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  1. Not sure what your point is - are you talking about the article or the comments below it (which seem to be mostly supportive)? Regardless, both the author and most of the commenters would clearly regard Peter Hun as a raving alarmist.
  2. But we can't start asking questions like this without going further and asking if the tax system as a whole is fair. Maybe these people ought to be being paid more in the first place, then the question of UC wouldn't arise in this form.
  3. She also said that without the Euro there is no Europe. Need she really be surprised, then, if the UK decided to become fully detached from the EU? Merkel Liechtenstein please pay attention.
  4. Why "However"? You mean "Therefore." Rantzen is quite right. And as ever, many parents (particularly mothers) could indeed stay at home if housing costs weren't so high.
  5. When, how long ago, was it "not like that"? As far as I recall, even years ago there was plenty of it. Might as well ask why the Indy's comments sections are regular SJW-fests. People tend to sort themselves out into their echo chambers over time. But I'd suggest more think in a stereotypically DM way than a stereotypically Indy way.
  6. Not much, just anything non-engineering related. Has anyone ever seen CR comment on anything cultural or metaphysical? Perhaps "he"'s IBM's Watson.
  7. By anyone who commutes or otherwise travels regularly between Leicester and Warrington, I'd say.
  8. In what sense was 2015 in particular a dog's dinner?
  9. Ahem - you may have to revise your glowing opinion of Mr Davis: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4591382/How-David-Davis-talked-holding-snap-election.html
  10. To be fair I don't see how the mere severing of diplomatic relations between oil producers would affect the export of oil from them to faraway customers with no skin in their beef. There's no hot war imminent is there?
  11. Which is why, in a nutshell, sooner or later, Brexit was bound to happen. The Brits as a whole would definitely rather leave the EU than join the Euro. If anything other countries should leave the Euro - either Germany or certain southern states. Unsavoury as in, they stand for life, marriage and personal discipline - obviously far too old-fashioned for your 'savour'. As "Brextard" appears to be a coinage of your own word-smithy, perhaps you'd oblige us all by also supplying the definition? Dino bones don't tell their own story - humans look at them and make one up.
  12. Clemenceau's law? Having said that, it's for sure that many, probably older party members tore up their cards when Cameron - and May - decided to stick it to marriage in 2013. Nemesis has sure been a bitch for them both.
  13. To be fair, judging by the camera pan of the audience at that point, I didn't see more than half the audience clapping so that would be the lefty half. They can clap as hard as they like, and fair enough, given the seat never went red even in the Blair landslides. Credit to Comrade Jeremy and team. As for the snowflake in the bubble, to discerning minds it actually shows how ignorant and/or brainwashed a lot of the yoof are, and puts a whole new perspective on why such a demographic (a) voted big to remain last June and (b) voted big for Jeremy just now. Frankly though, now is a very poor historical vantage point from which to view people in a seeming fit of sodomania - future historians will simply shake their heads at how they totemised something with no objective public benefit whatsoever. I did find the bloke I think ccc meant, not very eloquent at that, basically saying Brexit would ruin us - not sure why Brexiter ccc would think that worth noting?
  14. Ultimately, it was and is philosophically incoherent to try to maintain the following three things at the same time: (1) The Euro as the heart of the EU (Merkel: "Without the Euro there is no Europe") (2) The UK to remain indefinitely in the EU (2) The UK to remain indefinitely out of the Euro. Something had to give, one way or another, and sooner or later. Maybe historians will eventually ask why it didn't happen sooner. Hence even just before the referendum, you had Lord Tarzan saying that if the UK stays in the EU it'll join the Euro. Crazy but true. I wonder if you'll love the EU quite so much once you realise that the Tories, the DUP, the LDs, the SNP, and who knows who else over here can all "demand" such withdrawal, while the EU simply refuses to allow it.
  15. I don't follow you, please explain
  16. Aye, in the sense that "the poor ye have always with you". But the trans-planetary prescription is Hawkingite hooey. No other planet/moon comes close to suitability; earth's atmosphere is thicker than most other terrestrial bodies', and disposes safely enough of almost everything that falls in, and no meteorite however destructive is going to wipe out humanity. Plus whatever we could do to 'burn' our home could simply be repeated anywhere else. Why does Hawking hate planet earth so much?
  17. Well it would help if you actually followed the main thread on this article, where I posed that very question.
  18. It's illegal. Remember Jeremy Forrest? And I'm sure that was also the law when Frostrup was 15. Frankly this column is tremendous rich pickings for us HPC-ers on several levels. Was going to start a thread on it and found two already here! Well done lads.
  19. The questioner doesn't reveal if either of her children are girls. Or maybe Mariella is aware that they could sleep their way to the rooftops over their head (see the sex for rent thread). Another golden quote to show she really hasn't a clue:
  20. Can we get right away from calling men "perverts" for wanting to have sex with women? Would they be called perverts if they said they wanted sex with men? I don't think so....
  21. You know what? It just occurred to me that these are the EXACT same non-technical, non-financial reasons people tend to give for resisting the advent of driverless cars. E.g. our good friend Riedquat is rather obsessive about being able to drive one's own car without anyone else knowing where you are - as though you already have any meaningful choice about the general route you take at the same general time each workday morning and evening. It's a distinction without a difference. And as for 'status', don't get me started on all that bull.... about how having a swankier car supposedly gives you the right to drive like a w.nker.
  22. Any employer who effectively demands that an employee increase their weekly working hours from 37 to 57 without simultaneously offering a pay rise by a factor of 57/37 (if not considerably more to allow for greater proportional loss to tax etc.), should be instantly told where to go. Plus the point that this one clearly doesn't know the difference between production and productivity. In this specific case, production over a year would go up, but certainly not by a factor of 57/37, hence productivity would actually fall, and the company would be better off splitting that 57-hour load between two people whose productivity would be higher. Wasn't there a trial recently somewhere in Scandinavia (Sweden I think?) that showed that hourly productivity increased when the working day was shortened? At any rate Sweden is about to shift to a 6-hour day confident that that's exactly what's going to happen.
  23. First a tasteless post, now a pointless one.
  24. Hmm, that may well be your experience, but coming so soon after Jill Saward's death it's not in very good taste.
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