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  1. No - the one linking to this. http://www.pwc.co.uk/eng/publications/the_future_of_manufacturing.html Did you actually read the posts?
  2. 14% is still hardly defunct. Get a grip, especially in the shadow of the recent crisis..What is the banking sector's contribution to the economy? We never hear the end of how the country would disintegrate without the banks but I bet the contribution isn't much beyond 14% if that. I assume you didn't bother your backside visiting the link at the bottom of the list? - Eejit.
  3. Yeah, you're right we don't make anything worthwhile in the UK. Manufacturing is dead. Okay its not Germany or China but there is life in the old dog yet. A quick scout about the web for UK goods, and I mean quick - this took me two minutes. http://www.baesystems.com/WorldwideLocations/UnitedKingdom/Locations/BarrowinFurness/autoGen_107115145925.html http://www.morgan-motor.co.uk/ http://www.triumph.co.uk/ http://www.norvilmotorcycle.co.uk/ http://www.britishproductsdirectory.co.uk/stones_bros.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Semiconductor#Manufacturing_locations http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whisky http://www.macduffshipyards.co.uk/ http://www.samuel-windsor.co.uk/?affiliate=12,242 http://michaelallenwatchmaker.co.uk/ http://www.rltwatches.co.uk/acatalog/RLTwatches.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Roadster http://www.stourbridge-glass.com/ http://www.pwc.co.uk/eng/publications/the_future_of_manufacturing.html
  4. I have had a very similar experience. Really love going there and hope I'll get the opportunity to move back. Luckily I'm easily pleased and quite like where I am now as well.
  5. Ditto. Not everyone sees it as repugnant hellhole. My favourite part of the country by a mile.
  6. Indeed having just been spanked by HMRC for importing some kit from the US, I have to say the more government/bureaucrats intervene to "ease" means of trade across borders the more expensive and difficult that trade becomes.
  7. It would be nice if he did time for this, I wonder if his "celebrity" will save him from the stripy hole.
  8. I think St Vincent has been sent a warning. This is the political equivalent of finding a horse's head in the bed.
  9. He was on the Daily Show on Monday night in the US. He is as mad as a hatter. You can watch the show at this link with the modify headers add on in firefox, http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/mon-december-13-2010-gordon-brown his interview is the final 1/3 segment. It will be on more4 soon I think. It is without a doubt his creepiest performance to date. You'll need to install modify headers into Firefox to watch it (and other U.S. based shows) online from outside the US. https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/967/ This video explains how to do it. Alternatively watch it when it is repeated on more4
  10. Dammit, I thought the yield spreads on bonds meant we were through the worst of it. Or something. Does this mean Ann-Margaret's not coming?
  11. The Telegraph; http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/johnmcternan1/100068334/if-you-thought-the-students-were-trouble-wait-for-the-disability-movement/ Carer's allowance is in the region of £50 a week for a 35hour+ week. The people who are helped by the Independent living fund usually require someone on hand much of the day. Not everyone has relatives or friends who can take up the slack of care, the fund helps in such cases as well. Carer's allowance is also strictly limited to one person irrespective of how many people participate in giving the care. From the Carer's allowance website; Perhaps the plan is to increase this to offset the loss of the Independent Living Fund. There is woefully little detail behind the announcement. Here is more information about the fund. http://www.nhs.uk/CarersDirect/guide/practicalsupport/Pages/IndependentLivingFund.aspx http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2010/12/13/116003/Independent-Living-Fund-faces-abolition-after-2015.htm http://www.disabilityalliance.org/ilf.htm I don't want to judge the coalition before all the facts are in as they say. So we shall see.
  12. Depending on students for rental income at the moment seems short sighted, considering the recent trouble from the rise in tuition fees. I know the coalition plan to protect the poorest from the rises but I would be expecting student numbers to drop noticeably in the coming years. I'd also bet more students will be selecting universities closer to home (Mum and Dad) to save money. Could be wrong but it looks far from a guaranteed market, certainly in terms of numbers that we've seen over the past ten years, for the foreseeable.
  13. Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere on the site, I had a look and didn't find it. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11985568 This is a fund that allows people with disabilities to live with care in their own homes. I thought it was one of the more cost effective schemes and as I remember it this was introduced under the last Conservative government. This seems like a moment of madness from the coalition. Before people start shouting about chancers and scroungers this fund paid for disabled people who would have been forced to live in institutions to live independently. The big question is what happens next? Back to Victorian style institutional care? Much of which vanished with the establishment of this fund in the mid nineties, the original fund dates back to 1988. Strange, its not even a large sum of money that will be saved - in fact it won't even be saved, it will cost more to establish residential care for the people who benefit from this at the moment. I am genuinely disappointed and bewildered by the mechanics of why this seems like a good idea. http://www.dwp.gov.uk/ilf/ Maybe I am misreading it, it is the Beeb after all.
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