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Forum: Politics Today, 17:04
Replies: 44
Views: 746
Posted By paulschapman
Well the lack of immigration is no real surprise...

Well the lack of immigration is no real surprise and the MP maybe pro-EU - not so sure that the lack of mention is a reflection of Conservative Party policy or the views of the MP him or her self.
Forum: Politics Today, 15:32
Replies: 477
Views: 7,664
Posted By paulschapman
I'm actually on the fence here - Cameron when...

I'm actually on the fence here - Cameron when facing Ed is clearly better - and while one can understand the argument that he has nothing to lose by not undertaking any debates - he may have a lot to...
Forum: Politics Today, 10:14
Replies: 47
Views: 641
Posted By paulschapman
This is bordering on the absurd (OK so it may...

This is bordering on the absurd (OK so it may have decided to bypass absurd and move on to something else). While climate change is no doubt happening - after all it did happen without any...
Forum: Politics Yesterday, 11:31
Replies: 28
Views: 739
Posted By paulschapman
Whose the biggest traitor - Snowden or the...

Whose the biggest traitor - Snowden or the government of a country whose declaration of independence includes the text

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that...
Forum: Politics Yesterday, 11:21
Replies: 28
Views: 739
Posted By paulschapman
I was going to say something like that -...

I was going to say something like that - Government's do not like it when you show them to be up to no good. Snowden's chances of a fair trial are about as likely as the survival of a snowball in a...
Forum: Politics Yesterday, 11:17
Replies: 406
Views: 9,983
Posted By paulschapman
Precisely - no one would argue however that...

Precisely - no one would argue however that buying up stock in the failed banks makes a society socialist - however even here we can see where government intervention in a market created a failure -...
Forum: Politics Yesterday, 09:39
Replies: 29
Views: 761
Posted By paulschapman
That is no reason for the government to hold...

That is no reason for the government to hold stock when it can cash in that investment



Eurotunnel owns the track and tunnel, Eurostar runs trains on it.



That money has been spent. Governments...
Forum: Politics Yesterday, 09:33
Replies: 37
Views: 1,068
Posted By paulschapman
Depends on what you are measuring. Bringing in...

Depends on what you are measuring.

Bringing in workers reduces wages as you have a larger pool of workers. This leads to higher productivity because Labour costs are less, higher profits, higher...
Forum: Politics Yesterday, 09:07
Replies: 29
Views: 761
Posted By paulschapman
Why is it unwise - Eurostar is a private company...

Why is it unwise - Eurostar is a private company - all the government had was stock, and it sold it, netting some money for the exchequer which as has been said can be used to reduce the debt.
Forum: Politics 03-03-2015, 20:42
Replies: 43
Views: 884
Posted By paulschapman
you are still stuck with the problem that land,...

you are still stuck with the problem that land, much like any property is not very liquid and is only worth what people pay for it. Within the last decade land and property prices rose considerably...
Forum: Politics 03-03-2015, 13:51
Replies: 140
Views: 2,582
Posted By paulschapman
One consideration is that to use iPlayer you have...

One consideration is that to use iPlayer you have to buy a license and to be honest I have no problem with this - it is no different in principle for HBO to restrict access to it's streaming service...
Forum: Politics 03-03-2015, 13:12
Replies: 406
Views: 9,983
Posted By paulschapman
By the definition I got from Wikipedia the...

By the definition I got from Wikipedia the definition of Socialism nationalisation of industry is a characteristic of socialist systems and as such may very well be. As there is no agreement of a...
Forum: Politics 03-03-2015, 12:46
Replies: 28
Views: 593
Posted By paulschapman
But it is necessary - you can argue how it's...

But it is necessary - you can argue how it's members get to that position but it has a responsibility not just to revise legislation but to ensure that no government can get so powerful that they...
Forum: Politics 03-03-2015, 12:15
Replies: 28
Views: 593
Posted By paulschapman
That presupposes the idea that we as voters want...

That presupposes the idea that we as voters want a federal system. Saying because you did not vote anyone with a strong mandate we are going to impose some federal system on you is profoundly...
Forum: Politics 03-03-2015, 10:30
Replies: 28
Views: 593
Posted By paulschapman
Anything that involves wholesale changes to our...

Anything that involves wholesale changes to our constitution to be undergone quickly has not been well thought out, however much you may agree with the conclusions.

Our constitution already has...
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 22:04
Replies: 406
Views: 9,983
Posted By paulschapman
Well according to Wikipedia...

Well according to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Socialism)

Socialism is a social and economic system characterised by social ownership of the means of production and co-operative...
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 17:35
Replies: 66
Views: 1,502
Posted By paulschapman
And what would be the cost of moving pretty much...

And what would be the cost of moving pretty much all of Whitehall to that location. 1bn is a lot of money but if you look at what it cost to build say Holyrood (414m) or the 235m of Portcullis...
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 17:23
Replies: 10,992
Views: 417,392
Posted By paulschapman
So another election within 12 months of the next...

So another election within 12 months of the next one ;)
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 17:17
Replies: 44
Views: 1,362
Posted By paulschapman
But it is not silliness! Science Fiction has...

But it is not silliness! Science Fiction has always reflected human concerns allowing us to undertake thought experiments to see how something may work.
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 17:15
Replies: 44
Views: 1,362
Posted By paulschapman
Well in order for the economy of Star Trek to...

Well in order for the economy of Star Trek to work - you would need to move away from a scarcity based economy.

See https://medium.com/@RickWebb/the-economics-of-star-trek-29bab88d50
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 16:50
Replies: 406
Views: 9,983
Posted By paulschapman
Then to repeat the question then - can you name a...

Then to repeat the question then - can you name a successful Socialist state.
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 16:48
Replies: 147
Views: 3,756
Posted By paulschapman
I said 'all things being equal' and at the time...

I said 'all things being equal' and at the time that the original plans were drawn up - nobody (and that includes both sides of the political divide) took into consideration the poor state of the...
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 16:18
Replies: 147
Views: 3,756
Posted By paulschapman
Then he would have been in breach of his own law....

Then he would have been in breach of his own law. All things being equal Labour spending will have been more than the coalition so it would have had higher borrowing as and it already planned to...
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 15:24
Replies: 406
Views: 9,983
Posted By paulschapman
If memory serves GGP gave the example of...

If memory serves GGP gave the example of Venezuela as a successful Socialist Country when I asked for a list of successful socialist countries. It is therefore ironic that it's socialist credentials...
Forum: Politics 02-03-2015, 15:04
Replies: 147
Views: 3,756
Posted By paulschapman
I'll tell you what will be a travesty - go to...

I'll tell you what will be a travesty - go to Scotland and there are plenty of mansions that cost less than 2m. If Labour get the Mansion tax passed with the help of Scottish MPs where Scottish...
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