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  1. Perhaps it is because the good life style built on exploiting the rest of the world (colonisation, plunder, puppet governments etc)

    from the past few centuries has to come to an end when the rest of the world get their act together?

    We can hope, but it certainly hasn't happened yet.

    Think "capital" is paying people more in China compared to last year (wage inflation double digits) - sounds good to chinese labours.

    Brazillian are having a very good time right now too.

    Food inflation was also double digits last month in China. The Chinese workers are barely making any gains. And once they manage to, capital will disappear to the next labour pool.

    Brazil is slightly different being a largely commodity based economy, it will fair better.

    Capital will pay the market rate based on productivity. The last time I check, the emerging market consumers are buying more things

    than ever. Because British consumers can't buy, it doesn't means the rest of the world also can't buy. Did you not notice that

    the world is buying petrol and other commodities until the prices of those stuffs are rising in double digits (of course BoE will pretend

    not to see that).

    Or maybe it is not Capital vs Labour but supply vs demand?

    Capital will pay as little as it can get away with, which is why it causes it's own problems. It's not really a market when you have little choice if you don't want to starve, which is why unemployment benefits are necessary to the system.

  2. Let me try to explain this in very simple language.

    Here, there are a million people unemployed.

    A little bit later, there are three million people unemployed.

    This doesn't mean that two million people have suddenly become "lazy". Two million jobs no longer exist. No matter how hard those people try, they will not get jobs, because they no longer exist. This is what happens in a recession.

    Some people just won't accept that the problem has been caused by the holders of CAPITAL seeking higher returns from LABOUR by moving production to places where LABOUR will accept lower returns.

    This can only ever work in the short term as the CAPITALists customers buy the product of their investments using the fruits of their LABOUR. Pretty soon, all their CAPITAL investments become loss-making and they lose it all unless they increase the share of the product going to LABOUR.

    It's a very, very old argument, and there is only one way to solve it. Sorry CAPITALists, but you are the problem.

    In case anyone needs reminding, it's CAPITAL versus LABOUR.

    No amount of people getting on bikes will have any effect on this conundrum.

  3. What about shopkeepers, then? Are they all "parasites" too?

    I mean, they don't grow crops or make stuff, do they? All they do is use their money to buy large amounts of stuff cheap at warehouses, divide it up into smaller quantities, and sell it for double the price. To people who maybe have to buy at a local shop, don't have enough money or transport to buy in bulk and save in the long run.

    Or, on the other hand, are they providing a useful service? Many people don't want a crate of cans of baked beans (unless they spend too much time on here and expect the end of civilisation next year!) they want one can, from a shop open late, down their street, when they want.

    A lot of people don't want the commitment of buying their own house - they want to rent a flat, or even a bedsit, or a room, for a short while, and then be free to move on.

    Most of our tenants are students - they are not frustrated home-buyers, they want to rent a nice big house with their friends, done up to HMO standard with all the H & S stuff, fully furnished, for a year, or maybe two years max. Near to their Uni and/or the centre of town, so all they have to do is turn up with their clothes and stuff, and spend a year drinking, sorry, studying.

    A landlord makes more money by doing less, whereas a shopkeeper makes money by doing more. They are not remotely the same thing.

    Renting to students is different, and you know it. Most are living somewhere for three years, and the university provides accommodation for one. Very few are in any position to buy a house. I'm sure if the university had sufficient accommodation for all their students, you would see very little demand for student HMO.

  4. You just want a free ride off the backs of other people. You are a parasite.

    BTL isn't unique in this respect - there are plenty of parasitic activities that people engage in. Some would argue that 80% of the population are living off the backs of the farmers, builders and manufacturers.

    But BTL exploits the ownership of land. Since nobody made the land in the first place, any claims of ownership upon it are dubious if not baseless. Coupled with planning restrictions, you become little better than a gaoler who requires his inmates to slave for a third of their time or they are put out into the yard.

  5. You just want a free ride off the backs of other people. You are a parasite.

    BTL isn't unique in this respect - there are plenty of parasitic activities that people engage in. Some would argue that 80% of the population are living off the backs of the farmers, builders and manufacturers.

    But BTL exploits the ownership of land. Since nobody made the land in the first place, any claims of ownership upon it are dubious if not baseless. Coupled with planning restrictions, you become little better than a gaoler who requires his inmates to slave for a third of their time or they are put out into the yard.

  6. Yes, 100k over the lifetime.

    Any that is irrelevant IMHO, if a 16 year old decides to leave school and set up an innovative business & earn 50k + per year for themselves and starts to pay higher rate tax he (or she) too will pay higher rate tax on that income. Higher tax bill are for higher wages not for going to uni so why say they will repay the fees already because of their increased lifetime earnings. Bottom line is if you want to go to uni you should be prepared to pay for it and not expect someone else to pay for you.

    "They" are the ones saying that you will earn £100k net of tax if you get a degree. If that is the case, then sending somebody to university is on boon to the tax payer, not a burden. It has nothing to do with how much you earn, it has to do with how much of this is because you have received higher education. Put it this way... the business owner in your example is reaping the benefits of higher earning customer, and also a larger tax base to pay for public services.

    Unless the whole thing is a sham designed to mask rising unemployment, which is basically what I actually consider it to be, and politicians need to stop lying (fat chance).

  7. I am really pissed off with this. If an average graduate earns an extra £100k NET OF TAX as claimed, they are already going to be paying an extra £20k minimum in income tax, plus around £11k in additional NICs. They are already paying £30k more, which nicely covers tuition fees.

    This is not to mention all the extra consumption taxes they will pay whilst spending this extra £100k.

    Why aren't the students ramming this point home more?

  8. Show me the total contribution to UK GDP for manufacturing that is not based on merely assembling components produced elsewhere, is not based on service-sector "production" that merely redistributes existing wealth within the system and is not based on finance but is, in fact based on primary production.

    You know...the stuff that generates real wealth....

    I understand where you are coming from now. You think the bigger the telly you have, the better off you are.

  9. Why is thinking of your family before the greedy, money-wasting taxman selfish?

    Charity, as they say, begins at home!

    When the last pointless war we are involved in has been cancelled, the last divershitty co-ordinator sacked, and the last asylum seeker (failed or not) sent packing, and the last peedo castrated, THEN I might feel more generous to the government's needs.

    Until then, the thieving politicians can **** off.

    I agree, however, you could give the money to those less fortunate.

  10. They are full of scum. In winter they are full of wet people who arent intelligent to think of getting an umbrella who rub against you. They are full of people with coughs and colds in close proximity.

    I was on the bus till I passed my test at age 17, I remember how awful it was. If you like you buses you are probably a bit eccentric, very tight with money or both.

    Wasnt there a quote in a film. "Why do buses have big windows? So others can see the shame of the people forced to use them." :lol:

    How did you get to be so empathetic.

    Without the "em".

  11. If we're parrying definitions then I'd say advanced capitalist economies are ones where there exist joint stock companies with limited liability. Such things more or less existed in Britain and the Netherlands prior to 1810 hence the fact the lead that table then. But it wasn't until 1844 -1855 that they became commonplace, also (and an uncanny coincidence, nay?) when the railway boom took place.

    Sure, there are plenty of non-economic conditions necessary for sustainable development; rule of law, equality before the law, stable non-corrupt institutions etc, as well an intangible, cultural ones like trust. But they are necessary not sufficient conditions (and sometimes not even that, pace China) for growth. It's markets and trade that matter.

    markets and trade are not the same thing as capitalism and globalisation

  12. most of the 25% fall has been reclaimed, here it seems like all of it if you have a detached. no we havent bought yet, i bought in 1999, and we need a bigger place now. trouble is the semi/terraced market is BTL repo land at the moment and the detached we want is uber 2007 prices and still selling :( .

    You'd better buy now before you miss the boat then. Or move to an area where prices are falling - you have many more to choose from than where you are looking.

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