But how is making sure all people in a society have access to warm homes and affordable food suddenly "communism"? No one in this thread was advocating abolishing private property.
I'd like to think that as a long-term member of this community I would get more leeway than an abortion troll to comment in Russell's absence. C'mon.
the hard left has become a bit strong within the party
What do you consider "hard left"? What qualities does the "hard left" have? What policies does it support?
I ask because I consider Labour a pointlessly wishy-washy party who have incrementally third-wayed themselves rightward into nothingness. I am mildly surprised to read your assessment of them so I'd like to know what you mean by "hard left".
You really think THAT guy could teach us all a thing or two, though? I was just saying on Twitter, abortion trolls are so *boring*. They repeat the same misogynist stuff every feminist online hears pretty much daily. Isn't it pretty insulting to the women of PAS to give that guy a platform to spew bullshit?
(ON THE OTHER HAND, I could probably have amused myself mocking him for a few pages before the ban hammer came down. It's a tough call.)
I know our troll is gone, but:
the "inconvenience" of 9 months pregnancy
My (very much wanted) full term pregnancies almost killed me. Twice. It's not all about maternal glow and stuffing your face - it's quite a large health risk, growing a foetus.
1976 did give us Foghat's "Slow Ride" and the theme from Mahogany ("do you knooooooow where you're going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you?") so it can't have been all bad. ;)
Don’t watch telly.
How about nope?
I hate that speech so VERY much.
Russell asked me to post my tweets, so here they are.
My great-grandfather, George "Sonny" Skerrett, Gallipoli survivor, interviewed for the occasion of his 100th birthday in 1992:
"Ashore, it was frightful. Terrible.... The Turks applied for the armistice to bury the dead. I went out with four doctors, couldn't do much for them, just bandage them. There were 4000 Turks buried that day, I never saw anything like it in all my life. I cried all day, all afternoon, I couldn't stop. Six of my mates, we did everything together, swum and played tennis, they were all out there dead. I looked for them but never found them. Some of the bodies had been lying out there for over a month, and they just fell to pieces in the 100 degree heat.... We were shelled continuously, shrapnel shells falling on both sides. Why I never got hit I'll never know. I still remember the beach. There were a couple of thousand men lying there in all shapes and sizes and forms, all wounded and sick.... We could only treat a certain number of them. The badly wounded, they'd say, you go and find someone else to look after, and they just lay there and died.... I still think about Gallipoli quite a bit. It accomplished nothing.... War's terrible, everybody loses. The only ones who win are the people who make the bombs and shells and the bullets."
Because, as a family, we knew how Sonny felt about his experiences, it's this sort of deep regret, sadness and anger that I've also always felt during Anzac Day. I hope that isn't changing to any great extent. I was given great pause by the "Flanders Fields Commemorative" chocolates I saw today, asking if they were made with mud, terror and amputated limbs. Gah.
This is great: TrendsMap’s timeline visualisation of the #NZvSA hashtag last night. Check out India!
Nobody reads my posts, do they? Typical.