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 on: Yesterday at 12:34:38 pm 
Started by Snotty - Last post by Snotty

 on: Yesterday at 12:28:46 pm 
Started by Red Herring - Last post by Dutch Rosie
The UK should stop financing the NHS via taxes and introduce a proper insurance scheme with not-for-profit insurers and fixed prices for treatment. Non essentials such as fertility treatment could be covered by additional optional insurance packages, as they are in the Netherlands.

 on: Yesterday at 09:12:24 am 
Started by Red Herring - Last post by ymrader
To suggest that an ageing population is the biggest stress on the NHS is an oversimplification in my view.  The biggest issue is that the NHS provides care far beyond what was possible when it was founded.  I can remember when MRI scanners could be counted on your thumbs, when heart transplants always made the headlines, when a hip replacement was science fiction.  These things and so much more are routine now, but still bloody expensive.  People expect them, demand them, but are reluctant to accept that if they want them to continue, while the NHS also continues to provide GPs, dentists, maternity services,  nursing care and all the other services it was set up to provide, they are going to have to pay more in tax, or pay for private medical insurance.  I would prefer more tax, I could afford to go private but would rather pay that extra into the general pot so everyone benefits, not just me and some revolting insurancemonger.

We pay a sort of crinkly tax here on top of normal tax to cover retirement, care home etc

 on: April 18, 2018, 11:38:08 am 
Started by Red Herring - Last post by vladimir
This cartoon is a good summarary of my position on Free Speech. Posting it here because I know this has been a hot topic on GWD over the years:


Just about sums it up

 on: April 18, 2018, 09:59:53 am 
Started by ymrader - Last post by Red Herring
What bakes my noodle abput bombing Syria is that it's news.3


 on: April 18, 2018, 09:53:04 am 
Started by Red Herring - Last post by Red Herring
This cartoon is a good summarary of my position on Free Speech. Posting it here because I know this has been a hot topic on GWD over the years:


 on: April 18, 2018, 09:17:51 am 
Started by Mr Angry - Last post by vladimir
Well done then.... I guess

 on: April 18, 2018, 04:24:28 am 
Started by Mr Angry - Last post by Mr Angry
OK, so I've been the victim of a bet, not sure if I should be flattered or not.  Sister in law out with her friend (who doesn't know me) looking for b'day prezzy for me.  SiL telling friend how I am the most gentlemanly gentleman she knows, polite, mannered etc. etc.  Friend says bollocks, nobody's that nice, buy him this wildly inappropriate fancy shampoo and see what he says.  Friend bets I'll come back with WTF is this all about, SiL reckons I'll say thanks, it's lovely.
So I called her, said I found the gift slightly odd, but tried it and am delighted with the results, my stubble is lovely and soft and shiny and smells slightly of cucumbers in a very not offensive way (this is all, surprisingly, trueish) and well done her for taking the path less travelled.
Test passed, bet won, proceeds on their way to me in the shape of something more appropriate, I am told. 
So who wants this butt plug Gordo told me to buy for her?

 on: April 17, 2018, 06:54:58 pm 
Started by ymrader - Last post by TGK
BoJo the clown said they were responsible for the dude in Salisbury.

So morally we have to bomb their chemical facilities.

Anything less would be hypocritical

No it really wouldn't. There's myriad differences between the two.

Even without the realpolitik of the situation......and if you think it's hypocritical, then welcome to the grown up world. Appreciate that's condescending, but come on.

 on: April 17, 2018, 06:51:36 pm 
Started by Staffordshire Knot - Last post by TGK
Fanny was deliberately antagonising me to be banned. He was warned.

I was going to can this place but I keep it going out of respect to AZL.

Fairplay, it's a thankless task.

It's easy to criticise, and difficult to control (control is almost certainly the wrong word, apologies).

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