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  1. I'm not so bothered about service stations charging a premium for water since you can easily avoid having to buy it with a little forward planning, i.e. taking some with you. What annoys me is airports. You're not allowed to take water though security, and once you're though, the only water available is the super-expensive bottles in the shop. Either that, or water from the toilet sink.
  2. Most politicians went to private schools, not grammar schools (John Major being a notable exception). You don't learn to speak with a plum in your mouth at grammar school, at least, I didn't!
  3. Last I heard, UKIP's policy was a complete moratorium on permanent immigration for 5 years. I don't know how they define "permenent" though; I suspect they don't either.
  4. Many voters may like it, but it will also do absolutely nothing to solve the problem (the credit boom) that you criticise the other parties for not solving. The problem will still be there; indeed, UKIP's policies of zero house building on greenbelt land and laissez-faire attitude to banking are likely to exacerbate it.
  5. No, we're not going round in circles; you're losing the argument. It was Flat Bear who suggested that LibDems and Greens were stupid, and whose response to the evidence that I presented was: * Sorry, I don't like to play the grammar card, but I couldn't resist in this instance. It's just too ironic. And now you are apparently seriously claiming that the IQ of adults has little or no correlation with their IQ at age 10? Of course it does! I'd have thought it was self-evident that smart kids usually grow up to become smart adults, but if you want hard evidence: There you go. IQ can change to some degree, but IQ scores at ages 17 and 18 correlate very closely with IQ test scores at ages 11, 12 and 13. If they didn't, there would be no point whatsoever in having selective schooling, would there? You might also note that the IQ tests were carried out 1980, long before UKIP was ever thought of, so there cannot have been any intentional bias against UKIP.
  6. While I agree with you that apportioning kids to schools purely by their ability to pass an IQ test at age 10 or 11 is crazy, it is a fact that IQ at age 10 correlates pretty closely with exam and future career success whatever school a child goes to.
  7. The main supporting evidence is that grammar school kids tend to get better exam results and higher paying jobs than childen who go to comprehensives. There are exceptions, but I think that generally childhood IQ correlates pretty closely with adult IQ.
  8. I'm struggling to see the connection. How is taking out of the EU going to cure our credit problem?
  9. What we need and what the system encourages are rather different things. Something like the qualities you list are what we need; unfortunately, the qualities we vote for are a silver tongue, good hair, a jovial manner and the ability to lie convincingly.
  10. It doesn't assume that no further increase will happen beyond that age; it assumes that the increases will be proportional, i.e. that if you're smart at age 10, you'll be a smart adult, and if you're not so bright then, you'll never be bright.
  11. What is your argument against the research? Where do you feel they may have made mistakes? On OT, some thought that the differences could be explained by socio-economic factors or that IQ is not a good measure of intelligence. Would you agree with them? Edit: I'd also note that the research is quite old. Do you reckon that UKIP attracts a smarter bunch now than it did in 2001?
  12. Funny how times change, isn't it. I remember a time not much later than that when Margaret Thatcher was enthusiastally promoting the eastward enlargement of the EU to include the former Warsaw Pact countries, despite the expressed misgivings of the French and Germans.
  13. We already did this over on off-topic. There has been research: Green and Lib Dem voters are cleverest, says research Quote
  14. Well, UKIP have said they will impose a 5-year complete moritorium on "permanant" immigration, though they haven't, AFAIK, defined what they mean by "permanent". Whatever they mean, it's certain to make it a lot more difficult for the NHS to employ foreign staff.
  15. No, I'm not at the wind up. I think that a UKIP goverment would be a lot more authoritian than libertarian. They certainly won't be letting people build houses where they like, for instance! And yes, I am disappointed that so many people fall for Farage's patter. I know the other political parties aren't exactly attractive, but their policies are at least vaguely rooted in reality rather than a misty-eyed vision of a 1950s idyll.
  16. If you want government slashed to the bone, you're looking in the wrong place. The money for all that new military hardware (to keep foreigners out) and the new prisons (to keep young troublemakers at bay) has to come from somewhere.
  17. I would have said they're a major force against change, to the extent of wanting to wind back change to the 1950s as far as possible.
  18. Generally speaking, younger people are eager for change since they would hope to profit from a new order, whereas older people tend to want things to stay the same since they've made their position in the world and don't want things to be upset. This would normally translate to the young voting for left wing "progressive" parties for change and the old voting for right wing "conservative" parties to maintain the status quo, though that's obviously oversimplifying. From this point of view, UKIP are ultra-conservatives, promising a safe, unchanging world (no immigrants, no new building, no wind farms, etc.), so it's not surprising that they should be especially appealing to older people. It's a seductive message.
  19. What war? Do you mean an intra-LibDem fight? I can't really see it. I don't see that the LibDem leadership is that far removed from its core supporters. The problem for the LibDems is that they gambled everything on the AV vote, even to the extent of acceding to the Conservatives on tuition fees, and lost. Coalitions are often hard on the junior partner, especially so in this case, and it's going to take the LibDems a while to pick up the pieces.
  20. I agree entirely with Hughes. Many people naively ascribe high house prices to high demand driven by immigration, and they believe that if immigration is cut, housing will become more affordable. Of course, the reality is that while immigration may make a small contribution to HPI, it is primarily due to irresponsible mortgage lending and nimbyism. Hughes is making the point that failure to deal with these factors is playing a major role in fuelling anti-immigrant (and hence anti-EU) feeling.
  21. Another person who's not very good at picking up on sarcasm! UKIP voter, I presume. Edit: Or maybe English isn't your native language. In which case, sorry!
  22. He might just hang on to his seat. It probably depends on how many votes the UKIP copycats and turncoats manage to hoover up from the other parties in the West Mids.
  23. My parents didn't vote at all, after voting Conservative for their whole lives. Very unhappy with the Conservatives, mostly over local issues, but couldn't bring themselves to vote for another party. Sister didn't vote, claiming she didn't know who to vote for. I said I'd voted for the LibDems, whose top candidatein the euros is Phil Bennion, and it turns out that my whole family know him through friends as a decent bloke and would have voted for him if they knew!
  24. It was pissing down when I went to vote and has been raining on and off since. That's bound to have dampened enthusiasm. Very quiet too - I was the only voter there.
  25. I wonder what the odds are on the number of UKIP West Midlands MEPs making it to the end of their term without falling out with Nigel and storming off to form their own party. Last time it was 0 out of 2.
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