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  2. Well the total number of births dropped by quite a lot after the Tories got in and started cutting some benefits; http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28330429 Will be interesting to see if there is a drop in families having 3 or more children after the tax credit/housing benefit 2 child cap comes in to force in April.
  3. Johnnie Walker, maybe doesn't fit the no-one has heard of bit, but very true on the rest. Hardly drunk here in the UK yet has huge status across the rest of the world. Don't think I've ever seen advertising for it here, but you get huge billboards everywhere else in the world. Having just looked, it is the most widely sold Whisky in the world selling 226 bottles a year. A polish friend game kindly me a bottle for my 40th birthday, I've had a single thimble size measure just to try it, only confirmed my suspicions. Although to be fair I'm not a whisky fan generally, as mentioned on here before I've had various attempts to start a whisky drinking habit and it's just never taken off.
  4. They drive around picking up uber fares, while you are at work. They drive to charging stations on their own to refuel. They drive to cheaper out of town parking spaces (the ones that have cheapest charging and hourly storage, the places that were not economical before because no one wanted to walk from there to the shops/work/whatever). Your GPS location app notices you have left work and your car is ready waiting for you outside the door when you leave work. Another 1980s idea coming into being (Knight Right).
  5. Could raising wages promote/enable inflation in non-discretionary spend, utilities and housing, and could reducing wages see a fall in discretionary spend, both from t0. So, could you could have your cake and eat it in Wonderpups argument, initially? With regard to farmers raising wages, I think that the way we pay for our food in an EU world is so manipulated that it is difficult to determine what would happen or what is a fair price. We pay most for the price of our food through taxation rather than in the price marked on the packet of strawberries and we're competing with imports across Europe. There has to be something wrong when it became economical to hatch turkey chicks in the UK and ship them to Eastern Europe as day-olds where they were reared and slaughtered (cheap food and labour costs) before shipping the refrigerated carcass back to the UK to remove the breasts (the breasts can then be classed as produced in the UK), and then finally, to ship the remains of the carcass back to Poland to be turned into sausages - and make a profit. Most family farmers want an end to subsidies and an end to the EU, and a proper farm gate price for their products and labour. We'd all benefit and we'd probably get more turkey breasts really produced in the UK. And the cost of living needs to reduce in the UK, which is houseprices and the burdensome public sector.
  6. I meant academic evidence - although it is always nice to know that my experience of people is the same as others.
  7. Absolutely, it's a career choice for many. Sister in law included, 4 kids in 3 bed council house and she'd have more if she could......
  8. Is there any evidence that our benefit system causes people to have more children, I personally know people who do and have overheard conversations on the train about people wanting to be pro single parents.
  9. I recall how several members of Doncaster Council got jailed for corruption ('Donnygate'). I wasn't too surprised at the corruption, it's what happens when one party is permanently in power (especially Labour), but I was amazed that the people of Doncaster only went and re-elected Labour at the following election...
  10. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-01-18/china-central-bank-injects-record-1035-trillion-bank-liquidity-week Everything is fine. It's just liquidity....
  11. Good post. Gordon Brown has a lot to answer for. I am less certain immigration had as much direct cost in terms of Tax Credits as the numbers are smaller than for the local populace, but certainly it may have contributed via a displacement effect in jobs. Basically making it slightly harder to get a job, whilst tax credits annihilated the will to work full time. Yes agreed, Theresa May did a terrible job on managing immigration and I don't think she'll fix it now. A lot of the issue isn't EU citizens anyway, so Brexit will have no effect. I also think we need to make benefits contributory and partially proportional to what you have paid in for all but the very disabled. No previous contributions, you get nothing and needs to apply to Brits as well. Perhaps paying out more for those who have paid innif they need it for a short while, but not extending payments for year after year.
  12. It was also marx's argument, basically that capitalism would eventually eat itself because there is no such thing as exponential
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  14. I agree with your first point but not that much he polish doctor/cleaner has a different work ethic. It's about the money. He/she, and many others can earn more here than they can back home, chuck in the incredibly generous benefits, then it's a massive pull. on a personal level, when I started doing what I do, I worked incredibly hard, but knew that I could take my pension at 55. That goalpost has been moved to 67, so twelve years I was counting on doing what I wanted, rather than what I was told to do. i have also not had a pay rise since 2007. Do I still give it my all? Do I feck.
  15. Well exactly. Our view of what our reward should be for doing menial work is totally out of whack with reality. That's not the case for a polish person coming over who has a completely different work ethic
  16. Well, it's the commuter train and all are suited and booted, so suspect the former. Where they all live, not a clue.
  17. Re your second point, it depends how you define poverty. When I was young, many, including our family lived from hand to mouth. No central heating, no foreign holidays, dad working two jobs. people are happy to work, but it is a contractural relationship, a trading of labour, skills, time and expertise for financial reward, money. It that trade becomes too unbalanced so that what you are selling, I.e. Your time, does not get you a meaningful amount of reward, one that enables you to live independently, they why would you bother? I keep repeating this but the social contract between the state and the populace has been torn up. Most of the sheeple are at last begining to work up and think, you know what, feck it, its not worth it.
  18. Worth a watch!
  19. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-19/u-k-house-price-gauge-declines-for-first-time-in-five-months "A gauge of U.K. house prices fell for the first time in five months in December as the supply of properties for sale remained weak and values slumped in London."
  20. There was the odd occasion she went for knuckle dusters and a blue WKD, just for a change.
  21. DRs + Engineers + Bankers ...... or sandwich and chicken shack workers?
  22. One year. Shes a thick, self entitled bint - ideal for Momentum.
  23. I thought we already had our own fake news website in the BBC; filling the space between its self-generated articles on the Great British Bake Off, Strictly Come Dancing, and Children in Need with slurs about Brexit and Trump, support for Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama, understating immigration, burying stories of crime by immigrants, and pumping out outright propaganda lies like Clock Boy.
  24. I absolutely agree with 2. I predicted that Osborne would have to do a U-turn on tax credits because of this, and sure enough he did. A world where raw survival is decoupled from paying work? We should celebrate this! What a waste of human potential most paid work is. Doesn't mean that people will stop working - but it'll be on hobbies, raising children, volunteering in the community, keeping themselves healthy, microbusinesses which meet low volume niche needs etc. Imagine the difference, if we all had the potential to be a gentleman victorian scientist, or change maker or something else. Most will not be, of course, but if the basic income is good enough I doubt the majority will be sitting at home on game consoles and watching telly because it's the cheapest thing to do (and they've been brought up with a poverty mindset). The problem is, some ways, that WTC don't go far enough (only breeders of damaged children really rake it in) to level the playing field and have created perverse incentives. And also most of us are socially conditioned to consider paid work the point of life by our parents, education system and wider society.
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