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    Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
    the gold thing is a complete red herring.....

    how much would the sale have netted the govt. today ? And how much is that as a % of govt. annual spending ? 3%, 4% ?

    the govt. has something far more valuable than a hoard of gold.....it has it's own currency that floats on FX markets.
    Agreed. It certainly wasnt the wisest decision in hindsight but as is always said, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Its only in the last few years that the price has shot up so much, until then it probably didnt seem such a bad decision (since the money was invested in currency which would have gained interest)
    Also, money lost from it ranges from £4bn to £6bn. Considering the government collects £10bn a year from tax on tobacco alone, and god knows how much in fuel tax and others, so in the grand scheme of things it isnt an enourmous amount of money
    Last edited by sidewinder; 6th May 2010 at 10:19 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ICT_GUY View Post
    Its a waste if it didn't do its job. Its a deterrent, the whole point is that if its effective we never have to use it. Therefore it can be argued that it has been worth every penny.
    Its not a deterrent, as the US would never let us fire it without their permission...

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    Actually, it is an independant nuclear deterrant. We don't need American permission for anything to do with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Actually, it is an independant nuclear deterrant. We don't need American permission for anything to do with it.
    Actually, I suspect it's [I]Independent{/] :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Actually, it is an independant nuclear deterrant. We don't need American permission for anything to do with it.
    Actually, I suspect it's Independent :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    Actually, I suspect it's Independent :-)
    Actually, I suspect you're a Pedant

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    Independent of what?


    UN? check, permanent security council member.
    Nato? check, nato still need to be informed of the reasons and own the pool of weapons we rent.
    America? half-mark, see nato + they cover the servicing so they will be unusable in 1 year if not serviced.
    The Queen? fail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dos_Box View Post
    Actually, it is an independant nuclear deterrant. We don't need American permission for anything to do with it.
    Bless you! I love that optimism - none of our lot could blow their nose without US OK and worrying about some specious "Special Relationship" that doesn't exist anywhere except in their rather sad minds.

    Now the French - I really believe that they would do their own thing.

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    I thought it was mainly aimed at France just in case they *did* decide to do their own thing ... or was that just UKIP propaganda?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AyatollahPies View Post
    Actually, I suspect you're a Pedant
    That's really clever and made me laugh (oh my goodness - I DO have a sense of humour!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by witch View Post
    That's really clever and made me laugh (oh my goodness - I DO have a sense of humour!)
    It made me laugh as well but I'm not telling anyone - I don't have a sense of humour :-)



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