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Old 15 August 2014, 16:35   #31
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without being cynical whats wrong with 101.
Have you tried calling 101? I have, 15 minutes on hold being told that my call is important, then...."sorry all our operators are busy, please call back later...click.....brrrrrrrrrr" so I gave up, another minor crime gone unreported, one way of getting the crime figures down, & I paid 15p for the privilege....pure genius, I wish I'd thought of that Next time I'll call 999
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Seeing as how the RNLI is awash with money we might actually be better provided for if the Coastguard was done away with completely and replaced with a voluntary organisation!
The RNLI are great and do a fantastic job,as I think we would all agree.
But if the Coast Guard is ever to be worthy of the name!... IMO It would benefit from MORE powers as well as more resources and funding ect not less(as present policy)..not to mention some teeth...something a volunteer Organisation would be wholly unsuited for.
But that's just me...
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What powers should they have. There is something quite liberating about not being controlled by them..

Suspect to get power/funding they would need to have a major fatality involving MOPs rather than commercial crew. But actually in UK waters thats not HUGELY likely... mind you you wouldn't have thought the Costa Concordia would have been...
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