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The Business: The Decline And Fall Of Europe -- And That Includes Great Britain.

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'The decline and fall of Europe -- and that includes Great Britain':

http://www.thebusinessonline.co.uk/Stories...48-7C6BCA1052CD

Wherever you look in Europe's major economies, the situation is grim; the recent optimism about their improved growth prospects has been misplaced. Attitudes remain deeply hostile to reform. The Left remains attached to a failed status quo. The Right lacks the guts to force through radical reform and, in any case, has its own attachments to the status quo. The British see themselves above this continental drift; in fact, the British economy is now part of it.

It has been the peculiar achievement of Gordon Brown's eight years as Chancellor to take a dynamic British economy and place it firmly into the mainstream of European tax-and-spend levels, with consequent sclerotic levels of European-style growth. When it comes to tax, spending, regulation and even labour flexibility, Britain looks increasingly part of the failed European social-democratic consensus. At the same time David Cameron is turning the Conservative party into a centrist affair that is also tied to the status quo -- a sort of British version of European Christian Democracy, without the religious overtones. The decline and fall of Europe is continuing apace -- and Great Britain has joined it.

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Yes, right wing economc clap trap. France has the highest productivity in the world and Germany has an impressive industrial base. Scandanavian countries are successful despite (or because of, in my opinion) high tax and sensible spending.

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France has the highest productivity in the world

Easy to be productive if you keep the least productive 10-15% out of work.

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Easy to be productive if you keep the least productive 10-15% out of work.

I also think it's because they don't have a hire-and-fire 'anglo saxon' economy that it's cheaper to get a new machine or computer system than simply hiring more workers like we would do in Britain.

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'The decline and fall of Europe -- and that includes Great Britain':

http://www.thebusinessonline.co.uk/Stories...48-7C6BCA1052CD

He seems to idolise the US, Ireland and Iceland.

Oh dear!

Yes France in particular and Italy and Germany do have problems, but I wouldn't rate them any worse than the UK or Ireland (the bubble economy that puts all others into shade in my opinion). Different problems but not worse.

It is interesting how Italy and Germany have got into a paralysis of central govt mind you and France seems set to follow... (and UK set to follow too?)

Europe does need to reform itself. It needs to detach itself from the US foreign policy. It needs to cut away the vast welfare poverty traps. It desperately needs to simplify tax. It needs to take community generated value in tax not a share of every transaction or income (i.e to tax land rentals not income or profit). Europe (and the UK is well behind in this) needs to become environmentally sustainable. There is a massive boost to the economy to be had by introducing recycling and resource saving techonology. We could lead the world in this and make bridges with the developing world and gain more influence thereby.

EP

Edited by ElPapasito

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Comparing the UK to the rest of Europe is just pants.

The US still has far greater productivity and hi-tech industries. We are losing our hi-tech advantages fast. If you were doing a pharm start-up you wouldn't come to the UK anymore.

Germany makes beemers, big deal, I'd rather have a Jag or a pukka next generation uber-high-efficiency 300mpg coupe than some glammed up hair dressers car.

Come on guys, Europeans can't even breed properly. We're f*cked. Half our jobs can be outsourced. We can't even keep chemistry departments open. Worse still, everyone expects to retire at 55-60 and have perfect health and social care. Get real.

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In 30 years time France will be an islamic state.

30% of all french school children are muslim.

1 in 3 babies born are muslim.

The leading demographic expert in France, Jean-Claude Chesnais, at the National Institute for the Study of Demographics (Ined) predicts a majority african/arab desendant population and will likely be a Islamic state.

http://www.meforum.org/article/337.

They have many problems to face.

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In 30 years time France will be an islamic state.

30% of all french school children are muslim.

1 in 3 babies born are muslim.

The leading demographic expert in France, Jean-Claude Chesnais, at the National Institute for the Study of Demographics (Ined) predicts a majority african/arab desendant population and will likely be a Islamic state.

http://www.meforum.org/article/337.

They have many problems to face.

1/3 still means that they will be a minority... (doh!)

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'Easy to be productive if you keep the least productive 10-15% out of work.'

Maybe thats no bad thing !

Over the many years of being a hard dedicated worker i have come across many other paid people who added no value to the business infact maybe negative value so yes keep the least productive people out of the workforce could be the best thing for business but not for government tax receipt i guess.

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