Jaspike
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UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 5:32 am

With the booklet we're going to be getting soon, there's also a website:
http://www.preparingforemergencies.gov.uk/

And, there's the unofficial one which I saw on the local news earlier Big grin
http://www.preparingforemergencies.co.uk/

Quite funny, take a look  Big thumbs up

Tom
 
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 5:43 am

Except for the Bush insults it is quite funny.
 
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 5:44 am

haha that is hilarious!  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 4:28 pm

This guy is seriously funny.

Take a look at the links under "further information " - and follow the link to "the person behind this site" , got some really good animations and more hilarious stuff there.

Hope the spoil-sports at the ministry don't close the site down.

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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 4:53 pm

The government can't close anything down! They can ask, and they can be(and have been) told to bugger off.

Like anyone would get genuinely confused anyway.  Insane

I think it's quite amusing (including the George Bush references, especially put in for those lacking any sense of humour); they were talking about this on the radio the other morning, and comparing it to Protect and Survive from the late seventies/early eighties. It was deeply disconcerting to wake up to the sound of that "Government Information film" that scared the living daylights out of my generation as kids.  Wow!  Big grin
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 6:41 pm

See the Welsh section?

Norna borna corna fajorna! Ha ha ha! Floop girdle Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!


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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 6:54 pm

Hehe ! The parody site is MUCH better than the genuine one. Bloody stupid government, honestly - who do they think they're kidding ? Its like tanks parked outside LHR T4, hoping to prevent missile attacks on aircraft - NOBODY BELIEVES YOU, you lying scumbags.
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 8:48 pm

I flew out of Heathrow that morning, JGPH1A. Arrived at the airport at about 6am to go to Warsaw, and didn't know anything about it until I got to the hotel as the army turned up around half an hour later. I was quite pleased about that really. Slightly disconcerting to say the least.
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 8:54 pm

It must have been a complete pain in the ass for pax trying to fly that day. I've been at LHR when they've evacuated terminals because of bomb-threats and such before, these things happen, and people do their best and don't complain by and large. Nobody minds the authorities genuinely doing their job and acting soberly and sensibly to mitigate threats - its when they come over all testosterone and start throwing their weight about that people get annoyed.
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Thu Jul 29, 2004 11:44 pm

Every little bit of it is good..

What's being done to protect the UK?

Naff all. Next question?


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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Fri Jul 30, 2004 12:16 am

I'm happy to see some of you haven't forgotten about that stunt of turning LHR into a mini war zone for a few days.

That was blatantly done to soften up the public so the government could get the support needed for their illegal war and silence public dissent. The timing was perfect.

There was no more of a threat on that day than any other, it was all just a show.

Where has the threat gone now?

If there were bogeymen with missiles, and they weren't caught, isn't the threat still there? Where are the tanks now?

I once thought the British public were a bit smarter than that, but I was wrong. People just fell for it. It's very disappointing.

The booklet idea is so stupid it's funny. Similar to the one the Australian government made, but I haven't had the pleasure of reading that one yet.
 
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Fri Jul 30, 2004 4:06 am

That was blatantly done to soften up the public so the government could get the support needed for their illegal war and silence public dissent. The timing was perfect.

There was no more of a threat on that day than any other, it was all just a show.

Where has the threat gone now?

If there were bogeymen with missiles, and they weren't caught, isn't the threat still there? Where are the tanks now?


No I don't think it was done to muster up support for the war.

That would require a concious cover-up and invention of a threat - history has shown governments aren't good at that. Iraq was different because many people did say Saddam was a threat. Arguments against the war rely mainly on semantics.

There ARE threats against Britain, I hope you realise this. While I think the war on Iraq was unnessecary, don't take the view that Britain is safe from terror threats - it's not.
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Fri Jul 30, 2004 4:51 am

The parody leaflet was funny.

However, the deployment around LHR last year was NOT for show.
You see in real life, unlike in James Bond, Spooks or Hollywood, most attacks are thwarted by the presence of security forces, not after a shoot out.
I suppose a cancelled attack does not count?
Funny how many who say that more police on the beat prevents general crime, but the same, if more targeted principle, somehow cannot work for terrorism.

Who'd have bitched the loudest if a SAM had been launched at LHR?
This has been a concern for 30 years (after a PLO cell tried to get SAM-7s into Rome and LHR in 1974), troop deployments started then and are not so uncommon, however I realise that this is looking at things in depth so invalid for the mass media opinion formers.

You have to remain open indeed and sensible, not to lapse into knee jerk reactions, but that goes for both sides of the argument.

 
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Fri Jul 30, 2004 6:30 pm

Re: However, the deployment around LHR last year was NOT for show.

I'm sure it wasn't just ALL for show, however deploying armoured vehicles outside the terminals, even to a non-military mind such as my own, does not seem a sensible way to thwart attacks that would HAVE to come from somewhere else. I'm pretty sure those vehicles outside T4 were there mostly for news impact, after all putting them out by the Staines Reservoir is far less visible and therefore far less likely to make the 6 o'clock news.
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:02 pm

You beat me to that response, JGPH1A.

I fail to see how a tank outside T4 will prevent a SAM attack.

Within about a mile of the airport wouldn't be a very good place to launch a missile anyway. In only a 3 mile or so radius of LHR there are any number of completely deserted, ideal launch points for an attack. All the tanks and soldiers in the UK can't cover even that small area.

There may well have been some sort of minor threat, but the ideal timing and the opportunity to whip the media into a frenzy was too good for the government to pass up.

777236ER, I fully understand that there are threats against this country. However they are no worse now than at any time in my lifetime. This time the paranoia is being carefully managed to manipulate public opinion.

This booklet will probably only appeal to bored housewives who watch far too much daytime TV and Sky News 'analysis'.
 
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:27 pm

How do you know where the troops were mostly deployed, aside from brief glimpse on the news?
Did you drive around in concentric circles away from LHR counting troops?
Most were not in the central area.

I only live here of course, only have colleagues who were privy to BA operational meetings about security around this period, what do I know compared to a quick news soundbite?

SAM's were suspected of being one method of attack, but not the only one, ever heard of suicide bombers in cars for example?

Yes it was to create an impression, or deterrence, on the surface, but there was rather more to it than what you saw on the news.

As I said, I've lived and worked around here a long time, troop deployments are not as unusual as you clearly think, just that this time there was more press attention.

Remember at the same time BA Kenya flights were stopped, the same country where AQ did launch SAMs at a 757 a few months before.

 
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Fri Jul 30, 2004 7:52 pm

From the parody site:
Emergency contact details

999, dumbass. I mean, seriously, do you really need a whole web page to tell you to dial 999?

ROFLMAO  Big thumbs up  Laugh out loud Only Jaspike, and maybe Demoose, would be that stupid not to phone 999  Wink/being sarcastic  Laugh out loud
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Mon Aug 02, 2004 6:52 pm

HAHA,

i got mine in the post this morning! the goverment is so sh!ting it!
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RE: UK Government's Preparing For Emergencies Booklet

Mon Aug 02, 2004 7:09 pm

That's so funny!

Not only do the 2 sites look identical, I simply can't believe the UK government has let the very similar URL slip out of their hands!

Anyway, I like the humour and I hope a lot of people will accidentally come to the fake site.

I liked the top 3 government priorities:
re-election,
kissing George Bush's arse,
stopping Gordon Brown becoming PM.
ROFL

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