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How many Strategic Reports have you read?

I have yet to meet a page that refused ink...

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 16, 2020, 03:59:59 PM »
5% of people own 40% of everything.

If that is true, that is relatively progressive compared to some other places!

For contrast, in the USA, 1% of people own 40% of everything.
95% of people own 60% of everything VS 99% OF people own 60% of everything. Not much of  difference
It's all going to collapse.

Its actually quite a large difference.

In the US, 5% of people own ~65% of everything.

Unless you think that ~25% wealth difference for that 4%of people in Ireland is insignificant?


Now, is it fair? Nope.
Does it need better distribution? Yep.
Are executives paid too much given their abilities? Absolutely.

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Just what we need - a big expensive GAA stadium in a non-GAA city in a corner of the country that might be used an odd time for an Ulster final but which otherwise will never ever see a big qualifer or Super 8 game. Those who have presided over this fiasco should be drummed out of the GAA.

Rarely agree with you but your absolutely bang on here.

The whole idea is every bit as much a disgrace as the implementation of it.

Unfortunately too many folks are that blinkered they can't get beyond "themmuns got money, so should we".


Replace the West stand.
Put a roof over the East terrace.
Maintain the two end terraces as is (uncovered).
Done.

At a fraction of the cost with no hassle and a stadium that is actually matched to its usage.


The GAA should then take the money saved and write a cheque to the RVH with it.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 16, 2020, 12:25:41 PM »
5% of people own 40% of everything.

If that is true, that is relatively progressive compared to some other places!

For contrast, in the USA, 1% of people own 40% of everything.

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General discussion / Re: There's an elephant in the room.
« on: January 15, 2020, 01:11:20 PM »
The elephant in the room is that we have thousands tens of thousands of civil servants in safe jobs pushing paper around and not doing anything particularly productive.  Anyone working in frontline education can verify that.  Plus, sadly many families expectations are a life on welfare and many people are actively trying to get disability diagnosis to secure benefits.  Harsh truth which no one dare speak publicly of.  Therefore the North will continue to be riddled by self-inflicted financial waste of taxpayers money, with absolutely no prospect of the parties having the desire or balls to challenge it.

Fixed that for ye.

Absolutely right. The civil service needs cleared out and completely reformed - their "working" practices are embarassingly shite.

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 14, 2020, 05:33:20 PM »
The whole economic model is the problem. There is too much downside risk and not enough investment in strengthening the local economy.

Your dodging my main question.

Again - 'Explain how an economy "more focused on local needs might be more resilient"*

*and explain what that even means.'


Very few Irish companies develop scale. They tend to be sold off. Why ?

Many reasons:
- no desire for the stress of expanding
- happy with their lot
- unsure of challenge of expanding
- don't have sufficient cash to expand in the means necessary and maintain security


Why do we keep on coming back to property bubbles ?

'cos people are stupid and banks are greedy. Once again, Dublin is prime for a collapse in the market. However this time, the prices across the country are likely to be much more resilient as they haven't bounced back to the crazy heights.

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General discussion / Re: Flybe
« on: January 14, 2020, 04:38:45 PM »
Love them or loathe them, the implications are pretty severe if Flybe disappear.  2 out of 3 flights out of Belfast City and mostly people doing business.  Is there a Plan B?

Of course there is...

Plan B = Plan Bridge!




https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2019/12/16/news/sammy-wilson-urges-boris-johnson-to-build-bridge-to-scotland-to-win-back-unionism-s-trust--1791614/

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General discussion / Re: 26 County General Election 2020
« on: January 14, 2020, 04:35:46 PM »
The sun doesn't shine out of their arses, Hound. They bring benefits but at the expense of the rest of the economy.
The Irish economy is fine when things are calm and then falls into crisis. An economy more focused on local needs might be more resilient. 

 “The high relative openness of the Irish economy does, however, leave it more exposed to changes and shocks in global demand"

Between 08 and 2011 the economy contracted by 12%
Unemployment went to 15% in 2011
Net emigration restarted.

Next time will be even worse.

I don't follow the logic.

>> If you aren't exporting then you are f**ked long term. Would you have the ROI become an economic basket case like NI?
>> Having a diverse multinational industry base is more resilient than packing your eggs into relatively few local baskets. Explain how an economy "more focused on local needs might be more resilient"* - unless you mean 'cos its shite in the "good times" its just a bit more shite in the bad times?
>> The economy here contracted so much due the finance industry. That was a problem made of our own greed and cute hoors being too cute for their own good.

*and explain what that even means.


I agree entirely that a multinational selling something to someone in Ireland should pay no less tax than a local shop/factory for selling that same thing. Beyond that, I've no issue with the multinationals as long as they aren't in the business of exploitation elsewhere.

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General discussion / Re: There's an elephant in the room.
« on: January 14, 2020, 03:12:06 PM »
At a time when her party is on the crest of a wave, it seems odd that she is content to appear as the only one in the party that can be trusted to take all of on the big roles.

Yeah, they are not exactly doing much to grow the profile of other party members.

Like it or not - the electorate are more comfortable with someone they recognise over a significant time period - despite how good or bad that person is - case in point - Bozo.

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General discussion / Re: There's an elephant in the room.
« on: January 14, 2020, 11:06:00 AM »
Well paid, what does a Justice minister get these days?

The hourly rate of the last one was through the f**king roof.

It was tending toward infinity at one point there...

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General discussion / Re: Westminster Election 12th December 2019
« on: January 10, 2020, 10:42:47 AM »
All ability classes are an alternative but there are other alternatives - ongoing streaming (i.e. comprehensive education) which can stream kids at different levels in different subjects according to their academic ability.

I don't have time right now for a detailed reply - but you are advocating the comprehensive system which has already been shown in multiple comparisons* across a long time scale to the 11+/grammar system to be delivering lower grades. If that is not "dogmatic wrongheadedness" I don't know what is.

*about as good a comparison as you will get.


As for what the postulation at the end was based on - nothing much beyond instinct and I suppose some limited knowledge of how the systems work (or don't work). You have kids sitting in school wasting their time (and sometimes everyone else's time) doing subjects for which they have neither the need or aptitude. That time could be better spent having them in areas of interest and usefulness.

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch
« on: December 20, 2019, 04:21:55 PM »
Looks like the sticking point for the OO/UDA's lackies is less to do with the ILA and more to do with the reforms to the POC. The tramps still want to be able to block any bill they don't like, even when they are in the minority!

The point of a POC is that it prevents the minority being ran over by the majority.

However, with the Alliance party now of significant size and a neutral party - it means you could not too far down the line have a vote for something which was
100% nationalists FOR
100% neutral FOR
49% unionist FOR

Which added up to over 80% over the overall vote  (based on 35:30:35, instead of the 42:17:39*) - yet still not get through because the DUP voted against.


Even as it sits at the moment*, if everyone but the DUP voted for something, that'd be over 67% of the overall vote... and it be denied.


*Proportions based on 2019 GE election

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General discussion / Re: 💩 DUP C*ntwatch
« on: December 20, 2019, 03:36:42 PM »
What was fat Nolan's big breaking news this morning?

Tescos are doing 3 boxes of milk tray for a tenner.

Well Nolan thought it was vital news anyway.

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General discussion / Re: The Many Faces of US Politics...
« on: December 20, 2019, 02:21:13 PM »
Top 10% already pay 70% of all income taxes

How much more would you like them to pay?

Given the top 10% have over 99% of the wealth, I'd be expecting them to pay more than 70% of taxes. [note - not income taxes alone]

This is probably worth a read:

https://www.brookings.edu/policy2020/votervital/who-are-the-rich-and-how-might-we-tax-them-more/


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General discussion / Re: Brexit.
« on: December 19, 2019, 01:00:45 PM »

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Richard Ramsey
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Zoning in on Mid and East Antrim. The economic growth or rather lack of it are quite shocking. Fasten your seatbelts...
The 10.1% fall in GDP in 2018 was better than the previous 2 years 2016(-11%) & 2017 (-25%).

Ah but sure Ian Og is a fine upstanding gentleman. Gets safely returned every time. :rolleyes:

and Sammy "send them to the chuppy" Wilson is as good as there is.

Must be the South Antrim MPs fault. Girvan - we'll blame him.


Oh wait a second... he's DUP too...

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