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  1. Continuously lowering of living standard for the bottom half, insecurity in emploment, dismantling of welfare safety net and transfer of remaining welfare spending to private sector agencies and the BoE buying £32bn 0f £34 bn bonds issued since August in order to continue this organised transfer of resources to the elite is now defined as a "soft landing" then. Soft for whom, exactly? Sadly this kind of drivel confirms that HPC is now the internet equivalent of Question Time. Stick to Zero Hedge.
  2. Dear Whatsisname, Have you got any idea how annoying and inconvenient it is for the vast numbers of partisan party political believers who frequent this site when you introduce facts like these? Could you please stop?
  3. Absolutely right. To look to the existing system for answers is exactly what the banker-supermarket-political corporate state plutocracy want you to do. Hence Ken Clarkes comments. He, at least and possibly alone amongst the political wing of your rulers, knows how to "do politics" properly! I can hear the howls of approval for Ken already. But, cui bono?...that's what you should ask when you hear this stuff from the people who made it happen! The real outcome would, of course, be a very pale substitue for "justice" and certainly for punishment fitting the offence and it's consequences. What does Ken imagine such a "trail" would look like? Who would prosecute? The incompetents at the FSA who let it happen (when it wasn't illegal anyway)? The CPS? They are the people who can't manage a conviction for common assault when a policeman pushes over a man who sustains fatal damage thereby! Which law have these people violated anyway? Usually, none! What would this pantomime cost? How long would it take and which towering intellect from amongst their Lordships would YOU trust to preside over such a hearing? Hutton? Yeah, stunning lack of independence of mind within a meaningless remit...we've had that before, haven't we? The patrician elite are long gone. Jury trial? You are having a fu#king laugh, aren't you? Most jury members wouldn't know fiat currency from a nissan micra. The state simply has forfeited whatever right it pretended to have to dispense "justice" to this group by being so cosy with them and, sadly, nmarks is quite right. Time to step up to the plate and look to ourselves for answers. No prison sentences or expensive pretences at "justice" required, either!
  4. Well, yes! The reason being that people do all the work, not corporate entities and, further, a "charity" does something for the public good, as does a legal aid law firm or the NHS (as examples of government / taxpayer funded systems). I have little doubt that this person would gain many more transferrable and useful skills working in either such environment compared to the learning curve one will encounter at "Poundland". I'll stick with this view until you can make a persuasive case why the psycopathic/ sociopathic entities called "companies" should not lose their "human" rights and be required to have a social responsibility clause in their articles of incorporation. Off you go, Mr C...
  5. Silly! It helps the directors of the non public service immensely...thereby immensely helping the funding of their Etonian friends to get elected....thereby helping more directors of newly created "non public" public services get immensely more taxpayer cash. It's called bringing "market efficiency" into the provision of public services.
  6. Quite. That's as concise and accurate explanation as you'll need.
  7. Errr, my thoughts say "absolutely no chance", not through the minor political inconvenience such as Hunt might become at any rate, but 10/10 for wishful thinking.
  8. Why does a small minded interest in a dead English politician of marginal relevence make tellytubby "very clever" or his little group of Thatcher-struck onanists "very bright" ?
  9. You could say the same about the majority of BTL landlords too. In fact that's what I'm doing!
  10. You want them to have a way out? Thats the very last thing they should have when TSHTF and the people are angry!
  11. Whining, scrounging, something for nothing CBI scum who won't get off their lazy backsides and cut their profit margins or their unjustifiable salaries in order to "lock in the recovery". No doubt they need a few tax breaks or free labour from their unemployed victims.
  12. I don't see why anyone has a problem with families who earn a quite a lot not getting support for their children providing every bit of the money saved goes into other areas of benefit spending for those less well off.
  13. TBH, I'd have thought thick peoples food (Dominos/McDonalds), cut price booze chains and gambling were reasonable areas to have your money to add some diversification from metals, oil, water and farm land.
  14. Course it will work out for him and the preferred investors too. Whether it will work for a real person (not an MF Global type) investing their real fiat is a better question to ask.
  15. Of course he did it with a straight face. The man is an over promoted number crunching time and motion pr*ck, not a patrician intellect or social philosopher. The fact that your rulers don't think that there is any difference is amply reflected in the next observation; namely that the chuckle brothers of Eaton seriously believe pharmacies, taxis and utilities are "ripe for deregulation". The day Mrs Cameron gets prescribed some dodgy meds from her "local" deregulated Tesco pharmacy, gets felt up by the (unregistered) cabbie on the way home and cant bathe the Cameron brats as her electric and gas are cut off is the day common sense will triumph in our functioning democracy. Till then, don't vote as it simply legitamises their corrupt oligarchy and remember that at the next incident of protest you choose to attend the police will likely have tasers and tear gas: prepare accordingly.
  16. I think you need to disuss those "feelings" with someone who can help you.
  17. Yes, I'd agree with the comment about disgust at poor people, something regularly manifested even on this site. Just look at the acceptability of a word like "chav", an indistinct form of insult, generally applied to the disenfranchised, particularly an unemployed benefit recipient. Try substituting black or woman in a sentence uttered by someone using the word to see just how acceptable the term has become. (think there is a book on this called Chavs - the demonisation of the working class, so this isn't an original thoght of mine BTW) Completely disagree that this situation is accidental ( as implied by **** up) however; quite the opposite. It is a continuation of the same exercise that began with breaking trade unions as a real political counterweight. This is a carefully engineered project designed to serve the interests of the supermarket/banking /political/ media kleptocracy. No conspiricy theory, simply the inevitable outcome of allowing the political system to be shaped and guided by the most powerful and wealthiest political lobbies. It is utterly vital for them, given what the rest of us are about to experience, that there is NO organised, effective opposition outside their control, hence the effort to divide and rule with wheezes like this. Doubtless a lot of wind and ink will be let loose by the hordes defending the use of my tax to underwrite the bottom line of multinationals because it makes "the scroungers" pay for their benefits. On that basis I want the Noble Chuckle Brothers of Windsor to clean my house once a week instead of twa**ing about in helicopters meant for proper people to fight in.
  18. I agree. I want to have a stake in the NHS and I want a welfare state worthy of the name that provides good service, and decent levels of benefit provision for thse that have made the contribution or those unable to do so. I see a great mischief in the welfare state being used as a conduit for state funds to flow into the pockets of multi nationals who provide no service but make profits from contracts awarded as a kick back for their political donantions. Private security firms running police stations and prisons, the same administering welfare and fitness to work assessments. This is not efficient, moral or a saving, but it escapes Careys feeble grasp as it requires a knowledge of what is being deabated, something he does have, or certainly does not demonstrate. I don't agree with fertility treatment, gender reassignment or other lifestyle treatment for free on the NHS, but I am certainly not going to be told by the likes of Carey, who, like most of our present "leaders", has "no skin in the game" when it comes to welfare (nor any ground to claim to be either my intellectual or moral superior from what I know of him) how my welfare state should be shaped.
  19. Although the post WW2 welfare settlement was a palliative necessary to control at the time, already the bankers wanted it dismantled. So I'll ask you this, since you accept that the politicians are slaves of the bankers. On what basis are politicians likely to hold those bankers to account rather than shift the arena of debate and attention elsewhere (terrorist threat, rioters, welfare recipients, Iran)? Anyway are you that bloke who writes Lord Careys speeches, his gardener or what?
  20. True about education up to age 8, I think. Also pensions by LLoyd George, 1911?. What I am referring to is the Beveridge model which was, as you should know, introduced by the post war Labour government and funded from general taxation (or NI). However, if you think you pay the going rate through NI, try paying for it privately then and do a price comparison. I believe I probably (happily) contribute to your and others health care too. I think that is fair enough, 'cause I want to live in a civilised and integrated society (not that this is one anymore). As it happens, my children were both born abroad in private clinics so Ms Slinger didn't even use the NHS , but would certainly have done so on principle had we been here at the time. Do you think we should get a refund for that and for being slim, fit, non smokers? I would REALLY like to see fat people being charged a lot extra on flights or being able to take a lot less baggage than me! Nobody is totally altruistic, I guess.
  21. Fair enough. Define "welfarism" first, though. The gap between rich and poor is a bigger problem, so it seems rather odd to me that when the problem is with deregulation of shadow banking, endogenous money and fractional reserve banking that welfare should be seen as one of the problems involved. Still, this bloke is one of the establishment elite (a euphamism for incompetent), believes the debt CAN be paid off (proof of my previous assertion) and that God loves you infinitely but will send you to burn in hell for all eternity if you violate the rules...which, honestly,is the lest nutty of the Very Reverend Eminences beliefs (if you think about it and get beyond it's colourful allegorical imagry). Carry On UK! Business as usual!
  22. Would that be the same"evil scum labour party" that one generation ago made sure people like me and you you got free education and health care? Accepted that the former was utterly wasted on you, but the latter meant that your wife could at least give birth in a clean safe place with the necessary medication to ease the pain, for free..something which, with your apparent grasp of things, I doubt you'd be in any position to pay for otherwise. You voted for the Etonians, right? Much better now, isn't it?
  23. Yes, I agree, you'd really have to "pretend" very hard indeed to imagine a single Romanian with no children could be given £45k per annum in state benefits. But it clearly doesn't stop you trying.
  24. So we can assume that Pickles and his party will decline all freebies and reject all approaches by said lobbyists then? No, thought not.
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