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breadandcheese last won the day on 30 April 2010

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  1. Unless Dortmund want Iheanacho as a replacement
  2. It's more the appropriation of private property that I believe breaches the Human Rights Act. Also, I would dispute your assertion that the benefit of capitalism ended 40-50 years ago. I can see the benefits all around us. According to the UN, extreme poverty rates have halved since 1990. Yes, the top end has got wealthier (through a lot of corruption in some places of poor governance) but it is striking that capitalism has been the driver of reducing poverty, not aid programmes.
  3. As a counterbalance, capitalism has taken far more people out of poverty than socialism. Not only that, I wonder how compatible your wishlist above would be with the human rights act. If you want to scrap it, then fair enough, but I've never got that impression about you.
  4. It's interesting how the discourse has stuck that the Tories like to diminish the state because they favour people's ability to make money, in apparent contrast to Labour who have a supposed monopoly on caring. The belief in a smaller less obtrusive state is a belief in liberalism and giving people to make their own choices. That it's been framed as anything else is an attempt to paint one political party as nice and the other nasty. That's the thing I dislike most in politics today. This presentation of the other side as evil (most used against the Tories). Just because someone has a different opinion does not make them evil. There is a great deal of compassion in the Conservative party, even in Theresa May (despite her inability to connect with people). From what I can tell, there is a sizeable degree of support predicated on hate for the other side and a belief that they are evil. That is not going to help political debate and makes for an even more fractured and intolerant society. If your starting point is that the other side is evil, I'm not sure what sort of political discourse you can have.
  5. If they can make a profit buying him back and selling him on, I'm sure they would. I think something needs to be done about buyback clauses. They allow the big clubs to dominate further. Already we see the big clubs stockpiling the best young talent. Now we're potentially seeing them control the future transfer activity of younger talent and indeed the smaller clubs who buy them.
  6. I think that's a bit harsh. The security and emergency services don't like to release information unless it is correct. They don't yet have the figures so they are not going to issue statements speculating. So that's why it feels like a softening up process with a low and creeping death toll, when more facts become known by the hour. It's not a secret. The emergency services have issued statements saying that it's unlikely anyone left in the building is alive. It's just horrendous.
  7. I think politics over the last year has shown that politicians need to provide a vision and not to offer more of the same, especially when people don't feel like the status quo offers them hope. Brexit referendum - choice between stay (more of the same) or leave Trump/Clinton - choice between Clinton (more of the same) or Trump Yesterday - choice between May (more of the same) or Labour Edit: The French election was the same in that the two candidates Macron and Le Pen both were standing on a platform of change.
  8. Corbyn would just be a left wing Trump. - Riding a populist, anti-establishment wave - Would backtrack on promises when he realises they're not realistic and can't be funded - Distrusted by his country's security services - Both similar age
  9. It is a typical Corbyn policy. Assessing a problem and drawing all the wrong conclusions. As someone else said earlier, the majority of people in the South East are asset rich, cash poor. So I'm not sure where a large proportion would find the money to pay a tax that would unquestionably be far higher than council tax. It blasts open the false statement of only the top 5% of earners paying more. It would also cause house prices to fall. I appreciate that some would celebrate this as house prices in the South east have gone cloud cuckoo. However, the effects of a sudden drop would be negative equity for a lot of buyers, potential foreclosures and problems with the banks' liquidity ratios which would stifle lending as they try to repair their balance sheets to meet the current regulations. Ironically, the only people to benefit in this scenario would be those who have liquidity and can snap up some distressed assets, which would be the very wealthy. Corbyn would end up helping the very wealthy. So really, the unintended consequences of this land value tax would be really quite shit.
  10. Yes. A them and us attitude. Very good. Most business owners I know are not against increasing wages as long as there are the revenue increases to back it up. I don't think Corbyn's business policies will work.
  11. No. We have businesses competing with European and US competitors who will have a lower cost base. The result of Corbyn's business policies (especially in a post brexit Britain) will be the encouragement of businesses to move production abroad. It will result in job losses and will not result in the tax revenues needed to pay for his spending splurge. You can dislike the reality of that but this is the situation we find ourselves in.
  12. The living wage according to living is £8.45/hour not £10/hour
  13. So if businesses put up prices to cover the cost of the wage increase, where's the benefit to the economy and more importantly, the workers? The workers are no better off. If anything, our low tech exporting businesses are at an economic disadvantage as their cost base is higher than their global competitors.
  14. Minimum wage up to £10/hour (£10.30/hr when pension contributions are factored in). This is a fine if businesses can increase their prices to cover costs but most small businesses I know are unable to do this.
  15. Surely if Corbyn is raising the costs on business, profits will fall, reducing the amount of tax he can collect to pay for his spending splurge, even at 26% corporation tax. Edit: Before anyone accuses me of not wanting wage increases, I'm not saying they shouldn't increase but Corbyn's talking about a big jump. This jump doesn't seem to join up with trying to tax business more. It shows what he's trying to achieve is pie in the sky costings