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  1. Thanks for the laughs. Actually they've already done it and write George Osborne's budget for him (it was the same as the one they wrote for Darling). They certainly didn't do it for free however. They wouldn't spit on you if you were on fire for free.
  2. All must serve the boomers. Eventually they'll be heads in jars and animated zombie cadavers will lumber around maintaining them while they go off on endless virtual reality SAGA cruises. The typical multi-billion pound rent incomes from a council flat in Huddersfield will cover it all fine.
  3. The argument against that is business risk, this is quite common in defence where they prefer to procure from consortia. It means everything looks like a massive BAE Systems stitch-up, which it sort of is, but option B is that your supplier goes bust half way through development and you can either bail them out or bring someone else in, both of which are ruinously expensive. You need the great hulking megacorps involved just in case it all goes tits up. I don't think there is a perfect way of doing these things. For me it all comes down to open standards as regards government software though. Network Rail (boo-hiss!) have quite a good approach to this in terms of separating things out and going the extra mile (subject to leaves on the line) to make this work.
  4. Its a proper university, relatively small in the wealthy private ex-religious institution style, I'd say roughly equivalent to a redbrick or thereabouts. It isn't a "Polyversity" or anything.
  5. Yes, it sounds silly in retrospect. But on the other hand, US corporate culture and its haircut and dresscodes (Iran has nothing on them) and piss tests is pretty evil (although I'd say the majority of HPCers worship this kind of culture as capital can do no wrong). They hire people with awards for academic excellence, they don't hire assistant claims adjusters from some random burg. So it depends how you see it, you could equally be looking down your nose now at someone who took 40k's worth of jam today and did himself out of 100k tomorrow. Youth of today eh, only themselves to blame.
  6. Thats not an argument and you really wouldn't want to live in a country where that was possible. It always begins with good and righteous intentions... If the contracts are fraudulent, fair enough, if they are merely immoral but legal, tough. As an aside, this is what the Daily Mailists miss when complaining about the latest legal outrage... thats the fair application of the law, however flawed, by the judiciary. And yes, I'm aware this means I have now publicly agreed with something Anne Widdicombe wrote in one of her columns once.
  7. I still think it should have been used to buy out the PFI contracts. The money would still have gone to banks, we'd just have some of our slave contracts to them torn up. In fact, I think there is still a case for printing money specifically for this purpose. I think we'd still come out ahead even allowing for a dose of the inevitable.
  8. I wouldn't be too sure. In all history they will be the generation that retired in the best health and with the highest levels of wealth, we won't be so lucky and I very much doubt our children will be either. So on the contrary, their power will only increase as they can go full time with it.
  9. Doesn't make her wrong this time. If you are just interested in tribalism though and you think anyone in Westminster cares about you or your interests, then as you were.
  10. She is right. I have to say that because I laid all this out very clearly before the election on these very pages. When do I get my analyst's fee Ms. Cooper? The interesting thing is when we talk about "swing voters", guess who we are talking about? Hint: not men. Expect to hear a lot about this as time goes on. While I'm congratulating myself for my powers of prognostication, I also predict Mrs Cameron will come to be thought of as a Marie Antoinette-like hate figure, complete with toy business selling overpriced stationary for that Hameau de la reine vibe.
  11. Seem to recall William Hague complaining New Labour had stolen the idea from the Tories but anyhow.
  12. This what the QE money should have been used for.
  13. They don't hang around. Turns out whatever the HPC's army of computer programmers say, real teachers find it a job that is easy to give up. Teacher recruitment is akin to a bucket with a hole in, one way to keep it filled is to keep the taps jammed on the whole time.
  14. So, what do you expect them to do? Should they be "devastated" like their colleagues up the road or merely fearful? Life goes on you know.
  15. I don't think it is at all interesting. I also don't understand why you think that people should be living in fear. Isn't that a terrible thing to wish on people? I don't think its at all surprising, I think it might be possible there might be someone in the private sector, somewhere in the western world, who wants a new company car or perhaps thinks they need a new laptop. Does this mean the entire capitalist world is in a state of "disconnect"? Perhaps I haven't understood your point.
  16. Well, this is just the corollary of believing in infinite growth (ie. capitalism). I'm not sure it is necessarily utterly illogical, if you look at Major's debt bubble (such as it was) and a proportion of Brown's, these are both due to the contraction of the economy. I don't believe Major as such ramped up spending, its just that tax receipts fell. Would it not seem logical to think the same could apply in reverse? There is also a slightly deeper issue of what you think growth is "worth" as a long term investment, I'm not sure thinking it goes 1:1 with debt makes any sense, you are effectively comparing capital with mere money! Part of your problem, btw, is pricing growth in yesterday's money and plotting debt in tomorrow's money...
  17. No problem with our students. Do a substantive course at a good university, no difficulties as yet anyway. Almost certainly applying for a D.Clin.Psych course, this isn't as it seems and certainly has nothing to do with the economy per se. The related areas will be the standard counselling qualification, the odd stint at one of the helpline type charities (probably bereavement related), maybe a bit of helping out at adult care centres, that sort of thing.The way they run admissions to those courses is worthy of some sort of EU investigation. Only nice middle class girls need apply. Everyone else needs a decade of experience and even then, they'll feel free to turn men, ethnic minorities or women who don't wear Boden clothes away on a whim. God help you if you have the temerity to have extensive experience in psychiatric nursing for example. Much better you have an English degree and a rich daddy.
  18. They are really a proxy for talking about other things (e.g., the absolute requirement to run your company/country in a short-termist manner for the benefit of roulette croupiers who pay tax in Bermuda). More amused by the snake eating its own tail aspect really. Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
  19. http://www.marketwat...ink=MW_news_stm Its all madness. S&P are going to downgrade Moodys because of the threat of being sued for providing duff ratings. Moodys doesn't seem to have downgraded S&P however. The story reads like the epic, but alas not online "Point-counterpoint: Humidifier vs. Dehumidifier" story out of The Onion.
  20. No, that doesn't apply to the contributory benefit.
  21. Its hard to work out who is rich these days. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/22/business/22sorkin.html
  22. Oh OK, it was a pay rise a few posts ago. Its all BS though.
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