Monday, 1 April 2013

Gadget Lives On - The iPhone Resolution


Inspector Gadget
 
We may have seen the demise of one Gadget but, for the police, gadgets are still being used to great effect in the fight against crime. Millions of pounds have been spent on new technologies that were supposed to support the police in their operations. Tackling organised crime can be very expensive involving mobile and static surveillance, listening devices, tracking devices. Etc. But in the case of tracking down offenders there is a much simpler method, which is freely available, and sometimes more effective than the latest secret technology.
The iPhone resolution started about 3 months ago when a clever DS from a Metropolitan Force was working on a case of online fraud. The hard work had been done preparing the case and they were ready to arrest the suspect but had no idea where he was. They did however have his mobile phone number.

The DS had been using an App to keep tabs on his teenage sons whereabouts. He decided to try and use this to locate the suspect. He simply asked the fraudster for his location via SMS using a free App. To everyone's surprise, the fraudster fell for it. Within seconds, the application revealed his location. The suspect was in the city and in custody within two hours.

The great thing about using Apps is that they do not need a warrant or RIPA and they can save hundreds of hours of officer’s time. A number of forces have now used them to trace wanted suspects and offenders and the trend is growing fast. Some Apps need to be pre-installed on phones and forces download them onto offender’s phones when they are arrested and in custody. If they subsequently fail to appear or are wanted for another offence they can easily be located. Suspects cannot remove the Apps, which are hidden anyway, without a pass code. The great thing about the App the DS used is that nothing needs to be installed on the suspects phone. It will work if you know the number and they respond to the SMS.

The Apps offer other possibilities too. They may assist tracking down missing people or identifying where drug dealers are operating, for example.

To assist with arresting wanted suspects some police officers are being issued with iPhones with pre installed Apps, including the one used by the DS, which is the Where Are You App plus Google Maps, a Pocket Flash Light, a Police Radio Scanner, a Traffic Alert App, a UK Police Reference, and last but not least for those long stakeouts: A free version of Angry Birds Space.
 
Gadget lives on after all!

 

71 comments:

  1. That's progress, lex. I'm on my way to be recruited as a special constable and must reserve those links until I return. I do hope you have a 'Never Gonna Give You Up' gingerly waiting for me!

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  2. Oh Lex, you are a card. If only it were that simple. Then the law might just be synonomous with justice and common sense!

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  3. Stick to Islam you were funnier as a commentator on the Umma and Qu'ranic interpretation. April Fool? Chav WPC trips on kerbstone and sues burgled man! Oh no I forget - UK is a police state so that is not a wind up! Il ha'am du'l il eh (Hi MTG)

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  4. If the police are downloading Apps onto peoples phones when they are in custody then that is a crime. You cannot look at someones phone without a RIPA.

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  5. Look at the date stamp sweetie it is a Poisson d'Avril;)

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  6. Learned Council01 April, 2013 17:32

    No flies on you Rehill

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  7. Moreover any in The Resistance who is lifted has a "burner" a disposable PAYG number. Jog on Princess;)

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  8. "The resistance"-now surely that's an April Fool?
    "Police state"-there's another zinger.
    Last but not least "de facto".
    Jaded

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  9. 'Zinger' - A delightful word...but surely this particular addition to a bijou lexicon is a trifle lavish by your standards, Jaded? :)

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  10. Dear Ciaran,
    "Il ha'am du'l il eh" ?

    You do know it's Arabic and not French or whatever bizarre language you are trying to quote?

    any in The Resistance who is lifted has a "burner"

    Incidentally I don't think you quite understand the concept of a "burner" if you are "lifted" with it.

    Tang0

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  11. Learned Council02 April, 2013 13:34

    Tnag0 - He's been spouting that stupid line for nearly a year now. It started when he announced he was going to go off to Yemen to train in urban terrorism. Then he told us he couldn't go because he couldn't get a visa! You couldn't make it up. Complete cock!

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  12. LC,

    He must have been too honest when answering the question "reason for visit"...

    An honest mistake, could have happened to anyone.. :P

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  13. And it is "Smash Bourgoise Revisionism" from "Eat The Rich" by a furlong..."Mendacity" looking to challenge and at the post it is "ACAB"!

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  14. Dear Ciaran,
    "Bourgois" ?
    I don't know which is funnier, your pretentiousness or your clear requirement and inability to use a spell check.

    Tang0

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  15. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh03 April, 2013 13:48

    Did you mean bourgeois or bourgeoisie? This is what happens when a small mind tries to overeducate itself.

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    1. No they won't. You won't be there, you lack the moral fibre to do anything more than snipe on plod blogs.

      Even the odious Jody Macintyre has more gumption than you, the Capt Darling of the revolutionary world.

      T_SG

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  17. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh03 April, 2013 19:14

    No, you won't be there Rehill. All mouth and no trousers. I'll be there. You will be masturbating at your keyboard, as usual.

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  18. BLT you ought to know that dissidents will target English plod sticking their noses into Irish business. Body bags already ordered by your side for your side. It ain't gonna be pretty. Il ha'am du'l il eh - oh and pre-emptive arrests? Some **cking democracy!

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  19. """
    Some Apps need to be pre-installed on phones and forces download them onto offender’s phones when they are arrested and in custody. If they subsequently fail to appear or are wanted for another offence they can easily be located. Suspects cannot remove the Apps, which are hidden anyway, without a pass code.
    """

    I would be interested to know what the lawful authority for doing that was?

    It should be obvious that without a warrant or other lawful authority this constitutes a criminal offence worth two years and a fine under the Computer Misuse Act 1990, section 1.1.

    """
    (1)A person is guilty of an offence if— .
    (a)he causes a computer to perform any function with intent to secure access to any program or data held in any computer [F1, or to enable any such access to be secured]F1 ; .
    (b)the access he intends to secure [F2, or to enable to be secured,]F2 is unauthorised; and .
    (c)he knows at the time when he causes the computer to perform the function that that is the case.
    """

    http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/18/section/1


    It is also doubtless miscondunct in a public office.

    For the benefit of the hard of thinking, an Iphone is a computer with a phone attached and there is no doubt whatsoever that the act applies.

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    1. Look at the date on the post you numpty.

      T_SG

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  20. I agree that the preemptive arrest is an abomination, Ciaran.

    It is impossible to ignore the inferences that UK justice was sullied and our postiche democracy exposed, when the State's puppet courts supported the principle of arrest without crime.

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  21. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh03 April, 2013 21:49

    Yes, anyone considered a serious threat is liable to arrest. Don't worry Rehill. No-one will be bothering you.

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  22. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh03 April, 2013 21:52

    Ben, for the benefit of the hard of thinking, this is obviously an April Fools windup

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  23. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh03 April, 2013 22:03

    Keep your postiche on MTG. People like you only support democracy when it adheres to your own political views.
    It has long been a principle of law in this country that the police can arrest any person who they suspect is about to commit an arrestable offence.

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  24. @Bourgoise, if so it is first class - indistinguishable from what's in the news!

    You got me, Thinking Policeman.

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  25. Dear Ciaran

    "Il ha'am du'l il eh - oh"

    Is that the tellytubby version?
    Please at least look it up in a dictionary, it's embarrassing to have to share the same comment section as you.

    Tang0

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  26. Learned Council, for the benefit of the hard of thinking, best do a search before making further telephone bids for properties with a really good sea-view.

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  27. Pre-emptive arrests and secret courts MTG - Land fit for heroes? My arse. Great that throbber "Insp Gadget" has gone though!

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  28. Dear Ciaran,
    I am very much looking forward to you pointing out which "utopian" countries don't allow their law enforcement to arrest before an offence has been committed.
    (Competition is open to you too Melv)

    Tang0

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  29. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh-oh04 April, 2013 13:41

    I did have a little titter at that one too MTG. Don't worry, my holiday home is built on Cornish granite rather than Devon cream.

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  30. @ Learned Council.

    Gosh, you must be acquainted with your holiday home neighbour, DC Nick McFadden of West Yorks. As you doubtless know, he and his brother Simon acquired a huge property portfolio around St Austell in under five years. A feat which speaks for itself of generous pay and perks for I-deal policemen.

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  31. BLT they have things like "Constitutions" that get in the way of dictatorships. Odd that Fere**a bleats about the Liberals - we sleep walked into a police state years ago. As for sniping you keep off our sites (Grauniad) and we will let you have an EDL love in here!

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  32. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh-oh04 April, 2013 22:09

    Funny you should mention him MTG. He owns the place next to mine. It is up for sale now if you fancy becoming my new neighbour. We could share a G&T on the veranda.
    Give the police some credit though. They might have entrusted a million pounds worth of drugs to a corrupt police officer but it was also them that caught him and had him prosecuted.
    None of us want that sort in the job.

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  33. Dear Melv,
    Perhaps you could remind me who arrested and successfully prosecuted this bent detective?
    Maybe you would care to comment on his 23 year sentence in relation to the 15yr/ 17 yr sentences that appear to be appropriate for killing 6 children.
    Personally I have no sympathy with him whatsoever and I can't imagine that a clever chap like you would confuse the actions of a criminal who happened to be a cop with the actions of, for example, those who successfully caught the killers of six children.

    Tang0

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  34. BLC - it appears we cross posted.
    I look forward to Ciaran's continued refusal to respond to any points that might require him to use his brain cell. I suspect breathing, typing and thinking at the same time overload it., hence the repetition of cliches that don't require conscious thought.

    Tang0

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  35. Good Morning, Tang0 and Learned C.

    Just as a reminder to you chaps, the trust once placed in police to prosecute criminals was withdrawn years ago.

    As to arrest of West Yorks Police, rumours abound of reluctance (in the best Ian Tomlinson style) to 'witness' police malfeasance. The latter was the main factor in the exceptional growth of the corruption over a five year period. As with Tomlinson, it was the embarrassment and the weight of external pressure which precipitated the arrests, rather than honour rising to defend itself within a sound, self-regulatory system.

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  36. Bourgoise Learned Council Il ha'am du'l il eh-oh05 April, 2013 09:14

    I have some knowledge of this case MTG. I am not aware of any reluctance, resistance or delay in tackling this corrupt officer. Perhaps you could enlighten us with some evidence rather than aspersions.
    Tang0's question re 23 years compared to Philpott & Co has been avoided too.
    I'm at my holiday home. Chin-chin!

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  37. MTG you used postiche and I needed my French dictionary to check that. I would have opted for "faux" or "ersatz" perhaps.

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  38. "Withdrawn years ago"-by whom Melvin? Once again you find yourself speaking for the whole public but i'm interested under what mandate you do that? In your circle of sad revolutionaries you are probably a big fish in a tiny pond but in the real world you are of no importance.
    Please don't answer any point on here,just criticise spelling and grammar and impress us all with your education.
    As for your internet friendship with Rehill-or whoever his personality is today-you are judged by who you keep company.He advocates death to police officers and revels when one of us gets killed.Good luck with that bromance.
    Jaded the radiator hugger.

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  39. Jaded - G 8 provides us (the far left) with the best chance in a generation - and believe me many there will indeed want revenge for De Menezes, Tomlinson et al. Hit one of us and you hit all of us.

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  40. I didn't realise De Menezes was a left wing revolutionary? I thought he was just an illegal immigrant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.What were Tomlinson's political views?Was he on the far Left? Or just a shuffling drunk more concerned about his next can of Tennents?
    Please advise how you knew their beliefs.Try not use the words "de facto".
    Jaded

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  41. De Menezes murdered because he "looked Asian" See what happens when civilian plod are given arms? Tomlinson preferred Fosters a real chav drink. How was Tenerife this season Jade?

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  42. As usual Rehill you haven't answered the question,just like your bromance never does. What were the political views of those two?
    As for Tenerife,I went to Turkey and it was very nice thanks for asking.The police carry guns and there are very few civil liberties but I didn't see you out there protesting-you would get a real kicking in that country.

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  43. Good evening, Ciaran.

    It has been a long day so I am recharging with a long Bowmore:)

    My description was fashioned to imply a superficial deception in the crown area...not lost on our Learned Council. "Faux" or "ersatz" are equally fine but just as likely to confuse Jaded.

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  44. Neither de M nor T had any political views that survived them - probably apolitical then. Turkey? Funny you should mention that as the far left want to link up with I Bredrin the PKK. MTG - Jade knows what ersatz means, her type listen to "Skewdriver"

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  45. Dear Ciaran,
    I feel all sad and lonely. Are you not talking to me anymore? It's almost like a revolutionary hero like you is all bluff and bluster with no substance, intellectual rigour, or stomach for a fight - let alone a simple answer to a few points you raised.
    Tell me it ain't so.
    (Mythical stories of what you might have done " if only"/are gonna do "definitely" at the G8 - don't really make you come across very well)

    Tang0

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  46. Good morning, Tang0.

    "I feel all sad and lonely. Are you not talking to me anymore?"

    Ciaran can speak for himself but we citizens must exercise extreme caution when talking to police. A lawsuit to compensate six months of lost overtime for 'hurt feelings' could be round the bend. (As may be any one of a number of maniacal police drivers.)

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  47. Isn't that nice-you will be finishing each other sentences soon.The Ant and Dec of the asylum.

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  48. Dear Melv,
    Your continued association with Cretin Rehill only demonstrates that the adage "my enemies enemy is my friend" only serves to weaken any valid points you might have.
    I notice you haven't risen to the challenge of identifying "countries of the free" where a power of arrest prior to the commission of an offence doesn't exist.
    In fact I see you have danced away from responding to any of the points I raise, choosing instead to raise new spectres of police misfeasance rather than examine your own arguments with any rigour.


    Tang0

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  49. Dear Tang0,

    That my response to a point Ciaran addressed to me 'serves to weaken any valid points you might have' is your opinion. I risk arrest under Section bluff of The Videoing and Disagreeing with Plod Act, by refusing to share your opinion.

    However you are just as entitled to it as you are free to engage me in conversation. And I place no limit on your demands to have your many repeated questions answered here.

    You are at liberty to seek my own opinion on any matter, at any time in the future.

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  50. Poor Tan** "Ronree ever so ronree" are you Kim Jong Un's bum chum?
    MTG you are pearl before swine here;)
    PC White said "Rehill is intelligent and I agree with some of After Watt but he is counterproductive with many comments" So just for you M Dawg - there are 140000 plod and 139900 are **** the rest are Diamonds!

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  51. Oh and Tan** G8 will be like the final scene from "Glory" as I lead negro troops against Ft Sumner (er the fence). Maybe Lowell will write a poem about me? (No you will not get the analogy but MTG will;)

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  52. Must be a full moon tonight.

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  53. "Must be a full moon tonight."

    Nope. Please carry a torch, WC Jaded. That unused brain, which commands thousands as a transplant organ, becomes virtually worthless after head meets kerb.

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  54. I used to be a werewolf but I'm alright NOWWWWWWW!

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  55. Dear Melv,
    Your response was to my post directed at Ciaran. The clue was in "Dear Ciaran".
    That your position is weakened by your association is indeed just my opinion. It is strengthened by the fact that, despite your invitation for me to seek your opinion, you persist in an inability or unwillingness to address the points I raise as a result of the comments you have made.
    I look forward to your continued avoidance of dialogue.

    Tang0.

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  56. Dear Ciaran,
    An interesting display of homophobia.
    Do your associates on the left know?
    I see you settle for continued bluster rather than responding.
    Doubtless that was how you were taught to argue your case whilst you were obtaining your academic qualifications.
    And who is PC White?

    Tang0

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  57. PC White is PC White you faggot Tan** I am now off to apply for Paris Brown's job! Do you colleagues know you are a nonce Tan**?

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  58. Dear Ciaran,
    I look forward to seeing you in the G8, recreating the charge on Fort Sumner, New Mexico.
    Particularly when the rest of your "negro troops" are recreating the actual charge against Fort Wagner, South Carolina.
    Perhaps Tennyson is the poet who should be commemorating you after that one.
    Half a league, half a league,
    Half a league onward,
    All in the valley of Death
    Rode the... er, one...


    Tang0

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  59. Yes Tango but you had to Google Fort Wagner! As to G8 remember that Fidel attacked the Moncado Barracks with 12 men. But seriously the summit is going to be a shit storm for you - a lose lose situation.

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    1. Probably not, a few swampies, Fenians, and assorted bog trotters such as yourself (but not you, you lack the bottle to be there let alone go toe to toe with the RUC) will probably receive some home office approved headaches.

      But in the end you know it'll come to nothing. Look at Delroy Smellie and the phantom drunk tipper of London Town.

      T_SG

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  60. Yeees. Excluding fish was always likely to be the iffy part of your diet, Tang0.

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  61. Tang* is off with the Leather Queens for a week in Koh Phangan;)

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  62. Stick to the left-wing bile Rehill. Your jokes are pathetic.Tumbleweed time but i'm sure you think you are hilarious.

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  63. Children, children. I leave you to it for one week and there is nothing but bickering and rather juvenile insults from some quarters.
    Can we have a bit more of a grown up discussion? It would be a good start if some of the questions that have been asked are answered.
    I have listed outstanding questions below. Could those that have been asked try and answer them sensibly?

    Colonel Rehill
    1. 'which countries don't allow their law enforcement to arrest before an offence has been committed?'

    2. I didn't realise De Menezes was a left wing revolutionary? I thought he was just an illegal immigrant who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. What were Tomlinson's political views? Was he on the far Left? Or just a shuffling drunk more concerned about his next can of Tennents?

    Dr MTG

    1. 'which countries don't allow their law enforcement to arrest before an offence has been committed?'

    2. Perhaps you could remind me who arrested and successfully prosecuted this bent detective?
    Maybe you would care to comment on his 23 year sentence in relation to the 15yr/ 17 yr sentences that appear to be appropriate for killing 6 children.

    3.I have some knowledge of this case MTG. I am not aware of any reluctance, resistance or delay in tackling this corrupt officer. Perhaps you could enlighten us with some evidence rather than aspersions.

    4. '"Withdrawn years ago"-by whom Melvin? Once again you find yourself speaking for the whole public but i'm interested under what mandate you do that?'

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  64. Private Ferenda - there is a dicotomy between democracies arresting someone with evidence and a Minority Report situation as in UK where "you were thinking bad thoughts" and got lifted. De Menezes as I said was executed by cowards for ostensibly being the wrong colour. Tomlinson was not part of the demo - the fact that Harwood beat to death a man (drunk or not) walking away hands in pockets speaks volumes. Plod = scum

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    1. Again, opinion (and not an informed one) not fact.

      You really are a dullard aren't you?

      T_SG

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  66. Rehill - before MTG picks you up on it the word is dichotomy. How is the PhD going?
    Your use of the word does not make sense. I think you meant to use a simpler word, such as difference.
    I have removed your immature comment regarding Margaret Thatcher and I will remove any others you might make. In fact I will remove any stupid comments you make in future. Your continuous drivel is putting people off reading the blog and discouraging sensible debate.
    If you were half the woman Mrs T was you would have a good brain and some balls.

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  67. Finally well done Lex!!!
    Jaded

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