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DJ Barry Hammond

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About DJ Barry Hammond

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  • Birthday 30/07/1982

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    Leicester City,<br />Beer,<br />Women,<br />Playing football,
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    A long time now, too long to remember

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  1. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    **** sake! May’s about to announce aims to change higher education funding tomorrow... which gives me a whole new twist on the long form article I’ve been prepping. Ironically, it sounds like they want to go to an American/Australian style system with variable fees across courses. Yet the reason why most Uni’s charge the full £9,000 (or £9,250 for next year) is that they don’t want to suggest their course is ‘cheap’ when compared to their direct competition. That makes me think the only way yo get truely variable fees would be to lift the cap on fees and allow Uni’s to charge what they want. The problem with this - the government still pays a huge chunk of money to the Uni system. The loans just provide a convenient accounting trick in that it’s not counted the same way as normal expenditure.
  2. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Example of the ‘poor trap’ - in that if you earn below a certain level, you effectively get charged more the same things down to a lack of ability to pay. Classic example is electric - those that have to buy it via the corner shop pay a massive premium for the inconvenience.
  3. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Before pausing and recalling... ”Ah... Vienna!”
  4. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Happy with those @Strokes? If you Wikipedia ‘USA free trade agreements’ - it brings up a list and then you can go into each one. There’s a lot of negative viewpoints on the Australia one. And that’s the important thing to remember about any trade deal - it’s always going to comprise of things some people won’t want, in order to get some of the things others do the other way. There is no way any deal can be all good, the judgement has to be on the balance of outcomes.
  5. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Australia deal Economic theory suggests that bilateral agreements like the FTA will lead to trade creation between the parties directly involved, but will also cause trade diversion from third countries, offsetting any benefits. Bilateral agreements may also undermine multilateral agreements such as those associated with the World Trade Organization. Partly as a result of these factors, the estimates of benefits produced by the CIE and relied on by the government were disputed by most economists who made submissions to the Senate Committees inquiring into the topic, some of whom concluded that the agreement would reduce Australia's economic welfare. The provisions of the AUSFTA in Ch 17 required Australia to offer stronger protection to American intellectual property. In particular, the minimum term of copyright was extended to 70 years after the author's death. Most economists and others interested in intellectual property issues regarded this as undesirable. A number of prominent American economists took the same view in the case of Eldred v. Ashcroft. In the year following the agreement, Australian exports to the U.S. declined,[15] while U.S. exports to Australia increased. This followed the International Monetary Fund's prediction that the Australia-United States FTA would shrink the Australian economy marginally because of the loss of trade with other countries. The IMF estimated $US5.25 billion of extra U.S. imports entering into Australia per year under the FTA, but only $US2.97 billion of extra Australian exports to the U.S. per year.[16] However, it remains unclear whether or not Australia's worsening trade deficit with the United States can be solely attributed to the FTA. It may have been a lagged effect of an appreciation of the Australian dollar against the US dollar between 2000 and 2003.
  6. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    While there has been a lot of favorable press about the USMFTA, not all consider it a sound agreement. Most notably, in Morocco, there has been concern regarding the reduction in tariffs for agricultural products and the increase in intellectual property and patent standards. The reduction of tariffs on agricultural products to zero threatens domestic farms and employment. With approximately 40–50% of the Moroccan workforce in agriculture, the fall-out of the USMFTA is of great concern. In addition, Moroccan pharmaceutical companies have voiced concerns over increased penalties for intellectual property and patent violations. The industry says these penalties could “undermine access to cheap medicines” for Moroccans.[10]
  7. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Critics of the Peru TPA say the pact will worsen Peru's problems with child labor and weak labor rights, and expose the country's subsistence farmers to disruptive competition with subsidized U.S. crops.[17][18] Additionally, critics contend that Dubai Ports World will be able to use its Peruvian subsidiary to obtain rights to operate U.S. ports.[19][20] Animal rights groups have opposed this legislation due to the possibility of spreading factory farming practices through Latin America, increasing U.S. pork and poultry exports, and miningdevelopment that causes deforestation and habitat loss for animals.[21]
  8. another school shooting

    The law will change, maybe not now, but soon enough - for the simple fact that enough kids will have gone through the ordeal or know someone who has, that when that generation reach voting age the groundswell of public opinion will force it.
  9. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    To claim this, you have to ignore that infamous big red bus... call it an ambition rather than a policy if you like, that was still a future policy idea, so it was possible for Leave to set out a vision of what the future would be. That they didn’t was probably down to two things - recognising that providing too much detail could harm their chances and due to the difficulty on coming to a general consensus within themselves. Then on the second point - the idea of deciding via an election is silly. But we did have one of those afterwards thanks to Theresa and maybe the message to take from that humbling is domestic issues are much more important to UK voters than Brexit alone?
  10. Depression

    Too right, who mixes Boddington’s with wine!
  11. another school shooting

    Helps that the President has already claimed mental health was the issue. Don’t you need a unanimous jury to apply the death penalty? Edit: You didn’t until recently, laws been changed: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-florida-execution-law/florida-tightens-death-penalty-law-to-require-unanimous-jury-recommendation-idUSKBN16L07F This could be the trial of the century this; it will certainly pose a lot of moral questions inside all of us that are difficult to answer. The fact it will be in Florida, a state that has been strong in views anti gun control and for capital punishment, adds to the intrigue. Do the two views suddenly have conflicting interests over each other and if so does that sway which way a Florida jury would lean? Could that mean an insanity or dismissed responsibility verdict defence could some how come off?
  12. another school shooting

    That picture is not the guy - there’s been a huge amount of misinformation. The tshirt is also parodying left idiogly. Note the jaunty angle of those party hats.
  13. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Nothing is free, but there is something used called a cost effective ratio I believe, which is an attempt to quantify the value of spending public money. Like with any large government spending commitment it’s difficult with higher education to quantify what the exact position is, but there are clearly benefits both locally and nationally in having a population with a higher level of education and skills. Indeed poorer people in a town with a University would stand to benefit from the associated jobs and student spending power the University brings with it. It’s also worth considering the government still effectively funds a large proportion of higher education through the current loans system. The governments own figures show that a large proportion of the notional debt accrued by graduates doesn’t get paid back; and my understanding is those that do are returning money to private companies who have purchased these loan book off the government. For some this would seem to be an inefficient system awash with bureaucracy where the tax payer are not getting value for money and obvious improvements could be made - even if you support the idea of students making a contribution to their higher education.
  14. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    Or just cut out clinical negligence?
  15. Politics Thread (encompassing Brexit) - 21 June 2017 onwards

    @Foxin_mad has clearly not seen one of those Costa Coffee vending machines that are appearing everywhere.