November 22nd, 2011

Thomas Cook On the Brink

After doing a whip around the banks, are we about to see the end of the company that started excursions in 1841?

As a result of the uprising in Egypt people seem less keen on packing their bags for Cairo to see the pyramids. Turns out people haven’t been Thomas Cooking it. 


159 Comments

  1. 1
    Fake Bowden says:

    Has Ed called for it to be bailed out?

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    • 8
      Gordon Brown-Stuff says:

      No, but I’ve been cookin’ the books……

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      • 14
        Blinky Balls says:

        Well done Miliband, my son – as Environment Secretary, your fuel escalator tax has seen petrol soar…..and….soar……and…..Tory scum!

        Gordon, what a brilliant scam you set up to tax the householder by fiddling those sneaky certificates to pay for those useless wind farms!! Masterly sleight of hand! Costing the mugs a fortune in utility bills! Tory scum!

        Meanwhile at Labour Party Headquarters, aka the BBC News Team Editorial Meeting:

        ” OK comrades, better not report on the above scams…..what have we got on Murdoch? Can we rerun hacking….and how do we ignore the fact that global warming just aint happening? Ideas please!”

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        • 42
          Al-JaBBC says:

          BBC News Editor

          ….and how do we hide the fact that the BBC has been getting backhanders from Eco Comrades?

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          • Dick the Prick says:

            It’s the err…even more unique way than we thought they were funded. The Yanks don’t want the final episode of the Frozen Planet as it’s all about eco-wibble.

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          • Loony tunes says:

            Can someone please explain the gloating on this thread?

            It’s a good company in a bad situation. Does that make people happy? I don’t get it.

            Guido, your post reads like the cat who has got the cream. Happy that this company is about to go under, are you?

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          • Dick the Prick says:

            Does seem a bit odd dunnit. My buddy works for them and he’s been kinda worried for a while. There are some good bits which can be hived off but….

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          • Lord Trombone says:

            Dead in the water years ago.

            What is the fuss?

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        • 68
          Gordon factor...... says:

          Don’t fook it. Thomas Cook it.

          What impact did the Co-Op have in this? Donation to Labour Party, etc.

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          • Gordon Brown, glogal genius says:

            I’ve been John Thomas Cocking it for years.

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          • Victor says:

            Karma as far as I’m concerned.

            Their ‘customer service’ department was anything but.

            Now, just waiting for the demise of BandQ (their customer service is even more abysmal) and my life will be much enriched.

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      • 16
        Rage Against the Political Elite says:

        The whole multi Trillion dollar Ponsi scheme that has operated across the global markets since the 80’s is coming home. This economic fraud perpetrated on the Capitalist Free market economy is going to kill Capitalism.

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        • 19
          Rage Against the Political Elite says:

          Any basic economist can tell you that the more the state take in TAX, the more the economy will shrink and the state will recover less TAX. Well done Cameroon and Osboon for not being taught that simple economic diamond at ETON. I hope you 2 boys did economics???

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          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            Thomas Cook are the first, why do you think FTSE 100 company directors took 49% pay rise last year, You guessed it RATS leaving a sinking ship, taking its last breath as they go. The Banks wont lend you any money as they know about the Trillions of Toxic assets already on their Books and off Book. THEY KNOW ITS REALLY TERRIFYING BUT DONT HAVE THE BOTTLE TO TELL US.

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          • Spartacus says:

            Laffer Curve anyone?

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          • plan b says:

            “This economic fraud perpetrated on the Capitalist Free market economy is going to kill Capitalism.”

            Perhaps that was the whole idea.

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          • Labour Party rats says:

            We’re on a sinking submarine.

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          • Sungei Patani says:

            Whilst I am very much in favour of minimising taxation, if you take your argument to its logical conclusion then if the state charged no tax at all its income would be maximised.

            Perhaps it may be a good idea if you gave some thought to what you post before you make yourself look a prat.

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          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            Sungei or should I say thick C-nt. You are the one that thinks that the IRA wasn’t populated by British Agents. Shows how thick you really are and obviously an avid Sun reader. Do you miss your N.O.W. on Sunday? People who work in the Public sector are deluded and dont like the fact that they are working for a bunch of economic terrorists.

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          • Sungei Patani says:

            As always you resort to abuse rather than trying to substantiate the ludicrous claims that you make.

            For the record I never read the SUN or the News of the World when it was published so I don’t know what they contain. You doubtless do as you imply they influence my thinking which suggests that you must be familiar with their content.

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          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            Sungei

            This is the bit that hasn’t been covered under D notice. Next time you question the words do the research first. its always sensible then you dont make a complete twat of yourself.

            http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/sep/11/ira-murders-claim-to-smithwick

            Can you now work out how the IRA got the Semtex from Libya, yeah just a couple of paddies thought they would pop down to have a chat and get a years supply. No wonder summary execution dead men dont talk. Its a shame Saddam got his neck stretched then someone may have asked, why he invaded Kuwait? As the Kuwaiti’s now saddled with debt to pay off the military budget fostered on them for the USA help.

            Clever arent’ they thats why they rule the world, its called the hidden hand of influence. Only problem they have ran out of money.

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          • Sungei Patani says:

            RAPE: Your posting on the 21 November at 8:28 contained the words “due to the IRA being a part of Military intelligence” it is this statement that any logical person, who isn’t a paranoid conspiracy theorist, would consider to be totally absurd.

            Your posting did not say that the IRA contained some informers run by Military Intelligence, something I fully concur with as as the best way to gain intelligence on a terrorist organisation is to infiltrate it.

            The web site you referred me to said that Mr Scappaticci, one of the informers, had Mr McGuinness as his operational commander – by your logic this would suggest that Martin McGuinness was an officer in the British Army or even Chief of Defence Intelligence.

            Again using your logic, the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) aka MI6 used to have informers or spies in the Soviet Union – on that basis the USSR was part of SIS.

            Can I suggest that in future you carefully read what you have typed before pressing the Submit button; you then may avoid looking so foolish.

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          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            CUI BONO

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          • Sungei Patani says:

            A totally pointless response. I am sorry I got it wrong, would have made much more sense.

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    • 12
      Tax Payer says:

      They borrowed too much and had a poor business plan. What else do they expect?

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    • 17
      EdMiliband says:

      Vey are Pwedators – thelling holidayth to hardworking familieth

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      • 57
        I Remember You Hoo says:

        Of course taxing those very same holidays and air flights had no effect at all, just like your epic fail carbon tax will not have an effect on the economy either, eh Ed?

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    • 18
      Jonah Watch says:

      Has Gordon been using them for his globe trotting?

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  2. 2
    Sophie says:

    I sense the hand of Jonah McMental in all this….

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  3. 3
    from spain says:

    here in Spain every every airport has put up its charges so airlines stop flying in because its to expensive so people cant get here to spend so its a no brainer but hey this is Spain.FFS

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    • 32
      Polly says:

      Of course, I don’t have to worry about such things happening in Italy. I am very rich and so airline/airport taxes should be high for the environment – and to ensure I don’t have to share the plane with common people.

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    • 98
      AC1 says:

      >here in Spain every every airport has put up its charges

      I bet they’ve merely tried to pass on the tax increase.

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    • 120
      Blind leading blind says:

      No – Spanish local governments have stopped giving hand-outs to Ryanair and their ilk because they’ve got no money.

      Gradually the world is learning getting “growth” through the taxation/subsidy model is a no-win game.

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  4. 4
    Fabians are Evil. says:

    Did Gordon Brown buy some shares?

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  5. 5
    Kitsunegari says:

    Is Gordon on the board?

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  6. 6
    Moussa Koussa says:

    I suppose Blair, Brown and The BBC are responsible !!!!!!!

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    • 9
      Oh!Jimmy , Jimmy says:

      Bliar and Brown and the EU without doubt.

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    • 13
      Ivor Biggun says:

      You is bang on Moussa – please come back to Britain and collect your special prize – years worth of free board and lodging in one of Her Majesty’s Palaces (that’s what HMP stands for, isn’t it?) – see ya soon!

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    • 28
      time to pull the plug says:

      The BBC blew it yesterday for any degree of claims for impartiality, when all they had to do was for once, FOR FUCKING ONCE, appoint someone who wasn’t from the left as Newsnight editor. Shameless, fucking shameless.

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  7. 7
    Fake Bowden says:

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  8. 10
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Too far and too fast.

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  9. 15
    Evil Landlord says:

    Not surprised they are going bust as package holidays are too expensive. I was talking to someone yesterday who is taking his family of 4 to Cape Verde (Canary islands) next Easter for 2 weeks – costing him £5 grand all inclusive – £5 grand FFS for 2 weeks !

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    • 30
      The Fog says:

      Does that include the flights?

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    • 35
      Accountant says:

      5k for a holiday is a lot. But if you break it down: 14 nights for 4 people it works out at £90 per night each and that is all inclusive and includes the cost of 4 return flight tickets.

      Not that expensive when you think about it, but he could have got a cheaper holiday in the canaries he had wanted.

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    • 37
      Anon says:

      Maybe it is just my map of the world. But Cape Verde [I thought] was many 1000K further South than the Canary Islands.
      Can understand the exhorbitant price quoted. High season holidays everywhere cost one an arm and a leg

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    • 41
      Anon says:

      Maybe it is just my map of the world. But Cape Verde [I thought] was many 1000 Kms further South than the Canary Islands.
      Can understand the exhorbitant price quoted. High s e ason holidays everywhere cost one an arm and a leg

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    • 43
      Geoff, England says:

      Cape Verde and the Canary Islands are separate groups, several hundred miles apart.

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      • 103
        In a nutshell..... says:

        ….Basically any post which exposes Billy( no balls) Bowden as a fictitious character dreamed up by Guido will be moderated

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    • 126
      You don't have to pay big money for a holiday says:

      I went to Portugal for a week in October.

      Flights £95 return x 2
      Villa £256 (six bed property)
      Car hire £91
      Spending money 200 euros

      Endless walks in unspoilt Alentejo countryside – free
      Weather hot (32C) – sky cloudless

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  10. 21
    Billy's manky cock says:

    Is ‘Thomas Cooking it’ waht I get up to in Brighton on Sunday evenings?

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  11. 22
    Loungelizard says:

    They’re Thomas Cooked!

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  12. 23
    Ed Balls says:

    The thought of Thomas Cook being on the brink makes me cry.

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    • 25
      BBC Radio 4 Toady Programme says:

      Oh Ed you are such a sensitive soul as well as a great leader & an economic genius.

      If only you were leader.

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      • 40
        Biased BBC, by Jug Ears says:

        The least the BBC could do after yesterdays fiasco of appointing yet another lefty as Newsnight editor, is make Kelvin Mackenzie editor of the Today programme. Now that really would be making a statement.

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        • 53
          Really? says:

          Once alBeebies is cut up for scrap, he should put in a cheeky low bid to make FiveLies part of his radio empire alongside Talksport, merge them… now that sounds like an actual plan, if only because the Monopolies Commission would take an interest in such a concentration of power.

          Nah, if the BBC can get away with a pseudomonopoly, our Kev should be fine.

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        • 107
          Apart from being a blowhard what has the bugger done for us... says:

          What the man whos contribution to Society was “Topless Darts” , are you sure ?

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    • 33
      Fake Bowden says:

      “The travel group was one of more than 100 companies in the FTSE 250 list of leading companies on the London Stock Exchange that declined to reveal how they were trying to tackle global warming.

      The reluctance of a large number of firms to respond to the annual survey by the Carbon Disclosure Project led 60 MPs to write to Gordon Brown demanding that carbon reporting should be mandatory.

      Thomas Cook, InterContinental Hotels and waste management group Biffa are just some of the groups that have refused to participate in the study. A spokesman for the travel group told the Guardian that it would from now on support the scheme, which was set up by investors holding trillions of dollars of assets under management.”

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  14. 39
    Pedant#1 says:

    The evil cow Polly Toytwaddle was on BBC breakfast this morning, fulminating on the levels of executive pay!
    The silly champagne socialist bitch could not see the irony in a VERY well paid, very rich person holding forth on such a subject!
    BTW – ain’t she a three bagger?

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  15. 48
    Peter Jones, the tall one off off Dragons den says:

    I could never see their business really taking off

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  16. 49
    Gordon Brown says:

    I wish Thomas Cook all the best. I also wish all the contestants of the X Factor the best, especially Frankie Cocozza who gives me the horn. I mean, I love my wife Ms Macauley.

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  17. 55
    Sue Denim says:

    Aren’t they German-owned now?

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  18. 64
    rwy 27L says:

    Not surprised, it’s very foggy.

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  19. 69
    Dick the Butcher says:

    Just caught the end of R5Lab prog interviewing DPP Keir Starmer.
    Was anyone allowed to ask the Huhne question?

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  20. 77
    Most ironic comment of the year. The film is produced by Wendi Murdoch! says:

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  21. 82
    Tony Blair says:

    Alastair, Cherie says she’s bored. Can we have someone killed to cheer her up? Are the Harrowden boys available?

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  22. 83
    Babe Watch says:

    The female counsel at the Leveson inquiry is fit.

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  23. 87
    Fake Bowden says:

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  24. 92

    I think the Labour Party needs to have another conference. Really. Let us prorogue Parliament to allow them to do so. Let them hold it in Guam or the Marshall Islands or somesuch (Song Song must be an ideal place to sing the Red Flag). Let them Thomas Cook it. Let Thomas Cook go bust. Whilst they are gone pass a regulation releasing ABTA from the need to repatriate stranded tourists. Job done.

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  25. 93
    Gatso Flasher says:

    @NickThornsby: Starmer said that the CPS are awaiting the outcome of proceedings over whether a newspaper should be forced to hand over info re Huhne

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    • 139
      Gatso Flasher says:

      vicderbyshire Victoria Derbyshire
      DPP exclusive: @bbc5live – prosecutors “very close” to making decision on whether to pursue Energy Sec re:claims he dodged speeding penalty

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  26. 96
    Johann Hari says:

    I’m on my way to interview world heavyweight champion Joe Frazier.

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  27. 106
    Ed Balls says:

    Antiques Roadshow makes me cry. Every time one of those elderly people discover their heirloom is worth a fortune, I lament not being able to tax them on it and spend the proceeds on public sector jobs for my friends.

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  28. 108
    Anonymous says:

    ALTERNATIVE HOLIDAY

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  29. 109
    Serious John says:

    Is ABTA big enough to cover consumers if Thomas Cook goes under? I somehow doubt it.

    And what about Thomas Cook traveller’s cheques, they won;t be worth the paper they are printed on.

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  30. 110
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Toynbee was on BBC Breakfast this morning spouting on about directors excessive pay. Toynbee probably earns more than 99% of directors in the UK. What a weasel spiteful hypocritical bitch. She spouts drivel for the sake of it.

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      DAS SS says:

      NOW THAT’S A HOLIDAY

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      • 128
        National Socialist watch says:

        You havent quite grasped the fact that most posters on here want to reduce the power of the State by some degree whereas last time I heard from old Adolf he had something entirely different in mind or else the creative director of those Nuremburgh rallies misread his brief.
        If its totalitarianism your after please feel free to vist left wing blogs.

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  32. 113
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why the fuck is my comment of 11:42 under moderation?

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  33. 116
    Some idiots actually complained to Sky and BBC News for broadcasting "fuck" during Leveson says:

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  34. 121
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Why does Toynbee even bother? Useless fat bitch.

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  35. 130
    Desperate Dan says:

    Instructions to BBC Editors:
    Henceforth whenever you are reporting bad news always preface your report with “Its been this bad for 30 years……..” This will give the impression we’re aiming for – that its all Thatcher’s fault.

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  36. 134
    Sue Denim says:

    They are!

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  37. 140
    Gatso Flasher says:

    vicderbyshire Victoria Derbyshire
    @bbc5live – prosecutors “very close” to making decision on whether to pursue Energy Sec re:claims he dodged speeding penalty

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  38. 141
    decafT says:

    please tell me you didn’t post this just so you could use that lame-ass sign-off

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  39. 156
    Sungei Patani says:

    RAPE: Your posting on the 21 November at 8:28 contained the words “due to the IRA being a part of Military intelligence” it is this statement that any logical person, who isn’t a paranoid conspiracy theorist, would consider to be totally absurd.

    Your posting did not say that the IRA contained some informers run by Military Intelligence, something I fully concur with as as the best way to gain intelligence on a terrorist organisation is to infiltrate it.

    The web site you referred me to said that Mr Scappaticci, one of the informers,
    had Mr McGuinness as his operational commander – by your logic this would suggest that Martin McGuinness was an officer in the British Army or even Chief of Defence Intelligence.

    Again using your logic, the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) aka MI6 used to have informers or spies in the Soviet Union – on that basis the USSR was part of SIS.

    Can I suggest that in future you carefully read what you have typed before pressing the Submit button; you then may avoid looking so foolish.

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