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  1. That's a masterpiece of understatement if ever there was one. Unless I've totally missed something, he doesn't appear to be ruling anything either in or out. Still, it saves having to point into the distance, shout "Look! It's Elvis!", then run away.
  2. Nice idea, this. The only part I've a vague problem is the "inflation \ deflation" question, as (as others have said) I think the picture's likely to get more than slightly complicated in a few years time, and those options don't really cover it, especially when it comes to the key area in relation to this site - income less tax and all essentials excluding housing (i.e. money to pay mortgages wiv).
  3. By way of balance, I offer the APT, the freight locos turned out in the late 70s \ early 80s, and mere existance of Pacers. Chuck in the massive amounts wasted during the replacement of steam with diesel and electric, and their overall record is definately dubious. Yes, they got some things right, but also made a hell of a lot of cockups.
  4. That only applies to those who either don't own a car, or those who could fulfil all their travel needs without the need for a car. Trains are stunningly expensive because, unless you live in and rarely leave a large connurbation with excellent public transport, you need the car as well anyway.
  5. More like 'the crisis will not be over until state support for the banking sector can be withdrawn without complete economic collapse overnight'. Orville ain't a real duck.
  6. Hmm, not sure about that. I'd say at least half of them are essentially saying they wee'd it up the wall on pointless stuff.
  7. Not much of a revelation, that. It's not far off saying "Traditional Labour voters prefer the Labour party".
  8. It wouldn't surprise me if it had. Under the circumstances, that's a pretty good performance.
  9. Given who it is, I'd go for the photo. Call it 'reparations'.
  10. Not wanting to sound like a goldbug, but go dig out some of those "look, fiat's shite" videos, and you'll see that for substantial portions of the world's history, we pretty much had growth with next to no inflation.
  11. Yes, they should, and I'd go so far as to say anyone with less than 15 years experience of work in either the private sector or on the front lines of the public sector should not be permitted to stand. We need less career politicians and insulated mongs who've spent their lives in the machinery of the state, and more people who've been out there and actually had a go at the real world. I'd be far happier seeing backbenchers divide their time between their surgery, or their business, and the Commons than have them just play politics all the time - it might give them a better idea that life's not about the shape of a load of graphs.
  12. "David, of course, has been in the wall before."
  13. Even more so when you consider that in 1957, five years before the Cuban missile crisis, Elvis bought Graceland, and in 2009 his daughter's ex-husband bought the farm.
  14. You could almost make the case that British domestic tennis success is a predictor of war. I mean, I find it hard to believe it's entirely coincidence that we end up at war with Germany five years after Fred Perry won Wimbledon, and we also end up invading Iraq (2003) five years after Tim Henman's first appearance in a Wimbledon semi-final (1998). What's more, Sue Barker's most successful year overall in Grand Slam competition was 1977, five years before the Falklands war. Okay, it might viewed that her French open win in 1976 was more significant, but given that coincides with the John Nott's announcement of the widthdrawl of the ice patrol ship Endevour from the South Atlantic, I think the comparison stands. Greg Rusedski was Canadian and so does not count. Sir Stirling Moss' most successful years as a top level driver also coincide Britain's most active years in the area of nuclear weapons tests. In short, if Murray wins Wimbledon, get ready to Protect And Survive (for a bit, anyway).
  15. 50% correct. The psychological side of it has worked pretty well as far as I can see. (Edit) Oooh, yer bugger, yer changed the title.
  16. Interesting point, although it has to be said that certain parts of the country had already disappeared off into looney-land by that point, and the financial systems that blew up so spectacularly in 2007 were well and truely in place. Yes, 2003 was early, but the die was already well and truely cast by that point. All we can really say about these timing guesses is that humans can't predict event dates for shit, which is hardly news either way.
  17. Presumably that's not the whole article, as it makes no mention of where the money's coming from. They must have left that bit off for some reason.
  18. Or possibly more a case of trying not to look like a carbon copy of a stunningly unpopular government.
  19. When you say "from the inside", you mean (very roughly) what?
  20. Had they come out with this in early '07 they'd have looked quite clever.
  21. I don't think they'll need any help in managing that. Blair's total vote haul in '05 was only 1m higher than Foot's in '83.
  22. You missed out... D. It would be stupendously unpopular.
  23. So, everyone other than the only people who will actually create said bottom know where it is.
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