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  1. The only equality worth having is equality of opportunity. Those were the details revealed by Alan Milburns Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission back in 2014 ( Milburn is definitely not a Corbynista) Given that privately schooled individuals have disproportionate influence over the way the UK is run you have to ask are they delivering the desired results for society at large in terms of economic success and good governance . By any objective criteria I think the answer to that question is they do not. Therefore the question being posed by the Labour conference is legitima
  2. Surely this article is not from the same BBC that spent the previous 20 years ramping property prices.
  3. This article sums up how brief that ‘window’ was https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/special-reports/11523196/A-turbulent-history-of-British-pensions-since-1874.html
  4. By 2020 the median age of women in the world will be over 30 and rising. Think about it.
  5. Labour under Corbyn got 40% of the popular vote in 2017 which is 5% more than the 35% of the vote which gave Tony Blair a majority of over 30 in the House of Commons in 2005. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/2005_United_Kingdom_general_election https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2017
  6. Weekly death rates in the UK have been running above the 5 year moving average consistently for a number of years now. That does not suggest we are all going to be living longer no matter what the government claim.
  7. Charming. What have elderly Americans done to you. Reading the ZH article it looks like quite a few of the bankruptcy filers are on the hook for underwriting their kids borrowings, student loans etc
  8. I can see the slogans for the next set of election manifestos "Creating Tomorrow's Slums Today"
  9. Strange how the end consumer rather than the producer is deemed to be the problem here. I dont remember shoppers demonstrating on the streets demanding that items that previously came in glass containers, paper bags, cardboard and grease proof paper be wrapped in layers of plastic often more impenetrable than tank armour.
  10. As always the BBC chose the most extreme example but there is definitely a change in life expectancy trends in the UK It is odd that despite the two World Wars, the 1918 flu pandemic, the Great Depression, widespread absolute poverty and the prevalence of slum housing average life expectancy in the UK rose steadily throughout the 20th century both before and after the introduction of the welfare state and under governments of all political colours be they Lloyd George's Liberals, Baldwin's Conservatives or Attlee's Labour. Now it has ground to a halt in the 21st century when there are
  11. The UK also consumed more of the oil and gas from the North Sea internally rather than exporting it The net surplus that Norway enjoys comes in part from this fact Its exports were worth $15 billion dollars more than those for the UK in 2017 which is quite a large sum for a relatively small country like Norway. Norway is the worlds 11th biggest exporter of oil and gas while the UK is 20th on the list.
  12. The figures on the historical amount of tax raised directly on North Sea production can be found here http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20140508003900/https:/www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/306222/140424_UK_oil_and_gas_document_update_for_publication_in_April_2014.pdf The peak was £12 billion in 1984-85 and during the oil price bubble pre the 2008 financial crash. The yield was significant but nowhere near as huge as most laymen outside of the oil industry assume. The huge extraction costs of operating in the North Sea that could be offs
  13. I see the figure of a 20% tariff on European car imports being bandied about in the press. That will hurt Trade Wars hit everyone but presumably those countries running current account surpluses have most to lose. I am not a fan of Trump's trade policy but the EU does not have clean hands on this issue. The whole concept of the EU membership and Customs Union is that members enjoy trade privileges that outsiders do not so it is explicitly uses protectionism to advance is political and economic agenda. Neither the US or EU policies on trade are not exactly friendly to third wor
  14. They will be trotting out the Zinoviev letter next. This sort of stuff about Russia has a pedigree so long it can be traced back to the Napoleonic era. Can't MI6 change the record occasionally.
  15. It is the old adage. Your IT Project can be On Time, Cheap, Reliable. Choose two out of three. TSB were clearly more worried about cost and the implementation date than whether it worked properly. That might be fine with a new system with marginal impact on the business. It is an absolutely bonkers strategy with a data and systems migration of this type. No project of this sort should have been implemented without fully tested DR. As for the software I think too much is made about old programming languages etc ( particularly when a lot of new programming languages are
  16. I won't spoil it for you by describing how the film ends
  17. Of course, we are totally safe because Russia has no missiles conventional or nuclear that could possibly reach us. Anyway the UKs contribution was 4 creaking old GR4s apparently.
  18. Well I do wonder what exactly are the British interests at stake.
  19. Presumably you will be volunteering first when the balloon goes up.
  20. There does seem to be a correlation between the murder rate and HPI particularly in the early 2000s. If so then a rise in homicides may not be what some people on this site want to hear Of course the homicide crime in general was much lower in the 1950s but then most people then had nothing worth stealing On edit The big spike in 2002-3 may have something to do with Harold Shipman's 172 victims cropping up in the stats for that year even though they had been killed over decades http://www.blog.murdermap.co.uk/statistics/homicide-in-england-and-wales-1898-to-2012/
  21. It is still worthwhile point because one of the reasons local government is so costly in the UK is because responsibilities are split over so many layers. One way to save money would be to abolish County Councils and to pass their responsibilities either up to central government (already happening with education) or down to District or Unitary authorities. That would allow whole layers of duplicated bureacracy in areas such as Finance, HR etc to be rationalised. In addition everything at County level from Councillors expenses to Chief Executive pay seems always to be a lot more expensive than
  22. That was Northampton Borough Council not Northampton County Council. They are separate entities with their own budgets.
  23. Absolutely correct about business. Counter intuitively insolvencies in business peak at the end of recessions. They are a lagging indicator like unemployment. In addition most company insolvencies tend to be in the first three months of the calendar for various accounting reasons Personal debt is quite another matter.
  24. Using the logic applied to Mendelsohn presumably anyone who has an early evening drink in a pub can be held responsible for any brawl that breaks out at closing time. After all everyone knows that pubs serve intoxicating beverages that can cause the odd dipshit to start a fight. Anyway all Labour have done is lose a potential vote in the Lords. Of course none of this has anything to do with the rampant anti Semitism in certain areas of the Labour Party.
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