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  1. And the rest of the country is singing S.O.S.
  2. ...there's been a bit of a long term trend come to think about it... About 12 years and ongoing.... If only they had cut poverty, or inequality - for starters.
  3. It's a good tip. And for many people your approach makes common sense and will save resources and money. The real worry is that people who are in good health and under the age of 75 can tolerate such measures but those older often cannot and have to have heat on. Like my mother in law (90) ...she has to have the heating. It would be dangerous for her if she didn't! Even with government help it won't be enough for some not to be badly hit in the pocket. The cap at £2500 still has meant a £500 increase for the poorest people. Quite a sad human story and I just hope we don't hear of many shocking stories as winter comes.
  4. You might be right. And I've never liked simplistic comparisons. Then, Johnson and Trump were populists and would avoid scrutiny by deflecting questions (or hiding in Johnson's case) but no-one comes close in being as ungracious as Trump. I think both are narcissists but who is the greater is one of those moot points. I've always maintained Johnson is a puer aeternus par excellence. A child essentially. Neither Trump or Johnson liked details. Johnson would switch off when talking with people as he had no attention span. Listening to Rory Stewart's stories then Johnson stopped learning after about the age of 15. He felt he didn't need to know much more. Certainly Truss is seemingly going to be more unpopular than Johnson. And that is some feat! My take (for what it's worth and spending a decent while observing her, her micro facial movements, reactions etc) is that Truss is actually on the 'spectrum'. Which, if true, ought to give us greater understanding of how she behaves, acts, speaks. But...we ought not to have her as our PM. Like Johnson, she is plainly psychologically unsuitable being a leader. Leaders sometimes are like her though. It might unravel very quickly. I felt she was someone even before she was voted in that was brittle and I would fear for her having a breakdown. Her defences are set so high, beyond what might be considered as necessary (we all have our own ways of protecting ourselves). Politicians maybe are more susceptible. May and Cameron even also had their faults. I guess, who doesn't! Anyway, her behaviours so far have been odd, never a good sign. As for Starmer, bring on good old boring. A sensible adult if ever I saw one.
  5. Ray Dalio, a billionaire veteran investor and founder of Bridgewater, the world’s largest hedge fund, has explained why gilts and sterling have sold off, and expressed concern about the government’s understanding of the situation. He agrees with the IMF that the tax cuts were a mistake, and says that “excessive borrowing” is unsustainable. Asked about the government’s planned ‘dash for growth,’ he says: The IMF says the tax cuts were a mistake, and Dalio agrees. *** "at real historic moments". **** (gulp)
  6. Well so was I.....the thick dictionary is quite hilarious because it describes itself as giving "simple, to the point meanings". Try a few words and you'll get the drift ...it's the stuff of the street. A kind of Occams Razor dictionary - which is probably something I need to use far more often for my rambling posts in the future. I try and be tabloid too.
  7. Its two stops in the urban dictionary PC and in the "thick" dictionary https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=two stops from dagenham https://thickdictionary.com/define/two stops from dagenham/ But we are all on the same page in the grand scheme of things. # its Essex innit?
  8. From the Independent: "Commentators noted that the IMF’s wording closely resembled warnings it typically gives to emergency economies in the throes of a current account crisis. This comes after Larry Summers, a former US treasury secretary, accused Britain of “behaving a bit like an emerging market turning itself into a submerging market”. Serious stuff. An incredible thing to have done within the first 20 days of your premiership. You move to try and cap energy costs to help families and then follow up a week later with measures that really kick them where it hurts. You undermine confidence in you and unite a country against you. Quite incredible.
  9. Haha. The rumour is that traders have given Truss the name "Daggers" ...which is named after Dagenham, two stops from Barking (mad)
  10. Agree with every bit of that, thanks for posting. It chimes with so much of my view. Some of Corbyn's policies were exciting but were rather suddenly announced pre election from memory. In such a way it freaked some people out and the right wing press went on the attack. Probably that is why the policies were held back for that reason! Agree that Corbyn was just not anywhere near being a convincing leader. My partner used to say he would be better as a politics lecturer in a 1970s polytechnic. I always felt Blair was a kind of conservative too. His domestic policies though did some good. Likewise, Brown was a decent chancellor too. Starmer's speech will be interesting but again I have to agree with your take. I think he has to remain acceptable to vast swathes of the centre. And to be a safe bet. On your point about the rich and idiots I believe (having spoken over so many years to those who vote Tory) that many have a very narrow view of society. Their life experiences have not been so broad and if they do visit places of deprivation (to give an example) they tend to be appalled. People are easily labelled. Look at the comments about Blackpool on the football thread to see examples. Understanding poverty or having an empathy about people struggling seems less important than labelling. There are exceptions. Local councillorTories (working in inner city areas) can be very empathetic and I've met many who work for their constituents and who've genuinely cared. Often, such people might say, "well my upbringing was hard and look at me! I got out" ... And they did and it is a great story. They want the best for people. It is a challenge not to sound condescending but I believe (rightly or wrongly) that the broader education folk manage to get then the greater chance for more understanding of people. Again there are exceptions but I still maintain that it is view of general validity. It's possibly why the north tends to be more left of centre than the more affluent south? Peoples' lives are so different. It's not that there is more compassion in tougher social environments but probably more understanding. And that changes one's politics. If we had the kinds of policies and continuity you hint at then the hope is that deeper social and economic issues could be better understood. Policies implemented could properly be focussed and targeted and for the long term. Our politics often seems infantile (the yah boo of parliament). Will it change? It would help to have (at least) better governments than those of the greed and cruelty of Cameron, the tone deafness of May, the hubris and immorality of Johnson and the lunacy of Truss. We have had bad leader after bad leader. And here we are, a country with bigger problems than at the turn of the century and a more divisive one. Our recent governments have not been states'man' like at all. We've been failed at every turn and as you've said folk have been dumped on. Time for a change isn't it. I will be doing the same as you and voting Labour to try and get rid of our sitting MP. His record speaks for itself.
  11. Great news. Long way to go of course. But I reckon it's a vote winner (based on reading many views on here over the last few years).
  12. It is a worry. Our energy company notification talks of £3500 based on usage (but the figures look OTT). I'm going to do what an old client of mine used to do when I worked in housing many years ago (lovely fella in his mid 80s) who said he never put his heating on from May 1st until 30th September. Never managed to do what he did as yet (it's cold Oop North) but we are 4 days from doing so this year. A blanket and a former army extreme cold winter fleece has done the job when much colder this year. Might try and get through October too. I see it as a way of using less (for the greater good) but also because I'm probably a bit of a tight sod Anyway, this was posted on Twitter. Quite apt really.
  13. Agree. One of my hopes (mini fantasy) is that there might be a strong coalition of centre / left parties who work together really well to slowly and surely restore trust in the UK economy, strengthen our international reputation and bring in progressive policies. In such a way that a serious discussion begins on forms of PR. This gets put into legislation and we never have to see a far right Tory party and entitled Etonians / lunatic fringe grotesques ever again. #back to your bed now mr sonyc.
  14. I know you've posted this as a joke but in some ways it feels like it could be prophetic! If the stories of 1922 letters can be believed and if markets remain spooked we might have a 4th Tory PM in 3 years. Not even lasting as long as the typical reign of a Watford manager.
  15. Fair point. Brexit has been a slow puncture, only getting worse as time has gone on. Not just yet at the stage where it can be temporarily repaired or even replaced. Whereas, the Truss/Kwarteng package is what you posted earlier, crash and burn. Or, to stretch my metaphor further, it's a tyre blow out! They will have to take notice of the markets soon enough rather than keep saying that what the BoE does is nothing to do with them!
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