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EUBanana

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  1. Yeah, but the problem there is to do with the cost of living, not the pay. Doesn't take a genius to work out how amazingly distorted the economy of this country was. Hence why I found this site while surfing the internet wave about it.
  2. Well, thanks for that at least, I dont think 32 is the prime of life. 25, maybe. Luck always plays its part... and life isn't very fair, unfortunately for us all. Its less fair on the people with a conscience too, life must be so easy for sociopaths...
  3. You got anything else other than your assertions on here? Not asking for much, just something to show to others - a URL of a blog thats been shut down that I can suck up on the google cache? any news reports? Blog postings? Because that is mindblowingly serious if so. Welcome to the fascist state?
  4. This wouldn't be an issue, if it wasn't for uneven welfare provisions across the EU.
  5. I don't think I would be very comfortable in the badlands of the North myself!
  6. Well, you don't have to do anything. But you have to accept the consequences of your decisions. I currently work in Exeter and get paid a half the salary of a man in my job due to my loving the work environment and the fact I only work four day weeks. I dont whine about how poor I am because thats a choice I actually made, life > money. I could go to London and earn ten times that probably but why would I want to do that? So, its my choice, and my consequences, and I am content. Maybe your choice is to be poor, stay here, and raise a family (as opposed to me, who stays poor mostly due to laziness ). Or go somewhere else to make oodles of dosh. Thats your choice as well, but nobody is "forcing" you to do anything. What you really mean is that you want more of the good stuff without accepting things you don't want to accept. When you talk about protectionism that basically means that people like me should pay - due to higher costs - for people who don't want to accept those compromises. Freedom is the important thing - both mine and yours. I like that I can go work in Rotterdam if I want - that maximises my choices. You also have a choice. If you choose not to exercise it, well, thats up to you! Maybe due to what you've done in your life your choices are more limited, but again thats due to free will, not the SS stormtroopers forcing these things upon you. I do think its quite sad, though. The bottom line is that we are getting a lot poorer - or at least, our quality of life is going down the tubes. I do think it isnt very nice, to force people to nomad around in order to earn some decent money and have a decent career. I think my generation are certainly hugely poorer than our parents generation. My old man just doesn't get it, its like another world when I talk to him. Settle down and have a steady career and a pension at the end of it? What "steady career" is that then? What pension? Times change and not necessarily for the better. I'm merely being pragmatic.
  7. I'm 32, married, and have been a nomad since I left uni. She's been a nomad as well. In fact, we've been nomads for so long I can barely imagine doing anything else, its got the point that I actually like moving every few years - if I stay in the same place for two years I start to get restless. Needless to say I rent everywhere, buying a house just doesn't appeal. The idea of being stuck in the same place for years actually sounds like hell to me. Neither of us want any kids. Maybe that is a sad tale, as thats what growing up since 1997 has done.
  8. Sure, I read as much. But it doesn't matter what Mandy's great grandfather did - the dynasty was founded with granddad. I wonder what his grandson will be doing? Assuming he has one.
  9. Well, I don't know why companies are preferring the foreign workers, but there must be reasons. If they are legal obstructions to hiring British workers then, yeah, that should be fixed. I know that companies being forced to advertise across the EU for footling jobs is a drag on employment, for example. That should be fixed.
  10. Thanks for that, very interesting. I like knowing the backgrounds of our working class heroes.
  11. I don't generally read the papers - but being an Austrian School man I stick to what they say. Which is usually harsh but accurate, rather than sugar-coated and populist, but wrong.
  12. Surely it doesn't matter how its traded - what matters is who is left ultimately carrying the can after its been traded...
  13. I didn't know that. Mandelson is from a political dynasty as well, then? :angry: This talk of a "political class" is right on the money. Its like the nobility of old. Same attitude, too. "Do you know who I am???"
  14. Incidentally we already have masses of protectionism, though at the EU level. The EU is after a customs union, not a free trade bloc. The whole point of the EU was to set up Europe in a ring fence bloc of its own. Hence why your cash subsidises French farmers who then sell you their lamb, when you could, if there were no tariff barriers, buy it from New Zealand much cheaper. Hence why the NZ economy, based largely as it was on feeding the UK, crashed when we joined the customs union. If it was a true free trade bloc you'd be able to go to Calais and bring back as many cigarettes as you want....
  15. What you describe is autarky, a siege economy. I'm not aware of any examples of autarky ever really working. It usually happens because a nation has no choice in the matter (like South Africa, or Germany in WW2). Sure, some sectors may be better off and it might encourage some native growth (like, Armscor in South Africa) but overall it isn't good. Mercantlism died the death in the 19th century because it became clear to the British Empire that, even controlling a quarter of the globe in a ring fenced autarkic bloc made less money and created less business than simply trading with the whole world. (Cheaper to enforce, too). Hence why around 1870 Disraeli was saying stuff like "Empire for empires sake", ie colonialism not because this market control and border tariffs made any money or benefited the mother country, but purely to get strutting rights on the world stage. Given that Britain is a maritime trading nation with interests all over the globe this sort of narrow view through a magnifying glass would be even worse for us than somewhere already fairly inward looking. I'm as nationalist as anybody (I even agree with plenty of Nationalists posts on here ) but pulling up the drawbridge really is not the answer. Besides, we'll be spending plenty of money outside the UK anyway, its called "imported food", and given there is no way for the UK to feed itself, imports are here to stay. That said the pound going down the crapper will have a good effect at cutting our reliance on imports and encouraging export businesses. I think a big problem in the economic system as a whole is the apparently nonsensical system of exchange rates, which seem to be the defining factor in who is rich and who isnt. We need that post up here again about why a lighter in New Zealand costs ten times as much as a lighter in China.
  16. It isn't as hard as you might think. The problem is the language barrier for me, mainly. Most people in other EU countries all speak english anyway but its still embarassing not to speako the lingo. Lets be honest - they wouldn't manage applying for a job the next town along in England. However, for those who can be arsed, thanks to the internet you can hook up with job agencies anywhere in Europe from your bedroom, and its dirt cheap to actually fly over there. I've applied for some jobs in Rotterdam (didn't get them tho ) and to move over there is less than £100 - plus the usual hassle of getting some digs to rent. It is true you need to have some skill which is in demand, but thats always true. Well, the problem is that the various economies of the EU have almost nothing in common with one another. So you'll see these great labour movements, back and forth within the EU, due to the "unevenness", for want of a better word. Hence all this stuff about harmonisation, I think even the EUnuchs know this much. The problem is these nutters are mostly interested in drawing lines on a map and saying "mine". Bringing Poland into the EU looks good on the map, it spreads the blue cancer a little wider across the world - but can the EU even swallow it? Romania is in the EU. Romanians barely have a pot to piss in. Who thought that was a good idea?
  17. Given that UK external debt is mostly in sterling I think it'd be madness to defend the pound anyway - and that even if speculators like Soros weren't around ready to pounce. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if the plan is to let the pound end up worth the same as a piece of bog roll and then get 'fast tracked' into the euro, a la Iceland. Win win for our fascist masters, and the Great British People would probably be singing hosannas to their saviour, the EU.
  18. This is smoke. Freedom of movement and employment in the EU is an excellent thing - in fact its probably the single, only piece of good to ever emerge from that benighted organisation. Companies are feeling the pinch of a global downturn, thats why these things are coming out of the woodwork now. For once in his life Mandelson is right - we need to avoid protectionism. British Empire protectionism is widely held to have made the Great Depression much worse in the 30s. *spit* defending the EU and Mandelson in the same post, now look what you made me do.
  19. I am in software development but we do export the code (amazingly). So I guess that is manufacturing, of a sort. ie, a product is made which didn't exist before we made it, and then flogged to furreners.
  20. England in sci fi near future is almost always a fascist dystopia...
  21. In my life I've been both poor at times, and reasonably well off at times. No matter my circumstances though, one thing has always held true - the government has been a pain in my ass at every single turn. It doesn't matter how you're doing, you could always be doing better if these scrotes weren't in the way. The only exceptions have been the short time I've been actually on the dole, and even there incompetence was rampant. I do wonder wtf they think they are for. Because it sure as hell isn't helping we, the people.
  22. See, that pisses me off even more. I wouldn't mind mile after mile of sprawl. I don't like houses being denied to people for the sake of preserving the views of those who already have them. It's grossly unfair. The real cherry, the real annoyance, is the fact that I pay for the enforcement of such ridiculous rules out of my own pocket on pain of imprisonment, which turns it from unfair to sick, IMHO. People have to live somewhere. If that means covering the green fields, so be it - a roof over my head is considerably more important than someone elses view. The housing market is so distorted, so meddled with, it could use a serious regulatory bonfire. After a while, maybe a laissez faire system could be reconsidered, but as it stands the planning laws are a joke. A NIMBY license.
  23. Well, the 'cornered market' bit is certainly true, the 'vastly inflated price' would depend on his profit margin, at least as far as his personal culpability is concerned. People act within the framework provided for them, though. It isn't like people will shoot themselves in the foot for the sake of Being Nice. Unfortunate it may be but the world don't work that way. I'd save your ire, as I do, for those who set the framework up in the first place, which is ultimately the government. I look out my (rented) window and see green fields. I think it's positively sick that the government takes my money (and bags of it) and then spends it on such sordid activities as stopping me from building a cottage on those nice green fields. The older I get and the more the government sits on my back like a monkey, the more anarchist I become in fact!
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