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nickb1

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  1. Startling as it may seem this is in fact quite unrefuted orthodox economics, for all that the classical economists wanted to avoid this implication of their theories. It's now known as "Georgist" economics, after Henry George, who advocated a 100% land value (actually site value) tax to be levvied on a redistributive basis ie revenues returned to the community.
  2. Nope. Rent is exactly that: unearned income. It's a mistake to think of landlords as producing something and a tax as increasing their cost of production.
  3. Finally he has said something half worth listening to. they will have to get rid of him.
  4. So it was known for at least 3 years prior to the current report (probably longer, we are not told when Antino filed his complaint) that this guy was a fraud and nothing was done. No wonder Britain is going down the tubes when we have this kind of accountability at the top of lauded institutions. I don't think it is unrepresentative.
  5. don't care about his personality, politicians are there to have and implement policies.
  6. well the other was implicated by the Iraq war so probably unelectable.
  7. Kinda. The manifesto commitment was to review the case for an LVT. didn't stop the tabloids from running with it though ridiculing "Corbyn's garden tax".
  8. Bit odd to lump Corbyn and Millipede together, Corbyn 1.0 did at least have some radical policies e.g. I recall a LVT which would have helped.
  9. You mean ie in favour of Israel and against the Palestinians? nothing that comes out of Keir Starmer's mouth suggests otherwise. Not much does come out of his mouth in terms of policy incidentally, and this is why they wont win the next election. If they don't have policies who cares>? Might as well be one Bozo rather than another.
  10. BUPA and the like are dependent on the NHS. Where do their trained and experienced doctors and nurses come from? Where do they get access to specialised and expensive but rarely used equipment>? etc.
  11. better get your cricket accidents in now then before the new bill takes effect.
  12. Well you don't fix it by privatising it which is exactly what the government's latest health care bill does, which has now received its second reading in parliament. Private healthcare is less efficient, achieving lower coverage at higher financial cost. Shareholder profits have to come from somewhere, namely reduced patient service. Set the system back to what it was circa 1975 ought to fix it. No internal market, funded from general taxation. As I believe Corbyn would have done. Not a peep from Starmer it seems on this ...
  13. the last (maybe also the first) British Tory politician in favour of LVT was Winston Churchill I believe. Maybe he was grandstanding as a landowner, knowing it would never happen? The only way to get LVT is through a party that does not champion (amongst other things) inherited privilege.
  14. I think there are some defensible reasons for being a vegan (I'm not one btw) but I doubt the environmental case. Integrated agriculture is best for soil health, and that is foundational; we need animals on the land. Vegan products can be as destructive as livestock farming. Broadscale soy monoculture in cleared rainforest anyone? But all depends how things are done, whether it's livestock or crops.
  15. I'll take an internet keyboard warrior's view over scientists' any day. Who needs experts, right? Fact is, it's already dramatic.
  16. are they? the ones in Miami? what about "selection bias"?
  17. If socialism destroys everything it has done so thus far to a far lesser degree than capitalism, which has unleashed concentrations of greenhouse gases not seen for millions of years. Not that "socialism" has a good environmental record, if you look at most COMECON economies. But it seems absurd to go around saying that "socialism destroys everything" when we don't have a socialist global economy, and the capitalist one we do have is clearly ... destroying everything.
  18. Probably ordinary Joes who think they can do the same. After all they are surrounded by people crowing about how they bought 6 years ago and "it's gone up £80k" and "aren't you on the ladder yet?" Your house price has gone up = your money is worth less. Sadly nobody is crowing about how much more expensive will be the next house they will buy.
  19. where in the world is your "actual capitalism" actually observed?
  20. With capitalism having brought about the ongoing and permanent wrecking of the climate and (lately) basically ever-increasing levels of inequality what we really need is a thread about why "socialism", almost nowhere observed, "can't work"? I'd say if you look at one of the few examples of current actually existing "socialism" (Cuba) it seems to have worked quite well, given the range of forces assembled against it (the entire so-called "international community" of client states of the most powerful empire the world has ever seen?). On outcomes that matter as captured in the human development index, for example, or the fact that it survived the energy crisis with the collapse of COMECON without the starvation that was endured elsewhere (e.g. N Korea). This is not to extol "socialism" in general (N Korea is "socialist") just to say that there are examples that give the lie to the title of this thread.
  21. yes it begs the question why did they agree in advance that the 19 yr old would take one. But maybe he thumps them in 100% in practice.
  22. You could see it happening. Italy's close control, holding the ball, passing etc. skills generally better than England players'. Before you know it England are standing off giving them lots of room, whereas whenever England have the ball they tend to be quickly hustled off it, moves breaking down etc. Then they resort to those hopeful long balls instead of playing it out from the back. A default pattern of play endemic here but reinforced by (albeit slightly) lower skill levels. This is as much praise of Italy's play as criticism of ours. Still they did fantastically well to get to the final even if it was an "easy route" compared to Italy's.
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