I agree with the stated comments.
Coincidentally there was an article on MSN news last week that gave the world's most powerful armies in the world, even Italy ranked above the UK; but they probably did at the start of World War II speaking honestly. But that said, if the Russians did invade central Europe, the members states would come crying to us.
There are more people living in South Tyneside than were in the American army at the start of World War II which speaks volumes about what they did for the UK, which is why I never slag off Americans. Moreover, America keeps the Russians and Chinese in check.
Just passing, yes the Soviets played their part but would they have beaten the Germans, many historians say it was doubtful. The Soviets took the highest toll as Hitler thought of them as sub-human, so it follows that they were butchered in greater numbers; moreover they underestimated the Russian winter as Napoleon had done. Yes Western Europeans were butchered, too, but not in the same numbers. Don't forget that the Russians initially sided with Hitler only to turn and think of the territorial gains they made. Stalin was probably worse than Hitler but because he was on, 'our side' it was overlooked.
Politicians don't want us to leave the EU as many go on to become CEOs of big business, if they aren't/haven't been already, it's all about the economy and money; they fail to see the impact massive immigration has on local communities, and voters would take a pay cut to minimize immigration, as demonstrated in an early poll in 2015.
The UK isn't democratic it's more like a republic, and you don't truly have freedom of speech. If democracy did truly exist, then the British Exit vote would stand without people moaning and arguing all the time.
Now for the really serious stuff, the Eurovision Song Contest (the television highlight of the year, forget the Olympics and/or the FIFA World Cup). Agreed, there is lots of tactical voting, it caused Wogan to quit. This year Surie deserved much more than 24th place with 48 points! Humperdinck was crap (I did say that at the time), even Dustin the Turkey was better. so I can understand the poor result, but not this year! Even poor Cliff Richard and Sonia have been victims of the block vote!
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