Derek Robinson aka Red Robbo is dead

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by velcrostripes, Oct 31, 2017.

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  1. There were no shortage of strikes in the UK as well during the last war. Especially prior to the 22nd July 1941. Why this date?. Go figure.

    The word Barborssa comes into it.
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  2. A number of units reported fist-fights between them and dockers who were working to rule instead of to the military loading timescale, which needed to be adhered to in order for the ships to catch the right tides on both sides of the Channel.

    The same dockers also launched wildcat strikes in 1939-40 in order to disrupt the British Army when the Soviets were allied to Hitler.
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  3. Also Robert Boscawen (Coldstream Guards (Armoured)) who was easily recognisable due to his badly-burned face (brewed up in a Sherman very late in the war).
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  4. It is things like this that makes me think Churchill should have had these union jobsworths taken out and shot as enemy saboteurs, something the authorities would have been within their powers to do.

    Another story that springs to mind is how the French unions hindered the mobilisation of the French forces in 1940. Instructions from Moscow were more than suggested on many occasions.

    Communisn is a cancer that needs to be removed from society.
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  5. which a bit counter intuitive?
  6. I think we have aleady discussed the issue of Unions in the UK during the war, with examples.
  7. Yes, I read his book, "Armoured Guardsmen" a few years back in fact, a good read. Interesting co-incidence though, he mentioned one of his Sergeants who was killed when his tank was knocked out and gave his home town. I mentioned this to my bezzers ex-missus who had the same name and came from the same place, turned out it was her uncle!
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  8. You might want to check that statement. Thatcher (and pretty much all governments for decades) never had a majority of voters, though they may have the most MPs of course. First-past-the-post is a strange system in some ways.
  9. Cold_Collation

    Cold_Collation LE Book Reviewer

    I can't be bothered. :)
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  10. No problem. I googled the figures years ago to settle an argument and it seems that it is just another level of incomprehensibility between the US Presidential system and the Prime-Ministerial one (which is what the discussion was back then). It does seem to have worked out in 1979 though, fortunately (though it wasn't a great amount of fun at the time, as I recall).
  11. Cold_Collation

    Cold_Collation LE Book Reviewer

    I understand the point that you're making. At the same time, and I'm not accusing you personally of this, the Leftist narrative would have it that the whole country wanted rid of her. That wasn't true then or now. What many people were/are worried by is the level of vitriol from the Left.
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  12. Oh, it's worse than that - I was a foolish Liberal supporter back then, not a Labour or Tory person! Hindsght and experiences have had the usual rightwards shift since then, of course. At least the FPTP system has more chance of giving a clear result than most others.
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  13. They were shafted by never-served trades union leaders, more like. Well, 'never-served' apart from serving their Soviet masters.
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  14. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    Lets face it socialism doesn't work because the proponents are all greedy ***** trying to line their own pockets!
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  15. Amen to that Komrade