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Re: French public spending: it makes you weep!

The beggars and pickpockets should do exceptionally well!
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Re: French public spending: it makes you weep!

What's wrong with cross-referencing, as you call it?  Comparisons, of course, we all do it; after all, most of us have lived in the UK longer than we have in France and some of us still pay UK taxes and are UK citizens.  Would be wholly unnatural to ignore all things British as though they have never played any place in your life!

For your information, I have never been one to think that France is my "little paradise"....some things are better and some worse and that's the natural order of things too.

Oh yes, I expect too that you are one of those people who think that the royal family "brings in more tourism revenue" than what we spend on their various castles and residences, their security and all the rest of it.

The average tourist goes to the UK for all the interesting and cultural things which we do have a lot of and I don't suppose there are many that get to actually see a member of that famous anachronistic family (after all, we ARE in the 21st last time I looked)


Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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Re: French public spending: it makes you weep!

Well, each to their own, eh Nimty! Maybe there should be a referendum on whether to keep them or not!😇. Problem is what to replace them with: Blair, Corbyn, Cameron, Tatchell, Boaty McBoatface...........?

Comparisons don't work that well as circumstances in each country are so different as are their histories. Great Bobo, even those of Scotland, Ireland, England and the other one(🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿closest thing to a leak I can find)😇.
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Re: French public spending: it makes you weep!

Wooly, why name all those people who, if they had to be elected as Head of State, would not even get on the long list, never the short one?

Don't tell me that in a country as populous as ours, there is no other person who could possibly do that "job"?

I am happy for "each to his or her own" but note that I was attacked, and what spirited person with a legitimate viewpoint, living in a society that encourages free speech, could refrain from a riposte or two?Smile [:)]

Of course comparisons don't always work and circumstances are different in each country but we also are individuals and have different responses to changed circumstances.  As you very well know, I have never asked for English-speaking dentists, doctors, chiropodists, nail-bar workers, hairdressers, etc.  I have got on with it as best I can and, whilst I have strong views about both countries, I am always ready to learn something new and indeed thrive on learning and "finding out".....many things can be interesting and intriguing and I have never felt any need to find "expats" with whom to make friends or how to have foodstuffs delivered from the UK to either of the homes I have lived in in France.



Apprendre une langue, c'est faire un voyage différent chaque jour.
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Re: French public spending: it makes you weep!

As I have heard in my family as a sign of encouragement

"Go Girl !!"
My name is Richard , not Dick or any variant.
Dick is a crude name for a functional organ that is used as a derogatory name. Any reference to me as Dick will be met with equivalent response. Strange that it cant be policed better.
ex Consultant NHS


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Re: French public spending: it makes you weep!

When I was young I was very anti the royal family.

And in my twenties moved to France and discovered that I did not like the way I saw a Republic was run and just how greedy the president and all the presidents men (usually) were, and was very happy to have The Queen, .......... because at the time, I daresay, that due to her 80's popularity, that Maggie would have been President, and that idea still makes my skin crawl.

So republican I am not, and for all I am no completely happy with our old and delapidated system. I have yet to see one I prefer.

French politicians do very very very well out of the french public. Years ago I think someone became a minister for a very small amount of time, days, weeks, or few months? I cannot remember, and would then they would be on a pension for life, a decent one.........hopefully that has changed since, but I do not know.

There was once a costing of how much heads of state cost in Europe and I seem to think that the most expensive was the German President, and I have no idea who that is!

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http://www.euronews.com/2016/04/12/who-are-the-best-paid-mps-in-the-eu

This may help when comparing salaries. However, other perks need to be factored in eg leaving expenses, living expenses, final salary pension scheme extra "responsibility" allowances etc.

IMHumbleO any system based on hereditary privilège stinks. NB that includes a monetary inheritance above a maximum non-obscene amount.

"Networking" based on family/friend influence also included.
My name is Richard , not Dick or any variant.
Dick is a crude name for a functional organ that is used as a derogatory name. Any reference to me as Dick will be met with equivalent response. Strange that it cant be policed better.
ex Consultant NHS


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Re: French public spending: it makes you weep!

Fascinating site . Thank you richard

The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible.
- Bertrand Russell
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