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Blue Peter

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  1. The NHS probably has far too few managers: http://flipchartfairytales.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/is-the-nhs-really-over-managed/ http://flipchartfairytales.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/is-the-nhs-really-over-managed/' rel="external nofollow"> Who changed the expletive delted editor?
  2. Neil Jeffares thinks that the words and mooted actions don't really mesh: http://neiljeffares.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/mark-carney-at-the-inclusive-capitalism-conference/ "When you read the first few pages, you may think that this man is a raving leftie, far more extreme than anything you find in this blog (although if so you probably won’t be reading). Here at least is the vocabulary of the left: social justice, fairness, community – and even a nod to Rawls. But after a while, the penny drops: this is what his audience wants to hear, not necessarily what he really thinks (and presumably not what he said to George Osborne before he got the job). And then we move on to the bit that matters: what is he, as leader of our central bank, entrusted with far more tools than his predecessor, going to do about the mess we’re in?" Peter.
  3. Finland isn't particularly rich, GDP per head is similar to the UK's. They also have immigration. See also: Finishing Schools Peter.
  4. What does he mean by this? That increase in the value of real estate is behind the increase in GDP? Peter.
  5. Our energy is supplied by private companies, so we won't get proper investment in energy until they can see a good return, even if it means the lights going out, Peter.
  6. But 3.8% is closer to 4.2% than to 3.2%, and 3.8% is the rate in an effective recession. That makes it unclear to me that we have gone back to the 68 - 94 trend. If we do properly come out of this recession is the rate likely to rise or fall? Peter.
  7. Yes, that's the figure that others are reporting, e.g. Shaun Richards / JaneTracey, Peter.
  8. ..as if you had to ask... the pension assets are on the books; the liabilities are not (because we're not liable yet, even though we know with actuarial certainty what they will be...and it's bigger than the assets which we have booked) Peter.
  9. So, what is causing this growth? Is it real? Or has a cocktail of easy money acronyms (QE, H2B, NB, FLS and all the rest) finally succeeded in giving life to the cadaver? Peter.
  10. Milton Keynes does (or did) set aside a few plots in each area for self-build. They certainly don't charge agricultural land prices for them, though, Peter.
  11. See the article quoted above - 30,000 wells to get 42 Tcf. That's going to frack a lot of voters' preferences, Peter.
  12. I think that the 1,300 tcf number is the total resource, not the reserves, which is probably more like 42 tcf, according to this. But, remember, to make money from this, it's better to go with the big numbers (cf. the article above). And it pays to be well connected (pardon the pun), Peter.
  13. No, because the gas prices are set by the price of gas from Norway, Russia and the Middle East. The volumes produced would be too low to affect things. Plus there is no guarantee it would be cheaper anyway. The rich might make some money from fracking, e.g., see this: How to make money from fracking, Peter.
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