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Watching the Untrusted Implode III


 

“There could be a smugness to irony … You woke up one morning and no longer knew if your tongue was in your cheek; and even if it was, whether that mattered any more … ”

Julian Barnes – The Noise of Time

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Britain’s middle-class Brexit Anxiety Disorder

For Britain’s pro-European middle classes, Brexit is akin to a psychological trauma which has left many unable to behave rationally, according to two leading experts. Far from being hyper-rational observers concerned only with what is economically sensible, many have morphed into the “Remainiacs” of Brexiteer disdain.

They are acting no differently to what psychologists would expect from those suffering from chronic anxiety caused by loss of control and insecurity, Dr. Philip Corr, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at the University of London, and Dr. Simon Stuart, a clinical psychologist, told POLITICO.

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From the Observer:

Legal aid cuts, and rise in digital evidence and sexual abuse cases affecting profession, says CBA

The Observer 6 May 2018 reports that Self-employed barristers with a tendency to take on whatever work came their way could end up handling back-to-back cases involving allegations of a serious sexual nature for months.

Is this any surprise given this sample?

BeautifulBurnout – calling Bitey a paedophile; – frankly, it is fair comment

BeautifulBurnout is Judge Anthony Pitt also a paedophile?

HankScorpio, BeautifulBurnout, Backtothepoint and Paedophilia

How False Accusations by the Untrusteds have allowed the guilty to avoid detection

BeautifulBurnout and Backtothepoint – 7/7 London Transport Truther Conspirators

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” An assault on an ideology is not merely different from a threat made to a person; it is the opposite of a threat made to a person. The whole end of liberal civilization is to substitute the criticism of ideas for assaults on people.” – Adam Gopnik

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There is something wonderful in seeing a wrong-headed majority assailed by truth.

John Kenneth Galbraith

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I’ve posted Photographs 33  –  all of which have been displayed on the front page recently and are now all together for those who might have missed them first time round.

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Will Butterworth Trio – Hereafter


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  1. Hi all.

    From December, Social Work England will take over as regulator of the profession. Whilst HCPC were not always impartial and the bar is set very high in making a complaint, at least they are an outside body. Now social workers will be investigating themselves.

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  2. brusselsexpats

     /  October 10, 2019

    Morning all,

    Hi Desde,

    Very often films that don’t do well initially become cult classics as tastes change.
    I don’t go the cinema much anymore unless it’s to a ballet/opera in the cinema. I wait until either the film comes on TV or I buy the DVD.
    I’m mainly a theatre goer now.
    However now with Netflix, Amazon etc. there’s so much choice I think probably film-making will change and the “star” system with it.

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  3. Good morning.

    Recently I watched The Free State Of Jones starring Matthew McConaughey. It lost money in the USA but I thought it was really good. It may not be totally historically accurate but that’s Hollywood and what it had to say about slavery and post Civil War US society was factual. Funny how some films get sidelined.

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  4. brusselsexpats

     /  October 9, 2019

    Morning all,

    Morning Desde,

    In Continental Europe student revolts quickly morphed into extreme violence in various countries and we ended up with urban terrorism that lasted for well over a decade.
    I remember travelling by train to Germany and what seemed like the entire German police force getting on the train at the border and going through everybody’s ID. Well the Germans were always efficient.

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  5. If you feel Brendan O’Neill’s article is too alarmist here’s something from the New Internationalist on the same theme.

    In the rich world in particular, zero carbon would usher in a period of huge social change. Energy would be stringently rationed, dedicated to survival and essential activities; we’d go to bed early and rise with the sun. Expect massive disruption in the way food is grown, processed and distributed – more turnips, fewer mangoes on the menu in the UK for starters. Globally, there would be much-reduced private car use, virtually no aviation, haulage or shipping – spelling a dramatic end to material globalization as we know it.

    And for an alternative view from the Centre for Alternative Technology:

    Can we reach zero carbon? (by 2025)

    Our modelling to date shows that – whilst challenging – it is possible to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions using technology available today.

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    • Jack Roth

       /  October 9, 2019

      ‘we’d go to bed early and rise with the sun …… more turnips, fewer mangoes on the menu’

      Sounds like a day in the life of the disabled on benefits in tory Britain.

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  6. brusselsexpats

     /  October 8, 2019

    Morning all,
    Looking at the worldwide protests against climate change and the Hong Kong rebellion, I’d say the Sixties are in for a revival.

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    • Good morning.

      The optimism of the 60s is lacking now – quite a reactionary atmosphere in Britain and the USA in particular.

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  7. Extinction Rebellion

    Brendan O’Neill writes:

    Yesterday, in London, I witnessed an eerie, chilling sight: I saw a death cult holding a ceremony in public…

    …Extinction Rebellion is a reactionary, regressive and elitist movement whose aim is to impose the most disturbing form of austerity imaginable on people across the world. One of the great ironies of ‘progressive’ politics today is that people of a leftist persuasion will say it is borderline fascism if the Tory government closes down a library in Wolverhampton, but then they will cheer this eco-death cult when it demands a virtual halt to economic growth with not a single thought for the devastating, immiserating and outright lethal impact such a course of action would have on the working and struggling peoples of the world.

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  8. Jack Roth

     /  October 7, 2019

    ‘Four female Labour MPs hit with deselection threats’

    Four Mr Corbyn-hating blairites about to jump ship to the Lib Dems – good riddance.

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/oct/07/four-female-labour-mps-hit-with-deselection-threats

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  9. pbj2

     /  October 7, 2019

    Afternoon all

    More evidence of the housing crisis with low income families on benefits hit by a double whammy.Namely they’re unable to access social housing because there isn’t any available and they’re unable to afford 94% of privately rented homes because of the benefits freeze.

    And you can bet your bottom dollar that a high proportion of the privately rented properties they can afford will be substandard with the landlord probably evicting them if they complain about the conditions.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/housing-crisis-benefit-freeze-renting-families-affordable-homes-lha-shelter-a9143531.html

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  10. Good morning all.

    It was amusing to hear that Ginger Baker was legendary for his on-stage punch ups. Who did he fight with – fellow musicians or audience members who got on stage? The documentary about his life ended with Baker hitting the director.

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  11. Legendary drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80.

    Co-founder of Cream he also played with Blind Faith, Hawkwind and Fela Kuti.

    He was a wild man.

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  12. Tories take 15-point poll lead over Labour

    The Tories have opened up a fifteen-point poll lead over Labour and strengthen their standing with Brexit supporters, a fresh study has found. The latest Opinium survey, the one most frequently quoted by the Observer, puts the Conservatives on 38% support, with Labour trailing on just 23% of the vote.

    This means a two-point climb for the Tories since last week’s survey, while Labour has dropped by 1%.

    Opinium were the most accurate research agency in the 2016 London Mayoral Election and the EU Referendum. We produce a monthly Opinium/Observer Political Poll with the Observer newspaper, as well as polling and consultancy for numerous organisations and other media outlets.

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    • Jack Roth

       /  October 7, 2019

      I’m surprised that an educated man such as yourself is giving any credence to these ‘polls’. BTH – considering how accurate they proved to be at the last GE.

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      • Hi Jack,

        I like to surprise people 🙂 but I expect the pollsters have learned a few things from their experience of the last election when they relied too much on telephone and online polling. Also not all the polls got it wrong and some got it wrong far more than others. But if you’re right we can expect a thumping Corbyn victory whenever he decides to call the elction he’s been demanding since his defeat in the last one.

        ps I’m back in China where it appears the Guardian is currently blocked, along with the BBC.

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        • Jack Roth

           /  October 7, 2019

          ‘Guardian is currently blocked, along with the BBC.’

          Have you tried Tor –

          https://www.torproject.org/

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          • Thanks for that Jack and I’ll certainly give it a go. But an indication of the situation I face is that this time, the respond buttons on the “pop-up” ads for a VPN service I’ve previously used wouldn’t connect, meaning I couldn’t take out a new subscription,and then the ads completely disappeared. My other concern is that if you poke the wasp nest with a stick in time it will return the favour.

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            • Jack Roth

               /  October 8, 2019

              ‘the respond buttons on the “pop-up” ads for a VPN service I’ve previously used wouldn’t connect My other concern is that if you poke the wasp nest with a stick in time it will return the favour.’

              Understand. There are ways around this problem. Perhaps it’s wiser to discuss this when you get ‘home’.

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          • Hi Jack,

            Just tried getting on the Tor site using Firefox and a Japanese VPN called ShimakazeGo which gives me access to Google and some other sites that are blocked, but gets the “Timed out” message every time. I can still get the Guardian on my Android mobile but I find the commenting function dire. Can I get an Android OS on my Win 10 laptop in the same way as you can get Win 10 on an Apple?

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            • Jack Roth

               /  October 8, 2019

              ‘Can I get an Android OS on my Win 10 laptop’

              Yes, there are a few apps that will do this. AMIDuOS seems to be one of more the popular (never used it myself).

              https://win10fix.com/amiduos-pro/

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              • Hi Jack,

                Thanks for the link to Amiduos but sadly after several attempts to download, it gets to 10% than stops and eventually tell me there’s a firewall preventing it completing. Well it’s not my firewall….

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  13. The tragedy of Jeremy Corbyn

    He has betrayed left Euroscepticism. And for Remainers it’s still not enough.

    Corbyn has debased himself over Brexit. That there are those in his party demanding he go further feels almost sadistic. He has been forced to say things he doesn’t believe and support things he knows to be wrong, and it’s still not enough. But he deserves little sympathy. This alleged man of principle realised long ago that betraying left Euroscepticism was the price he had to pay for holding on to the Labour leadership. He made his judgement. And history will make its own of him.

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  14. The idea that hedge funds are pushing for a No Deal Brexit is the latest crackpot theory to be debunked.

    This claim frequently appears in the comments below Guardian articles, but as Full Fact reports…

    We think there’s a big error in that viral article about hedge funds and Brexit

    An article in the Byline Times, which has been shared tens of thousands of times on social media, makes a series of claims about donors to Vote Leave and Boris Johnson’s leadership campaign standing to profit from a no deal Brexit.

    But at least one key part of the article—a claim that the number of “short positions” taken by hedge funds increased dramatically in the lead up to Boris Johnson’s election as Conservative leader—seems likely to be based on a misunderstanding of the data.

    In reality, no such spike in the number of short positions seems to have occurred.

    The Financial Times has also raised a number of issues with the article, notably with the premise that a short position is necessarily a “bet on no deal” as the article suggests. For example, they point out that some companies would likely benefit from a no deal Brexit; shorting them would be effectively be betting against no deal.

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  15. Labour MP Kate Hoey:

    Jeremy will regret backsliding on Brexit

    Labour MP Kate Hoey argues that Jeremy Corbyn, who for many years was a fellow left-wing Eurosceptic, will regret taking the Labour Party to a more pro-EU position.

    ‘He had a real opportunity to be absolutely clear, as he originally was, that we were going to leave, we wanted to get a good deal, but we have to get out… He will regret this… It’s upsetting because we’ve seen a different Jeremy Corbyn on this.’

    During the 2017 General Election, Labour vowed to respect the Brexit vote, but it has since started to advocate a re-run of the referendum. Hoey blasts the ‘zealot Remainers’ in her party – ‘the Keir Starmers… will do anything to stop Brexit’.

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  16. Howard Davies writes in the Guardian:

    Will London’s post-Brexit future be as gloomy as predicted?

    Certainly not as bad as predicted by the likes of the Treasury in the run up to the referendum. Dublin and Luxembourg seem to be the main beneficiaries as far as jobs are concerned although some employees are refusing to leave London to work in those places.

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  17. There’s nothing complex about the Irish border

    Graham Gudgin on the border, the Good Friday Agreement, and why No Deal is nothing to fear.

    Graham Gudgin is an honorary research associate at the Centre for Business Research (CBR) at the University of Cambridge. He also worked on Prosperity UK’s Alternative Arrangements Commission, tasked with developing an alternative to the backstop.

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  18. pbj2

     /  October 4, 2019

    Scotland has become the first country of the UK to ban the smacking of children.Something i absolutely support and hope the rest of the UK follows suit sooner rather than later.

    ps i don’t want to see parents prosecuted for giving their children a smack on the hand or the back of the legs once in a blue moon.So commonsense needs to prevail.However i think it’s absolutely right that children have the same rights as adults.And that parents and carers understand that hitting a child is as unacceptable as hitting an adult.Indeed i would argue that it’s more unacceptable given children are powerless.I’d also be interested to know how many of the parents and carers who get hit by their children when they’re older and bigger were actually guilty of hitting their children and abusing them in other ways when they were too small to retaliate.

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    • It’s bizarre that an adult smacking another adult can be charged with assault but an adult can smack a child and the child’s unprotected in law.

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      • Hi Desde,

        Indeed it is bizarre but as a certain Billy Graham might have said, “The Bible says…”

        In Proverbs 13:24:

        “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” An even scarier piece of parenting advice is in Proverbs 23:13-14. It says: “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die”.

        Not surprisingly it says nothing about daughters.

        I’m back in China for some time and have discovered that the Guardian seems to have fallen foul of the Great Fire Wall as I’ve been unable to access it even when I’m “located” in Japan. And I’d certainly like to be in that country as England are now into the World Cup Quarter Finals.

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        • There was an old clip on the radio of Billy Graham in Britain in the 50s – the crowd silent unlike the USA mobs. He did refer to Britons as Britishers which is rarely well received.

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  19. brusselsexpats

     /  October 2, 2019

    You could say that WWII spelled the death of the British Empire though it might not have looked like it at the time.
    It was becoming too expensive to hold together with all the countries clamouring for independence.

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  20. brusselsexpats

     /  October 2, 2019

    Morning all,

    Hi Paul,

    I think there was so much bloodshed that partition was the only solution at the time. It would have been an enormous burden on the British government to police the region after WWII. The country was already on its uppers after the cost of the war.

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  21. brusselsexpats

     /  October 1, 2019

    Good evening all,

    The following in an extract from an article I included in my October newsletter. It was sent it by an elderly gentlemen, who besides having had a very interesting life, is a perfect expert on the Battle of Waterloo. He was asked by the Indian Embassy to attend the unveiling of a statue of Mahatma Ghandi, whose birthday it is tomorrow.

    Here it is:

    “Memories of Mahatma Ghandi

    MOHANDAS KARAMCHAND GHANDI
    Porbandar October 2, 1869 – New Delhi January 30, 1948

    Why I’m writing this, is because I have learned from Jain documents that it is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Mahatma Ghandi on October 2, 2019 and that, on this occasion, the Indian Community in Antwerp will be making the presentation of a new life-size statue of Mr. Ghandi to the City of Antwerp. The statue will be placed in the garden-grounds of the New Provincial palace.

    I actually saw Mr Ghandi in the flesh during a presentation meeting at the London university in 1946. The occasion was a presentation of Professorial candidates to new students and I was a candidate student, having succeeded in my H.S.C examinations in 1946 (when was 16).

    Some of the Indian students actually went to kiss his feet. Only one of us plucked up the courage to ask him: “Will you be the next Viceroy of India Mr Ghandi?” The Viceroy at the time was the Queen’s cousin, Lord Louis Mountbatten.

    We saw Mr Ghandi only for a short time – about twenty minutes – and he was dressed in his customary loin cloth, shawl and sandals. He spoke to us about his favourite subject: “AHIMSA” or non-violence. He concluded with his signature philosophy by saying “For all these causes I would die; for all these causes I would not kill.”

    Mr Ghandi was assassinated in New Delhi in 1948.”

    Have a good evening all.

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    • pbj2

       /  October 2, 2019

      Hi Bru

      Interesting post.I remember reading a while back about the partition of India in 1947 and the huge refugee crisis it caused.And the violence which accompanied it leading to the loss of life of hundreds of thousands of people.

      I wonder what would have happened if what is today India,Pakistan and Bangladesh had been left by the British as one country?.Would there have been even more bloodshed or would the country been able to function as one despite the religious differences ?.

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  22. pbj2

     /  October 1, 2019

    Afternoon all

    According to the ONS 726 homeless people died last year in England and Wales.Average ages 45 for men and 43 for women.However 88% of the deaths were male.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/01/homeless-deaths-in-2018-rise-at-highest-level-ons

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  23. Good evening.

    I have recently read Lady Sings the Blues, Billie Holliday’s autobiography. It was a revelation that she was so witty; also clever and observant. Astonishing that one of her ancestors, think it was greatgrandma, was a slave who bore 16 children by the white slave owner who also had a wife and children. This woman lived in appalling conditions with no medical care and having to work hard all day. Incredible that anyone survived this.

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    • pbj2

       /  September 30, 2019

      Hi Desde

      Lady Day, as you know ,suffered terrible abuse as a child.And like so many abused people resorted to alcohol and drugs to numb the pain.Some say Amy Winehouse looked up to her as a role model although i question those who try and make too many parallels between them.Nevertheless they were both hugely talented albeit deeply troubled women and both died tragically young.I hope their legacies however live on forever.

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      • pbj2

         /  September 30, 2019

        Diana Ross,playing Billie Holliday and singing ”Lady Sings The Blues”.

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      • Hi Paul

        I still got the impression Holliday enjoyed life despite her sufferings. One of Judy Garland’s daughters said her mother enjoyed life sometimes and wasn’t always the tragic figure the press and public make her into.

        Holliday was generous in her praise of those few white people who did defend her and it was a revelation to me that Clark Gable and Bob Hope stood up for her.

        Karen Carpenter seems a more apt comparison to Billie Holliday in terms of the emotion they had in each word, though very different types of singers. After Holliday sang Strange Fruit the applause would go on for ages and she will always be remembered.

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  24. pbj2

     /  September 30, 2019

    A documentary that’s well worth seeing in my opinion.It was made in 1964 and is about Woolwich, in South East London, its people and its history.

    https://www.londonsscreenarchives.org.uk/title/182/

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  25. pbj2

     /  September 29, 2019

    Per capita the Republic of Ireland is now significantly richer than the UK .However it wasn’t always like that..The following link is to a gallery of photos taken in inner city Dublin during the 1980’s when the Irish economy was in real trouble.

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  26. pbj2

     /  September 27, 2019

    Interesting article from the Guardian highlighting how the profile of what were once some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in London are being changed by wealthy incomers.What the article doesn’t address however is how many of the deprived residents living in these neighbourhoods are still there and how many have been driven out by the benefits cap combined with the high rents from private sector landlords.

    It’s been estimated that about 40% of former council homes in London bought under ‘Right To Buy’ are now in the hands of private sector landlords who charge market as opposed to social rents for their properties .And that combined with the benefit cap has lead to ‘social cleansing’ from inner London boroughs especially.In fact the last set of figures i saw suggested that 60,000 families a year were being driven out of London as a result of the cap alone.

    https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/sep/26/wealthy-incomers-changing-profile-of-londons-most-deprived-areas

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  27. pbj2

     /  September 26, 2019

    Evening all

    I read a report a while back dealing with the growing numbers of pensioners who’re being jailed for serious crimes.And i’m not referring to those being jailed for crimes committed when they were younger.But i was still taken aback when i read about an elderly couple from London found guilty in Portugal of smuggling a £1million worth of cocaine.Clearly they must thought because they look like a harmless elderly couple they’d get away with it.

    I think jailed pensioners are generally seperated from the mainstream prison population wherever possible because obviously they’re vulnerable.Unless they’re well connected and therefore protected by other prisoners.Even so i’d be interested to know whether pensioners are actually committing more crime or whether they’re simply more likely to get caught than in the past.And if they are committing more crime then why? Is it out of desperation because their pensions are inadequate or are they’re other reasons?

    https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/british-pensioners-jailed-in-portugal-for-smuggling-1m-of-cocaine-on-luxury-cruise-a4247766.html

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    • pbj2

       /  September 26, 2019

      …..or are there other reasons.

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    • pbj2

       /  September 27, 2019

      It could of course be explained by the fact that the number of elderly peole in the population has increased massively .And the increase in those committing serious crimes when they’re elderly is still very small as a percentage of all elderly people.

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    • Hi Paul

      Maybe they think they’ll be dealt with leniently because of age. Plus, old people have been protected from so much of that which has hurt younger people: triple locked pensions etc. Some might say it’s their entitlement attitude!

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      • pbj2

         /  September 27, 2019

        Hi Desde

        That could be a factor as well.Makes you wonder just how much pensioners are getting away with. 🙂

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