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  1. I didn't think it was worth replying to. I'm not looking for disagreements just to debate and learn. I'm not even sure what there is to debunk. Are you debunking the quote from Iain Duncans Smiths group I listed or my opinion that they will for the third time this decade raise the retirement age ? I'm not sure an opinion can be debunked and certainly not just because the DWP say they aren't presently planning to do it.
  2. Good post, agreed on all points. The bottom line is it has been within the power of the Government to drastically reduce immigration at any time over the last decade. It has been a choice not to. But they are deceiving many people into thinking they don't have control over immigration numbers because of the EU. The fact is Brexit will change nothing in this regard.
  3. What do people think of the proposal from Iain Duncan Smiths Centre for Social Justice proposal that the retirement age be raised to 75 ? https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/library/ageing-confidently-supporting-an-ageing-workforce?fbclid=IwAR1TSCOG81o0Rr_oFxkGtwUEhjigab7TtqZ2-kh3910IVfH16tfSlVa2Ftc i suspect this will be implemented in the next Parliament if the Conservatives win.
  4. I'd agree with most of that. Surely while rates are low it's a good time to be investing ? It's beyond me why we haven't gone head first into green technology and manufacturing. Massive opportunities creating a huge number of jobs all over the country. As for Johnson putting himself beyond reach of the Courts - yes it's not typical of the historical Conservative party. But this isn't the Conservative party we've known. And it absolutely is typical of Johnson and Cummings.
  5. Happy to consider any and all policy from any party. I'm not a disciple of anyone. What incomes and rates are you considering ? I'd also very much appreciate anyone talking positively on Tory policies. Johnson says Labour would put our Corporation Tax up to the highest in Europe. It's nonsense. It would still be lower than under Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and still lower than it presently is in France and Germany. The fact is taxes have been too low for too long. Our police forces, our armed forces, our legal system and pretty much everything else are all grossly underfunded. The people saying this aren't marxists. The people going on strike aren't revolutionaries - they are barristers, doctors and nurses and teachers. In the last week alone we've had a terrorist released who should have spent the rest of his life in prison and a serial rapist released due to underfunding and privatisation of our prison service and parole system. I don't know if you'd read about this bloke but it's the worst case I;ve ever heard about - women and children tortured, abducted and raped : https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7764549/Prosecutors-pay-tribute-victims-Joseph-McCann.html https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-7764303/Apology-errors-case-Joseph-McCann-committed-string-sex-attacks.html The biggest and longest sustained growth in our history was after the war through to the 60's or 70's. At that time Corbyn's policies would have been right wing. Still today labours policies would be seen as centrist in the vast majority of European countries. The bottom line is this - neoliberalism as it has been is unsustainable. That's not even up for debate. Even Gordon Brown said so this week. The future is bleak - extremely bleak - for our middle classes unless there is significant change. Yes everyone is going to pay more tax. Everyone is going to have less. The only question is whether the public do so willingly. In closing the scariest thing about this election is on page 48 of the Conservative manifesto - it's a massive step towards fascism : it puts the Prime Minister beyond accountability to anyone.
  6. Johnson just lies over and over again, I don't believe a word he says. Riddle me this - four times as many immigrants are coming from outside the EU as from inside the EU. At any time in the last nine years they could have introduced this mythical points based system. Why haven't they done something about it ? They haven't because their unspoken truth is that their entire economic model is based around constant growth and high - verging on uncontrolled - immigration. And it's only playing to nationalism and fear of immigrants that is keeping the Conservative Party relevent. On most everything else their policies are smoke and mirrors. The system as is is tilted towards the ultra rich. Now that the working classes have been crushed as much as they can be the elite aren't suddenly going to decide they've got enough, they are going to start squeezing the middle classes more and more. Pensions aren't safe, property isn't safe, even (declared) PMs aren't safe. Bizzarely the best hope for the middle classes is Corbyn. We might pay a little more tax but unless there is significant change the future is dystopian for the vast majority of us.
  7. I'll take this if still available - PM me payment details please.
  8. Soooo.... went on sale this morning, now sold out within a couple of hours.
  9. Two things to be aware of : i) the Witcher series of books and RPG games have a huge fan base (and originate in Poland) and are very adult; the games are considered the best ever in the genre on PC and consoles; ii) Netflixs next big tv release is the Witcher TV series premiering next month costing the same to make as Game of Thrones, starring Henry Cavill as the lead character (Geralt) with seven series in the pipe.: I too wish they were one of the 500 mintage series - then I'd be all in. Do not underestimate however the size of the fan base for the subject matter and its imminent growth. I'm very, very tempted.
  10. Polish Mint I believe ? : https://www.powercoin.it/en/mennica-polska-poland-mint/4407-the-witcher-last-wish-2-oz-silver-coin-5-niue-2019.html https://en.mennica.com.pl They do some really beautiful coins. Love this one and am thinking of picking it up : https://www.powercoin.it/en/mennica-polska-poland-mint/4155-genius-renaissance-da-vinci-500th-anniversary-1-oz-silver-coin-2-niue-2019.html Their range is worth a browse : https://www.powercoin.it/en/203-mennica-polska-poland-mint
  11. If it's ok I'll take 2 x Rabbit 2 x Mouse 1 x Rooster 1 x Kookabura Message me with total price including recorded postage please.
  12. Are you hinting at silver/gold backed cryptos sixgun ? It's surely coming sooner or later. It's interesting to keep track of who is amassing physical silver and gold. We should also remember silver is still the most conductive element known to man. I'll be surprised if it doesn't see use in medium term emerging technologies that affects physical demand. In the meantime until physical demand does change it's going to be a buyers market. Great time to be buying.
  13. Tax avoidance is legal but much of it is through loop holes which the Government does not try to address. The figure cited reflects this. As I said the number of people working in Government chasing tax and working on legislation has been halved. Not to mention the tax policy the Government operates is put together by people seconded from the big four (Deloitte, PWC, KPMG & EY) who go back to their employers with intimate knowledge of how to get around the legislation they have devised. There is a never ending flow of people moving between Government and these companies which is also legal, but morally bankrupt. People leaving Government on huge contracts for these companies. There are more high earners illegally claiming child benefit they are not entitled to than there are people abusing the welfare system (165,000 in 2014). To be precise they are benefit cheats. In this thread people claiming UC are accused of being criminal as fact when the proportion of claimants who are criminal is exactly the same as the proportion of non claimants in work who are criminal. The fact is people on benefits represent the same broad spectrum of people who don't claim benefit. Ordinary UK families who our society has let down. Massively more of the social security budget is used to subsidise low wages of the working poor than that paid to folks out of work. All but a tiny majority of jobless people are out of work because they are disabled. have caring responsibilities or because no work is available. These are all facts from academic research. If you believe they aren't true then you are accepting the propaganda pumped out by the ultra rich through the media and from duplicitous politicians. And I'll close with a final thought. The poor have been screwed as much as they can. The ultra rich from now on will set their sights on the middle classes more and more. That nice pension you've worked 30 years for and the comfortable retirement you are looking forward to ? Your savings and your hoard of precious metals? It's going to be plundered and if you try to keep some back hidden you'll be a benefit cheat. And to cap it off you'll probably be demonised in the eyes of those in society who don't have it to start.
  14. It happens but it is clear folk think it is far more prevalent than it is. It is not the norm. It's also clear most people don't realize the majority of our welfare bill goes to pensioners and the working poor. Universal Credit is causing an immeasurable amount of suffering and misery - to see it dismissed and joked about so casually is shameful. I believe everyone should work for what they have and what they get. You know some lazy toerag who is exploiting the system - they should get nothing. I also believe political and economic choices have forced large swathes of our population into a situation where either there is no work or the work they can get is underpaid so they struggle to afford housing and food. People are committing suicide, being made homeless and living in debt they can't escape from. Ignoring that and demonizing masses of people is narrow minded and ignorant of the truth.
  15. Are people so unaware they actually believe this bollocks or is it a windup ? It's the kind of nonsense spewed out by the Barclays brothers and Viscount Rothermere in the Mail and the Telegraph. As an aside the significant majority of the welfare bill goes to pensioners and the in work poor (tax credits etc). In the near future those in work who receive such benefits are going to be subject to the same sort of ATOS assessments and punishment and sanctions if they are deemed to not spend all their time looking for more hours to work. This is the result of Universal Credit - a man who worked and paid his taxes for over 30 years dieing of hunger : http://www.itv.com/news/westcountry/2017-10-24/man-died-while-waiting-for-universal-credit-days-after-itv-interview/ Shame on anyone who spews the bilge I quoted at the top of the post. On fraudulent benefit - tax lost to the exchequer comes to £120 billion, benefit fraud is put at £1.2 billion, while £16billion of benefits go unclaimed. Yet the number of people working for the government in reformulating and chasing tax evaders has halved while the number working on benefit fraud has been increased seven fold. Those in power are giving people something to blame and people of small wit lap it up. It's astonishing that the poor can be demonized while there has been no redress whatsoever against/from the bankers that came close to brankrupting the country.