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You couldn't make it up.

Just on the BBC text

Cuba is to cut 1 million public sector jobs, half by march 2011

The workers are to be redeployed into the private sector and encouraged to set up small businesses.

Meanwhile in Gordon Browns Socialist paradise the Labour Party still oppose any cuts at all

And public sector unions are planning to wreck any hope of economic recovery in a bid to overthrow the democratically elected government

Talk about history repeating itself.

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You couldn't make it up.

Just on the BBC text

Cuba is to cut 1 million public sector jobs, half by march 2011

The workers are to be redeployed into the private sector and encouraged to set up small businesses.

Meanwhile in Gordon Browns Socialist paradise the Labour Party still oppose any cuts at all

And public sector unions are planning to wreck any hope of economic recovery in a bid to overthrow the democratically elected government

Talk about history repeating itself.

:blink:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/sep/14/cuba-privatisation-state-job-cuts

But nothing there: http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/

Not even in the "Economy" section: http://www.cubanews.ain.cu/economy.htm

The wonders of a socialist press :rolleyes:

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You certainly couldn't make it up. Expecting the private sector to provide employment in a globalised world with massive oversupply of cheap labour is a recipe for societal breakdown.

Is there an alternative??

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Is there an alternative??

Restructuring of taxation to give workers more and investors less. We are in this shit because there is so much money around, everything has become an investment class. The workers are being bumfecked by the rent-seekers, and the rent-seekers are simply investing more rather than consuming more. This is compounded by central bank and government policies universally being to support the bad invesments.

This would have all been over by now if they had let the rent-seekers fry.

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Asked if Cuba's economic system was still worth exporting, Castro replied: "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore." There was no opportunity to follow up with another question, the Atlantic magazine correspondent told the Guardian. "I don't want to call it a throwaway line but it was kind of semi-stream of consciousness."

Anyone told Gordon yet?

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It's an interesting question.

If is only takes 10% of the population to produce the needs of the entire population, then what does that other 90% do?

One part of the answer is a flexible definition of 'needs'; although where the constraint on needs is from resources then it is still possible for the above situation to occur.

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It's an interesting question.

If is only takes 10% of the population to produce the needs of the entire population, then what does that other 90% do?

One part of the answer is a flexible definition of 'needs'; although where the constraint on needs is from resources then it is still possible for the above situation to occur.

It's a very good question. Do 90% just have total leisure time? Rotate the work around so everyone gets 9 years out of 10 off?

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Yes

Until more lycra can somehow be injected into the elastic, the jobs should be shared out.

Either workers give up a portion of their weekly hours, or they stop moaning about those who’ve been allocated none.

It’s preposterous that some individuals work 60 hours or more, whilst others don't work any.

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It’s preposterous that some individuals work 60 hours or more, whilst others don't work any.

+1

Just so long as we can avoid repeating the terrible Foxtrot Uniform of the French 35 heures experiment (starting from a similar noble notion of sharing out the work by reducing the working week from 39 to 35 hours, the unions threw a wobbly at their members taking a pay cut - duh! - so it was 35 hours paid the same as 39. Labour costs go up, so of course the bosses invested in productivity gains/forced the workers to work harder, and the whole thing had almost no impact on the unemployment figures).

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Just so long as we can avoid repeating the terrible Foxtrot Uniform of the French 35 heures experiment (starting from a similar noble notion of sharing out the work by reducing the working week from 39 to 35 hours, the unions threw a wobbly at their members taking a pay cut - duh! - so it was 35 hours paid the same as 39. Labour costs go up, so of course the bosses invested in productivity gains/forced the workers to work harder, and the whole thing had almost no impact on the unemployment figures).

Ah good old unioins, looking after the interests....of themselves. :lol:

Yes very good point though.

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It's a very good question. Do 90% just have total leisure time? Rotate the work around so everyone gets 9 years out of 10 off?

Between raising the school leaving age, shunting most people into HE, giving years of paid parental leave widespread part time working, and lowering the retirement age it could probably be done..

The problem is, would the small number of workers accept the pretty extreme tax rates it would take? Would large numbers of people be able to cope with all this free time?

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Asked if Cuba's economic system was still worth exporting, Castro replied: "The Cuban model doesn't even work for us anymore."

Castro says misinterpreted on Cuban model not working

"My answer, Castro said, "meant exactly the opposite" of what the reporter wrote"

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It's been very hard for Socialism to work in Cuba, what with the economic warfare & blockade, still being waged against it by the US & the Western world.

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Restructuring of taxation to give workers more and investors less. We are in this shit because there is so much money around, everything has become an investment class. The workers are being bumfecked by the rent-seekers, and the rent-seekers are simply investing more rather than consuming more. This is compounded by central bank and government policies universally being to support the bad invesments.

This would have all been over by now if they had let the rent-seekers fry.

I tend to agree with that. Rent seeking must be repressed, by taxation (eg on land/properties), and regulation (maximum LTV and multiples of income, etc) would help. And productive activities favoured, by taxation (BTW, income tax threshold raised to £10k will be excellent), and regulation, and in the longer term, by quality infrastructure and education. All pretty basic, really. Problem is the various VI bloking all of these... from landed aristocrats to teachers unions.

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(...)

If is only takes 10% of the population to produce the needs of the entire population, then what does that other 90% do?

(...)

It doesn't. And the consumption levels in developing countries are going up very fast. Much faster than here. And their needs are far from being satisfied. The world has a lot of room for growth. It will be a very interesting century. Faster than the previous one - as usual.

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You couldn't make it up.

Just on the BBC text

Cuba is to cut 1 million public sector jobs, half by march 2011

The workers are to be redeployed into the private sector and encouraged to set up small businesses.

Meanwhile in Gordon Browns Socialist paradise the Labour Party still oppose any cuts at all

And public sector unions are planning to wreck any hope of economic recovery in a bid to overthrow the democratically elected government

Talk about history repeating itself.

:blink:

Is it just me or do people continually referring to Gordon Brown really need a holiday?

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Is it just me or do people continually referring to Gordon Brown really need a holiday?

That's a bit bloody rich

Labour have been blaming Thatcher for 30 years - and they're still doing it now.

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That's a bit bloody rich

Labour have been blaming Thatcher for 30 years - and they're still doing it now.

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But the post was about Cuba. I'm sure GB never had anything to do with Cuba did he? So why bring him into it, it's just completely childish, off topic and what's more symptomatic of the delusional nature of this board.

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That's a bit bloody rich

Labour have been blaming Thatcher for 30 years - and they're still doing it now.

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Looking on the bright side, Osbourne should be a good blame target for the next couple of decades.

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Looking on the bright side, Osbourne should be a good blame target for the next couple of decades.

Well if the British electorate are that stupid then they deserve another Labour government.

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