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By *aninwsm   profile verified by photo (TV/TS/CD)  over a year ago

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This was a gay sex site, it had more active members and was useful for arranging meets. Ah the good old days. XX

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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I feel a Mary Hopkin song coming on:

Dah dah-dah DAH da dah...

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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I remember a time when there was less hate and things were more peaceful in the world, though to be honest growing up in the 90s I never really paid much attention to the news etc, kids rarely do

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By *sunamiwarrior   profile verified by photo (M)  over a year ago

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I remember the Cold War when everyone in Britain was waiting for the nuclear bomb and governments had actually issued warnings of how to take off interior doors and put them over windows etc. No-one knew what to expect.

I remember petrol rationing.

I remember Derek Hatton a communist council leader and Labour Party activist bringing Liverpool to its knees and practically bankrupting the city as all big businesses shut up shop or moved out.

I remember the union strikes of the 70s which would be unimaginable to today's youth.

Electricity was rationed and fires were caused by people using candles. Industry could only work a three day week. Smelly rubbish piled up in our streets as rats and vermin scavenged about.

Picket lines made up of reluctant workers were run by the 'flying pickets' who were an extremely violent communist/Marxist faction who hated the eastablishment, the police, authority and anyone who didn't share their ideals.

Pickets lines prevented even patients getting to hospitals. Gritters in the winter were parked up and left the roads a death trap. You could even buy a loaf of bread. Drivers and transport were on strike. Scargill, another communist wanting to hold the country to random had the miners on strike.

Make no mistake they much worse times than most have ever seen and ordinary people and families were becoming ill and deaths were caused by the strikes and probably many more deaths than anyone imagined.

Like her or loathe her it's not difficult to see why Thatcher became so popular and stayed in power so long when she came along and ended all that was crippling the country and most of all ordinary people.

I can remember not being able to drive into the docks, the print industry and the mining industry premises unless you were a paid up union member oerwuse you were told to f-off. I worked with the miners ( not down the pits although I have been down and that is a hell of a job) and they were a happy close knit bunch of good mates until the unions conned them into striking and once out bullied them into staying out as the violent flying pickets travelled from strike to strike fishing out hatred and threats and beatings .... all paid for by Scargill who took the money which had been donated by the public to provide food for striking miners. Eventually many miners left Scargill and his union and in the end the strikes were defeated but not before all those community minded, close friends and good mates ended up hating each other with rifts that have still not healed.

As with left/right, red/ blue of today the extremists can only win by creating the rifts and making people unhappy.

The union bosses never suffered. The rich never suffered. The poor working man being used as a pawn in the battle for union (and communist) supremacy were the only ones suffering, hungry, cold and dying.

That is why I seriously fear Corbyns world.

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*ordic-knight By *ordic-knight   premium paying member (M)  over a year ago

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Well said TW. I remember that gloomy past quite well. Just hope it is never repeated.

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By *hread  (M)  over a year ago

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I don't think I've read such a discription of the 70s that was so right and until you read it the memories do come back of the misery that most of us suffered, the term the good old days is some kind of a misnomer in reality

Thank you ts

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By *.London   profile verified by photo (M)  over a year ago

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"I don't think I've read such a discription of the 70s that was so right and until you read it the memories do come back of the misery that most of us suffered, the term the good old days is some kind of a misnomer in reality"

And it's just so sad when you see the youngsters of today believing all the promises that you've heard before. And seen broken so many times before.

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*etropolis By *etropolis   profile verified by photo (M)  over a year ago

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I remember every minute of it. Everyone born after the 70's should learn from it and realise that it was all caused by labour and the unions. The type of labour that Corbyn, his millionaire backers and the unions want back.

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By *.London   profile verified by photo (M)  over a year ago

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Anybody else remember when the moderate Andrew McIntosh led Labour to victory in the GLC elections and was ousted overnight by Ken Livingstone?

Any bets on how long the current leader of the Labour Party would continue as anything but a puppet if he ever managed to lead Labour to a general election victory?

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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I remember a time when if a govt had been in power for 7 years, people held it accountable for its policies, actions and the outcomes. They were not fixated about what the opposition would or wouldn't do, which, let's be honest, is just speculation. And again the focus should be on the govt especially as we are only a few weeks into their 3rd term after they called the snap election. Whatever you think Labour may or may not do is irrelevant, they are not in power. Try concentrating on what the Conservative govt have actually done, are doing and plan to do and make judgements about that.

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*astkenter By *astkenter  (M)  over a year ago

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Well said, I second that. Heaping scorn on the opposition and speculation about what it might or might not do is a way of distracting attention from the incumbent government's actions (or paralysis).

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By *appybiuk   profile verified by photo (M)  over a year ago

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Bring back Disraeli. He had the sense to borrow the money to build the Suize canal. This then helped put money into the government coffers.

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By *HIOG  (M)  over a year ago

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if course it matters who the opposition are and what they might do. If Labour were thought capable of governing this country on a par with the Conservatives then it might be possible to consider them as a party to be in charge but we all know that will not happen. Corbyns strings will be pulled to get him voted in and then he will be kicked out and it will be back to the strikes and unrest of the 70s.

Corbyns outdated left wing views are bad enough but once his cronies and the unions take over it will be goodbye uk as we know it and the EU will be bloody glad we left.

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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Am I not right in thinking that not more than 3 months ago, many on here were bemoaning that fact there was a weak opposition and people on here blamed Corbyn this. Now after the Election there is a much stonger opposition ( as voted for by the public) and the same people are blaming Corbyn for this. The irony and hypocrisy is staggering, it really is!!!!!!!

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By *illanihole  (M)  over a year ago

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Name calling, derisory comments, and generally putting eachother down seems a popular thing in parliament, just as it does in school playgrounds.

Corbyn himself has said on many occasions he will not engage in such activity , and calls for serious debate. Would seem that there's smokescreens billowing up from the tory side to cover up whats really going on ? one wonders

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By *HIOG  (M)  over a year ago

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"I remember the Cold War when everyone in Britain was waiting for the nuclear bomb and governments had actually issued warnings of how to take off interior doors and put them over windows etc. No-one knew what to expect.

I remember petrol rationing.

I remember Derek Hatton a communist council leader and Labour Party activist bringing Liverpool to its knees and practically bankrupting the city as all big businesses shut up shop or moved out.

I remember the union strikes of the 70s which would be unimaginable to today's youth.

Electricity was rationed and fires were caused by people using candles. Industry could only work a three day week. Smelly rubbish piled up in our streets as rats and vermin scavenged about.

Picket lines made up of reluctant workers were run by the 'flying pickets' who were an extremely violent communist/Marxist faction who hated the eastablishment, the police, authority and anyone who didn't share their ideals.

Pickets lines prevented even patients getting to hospitals. Gritters in the winter were parked up and left the roads a death trap. You could even buy a loaf of bread. Drivers and transport were on strike. Scargill, another communist wanting to hold the country to random had the miners on strike.

Make no mistake they much worse times than most have ever seen and ordinary people and families were becoming ill and deaths were caused by the strikes and probably many more deaths than anyone imagined.

Like her or loathe her it's not difficult to see why Thatcher became so popular and stayed in power so long when she came along and ended all that was crippling the country and most of all ordinary people.

I can remember not being able to drive into the docks, the print industry and the mining industry premises unless you were a paid up union member oerwuse you were told to f-off. I worked with the miners ( not down the pits although I have been down and that is a hell of a job) and they were a happy close knit bunch of good mates until the unions conned them into striking and once out bullied them into staying out as the violent flying pickets travelled from strike to strike fishing out hatred and threats and beatings .... all paid for by Scargill who took the money which had been donated by the public to provide food for striking miners. Eventually many miners left Scargill and his union and in the end the strikes were defeated but not before all those community minded, close friends and good mates ended up hating each other with rifts that have still not healed.

As with left/right, red/ blue of today the extremists can only win by creating the rifts and making people unhappy.

The union bosses never suffered. The rich never suffered. The poor working man being used as a pawn in the battle for union (and communist) supremacy were the only ones suffering, hungry, cold and dying.

That is why I seriously fear Corbyns world.

"

Everything I know about the 70s confirms your post and I am also scared of the harm an extreme left government would do. I work in the NHS and I know there would be strikes in our professions.

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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Lets hope they elect a new Tory leader n PM before long - and keep Corbyn in the dustbin where he belongs lol!

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By *yson hoover  (M)  over a year ago

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aye lad back in my days.

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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I used to live in a paper bag int middle of road!

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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"I used to live in a paper bag int middle of road!"

Completely wrong. There has never been a spoken abbreviated "t" in any northern dialect to replace the word "the", it has always been silent, therefore your phrase should have been, "I used t live in a paper bag in middle a road".

If tha gunna do Yarkshire, do it reight!

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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We were a bit better off used to live in a shoe box on the M1 when it was being built x

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By *aladin1950  (M)  over a year ago

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"I remember the Cold War when everyone in Britain was waiting for the nuclear bomb and governments had actually issued warnings of how to take off interior doors and put them over windows etc. No-one knew what to expect.

I remember petrol rationing.

I remember Derek Hatton a communist council leader and Labour Party activist bringing Liverpool to its knees and practically bankrupting the city as all big businesses shut up shop or moved out.

I remember the union strikes of the 70s which would be unimaginable to today's youth.

Electricity was rationed and fires were caused by people using candles. Industry could only work a three day week. Smelly rubbish piled up in our streets as rats and vermin scavenged about.

Picket lines made up of reluctant workers were run by the 'flying pickets' who were an extremely violent communist/Marxist faction who hated the eastablishment, the police, authority and anyone who didn't share their ideals.

Pickets lines prevented even patients getting to hospitals. Gritters in the winter were parked up and left the roads a death trap. You could even buy a loaf of bread. Drivers and transport were on strike. Scargill, another communist wanting to hold the country to random had the miners on strike.

Make no mistake they much worse times than most have ever seen and ordinary people and families were becoming ill and deaths were caused by the strikes and probably many more deaths than anyone imagined.

Like her or loathe her it's not difficult to see why Thatcher became so popular and stayed in power so long when she came along and ended all that was crippling the country and most of all ordinary people.

I can remember not being able to drive into the docks, the print industry and the mining industry premises unless you were a paid up union member oerwuse you were told to f-off. I worked with the miners ( not down the pits although I have been down and that is a hell of a job) and they were a happy close knit bunch of good mates until the unions conned them into striking and once out bullied them into staying out as the violent flying pickets travelled from strike to strike fishing out hatred and threats and beatings .... all paid for by Scargill who took the money which had been donated by the public to provide food for striking miners. Eventually many miners left Scargill and his union and in the end the strikes were defeated but not before all those community minded, close friends and good mates ended up hating each other with rifts that have still not healed.

As with left/right, red/ blue of today the extremists can only win by creating the rifts and making people unhappy.

The union bosses never suffered. The rich never suffered. The poor working man being used as a pawn in the battle for union (and communist) supremacy were the only ones suffering, hungry, cold and dying.

That is why I seriously fear Corbyns world.

"

I agree with all that and even as a Labour supporter I wouldn't want to see those bad old days return. I like Corbyn but I do believe he is too naive to have authority should he become leader and would quickly be removed and replaced with someone more extreme.

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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Common knowledge there won't be a NHS within next 10 years,being sold as I write this from within ,anything profitable taken over by American corporations,always carry credit or debit card or the ambulance won't take you to a hospital ,never give DNA sample or you won't get medical insurance,never get seriously ill or insurance is void

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"Common knowledge there won't be a NHS within next 10 years,being sold as I write this from within ,anything profitable taken over by American corporations,always carry credit or debit card or the ambulance won't take you to a hospital ,never give DNA sample or you won't get medical insurance,never get seriously ill or insurance is void"

That post doesn't make any sense.

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*ordic-knight By *ordic-knight   premium paying member (M)  over a year ago

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"Common knowledge there won't be a NHS within next 10 years,being sold as I write this from within ,anything profitable taken over by American corporations,always carry credit or debit card or the ambulance won't take you to a hospital ,never give DNA sample or you won't get medical insurance,never get seriously ill or insurance is void

That post doesn't make any sense. "

He's written 3 comment on 3 forum _hreads that don't make any sense. Either he speaks a different language or he's been at granny's cooking sherry

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By *ewcocol  (M)  over a year ago

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TW, you left out queuing for hours in a freezing winter to buy a maximum limit of two gallons of petrol. Wrapped in blankets because running the engine to keep warm used some of the tiny amount of fuel left in the tank.

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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Mars Bars cost 4p.

If you needed to make an emergency call, there was only one house in the street that had a telephone and that was a Doctor's house.

There was no internet and if you wanted to look at pictures of naked women, you had to get hold of a porn magazine such as Knave or Penthouse etc.

There were only 3 television channels, which shut down at midnight.

The good old days, NOT!

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By *ewcocol  (M)  over a year ago

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"TW, you left out queuing for hours in a freezing winter to buy a maximum limit of two gallons of petrol. Wrapped in blankets because running the engine to keep warm used some of the tiny amount of fuel left in the tank. "

But to balance all that out I discovered dick in the 70s so it wasn't all bad.

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By *arry101  (M)  over a year ago

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"Mars Bars cost 4p.

If you needed to make an emergency call, there was only one house in the street that had a telephone and that was a Doctor's house.

There was no internet and if you wanted to look at pictures of naked women, you had to get hold of a porn magazine such as Knave or Penthouse etc.

There were only 3 television channels, which shut down at midnight.

The good old days, NOT! "

the best of days!!

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By *arry101  (M)  over a year ago

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"Mars Bars cost 4p.

If you needed to make an emergency call, there was only one house in the street that had a telephone and that was a Doctor's house.

There was no internet and if you wanted to look at pictures of naked women, you had to get hold of a porn magazine such as Knave or Penthouse etc.

There were only 3 television channels, which shut down at midnight.

The good old days, NOT!

the best of days!!"

The only real emergency would be medical so doctors house is best start.

Internet only provides naked women in your view so no improvement there!

Only three channels but not many channels showing crap and reality nonsense so your point is?

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By (user no longer on site)  over a year ago

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You all remembering 70s if this goverment weve got messes up brexit those days may come back but hope not

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"I remember the Cold War when everyone in Britain was waiting for the nuclear bomb and governments had actually issued warnings of how to take off interior doors and put them over windows etc. No-one knew what to expect.

I remember petrol rationing.

I remember Derek Hatton a communist council leader and Labour Party activist bringing Liverpool to its knees and practically bankrupting the city as all big businesses shut up shop or moved out.

I remember the union strikes of the 70s which would be unimaginable to today's youth.

Electricity was rationed and fires were caused by people using candles. Industry could only work a three day week. Smelly rubbish piled up in our streets as rats and vermin scavenged about.

Picket lines made up of reluctant workers were run by the 'flying pickets' who were an extremely violent communist/Marxist faction who hated the eastablishment, the police, authority and anyone who didn't share their ideals.

Pickets lines prevented even patients getting to hospitals. Gritters in the winter were parked up and left the roads a death trap. You could even buy a loaf of bread. Drivers and transport were on strike. Scargill, another communist wanting to hold the country to random had the miners on strike.

Make no mistake they much worse times than most have ever seen and ordinary people and families were becoming ill and deaths were caused by the strikes and probably many more deaths than anyone imagined.

Like her or loathe her it's not difficult to see why Thatcher became so popular and stayed in power so long when she came along and ended all that was crippling the country and most of all ordinary people.

I can remember not being able to drive into the docks, the print industry and the mining industry premises unless you were a paid up union member oerwuse you were told to f-off. I worked with the miners ( not down the pits although I have been down and that is a hell of a job) and they were a happy close knit bunch of good mates until the unions conned them into striking and once out bullied them into staying out as the violent flying pickets travelled from strike to strike fishing out hatred and threats and beatings .... all paid for by Scargill who took the money which had been donated by the public to provide food for striking miners. Eventually many miners left Scargill and his union and in the end the strikes were defeated but not before all those community minded, close friends and good mates ended up hating each other with rifts that have still not healed.

As with left/right, red/ blue of today the extremists can only win by creating the rifts and making people unhappy.

The union bosses never suffered. The rich never suffered. The poor working man being used as a pawn in the battle for union (and communist) supremacy were the only ones suffering, hungry, cold and dying.

That is why I seriously fear Corbyns world.

"

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By *ackcarter  (M)  over a year ago

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Enjoy your paranoia, but your rant is factually inaccurate in so many ways. One example? Derek Hatton wasn't a communist and was never council leader.

Protect and Survive, the government manual explaining how to build an entirely useless shelter out of doors was based on a pamphlet produced in the 60s (under the Macmillan government)and circulated to delegates to the regular nuclear war training courses at Easingwold and elsewhere - it was only released to the public in the 80s, not the 70s, when Thatcher wanted to scare people.

If you can't get your facts straight, why bother ranting?

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"I remember the Cold War when everyone in Britain was waiting for the nuclear bomb and governments had actually issued warnings of how to take off interior doors and put them over windows etc. No-one knew what to expect.

I remember petrol rationing.

I remember Derek Hatton a communist council leader and Labour Party activist bringing Liverpool to its knees and practically bankrupting the city as all big businesses shut up shop or moved out.

I remember the union strikes of the 70s which would be unimaginable to today's youth.

Electricity was rationed and fires were caused by people using candles. Industry could only work a three day week. Smelly rubbish piled up in our streets as rats and vermin scavenged about.

Picket lines made up of reluctant workers were run by the 'flying pickets' who were an extremely violent communist/Marxist faction who hated the eastablishment, the police, authority and anyone who didn't share their ideals.

Pickets lines prevented even patients getting to hospitals. Gritters in the winter were parked up and left the roads a death trap. You could even buy a loaf of bread. Drivers and transport were on strike. Scargill, another communist wanting to hold the country to random had the miners on strike.

Make no mistake they much worse times than most have ever seen and ordinary people and families were becoming ill and deaths were caused by the strikes and probably many more deaths than anyone imagined.

Like her or loathe her it's not difficult to see why Thatcher became so popular and stayed in power so long when she came along and ended all that was crippling the country and most of all ordinary people.

I can remember not being able to drive into the docks, the print industry and the mining industry premises unless you were a paid up union member oerwuse you were told to f-off. I worked with the miners ( not down the pits although I have been down and that is a hell of a job) and they were a happy close knit bunch of good mates until the unions conned them into striking and once out bullied them into staying out as the violent flying pickets travelled from strike to strike fishing out hatred and threats and beatings .... all paid for by Scargill who took the money which had been donated by the public to provide food for striking miners. Eventually many miners left Scargill and his union and in the end the strikes were defeated but not before all those community minded, close friends and good mates ended up hating each other with rifts that have still not healed.

As with left/right, red/ blue of today the extremists can only win by creating the rifts and making people unhappy.

The union bosses never suffered. The rich never suffered. The poor working man being used as a pawn in the battle for union (and communist) supremacy were the only ones suffering, hungry, cold and dying.

That is why I seriously fear Corbyns world.

"

As someone has pointed out inaccuracies in my post (described by him as a rant lol) I will add the following staement (sounds official doesn't it)....

Derek Hatton was a leader of Liverpool council. Although he was in fact the Deputy leader most people will never have heard of the actual leader becuase everything happening in Liverpool was controlled by Hatton and he did bring the city to it's knees.

Hatton was a member of the Trotskyist Militant group. Maybe some deo noit believe he was a Communist but at the time that was how he was judged and what his behaviour led others to believe.

The leaflet (protect and survive) to which I referred which was produced in the very early days of nuclear knowledge and it reflected that naivety of the time. I was certainly aware of and had read that leaflet in the 70s (google says late 70s/early 80s) and it was distributed, along with a lot of other survival information, due to the public's demand for more information on what to do if a nuclear attack was immenent. No big deal as I only mentioned the leaflet as many youngsters would have found it of interest.

i hope I have now made you a happy man _ackcarter and I thank you for reading my post and taking the time and trouble to comment on it.

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I and many of my friends remember the Nuke advice, and made our minds up that due to our proximity to a American installation we just hoped we received a direct hit, as a near miss would have meant pain and suffering and a possible slow death.

Only those in Government and the privileged would have access to a shelter and many of those gave a false sense of security, as the civil defense facility in the basement of the then council offices.

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"Mars Bars cost 4p.

If you needed to make an emergency call, there was only one house in the street that had a telephone and that was a Doctor's house.

There was no internet and if you wanted to look at pictures of naked women, you had to get hold of a porn magazine such as Knave or Penthouse etc.

There were only 3 television channels, which shut down at midnight.

The good old days, NOT!

the best of days!!

The only real emergency would be medical so doctors house is best start.

Internet only provides naked women in your view so no improvement there!

Only three channels but not many channels showing crap and reality nonsense so your point is?"

Can you actually read! It seems just barely because you have stated a number of things that my posting does NOT in any way say!

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By *sunamiwarrior   profile verified by photo (M)  over a year ago

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Marianne Faithful liked a nice soft Mars bar.

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"Enjoy your paranoia, but your rant is factually inaccurate in so many ways. One example? Derek Hatton wasn't a communist and was never council leader.

Protect and Survive, the government manual explaining how to build an entirely useless shelter out of doors was based on a pamphlet produced in the 60s (under the Macmillan government)and circulated to delegates to the regular nuclear war training courses at Easingwold and elsewhere - it was only released to the public in the 80s, not the 70s, when Thatcher wanted to scare people.

If you can't get your facts straight, why bother ranting?"

Why let facts get in the way of a good rant, it was a good rant though

At least in the 70's I found out little things about me that would not become apparent until much later in life.

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By *otoned  (M)  over a year ago

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"Marianne Faithful liked a nice soft Mars bar. "

I think Mick Jagger enjoyed it more

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By *ooder  (M)  over a year ago

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A mars a day used to help you work,rest and play. I doubt Marianne would get the same erm Satisfaction out of one of todays tiny examples. Unless of course she got a Duo. She could call it Mick and Keef.

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By *HIOG  (M)  over a year ago

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"I remember every minute of it. Everyone born after the 70's should learn from it and realise that it was all caused by labour and the unions. The type of labour that Corbyn, his millionaire backers and the unions want back."

Zackly.

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By *ewcocol  (M)  over a year ago

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Irrespective of which way you look upon Hatton, as a communist or not, nobody can deny that whatever role he posed in his main intent was to promote himself in every way. The man of the people who sent his children to their fee paying private in Sandfield Park, Liverpool by chauffeur driven car. The man who led Liverpool into (almost) bankrutcy came out of it massively enriched personally. It is widely reported he is a millionaire a few times over.

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By *ewcocol  (M)  over a year ago

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The word school was missed out of the above, I'm sure you'll see where it should have been.

(It's very late and I'm tired)

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