General News/Current Affairs Thread

Ryo Chan

Symphogear
how can we have a falkland theme? we can't afford to run the ships, we have no aircraft carriers or harriers and all our troops are still dying in Afganistan for a country than in 12 months won't exist thanks to another civil war :D
 

Kite

Vampire Ninja
The people in parliament are looking out for them selfs and wanting more money
Until a year before the election to 1 day after the election where they care about others in an attempt to remain in seat after the votes.
 

Ryo Chan

Symphogear
good to see the war on terror is going so well.

Boston's been hit now :( supossibly we've had threats for the London Marathon this weekend too
 

Kite

Vampire Ninja
I would say the funeral will be a bigger target.

Those Boston bombs are probably some individual whom had a grudge. RIP.
 

Joshawott

Monsieur Monster
AUKN Staff
What's the motivation behind the bombings though? Chaos for the sake of chaos? A distraction for something bigger?

I'm calling it as a native threat though - suggestions I've seen that Al Qaeda or North Korea are behind it are absolutely asinine. The target just doesn't match up with previous international targets of Al Qaeda. Sure it's on Patriot's Day and has got a lot of coverage, but something doesn't feel right about it (aside from y'know, it being a bombing that's killed people).

EDIT:
A Saudi 20 year old is currently being held as a suspect. Source

EDIT:
Now apparently Boston Police are saying no suspects have been taken into custody yet...
 

Kite

Vampire Ninja
One won't suffer as he's dead, the other will probably get death penalty (if it still exists in Massa) or life in prison.
 

GRCC

Brigade Leader
Apparently our Monarch made a speech today. Bad timing considering some bloke in Manchester already had plans to shock the world.
 

GRCC

Brigade Leader
Everybody knew that but this was as out of the blue as you can get and also hence why immigration policies that are definitely not in reaction to UKIP were bumped off the top of the news heap yesterday.

Speaking of which; yay or nay on those policies?
 

Mutsumi

Guild Member
Judging by the BBC News app, that football guy quitting is not what bumped the queen off the news, because there is only a single mention of it outside of the sport section.

As for immigration policies, I don't know what the policies in the news were, but I gather they amount to pretending to tighten border control. I say bollocks to anti-immigration policies. If people want to come here, then let's make sure we create enough jobs and houses to accommodate them, so that they can work and pay taxes just like the rest of us. There is huge potential in the migrant workforce, but there is too much petty racism masked as nationalism preventing progress. With so much migration of working-age people to the UK, there is no need to incentivise domestic breeding, so child benefit should be phased out and replaced with something far more modest and restrictive to reflect this.
 

ayase

State Alchemist
More scapegoating of ordinary people just trying to get along by the political elite, gotta love it. "It's not our fault you're unemployed or poor, it's those people over there! They took your job and your money! It certainly wasn't our greed and incompetence that cost you, no, it was THEM!"

What's needed is free movement of goods and labour throughout the entire world, then British people won't feel hard done by and could just leave for one of our better off former colonies. It's hardly surprising people in Eastern Europe go "Hey, I can freely go live and work somewhere with higher wages and standards of living, awesome" and I don't begrudge them that opportunity. The slightly unfair thing is that British people are no longer free to do the same with underpopulated richer countries like the US, Canada and Australia. It would be nice if they'd all open their borders to us as well, but their politicians also like to scapegoat foriegners, so they don't.

Borders... nations... what a load of outdated old toss it all is anyway. I don't know why people feel any kind of loyalty or fraternity to people just because they happen to have been born or raised on a certain arbitrarily designated patch of land - Exactly the same percentage of British people are awful human beings as can be found among the wider population of Earth. Exactly the same percentage are decent and fair-minded. Unfortunately, one of those groups massively outnumbers the other, which is the reason democracy is inherantly flawed and we get stuck with these backward xenophobic policy decisions.
 

Mutsumi

Guild Member
I wholly agree, Ayase. Furthermore, to facilitate a little more global mobility, the UK should teach languages a little more in schools.
 

Rui

Karamatsu Boy
Administrator
That's true, I always thought I had no aptitude for languages because I spent seven years learning French at school without ever...learning any French. If quantity could be replaced by some quality so kids were leaving school with some degree of confidence in a second language, the world would be a better place. I agree that learning about other languages and cultures is important (and I'm pleased to see more than one post on the topic which aligns with my own views, as it seems raw nationalism is often the preference among folks on the internet).

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