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  1. I absolutely agree. Those born in the fifties had a rich time of it and we managed to screw it up for successive generations while feather-bedding our own nests - our generation is a disgrace. I can only plead that individually I tried to work against the herd. Apart from that, I, as a representative of my generation, am culpable.
  2. Look, I'm terribly sorry if I appear a lazy old slob, but would you mind doing a precis of the link? I can always refer back to it for verification but meanwhile the idea of trawling through such a link fills me with horror - maybe I would have done it in my younger days, but these days I find it hard enough to commit to memory that which is salient to today never mind the philosophical discussions that address the potential for a new (different) world order. Just a quick precis would do....please....
  3. Okay, so what is your solution for an ORDERED society? Don't give me the "every man for himself" anarchistic solution because who the hec wants to spend his life patrolling his garden boundary against would-be marauders? There must be a better solution you have in mind for an ORDERED society than I have yet gleaned from your posts.
  4. I can see where you are coming from but I disagree that there is a conspiracy. Firstly, my private education was paid for by charitable funds - I was not born with a silver spoon in the old gob - just happned to have an intellect and a teacher who knew how to guide me towards a scholarship and a fully funded public school education (I went to Christ's Hospital if you wnat to check how places are funded). So that kind of knocks on the head your concept of a "conspiracy of the elite". What we have is Socialism enforcing a lowest common denominator ideal of envy that results in an enforced equality of opportunity regardless of equality of outcome; which boils down to: if I can't have it, why should you? Better every kid emerges from school as a thicko than, say, a Grammar School kid gets a lift up the ladder.
  5. I've never given myself the label, but I guess I must be a cupboard anarchist. I delight in nothing more than giving misleading (oops, accidental slips) information on census forms, or any other government originated forms that request personal details. It has always been my principle to make rather too many slips of the pen than should be allowed to a person with even half an education.
  6. As one of the "privately educated elites" I'm not sure that exploitation has ever been my intent although I concur that it may be an incidental side effect. Although I don't think that this is what you mean....
  7. Let's face it, the major part of the English education system is well and truly f****d. I've known for years it was goiung that way which is why, when I could afford, I opted for private ed, when I couldn't I opted for home ed, and when that became too much had to rely on state ed. The latter was so abysmal that it amounted to an education in just about everything that one would not want one's child to learn and nothing that one would hope one's child would learn.
  8. About as likley as Gordon Brown appearing on a Mr Bean movie in Rowan Atkinson's place - i.e. however appropriate, highly unlikely!
  9. There have only ever been two classes - those that work, and those who watch them work. And each class is drawn from every strata of society. The answer is for government to make life easier (through relaxing regulations and red tape) for those who choose to work, and harder for those who choose to sit idly by and watch them work.
  10. Exactly! Character cannot be taught in school or universtiy - it is learned through experience, through life. Too many of today's graduates lack character or moral fibre of any description. One of my sons at 5 years old could wield an axe and split wood - essential because at the time we were living in an Irish hovel where the only source of heating and hot water was an ancient range that gobbled up turf (peat) or wood. Other sons could assemble a roller shutter curtain (our business was manufacturing and fitting and repair of industrial doors) at the age of 9, and wield a disc cutter by 11. Another son could also birth a lamb and care for sheep at the age of 11. They could all get up at 5 am and work until dusk at a very early age - and it did them no harm. And all the girls could look after the next baby that arrived and cook and manage a household. Sexist - call it what you will, but at least my kids learnt from a very young age how to be useful. BTW I have 5 sons and 4 daughters. They've know good times and bad times, private education, State education (in Ireland and the UK) and even home education. And they've turned out a good bunch of kids! Best of all, they have known from a very young age that NOTHING grows on trees, and everything has to be worked for - even the hot water that allowed one shared bath a week - which is all we could manage for the time we lived in Ireland. They even had to learn to cope with disability when our youngest daughter suffered brain damage after a botched ambulance transfer in Ireland - med neg case ongoing. I've probably said far too much, but Kurt Barlow hit the nail on the head for me when he said that at the age of 11 he had to help a neighbouring farmer - that's exactly what our children need, not the molly-coddling they get these days. Forgive the rant.....the old geyser (geezer!) just blew a valve.....
  11. Seconded. Good to hear from someone who has made an effort and not just sat back and waited for unearned wealth to fall into his lap. You have my sincere congratulations and I hope you reap the just rewrds of your hard work.
  12. If graduates aren't getting jobs then may I suggest that the reasons are one or more of the following: 1) they have the wrong degree in terms of what the market requires 2) they have the right degree but fail to impress potential employers for one reason or another 3) they have an inflated opinion of their worth as rookie employees and need to learn that even graduates have to begin at the bottom of the career ladder
  13. This is an excellent blog - worth reading on a daily basis. Take a look at the blog headline and take note of the source: The national budget must be balanced. The public debt must be reduced; the arrogance of the authorities must be moderated and controlled. Payments to foreign governments must be reduced, if the nation doesn't want to go bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. (Cicero, 55 BC) Reading that again today got me wondering, where are the intellectual heavyweights in politics who have studied history and the classics and thus who might be expected to do a better job than the current lightweights in government - Jaqui Smith, Harriet Harman, et al? The only Classics scholar who comes readily to mind (apart from Enoch Powell who is dead) is Boris Johnson. Or do we no longer consider relevant the observation that those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it?
  14. Why is anyone surprised? Britain has been a sham democracy since Ted Heath sold us out to a bunch of unelected European Commissioners. Anyone who thinks that MEP's dictate European policy is sadly misinformed. Our European Masters are APPOINTED - not elected - and thus cannot be deposed by a dissatisfied electorate. And that's meant to be democratic?
  15. The labour government has pulled a fast one on school leavers. The spiel goes: if graduates attracted a salary premium when there were 25% graduates and 75% non-graduates, when there are 50% graduates and 50% non-graduates, they will still attract the same premium. By this kind of reckoning, if 100% were graduates, then 100% would attract a salary premium!
  16. The only "Global" I associate with Gordon Bean is Global developmental delay
  17. Doesn't surprise me to hear Focus is closing in Woking - I think they're re-trenching in the South West where they originated. Carpets, furnishings and kitchen manufacturers - like MFI - will also suffer. I'm trying to remember whether the consumer is protected in the case of bankruptcy of a company when a deposit has been paid by credit card and the goods are never delivered. I think he is, although I'd be glad of confirmation. It could be a canny move to use a credit card in these uncertain times, even if one is able to pay cash.
  18. Focus DIY will go - it's already having trouble paying suppliers according to my mole on the inside. B&Q will suffer, too. Mind you, I wonder whether Tesco might take this opportunity to buy a DIY chain on the cheap.
  19. As I recall, car sales - new and secondhand - were the amongst the first businesses to shown signs of stress during the last property slide/recession.
  20. Shouldn't you be recommending Northern Rock, underwritten by the taxpayer, as the safest bank in the UK?
  21. You are mis-stating the rule. Historically, MORTGAGES were limited to 3 - 3.5 X income, NOT property values, as you state. Hence, a person on £25K could get a mortgage of C75K but if he had a deposit of £100,000K (unlikely, but he could have inherited a large sum) he could then buy a property worth £175,000.
  22. Next week, my sister who is a midwife in Spain, is giving up her job to go and work in a hospital in Malawi for a year. She is being sponsered by a couple of wealthy individuals whom she tracked down and approached indpendently. Last year she used her 4 weeks holiday to get a feel for what was needed in the Malawi hospital where she will be working. She was horrified by the poverty and lack of medical equipment, but even more horrified by the luxurious lives that official charity representatives were living - walled and gated houses, servants, chauffeur driven cars - and these would have been lower management level in the UK. They were drunk on their own elevated self-importance. She spoke to a couple of them; they complained that the natives didn't seem very grateful! Moreover, apart from living a life of luxury, the only work they do is fly around the globe FIRST CLASS attending conferences. When challenged as to why it was necesssary to travel 1st class, they replied that they needed to be fresh and rested when they arrived so that they could give their reports. Big charity is big business and many who are employed by them are living the life of Riley on the back of many widows' mites. It stinks.
  23. Crikey! If the UK is depending on Scottish tourism to see it through a recession, we all may as well chuck in the towel now - and not on the sun-lounger, either!
  24. And I think it is more likely to blow apart than fare well! Too many divergent interest tugging in different directions. Sooner or later protectionism will rear its head. Then let's see what happens.
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