Virgil Caine

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    Something happening at Salisbury hospital

    They have all the parts of the jigsaw and are currently sawing off bits and repainting others so that it will match the picture on the box they prepared earlier. The noise you can hear is them hitting the pieces with a big hammer to get them to fit.
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    Anyoneuseing Virgin media

    From past experience as a Virgin Media broadband user you can get round their filtering simply by turning off DHCP and setting up a static IP pointing at the Google or OpenDNS servers. You should do this anyway as the two DNS I have listed are much quicker and more reliable than the VM DNS
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    The Labour party hates Jews

    Lots of successful and famous people are thought to be Jewish when the truth is they are not. Many Muslims are convinced Rupert Murdoch is a Jew when in fact his immediate ancestors were Scottish Presbyterian ministers. Similarly the Hollywood actress and singer Ethel Merman (born Ethel Agnes Zimmerman) was routinely assumed to be Jewish when the reality is that she was of German and Scottish ancestry and raised in a rather devout Christian Dutch Reform and Episcopalian family. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethel_Merman Oddly the tendency to assume certain people are Jews when they are not is shared both by people with anti semitic views and a quite a few members of the Jewish community
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    The Labour party hates Jews

    All the Abrahamic religions frowned on usury, including Judaism https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usury Jews tended to end up as money lenders because it was one of the few professions open to them. In addition since they were mainly persecuted in the medieval period because they were held responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus then having their wealth in cash was useful as they often had to flee at short notice. Easy to forget that for much of European history they were hated as Christ killers rather than as money lenders. In fact in the Middle ages most people would have had no access to loans in any form so to them Jewish bankers were probably an irrelevance.It was only in the top level of feudal society that Jewish money lenders would have found most of their customers In fact there was no shortage of Christian money lenders competing with Jews from the 11th century onwards including the Templars, various monastic groups and the North Italian bankers.
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    The Labour party hates Jews

    It is all about whose flowers are most special.
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    Education, education, education

    When doing the calculations most people look at the student debt and forget how much in earnings students sacrifice by going to University. Three years income from work even on an average earnings amounts to quite a tidy sum.
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    Bye bye Treason May?

    I think those 4 Labour MPs are at the fag end of their careers so Steptoe holds absolutely no terrors for them. Anyway the Shadow Cabinet is full of hypocrites since many certainly don't want full EU membership since it would completely knacker many of their proposals for increasing public spending, re nationalisation etc. Worth noting that some senior Lib Dems did not bother to turn out to vote since they are the most staunchly Remain Party. Presumably they think the whole charade is about politicians jostling for political power in a post Brexit Britain not about stopping the UK leaving at all.
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    The Workhouse

    Well that is the odd point. These places started out as harsh places whose terrifying reputation lasted long after they had ceased to be so fearful. Whisper it quietly but the Welfare state and the NHS were patched together from these much older public institutions. Life was hard in the early 20th Century but the poor were not normally left to die on the streets.
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    The Workhouse

    If you look at the photographs of workhouse inmates from the early 20th century most were elderly or disabled. It was where huge numbers of people ended their lives when they were no longer fit enough to labour. People from my grandmothers generation were terrified of ending up in such places. In reality the journey of such institutions from workhouses to geriatric hospitals and homes for the disabled was more a matter or relabelling rather than reinvention. In 1939 there were still over 100,000 people living in Workhouses https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workhouse_infirmary Some were still in use as old folks homes in the 1960s
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    Something happening at Salisbury hospital

    They need to arrest the entire police for collusion with the Russians.
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    Bye bye Treason May?

    Neither I suspect do most MPs. They are all voting for their team rather than the terms of any deal or settlement. Worth noting that some of the Tory Remainers now voting against the government were quite happy to vote through the original EU Referendum bill back in 2015. If they think Brexit is such a bad idea why the hell did they originally vote for a poll that made such an outcome a possibility. At the very least they are terminally dumb and therefore not really fit to hold public office. Not that it makes much difference because I don't think the EU cares now if Parliament votes for hard Brexit, soft Brexit or Remain since they are going to try to do us over whatever the result. This is the ultimate delusion of all Remainers. They think they can roll the clock back to the position pre the 2016 Referendum. That is never going to be be an option on offer from Brussels.
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    Job going

    You can't really make that up can you.
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    The Workhouse

    What I find interesting is how many former workhouses ended up as NHS hospitals. St Luke's in Guildford being an example. http://www.hospitalproject.co.uk/a-short-history-of-st-lukes-hospital-from-workhouse-to-hospital/
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    Bye bye Treason May?

    Just out of interest I dug out the voting on the Third Reading of the EU Referendum Bill in 2015 When it was finally passed there were Ayes 316, Noes 53. https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmhansrd/cm150907/debtext/150907-0005.htm#15090820001470 That means something like 200 MPs could not even be arsed to turn up for the final round of voting with a 100 being complete no shows for all the votes Among the names missing on that day were the current Labour Leader and his Shadow Chancellor At least May bothered to turn up.
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    Something happening at Salisbury hospital

    So was it Putin with the Perfume in the Park At least that alliterates We need our own Novichok enabled Salisbury edition of Cluedo.