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Forum: Politics 25-07-2015, 15:36
Replies: 77
Views: 3,224
Posted By Phil 2804
Pretty much everyone calls it Derry, including...

Pretty much everyone calls it Derry, including the BBC. I'm not sure how this counts as "giving into the IRA" unless you count any democratic involvement of the nationalist/catholic parties to be...
Forum: Politics 22-07-2015, 21:07
Replies: 54
Views: 2,231
Posted By Phil 2804
They've never won more than 362 in England at the...

They've never won more than 362 in England at the height of Thatcher and only won more than the current total twice both under Thatcher.

I think a lot of people are forgetting Labour actually...
Forum: Politics 20-07-2015, 16:29
Replies: 100
Views: 2,213
Posted By Phil 2804
You could ask the same question about forcing...

You could ask the same question about forcing them to sell properties at well below market value? Of course housing associations already sell housing via shared ownership schemes and if you really...
Forum: Politics 20-07-2015, 16:24
Replies: 100
Views: 2,213
Posted By Phil 2804
What stuns me is that BTL investors still get tax...

What stuns me is that BTL investors still get tax breaks that normal home buyers lost nearly two decades ago. Added to the fact that most banks wont offer 100% mortgages to first time buyers but some...
Forum: Politics 20-07-2015, 16:13
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
The state pension is larger than NI receipts....

The state pension is larger than NI receipts. Much larger, state pensions are funded by general taxation and indeed borrowing. They are paid on the basis of previous years NI payments but there is no...
Forum: Politics 20-07-2015, 12:03
Replies: 16
Views: 660
Posted By Phil 2804
Jarvis put his kids before his ambitions and this...

Jarvis put his kids before his ambitions and this is to be respected however that doesn't preclude him from running in the future when they are older and more independent.
Forum: Politics 20-07-2015, 12:01
Replies: 40
Views: 1,933
Posted By Phil 2804
Unless you prevent the sale of hardware and...

Unless you prevent the sale of hardware and software with the functions to rip DVD/CD in the EU its as unenforceable as the old warnings about recording programmes from the TV/Radio in the days of...
Forum: Politics 20-07-2015, 11:53
Replies: 30
Views: 908
Posted By Phil 2804
The merits of trident are debatable HS2 however...

The merits of trident are debatable HS2 however is about 30 years overdue and I'd argue the Government's plans aren't ambitious enough.
Forum: Politics 20-07-2015, 11:51
Replies: 18
Views: 833
Posted By Phil 2804
Ok so union fat cats exist. No surprise and the...

Ok so union fat cats exist. No surprise and the fattest of them all is Len McCluskey of Unite. But how does that undermine the concept of trade union representation and the rights of workers to...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 21:14
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
30 years ago the average mortgage was around 4...

30 years ago the average mortgage was around 4 times average earnings, now its around 8 times average earnings. So the mortgage is twice as big in real terms, but the house is the same, if anything...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 20:46
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
State pensions are a form of welfare and its...

State pensions are a form of welfare and its unwise to delude yourself otherwise. Sooner or later the axe will fall on the elderly. Its happened before, remember it was in the early 1980s that the...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 17:17
Replies: 35
Views: 1,314
Posted By Phil 2804
When the NHS was founded it was on the principle...

When the NHS was founded it was on the principle of cradle to the grave. Geriatric care, which is what we are talking about was considered part of this. Then some bright spark had the idea to remove...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 17:12
Replies: 35
Views: 1,314
Posted By Phil 2804
Because you only have to watch any of the recent...

Because you only have to watch any of the recent documentaries on the state of our care homes to know the entire system is a fiasco with care out of the window. The elderly dehumanised while care...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 17:08
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
But we're not doing well, we're not building...

But we're not doing well, we're not building enough houses, wages are in decline, we are far less productive than other countries, we have huge levels of personal debt, higher than just about any...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 17:00
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
There is no endless supply of capital. The entire...

There is no endless supply of capital. The entire western economy has been financed on debt for 30 years and even Osborne intends for the next 30 years to be financed on debt too, just not Government...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 16:56
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
The problem is that virtually every developed...

The problem is that virtually every developed country, spends more on healthcare as a % of GDP than we do in the UK. Germany spends the equivalent of 30 billion a year more and even the US with its...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 15:32
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
IF the economy works in such a way that those...

IF the economy works in such a way that those things are achievable if you put the effort in. One of the reasons the baby boomers did so well was because there was an abundance of well paid jobs, the...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 15:22
Replies: 54
Views: 2,115
Posted By Phil 2804
It really isn't. When the minimum wage was...

It really isn't. When the minimum wage was introduced in the UK in 1999 it was set at roughly 1/3 of the average hourly rate. Its currently over 1/2 of the average hourly rate 16 years later and as...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 12:34
Replies: 35
Views: 1,314
Posted By Phil 2804
The clue is in the fact the Tories openly admit...

The clue is in the fact the Tories openly admit they never expected to win and certainly not a majority. So all the pie in sky promises they made now have to be fulfilled on or quietly dumped in the...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 12:24
Replies: 43
Views: 1,451
Posted By Phil 2804
If the Police came to your door tonight barged...

If the Police came to your door tonight barged passed you and searched your home top to bottom tonight just "in case" you had done anything wrong, how would you feel?

The Police don't have that...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 12:12
Replies: 43
Views: 1,451
Posted By Phil 2804
Does this mean iTunes et all will have to remove...

Does this mean iTunes et all will have to remove the functions that allow you to rip your CDs to your music library?

The whole reason I still tend to buy CDs is so that I can rip both lossless and...
Forum: Politics 18-07-2015, 12:03
Replies: 193
Views: 4,411
Posted By Phil 2804
The miners strike was 31 years ago. If ever one...

The miners strike was 31 years ago. If ever one needed proof about how far out of date Tory thinking is when it comes to Unions and employer/employee relations there it is,

We're living in an era...
Forum: Politics 16-07-2015, 10:56
Replies: 193
Views: 4,411
Posted By Phil 2804
Probably because they aren't unionised. Ask...

Probably because they aren't unionised. Ask yourself this, if the employers you listed and their kin had strong well supported Unions do you think the current Government would be discussing the need...
Forum: Politics 15-07-2015, 23:03
Replies: 193
Views: 4,411
Posted By Phil 2804
If that were the case its a pointless waste of...

If that were the case its a pointless waste of parliamentary time as virtually all of RMT and the other rail unions recent actions would have met the threshold and still gone ahead, including the...
Forum: Politics 15-07-2015, 11:11
Replies: 113
Views: 3,696
Posted By Phil 2804
Using figures that exclude the single biggest...

Using figures that exclude the single biggest outgoing in the majority of households- housing. Now why would that be?
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