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Selsdon Man - you should remember that Government "Investment " figures include takeovers. So if Orange gets taken over by Mannesmann D-2 it is recorded as investment in British telecoms (as if we then had two Orange). So Ericsson just increased investment in British telecomms by buying Marconi...........now if we can sell Rolls-Royce Plc to GE and Centrica to Gazprom Britain will enjoy an "investment" boom. Think of all that huge "investment" in electricity as first the Americans, then the Germans and French bought up British electricity companies.
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What a load of rubbish Rick! It attracts manufacturing and valuable service companies. Posted by: Selsdon Man | October 28, 2005 at 07:18 PM Name several ! Having assessed European sites for a major Japanese MNC building plants in Europe I can tell you tax is not an issue simply because we never intended to pay any. What mattered was whether Germany would pay a bigger subsidy than France. Henry Ford was persuaded in 1925 to go to Cologne with a 50 year exemption from bUsiness Rates. Rolls-Royce went from Manchester to Derby because of a subsidised deal from the Council electricity works. Taxes only affect companies making profits and that is very easily adjusted between tax zones. Clearly Selsdon Man you have never worked in a major operating business
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The Tory members in the villages of Oxfordshire and Kent and Wiltshire can vote David Cameron leader of the Tory Party and most probably will...............that is the end of the story. As the fireflies of Tory Party leaders glow brightly and die, Blair just watches them go. I wonder how many more leaders the Conservative Party gerontocracy will be electing before theirtime is done ? This campaign has lasted longer than a General Election and at the end the prize is a wooden spoon.
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Without selection by ability there is no grammar school. It is the English Middle Class that is viscerally opposed to academic selection believing it is their inalienable right to buy every accessory in life to compensate for personal inadequacy. Ironically, and unsuccessfully, Blair has done more to undo the Comprehensive Kolkhoz than any Conservative Government
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BNC man ? Does that mean you went to the House of the Brass Knocker ? Do Tory MPs have respect for anyone, or anything (save money) ?
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Well I see Private Eye reports that Labour provided the gay smear on Fox to the Cameron faction to pass on to the Evening Standard. That Rachel Whetstone fed Nick Robinson the line about Davis standing down so Cameron could be crowned. In fact listening at this moment to Any Questions I can say I am relieved that Britain is a faded force, the pathetic response of Tim Yeo made him seem as effete as David Laws the clueless LibDem. Their whole approach seems to be so long as we all jump together noone can blame us if we are wrong........there is not an ounce of leadership or backbone. Maybe Cameron will win and spend his time swaying with the parliamentary jelly. It is a time of overwhelming mediocrity.
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" The direction of a Cameron policy is clear - greater efficiency, a check on the ever-expanding state, fewer bureaucrats." We could start with a smaller Cabinet. We could cut back on Junior Ministers and PPS and cut the payroll vote. We could reduce the Commons to 400 seats. This would be a great start.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2005 on The Sun warms to David Cameron at toryleadership
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"Counter-cyclical borrowing is all well and good and an established piece of economic management in the west, but just to fund tax cuts??" I am afraid they think like highly-leveraged businesses extracting equity to pay dividends - viz Philip Green. It is a bit stupid for Governments to leverage up to cut taxes, it doesn't do much good for PFI or LBO deals either
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Since huge amounts of Capital Expenditure have been transferred to the income Statement through PFI structured leases spending on Education and Health must inexorably rise - the real question is whether running costs such as Staffing and Lighting can be afforded as rental costs increase. In short, the NHS has kept going by hoovering up nurses from the Third World and a great many doctors too; if this ability to poach becomes harder then the real crash will come as Staffing Budgets compete with Rental Costs in annual budgets. It is pretty clear that like Universities, patients will be paying for medical care within the next decade as the strain on public finances becomes more dramatic.
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2005 on The Sun warms to David Cameron at toryleadership
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Actually Jack Stone it might be better if Cameron just borrowed Blair's Stakeholder Speech given in Singapore and recited it. After all, it is not policy but personality that seems to count: Blair can implement policies like Tuition Fees that Keith Joseph could not; Cameron merely hopes to be the personality that will make New Labour policies tolerable to Conservatives. It is as Marshall McLuhan put it the medium which is the message.
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I suspect the 'recruitment freeze' would aim to cut the number of administrators, bureaucrats and civil servants, while replacing them with more frontline staff. As a result, the overall number of public sector employees would be 'frozen', but people would be doing more useful jobs." So why does the BMA tell us we have 3000 unemployed Pre-Registration House Officers because the NHS has not budgeted the posts; or why Registrars cannot move up to Consultant status because there is not enough funding. ? So why are hospitals cutting operations to reduce their deficits ? Why did the Conservatives close dental schools when last in power ? Why is there a severe shortage of Professors of Medicine for teaching posts ? Why are 40% Junior Doctors non-British and yet British graduates are unemployed ?
Toggle Commented Oct 27, 2005 on The Sun warms to David Cameron at toryleadership
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Why doesn't Cameron just read this Ofsted Report ? www.ofsted.gov.uk/reports/107/107598.pdf He can see the absolute abject failure
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"I recently visited a fantastic initiative in Dewsbury which helps British Asian children learn English, a vital part of community cohesion. A national school leaver programme, involving business, the armed forces and voluntary organisations to give young people a constructive and inspiring start to adult life...." Why are we having to reach children born in Britain English ? That "fantastic initiative" is using public money to teach children born in Britain to speak the language of the country.............doesn't that show a real failure over 40 years ? As for a "national school leaver programme" Germany has one - it is called Wehrpflicht. Those who don't want to be in the Army do civilian work in nursing homes - is that what he is proposing ? Or just a Camp America ? David Cameron ought to read the Budget of his local Council from cover-to-cover before proposing more spending for ratepayers to finance. That is how Labour played this game - put the duty on the Council, impose the cost on the Council Tax Payer.
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