Stasi ghosts?

That is a shame, because that site is full of various Ossies and Wessies addressing just the question you have raised. My personal observations a third of a century ago are that an awful lot of good stuff was going on despite the very obvious repression.

Interestingly the Soviets didn't stop that irrepressible spirit.
Do you mean the German irrepressible spirit? If so then it would seem that the Germanic culture is what kept the people going or making the most of a bad situation?
 
Do you mean the German irrepressible spirit? If so then it would seem that the Germanic culture is what kept the people going or making the most of a bad situation?
Yes. I had a number of interesting conversations about that at the time, usually in the woods or in the fields. It impressed me.

People were skilled at being two-faced and at using nods and winks to convey meaning.
 
Do you mean the German irrepressible spirit? If so then it would seem that the Germanic culture is what kept the people going or making the most of a bad situation?

Or as it’s known in the real world, gallows humour.
People will always try and make the best of and light of a shit situation.... well maybe not the French.
 
I've been to SWP meetings in the past, but they were not really socialist. I argued that we should keep our noses out of Palestine and that men should be paid more than women. They didn't understand that having more women in the workforce, just leads to higher prices and less stable communities and families etc, They don't support the traditional family. They don't support capital punishment.

They believe in all sorts of social liberal policies, like getting rid of Trident, supporting foreign groups, promoting homosexuality, etc. I suggested that we should get prisoners to build more infrastructure - but they disagree with all that.

They did have some socialist policies, like nationalisation etc. But a lot of PC nonsense mixed with it.

Basically, they would not agree with most Soviet Union policies. They'd be the ones trying to escape to The West.

They are obsessed with the 'Far Right'. I argued to either ignore the Far Right - or better still convince them that socialism was their better option. I believe Tommy Robinson could actually be a socialist. He's made plenty of comments about the 'liberal elite' not living in working class areas etc. I think he's been told to 'tone down' any kind of 'socialist' talk, for fear of losing funding from the USA.

So in summary, I wasn't welcome in the SWP.
How very socialist of you....Care to expand on this part, why women shouldn't be paid equally for the same work?
 
The Greek Cypriots weren't too shy about a bit of ethnic cleansing of their own. Plenty of Turkish Cypriots were turfed out of their homes when the Turks invaded the north. I've a picture somewhere of a British-run refugee camp at Happy Valley.
Found the picture:

Refugee camp in Happy Valley Episkopi 1.jpg
 
Or as it’s known in the real world, gallows humour.
People will always try and make the best of and light of a shit situation.... well maybe not the French.
Agreed, and as servicemen (former and serving) and being a medic this is very important in order to lessen the negativity of a situation or negate the psychological effects on any obvious danger/risk/evil etc you encounter or are about to. Something the Western PC culture needs to remember or re-educate itself on.
 
How very socialist of you....Care to expand on this part, why women shouldn't be paid equally for the same work?
The SWP spoke about a case where a dinner lady in a steelworks (or maybe a colliery?) should be paid the same as the actual steelworkers (or miners?). Which is obviously complete b******s - as it's not the same job - and if it was the same employer, they could just outsource their catering.

They also don't believe that it's better for the country as a whole, if most (but not all) women stay at home once they are married.

But this is just typical of the nonsense so many modern ''socialists'' spout. (ie they aren't actually socialists).
 

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How very socialist of you....Care to expand on this part, why women shouldn't be paid equally for the same work?
There's no (logical) reason whatsoever that women should be paid less than men for the same job, Recce. The question is: why does the situation still exist 25 or more years after "laws" were passed to, allegedly, prevent it?

Interestingly, that never happened in the GDR, where gender equality was written into the constitution. It appears, therefore, that it's the political will that's lacking in Capitalist societies.

MsG
 

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Hey Buggersy - that's enough skulking around here trying to avoid facing reality on the other thread.

Come on - show some spine, don't be afraid - the truth can set you free!
Ooh! Lookachoo, loofah! I vividly mind your man spackerman there similarly pursuing me across the threads with exactly the same message as you, fella - Get back to the other thread and answer the questions! You seem very much to be in the same very low-level intelligence category as he, judging by your entirely predictable responses.

Tell me, how did you get into the (semi-important) job of obsessively batting away any and all criticism of Israel in the first place, mush? Is your Da some sort of high-up in the Israeli gobment or a member of the top brass in the IDF who insisted that his borderline slow-witted and gormless son be included in the programme? Just asking, like.:-D:-D:-D

MsG
 
"In my time in the DDR (mid-80s) a car and a holiday were entirely normal for practically everyone."

I know nothing of the DDR...however i have stayed at Prora.....Butlins on double steroids with a pcp chaser prora1A.jpg
 
Ooh! Lookachoo, loofah! I vividly mind your man spackerman there similarly pursuing me across the threads with exactly the same message as you, fella - Get back to the other thread and answer the questions! You seem very much to be in the same very low-level intelligence category as he, judging by your entirely predictable responses.

Tell me, how did you get into the (semi-important) job of obsessively batting away any and all criticism of Israel in the first place, mush? Is your Da some sort of high-up in the Israeli gobment or a member of the top brass in the IDF who insisted that his borderline slow-witted and gormless son be included in the programme? Just asking, like.:-D:-D:-D

MsG
Obviously back from shouting at pigeons, the Giro was in the Mail, the Energy supply got reconnected and there was even something left for badly distilled poteen. Back to antisemitic bullshit now, eh Buggers?
 
Ooh! Lookachoo, loofah! I vividly mind your man spackerman there similarly pursuing me across the threads with exactly the same message as you, fella - Get back to the other thread and answer the questions! You seem very much to be in the same very low-level intelligence category as he, judging by your entirely predictable responses.

Tell me, how did you get into the (semi-important) job of obsessively batting away any and all criticism of Israel in the first place, mush? Is your Da some sort of high-up in the Israeli gobment or a member of the top brass in the IDF who insisted that his borderline slow-witted and gormless son be included in the programme? Just asking, like.:-D:-D:-D

MsG

Is anyone here willing/capable of translating/interpreting Threadmongus O'Pantsonfyr's scribblings for me?
 
Is anyone here willing/capable of translating/interpreting Threadmongus O'Pantsonfyr's scribblings for me?
No, the Wood Gnome is missing it's village and the village is missing it's idiot. Supposedly he tried again to favour everyone with his world class German.
 

DaManBugs

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No, the Wood Gnome is missing it's village and the village is missing it's idiot. Supposedly he tried again to favour everyone with his world class German.
You're trying far too hard to please now that you've found a world that'll actually finally accept you, Hubi, boy!

But, say, don't you have a few immigrants to work over or a synagogue to fire-bomb, fella? Just asking, like.:mrgreen:

MsG
 

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