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  1. Some really good stuff in that programme, how so many scottish teams are just names not places (St Johnstone, Albion Rovers, Queen of the South) and then onto some economic insight with the Grangemouth Refineries being beacons of industry and success that may well serve Scotland well in the future. Meades is utterly bizarre but highly entertaining with a dash of cold reality splashed over his observations...
  2. Ah the town centres.. Interesting bit on local Northern News last night about the clarence dock development in Leeds..The businesses are shutting up shop (starbucks closed/ Italaian restaurant closed) They wheeled on the curry house owner who had spent £2.5 mill on his new restaurant and can't get anyone in! Yes Clarence Dock is a big white elephant but it amazes me that so many businesses can get sucked in. Anyway one fo the reasons for virtually no footfall is the car parking situation...go to any out of town shopping mall and you get free parking, go to Clarence Dock in Leeds and you'll be stung for upwards of £7 for half a day! I do wonder how all the private flats and commercial sites are doiing down there as well....
  3. BBC shoud stick to its public sector remit and stop competing with comeercial radio and commmercial TV. We should pay £25 -£30 a year for a service that include news + services not available on commercial TV/ Radio + some reserved sporting occaisions. No need to pay star wages. No need to bid for commercial TV shows. No need to BBC to be at the cutting edge of technology - let the free market sort this out.
  4. BBC shoud stick to its public sector remit and stop competing with comeercial radio and commmercial TV. We should pay £25 -£30 a year for a service that include news + services not available on commercial TV/ Radio + some reserved sporting occaisions. No need to pay star wages. No need to bid for commercial TV shows. No need to BBC to be at the cutting edge of technology - let the free market sort this out.
  5. Builders get public money to finish stalled developments « Previous « PreviousNext » Next »View GalleryPublished Date: 27 July 2009 MILLIONS of pounds of public money will be used to boost 26 building projects in Yorkshire and the Humber which have stalled due to the recession. The cash - part of a £1 billion national campaign - is aimed at developers and housing associations who could restart projects by the end of the year but are struggling to get money. Up to 2,088 new homes in Yorkshire and the Humber could be creatADVERTISEMENTed by the Government project, which should also lead to thousands of new jobs in the region. One project included is the Saxton scheme in Leeds, which could deliver up to 305 homes. Other schemes set to benefit include the Foxhill project in Sheffield and the Verve scheme in Hull. Housing minister John Healey said the schemes still have to undergo due diligence and insisted the Government was not awarding developers a "handout". He said: "There are tough terms to this deal including repayment of loans within five years. And only builders who accept a realistic current market price for their homes are eligible. "I want to see builders back on these sites within weeks. So I will be calling on successful developers to pull out all the stops so construction can restart as quickly as possible. "We've pledged to use the power of Government investment to help Britain through the recession. "This billion-pound kick-start programme will get stalled building work back on track, create jobs and help build the quality homes we need."
  6. I watched this last night and as an owner of a small business and an employer I found it very frustrating when one proposal from Blanchflower wasn't even put to the minister by the interviewer. Its something I have been banging on about for ages and its Employer National Insurance contribution. It is a direct cost incurred by the business whether big or small when taking on an employee. its currently at 11% and is due to RISE next year. When you employ someone and agree a wage with them say £20,0000 the employer then pays an additional 11% (£2200) to the government. Labour are going to increase this tax - unbelievable! It is simply a direct tax on employment. Reduce this or cancel altogether and businesses big and small will be able to lay less people off, or take people on. Blanchflower mentioned this but it must have gone above Eslers head, as he continued discussing with Knight training options and public sector programmes. Honestly I think the government has forgotten about small business and given up the ghost. Perhaps thay will take me over soon!
  7. He is also chairman of Celtic, and is currently looking for a football manager so doubt he has time to run the country!
  8. Just on radio... John Reid turned down return to cabinet as home secretary.
  9. Its a 10 bedroom mansion set in 15 acres with its own 6 hole golf course and 2 bed cottage outbuilding. £1,650,000 Lincolnshire If this is a repo someone on here must know who owned it? Maybe its an MPs second home and they need to get rid of it FAST!
  10. I was assuming the peice was about the UK and I can't see us picking a fight with any other countries in the present circumstances...although Simon Jenkins did suggest the only way Brown can save himself would be to go to war and get the UK behind him..... I suppose Iran might be on the cards and we might go in with the US but with Obama in charge this must be less likely now....
  11. What on earth possessed her to disclose her salary. Surely someone on £92000 pa would be intelligent to see this trap ahead. Obviously not. Just goes to show that these salaries are completely unjustified for BBC presenters. Public Sector Pay is becoming a huge issue, and about time too.
  12. Who will be at war? I would rather have a revolution, sweep away the discredited powers that be, politicians, bankers and media people that run the country and try to start again than to fight people across the globe as ever the workers die on the front line while the discredited powers that be negotiate the peace, preserving their interests. But here in the UK we can't get people onto the streets, we are too busy blogging and posting to do something about it, but perhaps the next revolution will be digital!
  13. I'll second this, I have 2 employees who have agreed to buy houses in the last month. They are both delighted with their purchases even though they only negotiated approx 5% off asking price. I reckon its to do with affordibility, if they like it and can afford it then there is a fear of losing the house to someone else, so they spend what they can afford. But when interest rates rise, I imagine affordibility may be a mirage.
  14. As often discussed on here a curious case of Biflation. Cost of housing going down, cost of imported goods on the rise, lower energy prices, higher food prices. Its difficult to keep a handle on all the conflicting data, my head hurts trying to process the info. I'll tell you this though, no deflation at Next, popped in there yesterday and from 18 - 33 pounds for a teeshirt, up to 60 for a pair of jeans and 170 for a suit, this is not a cheap option. Don't even think the quality is that good.
  15. Why did she have a bizarre pink suit on then? These politocs do need a visit to Gok to make the best of what they've got. Nadine Dorries
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