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  • mcmonkeyplc 22 Mar 2013 21:06:51 39,406 posts
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    Common misconception, we make quite a lot. Google it.

    Come and get it cumslingers!

  • Chopsen 23 Mar 2013 10:51:05 15,830 posts
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    Comparatively to other EU countries we are far more reliant on service industries. I remember reading an article in the Economist years ago when the recession was kicking off that we'd bounce back a lot quicker than Germany because they're more reliant on manufacturing and therefore less responsive and flexible than we are with a service based economy. Ha fucking ha.

    And yeah, we make cars. With and for other people's money. Jaguar Landrover is now Indian, as is the now dead MG Rover brand, and Mini's are made by BMW. Yeah, physically Minis are made in this country, in a factory which has a history of taking the piss with employee rights. Go us! Woo!
  • President_Weasel 24 Mar 2013 19:05:14 9,126 posts
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    Did you see Boris Johnson getting politely but thoroughly mauled by Eddie Mair? "Admit you want to be Prime Minister. Why don't you just say the words?"
  • LetsGo 26 Mar 2013 21:24:44 5,183 posts
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    David Miliband has quit politics.

    Mirror
  • Load_2.0 26 Mar 2013 21:26:10 19,099 posts
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    Good "friend" that.
  • LetsGo 26 Mar 2013 21:27:04 5,183 posts
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    Sorry?
  • Load_2.0 26 Mar 2013 21:29:24 19,099 posts
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    "David Miliband is planning to leave Parliament to move to the US to work for a charity, a close friend has confirmed to the BBC."
  • LetsGo 26 Mar 2013 21:30:06 5,183 posts
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    Oh sorry, ha, true!

    Edited by LetsGo at 21:30:17 26-03-2013
  • faux_carnation 26 Mar 2013 22:07:08 9,171 posts
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    How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't

    The Tory plan to turn us into a failed state continues apace.
  • TheSaint 26 Mar 2013 22:10:40 14,260 posts
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    New York or South Shields, that must have been a tough decision.
  • 4gate 26 Mar 2013 22:25:13 362 posts
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    He's been making 500K pa speechifying since Labour (well the unions anwyay) turned him down, clearly now feels 'you don't need me, I don't need you either'. I hope he gets Thunderbird 2, that's the best one.
  • President_Weasel 26 Mar 2013 23:23:54 9,126 posts
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    Wait, the space lorry one? That's the one you think was the best? I question your judgement.
  • DodgyPast 27 Mar 2013 01:01:47 8,434 posts
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    faux_carnation wrote:
    How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous mankind is! O brave new world, That has such people in't

    The Tory plan to turn us into a failed state continues apace.
    That does look like a recipe for increased crime.
  • RobTheBuilder 27 Mar 2013 01:45:08 6,521 posts
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    A few thoughts I've put down on Workfarce if anyone cares: http://the-ad-pit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/workfarce.html
  • Roddles 27 Mar 2013 07:51:25 1,819 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    A few thoughts I've put down on Workfarce if anyone cares: http://the-ad-pit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/workfarce.html
    Sums it up nicely. It's a disgusting and counterproductive initiative
  • Deleted user 27 March 2013 08:04:31
    Secret courts amendments have failed in the Lords. Fucking spineless lib dems as always.
  • Dougs 27 Mar 2013 08:25:20 67,016 posts
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    RobTheBuilder wrote:
    A few thoughts I've put down on Workfarce if anyone cares: http://the-ad-pit.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/workfarce.html
    I used to work on the New Deal scheme, which encouraged employers to take people on, and their (market) wages were subsidised for a period of time. It was like pulling teeth for teeth the most part but at least when taken on, employees got a decent salary. I remember helping one poor chap get work after 10 years on the dole, he was so chuffed. I was convinced he was pulling a fast one and was working but his confidence was so low, he just gave the impression he didn't care. Sadly after 3 weeks he broke his arm and was off work for another 2 months!
  • Tom_Servo 27 Mar 2013 23:01:06 17,390 posts
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    Will The Sun back UKIP at the next election?

    I doubt it, for a number of reasons. But the whole UKIP thing is quite interesting. I was actually surprised to read they have no MPs and that isn't likely to change any time soon. So how come they (and Farage in particular) get so much media coverage? Farage is never off the Beeb.
  • TheSaint 27 Mar 2013 23:05:12 14,260 posts
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    Wouldn't be surprised to see The Sun back them at the European elections.
  • FWB 27 Mar 2013 23:05:33 44,071 posts
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    Cos Labour are toothless and the media needs somebody to report on.
  • Dougs 19 Apr 2013 12:16:34 67,016 posts
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    Michael Gove, you are a fuckwit. And this is a punch in the face.
  • Chopsen 19 Apr 2013 12:21:33 15,830 posts
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    What's he done now?
  • Dougs 19 Apr 2013 12:27:28 67,016 posts
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    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/18/michael-gove-longer-school-day-holidays

    I agree that school holidays are too long. But they should be shortening the school day to compensate, not lengthening it - there may be a case for teenagers, but there's only so much kids under 10/11 can take in. They'll be half asleep all afternoon. The rationale is barmy "the Chinese do it, so should we". Not to mention that most kids are at school that long for extra-curricular stuff anyway. All for more flexibility, such as the studies that show teenagers learn better later, so the day could be shifted. This just seems mad though
  • thelzdking 19 Apr 2013 12:48:55 4,356 posts
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    Yeah, lengthening the school day is a stupid idea. He's probably only suggested it because he knows that it will really piss the unions off and he wants to look strong against them.
  • RobTheBuilder 19 Apr 2013 12:53:30 6,521 posts
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    Michael Gove has that classic Tory problem of not understanding how education works, not what people actually need to learn to get ahead.
  • Chopsen 19 Apr 2013 12:53:41 15,830 posts
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    Anything that pisses teachers off is good in my book :)

    Dunno about lengthening the day, but definitely it's hard to argue against reducing school holidays.
  • RobTheBuilder 19 Apr 2013 12:55:59 6,521 posts
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    @Chopsen what would make more sense is having making the Xmas and Easter holidays a bit longer, and then reducing the size of the summer holiday. So instead of 2wks, 2wks and 7wks, you get three holidays of 3wks each.
  • RobTheBuilder 19 Apr 2013 12:57:58 6,521 posts
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    It's also good that kids have time off in the peak of summer to play outside and spend time with their friends outside school.

    For a party that complains about the loss of childhood, forcing kids to learn for longer hours, with less holiday and loads of homework hardly gives them much of a childhood.
  • Dougs 19 Apr 2013 13:04:01 67,016 posts
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    This is it. You know why the Chinese etc work hard? Because their life is shit and they are trying to educate themselves to get out and improve their life.
  • bitch_tits_zero_nine 19 Apr 2013 13:04:26 6,654 posts
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    We're getting our asses kicked by the Chinese work ethic though. Kids need to learn.
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