In my day in the Andrew, it was as above, or 'spread a little groundbait'. What a wonderful response from the chaps! and so heartwarming to see such a diversity of opinion. A little sad to note that the first negative response comes from Nutty, who apparently doesn't live here. However, as I shall soon be leaving this sceptic isle, perhaps one shouldn't be too unkind You will now (I hope), be realising that my post was somewhat tongue in cheek. I am not, as has been suggested a journalist, but a perfectly ordinary 65 year old white hetrosexual male. On the Irish question: I do believe that ALL terrorists who escaped punishment under the agreement should be the subject of draconian punishment. I do not believe that this will ever happen, and I suggest that this leaves no justice for the thousands of victims of the paramilitary forces in Ireland. During the First World War thousands of Southern Irishmen served with the British Army, and this is to their eternal credit. In common with the 'Brits, the Irish have emigrated to many parts of the world, and by doing so they have enriched the countries concerned. However, I do not consider the travelling Irish in the UK to be of the same ilk. They would not get away with some of their activities in the Republic, and they should not do so here. They are a blight on our society, and should be removed. Gays: Many of our friends come from the gay community, and want nothing more than to be accepted for what they are, and to be able to get on with their lives. Many of then unfortunately do not want equality, but some form of special treatment. Those that insist on taking part in 'gay pride' marches create alienation among others. Eu: There is now, and there has been for some time, a very strong case for our withdrawal from the European Community. If we were to do so, the benefits would be enormous. The scaremongers who predict doom and gloom should be ignored. Conflicts: Our base reasons for troop deployments in the two main areas of conflict are manifestly flawed. Both areas will ultimately prove to be our 'Vietnam'. Immigration: In short we are stuck with it!! There are those immigrants, many of whom who came here in the 50's, who have fully integrated into our society. Countless numbers since then have not done so. At present the majority of schoolchildren in London are from 'ethnic minorities'. In 25 years time the overall population of London will be such that the indigenous population will be in the minority. Global Islam will one day rule here, and our countrymen will then know true suffering. It saddens me to have realised that at my age I feel obliged to leave the country of my birth. However, there is no point in bemoaning my fate, I'm just going to up sticks, and hope for a better life elsewhere :? In conclusion, it would be fair to say that this country is in a real mess. Crime is ever on the increase, our education system is dreadful, the once much vaunted NHS is in chaos, the elderly and infirm have become victims, aand many of our citizens have a sense of hopelessness.