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Yippee, it’s time for the Games!

Oh, how I'm looking forward to the forthcoming "Commercial Games".

I guess the good old BBC will soon start the build up coverage, and then my life will be complete. I'm especially looking forward to watching that nice Tom what's he called and the other young competitors who feel obliged to put a question mark? at the end of each sentence.

I was really impressed with the young whipper snappers who, when interviewed on the goggle box, said they were going to be the next Bradley Wiggins, or Wiggers as he's known to us cyclists and train spotters. It's nice to see young folk having such realistic expectations these days, don't you think? Far better than wanting to make a career out of Britain's Got Jack Shit, or Big Waster.

God forbid they might just wake up one day and realise that a job sweeping the streets would be beyond their intellectual capacity; or was that "capacity?".


Old Fart

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Fascist State

On taking on the job, hapless Prime Minister Gordon Brown stated "All decisions that we make will have to be built from an understanding of grassroots opinion. People will be more engaged in decision making" (Quoted from a BBC interview broadcast on Sunday 24th June 2007).

It seems to me that now more than at any other time the British people are simply told what to do, and put up with it. I just hope that the students present take heed of his wise words. From what I see of much of todays youth, they are far more interested in getting on Big Brother or The X Factor than worrying about how their freedoms are being gradually eroded through what is fast becoming a fascist regime.

I blame this primarily on the fact that many (but not all) of todays youth have nevered wanted for much. Having left full-time education in 1978, a year before the dreaded Thatcher took office, I soon learned to take more than a passing interest in politics. I can remember the days when myself and many others of the same age (and younger) were taking direct action against the dreaded Poll Tax by standing up for (and singing about) what we believed in. Of course, there were always those who sought fame amongst us, but thankfully the songs myself and others were singing in the pubs and clubs up and down the country was highly unlikely to impress the likes of Pete Waterman and Simon Cowell.

To this end, I propose that what Britain needs today is a musical revolution, as in the words of a not so famous punk icon, "governments alone can't cause such distress without the people who let them get away with it". At risk of upsetting many of your younger readers, no I'm not suggesting that watered down junk such as Coldplay suddenly start wearing bondage trousers, but rather that the youth of today get off their lazy backsides and start writing lyrics that actually mean something.

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Gordon Brown – Man Of The People?

Dear Editor,

I notice that incoming Prime Minister Gordon Brown states, "All decisions that we make will have to be built from an understanding of grassroots opinion. People will be more engaged in decision making," (Quoted from a BBC interview broadcast on Sunday 24th June).

Does this mean that, had Mr Brown fulfilled his lofty ambition of becoming PM a year earlier, the general public would have been consulted over the forthcoming ban on smoking in public places, as would have been the case in a true democracy?

I think we all know the answer to that one don't we?

And of course we could also dream of what might have happened with the situation in Iraq had Mr Brown got the top job 10 years ago………but I digress.

On a more optimistic note, I would like to recommend Echo readers who are similarly opposed to the smoking ban to voice their opinions and opposition at, a non-profit making website which has recently been launched to fight for the rights of smokers. Unlike the government, who have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on promoting their pro-ban website at, this website has a budget of exactly zero. In fact the tax revenue earned by the government for this website's hosting and domain registration fees is actually going toward publicising the very website to which they are opposed – now that's what I call irony

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