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  1. Havent posted here for ages, I thought I would read what the wisdom on world financial markets was on HPC, which I have always respected. I though this podcast was cods. "England is a basket case" (UK actually); "whats gonna happen is....". Gloom-mongers and goldbug newsletter sellers. Easily done. Snake Oil. Interesting about Belgian walloons etc - we just never knew. It never turns out as forecasted. It can go a number of ways and I think we may have a further crunch as one or two Euro countries are unable to follow through on the internal devaluations they are having to make. The Fr
  2. This is a great "I'm really cross argument", but its completely wrong. The reason these ar$eholes get paid so much is either because its contractually agreed (ie quasi salary) or because they've made big profits. The way it works is "either you pay me pots of money, or I'm off", so you pay the obnoxious little prat. Their accountability has never been in your control more than it is now. Your government employs them and you have the power to lobby and vote. Your government also bailed them out and I will stick my head above the parapet and say that, in the interests of moral hazard, we
  3. Stop worrying about bankers bonuses. I know its hard, bankers are usually over-inflated jerks. But if you tax their bonuses, they will just pay remuneration in another way. I don't see why they don't just pay higher salaries. And for every higher salary or bonus that gets paid, we get 50% of it back in tax - they can't dodge it except by emigrating Then they invest it and we get another load of tax, perhaps 20-40%, lets say 20% conservatively. On the plus side nearly every business ion London is loosely connected in one way or another with the financial sector. When you think about it,
  4. +1 RB I was surprised to see it on the BBC, but it does look like capitulation.
  5. I find myself flip-flopping on this issue, and I will be very much affected. I hate the way I was actually paid to go to Uni but my kids are going to have to pay. I don't like the way its now a god-given right to go to Uni and to be honest is often an excuse for not getting a proper job. But we are where we are. They are all going to go to Uni and we need to drive up standards - I think actually standards are falling. The political divide is either that the state pays and recoups it in taxation - the model used for state education and the NHS. Or that the state gives the money to the st
  6. Well all that makes sense, but that was GB in pitching mode. Be very afraid!
  7. With Brown, you always have to look for the politics, not the wisdom. What he said was the bleeding obvious ie. its about deficits, bank debts and rigidity. I think he's after a top job, maybe head of IMF. I'll blame you if it happens, RB!
  8. Well I emigrated in 1982 and it was competely hopeless here - I mean no-one could really remember when the country had done anything good. Within 3 years it had all turned. Ever since then I would never write the UK off. It is capable of incredible change.
  9. +1 According to Peston tonight, the IMF is already making it a condition, in Ireland, that subordinated and senior debtholders of the banks take a haircut. So debt restructuring is already happening, to a degree.
  10. This is an age-old, rather pointless debate. The argument runs, I presume, that outside the EU we would only prosper if we had a larger manufacturing sector. Firstly, people will trade with us, or not, whether or not we are in the EU, whether it be services or manufacturing - if we are competitive. The Scandinavian countries dont have a problem trading. Second, there's nothing wrong with a service-based economy, and we couldn't change it if we tried. It is what it is. The sixties and seventies were not glory days of manufacturing prowess, they were declining competiveness that sapped nat
  11. This is the end game for the Euro, the German people are waking up to the fact its daft, and the FIB PIGS don't want to have to take German bail-outs. Everyone knows that separate currencies would be the way out of this, its just a case of how you get to that goal. The Euro offers modest and debateable efficiency benefits, outweighed by catastrophic adjustment effects. All minds should be pondering on just how you get out of the Euro, because when Ireland comes back for more or when Spain hits the fan then it will time to think the unthinkable. If you default, then exit, your remaining d
  12. Fiscal union doesn't stand a prayer - Ireland tells you that. Peacemeal ejections from the Euro bankrupt the countries that choose to do so. North/South Euro sounds like putting all the bad eggs in one basket - great unless you are a bad egg. Going on as we are loads further Euro indebtedness on the weaker states, and years down the line, civil instability. Its got to be default.
  13. How can you say that the Pound doesnt work ands our government is anti-democratic - when our govt borrowing rates are the second lowest in Europe and we've just had an election which kicked out the overspenders and has installed a coaltion that works really well? Uh?
  14. The UK is OK because it can simply devalue. But France is a problem. Hence its FIBS PIG
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