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#701 DB

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Posted 13 April 2019 - 0733 AM

The aspiration to be first tier for technology products is not a bad one as a national objective - it drives up the entire industrial base, after all.

 

The problem as far as I can see is more in relation to out-and-out corruption and cronyism. 


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Posted Yesterday, 09:29 AM

The question becomes one of whether there may be a point where the scale of a nation's corruption, cronyism, and resultant social and economic inabilites becomes a violation of the human rights of the people of that nation.

 

We are seeing a willingness to define that scale as such in Washington's approach to Venezuela. India and Indians would be wise to consider the implications.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:40 AM

The difference is that Venezuela is in its backyard, and its insecurity is proving a potential stepping stone for Russian's, Chinese and even South American drug lords to shift their product.

 

America doesnt care about India. Its a very long way away, and its never had close relations with it. The only time any corruption would have any interest to America is if it impacts on the security of Pakistan, whcih they have always viewed as a far more important and reliable regional ally.

 

The only people that really give a toss about India are Britain, and even that relationship consists of little more than a large ethnic group of our population having Indian routes. That counts for very little for the relationship these days.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:50 AM

https://www.plymouth...izabeth-2706610

Rumours are circulating the Treasury wants the Royal Navy to ditch its new £3.1billion aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Government insiders are concerned about the nation's overall defence bill, according to an exclusive report in the Sun today.

Questions were reportedly raised at a key budget meeting about the cost of running both QE and fellow carrier Prince of Wales, worth a total of £6.2 billion, and whether the former was financially viable.

But the concerns have reportedly enraged defence secretary Gavin Williamson, who has insisted the Solent behemoth is going nowhere.

It comes after the Royal Navy's highest ranking sailor quashed fears that that QE wouldn't be fully crewed as the force bounces back from a historic recruitment crisis.

A defence source said: "Bean counters don't understand that in a crisis you must have two active in the fleet for maintenance and training."


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