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  1. US and EU expand sanctions on Russia

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    Will the pair of you please knock off the CIA conspricay nonsense. You are as bad as Sampan. The reason this is all happening is simple. Europe is a better master than Russia. Do you honestly think sensible minds in Ukraine needed CIA pushing to convince them that being part of Europe is a better alternative than being under the Russian thumb? Seriously? I mean Europe has it's faults certainly but compared to Russia, in fact compared to every other place on Earth, Europe is a ****ing paradise. Europe is the worlds largest market with GDP higher than both China and the US. Combined we make more stuff than China, combined we make far more money than the US. Economically a choice between the EU and Russia is a complete no brainier. That alone would be enough to convince almost any country of
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  2. Salmond and Murdoch plus corporation tax

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    The media have tried to manipulate stories in the past to attack Salmond in the hope that it will hit him adversely. Nothing has stuck and I foresee this going the same way An SNP spokesaman said in Alex Salmond admits he planned to lobby Jeremy Hunt over BSkyB | Politics | guardian.co.uk

    I don't know how this can be assumed. The anti SNP media - all the other newspapers and the BBC - more than made up for the Sun's support (Sun's circulation 314,823, Record 267,075, Mail 108,047, Express 63,241 etc see allmediascotland). In the West of Scotland, where I believe the Daily Record holds sway, the SNP also did extremely well.

    Before the exposure by the Levinson New Corps hacking inquiry which revealed the power of Murdoch's pernicious influence over British
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  3. The granny tax con.

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    I haven't got much time to reply at the moment, but the pension itself isn't being taxed at all, it's just the higher personal allowance that's being frozen. Whilst I agree this will affect many pensioners, something that I'm quite in agreement does need looking into, it won't affect the poorest. For the 2012/13 tax year, the basic state pension is 107.45 a week, rising to an amount of 142.70 a week for those with no other income who qualify for a pension credit 'top up' - I might be open to correction on the latter figure.
    Rising to?........................over what period? One year/ two years/ five years? Every year that passes inflation eats into every income, especially fixed incomes. Which year does the government aim to reach your figures? It still sounds like smoke
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  4. The granny tax con.

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    What's the point of Osborne introducing a tax on the basic pension before any other income [small or large] is taken into account? It's already included and added to other income for tax purposes so it's in effect already taxed but the percentage taken is lower.

    He might as well reduce the basic pension by 20% and be done with which is in fact what he is doing by a stand alone tax on the basic pension. This is another way to punish pensioners who are living from hand to mouth while quoting that the pre WW2 pensioners and Baby Boomer's are too well off. Some pensioners may be able to absorb this increased hit but others who are living on nothing but their state pension will find it harder to survive but..............Hey Ho.........who cares, they're just casualties of the
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  5. Absolute Scum

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    This culture of anti social arrogance and violence has been prevalent since the 60s the rot set in when the first the first offspring of the 50s migrants started school. It started with small gangs in state schools intent on preventing the teaching of students, disrupting classes making it difficult for teachers to do their job. The sheer scale of this was a new phenomenon and no one knew how to handle this. I can vouch for this as my son was one of the victims of this mindless activity which was also the reason for the deterioration of education in state schools. during the 60s which went slowly downhill since.

    From this, the local gang culture was born, and over the years all hues of governments and parties back peddled and bent over backward to placate and excuse this
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  6. Are the Lib Dem leadership traitors to their cause?

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    Clegg and co had a choice, they may argue that the Labour brand was tired and tainted and that they had to make the other choice on the basis of the pre election promises made by Cameron to the electorate. In the mix, was the attraction of the power and the glory of ministerial posts in government. The glint in Vince Cables eyes during the negotiations of trying to form a coalition government as they went from one meeting to another told me they couldn't believe their luck at the outcome of the election result.

    Lets suppose we accept the Lib Dem argument about the choice they made. After over a year in office they can see that that all of the promises made by Cameron to the electorate have been broken.They were stiched up on the AV referendum by Cameron and the Tory and Murdoch
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  7. Oldham East & Saddleworth by-election polls suggest Labour lead.

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    Poor response to my post Major shame on you, a classroom jibe because I missed an O in my
    percentages , and a juvenile answer to the points I raised, which were totally ignored, and which are all factual. Do you dispute that Cameron lied when he addressed the pathologists? When he's admitted that all he's doing now was planned while in opposition. Do you agree or disagree that the casino bankers want to get back to gambling with our savings and pension funds who reap all the benefits when they win, and pass the debt onto the ordinary tax payer when they lose? Are any "ring fenced" non casino mortgage and savings banks to be set up to protect the man in the street from a shower gambling crooked shysters?

    You sneer about the provenance of the Daily Mirror there
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  8. BNP The Battle For Barking tonight on More 4

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    There will be no seismic shift towards the BNP, if nothing else, "The Battle For Barking" exposed the BNP and it's associated organisations like the EDL, filled with violent racist thugs many recruited from the extreme end of the violent football minority. By it's nature it also attracts the psychopathic violent in society who find these organisations an ideal outlet for venting their pent up twisted hate.

    What sane person would vote for a party of mature adult political thugs, the program if anything put the final nail in the BNP coffin by exposing the underlying smoldering hate and potential violent behaviour of it's members which will no doubt have knock on effect on the the English Defence League.

    I would like to congratulate the program makers
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  9. I'm starting to like Nick Clegg's policies.

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    What pathetic excuse Clegg offers for a "breakdown" in talks with Labour, his sell out to Cameron was already a done deal before he ever spoke to them. He couldn't wait to put his signature to it.

    The smell of the crumbs of a morsel of power and the ministerial perks that go with it was enough Lib Dem leadership betray their principles and the principles of their members. The Lib Dems are finished as serious political party, as their leaders are prepared to throw their lot in with the Tories for minor seats at the table. They have been absorbed into the Tory party machine.I believe Lib Dem members will split into factions at the next General Election as the party they belonged to no longer exists.

    The debates: Nick Clegg "The Tories are linked
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  10. Brown resigns

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    So then no party obtained a conclusive mandate for their policies and such a coalition as we have now is the logical way forward, your just peeved off your party couldn't muster enough dignity to compromise. Perhaps if they hadn't been courting (and blatantly ignoring) the fears of the senior civil servants and LISTENING to what people outside their little power bubble were saying they might still be in power. How ironic that they offer voting reform to the liberals and yet in the very scenario of PR voting they are unable to deal with their closest political allay. What does that tell you??
    Explain to me how 18 years of Tory government was worse than the 13 years of Labour's. Because as far as I can tell Labour are incapable of admitting mistakes and subsequent failures, the Tories
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  11. Brown resigns

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    With Cameron's constitutional change for getting rid of an unpopular government from 51% to 55% majority he doesn't need the Lib Dems any more they were just window dressing to get him into No10. The total opposition including the Lib Dems can only muster 53%. We have a five year Tory dictatorship to do as they please.

    The naive Lib Dems hungry for the trappings of power plus the grace and favour plush flats and ministerial cars can play at being cabinet ministers to satisfy their own personal egos, but truth be known they are no longer needed by Cameron to survive in No10. He played them for suckers and they fell for it.

    All of the promises he made can be reneged on and in spite of all protestations can remain in office
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  12. Will the Lib Dems avoid the 'nasty' tag?

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    We are in for a five year Tory dictatorship if the Tories end up with a minority government and the Lib Dems pull out this farce of a coalition. You're so full of pontificating about the democtatic process don't you think this is the sort of stoke that any cheap political spiv would pull

    The Tories have cynically overturned over two hundred years of parliamentary history practice to hold on to office if defeated by a simple majority vote. We know now, and so do the gullible Lib Dems,[who are really no longer needed except for window dressing] why they were so readily accepted into the Tory lair. It was to enable Cameron to cobble his ad hoc cabinet together to give this outrageous decision a veneer of legitimacy. He doesn't need the Lib Dems any more, job done and dusted.
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  13. The deal was on the table

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    The fact that Cameron is having to hold his nose and talk to the Lib Dems is because he tried to become a Tony Blair clone. Surrounded by a small inner shadow cabinet clique and "strategist" Big Joke, Steve Hilton and the Big Society, proves that his flawed judgement in every decision he made would make him a disaster as Prime Minister.

    The election was his for the taking after 13 years of a Labour government. Ashcroft's millions into the marginals, a rabid anti Labour press [with one exception] a Labour P.M. more derided by the right than Hitler, plus Duffy Gate, three Labour MPs charged over the expences scandal and a one time 20% lead in the polls evaporating mainly because of Osbourne's gaff with the word austerity.

    His problems are far from
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  14. Economists 'issue warning over Tory plans'

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    So money bags Ashcroft's millions didn't desimate Labour, after 13 years our vote held up in our tribal fields and wiped the smirk off of Tory faces. The country didn't buy Big Society bull**** from Cameron and now his head's on the block with the rabid Tory rank and file looking for blood. Labour stand proud and firm in the face of one of the greatest Tory financial and media driven onslaughts ever experienced in it's history.

    If Clegg does a deal with the Tories in his thirst for illusory meaningless power and becomes dish rag to be used by the slash and cut Tories he will become contaminated by the toxic association.I hope he refuses a full coalition with the Tories or Labour and let the Tories rule as a minority government not opposing the Queens speech and let them enforce
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  15. UK set for hung Parliament with Tories largest party

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    If any one has failed in this general election it's David Cameron. 13 Years of Labour government, an unpopular supposedly universally detested Prime Minister, Ashcroft's millions concentrated into brainwashing voters in marginals, with the exception of the Daily Mirror, a universally hostile press including Murdoch's Sun personally attacking Gordon Brown and rubbishing the Labour government policies on all fronts, TV pundits scarcely hiding their subtle dislike for Labour, the expenses scandal involving three Labour MPs being charged, along with Gordon Browns bigot-gate gaff and the Tories blowing a 20% one time lead in the polls, Cameron lost it.


    If Gordon Brown's job is on the line at least Labour have a more than able replacement to step in immediately David
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  16. Cameron warns over vote for Clegg

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    It seems I got it right when I pointed out in a recent post that Tory fire would be re-directed at Clegg who is now faced with a disgraceful smear campaign which was meant to be reserved for Gordon Brown and Labour at this point of the election run in. The Tories are pushing the smear button in order to damage Clegg in a squalid and disgusting dirty tricks campaign. The signs of Desperation are creeping in to the Tory campaign and we can expect more of the same over the next two weeks. At least Brown has been given some respite from Tory dirty tricks.

    Cameron when challenged by Brown on free eye tests and free prescription charges for not being in the Tory manifesto, he petulantly blurted out, "ok we'll keep them". If you noticed he stopped Brown abruptly in the middle
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  17. Brown has a good show, Clegg surprises, Cameron exposed.

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    Faced with a refusal by the Tories to support any kind of P.R. I would quote the old adage "half a loaf is better than none as far as the Lib Dems are concerned. Mind you if their surge translated into 100+ seats they may be in a position to force the full P.R. issue as a condition of accepting a coalition with labour as the Tories so far will have none of it. Except that is, if Cameron was so desperate become PM, does, what he has all through the campaign, change his mind and sell his anti P.R. principles to become PM.

    Mind you I can't see this scenario as the policies of the Lib Dems and the Tories are like oil and water almost diametrically opposed. It's more likely to be a Lib/Lab pact as their policies on the economy are more in tune, or, face another election which
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  18. Brown has a good show, Clegg surprises, Cameron exposed.

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    I have my doubts about the theory that Lib Dem votes would be at the expense of the Tory party. I can't see any Tory voter embracing The Lib Dems love of the EU. After all the Tory party is planning to withdraw from most of the agreements made by previous governments with the EU.

    The reason I say this is that the Telegraph led today with a ringing endorsement of nick Clegg's performance in the debate last night. This tells me the Tories have nothing to fear from the Lib Dems and any votes gained by them would be lost by Labour who have a similar policy towards the EU which would dissipate the Labour vote, a transparently devious ploy by the old blue rag.

    The Lib Dems and Nick Clegg can promise the earth knowing full well that will not be forming the next government.
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  19. Tory win? Cameron will be brought to heel by EU center parties.

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    The motley lot of the EU far right parties is about to disintegrate and Cameron if he wins will be forced to eat humble pie by rejoining the the center parties. This is another example of one of his scatter brained half cocked policies turning to dust.

    This is an example of his total misjudgement in international affairs. This immature, impetuous, puerile, on the hoof decision made to impress EU sceptics should spell out what to expect of his economic decision making if in office.

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    Cameron victory 'will marginalise Britain in Europe' - UK Politics, UK - The Independent
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  20. Tory defector blasts"vile" tactics.

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    Unless Ken Clarke changes his stance on the EU there is going to be a mighty rift in the Tory party. By moving away from the moderate center of the EU Cameron has declared a "war of attrition " on the main members, France and Germany. The Tories have thrown their lot in with the ineffectual ultra right and the pro Nazi Latvian grouping within the EU

    If Cameron was serious about renegotiating EU membership issues he would have remained in the main moderate grouping and made his case from the inside. His association with and wanting to lead this disparate band of odd balls is sticking two fingers up to the mainstream grouping before any negotiations take place . He has deliberately alienated them in order to position himself for a confrontation which he hopes will lead
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  21. Cameron Murdoch the BBC and threat to democracy

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    If the Tories win, News International will have a government that feels in it's debt. Murdoch is now becoming Britain's greatest threat to democracy. An example of the kind of attitude the Murdochs to have towards have to an investigation into the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World by a parliamentary committee was by saying the committee formed some kind of conspiracy.

    The Murdochs are on a crusade to to establish themselves as absolute the king makers of who rules Britain by virtue of their media power.

    The relationship Between Cameron and the Murdochs has gone much further than the relationship between Murdoch and Blair as both of their ideologies coalesce.

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    Rupert Murdoch's hunger for power is a threat to democracy | Henry Porter | Comment is free | The Observer
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  22. The Tory peasants are revolting

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    I agree Labour/Tory policies are overlapping and as far as I'm concerned this has to come to an end. Blair saw the only way Labour was going to regain power was a move to the right and the main act that confirmed this was the exclusion of clause 4 from Labour's constitution. Most Labour people desperate to defeat the Tories went along with this after years of Thatcherism. Whether anyone liked it or not Blair was popular the evidence of this was another two clear election victories with the Tories in the doldrums. We were on a roller coaster ride.

    What we didn't expect was the aggressive manner in which Thatchers policies were followed. With Blair so popular and unseatable and unstoppable, we went on a capitalist white knuckle roller coaster ride which ended as all capitalist
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  23. Bullying in the Government

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    Get off your Tory high horse major, the polls are not looking so good now so enter the real Tory dirty tricks dept. Andrew Rawnsley's no names no pack drill tombe, based on tittle tattle hearsay from No.10 which he hopes will make him a lot of money by jumping on the "malign Brown" band wagon, has been seized on by the Tories to put the boot in. They have no policies worth mentioning so it's back to character assassination.Sadly for you and "bully" for Labour your petty little plan has again like the rest badly backfired.

    Publicity seeking Christine Pratt, whose office National Bullying Helpline which is conveniently sited next door to Swindon's Tory H.Q. decided to put in her two pennyworth and was herself accused of bullying by the Japanese firm Sanden.
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  24. Tories and the [Soviet] Co-ops.

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    The link below is worth a read as it deals with Cameron's latest conversion to extolling the virtues of the Co-op movement on the road to Damascus [ i.e. power]. Co-operatives are an integral part of the labour movement, worker co-operation could be described as a form of socialism but I'm sure this is far from what is on David Cameron's mind when he floats the idea.

    As a friend of mine commented " David Cameron and the Tories wouldn't recognise a co-operative if it crept up on them and bit them on their arses." I doubt if Cameron will be following up on this idea for any of the companies in the private sector as it lacks one essential for them - the ability of companies to make profits out of workers labour power.

    Notably, Co-operatives are self reliant
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  25. Tories and the [Soviet] Co-ops.

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    The link below is worth a read as it deals with Cameron's latest conversion to extolling the virtues of the Co-op movement on the road to Damascus [ i.e. power]. Co-operatives are an integral part of the labour movement, worker co-operation could be described as a form of socialism but I'm sure this is far from what is on David Cameron's mind when he floats the idea.

    As a friend of mine commented " David Cameron and the Tories wouldn't recognise a co-operative if it crept up on them and bit them on their arses." I doubt if Cameron will be following up on this idea for any of the companies in the private sector as it lacks one essential for them - the ability of companies to make profits out of workers labour power.

    Notably, Co-operatives are self reliant
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  26. Tories and the [Soviet] Co-ops.

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    People's co-operatives have existed since the birth of the labour movement and are a self reliant means of group help and distribution among members,to help the group fend off the worst ravages of capitalism. I think you are rather out of date and context when you use the term "fascists". You must be thinking of Mussolini's Italy in the 30s. The reason why I mentioned "Soviets", is they were councils in Russia set up just after the communist revolution not dissimilar in principle to co-operatives. What surprised me was Cameron's sudden conversion to a basically socialist ideal.I smell a rat an Aunt Sally to set up and subtly primed to knock down.

    The Tories idea of NHS and public sector co-operatives is laughable designed to split and isolate the NHS
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  27. Tories and the [Soviet] Co-ops.

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    Cameron has resurrected another Thatcherite Tory wheeze, making all public run services into workers co-operatives [ which is not dissimilar to the Communist version of soviets.]

    Now there's a conversion, crafty Dave and his team have seen a novel way eroding the NHS. He said you [the workers] take over and here's your budget be free to use in the way you want.

    In the NHS apart from the fact that standardisation of procedure and internal link up will go out of the window which would cause mayhem in the transfer of life threatening cases and purchase of vastly expensive equipment to meet new medial challenges [which could not be made without a centrally controlled budget] here's the rub.

    Dave and his Tory cronies will decide what the budgets will
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  28. Ashcroft and Hague in mysterious Cuban visit

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    It has emerged Conservative billionair donor Lord Ashcroft who has repeatedly refused to declare his tax status in Britain, and Willaim Hague who [forgive the pun] is remarkably vague about revealing the truth about Ashcroft's tax status have together both made a secretive visit to Cuba in march 2009.

    It's known the two men extremely close, and Hague who has issued assurances of Ashcroft's legitimate tax status has been travelling by virtue Ashcroft's hospitality being flown on his private plane and staying on his yacht.

    What Ashcroft's visit to "Communist" Cuba with the need to be accompanied by a Tory frontbencher was about is a mystery. As most of Ashcroft's financial interests are in Belize and the Caribbean and he doesn't spend time visiting various
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  29. Cameron tying himself in knots.

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    Cameron and his team have resorted to fiddling the crime figures to show that crime has increased.

    BBC Home affairs editor Mark Easton on his blog has rubbished Cameron's claim that "Britain is a broken society" Challenged by Mark Easton about his statement and his selective quoting of figures published before 2002 [which cannot be compared following the way the police recorded violent incidents in England and Wales] A Tory spokesman lamely insisted all the figures we used are published by the Home Office.

    Cameron's call for immediate for cuts in government spending on taking office has been slammed by the expert financier George Soros who made billions out of the last Tory economic cock up on black Wednesday which put Britain into the red overnight.
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  30. The solution to the economic crisis

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    If the current younger generation lived on the calories consumed by today's current pensioners through their lives and were as active as today's pensioners in their youth It would save the state including the NHS billions in treatment and benefits.

    Today's people of working age who gorge themselves into the condition of unemployable obesity are the biggest problem.and drain on the state. At least today's pensioners worked most of their lives contributed their share into the national kitty and had the same proportion of their earnings deducted at source through their working lives, and who worked the whole of their lives.

    Today's population suffering from self inflicted obesity and are unemployable will have contributed little or nothing into the kitty, but regard
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