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  1. True - he's a publicity whore: From the article: "The Bank of England revealed at midday it had voted to boost interest rates to their highest level for more than nine years, from 0.5% to 0.75%. Within an hour - at 12.50pm - Mr Wilson released a statement to media organisations detailing plans for his rent hike."
  2. Agreed, then it begins to make more sense, at least to me. 56 days strikes me as wildly implausible because I follow properties in my area, and I know how long they sit in estate agent windows doing nothing. Perhaps my area is just wildly different from the rest of the country...
  3. I was looking at the latest Rightmove HP Index today, and I notice they have a "time to sell" metric, which currently is at 56 days nationally. Now, this is an obvious lie, I can't construe it in any other way. It doesn't take 2 months on average to sell your home. My question is, does anyone know what the figure actually refers to? I can't find it anywhere in the report.
  4. I can't remember being more sickened by any other housing story than this one. Apologies if it's been posted elsewhere. http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/revealed-fatcat-landlords-squalid-hostel-3178185
  5. Moodys have now raised their credit rating apparently Spain has "a relatively weak banking system"
  6. Speculative doesn't even begin to describe it. As you say it stinks of 2007. I wonder which of the country's "most renowned developers" is on the point of bankrupcy. Maybe I should ring and find out...
  7. Obviously this stinks to high heaven. Anybody else come across anything similar?
  8. I know - why people think this is a bad idea is beyond me.
  9. I live in Denmark and quite frankly - you can shove the UK up your ****. Every time I come back to Britain I'm shocked by what a dump it is and how much nicer a place Denmark is to live in.
  10. I can see that you're right about the Geiger counter - if you interested, I recommend the account of the incident in Masha Gessen's The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin. The methods of the British secret service are very different to those of the FSB as you will understand if you read her account of life under Putin. I also feel that installing an American stooge in Afghanistan, and at least attempting to invest in Afghan infrastructure and provide some form of civil society, is different to installing a tame warlord in Chechnya - though perhaps not very different. It's certainly very different to tame technocrats in Italy - these were not installed, Italy has a long history of technocratic government. Free and fair elections were held in Greece and the parties that won were those that campaigned on the basis of continued membership of the Euro, so the actions of the Troika and those negotiating with them have a democratic remit. And no, of course, the fact that lies and disinformation are worse in Russia doesn't make it OK in the EU - but it's important to maintain a sense of proportion.
  11. I'm not saying that Greece's situation is not serious and worsening but Russia really is in a different league. Until recently there was no free press left in Russia, because all the independent journalists had been intimidated or beaten into silence, had fled or been killed. Oligarchs who owned newspapers fled or died in mysterious circumstances and their associates weren't even safe in a foreign democracy where they were bumped off using highly refined radioactive material - who do you think had access to that? An incident which to this day the British government still investigates as a simple crime - rather than state-sponsored liquidation, which it almost certainly was. One of the men wanted by the British Police in that connection - they used a Geiger counter to reveal which seat he must have been sitting on in the plane he took to the UK - is now a member of the Russian Parliament - and thus under the Russian constitution cannot be prosecuted. Not that constitutional provisions mean much in Russia. Just try walking the streets the day before an election when all election materials are banned in public places, and check out the 30 ft high Putin posters on the side of Moscow tower blocks. To form a political party in Russia you have to collect something like 2 million signatures and, since this is a practical impossibility for movements without media coverage, no truly popular political parties exist - only stooge parties more or less tolerated by Putin - the leadership of which in some cases he directs. Putin was the head of the KGB and he runs the country like a KGB fiefdom - any opposition figure is hassled at every turn. There is significant evidence that the KGB was involved in a number of the terrorist siege incidents, and, even more shockingly, that it was responsible for planting the bombs in apartment blocks that killed hundreds and created the wave of hysteria that swept Putin to power on the back of panic and the popular desire for a strongman figure to treat the enemy with contempt - as Putin has done by wiping out Grozny and installing a puppet warlord to run what's left. The Chechens, of course, took the blame for these massacres. Russia had a brief period with a, very confused, free press under Yeltsin - since then, until very recently nothing. Greece has a long and healthy tradition of popular and media dissent and investigative journalism. There's nothing like that in Russia - not is their the sort of state apparatus to impose dictatorship through threats and violence that there exists in Russia.
  12. A number of critical journalists have died in very suspicious circumstances in Russia - this hardly bares comparison.
  13. He's only a politician after all - what do people expect? Half of them must be psychopaths as they're actually taught how to lie to us rather than answering direct questions - something that is now so commonplace that nobody even raises an eyelid when it happens. Small wonder then that his previous job was as a ******** merchant.
  14. When caught with his pant's down airbrushing his Wikipedia entry, and using several attempts to do so in an effort to cover his tracks this was his response: "Earle, you did notice that all of these accounts stopped editing the Grant Shapps biography (or anything else) more than two years ago, right? And that much of the material they removed was biased, poorly sourced and in violation of Wikipedia's own policies? Nobody else cared about it. What's a biography subject to do then?" What a slimy git - sorry, I mean statesman.
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