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Old 22-03-17, 05:43 AM
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Nope.

Hint 1: it is reported speech in a work of fiction, published in 1953. The reported speech does not necessarily reflect the views of the author. Hint 2: the author went to the same school as P G Wodehouse, at around the same time.
Nigel Farage wrote that? Really?
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Old 22-03-17, 05:45 AM
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Nigel Farage wrote that? Really?
Nope. Not even close. Next!
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Old 22-03-17, 05:56 AM
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I've never been that naive since I attained the age of reason. All forms of government are flawed, some are more flawed than others. I think an independent judiciary, media free from state control, and (mostly) an uncorrupt public service are huge advantages that this country has over many others. I don't expect perfection, so I'm not disappointed when I don't get it.
Yet my post never claimed perfection - merely that we are taught our system is a beacon for democracy.

I don't disagree with any of what you say, but I do suggest that (in the modern era) media free of state control is a double edged sword, particularly when people assume they are reading a free press or freedom of expression and it is being heavily influenced by those in power.

Thailand is utterly corrupt. Everyone knows it though and acts accordingly. It's not insidious. The state therefore does not play the public to to the same degree (although it does no doubt pay some of them on occasion).

My issue is with the corruption of democratic ideals through various means. Electronic media being one mentioned here a lot. FPTP and boundary changes being another.
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Old 22-03-17, 05:59 AM
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Yet my post never claimed perfection - merely that we are taught our system is a beacon for democracy.
I was never taught that, either. Even if I had been, I'd have taken it with a handful of salt. Maybe I was just really bright for my age.
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Old 22-03-17, 06:09 AM
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@ merlin: apropos the pic in post #91, some of us are in the habit of catching up with this forum at work, maybe at lunchtime. I did so, and had to quickly close my browser in case it offended colleagues, or drew attention. Please could you refrain from posting NSFW material in threads where it isn't likely to be expected to be found?

Tony, please could you either flag the thread as NSFW, or maybe donk the image in the post?
Thanks.
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Old 22-03-17, 06:13 AM
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@ merlin: apropos the pic in post #91, some of us are in the habit of catching up with this forum at work, maybe at lunchtime. I did so, and had to quickly close my browser in case it offended colleagues, or drew attention. Please could you refrain from posting NSFW material in threads where it isn't likely to be expected to be found?

Tony, please could you either flag the thread as NSFW, or maybe donk the image in the post?
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Did it put the wind up you?
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Old 22-03-17, 06:14 AM
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It's an album cover Steve. I've removed the post.

Wasn't aware that people might be offended.

Guess Benny Hill You Tube links are out the question then.
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Old 22-03-17, 06:19 AM
Sue Pertwee-Tyr Sue Pertwee-Tyr is offline
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Thanks merlin. Personally, not offended in the least, but I work in an office which is over 50% female. I didn't realise it was an album cover, and I suspect neither would many of my colleagues. It's clearly a pastiche of 1970s and 80s porn films, and any suggestion I was taking an interest in the same, while at work, could be embarrassing, possibly career-limiting.
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Old 22-03-17, 06:23 AM
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Are your colleagues only in to post 80's porn?
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Old 22-03-17, 08:06 AM
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Nope. Not even close. Next!
Raymond Chandler.

IT WAS ABOUT ELEVEN O’CLOCK in the morning, mid October, with the sun not shining and a look of hard wet rain in the clearness of the foothills. I was wearing my powder-blue suit, with dark blue shirt, tie and display handkerchief, black brogues, black wool socks with dark blue clocks on them. I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn’t care who knew it. I was everything the well-dressed private detective ought to be. I was calling on four million dollars.*

Basically me in the mornings.

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