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  • Turkey
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    Maybe we should stick to the actual NS involvement and leave politics in the downward spiraling cesspool.

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  • DeV
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    Gunboat diplomacy...... LE James Joyce is in London 14-17 March and open to the public

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  • ancientmariner
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    Originally posted by Rooster View Post
    DUP's support for Brexit is accidental, they didn't really have a policy on leaving the EU just like Sin Feinn weren't huge supporters of the EU until recently, the two sides are simply scrabbling for their flags as usual as that's what their power base expects them to do.

    The failure to reopen Stormont isn't the DUP's though. SF collapsed the Assembly. The military commander(according to the San Francisco Mayor London Breed) Martin McGuiness.
    The suspension of the Stormont assembly was fortuitous for subsequent Brexit dealings vis a vis the backstop. It left the DUP in the driving seat as the only voice for the citizens of Northern 6 Counties, and a weighted vote for yeah or nay in the House of commons. It fitted in with the politics of Villiers, Bradley, and Brokenshire to mention a few who had been NI Secretaries. I wonder is fortuitous and dirty tricks the same??

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  • Rooster
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    Originally posted by na grohmitÃ* View Post
    Thats what happens when one Fishery agreement lapses and you have no government to negotiate a new one. Brexit didn't help either. Maybe the DUP will wake up to the consequences of their failure to re-open Stormont, and their ongoing support for Brexit.
    DUP's support for Brexit is accidental, they didn't really have a policy on leaving the EU just like Sin Feinn weren't huge supporters of the EU until recently, the two sides are simply scrabbling for their flags as usual as that's what their power base expects them to do.

    The failure to reopen Stormont isn't the DUP's though. SF collapsed the Assembly. The military commander(according to the San Francisco Mayor London Breed) Martin McGuiness.

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  • Rooster
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    Originally posted by na grohmitÃ* View Post
    Some circles in the media and society prefer to call the vessels of the Navy "Gunboats" which gives one the impression of a motor yacht with a machine gun mounted on the cabin roof.
    Also gives the impression of "gunboat diplomacy" although the timing is anything but diplomatic!
    Last edited by Rooster; 12 March 2019, 10:42.

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  • GoneToTheCanner
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    That's true; he never shirked from doing his duty for Catholic constituents and in the same vein, the Shinners have always made a point of doing their level best for Protestant constituents. Works both ways.

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  • hptmurphy
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    Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post
    Thanks for the memories.
    Could have been worse.. we could have taken the MEOs suggestion and put an oxy acetelene set in a sea rider and tried to put holes in it.. after we had filled it full of 20mm, ruled out the 57mm as we were to close to shore and a missed round would have inshore at a radid rate of knots.......the now director of the ICG wanted to blow holes it it.... but dawned on him we had no explosives on board..... March 1988!

    To your credit ,you did hit it repeatedly.

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  • na grohmiti
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    To be fair, the DUP MEPs have always been very active for all their constituents. Big Ian was famous for it.

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  • spider
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    Originally posted by na grohmitÃ* View Post
    I'd be willing to suggest that the DUP don't have many NI fishermen in their Demographic.
    I'm not sticking up for the DUP...but with respect, you're very, very wrong about that.

    Also GTTC's point about the DUP and fisheries...again, with respect way off the mark.

    They've probably done more lobbying on behalf of NI fishermen than any of the rest of our elected politicians.

    My humble opinion is that this whole sorry episode was a case of a sledgehammer being used to crack a nut...at least the Magistrate had the decency to show some courtesy and common sense.

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  • Flamingo
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    Do tell... (Puts kettle on, pulls up a chair )

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  • ancientmariner
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    Originally posted by hptmurphy View Post
    Ah you just have a soft spot for the FN FAL... vivid memries of you hanging over the bridge wing pumping a magazine of 7.62mm AP into a navagational hazard
    Thanks for the memories.

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  • hptmurphy
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    Originally posted by ancientmariner View Post
    Sorry for an elderly mistake. I should of said-- a couple of dozen STEYR 5.56mm AR's. Either way if it is painted Grey and desig L.E. it is our warship!!
    Ah you just have a soft spot for the FN FAL... vivid memries of you hanging over the bridge wing pumping a magazine of 7.62mm AP into a navagational hazard

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  • Turkey
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    Thread split to preserve what little sanity I have left; [real] line throwing..

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  • ancientmariner
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    Originally posted by hptmurphy View Post
    SLRs....??????? Probably a few gustavs hidden along with the SLRs....
    Sorry for an elderly mistake. I should of said-- a couple of dozen STEYR 5.56mm AR's. Either way if it is painted Grey and desig L.E. it is our warship!!

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  • na grohmiti
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    To some, what constitutes a warship normally involves some illogial connection to actually having been involved in a war, or missiles. The same would be the type to say we don't have an army, we have a "defense force" (sic).

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