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  1. That sort of manager is a pain in the neck and a waste of space but a good one can make a lot of difference to how well something goes.
  2. I couldn't agree more. For some reason productivity, efficiency and so on have become something obsessed over for their own sake. They're important up to a point of course, but when it becomes a game of piling more and more pressure on just to one up everyone else nothing particularly worthwhile is being achieved. I don't find it any healthier than the opposite extreme.
  3. What reason do you have for believing that the EU won't ever introduce / scrap rules you like, and with you being even less able to do anything about it?
  4. Looks lile cheap and nasty modern sh1te. Every "look how great this is!" picture depends entirely on the location it's set in, rather than the shed itself. I've not seen much built in the last 100 years that I'd actually want to live in, lifeless rubbish the lot of it. This certainly does nothing to change that.
  5. Forum in strange narrow view/format

    No ad with adblock but the space and hence narrow column is still there.
  6. That you believe it's a blinkered view and a strawman is exactly the type of thinking that results in money being wasted by throwing it at a problem instead of trying to get to the bottom of the real issues. Net result is problems persist and resources are wasted. Is that what you want, because it certainly looks like you can't see any answer to any problem other than "throw money at it and hope something good happens," and to attack anything that doesn't fit into your very simplified view of the world as a strawman or diversion.
  7. It doesn't help, although IMO not needing that extra infrastructure in the first place is a much better situation to be in, it becomes a necessary evil at best. But is the failure a failure to fund it, or a failure to use funds wisely? And could it be that there's no shortage of supermarkets etc. because those are simply the bits people need or want that someone can make a profit out of, but there are also things that people need or want that you can't?
  8. Who said I don't care about them? But the money-centric view holds lack of it responsible for all problems and more of it as the answer to them. As I pointed out a while back the spend per pupil on education has almost doubled in the last decade yet schools still seem to be struggling for cash as much or more than ever. Whilst they definitely need funding does that not suggest to you that the real issue lies elsewhere?
  9. Your point? Don't confuse a dislike of the EU with a dislike of the countries of Europe, and don't think that not being in the EU means being unable to leave the UK. A quick bit of Googling (which ended up at data from 2006, and in Wikipedia, so take with whatever a pinch of salt you feel is appropriate) gave Australia as the country outside the UK with the most British citizens (1.3 million), followed by Spain (761k), USA (678k), Canada (603k) and Ireland (291k). So not being in the EU isn't that much of a barrier, with only two EU countries in that top 5.
  10. Direct that at the people who talk as if money is all that matters, not me. They boil all those things you mention down to money. Not pathetic, but perhaps too close to the bone for you? When they see problems with, say, education, it becomes all about money. When they talk about quality of life it becomes all about money. That isn't to say that money doesn't matter at all, but the point is that you cannot make purely financial arguments and consider the question closed based on where the numbers end up. That isn't the same as saying it's an irrelevent factor - it certainly isn't.
  11. Bitcoin – Is it me?

    What's to stop it mostly ending up in the hands of the same people who control the money right now? Not being able to lend what they don't have will make a bit of a difference from now, but is it any different when it was all about gold?
  12. Because Only Money Matters. There's a large number of people who don't comprehend the idea of valuing anything they don't value, or that can't be measured. Therefore those things are unimportant or irrelevent and anyone who thinks otherwise is a rabid idiot. Price of everything, value of nothing, materialistic types for the most part. It's easier to respect those Remainers who are actually passionate about the EU. Damned if I know why anyone would be but at least they seem to know what really matters to them.
  13. I've never said the referendum wasn't close enough to 50 - 50 to be regarded as anything else for the purposes of just about anything other than having to decide who won. "Opinion was split equally" gives the best impression of it. Figures for EU vs non-EU, from 2015, from the ONS (so reasonably up to date for the time of the referendum) give 257 000 EU vs 273 000 rest of world, which is 48.5% - 51.5%.
  14. Incredible. You're still completely and utterly missing the point. More than one point actually, since I've never said that the word means anything other than that, and I even pointed that out to you in the post you replied to. So why have you posted the definition? I've not contradicted it, the issue doesn't revolve around the definition of the word, yet you keep parroting on about it for some reason. Are you still unable to comprehend that in some situations, e.g. an election, a majority of one person can matter a great deal, and in others, e.g. the number of people coming from different places, "about equal" gives a less misleading impression, since a few one way or the other don't matter much there? That in the latter case using the word "majority", whilst accurate, could create the false impression that the difference is significant?
  15. I shouldn't be surprised that can't grasp the differences in context and what's appropriate and meaningful in one might be misleading in another, that in some situations a broad approximation is what matters and in others the exact detail does. I've never even said "the bigger number is not a majority", so another mark against your reading and comprehension skills there. Can you grasp the concept that the importance of accuracy depends upon the exact situation? If you've two routes for a journey do you care that one might be 100 miles and the other 100 miles and an inch. Would it make more sense to say "they're about the same length" or "the second one is longer"?