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  • I’d want to know how many pages were left in a book, how long a film was or how many miles I’ve got to walk to get back to the car. Why not how many years I’ve got left?

    We all know that we’re going to die, knowing when would certainly concentrate the mind, help us focus on what is truly important and promote a sense of perspec…

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  • @andypandy You are missing the point spectacularly, and I thought I was the one with English as their second language….

    The UK government cannot refuse dealing with an asylum application solely for formal reasons, whether the person claiming asylum arrived legally or illegally. They can of course refuse asylum and deport the applicant, but they…[Read more]

  • @andypandy Why? I do not see the relevance of your link to what I have claimed. As I read it, your link says that you have to be in the UK to apply for asylum, but that the UK claims it is not obliged to admit anyone who made it, say, to France to enable them to do so.

    This is not the same as refusing to consider an asylum application for formal…[Read more]

  • @andypandy What do you think ‘the limit’ has been calculated as being? I work in Wigan supporting asylum seekers (quick google should throw up what I do etc). In Greater Manchester, the figure is 1 per 200. We don’t quite reach that figure in Wigan (not enough cheap housing stock) but we have a very well cohessed community. This does place…[Read more]

  • I think that limit is an order of magnitude higher than what the UK does, but I don’t think it’s high enough – nor can it be – for what may be coming. The international community needs to act swiftly – and violently where necessary – to prevent a country disintegrating to the point where most people want to leave it otherwise it’s really going…

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  • They are in France. A perfectly fine country.

    @andypandy True. But the chances are most of the refugees, if they speak a second language speak English. Do you think they would have a better chance of rebuilding their shattered lives in France or the UK in this situation? What would you do in that situation?

  • Think the problem was that every other item in the range was being modelled by a young white child. Then suddenly this one was being modelled by a young black child.> Probably totally innocent, but obviously it looks terrible for them.

    @andypandy Not true. They are Swedish and in the press here the mother was saying 3 days ago it was just one of…[Read more]