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  1. In best EU fashion the Greeks will have to vote again, and they will have to keep voting until they get it right. ;)

    Provisional wording for next weeks Greek referendum just in from Brussels:

    "Do you wish to embrace the generous offer from your European friends and reject the destructive actions of the discredited Tsipras?

    Yes, I want to accept their kind offer

    No, I will not tolerate the vandalism of Syrizia"

  2. Yes we can't have a vote where the people decide. They need to rerun this again next week with a question that people can understand and answer properly, ideally with the choice of yes or yes.

    Provisional wording for next weeks Greek referendum just in from Brussels:

    "Do you wish to embrace the generous offer from your European friends and reject the destructive actions of the discredited Tsipras?

    Yes, I want to accept their kind offer

    No, I will not tolerate the vandalism of Syrizia"

  3. Tories backed Brown spending plans, promised to match them, were consulted on the bank bail outs and approved them.

    Labour lightly regulated the banks, to criticism by the Tories who wanted them to be regulated even less!

    You can't keep blaming Gordon Brown like left wingers keep blaming Thatcher

    Just what would the Tories have done differently had they been in power up to 2007/8? Probably nothing and arguably an even bigger bubble (after all they have form)

    Much of this is fair comment, but it ignores the fact that NuLab had succeeded in making it politically impossible not to endorse the spending frenzy, at least to say so anyway. Certainly given the Tories had been totally characterised as baby-eating fiends.

    It's easy to forget the ridiculous atmosphere Brown created with his abolition of boom and bust, Golden Rule ********, and general creation of the client State.

  4. A few people have asked me about what Maths websites I referred to. I've pm' them but in case I don't see further questions here's the message I've sent:

    "There are two I've found.

    http://www.examsolutions.net

    This one is comprehensive and brilliant. He covers every topic right up to Further Maths level, as well as providing past paper worked answers. His explanations are brilliant and my daughter in particular has benefited enormously.

    The second is here

    http://betterexplained.com

    This guy operates on a different tack; he focuses on teaching intuitive understanding, and is clearly enormously bright. He goes up to a very high level.

    I did Maths as a young man and was conventionally well taught, but together these are far superior. Supported by access to a tutor group I wouldn't hesitate to recommend learning maths just through these resources.

    If you're interested in Maths yourself, dip in. I tried the Complex Numbers section of Further Maths in the latter site and the clarity was a million miles beyond my schooling, it became childishly easy."

  5. At what point will predictions of imminent crash stop sounding wise? I registered on here in 2008, so late to the party, and the predictions were already long standing.

    Low interest rates are settled in for a long time; the country still offers political stability to foreign money and Lindon isn't getting much bigger. I'd be very surprised if such a thing happened in the near future.

  6. No, the tipping point was 1979 with the elevation of the unregulated free market to the status of 'central dogma' in Western economic thought and practice where it remained unchallenged until its catastrophic demise in 2008.

    Yeah, because finance wasn't regulated at all. :picard:

    Course, that's overlooking that the legitimisation is what kept frauds out of jail and sanctioned the moral hazard of endless bailouts.

    Some kind of free market.

  7. Oxford educated PPE tossers??

    Any better?

    It plays well to take that type of position on the cynical wing of a fairly cynical forum (a position you've worked hard to make you own since the days I first joined here many years ago, which I often find very entertaining!) but it doesn't really bring any enlightenment.

    The point made was that if all Public Schools did was educate tossers (which obviously it isn't, many kids leaving them are smart, well educated and, crucially, confident we'll-balanced kids) then they weren't much to worry about.

    But hey, don't let me spoil the fun.

  8. You've fallen into the trap of concentrating on only one bit of public services.

    The problem with the UK is that are public service poor and cost too much.

    NHS - poor coverage, dire quality.

    Teaching - just does not work.

    Army - cannot win a battle.

    etc etc etc

    Schools will admit to ~£5k/year for the cost of teaching a kid.

    Put in the in the unfunded pension and that bumps up the cost to about £9k/year.

    My kids are in classes of 25+, thats almost 250K/year for the class.

    The teacher costs ~30k, allow for a 1/4 backup, another 20k/year for facilities and there's a big bit unaccounted for.

    Where does it go?

    In any case teaching through schools will die out. The Internet offers far better standards of teaching already, done in the great tradition of a free market - by people doing it because it makes them happy.

    My kids use a Maths site that knocks spots off pretty much any school.

    Edit: predictive text malfunction.

  9. You've fallen into the trap of concentrating on only one bit of public services.

    The problem with the UK is that are public service poor and cost too much.

    NHS - poor coverage, dire quality.

    Teaching - just does not work.

    Army - cannot win a battle.

    etc etc etc

    Schools will admit to ~£5k/year for the cost of teaching a kid.

    Put in the in the unfunded pension and that bumps up the cost to about £9k/year.

    My kids are in classes of 25+, thats almost 250K/year for the class.

    The teacher costs ~30k, allow for a 1/4 backup, another 20k/year for facilities and there's a big bit unaccounted for.

    Where does it go?

    Well quite!

    I was told by a doctor friend the other week that two structural changes have lead to a shortage in the supply of Doctors. She said that;

    - The limitation of hours on junior doctors means there's a huge loss of cover from what were essentially very hard-worked apprentices. That super-hard work level also weeded out those motivated more by the pay than the aspiration.

    - The rise of female doctors who, over a whole career, devote only a fraction of the total hours to the job that a male counterpart does, because she (i) doesn't on average want the same hours commitment, and (ii) has a shorter career. Obviously, she costs as much to train.

  10. You are rather missing the point.

    I don't really care about the existence of Public Schools, apart from their rather dubious charitable status. Private education is just a business. What I was pointing out is that both political party philosophies with regard to education are hypocritical as they have both been happy to choke off a historic route for talented children from families with slender means to gain an elite education. It is now simply a matter of money and the UK is therefore failing to use a basic resource the ability people as well as it could. Given that fact it is no surprise this country struggles to compete in the world and currently runs one of the largest trade deficits in its history.

    The thing that really matters is the equality of opportunity and none of the British political parties really believe in it.

    So why talk about Public Schools, they're irrelevant to that point?

    The problem has got nothing whatsoever to do with money, quite the opposite in fact. It's about two things only:

    1. Opportunity to stretch. The demise of channeled education (Grammar schools, vocational) in favour of a determination that everyone is the same is designed to destroy social mobility. If education is to facilitate social mobility you have to accept streaming or separation, It's kind of obvious!

    2. Thinking the best teachers go into it for pay & benefits and can't be trusted. This has put off the right type of teacher (those who do it for higher principles) and attracted the wrong (motivated by earnings, benefits and resistant to reward for results). Efforts to rectify this by increasing benefits and regulation/admin just reinforce that.

  11. Precisely.

    Back in the 1960s given the option of abolishing such notable bastions of inherited privilege such as the big public schools such as Eton, Harrow, Rugby etc or Grammar schools which offered a genuine education opportunity to the poor based on examination open to all guess which ones the Labour party chose. Mrs Thatcher and a generations of Conservative politicians since have had absolutely no problem living with that type of socialism as they have never made any effort to reverse the decision. FFS Labour have never even questioned Etons charitable status even though it is devoted to serving the interests of a tiny few. If they were ever really committed to creating equality of opportunity in the UK you would have thought they would at the very least tried it here. The fact Labour did nothing about Public schools says all you need to know about their view of socialism and the fact the Tories have never brought back the Grammar schools or even tried to slow their abolition (the record for closure being held one Mrs Thatcher as education minister under Ted Heath) says all you need to know about their commitment to an open market in educational talent based on meritocratic competition

    Half right. Abolishing grammar schools was a crime against people. However, there's nothing wrong with Public Schools, nothing good ever comes of trying to level down.

  12. it's a relief, 6th form debating society level politics wasn't going to end well.

    The mistake Tories make is thinking that people either (i) can be persuaded they're nice, or (ii) would vote more for them if they were. People vote Tory if they believe they're competent, nothing else.

    They might as well get on with everything everyone knows they want to. Hope they do, and fast.

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