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  1. Sorry,

    That was the impression that your post gave me.


    I think that as a National philosophy, instead of 'Well, it's not costing us very much and besides xyz etc....' We should simply have a zero tolerance policy. UK benefits are for the people who paid for them, no-one else.

    This does not preclude charitable citizens who disagree from contributing from their own pockets.

    But if benefit tourism was only a minor problem, so policing benefit tourism cost more than the problem in the first place, that would be both mean spirited and stupid.

    I do suspect that there is a deliberate misdirection here - we are being told to look at the impact of immigration on benefits instead of on the job market. You have to wonder why that is.

  2. the NHS has been plagued by appalling decisions to waste tons of money opening new buildings. If you don't think that's relevant then that's fine.

    The elephant in the room is probably actually sat on your lap.

    It's very relevant if it's true.

    Indeed, many of these PFI deals have been about new buildings - usually new buildings that were very much required, but acquired in the most expensive possible way due to a political decision to try and shift spending off the balance sheet. Not sure how that sort of thing means that it's the fault of the NHS.

  3. The NHS needs a kick up the ****.

    Whoeever decided to piss cash up on walk in centres needs a slap.


    Originally open 24/7, then closed at 11 and then at 8. Which means it's only open for an hour longer than my GPs.

    They don't do xray if you've injured yourself within 6 weeks.

    Or see if you if you're likely to need referring.

    They are basically a triage for A&E. So why didn't they just spend some money at the local A&E and actually make it useful.

    Opening times Monday Unknown Tuesday Unknown Wednesday Unknown Thursday Unknown Friday Unknown Saturday Unknown Sunday


    Gotta love that old 'argument by random anecdote'..

  4. http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jun/23/emergency-2bn-bailout-nhs-is-bonkers-doctor

    Hmmm increasing spending by 4% YoY in an economy growing by at best 2%!!! I see our doctors understand basic maths and they are prescribing drugs!

    The PFI timebomb kicking in?

    Getting rid of the PFI deals, which generally represent appalling value for money, would allow the NHS to increase front line spending whilst decreasing overall spending.

    But it would upset quite a lot of Tory and Labour doners. And a lot of people in the city.

  5. It isn't semantic games. If company x pays more tax then either its shareholders will get less money, or its staff will or its customers.

    For example perhaps Amazon should pay more corporation tax and pay its staff less (or raise its prices or pay less dividends).

    However it is not possible for Amazon to pay more tax without hurting someone (maybe someone who should get hurt).

    But if we put a tax on the staff, that means that Amazon will have to pay more or (overall) see lower sales, they still pay. And if we taxed dividends, they'd have to pay bigger dividends to keep the share price up, so they still pay. Same argument; we might as well put ALL taxes onto businesses because it would have the same result but be much simpler (for most people).

    A counter proposition is that our 'elite' or senior level management class would like us to think that corporations are just untouchable vapour because it absolves them from tax, or blame, or any form of accountability.

  6. I think Russia have made a major error cutting supplies to the Ukraine. There is provocation in the form of Ukraine trying to pay at sub market rates. However, surety of supply is everything in the modern world. Europe needs to seek alternative sources and it needs to do so quickly. Although we get our supply from Norway, a pipeline turn off will be devastating to wholesale prices.

    We have got hundreds of years of supplies underneath us but the Green party would sooner we freeze than try and extract it.

    Umm, no.

    Possible useful contribution for a transition period, yes, if done carefully, but with the proviso that no commercial well has been drilled yet in this country.

    If you want cheap and secure for the 100+year timescale, then it's breeder reactors (Uranium and/or Thorium based) plus or minus solar and wind contributions. That's the physical reality, annoying as many people seem to find it.

  7. lol. Such nonsense it almost beggars belief that someone would say it in public.

    There are enough legitimate scientific reports and concerns about fracking to be going on with.

    It would be nice to actually see some. Given that separating legitimate concerns out from a tidal wave of butts**t scaremongering can prove tricky at times.

    (Note: YouTube videos are not scientific reports. )

  8. The idea of corporations paying tax is farcical. A corporation is just a legal fiction, shorthand for a bunch of contracts.

    Legal fictions can't pay tax. Ultimately only people pay tax. That would be Amazon shareholders, Amazon employees, and Amazon customers, all of whom, if they are in the uk, pay uk tax.

    Interesting. So the organisations that run much of the economy, fund a hideous amount of our political processes (and indirectly write a fair number of our laws), employ large numbers of people, are listed on the stock market, advertise on our TVs and generally appear extremely powerful and near-omnipresent, suddenly vanish in a puff of smoke when the word 'Tax' is mentioned (or merely point out that they do all their business in Luxembourg and the Cayman Islands, honest guv).

  9. This is just yet another poor attempt from the political weirdo class to emulate real caring human beings who happen to head a "working persons party", the only problem is they don't live in the real world and all of the decisions they make clearly expose how far removed they are from that world outside the walls of the London property owning corporate and political elite slaver city enclave they reside in, however due to the total blanket of metropolitan elitism that covers them on a day to day basis, they just don't get it, they will never get it, they really don't care. This is just another "spend money we don't have to gain some votes" short term ism that we have come to expect from those that presume to rule.

    Still they cant tax the sunshine eh? ;)

    I'm sure that there's a Think Tank working on it.

    Strange thing is, I bet that if stable, reasonably paid jobs existed for young people, the problem would go away. And as long as those jobs don't exist the problem will stay. Past a certain point more training might make things worse, because training can never quite match actually doing a job.

  10. Actually more than one, in fact all pro single mums I have ever met have more expensive homes than me, btw I only have problems with professional single parents i.e those who decide to become a single mum to get benefits. I actually know someone who was a single mum in Spain but came here.

    Of course, if we had a large stock of high quality council housing, then the whole 'pro single parent' thing would be pointless.

  11. Time to fix your gas price for the forthcoming winter !!!

    The problem is, this is how Economists seem to think..

    If a person freezes to death in their home, it's because they made a rational decision not to pay for heating. We can't possibly interfere, because that would mean admitting a market failure, which is defined as impossible.

  12. Can you not read??? UK citizens have paid if they are claiming benefits in most European countries, benefits tourists coming here getting free money, I see that as a major problem as someone ie me has to pay and the amount is largely irrelevant. Yes HB etc are ridiculous as well and are a separate issue.

    Well, no. The amount IS relevant. If it's £10 million a year then it's really not worth worrying about.

  13. At least, that's how i read it.


    I regret voting Tory so much now. How stupid we were to think there elitist public schools boys would sort out anything for the benefit of the general public.

    It will be funny when they find out what a £250,000 Luxury Executive Flat in central Manchester is actually like, though.

  14. You claim 'morality' is the reason to work, some might agree with that but you incorrectly assume 'the rich' (whatever that means) are motivated by self interest regardless of any morality and the poor are forced to only be motivated by morality. Which is crap. If you're poor and you work you are better off in various ways versus being poor and not working.

    Labours appalling years in office certainly was very harmful to social mobility but social mobility does still exist.

    If you're poor, not working is worse than working regardless of any moral motivation. In fact it could easily be argued that the poor have far more to gain from working in terms of lifestyle changes and increased opportunity than the rich ; if self interest is your barometer 'the poor' can make a much greater difference to their lives by working than 'the rich' by working the same amount.

    Your point is just baloney. Always has been. And you keep repeating it, give it a rest. Its utter bull.

    No, you didn't read Wonderpup's post correctly.

    The problem is one of propaganda.

    We are told that rich people only work for money, and therefore if we dare to tax them any more or even restrain their pay, they'll down tools and we'll all be worse off.

    But we are also told that it is immoral to live on benefits, even when people would lose out by taking a job. Which is often the case, especially when childcare is involved. Or zero hours contracts.

    So.. if you are rich, you are allowed to whine about the injustice of a 45% marginal rate, but if you are poor you are not allowed to complain about marginal rates over 100%.

  15. The problem is tax. Demands to feed the state beast are outrageous, at some point someone's gonna pay, that's the bottom line.

    The "solution" is not merely to make someone else pay. The solution is to cut the outrageous amount of tax at source. In any case there's just so much of a tax burden that pretty much all of us are gonna pay for it one way or another.

    The report is BS in that I somehow suspect it does not talk about net payments to the state, (even JSA is taxable income IIRC), however even aside from net contribution arguments, the very poor paying tax causes perverse incentives which are better off gone. Better just to mooch than have the government nick it all.

    Only problem is, what are you going to cut?

    I see an awful lot of people posting rants like this about how high the tax burden is meant to be, but never a plan of what they would actually cut. Usually a bit of a rant about 'diversity consultants' which would not make the slightest difference. It's lazy and ignorant, to be honest.

    Much of this 'state beast' is transfer payments, pensions being the biggest part. Then there are health and education. It's a hugely complicated problem.

  16. Money printing occurs every time you pass Go.

    The only weird thing about the game versus real life is the inability for prices to be bid up and for the players to borrow.

    EDIT: Although thinking about it, 'developing' your site to have more houses and then a hotel with more money in circulation may represent rising land prices and rents. And hence why people are driven out of the game. But as I say, you can't borrow.

    Depends -

    In the official rules, if you land on an unowned property and don't want to buy it, it has to go for auction to the highest bidder. Often seems to be forgotten.

    You could borrow money from other players under any agreement you choose.

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