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  1. The underlying message here is of course that at some point we are going to have to confiscate our utility companies back off the French and Germans. As the EU starts its fade into historical insignificance, I strongly suspect we will resume our traditional semi-hostile relationships with both those countries. Re-nationalising the energy companies could be just the trigger.
  2. And this contributed to the global financial collapse how?
  3. I dunno, you see. I can't see how the public sector unions are somehow these macchiavellian geniuses who have somehow managed to hypnotise weak-willed ministers into getting their wicked way, while the private-sector unions (often the very same unions e.g. Unite) have proved hopelessly ineffectual in preserving entire industries. The public sector grew under Labour for the same reason it grew under Thatcher & Major (and probably the same reason it grew in the US) - to hide the failure of the ruling class in preserving domestic industry and increasing productivity. Yes, the public sector unions are going to be a big problem going forwards. If there had been real reform of the financial system after the 2008 crash, they might just (just) have been able to be reasoned with. But if they're all sitting there watching RBS traders taking home stonking bonuses while their bank facilitates the sale of Cadburys to an overseas predator, I can't really blame them if they choose not to be reasonable now.
  4. Forget his opinion about Germany. The article fails as soon as it posits the reality of a "global recovery".
  5. Well, I'm obviously not an innately pro-union person, but really, there are deep structural problems with the UK economy that have been papered over by frittering away oil revenues, easing credit standards and importing cheap labour. Unions are not a major factor in the causing of these problems or the masking of them. Pretending that they are is simply delusional, and I get more annoyed by peoples' levels of delusion than anything else.
  6. Well, obviously. There haven't been any huge increases in frontline public sector staff pay and benefits due to union activity. There has been a rise in fees to consultants, upper management, more Guardian-style non-jobs, and box-ticking monitors, as well as a corresponding reduction in private-sector benefits etc. But none of that is the fault of the unions. Especially not Bob Crow.
  7. Yeah, it's crazy isn't it? After three decades of not even the meekest Trades Union activity, and in which the bankers and employers (and their ideological fellow travellers) have been given full reign to enact their insane short-termist policies, it still turns out to have been the fault of the unions all along. I really think that 95% of the people who comment on this site are as thick as shit.
  8. I quite like Bob Crow - he's been trying to get the unions to stop funding Labour for a few years now. We need competing power centres in this country - not a plutocratic continuum that runs from the bankers to the politicians to the "mainstream" unions.
  9. Yeah, that's the madness of it - there are few nations more different in thought, attitude, lifestyle priority and behaviour as the Germans and the Greeks. You might as well have tried to unite the Japanese with the Jamaicans.
  10. You're obviously not involved in the NHS database then.
  11. Turkey is going to become one of the real global power brokers again, once the US influence in the ME starts to wane. They've kept their noses clean, kept their army strong, and kept a low profile. That's why I'm always slightly bemused by the way people get so worked up about Israel/Palestine. Both those countries, and their neighbours, have a future of being either Turkish colonies or Turkey's bitches, no matter what they otherwise think.
  12. Look, we could go on giving examples and counter-examples forever. At the moment the internet is an energy-intensive system that requires, on an international basis, a large number of transoceanic cables and huge (and I mean huge) server farms. I think this system is unsustainable for even the medium term. I think if a far less energy-intensive system can be created, then the internet may have a future, but on the other hand, I think the problem the internet may face is that it simply isn't that important - the world did perfectly well without it only 20 years ago. I'm really quite surprised how sentimentally attached people are to an ADHD-inducing system whose principal offerings are paranoia-peddling and instantly gratificatory *****-fodder, and how people think that we simply can't do without it. Anybody who seriously thinks that the internet is "necessary" is delusional as far as I can tell.
  13. Well in the case of the wealthy it's certainly passed on, but it isn't distributed.
  14. Well yeah, but I'm talking about money that never gets spent, which is what happens to the hoardings of the wealthy. A classic example is Marc Bolan, who is reputed to have millions of pounds salted away in offshore accounts, which no-one can track down because he kept it all secret before he died. All this money eventually falls into a big black hole, which is why the cave of wealth is also the cave of death.
  15. A lot of those could be ended by the UK Gov't and the Commonwealth. What really needs to be acknowledged is that these are deeply sick people with a hoarding addiction.
  16. No the children/grandchildren become the next guardians of the cave. This money never gets spent - only hoarded until the line dies.
  17. AKA The Cave Of Wealth And Death. Essentially what these people are doing is similar to the Pharoahs who used to have their wealth buried with them. They are secreting their wealth into virtual caves (which they think confers them with immortality) only for it to be dug up by financial archaeologists and gawped at by the masses in the future.
  18. Yep - I've long thought the Yanks are going to default (because who is going to tell them that they can't?) so the game is to avoid defaulting until after they do.
  19. Well, no matter where it came from, it still hangs over them. Like I said, the future is never really predictable.
  20. Actually, the way Tesco's most resembles a modern state is in its colossal level of debt: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aWppQX51SBA4 They're far from invulnerable.
  21. Well I think that's true at a basic level, but I think there was a degree of rationality to Port Sunlight etc. which is why they were well-built and are still there and in good repair. I can't help but smell the Ponzi in Tesco's efforts.
  22. I think you'll have to expand on your thinking here, as I'm not sure why you would say this.
  23. Well, I think one man's prediction of the future is as good as any other's really. The ancient Greeks always used to talk of the future being behind them, as it was always impossible to see what was coming. I think the only thing I would say for sure is that it will be completely unlike what we expect it to be like - so my whole schtick really is to keep giving people counter-intuitive predictions and see what they make of it. I certainly don't consider myself infallible, though. I never expected the Dr. Feelgood revival, for example.
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