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  1. As much as I retain a nostalgia in national achievement and pride (see Olympics) I see that the "keep it in the family" national pride over home grown businesses and innovation have long since bolted. Why would ARM be any different? Its market is not loyal to or dependent on the brain power that created it being from one particular geographic area and is increasingly likely to be sourced from anywhere that can muster the talent. Retaining the right talent to maintain and grow a business is key, irrespective of whether that talent resides in one particular geographic area or not. What's really more important is equal opportunity in education and training for youngsters in the UK to be in a position to contribute to such a business. Unfortunately I don't think this is the case any longer as the hard engineering and scientific subjects are no longer championed by schools and universities.

  2. 27 minutes ago, jonb2 said:

    Thank you for expanding PIndar.

    I think having an overseeing board like NICE cuts both ways. There is no free market in Big Pharma - so somebody has to protect the punter from the worst excesses.

    Like this:

    Drug firm fined for huge price rise that hit NHS

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58009149

    and this

    https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/pfizer-raises-prices-on-100-drugs-again-despite-backlash-from-public-lawmakers/

    And the all-time winner

    https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/business/a-huge-overnight-increase-in-a-drugs-price-raises-protests.html

    This is why a free market often ends in monopoly. No regulation - just look at the tech companies. Look at the utility companies here. The media companies. The banks. All a testament to politically weakened regulation. For example, remember why both the Fairness Doctrine (media) and Glass-Steagell (banks) were originally brought into legislation. Both of which have since been repealed by free market puppets - and here we are today.

    Somebody, somewhere has to protect Joe Public. It ain't gonna be the companies.

     

    I agree, without regulation to prevent abuses of position, we would be screwed even more. It's therefore vital that suppliers of products - be they pharmaceuticals or prosthetics - must be legally responsible for bad outcomes, irrespective of frequency. The consumer of any product must also be made fully aware about risks and adverse reactions. This should go without saying since informed consent is at the core of any treatment, phophylactic, procedure or appliance. 

  3. Just now, jonb2 said:

    Maybe you should be more specific - as the USA is the epicentre of the 'Free Market' experiment.

    I'm not sure how much more specific I can be. If a doctor wishes to practice medicine and practice in a jurisdiction, he had to have a license. He can then offer his services to anybody who wants to pay. In much of the world, this simple model has been smothered in regulation, systems of control and permitted actions and treatments. It's not enough that he passes exams and demonstrated he is competent, he must then proffer his skills in a way that satisfies existing bodies of agents who take their cut and have a say in what the doctor is and isn't allowed to offer, irrespective of efficacy and is highly contingent on how much profit there is for the pharmaceutical and other interests. This is not medicine and a committee such as NICE in the UK ought not be acting as a dispensary of the highest authority in prescribing medicines and treatments. That should be based on the case by case medical judgment of the doctor(s), acting purely out of medical efficacy. Instead, it seems that bodies such as NICE override clinical judgment in the sphere of medical practice in the same way as insurance companies do in the US and that these bodies are lobbied by big pharma interests to come to the "right" conclusions. 

  4. It's had its day and made sense in a world in which demographics and life expectancy meant that it was able to provide good care for those who needed it. With the aging population, wilful ignorance about diet and nutrition, alcohol, tobacco and other substance abuse, the NHS (the taxpayer) should not be expected to shoulder the burden. The only beneficiaries with state mandated and dogmatically prescriptive health care (i.e pills for everything) are big pharma and an army of bureaucrats and parasitical middle men. Real health care and choice can only come from a true free market in health. If this were allowed to happen it would mean competition, like there is for good dentists or other private health providers. Prices would come down to a level that the true free market could support. Insurance schemes would take into account all diet and lifestyle choices and the premiums adjusted accordingly. If you get to the age where you start needing procedures and treatment, your lifetime of premiums will have paid for themselves.

  5. 9 hours ago, Locke said:

    The idea is that the needs of society are more important than the rights of the individual. Any sticks which are the wrong shape to fit in are whittled down or discarded.

    Fascism is a left wing ideology, because right wing ideology is about the rights of the individual.

    We live in a fascist society; see the attempts to coerce the young into having an experimental medical procedure "for the greater good" by progressively removing their rights.

    Completely agree. Segregation was also a thing in fascist regimes of the past. 

  6. 20 minutes ago, Lucky Larry said:

    I'm not convinced any of them are what we are told .

    George Galloway has gone from marching with Nicola Sturgeon and claiming he hates the Tories with every bone in his body to wrapping himself in the Union flag and actually voting Conservative.

    Starmer is another , as a member of the Trilateral Commission   an organisation Noam Chomsky described as "undemocratic ,they talked about how the public needs to be reduced to its proper state of apathy and obedience. Another member who allegedly had long weekly phone conversations with him was Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein was a Mossad agent, Starmer has pledged unequivocal support for Israel , Patel had to resign for having secret meetings with the Israeli Govt.

    Who do these people really work for because it sure as hell isn't the People of the UK.

    It's becoming ever more apparent that practically none of the people in key positions in the UK are actually loyal or serving the interests of the British people. Robert Maxwell, the disgraced former owner of the Daily Smearer was also suspected of being mossad and his daughter Ghislane is thought to be linked with Carrie Johnson. The more one digs the more one finds a spiders web of hidden power and influence. 

  7. 1 minute ago, winkie said:

    Yes, all normally now, don't expect anything better.....playing them at their own smear game, pride and fall....hell has no fury like.......;)

    I'm not convinced that Cummings is what we're told he is. After all, he was all over the front page of the BBC "News" a few days ago and the BBC positively hated Cummings a few years ago because he was the chief advisor on Brexit. I suspect he's just being used as a nudge for Johnson. 

  8. 1 minute ago, Lucky Larry said:

    Johnson has done what was asked of him and is now becoming damaged goods so they are preparing the next puppet to step into his shoes who will get a honeymoon period where they advance the agenda further before they themselves have to fall on their sword. When it gets to the point where the entire Party is unelectable in steps the controlled opposition with Sir Keir Establishment Lackey Starmer telling us he is "change we can believe in."  Democracy is just an illusion in the UK 

    Sad but true 

  9. 1 minute ago, MonsieurCopperCrutch said:

    Wrong. And this has been repeatedly pointed out to you before:

    https://www.amnesty.org.uk/truth-about-refugees

    4. There is no legal requirement for a refugee to claim asylum in any particular country

    Neither the 1951 Refugee Convention nor EU law requires a refugee to claim asylum in one country rather than another.

    There is no rule requiring refugees to claim in the first safe country in which they arrive.

    The EU does run a system – called the Dublin Regulations – which allows one EU country to require another to accept responsibility for an asylum claim where certain conditions apply.

    The relevant conditions include that the person is shown to have previously entered that other EU country or made a claim there. This is supposed to share responsibility for asylum claims more equitably among EU countries and discourage people moving on from one EU country to another. But it doesn’t work.

    It is clear the system greatly benefits countries like the UK and is very unfair to countries like Greece and Italy. That’s part of the reason Germany has just suspended the Dublin Regulations when dealing with people fleeing from Syria.

    Yes but I also seem to recall it was Germany who invited half of Syria to come to Germany. 

  10. It's the same old jaded, entitled crap from that ex communist cum reactionary Conservative who spouts his hypocritical piffle in the Daily Hate that we've all come to know and love, especially if you're a boomer. Dare to say that the powers that be didn't have a script to handle "processing" of the corner cases that are undocumented migrants coming across the channel because they're too busy trying to convince us all that the world will end if we leave our homes. Who actually cares what happens with these <sic> undesirables - maybe he would favour a 1940s German approach so that he can happily wave his papers and health credentials at border control en route to his gite in Bordeaux. F**k off you pompous w***er. Some of us have more important stuff to be concerned about

     

  11. 3 hours ago, Shrink Proof said:

    I disagree entirely with Cummings' description of Johnson as being like a shopping trolley. Johnson is NOT like a shopping trolley. After all, you can get more food & drink inside Johnson and he looks better dumped in a canal. Mind you, a shopping trolley does have a mind of its own.

    The main difference between a shopping trolley and Doris is that a shopping trolley is full of food, as opposed to Doris who is full of s**t. 

  12. 8 minutes ago, zugzwang said:

    Stalinist ploy? Surely you mean a free market neoliberal ploy?

    Britain has lost the habit of hard work. We have become a nation of lotus eaters, our cultural imagination dominated by fantasies of instant riches and conspicuous consumption. No-one exemplifies that change more than Cameron, rich beyond measure but still grifting.

    You can't blame people for wanting to maintain some living stsndards in the face of a mass rug pull. Stalin engaged in labour force transfer which albeit forced, is reminiscent of the way some unscrupulous labour providers literally ship people in for a specific project. I've seen it in more than on EU country and in many cases, the accommodation is barracks (like the ones they use on building sites) or failing hotels/motels. What chance the locals in the face of such brutal people trafficking he'll? 

  13. 3 hours ago, zugzwang said:

     

    Twenty years living off the unearned blessing of North Sea oil + gas and another twenty living off a line of credit using our houses as collateral.

    Fantasy island.

    Oh so because we -  the people of the UK - had a bit of money from natural resources and created money out of thin air, we're all workshy layabouts? Blame, if it's to be aportioned fairly, lies firmly with the high level think tanks, NGOs and politicians who followed their advice to become a "service economy" without providing adequate skills and training in a native population that still expected to have a well paying job to go to after completing their education. The exodus from the East was just a stalinist ploy to "get the recalcitrant locals on their toes". Why train your own youth to work in trades when you can steal somebody else's. 

  14. Just now, shlomo said:

    Because it is now true, in the 19 century brits were among the most intelligent hard people in the world now that is the Chinese 

    But that's just the way things are. It doesn't do to constantly run down a racial or ethnic group, we all know how that ends.  When we all believed that the vulgar racial stereotypes of the last and previous centuries had been stamped out, it's now apparently OK to invent new and cruder ones and apply them to whole countries.

  15. 5 minutes ago, shlomo said:

    Off course he is, he is as British as Queen Victoria 

    Yet there are so many Brits who hate their own kin and point the finger in the same way as that Harry Enfield "tory boy" character from the 80s. The myth of British being lazy when there's so such evidence to the contrary is manufactured by decades of self hating leftist media toffs whose communist leanings has naturally led them to slowly corrode what sense of self worth Brits may still have remaining. 

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