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Pindar

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  1. It's pocket change when you consider how much they printed to bail out useless RBS and Lloyds. Totally pathetic amount when you compare it to the real new deal. The difference is that the financial collapse of 2008 could have been prevented yet the reckless behaviour of the banks was rewarded with our money.
  2. I agree, LVT is a fairer means of taxation but this should IMO be accompanied by abolition of council tax which unfairly penalises those in HMOs. and single households.
  3. Not really. I don't understand why it's OK for anybody to dictate how private property is used by its occupier(s) unless it's something illegal. Pensioners were paying into the system for decades. They paid to have some care through taxation all their lives. I don't recall having ever mentioned an LVT on this thread so what's your point?
  4. What kind of mental gymnastics did you employ to come to that conclusion?
  5. That would be far too sensible to ever happen in a largely centralised system of big NHS dictating how care should be provided. Seriously though, people seem to be advocating for the state to stipulate how people should use their own private property. This may be part of the change in mindset where there's a widely held acceptance that private property ownership is banned.
  6. Which has been allowed to happen by successive generations. Under the rule of law and with property rights it's perfectly acceptable for people to stay in the homes they've paid for. Who is anybody to take away that choice because they think that's the reason they cannot afford their own family home? The bigger changes in our society are the root cause of this and it's all by design. Don't begrudge those at the end of their lives and who happen to be living through the birthing pangs of this brave new world the comfort of living in their own family homes. It's nasty and divisive and once again gets the proles arguing with each other instead of directing their anger at the political and power class who let this all happen.
  7. It's not a matter of getting old people to downsize. They've mostly paid for their homes and have paid taxes all their lives. Why should they feel like they're doing something wrong? Personal choice. If you want to put pressure on somebody, put pressure on the government to end the perks for the big building firms and stop them from propping up prices by artificially withholding stock from the market. If somebody wants to live in a mansion or even a modest detached or semi on their own, that's their business.
  8. I'm not sure if the Ferguson model has been adjusted retrospectively to account for what we now know about this viruses mortality rate, which according to the CDC is similar to that of seasonal flu. If not then I suggest your 500,000 theory is questionable at the least.
  9. And you trust the figures coming out of Vietnam?
  10. Which shows that central planning can never work. The blunt instrument of total indiscriminate lockdown has been disastrous. We will never know what the truth is because the endemic corruption within the NHS and other government institutions in reporting and application of advice from "experts" was never scrutinised by any independent arbiter or body.
  11. But people on the ground are reporting that this was a "shutdown" in name only and it was not mandatory. This is not the same thing as mandatory house arrest which is effectively what a "lockdown" is. Despite the "lockdown", the reported death rate is still sky high compared to other countries. The statistics also show that cases had already started to peak when the "lockdown" was introduced and sooner than can be attributed to the "lockdown".
  12. Actually the model could be used to model any country. Garbage In Garbage Out. Whatsmore, analysis of the code revealed it to be sloppy and full of bugs. But if you believe in models to predict reality that's your prerogative. Using this flawed model from one epidemiologist and ignoring the real scientific consensus from people who know what they're talking about would have been a sane strategy but then what do you expect from that bumbling buffoon Boris wingit Johnson. I know for a fact that the burden of proof for any hypothesis - whether it's a model or a physics theory - is on the proponents of that hypothesis. Given the absence of any experimental evidence, I will continue to regard the Imperial College epidemiological modelling with the same incredulity as cold fusion or perpetual motion.
  13. I'm inclined to agree since we know that death certificates in the UK can have more than one cause of death (I think it's 3?) It transpired that, like everywhere else, the majority of deaths were in people with one or more comorbidities. Even if C19 was listed on the death certificate as a secondary thing (because a test had been done), that death now counted as part of the C19 statistics. It was then reported as "died with covid-19". This bumped up the reported numbers significantly.
  14. Well yes and some will say that Sweden's neighbours have a lower death count (as comparable countries) and that this proves that lockdowns work. The thing is that herd immunity builds quite quickly, in say a month or 6 weeks for respiratory viral infections and the deaths are more compressed into a comparatively short time span. Conversely, those who locked down may now see second and more waves as people start to be exposed again. We will only know the true mortality rate after some months or even years.
  15. Where exactly can you point out that I claimed the 50,000 deaths were caused by the lockdown? Your words not mine. Why was the model not relevant in Japan? The same model was used by some other countries. You seem to be saying something that is logically fallacious. I.e. that you can somehow prove that some thing might happen if we don't do some other action. That's verging on voodoo.
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