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Wouldn't disagree - it's an old technique, been done before and will again.  Nonetheless, the faction concerned only gets much interest where there is a vacuum.  So, for me, putting myself in the shoes of an idealistic adolescent on the verge of leaving school my future looks pretty bleak. I get taught about environmental matters at school, look round at the filthy mess everywhere and see 'the Council' making it far worse buy removing bins, not cleaning streets.  Supermarkets doing nothing at all about double wrapping or plastic bottles. I've got a ready made campaign.  No, I'm not even going to listen  to the lying mainstream local politicians who can't even lead themselves.  Not a good time to be young, so the only thing I'm surprised about is the peaceful nature of the protest!  In my day, cobbles would have been lifted!
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Memories of Newbury / Re: Mens outfitters
« Last post by BB on February 19, 2019, 03:34:53 pm »
Yes, it was Silvers. Quite upmarket and traditional.
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Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« Last post by Number 6 on February 16, 2019, 07:59:58 pm »
The fact that this was a national protest took organisation and money which presumably came from an organisation or pressure group ? What may seem a 'proper' cause could in the future be seen as the thin edge of a wedge. Subverting people starts innocently at first and young minds are easily herded. To my way of thinking this should be investigated as having tasted success those behind it will not stop there.
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Got something to say? / Re: School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« Last post by Old Goat on February 16, 2019, 08:24:47 am »
Must admit my first thought was that the kids are simply emulating their 'betters', following the recent Head Teachers demo in central London. Mind, from my experience environmental issues are a big concern of youngsters.  Locally of course, the reinvigorated Green Party has realised has a ready made target in attacking the local lazy Lib.Dem / Conservative consensus on such issues.
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Got something to say? / School Pupils turned in political 'weapons' ?
« Last post by Number 6 on February 15, 2019, 07:12:04 pm »
This to me seems very a distasteful use of young people by politically motivated groups seeking to 'weaponize'  our youngsters for their own ends. What do others think ?


https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/26634/newbury-school-pupils-stage-climate-protest.html
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Got something to say? / Re: Breakdown of civil society ?
« Last post by Old Goat on February 13, 2019, 07:28:02 am »
Quite dreadful! 

The New York example is good, but would it work in the UK?  In the US, fear of punishment is still a potent inhibitor.  Not so much here; where simply to save money our Policing and Criminal Justice arrangements are demonstrably not fit for purpose.

Is our 'official' response really acceptable or adequate.  The Mayor of Hungerford and the local beat copper have a chat!

First, just like all the other mayoral appointments in West Berkshire, these dignitaries are toothless tigers.  Appointed simply as ceremonial heads of councils which have no real authority or power. 
Second, as this issue has escalated so dangerously, rather than chatting to the foot soldier, what has the Chief Constable, or more to the point, the Crime Commissioner (who actually lives in the area) got to say about this, or more to the point, what are they going to do?

In my view, the feeble official response simply highlights our impotence and we can therefore at best, we can expect this nasty situation to continue. 

Not sure I'd recommend Hungerford as a place to visit, let alone live.

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Got something to say? / Re: Breakdown of civil society ?
« Last post by HattieTrar on February 07, 2019, 10:15:51 am »
Ce site est considéré comme extrêmement bien informé, mais j'aimerais savoir si ces données sont supprimées et pourquoi.
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Old Photographs of Newbury / Re: Newbury's motoring heritage
« Last post by HattieTrar on February 07, 2019, 10:15:25 am »
Quelle est la taille de la source de ces grandes données? Quelle quantité de données puis-je obtenir, car je soupçonne que ce contenu substantiel a été supprimé de la base de données?
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Got something to say? / Breakdown of civil society ?
« Last post by Number 6 on February 06, 2019, 12:09:42 pm »
This reminds me of New York pre Giuliani when it was unsafe to walk the streets in large areas of the city. Fortunately his zero - tolerance and three strikes out policies dramatically improved the situation. Vacuums always fill themselves with rubbish (in this case petty offenders well on the way to becoming major criminals). Time to bring it to a stop please before it gets completely out of hand.

https://www.newburytoday.co.uk/news/home/26539/fears-after-stabbing-and-attack-on-pensioner-74.html
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