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Topic: Overlong Post.
I have decided to lose all interest in politics and current affairs because they're getting on my wick.
I was chatting to a Turkish fellow recently who very kindly showed me his Turkish I-D card. Apparently these things have been on the go in Turkey for years and it's nothing out of the ordinary to be stopped by the police and asked to show your I-D. If you have forgotten your I-D or refuse to show it you get whisked off to the station. At no point during that conversation did I think 'I wish we had I-D cards in this country'. I also note that I-D cards don't seem to have done much to prevent acts of terrorism in Turkey.
Anyway to return to the main thrust of this ill-focused rant. I actually had time to read a newspaper today which is a first this week. Big mistake! I watch news on the telly everyday but that doesn't count as I just sit there like a big silly sponge saying 'oooh isn't it awful'. But a newspaper, well a proper newspaper is more detailed and therefore more likely to send me apocalyptic.
First I'm confronted with governments ridiculous plan to companies who employ migrant workers to pay a portion of workers wages into an account which they will only be able access when they have returned to their country of origin. I can see that being a big hit with unscrupulous employers. Once the employee has gone home there won't be much they can do if their former employer has failed to pay the money as agreed. What would amuse me more than anything if this were introduced, would be thousands of migrant workers refusing to leave on the basis that no amount of money would induce them to leave 'dear old blighty'.
I also note that Muslims are to be spied on and harassed or 'monitored' by Special Branch following the London Bombings. If anyone is alarmed by this just ponder the proud history of the British police in dealing with Irish terrorism. No mistakes, no miscarriages of justice not a single slip. The way this government is going I expect we shall all end up under suspicion for something or other sooner or later. It might be wise to start supporting these fine organisations before we really need them.
Still I don't like to leave you on a depressing note, so to cheer ourselves up let's all laugh like drains at the death of John Tyndall. I hope he suffered.