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    IIRC it isn't the building that is the problem, it's the planning. The high speed link between Dover & London took years longer than the much longer link between Paris and Freithurn because of all the leangthy planning process


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabri Natenagewitch View Post
    IIRC it isn't the building that is the problem, it's the planning. The high speed link between Dover & London took years longer than the much longer link between Paris and Freithurn because of all the leangthy planning process
    Yeah, understandable I suppose.

    You’ve got to get Swampy and his mates out their trees, plus grease the necessary palms.

    In China, once they decide where the rail link is to go, it goes. No questions asked, no complaints brooked.

    In Germany too, they plan for about 12 months then go out and smash it to bits and rebuild it. This year, the main high-speed link between Stuttgart and Mannheim is being completely replaced, a closure that will take 6.5 months cost a lot of money, but will upgrade the high speed lines replacing about 110km of track with newer, faster rails which will reduce the journey between the two cities (and of course, therefore reduce the journey to all points north of Mannheim, or to the cities of Ulm and München to the east of Stuttgart when travelling via Mannheim).

    Once that is done and the new „Stuttgart 21“ railway project is completed, it will shave a big chunk of time off the journey from Stuttgart to Frankfurt (and points north) and also from Stuttgart to München).

    The Frankfurt line is an interesting one, as the journey is 170km, so about the same distance as Nottingham to London, and the improvements planned by Deutsche Bahn will bring that direct journey by high-Speed ICE train to under one hour (it is 1 hour 15 ish at present).

    And that’s going to stations that are smack in the middle of the respective cities, of course.

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    It's not just the impact on the environment, its also the impact on us plebs who'd have to put up of years of shit for no benefit, let alone the poorer fuckers who's modest houses will plummet in value due to the massive viaducts over there town and ridiculous noise.

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    China's imperialist expansion is encompassing the UK now? Not content with Africa and the far east...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ravi View Post
    China's imperialist expansion is encompassing the UK now? Not content with Africa and the far east...
    Well at least they’d make the trains run on time...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strummer View Post
    Well at least they’d make the trains run on time...
    As long as you wear a face mask.


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    This will get Chrissie Hynde struck of the Guardian “luvvie list”, but she is correct.

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    Snowflake Donnie gets triggered by a non English language movie winning an Oscar.

    The last line of the story is priceless.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbus View Post
    The last line of the story is priceless.



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    Jesus wept. Boris-Johnson's illigitimate child clearly has nothing better to do with his time since getting elected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Professor Wolfgang Schnell BSc. PhD. View Post
    When I worked in the Public Sector many years ago, I remember my boss saying that if he wanted to get something approved by the Councillors quickly, he drafted up a lengthy and deliberately complex report. As he had learned from bitter experience that if his reports were clear and concise the Councillors asked too many questions.


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    Glad to see that what we all suspected is now being stated openly. Of course the Westminster Village knew, how could they not know? That is what the Whips are for.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-claims-report

    The inquiry is highly critical of the former Liberal leader David Steel for failing to investigate allegations against Smith, whom he recommended for a knighthood without “confronting him to ask if he was still committing offences against boys”.

    The report says: “Lord Steel should have provided leadership. Instead, he abdicated his responsibility. He looked at Cyril Smith not through the lens of child protection but through the lens of political expediency … When attending the inquiry, far from recognising the consequences of his inaction, Lord Steel was completely unrepentant.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    Glad to see that what we all suspected is now being stated openly.
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-manchester-51629950


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    Someone playing silly buggers in pub at a private event when they weren't an MP? Bit different to MPs sodomising underage kids I would say? Unless of course you think differently?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    Someone playing silly buggers in pub at a private event when they weren't an MP? Bit different to MPs sodomising underage kids I would say? Unless of course you think differently?
    All MPs, and would-be MPs, seem to be completely disconnected from reality. Must be something about their upbringing.

    Note, I only quoted the part of your post that was relevant to this story - I didn't include any of the sodom-relevant section, as I wasn't comparing the two. Not sure why you think I was?

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    Quote Originally Posted by congo_red View Post
    All MPs, and would-be MPs, seem to be completely disconnected from reality. Must be something about their upbringing.

    Note, I only quoted the part of your post that was relevant to this story - I didn't include any of the sodom-relevant section, as I wasn't comparing the two. Not sure why you think I was?
    Have you never played silly buggers when out with your mates on the lash? Should that bar anyone from being an MP?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    Have you never played silly buggers when out with your mates on the lash? Should that bar anyone from being an MP?
    I’ve never got my cock out in public, no.

    And I’d consider anyone guilty of public indecency as unfit for office, yes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by congo_red View Post
    I’ve never got my cock out in public, no.

    And I’d consider anyone guilty of public indecency as unfit for office, yes.
    At the least, potentially a serious criminal offence has been committed there, which might be considered as enough to bar anyone from public office?

    But then of course, you’ve got the last-but-one Prime Minister also having been accused of inserting his genitalia into the mouth of a deceased pig, so perhaps the ability and willingness to expose oneself in public is nowadays an essential qualification for the budding Conservative MP, along with a (First Class) degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford (a world-renowned University, for sure).

    I remember some of the things that used to go off on „R&R“ trips, which were on occasion, the equivalent of a mobile earthquake. Although I’m not sure any of my old mates would stand for Parliament.


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    Quote Originally Posted by congo_red View Post
    I’ve never got my cock out in public, no.

    And I’d consider anyone guilty of public indecency as unfit for office, yes.
    God you are such a prude, Mrs Whitehouse.

    It was a private event. I've seen Scots lift their kilts in public for a laugh, people mooning, been to strip shows when I was younger, been on rugby tour where blokes got pissed and did cunning stunts.

    What about girls who flash their tits in public? Or are you sexist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    God you are such a prude, Mrs Whitehouse.
    You’re damn right I am. We should all hold those in privileged positions to a higher standard. We’re talking about a position of power, of which there are a limited number available, not a run of the mill office job. No wonder politics is going to the dogs.

    And don’t make this about sexism, I’d say the same about a female MP flashing her tits. No problem with Karen the checkout girl doing it though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    Glad to see that what we all suspected is now being stated openly. Of course the Westminster Village knew, how could they not know? That is what the Whips are for.

    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-claims-report

    The inquiry is highly critical of the former Liberal leader David Steel for failing to investigate allegations against Smith, whom he recommended for a knighthood without “confronting him to ask if he was still committing offences against boys”.

    The report says: “Lord Steel should have provided leadership. Instead, he abdicated his responsibility. He looked at Cyril Smith not through the lens of child protection but through the lens of political expediency … When attending the inquiry, far from recognising the consequences of his inaction, Lord Steel was completely unrepentant.”
    There are quite a few at it, both noncing of kids and protecting the nonces for political gain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by congo_red View Post
    You’re damn right I am. We should all hold those in privileged positions to a higher standard. We’re talking about a position of power, of which there are a limited number available, not a run of the mill office job. No wonder politics is going to the dogs.

    And don’t make this about sexism, I’d say the same about a female MP flashing her tits. No problem with Karen the checkout girl doing it though.
    Actually "prudes" are the last people I would want in positions of power. England tried having a parliament of prudes after the Civil War and that didn't end well did it?

    I've had my dick out in public on Nudist Beaches in the past, should that bar me from office? I have also been skinny dipping many times at parties.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    There are quite a few at it, both noncing of kids and protecting the nonces for political gain.

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    You leave Prince Charles and the Archbishop of Canterbury out of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Juif Rouge View Post
    Actually "prudes" are the last people I would want in positions of power. England tried having a parliament of prudes after the Civil War and that didn't end well did it?

    I've had my dick out in public on Nudist Beaches in the past, should that bar me from office? I have also been skinny dipping many times at parties.
    You’re really sounding a little desperate with the attempts to twist my ‘held to a higher standard’ into ‘prudes only’. Straight after the attempt to claim sexism.

    But I wouldn’t consider you suitable for office regardless of where you’ve had your chap out.

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