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  1. EEA was always the logical first step. I’m a remainer but could have accepted that as a compromise. It’s not palatable to hardened Brexiters of course but the argument that we could completely leave in 2-3 years was always fallacious. We can never completely leave and there will always need to be a serious of stepping stones that could take a decade or more to cross. When people argue against that kind of approach it has to raise suspicions. Typical binary U.K. politics where there can’t be nuances, just thick headed polar opposites. In or out, left or right etc...
  2. The IMF have said what they had to. To maintain stability and because what Osborne is doing is what the IMF would lis likely prescribe.
  3. The boy Clegg has been before too if the rumours are correct.
  4. The majority of countries are fuelled by debt.
  5. All the money has gone on benefits payments? All part of the profligate spending that created the vast debt and structural deficit? Maybe? Meths? Crack Cocaine? Who knows?
  6. Your graph shows combined local and central expenditure. Nice try but no banana. Labour bigots? Do you mean like Gillian Duffy? What do I call her? Your girlfriend.
  7. You are joking. Fiscally the last Tory government were doing ok off the back of a natural upswing in the economic cycle. But they left the country with decaying infrastructure, schools and hospitals. They wasted billions on the futile attempt to keep us in the ERM. They presided over a series of cack-handed privatisations that have cost the country billions. They introduced the PFI framework to this country. They grew the state. They failed to regulate the finance sector. They were interventionist in the industrial economy but in a way that added no value. They presided over boom and bust, a housing and credit bubble. They were at the centre of sleaze and corruption scandals. In short they made every fecking mistake in the book. Just like Labour did last time. This country has been broken for decades, since the 70s. And we can argue toill the cows come home but the fact is no government has done anything to fix that. It's got worse with every parliament and at the core of it is all is sustained industrial failure which no government has tackled.
  8. No party has effectively managed the economy for the last 30-40 years. Not Labour. Not the Conservatives. And now the Libs are having a bash at being shyte at it too.
  9. Haha, no I wasn't. There's a distinction between normal people who happen to be conservative supporters and Tory-boy bigots of which there seem to be a preponderance on here. I know it's difficult but do try to use a bit of brain power.
  10. Not at all. I'm sure most conservatives and conservative supporters are rational, tolerant and very nice people.
  11. Because a lot of Tory boys are bigots. In fact many right wing traits are inherently bigoted. Wiki says this and I think it's fair: "The predominant usage in modern English refers to persons hostile to those of differing race, ethnicity, nationality, inter-regional prejudice, gender and sexual orientation, homelessness, various medical disorders particularly behavioral disorders and addictive disorders and religion or spirituality." So, bigots a lot of the Tory boys are, IMO.
  12. Don't get me wrong I hate that Labour did nothing to control the housing market. It was their biggest mistake. And it's why I'm here. Then again, maybe there was a spark of genius there - the pain endured by Tory boy bigots as they got gazumped by hairdressers, binmen and hospital porters.
  13. In the case of government that is poop. The opposition has a duty to counterbalance the government by questioning policies. The tories did not oppose housing policies. They wouldn't because it was in banker's interests They didn't object to Labour spending. They pledged to at least match it. Regulation - they called for less of it. Basically the only credible voice in opposition was Vince Cable, the only person who vociferously questioned government economic policy. Nobody else called them on it. I think it's fairly safe to conclude that we'd be pretty much where we are today no matter what government was in.
  14. 1. No. On many threads it seems to be primarily about bigging up (imaginary) right wing experimental economic policies. 2. Too many people on here fail to see the continuity between governments. What genuine changes are we now seeing? 3. It'd be better not to take the sadistic boom and bust route. No govt seems to manage that. 4. I don't think a rapid 50% correction is a good thing. Socially or economically.
  15. We are in a mess. 300 year low interest rates potentially holding for 5 years! That is fecked up. One problem we have now is a chancellor who seems to want to take whatever route he chooses leaving the BoE to pick up the pieces. Problem is the BoE have nowere to go. The UK government debt off balance sheet is not the key worry. We are talking PFI (scary at £200bn but not unmanageable) and public sector pension liabilities funded from cash flow (again manageable) as they are in many other countries. What is more worrying is what off balance sheet debts financial insitutions have. That is where the next big feck up is coming from.
  16. If you're talking about Park Square in Sheffield then it's a bit different. That is about regenerating a neglected area where thousands of people will live and work. Not really like with like is it.
  17. Yep, nothing more than a Tory-boy love-in at times. It's very strange because the last thing most Tories want is a crash in the price of the very asset class that so defines them. If they're wannabe Tories then they need to take a look at themselves because the real free market loving private sector go-getter wouldn't be moping around a message board - they'd be out there bringing in the money. They'd see that the house price bubble was the closest thing to an unrestrained free market we've had in a long time - the paradox is they'd rather have had the state crawling all over the market like the Stasi, just so they could gain an asset they could use to define themselves as a Tory. You couldn't make it up.
  18. Applied for four lots, one for each of the family. Two for kids paid for with cheques. Both cheques cashed but only one cert has arrived. My wife's cert has arrived. They took the money almost immediately. They've now taken the money for mine but the cert hasn't arrived. All applied for over a week ago.
  19. What's this nonsense about capital reserve ratios. The banks have spent the last decade sidestepping the regulations. And now they aren't lending anyway. And £2bn is feck all. And they don't care about savers either. The bottom line is the banks are never happy. Mutuals may just have a point.
  20. I think you must have been reading a different thread. There has been very little evidence on here of people predicting an extreme outcome. It has been fairly measured, actually very informative at times. And the best info has often come from non-experts who have taken the trouble to seek out freely available data from reliable and reputable sources. Usually grim data that regularly contradicted the upbeat and often disingenuous messages from the 'experts' on here. Because somebody does not agree with the view of a so-called expert on here you would like to think of them as some doomsayer who thinks the Pacific will become some kind of plutonium soup or something. You are wrong. As for Tepco and other VIs telling the truth. Well, if you think they have always been consistently honest and truthful you're an idiot.
  21. 'utter disaster for the Pacific/millions of fish/people/the world' is not good But the point I was making was that we've had a procession of expers on here telling us it was all contained, safe, nothing to worry about. Telling us how we didn't understand, we couldn't understand because we didn't know as much as them. It turns out they knew feck all.
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