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  • in reply to: Shamima Begum: IS teenager #164330

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    She was 15 when she left – she had been groomed online, somehow having found the means to afford travel to Turkey, using her sister’s passport. None of this seems to have been picked up by the UK authorities. In my opinion, the UK failed in its duty of care to her when she was still a minor. I can easily imagine that this all seemed like an adventure to an impressionable teenager. She was groomed online and then once in Syria she was married off – if this was while she was still 15 then in the UK her ‘husband’ having sex with her would be child abuse. Since arriving in Syria I think it’s likely that what she knew of the outside world was only what the IS members who lure people like her to Syria wanted her to know – if so, this would probably count as ‘coercive control’, which would make her the victim of a crime by UK standards.

    That said, she does not now present as someone deserving of sympathy. I certainly won’t feel sorry for her if she’s not allowed to set foot in the UK again. She doesn’t even seem savvy or devious enough to pretend to be disturbed by what IS does (e.g. beheadings, terrorism), even if only in an effort to persuade the UK to take her back.

    However, I think removing her citizenship is wrong. Unless there is something the public has not been told, Bangladesh had nothing to do with her upbringing or radicalisation. By revoking her UK citizenship the UK authorities hoped to make her Bangladesh’s problem. What happened in her case occurred originally on UK soil to a UK citizen and I think it’s very bad form for the UK to dump her on Bangladesh. Leaving her in the refugee camp makes her the Kurds’ problem and yet they’re our allies. I don’t want her in the UK either, but I still think it is the UK’s responsibility to deal with her rather than pass the buck.

    in reply to: Three-legged cat found poisoned on Wrexham Industrial Estate #163916

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    Councillor X, you’re the one who needs to get a sense of humour. There was nothing funny in your posts.

    If you’re trying to be humorous, maybe you should stick to defending councillors and “top managers” over their free car parking – that the idea of them paying for their own parking gets you so worked up is hilarious.

    in reply to: Three-legged cat found poisoned on Wrexham Industrial Estate #163892

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    This is a joke to you?
    What a heartless piece of shit you are.

    in reply to: Average waiting times at Wrexham Maelor #162939

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    Annoys me how foreign nationals entering UK are “immigrants”/ “migrants” but UK nationals living abroad are “ex-pats”.

    Also annoys me how migrants are made the scapegoats for various issues (e.g. NHS waiting times, low salaries). E.g. migrants from EU are (even now) entitled to travel to the UK, reside here, work here, etc. They are doing nothing wrong yet there seems to be so much resentment towards them and often hostility. And it seems to me to be mainly directed at eastern Europeans.


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    This seems really odd to me. Why would the scouts run a contest to choose which teenager should attend the jamboree, when it’s not within the scouts’ powers to actually send the winner to the jamboree? They’re basically saying that this teenager won a prize in a competition, but that he has to pay for the prize.

    I’m assuming the young scouts who entered the competition all knew they would have to raise the funds themselves if they won, and so were not duped as such – but even so it’s a strange prize to win. Giving with one hand and taking with the other.

    It’s not a cause I’d donate to, but each to their own. If other people want to donate I don’t have a problem with that. I do think it comes across as a bit mean for the scouts to do this to a teenager though – how would he feel if he couldn’t raise the funds & so couldn’t go to the jamboree? Perhaps it’s intended as a test of resourcefulness by getting the winner to raise funds through sponsorship or doing odd jobs etc – but if the winner came from a wealthy family they might be able to pay for the trip easily without fundraising. So whether the winner gets to enjoy their prize by attending the jamboree is based on personal or family circumstances, which seems unfair to me.


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    “One can love animals,” the Catechism says. “One should not direct them the affection due only to persons.”

    I don’t think the ‘faithful’ amongst any religions have any qualms when it comes to picking and choosing which rules they follow & those they ignore.

    I never understand why some people take issue with those who choose to donate to animal charities. It’s charity. It’s voluntary. People can donate to whichever charities they prefer, or not donate at all if they wish. There’s no requirement for it to be a charity approved by someone else (other than the Charity Commission, arguably).

    I prefer to donate to animal charities. I make a regular monthly payment to one & donate items to the Cats Protection shop in town. Sometimes I donate to charities that help ‘humankind’ – including those that help people in other countries.

    However, I will not donate to charities for homelessness in the UK as I feel the term ‘homeless’ is now a euphemism for substance abuse – a sanitised and more sympathetic spin on what the real problem is. I have no problem politely but flatly refusing to donate to such charities. I’ve lived next door to substance abusers before they were made homeless and even after that I tried volunteering for a few months with a ‘homelessness’ charity here in Wrexham, but I won’t do it again. I honestly consider money donated to such charities to mainly be money thrown down the drain.

    Right or wrong, that is my opinion, based on my experience. But if other people want to donate their money to homelessness charities, then I don’t have a problem with that at all. So I don’t understand why it is that other people take issue with those of us who choose to donate to animal charities. It is our money and we can spend it however we like.

    in reply to: Gerting High in Wrexham for free #161286

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    Also, it smells foul. You can smell it as you walk around town. I haven’t been to Chirk for many years – does that still have its peculiar odour? Maybe Wrexham will become known for its cannabis smell.

    in reply to: Wrexham City #161158

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    Is there anyone other than Wrexham’s councillors who actually wants Wrexham to be a city? Our councillors seem to be obsessed with making Wrexham a city. Why? Just why? Would this bring some particular benefits to Wrexham? Genuine question.

    in reply to: Congratulations to Shaun Stocker BEM #161111

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    Well done to Janey for speaking her mind on this, even if it sounds bad. I have no idea who this person is – but if he’s all the things Derek & Matt say he is then I too think he deserves some recognition. But I think he and others who have really demonstrated exceptional courage and/or behaviour deserve to be rewarded by an honours system that isn’t a farce.

    e.g. I’m happy to accept that Alastair Cook has done wonderful things for cricket – but is it really justification for awarding him a KNIGHTHOOD?

    John Redwood was just awarded a knighthood for political and public services – i.e. his job, that he got paid for.

    I liked Ken Loach’s take on the honours system: “It’s not a club you want to join when you look at the villains who’ve got it.”

    Philip Green springs to my mind. And Nick Clegg.

    in reply to: Paying an Extra £30 to Have Your Green Bin Emptied. #160240

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    I’m assuming (because I actually cannot be bothered to check!) that it’s £30 for the year? Personally, I’d be happy to pay £30 per annum for a green bin. It’s less per year than I spend per month for my iPhone, or for my dental plan. And I really am not rolling in cash. Less than £3 per month is a good deal as far as I’m concerned.

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