About What lessons were learned from the Falklands War? Page 2
|October 24th, 2008||#11|
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LeEnfield Rides again
|October 25th, 2008||#12|
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She did more damage to British industry then the Luftwaffe during WW2. Thanks to her and her government, British heavy industry has faded almost totally, if not completely. The vast majority of coal mines were closed down with approximately with 2 to 3 hundreds years of coal left to be mined, saying it was cheaper to get coal from overseas. Thousands of miners were thrown out of work, and the resulting knock on effect of small business going to the wall, causing massive unemployment. Once a coal mine is closed for any period of time, it can never be re-opened. It was her government that was considering selling the Royal Navy carriers just before the Falklands War broke out. Thanks to her and her government Britain has to rely more and more on imports of heavy equipment, a situation that could prove very dangerous.
This is only the tip of the iceberg, I could go on and on about the sort of damage she and her government were responsible for.
No, she wasn't a wonderful woman, she was bloody dangerous.
I am still not convinced that the Argentine invasion was such a huge surprise as she claimed.
Last edited by BritinAfrica; October 25th, 2008 at 07:10..
|October 25th, 2008||#13|
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We are aiming to present a million signature petition to the government to demand that our Gurkhas be allowed to settle here as should be their right. So far our government has refused to do so. The petition is headed by Joanna Lumley, the actress, whose father was a Gurkha officer. Justice for Gurkhas is the campaign.
English by the grace of God.
|October 25th, 2008||#14|
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|October 26th, 2008||#15|
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I'm all in favour of keeping dangerous weapons out of the hands of fools. Let's start with typewriters. Frank Lloyd Wright
|October 26th, 2008||#16|
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|October 26th, 2008||#17|
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British Industry...........It was running up huge losses and the unions would not change their work practises and expected the Government to Nationalise it all so that they could carry on in the same old way
|October 26th, 2008||#18|
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Its smacks to the old days of "You've never had it so good."
I agree with LeEnfield to a point regarding trade unions. I was called out on strike all too often over silly things. However, when the Falklands War hit the fan, trade unionists threw all previous agreements out of the window and backed the government to the hilt to get the Task Force ready for deployment. Change was needed, I agree, but not to the point of destroying British industry.
Having to rely on foreign imports of weapons, ammunition and other equipment is a dangerous position to be in, it should be remembered that in 1982 Belgium refused to supply ammunition to British forces as they prepared to sail to the South Atlantic.
Before the Falklands War, Thatcher and her government were at an all time low. After the conflict she called an early general election in June 1983 and gained a massive 58 seats because of her popularity over the Falklands, taking 61% of the seats in Parliament.
I have often asked the question, why did Thatcher call an early election? Many replies I received were, “She rode on the lives and the backs of the troops to gain a political advantage.” Others included, "If the truth were told, she didnt give a toss about the Falklands, she saw the war as a political tool used for her and her party policies."
As I said before, I am not convinced that the Falklands War was a huge surprise to her.
Last edited by BritinAfrica; October 26th, 2008 at 10:42..
|October 26th, 2008||#19|
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Thatcher did what she thought was right and that was to take the Falklands back. Now it could have all so easily gone tits up, it was a huge gamble to send a task force so far with so little air support. Okay she called an election a bit early to take advantage of the polls, just like Gordon Brown failed to call one last year when he thought he wouldn't win, well that is politics the world over
|October 26th, 2008||#20|
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Yes, and that applies to many categorities of immigrants, provided our borders are secure from illegals, that no illegals are allowed to stay, that it is understood that no one who has passed through the countries of Europe can possibly claim political asylum genuinely, and that they are prepared to demean themselves by being prepared to be good citizens. Alien and non-integratable cultures - no thank you. And we have to know how many we genuinely have room for. Gurkhas who have served many years with the British Army should be treated as British. 17,000 young Nepalese apply to join the Gurkhas every year, only 3000 are accepted. We love our Gurkhas, and so we should.
As far as Maggie is concerned, she is still rated as our best Prime Minister, next to Churchill, and she dragged our nation up by its boot-straps. Isecond Le's position.
And by the way - McMillens's slogan 'you've never had it so good' was absolutely right, and has proved so since, and I say that as someone who did not understand that and support him at the time. How about 'you've never had it so bad' for now?
Last edited by Del Boy; October 26th, 2008 at 19:56..
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