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  1. John The Pessimist

    A free weekend to Paris, no less

    £300K overpriced and a hellish commute to anywhere with an appropriate salary.
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    The Nationwide Fat Cats

    As discussed on HPC countless times before, Cable is adept at pointing out the problems when on the opposition side of the house.
  3. Alternatively is he looking for a move to the Lords? He would then be 'too busy' to write a memoir. This could have been the warning shot.....
  4. John The Pessimist

    General Election Prediction Poll

    NI doesn't have elections, they have tribal headcounts. The DUP will be fine because their vote won't go anywhere else, and if they abstain or spoil their ballot they will let the other tribe win.
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    Halifax May 2017 Prediction Thread

    There's a media purdah, which is what I was referring to, as opposed to the public service purdah.
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    The Fidget Spinner Economy

    As far as I can tell, these things have no meaningful purpose. Yet every child wants at least 1. It's consumption for the sake of consumption, and yes, that probably has a significant role in propping up today's economy.
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    Halifax May 2017 Prediction Thread

    When does the pre election media blackout begin? Were I cynical, I'd describe it as a last minute opportunity to shape the debate before purdah begins?
  8. John The Pessimist

    Crash going mainstream

    Who here was running a course for a council yesterday? 'Fess up now!?
  9. John The Pessimist

    High street trends...

    My kids go to Explore Learning. In year 1 my son was in the lowest set for literacy and maths. Now in year 6 he is one of their 'bankers' for doing well in the SATs. Without some form of control sample, we can't tell whether the tuition helped. Most of the kids in the lowest set in y1 are still there. Both my daughters attend. They enjoy the informal learning culture, the absence of disruptive kids and they interact with their tutors like peers. Most of the tutors are students and the centre directors are recent graduates. The atmosphere is interactive and the kids are motivated by earning 'Lizard Cards' which can be traded in for rewards.
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    High street trends...

    The childcare voucher scheme allows some of the fees (approx £110 per child per month) be paid from pretax income. A lot of the time it is about giving little Cressida or Orpheus a leg up against their classmates/peers/competitors. However the advantage is marginal compared to the headstart (educational & social) conferred by private education.
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    Ever think the UK would do this? Would it work?

    It's not like we have a Canadian in a senior independent role that could deliver some of these changes......
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    George Osborne named new London Evening Standard editor

    Apart from the feature on towel folding, what exactly will he contribute?
  13. John The Pessimist

    House Year Build

    Punch the postcode into houseprices.io, and you can see when it was first sold.
  14. Gina Miller was being interviewed on 5 Live this afternoon. She was suggesting that there might be another court case to force a parliamentary vote on whatever final deal emerges....
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    Halifax Feb '17 Ekes Out 0.1% Rise

    I assume the market is 'pausing for breath' before surging again this Summer?
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