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Not in my control and hadn’t noticed this …

Comment posted Supreme Court finds for appellants on Named Persons by newsroom.

Not in my control and hadn’t noticed this myself [so thanks] – and will pass on your concerns.
This us likely to be one of the consequences of recovery from recent outages which were beyond our control.

newsroom also commented

  • It is worth noting that in its judgment the Supreme Court said:
    ‘“The first thing that a totalitarian regime tries to do is to get to the children, to distance them from the subversive, varied influences of their families, and indoctrinate them in their rulers’ view of the world. Within limits, families must be left to bring up their children in their own way.’

Recent comments by newsroom

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    If only it were, Jake.
  • Bute refugees suffer from inadequately considered placement
    Eveything you say above applies justly to those who radicalise – but not necessarily to those who are vulnerable to be radicalised.
    When you are young, everything in life is understood in simple binary oppositions. It is only time and broad experience that introduces and embeds the tonalities of understanding.
    Many of the young everywhere, from the need to belong and from the acceleration of peer pressure, are also prone to follow the accepted behavioural norms or fashions of their peers.
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    The young, in their uncluttered understanding, are also idealist – and extremism is a form of idealism perverted.
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    If you would like to see you uncle’s diary – or your selection from it, published, Norma – let us know.
    This World War II battle in the Tunisian campaign in North Africa was a dreadful business, important to the history of the Argyll’s.
    The 8th battalion of the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders was part of the 36th Infantry Brigade under Brigadier Bernard Howlett and charged with taking Longstop Hill from the south-west.
    The Argylls and the Surreys were sent in first and despite heavy casualties against German machine gun emplacements, the Argyll’s eventually took the hill.
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    You might like to contact the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Musuem about the diary:
    The details are:
    The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders Museum
    The Castle,
    FK8 1EH
    Scotland, UK

    Phone: 01786 475165
    Fax: 01786 446038

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