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  1. This guy is a world champion muppet! Not a clue!!
  2. I can only assume that those calling for a military coup have never, ever met an Army Officer in their life. I've met several hundred, and virtually to a man (or woman) they had the same dangerous combination of complete stupidity combined with the relentless self-confidence of a private education. These are the people who spent millions on cavalry boots for the ceremonial guard at buck house when the troops in Iraq didn't have any decent body armour - go figure! Who cares who leads the Lab/Con lowest common denominator complex? It won't make a difference to the lives of one of you.
  3. This has already sort of happened, 1919 during the "Red Clydeside" era. "The campaign for a 40-hour week and improved conditions for the workers took hold of organised labour. On January 31, 1919, a massive rally organised by the trade unions took place on George Square in the centre of Glasgow. It has been estimated that as many as 90,000 were present, and the Red Flag was raised in the centre of the crowd. Massive brawls between the police and demonstrators took place, with a police tram being overturned after the Riot Act was read. The Liberal government panicked, fearing a possible threat to order or even a Bolshevik-style insurrection. It was only 14 months since the Russian Revolution, and the German Revolution was in progress in January 1919. Troops based in the city's Maryhill barracks were locked inside their post, with English troops and tanks sent into the city to control unrest and extinguish any revolution that should break out. No Scottish troops were deployed, with the government fearing that fellow Scots, soldiers or otherwise, would go over to the workers' side if a revolutionary situation developed in Glasgow. English troops were transported from England and stationed in Glasgow specifically to combat this possible scenario."
  4. Mortgage 27%. Throw in the insurance, mortgage protection insurance and maintenance/repairs and I suspect it's more like 35%. I can't believe the rents in London. You couldn't pay me that sort of money to live in the world capital of rudeness and materialism.
  5. A single interest rate doesn't even suit the UK, never mind the eurozone. Scotland is a net exporter (even excluding oil), England is a net importer, with obvious consequences stemming from the value of the £. I imagine the same situation applies to Germany and Ireland. The Irish are going to suffer. To their credit, they have made some reasonable investment in infrastructure during the years of plenty as opposed to pissing it away like UK governments [on pre-election tax bribes (Tories) or benefits (Labour)]
  6. We're getting spoiled...a year ago, a 1% drop in June would have had the champagne corks a-poppin'. I'd settle for 1% a month for the next 3 or 4 years.
  7. You wouldn't think it would be that difficult, given that (*baits hook for foaming at the mouth Tory boys*) Nu Lab and Nu Con have 99% of other policies in common already.
  8. Problem with energy security is that the consequences of fouling it up are more years further away than a politician expects his career to last. If only our politicians were mature enough, they'd have a summit, thrash out a common energy policy and agree (and commit to) the amount of GDP to be invested. This would allow the 20 year forward planning that energy needs. What we need is some huge engineering projects. I'd prefer it wasn't nuclear, it's just shifting the problem 100 years or so further on - haven't we been there before with gas? I think the coming energy poverty (and poverty in general) in the UK is not an entirely negative thing. People will be forced to do something about the huge amount of "stuff" they waste through idleness and fecklessness. An example: 3 people travel from the same village to my work - about 31 miles away, 5 days a week. They haven't organised a car share because they "can't be bothered" or "I like driving, though". They live on the same housing development, ffs! Food shortages would do no harm to a good chunk of the population too... edited because typing and watching the news don't mix!
  9. Well, no. An IO mortgage is similar to renting from the bank, but a repayment mortgage isn't. You pay an RM for 25 years, you own a property outright. You rent for 25 years, you keep on renting. If you get a long term fix, your mortgage payments stay the same - rents (generally) rise. Renting makes sense sometimes - perhaps most times - I would agree that most be dive into buying rather than renting without actually doing the maths and working out if they benefit or not. However, most people would rather have a mortgage on a realistically priced property. This site would be very quiet if that wasn't the case....
  10. At one point his article says: "An academic subject in decline always grasps at one last straw, that it "trains the mind". In his essay on Arnold of Rugby, Lytton Strachey pointed out that this argument kept Victorian education immured in the middle ages, teaching classical languages while Germany and America were forging ahead with technology." then he says (speaking of the 1985 UK national curriculum: "Science and maths lobbied hard and captured the core, alongside only English. Not just history and geography, but economics, health, psychology, citizenship, politics and law - with far better claims to vocational utility - were elbowed aside." So teaching technology was a good thing in 1888 but a bad idea now??? Maybe he thinks everything's already been invented?
  11. With apologies to Burns: To a House Wee, sleekit, cowerin' timorous Kirstie, The coming crash will doubtless worst ye! But ye have helpit blaw the bubble That soon will cause ye muckle trouble! Ye'll mind ye put a thing aboon "Hoosie prices ne'er gang doon" Thou made a promise, awffy hasty So here's your hat - I hope it's tasty! and from the great man himself, something which will resonate with so many BTLers soon: But Mousie, thou art no thy lane, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men Gang aft a-gley And leave us naught but grief and pain For promis'd joy
  12. The Clyde Riviera "Mr Anderson and colleague Robert Galt fended off the two machete-wielding men while working in the town's Southfield Avenue at 2120 BST. As the attackers hacked into the van door and broke the window with an 18-inch blade, the pair fought them off with a large valve key. Gary Anderson added: "As I was approaching my van, two youths came up and started using threatening and abusive language. "When I was stepping into the van, one of them took a swipe at me with the blade and the glass came down on top of me - it was frightening. " - a completely random attack. Does that answer your question? Absolutely rife with neds and incapacity benefit.
  13. Persimmon - for reasons best known to themselves - started a development in Stevenston. 3 and 4 bedroom houses, probably about 50 - 100. They've stopped after about 10 were finished and the showhome isn't open. I don't think a single one has been sold. The for sale signs on other properties are stacking up nicely around here too. You'd expect to see that in may, but this time, there are literally NO "sold" signs on my commute. I fully expect to be moving out of my two bed flat to a 3 bed house in 2 or 3 years without increasing my mortgage.
  14. Exactly. If you're a high-flyer with a good career, opportunities, the cash to indulge your interests, it's easy to dismiss nationalism. You don't need it, you live life through yourself and your immediate family and acquaintances. If you live on a crap estate or work in a wage slave job, a lot of your life is lived through your tribe - whether your tribe is the Scots, the Muslims, the Toon army, whatever. It's an ultimately healthier thing than individualism IMO. I've lived in a wealthy area - South Oxon - it seemed to me that people simply didn't like each other that much. Their neighbours just seemed to be targets to tilt at, in terms of having a newer car, neater lawn, brighter kid....more expensive house.
  15. No. Who would we play at football? Mars? Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, "This is my own, my native land!" Whose heart hath ne'er within him burned, As home his footsteps he hath turned, From wandering on a foreign strand! If such there breathe, go, mark him well; For him no Minstrel raptures swell; High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim; Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonoured, and unsung. Walter Scott
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