- 13-05-2012, 21:22 #31
- 13-05-2012, 21:23 #32
National Service benefits society, not the army. Therefore defence is deteriorated.
Spend time in Switzerland and you will see it does wonders for society. Then again Switzerland doesn't do a good line in expeditionary warfare.It was good while it lasted.
- 13-05-2012, 21:24 #33
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As to the actual substance of the matter, I defer to my elders...but this bit made me laugh muchly:
"Suppose you've spent the entirety of your working life pushing paper in an office and concocting ways of winning elections - then the heavy wooden door of Number 10 finally swings closed behind you and you're treated to a series of hushed briefings from serious men and women who array before your blinking eyes scenarios of deathly force directed against your electorate and yourself.
Meanwhile, out in the back garden, a couple of strapping fellows are parading up and down the lawn with Heckler & Koch machine guns around their necks, their mission: to stop the baddies scything you down.
Under such circumstances, even the most competent Oxford PPE graduate is likely to feel a little nervous and think to themselves: best do what these people tell me, they seem to have their heads screwed on."
- 13-05-2012, 21:30 #34
Will Self. Bring back National Service, obviously good timing on his part. Too old, protected service, drug/criminal record. Given the odds, forget the map. I wouldn't trust him to find his own backside with both hands and a wing mirror.
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- 13-05-2012, 21:52 #35
so do one I don't need your sarcasm and I'm sure chocolate frog doesn't need you to defend him.yeh yeh yeh, I know my spelling and typing is shyte.
- 13-05-2012, 21:54 #36The time has come for someone to put their foot down. And that foot is me
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- 13-05-2012, 22:00 #40
"The truth is that commentators rush out their opinions based on their preconceived notions before they know the full facts"
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