Slean Wolfhead

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  1. What a load of tripe. And we've been outcompeted by all of our rivals since WWII Table on Page 16 gives you facts and comparisons, it's stark. https://www.cbr.cam.ac.uk/fileadmin/user_upload/centre-for-business-research/downloads/working-papers/wp459.pdf Although there was an economic policy regime change, the record of poor investment in manufacturing continued. Table 3 reports the growth of the manufacturing capital stock in various periods from 1964 for the UK and the other leading industrial economies. It can be seen that for total assets, the UK comes consistently bottom of the league table for these countries – and also the growth of the capital stock was declining over time. Page 18 An Age of Austerity, 2007 - ? Manufacturing was largely neglected until the dying days of the Brown administration, by which time it was too late to do much economically, and it also proved too late politically as well. Interestingly, a late attempt at industrial activism came from Peter Mandelson who had been one of the architects of New Labour and its strategy of distancing the Labour Party from its previous commitments to active industrial and regional policies. It may be that Mandelson’s time in Brussels opened his eyes to how other leading industrial economies operate, namely with active institutional support to the manufacturing sector, rather than just as a cheerleader for the banking sector. Page 29 The rise and fall of UK manufacturing has been inescapably linked with the rise and relative decline of the UK economy overall. In 1870 the UK was still the workshop of the world, and the country as a whole enjoyed the highest income per head in the world. Traditionally, Britain had earned a surplus in manufacturing trade to pay for net imports in food, fuel and raw materials. This turned into a manufacturing trade deficit following the Thatcher recession of 1979-81, which hit manufacturing particularly hard. The UK’s international trading for the manufacturing sector has remained in deficit ever since.
  2. From the ACT/NSW side....Snowy Mountains, Perisher. Lots of accommodation there and Jindabyne. I don't know what's on the Vic side.
  3. http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2017/06/10/britain-the-end-of-a-fantasy/?utm_source=sumome&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=sumome_share makes sense
  4. But probably a lot more who would oppose the insanity of bringing the troubles back.
  5. It's a country fallen on it's arse, that's what it is.
  6. So what is the process now? Just seen on the news that the Good Friday agreement specifically states that the UK Government shall be impartial (and the wording is absolutely crystal clear). This would mean that the DUP deal, which they now say they haven't agreed to, should be legitimately binned by Parliament upon reading of the Queen's speech, and then Corbyn should be given a chance to form a Government (and it is either agreed to or not...) or we go for another election?
  7. This makes no sense and you prove the point about the country finally rejecting ignorance. Everyone has an opinion, but everybody else has the right to denounce that opinion as idiotic and groundless. One of the problems that still seems to be eluding the Tory camp and some followers is one of delusion. You've just seen a rejection of hard Brexit and a wipe out of a majority, to be propped up by DUP and their shady past to give a new Govt. a potential majority of 3 (if everybody votes with their parties, discounts Sinn Fein who won't take part, and the DUP prop up a weak Govt.). How desperate do you have to be to keep digging? I feel for May in that they've spun Corbyn as previously dealing with "terrorist sympathisers" and she's blatantly been forced into forming a Government with terrorist sympathisers in the present time, despite the UK being victims of terrorism only a week ago! Can you now not see how you have been conned for your vote and are now just desperately running round trying to find another coat tail to grab onto? This was the reason for the General Election, because Teresa May obviously thought she needed to be rid of the opposition in her own party and a majority of 17 was not enough for what she and big business had planned ! She now has less, has worsened her own case, destroyed her reputation, and has increased the risk of Brexit being curtailed so much she needs to rip up the plans and start again with 10 days left, after utterly wasting the last 2 months. The Tory party is split, and only a few of those need to turn their backs to bring down the Govt. if they decide to try and steamroller a destructive, ideological hard Brexit on the people of the UK. There are Tories who will do this, if they are sidelined. This finally ensures that Brexit, if it's going to avoid catastrophe, has to involve a cross-party consultation and agreement. Maybe they can even leverage some better talent to help with the negotiating and actually treat it like a national issue that covers all parties, and all of the electorate !
  8. Balderdash. This was an early unscheduled election called for no other reason other than to increase a majority as it's main stated purpose. It has failed, she will resign tomorrow.
  9. Why change a good thing then.....
  10. Yeah, much easier to not put the effort in and just deny everything isn't it....what a life ! Everybody is entitled to an opinion, but everybody is entitled to have their opinion questioned if it's shorter than your average Xmas cracker joke.
  11. You certainly provide the example of what i was saying, unable to form a coherent opinion other than a soundbite, unable to dissect an argument and unable to comprehend the intention of the words because you can only see one defensive opinion. There's nothing wrong in that, but it's pretty shallow thinking and not constructive or useful. If people are going to vote because of how other people think of them (which is what you're inferring) , aren't they just cutting their noses off to spite their faces? How is that going to be good for them when the results crash down on their own heads, or if they're a pensioner they can leave a legacy of economic and social destruction?
  12. That's been taken care of already.... The point was, they reasonably may have thought that they shouldn't make a judgement on the future of others, when they're not going to be playing an influencial part of that future as part of the workforce, and definitely not an active part.
  13. Many different people supported Brexit for many different reasons, and used it as an answer to everything that was wrong in their lives. My mother was a Brexit voter, and my dad rushed down and cancelled her vote out when he discovered she'd voted..... Realistically, retired and in their mid-70's....they should have just kept out of it altogether, it won't affect them either way. In hindsight, it was a ridiculous idea to put the future of a country in the hands of such a simple question with no fact checker information available for anybody, that wasn't then camouflaged in spin, outright lies, or evasiveness. From all sides, except a few in charge who knew the real value of winning without having to commit to a concrete plan, giving them free reign to break down Brexit into a format of their choosing, and then they could decide who the winners and losers were going to be. My concern is for the Brexit voters who will get Brexit, but little of what they wanted. They seem to be the ones who, overall, are very nationalistic, antagonistic, poorly educated, unable to form coherent arguments, unable to comprehend the information they are given, unable to reach the end of a sentence. See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil. Their opinion is fixed and won't be changed by evidence, so this is the future they are prepared to give their children. Those are your nationalists, rather than your pragmatist Brexit voters who tried to work out a balanced perspective and voted to Leave. That doesn't cover everybody who voted for Brexit, but does cover a significant number of stooges and mantra repeaters who will not be able to influence anything other than their vote, which is pure democracy in it's most base form, and they will take what's given to them. It's the thought of winning that counts, rather than the tangible outcome of a win becoming an overall defeat in the long term. I do think however, the question should have been centred on the UK and it's own future as a going concern, rather than just "leaving the EU" which is just a sub-factor of that. If we have no written constitution, no national plan, no goal and no national ethos (certainly not written down as in the USA or Australia) ...what is anybody voting for? It's just a mess that needs sorting out, with or without Brexit. The current mantra of "strong and stable" leadership is a joke, it's obviously anything but that and we have a very weak Prime Minister who cannot lead a dog up a path. The Labour party have improved by finally registering on the consciousness of those who suddenly see a bleak future, but they still have economic answers to give, which they can't, and they are too far behind to catch up. The danger is that the country will swing too far in one direction on a Brexit mandate and people who thought they would be getting a better deal, are going to become the working class fuel that's burned up on behalf of a nation that needs to be more competitive, more efficient, and more productive, whilst costing a lot less overall. Those are the factors that will dominate how people live their lives, and there will be some winners, but a lot more losers. That is the secret of Brexit that won't be apparent to some until after this election cycle, it's the sole reason for holding an otherwise pointless General Election now. 5 years gives enough time to cement the future to an irretrievable vision of the winner's choosing.
  14. Maybe this is the way it's got to be in a democracy..making people vote for their own condemnation and era-ending closure ? Let's face it, computers have only really been around for 30 years and there are rucks of people who missed the boat at school and are already struggling. The next generation will be smarter, be educated for the current and future world, more flexible, more mobile, more personally and financially responsible and independent. Brexit can provide that future, but it will take a lot of the current generation out of the game. if they've voted for that, who are we to argue?
  15. Yep. There have been hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in Iraq since 2003, and up to 2009 40% of them were children. Many have these have since been killed by religious infighting, but the catalyst was the USA, UK and coalition destroying the Iraqi society and letting these lunatics run free. They target our civilians and children, because they reckon we didn't give a shit about their children when our bombers were going over blowing them to pieces as "collateral damage". Until this is recognised, they will keep coming for us. We see Islam as evil, they see us as more evil...and we have killed 100x more of them so far. For them, they are still at war and they haven't got their own back yet.