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Chrimbo......
« on: December 24, 2015, 12:54:52 PM »
Best wishes to all the members and readers, take care, thanks to Geoff for the continued use of the site, and also many best wishes to Marin E, for his birthday today..
best regards, Terry..



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« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2015, 06:27:58 PM »
Merry Christmas all. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 31, 2015, 04:18:44 PM »
Happy new year as well......

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« Reply #3 on: January 02, 2016, 08:45:10 AM »
Indeed!  Going to be a busy year I think.
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Happy New Year
« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2016, 10:22:09 AM »
Happy New Year.

Now, where did everybody go?
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Proud to be gone

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Re: Chrimbo......
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2016, 10:46:07 AM »
Happy New Year everyone, I hope it is a peaceful, healthy and secure one for all. :)

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2016, 04:37:20 PM »
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Happy New Year.

Now, where did everybody go?

I also wish everyone a happy New Year. The days of frantic postings when Tricky Rikki was around seem long ago. ( By the way, he's running his business out of nice rented house in Stroud now if anyone wants some business advice.)

Still, let see what this year brings with SBC's  Solar Panel company, the Tented Market disposal, the Link Centre Extreme trampoline Park and the amazing planned expansion of the Oasis Leisure facilities.

I cannot contain my excitement.

Meanwhile, in the Cotswold Water Park, plans are afoot to sub-lease an awful lot of land to someone, plus Cotswold District Council are planning to put all the the required housing, for the whole district, on a large plot of good agricultural land belonging to........Lord Bathurst.


Plus ca change!
What's it all about?

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« Reply #7 on: January 05, 2016, 09:03:57 AM »
Pretty much sure the big issues here this year will be 

The Library,  same old battle.

cut back in service from  Surestart (putting a business in charge didn't save that did it!

Perishing Parishing - without consultation. Neither us nor Pinehurst want to be lumped in one parish thank you and I doubt most would want to be a parish, because most don't understand the subject at all.  So if in doubt - keep the status quo.

Put the bloody community charge up and be done with it*.  Bring back all the decent knowledgeable officers (and listen to them when they advise on whatever) and stop trying to do new things with them that don't know what you are on about or how to do it.

*As we all know this has been kept at an all time low purposely to get yourself voted back in - well, you won't anyway this time, so might as well put it up. 
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Re: Happy New Year
« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2016, 01:50:15 PM »
Happy New Year.

Now, where did everybody go?
 :weed:

2015 was a busy, busy year for the Vile household.  Hoping that 2016 will be a bit less hectic although that seems unlikely at the moment :)

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« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2016, 09:05:31 PM »
Happy New Year to all.

Put the bloody community charge up and be done with it*. 

I agree that this is the only way to restore decent (or even mediocre) services. Not sure if they have the appetite for it though.

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Bring back all the decent knowledgeable officers (and listen to them when they advise on whatever) ......

Easier said than done. Having left the borough, the better officers have either retired or have done well for themselves in the private sector. Can't see many of them taking a drop in salary to return to the mad house.

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As we all know this (Community Charge) has been kept at an all time low purposely to get yourself voted back in - well, you won't anyway this time, so might as well put it up.

I'm not so sure that labour will get back in. If they do, they will still have their hands tied by a tory government. People who use council services or who are in receipt of benefits may have suffered at the hands of the tories, but many people get nothing in return for the community charge and are happy for it to remain frozen. The council can't really cut my services because apart from the bin collection I don't receive much from them. Personally, I would be prepared to pay more tax to help those in need, but a lot of people don't share that view and will vote tory again. Those that have been hit by cuts have been hit hard, but the majority of tax payers haven't been hit at all.

The tories might not be popular, but there doesn't appear to be a credible alternative. The labour party appear to be in disarray at a national level and are still re-grouping after the election defeat and change of leader. The anti-austerity groups come across as a rag tag bunch of activists who turn people off of socialism rather than on to it. Most people that I talk to fear a labour government.

Personally, I would prefer to stick with the tories but would be prepared to pay more tax to reduce the cuts and improve services. Until that tax rise happens, I have set up a monthly direct debit to help Swindon Foodbank. I would rather have a tory government with cuts and make my own voluntary donations rather than have a labour government and watch them fritter it away.

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« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2016, 03:43:46 PM »
Agree with most of what you say but I don't think the Labour Party is as much a disarray as the Tory press would like you to think.

I remember the last time we had a Tory government and a Labour Council. The Tories, bad as they were then, were not as bad as they are now.  It's not only what they are doing but the joy with which they do it. 

At least back in the 80's the Government had set up some sort of support for those who needed it. 

Again, these are a different kettle of fish. 

I'm getting  a sense that they know something dreadful is about to happen and are making hay for themselves whilst the sun shines and be damned the rest of us. 

It's the only logical explanation of why they are behaving in the heartless way they are.

Oi! Listen mush. Old eyes, remember? I’ve been around the block a few times. More than a few. They’ve knocked down the blocks I’ve been around and rebuilt them as bigger blocks. Super blocks. And I’ve been round them as well.  The Doctor (Night Terrors)

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« Reply #11 on: January 07, 2016, 04:19:04 PM »
Agree with most of what you say but I don't think the Labour Party is as much a disarray as the Tory press would like you to think.

I remember the last time we had a Tory government and a Labour Council. The Tories, bad as they were then, were not as bad as they are now.  It's not only what they are doing but the joy with which they do it. 

At least back in the 80's the Government had set up some sort of support for those who needed it. 

Again, these are a different kettle of fish. 

I'm getting  a sense that they know something dreadful is about to happen and are making hay for themselves whilst the sun shines and be damned the rest of us. 

It's the only logical explanation of why they are behaving in the heartless way they are.

They know that the economic growth that we see is smoke and mirrors.  I bet an economist could do the maths and show that the growth is based on quantitative easing being use to give out cheap loans, people selling overpriced houses to each other (assisted by Help To Buy), the mortgage transactions associated with that and the rents that private landlords which are growing faster than wages. Won't happen as they'd probably upset so many bankers and politicians they'd never work again.

Osborne was warning today that there are still economic challenges ahead, in particular global threats, getting the excuse in before the homework has to be handed in?

On a side note  I always thought that high interest rates were the sign of a strong economy, the fact that we have 0.5% from the Bank of England for longer than I can remember (what is it 7 years or something) shows that the economy is really on life support.

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« Reply #12 on: January 07, 2016, 04:46:48 PM »
Agree with most of what you say but I don't think the Labour Party is as much a disarray as the Tory press would like you to think.


I've voted for the Labour party every election since moving to Swindon.

I'm highly unlikely to vote for the Labour party whilst Corbyn is leader.  This is nothing to do with the coverage in the media - but to do with the fact that I lived in London in the 80s and am very familiar with a number of the politicians who've resurfaced after 30 years on the sidelines.  Nothing has convinced me they have changed at all.  Note that my view of them isn't just derived from the press.. I've seen some of them speaking while at college.  The leadership of the Labour party currently is pretty London-centric.... and the country isn't just London.

This is going to give me an awful lot of pain at the next election.

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« Reply #13 on: January 09, 2016, 02:12:52 PM »
Made someone laugh in agreement yesterday "Never trust a prime Minister who doesn't go grey in his first term".

He's not worrying enough......
Oi! Listen mush. Old eyes, remember? I’ve been around the block a few times. More than a few. They’ve knocked down the blocks I’ve been around and rebuilt them as bigger blocks. Super blocks. And I’ve been round them as well.  The Doctor (Night Terrors)