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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.
  14. How is this going to benefit the poor? Peter.
  15. Hmmm, doesn't your "in an ideal balanced world" qualification rather undermine your 'no'? What's the answer in a non-ideal, badly skewed to rentier world? L&G are looking at this because they have to fund large pension obligations in a world of low interest rates and low growth. Inserting themselves into an essential, government-supported (via housing benefit and planning regulations) part of the economy will allow them to extract significant wealth. Admittedly they will at least be building, and so doing something productive, but it's still basically a rent-extraction process rather than a wealth generation process. It would be far better if this was done by publically owned entities, since at least the nation as a whole would benefit, from the rents extracted, Peter.
  16. But won't this just suck more of the economy into the hands of rentiers? Peter.
  17. But that was when the government subsidised them (along with all other universities). I think that you will find that the OU fees are considerably cheaper than other universities (5K per year as opposed to 9K per year), and I believe that they hope to pick up a lot of new young undergrads based on this (plus, presumably, they would save by living at home rather than having to pay accommodation at a traditional university), Peter.
  18. Don't MPs have exactly the opposite sort of contract? They get paid whether they turn up or not, and they can do other jobs with gay abandon, Peter.
  19. Where there's conventional oil/gas, there's probably shale Peter.
  20. Technically, it shouldn't be extrapolation. The 1,000 people should be a representative sample, and if they are representative, then the conclusions should hold across the whole population subject to normal statistical caveats. It would be extrapolation if you used this result on another population (which you would presumably consider to be similar in some way), Peter.
  21. Take a look at Neil Jaffares - no figs, but suggests not much, Peter.
  22. Worth having a look at this Britain's Unbalanced recovery: Peter.
  23. I think that Sergeant Wilson was a rather nicer man. And for all his pomposity, Captain Mainwaring would never ask one of his troops to do something that he would not have been willing to do himself, Peter.
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