The Death of Lt Arthur Windsor, RN.

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  1. Ogrebear Well-Known Member

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    My thought on a Race Relations Act was so use it as a sop to the minorities: 'we have listened to the community, and we do care about their concerns' - and just because an Act forbids 'discrimination on the grounds of X' does not mean that actually applies in practice, same with equal pay, gender equality, etc etc.

    It looks good in the press, plays well to the voters, and does nothing at the same time.
     
  2. Artaxerxes An Absolute State

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    If there's one thing to say for Thatcher it's that she wasn't afraid to look bad for the voters.

    This is the 70s as well, trust me when I say appealing to minority voters and equal rights will not go down well with a significant slice of the electorate.
     
  3. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    29 November, 1976. Lebanon.
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    Commodore Hotel, Beirut.

    The bodyguard rather hoped his charge would soon have sufficient material, and that they could both leave. It was still early morning, so his charge was still asleep, sleeping off the excesses of last night. He spoke to the staff at reception, and was surprised to learn that they had received a letter for him. No-one ever wrote to him.

    It was from England. Some woman writing to thank him for what he did, and saying that Sergeant Oldfield had found her somewhere in Cumbria, where she hoped to train to be a nurse. He didn’t know anyone in Cumbria. Must be a case of mistaken identity. He put the letter back in the tray. Whoever it was meant for would pick it up.

    He had a more urgent problem. The newcomer had survived, so he’d won money. If he didn’t do something to help someone else with it, he’d get unlucky. The two aid workers had said they would be going back to Canada soon. There had been a third, but she’d been taken by one of the militias. If the two girls were right about where the incident took place, then he knew the leader, who owed him a favour. That, plus his winnings from the new journalist, should be enough to buy her freedom. It was worth a try. He headed off into the city.

    The bodyguard had left the hotel, and most of the hotel’s guests didn’t notice. The American journalist did, and he asked one of the old hands about him.

    “Him? He’s not a bodyguard. Not any longer. His charge got killed, oh, some six months ago. He just pretends that it never happened, that his charge is busy in his room, and he’s just filling in time by helping people get out. He’s completely barmy, of course. It’s completely futile. He saves one or two at a time, maybe once a week, and there’s ten thousand sob stories out there. Word of advice. Don’t play poker with him.”

    “Is he good?”

    “God, no. But it’s one of the rules. When he plays, he wins enough to do his thing. Don’t worry, one day soon his luck there will run out, and he’ll just be a forgotten footnote, if that.”

    The journalist was really pleased. He hadn’t finished breakfast, and he already had his story for the day.
     
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  4. Alex Richards Possibly the Platonic Ideal of a Politibrit Donor

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    Well that's equal parts tragic and heartwarming.
     
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  5. diestormlie <wit>

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    ...Yep.

    Also, I shouldn't play Poker against him either, because I'm bad enough at Poker that I could win accidentally.
     
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  6. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    It's probably not a good idea to play poker with people who have (a) big expense accounts and (b) are used to living in a situation where imminent death is not an unlikely outcome and they feel they have nothing to lose.
     
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  7. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    29 November, 1976, Monday.

    Jimmy Savile Case, London.

    The case continued, with Savile’s lawyers essentially savaging the witness Frances Jennings. The judge was using his discretion to allow a degree before asking the lawyers to move things along. The intention was not to discredit this witness so much as to scare future witnesses. The lawyers pressed as hard as the judge would let them get away with, which was quite some way.
     
  8. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    Staten Island, New York.

    Paul Castellano felt that he had made a good start on securing his base. He’d got his four under-bosses running the white collar side of things. Tommy Gambino, Tommy Bilotti, Danny Marino, and Jimmy Brown Failla were handling that side, while Aneillo Delacroce handled the blue collar side.

    Phase two would be to deal with the competition, the other four families: Lucchese, Genovese, Colombo, and Bonanno. The best plans were simple, and his plan was simple in conception, although execution might be a bit harder. Eliminate the leadership of the other four families. Get his four under-bosses accepted in their place. Then all five families would be reporting to him, and he would run New York.

    However, Phase Two needed some specialists. Luckily, through the Westies, he had contacts who knew people who fitted the bill perfectly. By all accounts, these were serious people. They would be arriving fairly shortly, over a few days.
     
  9. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    CEGB HQ, London.

    A memo to Glyn England asked him to have the CEGB look into assisting Tanzania and the EAC with their power reliability issues. Clearly, this was an export matter, and the CEGB placed a priority on the UK’s power network.
     
  10. Ogrebear Well-Known Member

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    I wonder if the Journalist can get the Bodyguard out of Lebanon?
     
  11. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    But the bodyguard couldn't leave his charge behind.
     
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  12. Ogrebear Well-Known Member

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    Well if his 'charge' checked out without him? I'm sure the Hotel Staff might be able to cook something up to discharge him of his detail...
     
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    I think I know where this is going...kinda wish I didn't though...
     
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  14. Somedevil Well-Known Member

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    Well MI6's problem seems to now be the NYPD's and FBI's
     
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  15. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    Without going into too much technical detail of Close Protection, a charge leaving a safe house (which is what the Commodore would classify as, sort of) without the bodyguard's knowledge (never mind presence) is a massive failure on the part of the bodyguard.

    In all probability, he'll stay there until his luck runs out, and then he'll be forgotten, which is sticking by what happened in OTL. That said, we'll have to see what Fate holds for him.
     
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  16. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    But Castellano's opportunity, so it balances out.
     
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  17. Catsmate Well-Known Member

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    And in other news, 29NOV1976.
    1. Dublin suffered significant disruption due to a not-quite strike by Dublin Bus staff who've refused to use radios, work overtime and require each bus to be checked for RTA compliance before leaving a depot.

    2. The European Council has convened a two day emergency session to avert a further economic crisis.

    3. The Irish government was alarmed that it might become a net contributor to the EEC's coffers[1].

    4. There was much reportage and discussion of Saturday's peace rally in London. More than fifteen thousand people attended including Mairead Corrigan, Betty Williams, Ciaran McKeown[2], Joan Baez, Jane Ewart-Biggs[3], Bazil Hume[4], Diana Rigg, a quartet of Japanese Buddhists, sixty Dutch women (who distributed white daisies), contingents from France and Norway, The Spinner[5] and groups from various parts of Britain and Ireland. They were opposed by about two hundred Troops Out demonstrators.

    5. ITTL Mrs. Thatcher probably didn't call for a referendum on Welsh Devolution, supposedly based on her encounters on a tour of Wales. In fact the Welsh Devolution Bill probably isn't passing through the Hose of Commons.

    6. At Farnham in Surrey Michael Hill returned to his home to find his wife and three young daughters dead from strangulation.
    Police closed the case as a murder/suicide with Julia Hill killing her daughters before herself.

    7. Professor Robert Havemann[6] is under effective house arrest in East Germany. It seems that his criticisms of the regime and other dissident activities (his son escaped to West Germany in 1971) have become too effective.

    8. Hove in Sussex is mourning the death of Gee-Geronimo, formerly the world's largest land snail (34cm). The snail had made more than fifty television appearances.


    [1] A fate that was successfully fended off until 2014. The sky has not subsequently fallen.

    [2] The often forgotten "third man" of the movement. Wiki.

    [3] Widow of the british ambassador to Ireland, murdered both in OTL and ITTL.

    [4] Cardinal-Archbishop of Westminster and Roman Catholic primate of the UK. Also a lifelong fan of Newcastle United F.C.

    [5] An American rhythm and blues vocal group from Detroit. No I'd never heard of them either.

    [6] A German communist, chemical weapons expert and fierce opponent of Nazism who was sentenced to death in 1943 but survived the war. Since 1963 he's also criticised the East German government
     
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  18. David Flin Smiles and finger clenching

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    Punch, London.

    Punch has produced a cartoon referencing South African Apartheid, in which one South African explains why he likes the Newcastle United football team. “They play in black and white stripes. It's separate development.”
     
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  19. naraht Well-Known Member

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    OK. Do we have any reason to believe that without the arranged ceasefire that anything would have stopped Egypt from going as far as it wanted?
     
  20. Obfuscated Well-Known Member

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    Hm, PO 500 is wondering where some customers disappeared to...