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      28.04.2001 22:43
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      The house of lords are one of those issues as has already been said, every one forgets about until they oppose a bill which the general public wish to make law. They have moved forward in that they have got rid of hereditory peers, so that not any Tom, Dick or Harry can vote on the imposition of legislation. I believe it is necessary to have the house of lords, specifically as a guard for laws that are rushed through by parliament without fully considering there consequences and whether the law is actually of any use. The lords acts as a second opinion.

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        28.04.2001 21:34
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        The NHS is a shambles and has been in decline for too many years to remember. It starts with the under-paid nursing staff and the long hours and poor treatment. Why should anyone stay in this environment. So, because of these problems it has the onward effect on the patients. Not enough staff to deal with the ever increasing amount of sick people. The closure of numerous hospitals has added to this problem. The introduction of private health care has not made any difference to this problem having seen it first hand. All this means is that if you have private health care or are prepared to put your hand in your pocket you will get an appointment quicker than those who don't have the money. The queue stays the same, it only means that people who join the queue at the back can jump to the front with the appropriate amount of cash. You have to ask yourself why do we pay the government for the NHS.

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        • Religion / Discussion / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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          17.04.2001 00:30
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          The title has asked many questions about religion which can't be answered in one sitting. Religion is something i was brought up with, some would argue that i have been brainwashed with. The fact is though that i enjoy it. I have friends who are not religious at all and seem none the worse for wear but i believe that it is essential in my life for direction and reflection of my faults in my day to day life and to improve the way i act and treat people. but it is not essentially religion that can do this for you anyone can give advice and receive advice on there life. In relation to religion and violence, this is an area that i have never understood and will never understand. Religion is about peace on earth and nothing else. To say that violence is caused in the name of violence and is the reason for its justification is a nonsence. I honestly believe that religions can live in concert but any religion specifically in the Middle East that use this as a justification can never fully live in concert with other nationalities.

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            16.04.2001 23:41
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            This is another argument that will role on for years. Speed cameras have been present in the uk for years and it is a fact that where they are present they reduce the speed of cars in the areas where they are present. Unfortunately there are many issues that go with the cameras, is there enough; are they in the right place; wouldn't it better replacing them with more traffic police officers on the road; It is a fact that on roads where there has been a high percentage of accident, where cameras have been introduced the accident level has been drematically reduced. The AA and the RAC argue that the speed of the car should be determined by the type of road it is on e.g. 30mph outside a school is sometimes too fast where as 80mph on an open motorway it is argued is ok. The problem with this argument is that even on motorways conditions can change very quickly ie poor visibility or a build up of traffic which may present a dangerous situation. So it is necessary to keep speeds at a limit. The issue that should be looked at is reducing the speeds of cars. why are cars allowed to built that can be driven at 130mph and over. Manufacturers and the government should be looking at ways in which car speeds can be maintained in whatever the speed limit is in the area and so hopefully will reduce injury and death on the road.

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            • Political party funding / Discussion / 0 Readings / 2 Ratings
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              24.03.2001 21:07
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              People forget or maybe they are not aware but there are several laws agains corruption and malfeasance in a public office. Unfortunately members of parliament appear to be above they law. I have read several comments which say that the parties need donations to survive, but at what cost you must ask. No-one gives £1m and wants nothing in return and if anyone has that attitude then they are very foolish. The scandal with Mandelson is a big issue and isn't just something that the conservatives have thought up. We have to look as far back as the dome and ask why!. Why was this monstrosity built, it cost millions if not billions to build and who made out of it. The contractors. Then you have to ask which contractors gave donations to the party, and suddenly there is a connection. It was in the press about six months ago that to people involved with the Dome have been arrested for fiddling the books. Where does it go from there. The problem we have with this area is that it isn't the police that investigate these matters but departments within the government. White-wash springs to mind. I hope this matter isn't finished as far as the press are concerned because i believe there is a lot still to uncover.

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                11.02.2001 00:45

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                speaking as the typical man who remembers weeks before any birthday or anniversary that gifts and cards have to be bought for loved ones. The internet experience is wonderful. I do now and again get the odd comment that i sometimes spend to much time online,but not so much as late. Now that i have constant reminders by email that valentines day etc, is coming and have i thought of a present and if you haven't we can help yo It's not because men are lazy that they have problems buying gifts. It's just they shopping experience. We detest it. I have just bought by wife a valentines gift from Debenhams. I was given two weeks notice of the occasion and the gift took six days to arrive. If the gift was needed the following day then the internet isn't for you. So now everyone is happy. My wife is happy she has receive a lovely present that isn't too tacky I don't get nagged. Peace on earth.

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                10.02.2001 23:43
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                Much legislation has been directed towards the young offender and the persistent young offender. Being treated leniently at first with warnings, to curfew orders and even parenting orders puting the onus on the parent to keep them under control. You must ask youself though is there any purpose to this, how can we improve or even maintain this system when you don't have the police officers to deal with it. For serious offences of violence prison can be the only option but for less serious offences there has to be another option for the persistent young offender. It has to be a system put in place not only where the offender can be supervised but educated. Should a period in military service be considered, certainly removal from the lifestyle that he/she is used to must be considered. The problem with the old systems and the new is that they all cost money to keep in place and to this end they will never improve or at least be used to their full potential. The Government is going in the right direction but as usual it is only a half hearted attempt.

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                • Foxhunting - is this sport? / Discussion / 0 Readings / 4 Ratings
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                  13.01.2001 22:30
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                  I have yet to comprehend why it has taken so long for this problem to be resolved by the government. I believe it has got nothing to do with public opinion, if it did then there would be a law against fox hunting, after all there has been many animal act passed through parliament in the last ten years. There has been the dangerous dogs act, acts in relation to the worrying of livestock and the most poignant the protection of animals act. Unfortunately in this act the government didn't go so far as to protect wild animals from cruelty. There is also the Wild animals protection act 1996 which covers the cruelty to wild mammals. We have also had protection for beavers introduced in the early 1990's this only because it was an endangered species. I can only assume then that public opinion doesn't count for this simple act to be introduced. Even fish are now protected by the quotas that fishermen can trawl. It seems that it is only the fox that eludes protection. In conclusion it seems madness that this act hasn't changed. It's about time that these hunters came out and said that this hunting was purely for fun and not for the protection of the countryside and in that case it is cruelty and should be band.

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                    23.12.2000 23:17
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                    I have always thought that for the size of population Dumfries has too many shops. "Is there such a thing" she cried. Dumfries is a well laid out town, mostly pedestrianised and shopper friendly. I'm sure most women could have a go at spending most of the day there. The town itself has a good mix of local stores and the usual department stores. In relation to the usual household shopping all the main stores without exception have moved out of town for ease of access and parking for shoppers. The only draw back that there is in the town is that i believe that the town has a low rating in so far as economy, so the bigger chain store do not have the same selection that you would have in say Glasgow or Edinburgh. They must think that the locals haven't got a sense of fashion and are very impoverished. With a good mix of cafe's and bars you can have as much a relaxing or stressful shop as you like.

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                      22.12.2000 21:11
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                      This is subject that you could spend all day writing about. Pubs in Dumfries are like shops, you just can't understand why there are so many compared to the size of population. The most recent attraction to the town is wetherspoons. Having refurbished a historic but rundown building in the centre of town and the fact that it sells cheap beer, this has to be one of the first stop offs when touring the pubs. On the side of character you have to visit the Globe. This bar states that it is the main pub that Rabby Burns the famous Scots poet and womaniser used when he was in town, still keeping an area of the original bar. If you are a youngster out for a drink, English street is the street to start boasting many bars with various themes and at the end of the night a choice of three night clubs to select from all decent, it just depends on your taste of dress and music

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                      • Hotels in Dumfries / Hotel National / 1 Reading / 1 Rating
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                        22.12.2000 20:58
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                        The Station hotel is situated approximately 5 minutes walk from the town centre. It is also as the name says situated next to the local train station. Although the hotel is very comfortable offering restaraunt, bar, conference and function facilities, it doesn't compare to other hotels who offer fitness and swimming pool facilities all for the same price as the station hotel. The rooms are very comfortable and again it has good parking facilities. The service is very good and the staff very helpful

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                          22.12.2000 19:36
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                          There are many hotels in Dumfries but the one hotel that you must choose if you are going to visit is the Cairndale. The hotel is situated a minutes walk from the centre of town. The Cairndale offers many facilities. It has two restaraunts, two bars one which is attached to the restaraunt. It has the fitness facilities open to use to all residents which offers a swimming pool, steam room, sauna, solarium and fitness gym. It also has a cafe/bar so you can relax after you have worked up a sweat. The hotel also offers various conference and function facilities hosting wedding parties on most weekends. The hotel has also had a recent extension and an increase in the parking facilities The rooms in the hotel are very spacious and confortable making the whole experience of staying at the hotel very enjoyable

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                          22.12.2000 01:41
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                          Dumfries, a very over estimated town in Scotland half an hour from the English border. It has a mix for everyone, it is full of history with Robert the Bruce and Rabby Burns having an influence on the town. It boasts a thriving town centre for shopping and a great night life. It has a variety of cafe's and restaraunts in and around the town and has many activities for children to keep them occupied. The town centre has been pedestrianised, parents enjoying the walk around town without the worry of kids and cars. The town also boast a very low crime rate The seaside is less than half an hour away. It also has many forest walks. The town is very picturesque with the river nith running through and the people are very friendly

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                          • email privacy / Discussion / 0 Readings / 3 Ratings
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                            21.12.2000 03:41

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                            In relation to the monitoring of email although similar in idea are two very different areas. It's now a fact that with companies now relying on the internet and email for business this system is goint to be abused. Whether or not company email should be monitored - I would suggest 'yes', why not. If it is identified to staff that this is company policy, whether the monitoring is covertly done should not be a problem; after all if it is the staff that are using it for their own personal use then I do not see a problem. As for the fact of surveillance by the government and the security services and the introduction of the UCHR ACT and RIPA 2000... Strict limitations have been set on any surveillance, even email. As for human rights protesters, I believe they have missed the point. Police and government agencies aren't looking at the average punter, they are looking at serious criminals, and if anything we should be thankful that they are branching out into this area in an attempt to try and catch them.

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