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Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 15:28
Replies: 149
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Posted By mithy73
Good point - I'd add as a rider to this, can we...

Good point - I'd add as a rider to this, can we please scrap the closed list system for Euro-elections, and have multi-member seats elected by STV instead, like they do in Ireland (on both sides of...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 15:25
Replies: 149
Views: 5,109
Posted By mithy73
I offered some in #23, but no-one's biting....

I offered some in #23, but no-one's biting. Pah... beer it is then!
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 14:59
Replies: 10
Views: 634
Posted By mithy73
That's a very small bridge. :D

That's a very small bridge. :D
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 14:58
Replies: 149
Views: 5,109
Posted By mithy73
Watch out, here comes GreatGodPan with his array...

Watch out, here comes GreatGodPan with his array of pigeon-holes. :D
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 14:57
Replies: 149
Views: 5,109
Posted By mithy73
You're talking about training specialists. You...

You're talking about training specialists. You can't just pick someone off the street and turn them into a specialist within two years. Heck, a science degree takes at least three, and that's hardly...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 14:54
Replies: 149
Views: 5,109
Posted By mithy73
In two years? I don't think so.

In two years? I don't think so.
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 14:49
Replies: 149
Views: 5,109
Posted By mithy73
Wouldn't that have a negative impact on tax...

Wouldn't that have a negative impact on tax revenues, though - probably not what we want at the moment? :)

As for my suggestion - since it's in keeping with DS' foundation, I shall suggest we have a...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 14:20
Replies: 153
Views: 4,662
Posted By mithy73
Make that three. :)

Make that three. :)
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 13:55
Replies: 153
Views: 4,662
Posted By mithy73
I'd say that that notion is a rather optimistic...

I'd say that that notion is a rather optimistic assessment of people's likelihood of reading a poll thread before voting on it.
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 13:53
Replies: 59
Views: 2,600
Posted By mithy73
Yep. The only recourse is to drink away the pain....

Yep. The only recourse is to drink away the pain. What will you be having, sir? :)
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 13:27
Replies: 415
Views: 11,717
Posted By mithy73
Indeed - though that's only natural to a point, I...

Indeed - though that's only natural to a point, I guess. Like when the last Government took a hatchet to science funding, by way of the STFC - those screaming about it most were, unsurprisingly,...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 13:25
Replies: 79
Views: 5,212
Posted By mithy73
I think you can quaff whatever tipple takes your...

I think you can quaff whatever tipple takes your fancy. :)
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 13:18
Replies: 79
Views: 5,212
Posted By mithy73
Quaffing - is that the one where you spill a lot...

Quaffing - is that the one where you spill a lot of it?
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 13:14
Replies: 99
Views: 5,727
Posted By mithy73
The reduction of choice is a reduction in one's...

The reduction of choice is a reduction in one's standard of living.
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 10:36
Replies: 106
Views: 8,793
Posted By mithy73
I don't think it's that unreasonable a minimum....

I don't think it's that unreasonable a minimum. Only three European countries have lower rates - Switzerland and two microstates, Liechtenstein and Andorra. (In addition, there's a VAT rate of 3% in...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 09:46
Replies: 106
Views: 8,793
Posted By mithy73
Aren't you playing fantasy politics here - just a...

Aren't you playing fantasy politics here - just a tad? If there was a desire to set our VAT rate at a level less than 15%, why on Earth isn't it at 15% now? Might it be that it's not down to "the...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 09:40
Replies: 99
Views: 5,727
Posted By mithy73
At a guess, and to take a trivial example:...

At a guess, and to take a trivial example: punitive taxes on aviation and/or withdrawal of any and all subsidies and tax breaks would likely result in airline ticket prices soaring, with the result...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 09:28
Replies: 415
Views: 11,717
Posted By mithy73
Yesterday you were saying councils were being...

Yesterday you were saying councils were being pressured into making cuts too quickly and therefore their options were being severely restricted - and indeed you bemoaned the fact that you yourself...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 09:26
Replies: 415
Views: 11,717
Posted By mithy73
It sure seems like a funny way of protesting...

It sure seems like a funny way of protesting about it. Strikes will merely hurt the economy further - thus posing an even greater risk to Government revenue and people's earnings, jobs and...
Forum: Politics 31-12-2010, 09:05
Replies: 30
Views: 1,743
Posted By mithy73
To a point, but the larger political parties have...

To a point, but the larger political parties have a lot more meat on the bone, as even a cursory examination of their policy documents would show.
Forum: Politics 30-12-2010, 16:48
Replies: 145
Views: 3,755
Posted By mithy73
It all comes from some taxpayer somewhere - such...

It all comes from some taxpayer somewhere - such is the way of things. As long as it's useful and it's finished and done properly, I don't really think it matters whether the funding comes from...
Forum: Politics 30-12-2010, 16:22
Replies: 145
Views: 3,755
Posted By mithy73
I stand corrected. I had thought Convergence...

I stand corrected. I had thought Convergence Cornwall (http://www.cornwall.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=4640) was the continuation of the Objective 1 programme. It turns out that it's another set of...
Forum: Politics 30-12-2010, 16:14
Replies: 26
Views: 1,358
Posted By mithy73
*bump* dumb forum software :mad:

*bump* dumb forum software :mad:
Forum: Politics 30-12-2010, 16:13
Replies: 26
Views: 1,358
Posted By mithy73
They are. That's where the VAT hike and the...

They are. That's where the VAT hike and the increase in Capital Gains Tax comes from. (Oh, and the bank levy.) I somehow doubt they'll be the last tax rises of this Parliament, though, and I'm not...
Forum: Politics 30-12-2010, 16:04
Replies: 145
Views: 3,755
Posted By mithy73
I think that depends on which definition of...

I think that depends on which definition of "South West" you're working with. The South West "region" encompasses some pretty diverse economies. What's going on in Bristol and Bath isn't exactly a...
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