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  1. Haven't posted here for years. It has been eyeopening the stuff that has happened in that time. Wishing you all the best Count, may you find peace and happiness in whatever life brings you .
  2. Not for a second!! All politicians of all stripes on all sides, the media ,celebrities (why they have a large voice defeats me), economists, experts, pollsters and research wonks need a wake up call. Time to stop second guessing the needs of the people and start listening. Time to stop labeling any alternative opinion as negative and somehow immoral. Time to start clearly presenting facts as facts and opinions and opinions and stop interchanging the two. No one seems to be able to speak out against the wholesale indoctrination of whatever the leaders of the day decide is 'right'. Shut down immediately with some awful label, no discussion permitted.
  3. This hasn't half stirred everything up! Seems to be no 'plan B' from our lot although Carney seems to have the cheque book ready like some doting father waiting to bail out his wayward deb daughter. European leaders getting their panties in a bunch and behaving like sixth form girls with bitchy remarks. Lots of vitriolic spittle flying around. Makes me laugh, I bet almost to a man the remain lot couldn't name their EMP. Glad I lived long enough to see it.
  4. Quite sad, high fructose corn syrup, corn starch and cheap trans-fat cooking oils make up a great part of the cheapest foods. Foods that cause obesity, heart disease, diabetes, tooth decay and poor immune systems. Empty calories.
  5. Only if their means is enough to live on. It is not, which is why we have tax credit top ups, winter fuel payments, free school meals and food banks.
  6. Most people I know who have had to use food banks are employed. Benefits such as child tax credits and working tax credits having been suspended due to change in circumstance, any change in circumstance. This is sometimes taking as long as nine weeks to sort out the payment, right flippin mess. The ones I know have ended up trying to feed a family of four on about £20 a week, that's a very difficult 71p per person per DAY for all meals. One very sad case due to illness had as little a £7 a week with the mother really quite ill and two little kids, thankfully her family stepped in to help although they didn't have much themselves. Pizza, chicken nuggets, cheap pies, frozen chips and sausages, cheap white bread etc fill up kids quickly and cheaply. Fresh fruit and veg no matter how cheap doesn't really figure into it. Three days tinned food helps massively until the benefits are sorted.
  7. No, they take the job or get their dole sanctioned.
  8. I hope they have factored in the crime cost if they implement this. Inner city areas have huge drug related crime as it is, if it becomes the only game in town for many youngsters then it's likely there will 'be trouble' At the moment it isn't worth shoplifting stuff for a tenner or stealing designer jeans off someones washing line, but it will be if there is nothing else. No dole, no dope, no dope, no hope. Same stuff in the eighties with the yops, wops ,yts and whatever other stupid scheme sticks they battered the young with. No one talking about jobs?
  9. I think he should mind his own business. Food bank access is only given on referral from a social worker or health care professional on identifying a need. 3 days food is supplied. These are charitable donations, operated by volunteers not taxpayer funded giveaways. What does it have to do with anyone else but the charity, the donors and the recipients.
  10. Ah, the politics of envy. Sets one man against the other. Would we be here without the debt fest the politicians allowed the bankers to indulge in. Wizards of finance dark pools of the black arts, to beggar us all, and blame each other for it.
  11. I don't think they would need to do it to make a point, I think it may become a self fulfilling prophesy. Was it the year before last we had about six hours of gas left? How bad would that become if we had price fixing that meant suppliers could only purchase spot at a significant loss ? If you can't pass on the increase then you may chose not to participate in the market., bet the consumer would be happy to pay ANY increase after the first supply withdrawal. I really fail to understand how he can come out with this stuff ??!! It's blatant interfering with the free market, also most of the power companies owned by foreign concerns, how does that work then? But he has said it loud and clear now hasn't he?, it would be mighty difficult and embarrassing to have to 'think this through' a bit more.
  12. Dearie me! I can't take this dude seriously at all, he looks like Babs from Chicken Run. Just as out of touch with reality too. Price fixing generally results in shortages. Silly 'chicken run'
  13. Thank you. It's a good job really or you would be 50k behind everyone else in the lending queue.
  14. Will a mortgage lender count this 50k loan that' s' not really a loan' as a loan when calculating how much you already owe and how much you can borrow?
  15. Sir, I have no desire to be rude, but clearly you have not studied dark arts at the school of financial wizardry.
  16. Both my kids have had zero hour contracts. The stuff of nightmares, it is essentially casual labour. They couldn't claim jsa because they were employed.. You can't be available to your employer and seeking work at the same time. They were explicitly not allowed to work for anyone else as that would leave them unavailable to their employer when needed. They were sometimes brought in on a shift and then sent home if the place wasn't busy. There is no sick pay, no holiday pay. If anyone on 'zero' hours created any kind of fuss or complained they didn't get any hours for weeks at a time until eventually they would leave and sign on. No one on 'zero' hours can rent a property, unless they have kids and claim housing benefit. You will not qualify for any mortgage of any type. Thank god they both have 'real' contracts now.
  17. Don't waste your time mate. Public services are the big bad boy on here . It's OK if many of the FTSE100 companies only pays 25% tax on it's profits instead of the 30% required though, the missing 5% is made up by fairies. Public sector borrowing is 11.7% of GDP the second lowest it's ever been, however include the bank bailouts and it rises to a whopping 148% of GDP. The real money grabbers turn the workers against each other to fight over the scraps. Who needs bread and circuses? Time for me to leave here, there is no altrusim or compassion, it would seem to have become a place where it is everyman for himself. The larger picture and the greater good has retreated behind the shadow of selfishness. Sad day.
  18. Thsi might highlight where most of tthe money is going. http://www.economicshelp.org/blog/uk-economy/uk-national-debt/
  19. Nothing so mundane, committee in a skirt if you don't mind.
  20. Lower prices in the shops in exchange for volume, hence the car scrappage scheme, fashion, the condensing boiler scheme, the home insulation scheme and other assorted ways of getting consumers to consume vast amounts. The raison d'etre of companies is to make moolah for the shareholders at the expense of EVERYTHING else. Many years ago succesful business men built hospitals and schools for the public, now they just take the money and buy coke, prostitutes, gulfstreams and crap islands in Dubai.
  21. Working tax credits has been used to prop up the private sector to the tune 0ff 400+ million does that make it unsustainable? We have been shafted. All the jobs went to the lowest paid areas of the world, this gave multinational corporations huge profits which they kept. We had less so they offered debt, now that's a busted flush we have to work harder and longer to go backward. We should be able to afford a decent standard of living, but when the profit pie is not shared out we can't afford it, we end up in debt.
  22. I'm sure you like having an ambulance respond to your 999 call or a surgeon to treat a heart attack swiftly before damage is done or having your claim for unemployment benefit processed before you are evected or repossed, no?
  23. Might be a bit grim without bin collections, hospital beds, ambulances, inability to claim benefits and no schools though.
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