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  1. Technically I think we're talking about a monopsony rather than a monopoly - where the abuse is committed by a dominant purchaser rather than a dominant supplier. It seems to be the preferred model of corporate screwing in our modern economy. I have no idea of Premier's status relative to other purchasers, but charging suppliers in this way should be an automatic trigger for investigation of abuse of a dominant position. In other words, they wouldn't think they could get away with it if the market offered better conditions to the affected suppliers.
  2. Yes, it is sad. One savage joins a band of savages. Do you really not see what the bogus politicisation of Darwinism is doing to generations of good work? HPC is a match between wonks and moralists, but the moralism is so far beyond the line that it can't even see the line. Tell your batshit Chinese pal to ****** off. Unless he owes you money.
  3. I link, therefore I am. What is this gold strategy? ps. I forgot to link.
  4. Savings of surplus state piling into assets of deficit state. Solution: get rid of state arbitrage - international trade unit based on energy resources. But that's a bit French, so the Anglos will oppose it to destruction.
  5. You're right to call me out. There's some information on this forum that is really helpful, but I've formed a habit of derision which has crept into everything. It is a problem, and not just on a Friday night. I hope the public debate is won by you and other fair-minded and intelligent people. Cheers.
  6. Sources? I don't understand.
  7. Well, you say that. But is it true? Proof, please. The Media is Advertising.
  8. Not sure that was well expressed, his point on proportions over time. The hand gestures reminded me of Thatcher justifying trickle down/wealth effect policy: Once my right claw moves, my left claw must follow in a predictable way. That's where he got stuck in a loop. I haven't watched it again, so I may be mistaken. No criticism of the interviewer - interruption of a line of thought is irritating, but if it's a good line it will carry on to the end, which Picketty showed. We're in an emergency, like breaking out of an egg.
  9. Yeah, saw that a couple of nights ago. He got stuck in a loop explaining why inequality is undesirable. Maybe it was the wrong question. But he gives good interview and cut across the forensic aggression.
  10. okaycuckoo

    Peak Water?

    Fracking takes up huge amounts of water. California, Kent. Just sayin'.
  11. The most important bit is 29, still in force: No Freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or be disseised of his Freehold, or Liberties, or free Customs, or be outlawed, or exiled, or any other wise destroyed; nor will We not pass upon him, nor condemn him, but by lawful judgment of his Peers, or by the Law of the land. We will sell to no man, we will not deny or defer to any man either Justice or Right. The Wikipedia article is good. I think Chris Grayling and the Tories may be trying to overturn this bit: "We will sell to no man ... either Justice or Right."
  12. One justification I've read for the self-interest phenomenon is that the motvation is to seek the approval of others, which makes it a moral choice. I don't know if the behavioural guys have tested this. Here's an interesting paper - nix the pop up and the full text appears: http://www.academia.edu/2050873/Adam_Smith_on_morality_and_self-Interest It's hard to get past Smith's model of profits/rents/wages, and his recommendation that government strike a balance between them. Anything beyond that seems like abuse of power. If only so simple.
  13. The ever increasing speed of the revolving door of privatisation incompetence.
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    Average Pay....in The Nhs

    Yes, all about managers. Plus no links in the article - it's online, inline linkage is trivial. As far as I know there is a serious shortage of nurses outside the NHS.
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