvotes. I pity your ignorance.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 02:47 | Link to Comment Gold Eyed Cat
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...and that was when Babaloo missed the point completely.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:11 | Link to Comment The Abstraction...
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The worst crime in any woman's eyes is being poor. They would sooner live with a rich retarded serial killer than a poor Renaissance-Man saint.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:06 | Link to Comment Quantum Nucleonics
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For a sizable portion of the homeless population, then and now, mental health is the main issue.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:27 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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Government is a detriment to freedom, progress, and civilization and alpha-males are very well adapted to surviving at other's expense.

So those who desire government and leaders deserve to suffer.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:28 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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Our government's policy of immigration from favoured third world countries makes sense in this light.  If the peasants get hungry they'll fight amongst themselves along racial or cultural lines for the last scraps while the elites continue to profit from it. 

edit: To be clear I'm not against immigration but for the longest time I couldn't figure out why cities like Bradford that are predominantly Indian now (or the French suburbs populated exclusively by Africans and North Africans) could happen.  I couldn't figure out what kind of political public policy would set out to ghettoize entire neighbourhoods or cities with people from a different culture or race within an established one.  It makes no sense.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:29 | Link to Comment Freddie
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Yes.  The Labour Party in the UK opened the borders with the help of the EU-SSR.  Muslims and Africans were getting free housing in 500,000 pound and up homes with plenty of benefits.  They added them up for the Abu Hamza family and they were pulling down about 150,000 pounds in govt benefits.  

My guess is like the USSA where illegals get endless benefits and many Americans starve. Obama Voters have full charged up EBT cards.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:37 | Link to Comment Global Hunter
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Freddie, I have no problems with Muslims, no problems with them being my neighbour, but there has been an orchestrated effort to let in signifigant numbers of people from a few select countries.  It has been going on for decades and it makes no logical sense but after reading this article it does.  Perhaps to seed future discontent if things ever go pear shaped and maintain power as the natives fight amongst themselves and the visible immigrants. 

Hits home because I'm from England grew up Canadian, but its not surprising or shocking.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:21 | Link to Comment Chuck Walla
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If you can't change the country's people to your anti-freedom, centrally planned utopia, you change the population. So Obama and pals invite in peoples who have no heritage of freedom, only dictators and powerlessness. Wait till they turn Texas blue with all those warfare 3rd Worlders.

FORWARD SOVIET!

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:46 | Link to Comment Stuck on Zero
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Maybe Britain is like the U.S. where carpetbaggers get the illegals to vote 6, 8, and 10 times in a single night.

 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:52 | Link to Comment DoChenRollingBearing
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@ Freddie

Our illegal aliens are (for now) mostly Christian.

Europe's (and the UK's) are mostly Muslim.

For now anyway, we're better off in that one regard.  But, I hear you re EBT card abuse, etc.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:06 | Link to Comment dick cheneys ghost
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its peanuts compared to corporate welfare........keep ur eye on the ball.........

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:49 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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Our illegal aliens are overwhelmingly future Democrats.  That's why Obama doesn't care what the Millenials are thinking about his lies.  They served their purpose, even if they turn on him now, he will soon legalize millions as a new voting base to ensure all future elections.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:00 | Link to Comment JohnnyBriefcase
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Yes because if the republicans were in charge everything would be different.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:08 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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There was a difference in the past, not any longer.  Going forward elections will be a competition for who can promise the most free shit to a bankrupt nation.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:24 | Link to Comment Chuck Walla
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@Harbanger
A sadly succinct truth.

FORWARD SOVIET!

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:34 | Link to Comment JohnnyBriefcase
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I realize there is/was a difference in what democrats and republicans SAY but what is/was the difference in what they DID?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 05:00 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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Actually most of the UK's illegal immigrants are white christians - particulalrly from Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada who have overstayed student visas etc.   But don't let reality get in the way of your rant.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:41 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Bollocks. Most illegals in the UK are from Africa, Middle East and Eastern Europe. But don't let the facts get in the way of your glaringly obvious left wing bias. Red Lenin moniker suits you very we'll btw.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:13 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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You show your ignorance - check the Home Office figures.       You just don't notice them because they are white and speak English so you assume they are legit.   If a crowd of 10 people were 9 white, one black, which would you assume was the immigrant.

You also show your now pig-ignorance for not knowing that Red Lenin is actually a Warhol art work.

 

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:40 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Again, Bollocks. I can't remember the last time I met an Aussie, Kiwi Canadian etc. yet every time I stop at traffic lights I am accosted by some Romanian hawking the big issue, which is just legalised begging.

Even if what you said were remotely true, immigrants from these countries are welcome for the following reasons:

1 - are never seen begging
2 - they fit in and assimilate due to their common ancestry and culture
3 - they have earned the right to be here due to their country's sacrifices to help the UK in two world wars.

In short they are not a burden.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:54 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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Romanians are not illegal immigrants.

I suggest you learn the differences of status between immigrant, illegal immigrant, refugee, asylum seeker,  EU national and non-EU national.   You obviously have a massive problem being able to differtentiate between the differences and it is making you look stupid.

Incidentally, Big Issue sellers are legally registered as self-employed  (under internal UK law not an EU law/edict) if they have the Big Issue ID card.  I'm sure you knew that really and you're just pretending to be thick.

You should employ people - you'd be surprised how many white English-speaking people are wandering about with no right to be here.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:08 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Yes, Big Issue sellers are registered as self employed. But you know as well as I do that selling the big issue is just a dodge to get around the law on begging while also claiming income support from the state.

Standing on the road hawking something that nobody wants to buy is not a job. Maybe you don't know that, or are you just pretending to be thick?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:13 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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That makes them legally here by UK law whether you like it or not (Incidentally the current law is mostly Thatcher's - her dream was self-employment for as many people as possible and deliberately made it so that it was easier for foreign nationals to cone into the country that way).  And it is legally a job whther you like it or not and not even UKIP will say otherwise.  All self-employment regarding sales is around trying to convince people they need what you are selling even when they don't.  If you don't understand that you will never be a succesful sales person.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:38 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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I don't really give a shit if the law says it is a proper job or not. Laws are not infallible truths as they are made by politicians who may or May not be working to a particular undeclared agenda.

If the government passed a law saying that a crow is a canary does that make a crow a canary? No, of course not. Likewise if the government has passed a law saying that foreign beggar is not a foreign beggar then it does not change the fact.

As for it being The fault of Maggie Thatcher you are wrong again. The open border policy is a European Union law emanating from Brussels. Just one of the wonders that we had to put up with in order to remain a member of that undemocratic institution.

You may think that selling people shit they don't need or want is an admirable pursuit but I do not. A good product sells itself. If it needs a smarmy fuck in a cheap suit to point out its virtues then it is probably something to be avoided.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:58 | Link to Comment falak pema
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lol, thanks for a lovely scrap. 

Professor Nimbus vs Red Warhol 

the rumble in the ZH jungle. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 20:16 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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We'll Falak, it,s my first time in fight club so guess what? I gotta fight.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:13 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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I don't need to check home office figures. You think I don,t notice them because they are white? Are u fucking serious? Don,t you think I can tell if a white person is not from the UK by their accent?

If 9 people are white and one is black then I wouldn't assume anything. Making assumptions is what you do, (see earlier comment about Dailymail readers), I would speak to them first and make and informed opinion based on the evidence. Old fashioned approach I know but I find I works well.

As regards your Red Lenin handle you assumed I don't know it is a Warhol painting, without any real evidence other than my saying it suited you.

As it happens I did not know it but that is really quite irrelevant. I don't like Warhol so why would I know or care. It is not a measure of my intelligence nor does it make my option on other matters null and void.

I still think Red Lenin suits you very we'll though.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:40 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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How exactly does it suit me.  Am I Russian?  nope.  Am I a left wing revolutionary with nationalist leanings?  nope - never even voted Labour.  Do I have a beard?  nope.  Am I bald?  Nope.

You also fall easily into traps and are easy to manipulate - I deliberately never said if you heard them talk.  But apart from that there are plenty of people who are now UK nationals who do not have a British accent.

And you are behaving in a structurally racist manner.  You are by your beliefs making it very obvious that you believe white christian illegal immigrants are superior and more welcome than non-white ones.  A pretty disgusting position to take. 

Incidentally,  the Daily Mail specifically prides itself on it's readership being predominantly middle class, blue rinse traditionalist shire tories - their editorial team even brag about it.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:10 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Oh fuck off you twat. You are really starting to bore me now with the 'structurally racist' shit. Who the fuck gives you the right to call me racist when you don't even know the colour of my skin?

You said I make it obvious that I think white Christian immigrants are superior to non whites. How disingenuous.

What i am saying is that people who's ancestors left this country to live in other parts of the world have a greater right to live here than those who have no connection with this country whatsoever. That is what I believe and I don't think it is an unreasonable position at all.

Why should British taxpayers have to support those who come here to scrounge of the state. That is exactly what the Romanian big issue sellers are doing. If you are so ok with that then I suggest you put them up in your house and give them your money. Go on put your beliefs into action. Let us all know how you get on.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:19 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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You have already made it plain you prefer white immigrants to non-white - that makes you racist.  

All the non-indiginous people you see in the US, Canada, Australia, NZ etc are all either immigrants or the descendents of immigrants or slaves.  Exactly what effort did they make to fit in with the indiginous population?

They do get my money - I pay an awful lot of tax, far more than most people earn and I don't resent paying it either.

And your position is not only unreasonable ut is also doomed and will probably hold you back. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 05:09 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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By any chance are you getting these stories from the Daily Mail?  That's a fuckwit newspaper read by predominantly 'blue rinse' shire tory pensioners.

Incidentally,  the biggest chunk of welfare in the UK (after pensioners who account for over 40% 0f welfare spending) goes to private sector landlords so perhaps we should be bringing in forced rent controls.  

 

Few facts for you about UK welfare.  The unemployed account for around 3% of the welfare bill.    Most Housing Allowance is paid to people actually in work but on catastrophically low wages and/or short hours.  The biggest chunk of welfare claimants are pensioners.  The next biggest chunk are people who are actuually in work.  The percentage of immigrants in work is higher than the percentage of indiginous and likewise the percentage unemployed is lower.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:19 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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I read and enjoy the DM and I am neither a pensioner or a Tory or even English. It is clear you despise this group of people but I think this says a lot more about you than them. I suppose you read the Socialist Shirker.

Btw if you bothered to read the article you will see it is from the Independent, not the Dailymail.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:32 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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Couple of basic retard errors on your comment.

First off 'predominantly' does not mean all, it just means most.

Second if you'd bothered to follow the comment chain you'd have noticed I was replying to a commenter not the article.

Not very good at this are you.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:52 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Listen dipshit. I don't need any education from you on the meaning of predominantly. I know what it means and I know exactly what you meant by it.

It's Okay, I get it. You don,t like pensioners or Tory's or blue rinse hair. You look down your nose at these people because they're everything you re not. In short you are an inverted snob who hates those who are not like you. How very comendable.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:03 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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I live in a rural area and am already in receipt of two pensions but have another 5 years to go to get my state one and a couple of others.

Snob I am not - coming from a run-down inner city council sink estate from a one parent family of 5 kids and left school at 16.  I drive a beat-up 10 year old Corsa diesel van (despite having enough in my current account alone to buy 2 BMWs outright for cash) and live in a 2 bedroomed house worth less than 90K cos that's all I need.

Obviously you do need educating as to the meaning of predominantly as you interpreted it as meaning all and thus including yourself.  If you didn't then your response was totally irrelevant.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:34 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Didn't you read my reply. I said you are an 'inverted' snob. You do know what that means don't you.

In case you don't I'll explain it for you. It means you despise those who you feel have done better in life than you and you take pride in not being like them, i.e. Successful, conservative, prudent, wealthy, law abiding.

I don't give a shit where you live or what car you drive or if you are waiting for you state handout despite already having two private pensions. You come on ZH peddling the same old crap about Daily Mail readers as if all readers of the DM are the same and they are somehow less worthy than you.

I'd rather have an an Aussie or a Kiwi working in the UK illegally than have have a fucking leftist prick like you supporting the destruction of our culture through mass immigration.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:41 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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Again you fail to comprehend things.  For starters not that many have done better than me in life - I earn a very healthy high 5 figure sum from my own business (or rather that's what I take as my cut).  Secondly I am not a lefist and nowehere have you seen me peddling leftist crap.  Thirdly I am succesful, prudent, well above average wealth and have never been arrested - not even a parking ticket.  I also have two very succesful daughters - one a banker in Luxwmbourg and the other an NHS surgeon (both educated in a standard state school).

An illegal immigrant is an illegal immigrant.  Your problem is you are racist and think a white illegal immigrant is better than a non-white. 

Your problem is you are refusing to accept reality, trying to resist inevitable change (which will actually accelerate) and trying to work against the flow.  Whereas most people work with it and learn to use it.  Life's easier that way and you get on further and faster.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:46 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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You wrote:

"Again you fail to comprehend things"

Duh, guess I'm just not as smart as you eh? But then I reckon you know it all as you are so successful with your high five figure salary and your banker daughter and her surgeon sister.

Spare me the details of your personal circumstance. I'm not interested in hearing how wonderful your life is as it stinks of hypocrisy and a lack of humility.

As for me I'm not resisting anything. Change is inevitable in life but not all change is good change so not all change should be welcomed.

Bog off now. I'm bored with you.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:40 | Link to Comment garypaul
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I don't know either, but I am sure there is some underhanded reason for these mass immigations (you're probably right about keeping people at each other's throats).

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:44 | Link to Comment Anusocracy
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The increasing wealth difference between the elite and everyone else is bound to be good for the elite's egos.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:55 | Link to Comment Harbanger
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It's club members only.  Even if you have some wealth but don't have the right friends in power you're in trouble.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:15 | Link to Comment XAU XAG
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The reason for immigration is 

 

governments ALWAYS take the path of least resistance and when they need GDP to expand...................

 

They alow MASS Immigration............Because it increases GDP!

 

On the food Banks......yes it's sad

 

Governments have encouraged DEBT.........folks now strugle with that debt and have to use food banks!

 

it's all actions have a consequence!

 

If interest rates increase............thease food banks will not have enough food to supply the millions that will not be able to not only feed them selves but keep warm  and pay all the monthly bills.

 

Property prices will crash and that will mean the banks will be under water more than they are now!

And then it will be "Bail in" and any savings will be wiped out.

 

You will then have only poor peeps a very few Middle Class and the rich!

 

Things are going to be vary bad indeed................but most are just thinking it will never happen here.

 

 

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:39 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Exactly. Mass emigration suits the very rich as it keeps the wages of the common man down and company profits up.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 12:03 | Link to Comment Rafferty
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Global......why do you feel you have to profess yourself 'not against immigration'?  It's more than a perfectly valid position as white countries - and only white ones - get overrun by unassimable and welfare dependent third worlders.  My own town has been changed out of recognition in less than 20 years, and most certainly not for the better. 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:28 | Link to Comment Yen Cross
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    Another travesty that's been swept under the rug is the number of people that freeze to death each winter in the UK because of the outragous energy costs.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:55 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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30 thousand freeze to death official probably more like 70 thousand.

 

liverpool care pathway uk wide hospitals kill hundreds of thousands but we brits still love are doctors and nurses even when they are killing us..

prince phillip will be happy this year gonna be record deaths especially since we will be getting haarp weather weather action.

scotland is gonna get hammered big time just wait for the westminster weather revenge.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:22 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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LCP does not kill people - it lets them die.  Subtle but very important difference,

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:08 | Link to Comment The Abstraction...
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Reported as 'Death by Natural Causes.'

 

In England the Elite does not have to shoot you to be rid of you. 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:32 | Link to Comment Dr. Destructo
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All you need is love.

 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:33 | Link to Comment suteibu
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So, yeah, it's all about austerity and welfare cuts.  Need more socialism to solve the problem.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:40 | Link to Comment mkkby
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There are simply too many humans in the world.  There can never be enough productive work for that many people.  Think about this -- worldwide something like 80% of the population makes $10 a day or less.   Around 5 billion.  With nothing useful to do.

Just because you can make babies, doesn't mean there will ever be productive work for them.  So they become a burden on everyone else.  Condoms are a terrible form of birth control.  Hand out 100% effective IUDs in schools instead.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:46 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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guess it depends on what we consider "productive work."  I've heard people equate oil to 20 billion slaves working around the clock. As that stuff goes and gets harder, human labor will have to fill that gap. It may not be glamorous, it may not pay well, but it may very well be necessary> Think of all the other physical structures falling apart, the need for a lot of us to get back to farming, to know a wide variety of real hands on skills - just to survive.  

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:58 | Link to Comment Dr. Destructo
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Though farming will be difficult when property becomes too expensive for many people and is instead rented out. Plus you have to contend with local laws and regulations which create more hassle for the prospective farmer. Community gardens will definitely be on the rise, but even then they are in danger of being handed over to private interests.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:59 | Link to Comment DeliciousSteak
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There are simply too many humans in the world. There can never be enough productive work for that many people.  Think about this -- worldwide something like 80% of the population makes $10 a day or less.   Around 5 billion.  With nothing useful to do.

 

An insane post. Horrifyingly insane. I hope your values do not represent the majority of western populations or this really is the end.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:04 | Link to Comment Dr. Destructo
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I don't think the poster was serious; I mean who in their right mind would believe such a thing?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:49 | Link to Comment negative rates
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God could believe it, and one day soon it will be proved to you all in the form of a sudden cardiac arrest. And just before you die, you will say " I am a sinner lord, and was not ready for you"

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:07 | Link to Comment The Abstraction...
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Seven billion people in thirty years cannot compose one decent symphony between the lot of them. What happened?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:25 | Link to Comment hamstar
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bullshit

those 20% only earn cash thanks to the other 80% buying their junk ... if we're down to 20%, you could argue 80% of those 20% doesnt do any productive work.. and so on.. Do you think you are safe just because you think you belong to the 20% currently doing something productive?

what IS "productive work" anyway...

i guess farming is "my" way in the longer run, is that productive enough? or will robots also replace farmers?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:43 | Link to Comment Dr. Destructo
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"i guess farming is "my" way in the longer run, is that productive enough? or will robots also replace farmers?"

Monsanto is breeding crops with the DNA of the mallard so that when plants are ready for harvest during that particular season they will detach themselves and migrate to the nearest grocery store. However, the robot octocopters will replace the bees.

The end result will be that thousands of farmers worldwide would be deemed "unproductive" and disposable.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:50 | Link to Comment negative rates
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They already do, all we today is ride the machine like a horse.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:18 | Link to Comment Skyebird
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Completely agree. When I was growing up, the farm Dad worked on employed about 18 men, depending on the season. It was good, hard, manly work. Now, it's just the farmer, a HUGE tractor, his son and a local lad. He hires a few others from time-to-time, but that's it. All that time ago, the Luddites were right, you know. 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:48 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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absolute rubbish this is iranian propa Ganga.

and even if it was true the bull dog breed does not need food.

look at churchill wine,whiskey and young boyz was all he needed.

i was listening to the bbc and they say london has never had it so good what what.

if we get short of cash we just threaten the arabs apart from the syrians they usually pay up pronto.

if this place was going to the dogs lord edwyn rothschild would not have his army baracks,mobile haarp facility and home here

YOU HERE...

 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:14 | Link to Comment YHC-FTSE
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You crack me up. And I needed that after a depressing read of the current situation. Thanks.  

Personally,  it doesn't seem that bad (it never does until it's right  on your doorstep) but I have no doubts it will get worse and the most vulnerable will be joined by many more while our politicians extol the virtues of their genius and tell us that we've never had it so good. 

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:52 | Link to Comment wisehiney
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I was a very young man, when my old man jammed down from the jukebox at Newton Grove, on the way to take his family to Carolina Beach on Maggie Mae for the first time this old Southern Rocker has breathed it. So sorry, you who know, know. . You fokkers have never seen, nor been honored to be a participant in, the (insane, hercules, irish -Sullivan is his name), Man shamed hell and brought utlimate glory to that name at the same time - have you guys ever lived that? Surely, bloodily.  Oops but Big L Sullivan was his own hero. Still legendary. How the hell do you communicate that stuff to normal people?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 01:44 | Link to Comment Skateboarder
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Normal people don't care for folklore no more.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:56 | Link to Comment 10mm
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Their so called leaders could care less as here in the states. They work for the moneylords and use austerity and cuts on their citizens who easily gave up there pistols,rifles and shotguns.

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:53 | Link to Comment ChaosEquilibrium
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UK is a fucking DISASTER......The UK is in a state of collapse being HIDDEN at the highest level --Cameron and Cabinet!!  The Macro statistics for the past 18 months have been completely fraudulent.......UK Debt levels, Pound interventions, Employment, using London housing bubble to increase average housing stats across the Island.

 

It is why Cameron was sucking Chinese Cock just yesterday........The UK will soon NEED China to bail out their sovereign bonds!!!!  NEVER trust the BRITISH.....they will FUCK you over in the name of the Queen!

 

Ask yourself how an Economy in a Death Spiral miraculously pulls itself out into rosy numbers and projections????

Thu, 12/05/2013 - 23:59 | Link to Comment tony wilson
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why the hate old chum the queen is a lovely and really rather poor.

we have really let her down you know.

and some left wing types are demanding she take a pay cut how dare.

the olympics effect will pull us through.

if it gets rough we will always have the young to spit roast barbecue.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:05 | Link to Comment The Abstraction...
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When did you last hear of the Queen speaking out against mass immigration? All she has ever done is tck every PC retard box that was pushed under her double chin.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:55 | Link to Comment negative rates
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Some of her servants had to live in a camper one winter, he still resentful over a lost toe from frost bite.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:17 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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The Queen is not the Queen of the UK - she is the Queen of the entire Commonwealth,  most of which not only are not white,  but don't speak English as their first language.   In addition she is not allowed to get involved in politics.  If she does she will be removed and the country will become a Republic,

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:43 | Link to Comment The Abstraction...
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It is a contradiction in terms for the Monarch to be uninvolved in politics.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:00 | Link to Comment bh2
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Pulling out of the ruinous, stalinist EU and re-gaining sensible control of their own laws and borders would probably help a lot.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:10 | Link to Comment DeliciousSteak
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The British managed to destroy their own traditional industry by themselves just fine, and decided to place their eggs in the financial industry basket. It has been a society for the "elites" for centuries now. If the plebs want change they need to throw out the old royal order and start fresh.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 10:15 | Link to Comment shovelhead
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The Brits killed their car and motorcycle business by using those retarded Lucas elecrical systems.

One should never have to figure out how turning on a headlight kills the ignition system.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 04:21 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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no, it won't. borders? have a look at the immigration policies that the UK really had in the last decades until now. did the millions of Pakistanis and Africans come because they were EU citizens? did the Poles bring a negative impact to the British economy? yet of course the island is already bitching because of the future influx of Bulgarians and Romanians. yet this is in the future, not in the present

hunger? what about inflation / Pound devaluation? typically it's the lower & impoverished middle class that hungers, being too proud to be on the dole. and devaluation of their meagre savings is exactly what makes them suffer most. not the EUR's fault. what about British industrial policies? not the EU's fault

fact is the South-East is happy in it's FIRE economy bubble, Cameron pumps state funds into first home buyers, and most of those problems are in the rest of the country

don't be astonished if in future Scotland exits the UK, even adopts the EUR and North England starts thinking about doing the same

have a look at reality before blathering stuff like "ruinous, stalinist EU". and then have a look at Mediocritas' little graph, further down

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:46 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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We do have control of our own borders and laws.   Pulling out of the EU would be a disaster as we would not be allowed preferential trading status with Europe unless we accepted all EU laws (we currently don't - we have negotiated opt-out) and signed up to the Schengen Accord (we currently are not signees).   Leaving the EU would mean we would actually end up totally under it's control and like Norway etc wwith no voice.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 08:38 | Link to Comment smacker
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Wrong.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:01 | Link to Comment Ghordius
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yet still more correct than the comment to which it replied. at the end and at the grittiest level, the City of London still wants to sell it's services in the eurozone, including the EUR trading. did you notice how Barclay "solved" the bonus cap problem?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 13:22 | Link to Comment smacker
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People who make claims about Britain falling to pieces if we pulled out of the EU are just scaremongering and have hidden agendas. They're almost always Lefties.

Fact is that Britain's trade with the EU is significant, providing jobs all round. And in these days of fascist corporatism, only matched by economic despair right across Europe, that cannot be ignored.  I know nothing about Barclays, except that it's run by fraudsters and other assorted criminals.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:48 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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"Red Cross announced it was set to provide food aid to the UK for the first time since WWII"

in 1943, they blamed it on the German leader

Seventy years later the blame is on their own

I wonder who's worse   

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:08 | Link to Comment venturen
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and in other news banker bonuses up thanks to central bank printing and hand outs. Plus they know they can drive up commodity prices with printed money and no one will trouble them withever fraud they wish to perform. 

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:23 | Link to Comment kareninca
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I love England; the British are great, but they are ridiculous re food.  They waste/throw out huge amounts, and they eat as badly as Americans and have done so for a long time.  This is from George Orwell's Road to Wigan Pier (a great book re a mining area), written in 1937: 

"The miner’s family spend only tenpence a week on green vegetables and tenpence half-penny on milk (remember that one of them is a child less than three years old), and nothing on fruit; but they spend one and nine on sugar (about eight pounds of sugar, that is) and a shilling on tea. The half-crown spent on meat might represent a small joint and the materials for a stew; probably as often as not it would represent four or five tins of bully beef. The basis of their diet, therefore, is white bread and margarine, corned beef, sugared tea, and potatoes — an appalling diet. Would it not be better if they spent more money on wholesome things like oranges and wholemeal bread or if they even, like the writer of the letter to the New Statesman, saved on fuel and ate their carrots raw? Yes, it would, but the point is that no ordinary human being is ever going to do such a thing. The ordinary human being would sooner starve than live on brown bread and raw carrots. And the peculiar evil is this, that the less money you have, the less inclined you feel to spend it on wholesome food. A millionaire may enjoy breakfasting off orange juice and Ryvita biscuits; an unemployed man doesn’t. Here the tendency of which I spoke at the end of the last chapter comes into play. When you are unemployed, which is to say when you are underfed, harassed, bored, and miserable, you don’t want to eat dull wholesome food. You want something a little bit ‘tasty’. There is always some cheaply pleasant thing to tempt you. Let’s have three pennorth of chips! Run out and buy us a twopenny ice-cream! Put the kettle on and we’ll all have a nice cup of tea! That is how your mind works when you are at the P.A.C. level."

Chapter six (http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/o/orwell/george/o79r/chapter6.html) is largely about how the British poor in that locale eat; it's very much worth reading; nothing seems to change.  He also talks about how an Asian person could feed himself on a fraction of what these poor Brits live on (Orwell lived in Burma), but the British government can't bring aid down to that level since Brits are so incapable that they would simply starve on that level of food expenditure, rather than adapt their diet.

In any case, I am sorry that food is a problem for so many British people.  They have a high obesity rate, but being poorer is not going to help that.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 00:49 | Link to Comment DaveyJones
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great post

the british should all watch this - and it's their own production

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAuOqWpZ1lI

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 04:42 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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England is only a part of the UK.  If you refer to people from Wales Scotland or Northenrn Ireland as coming from England or being English they will probably hit you.  At the very least thery will take great offence,

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:05 | Link to Comment The Abstraction...
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I take offence when Alex Jones blasts the English for the crimes of Jewish banksters.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 06:58 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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More bullshit from Red Lenin. I don,t take the least offence at being mistaken for English and I'm British but not English. Most of the whiners you refer to hate the English despite the fact that they owe them a great deal.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:20 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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I'm Welsh first, British second.  I am not English and always object to being referred to as such by anyone - even dullards that didn't know Red Lenin is a Warhol painting.  My wife is English and my daughters are Northern Irish being born there when I was a soldier serving over there.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:48 | Link to Comment negative rates
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I owe you an Irish sock to the kisser.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Rafferty
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I'm Irish and take no offence whatsoever when people assume I'm English, as they sometimes do in the Middle East or Continental Europe.  In fact I don't give a Continental...

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:34 | Link to Comment kareninca
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Yes, yes, I know.  I thought of trying to parse all of that (I'm more than one part of that mix myself, a few generations back), and fix my post as soon as I posted it, but it was too late to fix as it had been replied to.  But to be honest, for outsiders, it is pretty much the Hutu-Tutsi distinction.  Which was which  -  you tell me without checking wikipedia!  One tribe was short, the other tall; they killed one another in huge numbers horribly.  It was practically yesterday, and now no-one remembers except the Hutu and the Tutsi which is which.  My Dublin Irish neighbor's daughter married a Cork guy, and my neighbor (we're in the U.S.) thinks that's an astounding thing  -  such different cultures!  Again, to outsiders, the distinctions we make among ourselves can be kind of funny, and not something that ends up in the long-term memory.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:13 | Link to Comment Cumulus Nimbus
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Don't feel too bad for the English. They managed to adapt and survive food rationing during WW2 and despite the lack of fresh fruit they were healthier. This article seems to be most hyperbole to me. I have seen no evidence of real need in this regard. Most of the 'poor' I see are well supported by government handouts.

Has anyone checked if the use of food banks is due to actual need or it it just chancers claiming to be poor so they can get food for free and save their money for fags and beer?

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 07:37 | Link to Comment Red Lenin
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They were healthier because the amount of meat and saturated fats they were allowed was minimal.  In addition there was no white bread - only wholemeal and likewise only wholemeal flour.

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 09:53 | Link to Comment WillyGroper
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Second that. 
Thanks for the link. 

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