Politics (was Re: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Jonathan Stowe

I just thought I'd remind you all that the last time talk here turned to
politics it nearly ended in tears before bedtime.  Please think before you
post anything potentially inflamable as I think there are a wider variety
of more strongly held views represented here than is apparent from the
usual content of the messages :)

/J\





Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

Robert Shiels:
 Over the next 4 years, Labour
 will fail to deliver their promises yet again, and the 
 country will swing back to the party of low taxes, who will
 be re-elected in 2006.

Part of the reason why they haven't delivered the promises that I think are
important (decent public services) is because they've hamstrung themselves
with this clueless tory low-tax approach. I genuinely believe that the
public are sick of watching the NHS, education system etc wasting away on a
starvation diet and would be willing to pay a bit of extra tax to make sure
that their kids can get schooled and that their sick can be healed.

As mentioned earlier in the thread by someone far more articulate than me, I
think the Labour Party lurched to the right just when the country was moving
back left again.

Let's face it, it's possible to say Labour isn't working, but after the
systematic dismantling of manufacturing industry, the fragmentation and
decay of our rail infrastructure at the hands of private companies who sack
thousands of track maintenance staff to increase profit margins, boom and
bust economics leading to the worst recession in decades, deregulation of
the cattle-feed industry leading directly to the BSE crisis that made
British meat an international laughing-stock/pariah ... I could go on ...
I'd say that conservative ideas worked a lot worse.

You can't expect public services that have seen two decades of alternating
neglect and red-tape frenzy, with a workforce that is completely demoralised
after being scapegoated for twenty years (What do you mean we've screwed
the education system - it's the fault of those loony-left teachers and their
'progressive' ideas!) to be turned round in four years, especially if the
government doesn't have the guts to make a hard decision and actually raise
the cash to do it.

You want to reduce waiting lists and class sizes? It all costs, people. This
election should be fought on exactly those lines:  low taxes and
ever-shittier public services versus increased tax and a national
infrastructure that actually works. And do you know what? I think that
people would choose the latter. I think that's what they chose in 1997 (not
so much I'm sick of the tories as I'm sick of the state in which the
tories have left the bnationspublic services) but Blair and chums thought
it was down to their economic bandwaggoning. 

I have deeply unfashionable political views, though. I think tax and spend
is a *good idea*.

-- 
matt | I mean to make you move with my planet infallible 



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Roger Burton West

On or about Mon, May 14, 2001 at 10:45:45AM +0100, Matthew Jones typed:

I genuinely believe that the
public are sick of watching the NHS, education system etc wasting away on a
starvation diet and would be willing to pay a bit of extra tax to make sure
that their kids can get schooled and that their sick can be healed.

When have they ever been asked?

You want to reduce waiting lists and class sizes? It all costs, people.

Money isn't enough. America spends more on education per pupil than anywhere
else in the world - think that works?

Government-run projects don't work, even when they're heavily funded.

Roger



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread David Cantrell

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 10:45:45AM +0100, Matthew Jones wrote:

 Part of the reason why they haven't delivered the promises that I think are
 important (decent public services) is because they've hamstrung themselves
 with this clueless tory low-tax approach. I genuinely believe that the
 public are sick of watching the NHS, education system etc wasting away on a
 starvation diet and would be willing to pay a bit of extra tax to make sure
 that their kids can get schooled and that their sick can be healed.

Unfortunately, you have to remember that most people are idiots.  They want
all these services and they might even be willing to have taxes put up to
pay for them *but* they don't want to pay those higher taxes themselves.

This is why we should abolish democracy.

We need a benevolent dictator.  Obviously we can't vote for our dictator
(not only is democracy too flawed, but then it wouldn't be a dictator
either) so I hereby appoint myself.

I appoint Greg as my Culture Adviser and as head of the church.  Any
volunteers for my other minions?  Even if you don't want a cabinet
post, please feel free to volunteer as a Henchman.  You'll get 25 days
holiday a year, a nice uniform and a free Hench.

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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread will

- Original Message -
From: Matthew Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 4:45 AM
Subject: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)


 Robert Shiels:
  Over the next 4 years, Labour
  will fail to deliver their promises yet again, and the
  country will swing back to the party of low taxes, who will
  be re-elected in 2006.

 Part of the reason why they haven't delivered the promises that I think
are
 important (decent public services) is because they've hamstrung themselves
 with this clueless tory low-tax approach. I genuinely believe that the
 public are sick of watching the NHS, education system etc wasting away on
a
 starvation diet and would be willing to pay a bit of extra tax to make
sure
 that their kids can get schooled and that their sick can be healed.

snip many words

 I have deeply unfashionable political views, though. I think tax and spend
 is a *good idea*.

Quite, It does irritate me when you do the calculations and it turns out
people are objecting to an extra £100 tax a year which could go towards
things like recruiting more nurses, teachers and more resources for the
public sector including areas like public transport.  For a start, if you
have more teachers and resources for schools then you have a better educated
workforce which means more industrys wanting to use your contry and
therefore less unemployment.  This means less burden on the government in
terms of welfare and more people to spread the tax over so you don't *need*
higher tax.

How do you suggest we train our workforce when schools (which are funded by
tax) can't afford more than a couple of rooms full of archimedes?





RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 I genuinely believe that the
 public are sick of watching the NHS, education system etc 
 wasting away on a starvation diet and would be willing to pay
 a bit of extra tax to make sure that their kids can get schooled
 and that their sick can be healed.
 
 When have they ever been asked?

During elections. Like I say, in 1997, the UK voted in a party that was (I
reckon) seen as the guardian of the public services, the party that is
traditionally associated

 Money isn't enough. America spends more on education per 
 pupil than anywhere else in the world - think that works?

Yeah, but doesn't most of that go on flak jackets for the teachers? Heh,
seriously, though, money may not be enough, but that doesn't translate to
the education system doesn't need any more money. What's needed is proper
funding, a modicum of professional respect to be handed back to the teaching
profession (there's a *reason* why there's a huge recruitment crisis in
teaching and nursing at the moment), and for successive governments to stop
meddling the system around with pet vanity initiatives designed more to
score political points than improve the system. The amount of work your
average teacher has to do has shot up because of this sort of scheme, but
the amount of time they spend in the classroom actually teaching *has gone
down*.

 Government-run projects don't work, even when they're heavily funded.

That's an awfully sweeping statement to make.

-- 
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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 I appoint Greg as my Culture Adviser and as head of the church.  Any
 volunteers for my other minions?  Even if you don't want a cabinet
 post, please feel free to volunteer as a Henchman.  You'll get 25 days
 holiday a year, a nice uniform and a free Hench.

Minister for Perilous Boogiedowns, please.

-- 
matt | I mean to make you move with my planet infallible 



RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robert Thompson

 This is why we should abolish democracy.
 
 We need a benevolent dictator.  Obviously we can't vote for 
 our dictator
 (not only is democracy too flawed, but then it wouldn't be a dictator
 either) so I hereby appoint myself.

Why not? The Romans did. The title of Imperator and Dictator were bestowed
by the Senate.

 
 I appoint Greg as my Culture Adviser and as head of the church.  Any
 volunteers for my other minions?  Even if you don't want a cabinet
 post, please feel free to volunteer as a Henchman.  You'll get 25 days
 holiday a year, a nice uniform and a free Hench.


Hmm, seen this somewhere before...

http://www.ruthless-world-domination.com


Rob
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Brain - We're going to take over the world Pinky
Pinky - Oh not again...
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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread will

- Original Message -
From: Matthew Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 5:05 AM
Subject: RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)


  I appoint Greg as my Culture Adviser and as head of the church.  Any
  volunteers for my other minions?  Even if you don't want a cabinet
  post, please feel free to volunteer as a Henchman.  You'll get 25 days
  holiday a year, a nice uniform and a free Hench.

 Minister for Perilous Boogiedowns, please.


Can I be an overlord?  Or at least something prefixed by Arch- would be
good.




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Roger Burton West

On or about Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:04:52AM +0100, Matthew Jones typed:

 When have they ever been asked?
During elections. Like I say, in 1997, the UK voted in a party that was (I
reckon) seen as the guardian of the public services, the party that is
traditionally associated

In 1997 the UK voted against the Conservatives. The policies being offered
by the parties were close to identical.

 Money isn't enough. America spends more on education per 
 pupil than anywhere else in the world - think that works?
Yeah, but doesn't most of that go on flak jackets for the teachers? Heh,
seriously, though, money may not be enough, but that doesn't translate to
the education system doesn't need any more money.

How about stopping and thinking about it _before_ throwing money at it
just for a change, then?

 Government-run projects don't work, even when they're heavily funded.
That's an awfully sweeping statement to make.

Yes.

Governments never get value for money on anything they do. Discuss.

R



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Jonathan Peterson

At 10:45 14/05/01 +0100, you wrote:

Part of the reason why they haven't delivered the promises that I think 
are
important (decent public services) is because they've hamstrung themselves
with this clueless tory low-tax approach.

Yup.

I genuinely believe that the
public are sick of watching the NHS, education system etc wasting away on 
a
starvation diet and would be willing to pay a bit of extra tax to make 
sure
that their kids can get schooled and that their sick can be healed.

For a very very unusual definition of 'bit'. Also, money is NOT the 
solution to schools (and prob. NHS). They don't suffer simply from under 
funding. Schools suffer from under funding, insane overegulation and 
bureaucracy, low public approval of teachers, increasingly stupid parents, 
and so on. These are deep problems with society that A penny on income 
tax will do nothing against on its own. For your amusement, here are some 
regulations that teachers have fun complying with, in addition to working 
long hours (standing up, mind) for bugger all money.

1. There is a law that specifies the minimum distance apart towel hooks 
must be in children's changing rooms.
2. A teacher can't be alone in a room with a pupil unless the door is open.
3. Teachers are responsible for children taking their medicine. If a child 
has a critical allergy to (bee stings, etc, etc) the teachers are 
responsible for administering intra-venous beta blockers etc. They don't 
get paid more for being nurses too.

Let's face it, it's possible to say Labour isn't working, but after the
systematic dismantling of manufacturing industry, the fragmentation and
decay of our rail infrastructure at the hands of private companies who 
sack
thousands of track maintenance staff to increase profit margins, boom and
bust economics leading to the worst recession in decades, deregulation of
the cattle-feed industry leading directly to the BSE crisis that made
British meat an international laughing-stock/pariah ... I could go on ...
I'd say that conservative ideas worked a lot worse.

Yes, in these instances. As regards agriculture, EU legislation has done 
far more harm than anything ever passed by any UK government, mainly 
because there's 10 times as much of it. In other areas (education, foreign 
policy) I'd say the right had better ideas and a better track record.

You can't expect public services that have seen two decades of alternating
neglect and red-tape frenzy, with a workforce that is completely 
demoralised
after being scapegoated for twenty years (What do you mean we've screwed
the education system - it's the fault of those loony-left teachers and 
their
'progressive' ideas!)

No, it's the fault of loony left legislators and their 'progressive' ideas 
:-)

I have deeply unfashionable political views, though. I think tax and spend
is a *good idea*.

Tax and spend isn't an idea. It's _how_ you tax and _how_ you spend. I 
don't mind the left wing notion of high tax and high spending. I mind the 
dumb way in which they spend it and (to a lesser extend) the dumb way in 
which they tax.



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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Byng-Maddick

On Mon, 14 May 2001, Roger Burton West wrote:
 On or about Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:04:52AM +0100, Matthew Jones typed:
  When have they ever been asked?
 During elections. Like I say, in 1997, the UK voted in a party that was (I
 reckon) seen as the guardian of the public services, the party that is
 traditionally associated
 In 1997 the UK voted against the Conservatives. The policies being offered
 by the parties were close to identical.

This isn't true. The policies being offered were different. However, the
Labour government then decided - having been elected with quite such a
large victory - that it could do what it wanted, so it changed all the
policies to the tory ones...

MBM

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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 In 1997 the UK voted against the Conservatives. The policies 
 being offered by the parties were close to identical.

For values of conservative that are low-tax/shitty services, IMHO. The
policies may have been close, but the perception of the two parties still
pointed at Labour as the party of decent public services

 How about stopping and thinking about it _before_ throwing money at it
 just for a change, then?

There's an old saw you can't solve a problem just by throwing money at it.
Well, sorry, but you can if it's a problem of underfunding. Try telling the
headteacher whose school roof is collapsing that you have to go and have a
good think about his problem before you throw money at it[0]. Perhaps he
could sack another couple of his teaching staff or get them to take a
further pay cut? There's the Conservative answer as I perceive it.

The fact of the matter is that many state schools are dreadfully short on
the following:

a) textbooks
b) computers
c) teaching staff

I don't think you have to spend an awfully long time thinking hard before
you see where the money needs to be thrown.

-- 
matt | I mean to make you move with my planet infallible 

[0] Of course, back in the day, his friendly neighbourhood Local Authority
would have just fixed it, but now he's grant maintained he has to pay for
everything himself.



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread James Powell

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:17:51AM +0100, Roger Burton West wrote:
 On or about Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:04:52AM +0100, Matthew Jones typed:
 
  When have they ever been asked?
 During elections. Like I say, in 1997, the UK voted in a party that was (I
 reckon) seen as the guardian of the public services, the party that is
 traditionally associated
 
 In 1997 the UK voted against the Conservatives. The policies being offered
 by the parties were close to identical.
 
  Money isn't enough. America spends more on education per 
  pupil than anywhere else in the world - think that works?
 Yeah, but doesn't most of that go on flak jackets for the teachers? Heh,
 seriously, though, money may not be enough, but that doesn't translate to
 the education system doesn't need any more money.
 
 How about stopping and thinking about it _before_ throwing money at it
 just for a change, then?
 
  Government-run projects don't work, even when they're heavily funded.
 That's an awfully sweeping statement to make.
 
 Yes.
 
 Governments never get value for money on anything they do. Discuss.
 
 R

They certainly didn't get good value for money on the Immigration cock up,
handed out to EDS (or was it Perot) and then Siemens (with an army of 
contractors in tow).

Failures all down the line there, from the very juicy insider gossip I was
told.

jp



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robert Shiels

From: Matthew Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED]

 I have deeply unfashionable political views, though. I think tax and spend
 is a *good idea*.

I'm neither completely left, or completely right. I would be happy to pay
more income tax to improve health and education. I actually voted LibDem
last time as that is what they were pledging. I think eye tests and
essential dental work should be on the NHS. I think every school should have
a full-time IT expert instead of getting an already overworked teacher to do
it in their non-existent spare time. On the other hand, I have very
unfashionable views on some other subjects which I'll keep quiet about...

/Robert




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Mon, 14 May 2001, you wrote:
 Robert Shiels:
  Over the next 4 years, Labour
  will fail to deliver their promises yet again, and the 
  country will swing back to the party of low taxes, who will
  be re-elected in 2006.
 
 Part of the reason why they haven't delivered the promises that I think are
 important (decent public services) is because they've hamstrung themselves
 with this clueless tory low-tax approach. 

Just because they can't deliver those promises for those costs doesn't
mean no one else can. If they knew they couldn't deliver within those
cost constraints why did they lie and say they could? .. and if they
didn't reallise they couldn't deliver at those prices, then it doesn;t
say much for their grasp of economics.

and what about the various promises that didn't cost money? .. like fox
hunting, proportional representation etc ... ??

does anyone happen to have one of those little plastic credit card things
they were giving out before the last election with 10 things 'let us be
judged on these:' .. 

-- 
Robin Szemeti

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So I installed Linux!



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Jonathan Peterson

At 11:17 14/05/01 +0100, you wrote:

Governments never get value for money on anything they do. Discuss.

The Louisiana purchase was a pretty good deal. So was Alaska. So was the 
Suez canal. Government subsidy of scientific research has possibly been a 
very good deal, it's hard to quantify. Government funded defence research 
seems to work reasonably well.

R

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Technical Manager, Unified Ltd, 020 7383 6092
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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 Just because they can't deliver those promises for those costs doesn't
 mean no one else can. If they knew they couldn't deliver within those
 cost constraints why did they lie and say they could?

Because they are (right-wing) politicians. Just look at the absurd
promisises Hague's lot are making now and they're also talking about doing
it with even *less* money (UKP 8 billion, isn't it?) Besides, they have
(more or less) kept most of the promises they made. I was talking about my
disappointment that they didn't go further by raising tax revenue.

The tories are going to have low tax and pay for improved public services
through cracking down on benefit fraud, apparently. Gah, if only someone
had thought of that before. 'Cos you can solve a long-term underfunding
problem by skinting out a few dodgy crusties.

 .. and if they
 didn't reallise they couldn't deliver at those prices, then it doesn;t
 say much for their grasp of economics.

See my point about Hague's promises above. What does that manifesto say
about the conservative grasp of economics? For all their faults, New Labour
do seem to be far better at running the economy than the Conservaticve
party.

 does anyone happen to have one of those little plastic credit 
 card things they were giving out before the last election with
 10 things 'let us be judged on these:' .. 

Yeah, and I saw a breakdown along those very lines on Channel 4 news, which
conluded that although some of it has slipped, the vast majority was
achieved. However, later they ran a piece that I thought was familiar
because it had been a Guardian editorial, so perhaps C4 news may have a
certain slant going.

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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Dave Hodgkinson

Robin Szemeti [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 does anyone happen to have one of those little plastic credit card things
 they were giving out before the last election with 10 things 'let us be
 judged on these:' .. 

That was a Mark Thomas episode wasn't it?

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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Simon Cozens

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:58:42AM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 I recall the previous government being impressively dishonest about a great
 many things.

When was the last government that was *not* impressively dishonest?
I think there might have been one around 1868, but I'm not sure.

 The previous government didn't appear to have much grasp of economics
 either.

Similar remarks apply.

 IIRC they did *not* promise to introduce PR, but to look in to it.

Ah, yes. That's like we're listening, isn't it, in response to the
fuel crisis? We're not going to do anything, but we're happy to listen.

 Oh, and that silly Tory claim that there have been nnn 'stealth' taxes is
 easily debunked when you notice that most of them were either announced
 in previous *TORY* budgets or are the usual tax escalators which, again,
 the previous government was happy to use.  If you ignore all of those, I
 wonder how many of those 'stealth' taxes would really exist.

There are some contractors here, I understand, who might have something
to say about government policy on taxation.

-- 
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More politics (was Re: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Roger Burton West

On or about Mon, May 14, 2001 at 10:37:23AM +0100, Cross David - dcross typed:

Here's a pretty fundamental issue. Why do so many people seem to think that
low taxes are good?

Because many people think that they are better judges of how their own
money should be spent than the government (of whatever flavour) is.

I suspect that if they were allowed to choose _how_ money was spent (and
yes, I do know the arguments against this) they would be a lot more willing
to pay it.

Roger



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Jonathan Peterson

At 11:58 14/05/01 +0100, you wrote:
If you ignore all of those, I
wonder how many of those 'stealth' taxes would really exist.

IR35, for a start ?

On the subject of idiocy and legislation, here's a good one

A dairy farmer has some cows (might not anymore, actually, but anyway...), 
and he has slightly more cows than he has pasture. So, he rents a field 
from the neighbouring farmer. So far, so sensible. But this field is the 
other side of a road. And it's not his, he just rents it. And the milking 
parlour is on his land. Cows get milked twice a day. So, twice a day, the 
farmer takes his cows over the road to munch grass, and twice a day he 
takes them back to be milked.

The EU (may they burn in hell) require this to be documented. It has to be 
documented because the cows are leaving his land. It has to be documented 
because the cows are crossing a road. No, I've no idea why, either.

Each cow has a small book, like a large cheque book. Every day, the farmer 
takes four slips out of the cheque book, for each crossing of the road. He 
fills in when the cow crossed the road, and why, and some other details. He 
sends the slips to some office in the EU somewhere, where they will be 
pointlessly processed at our expense. He does this for each of the twenty 
odd cows involved. So, that's like writing 80 cheques. He does this EVERY 
DAY OF HIS LIFE (you have to milk cows on weekends, you know).

And then people wonder why people hate the European integration so much. 
It's odd, isn't it?



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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread David Cantrell

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:44:11AM +0100, Matthew Jones wrote:

 The tories are going to have low tax and pay for improved public services
 through cracking down on benefit fraud, apparently. Gah, if only someone
 had thought of that before. 'Cos you can solve a long-term underfunding
 problem by skinting out a few dodgy crusties.

You're forgetting that the Tories tried (and failed) to crack down on
benefit fraud for ten years.  That therefore makes them ideally suited
to trying again.  They learnt from their mistakes, right?

Surely they're not s stupid as to *not* learn from their mistakes?
And they do have proof that there really is that much 'benefit fraud'
out there?  There must be a good reason for them to have never shown
this proof to anyone else, right?

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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Mon, 14 May 2001, you wrote:
  Just because they can't deliver those promises for those costs doesn't
  mean no one else can. If they knew they couldn't deliver within those
  cost constraints why did they lie and say they could?
 
 Because they are (right-wing) politicians. Just look at the absurd
 promisises Hague's lot are making now and they're also talking about doing
 it with even *less* money (UKP 8 billion, isn't it?) Besides, they have
 (more or less) kept most of the promises they made. I was talking about my
 disappointment that they didn't go further by raising tax revenue.

umm .. I wasn't saying that Hagues lot would be any better. I was saying
that this lot had failed to deliver what they said they would. Hospital
waiting lists are up, so are class sizes in schools. My taxes have gone
up. I didn't expect them to succeed, but I object to them telling me that
they have.

 The tories are going to have low tax and pay for improved public services
 through cracking down on benefit fraud, apparently. Gah, if only someone
 had thought of that before. 'Cos you can solve a long-term underfunding
 problem by skinting out a few dodgy crusties.

The problem isn't particularly underfunding. The teachers I know tell me
how classes run riot and they are powerless to stop them. the
teachers eventually leave for schools where you can actully teach
without being assaulted. Parents simply don't care. The few that do care 
and manage to get their kids into the local grammar school are no doubt
thrilled at the prospect of the pirates-charter introduced by this
government which allows a bunch of 'activists' to cook up a petition of
phoney names and get a grammar school turned into a comprehensive.  Its
simple jealousy 'we've wrecked our school and now we're going to wreck
yours' .. its social decline.

Hospitals are much the same. Theres enough cash, but it seldom ends up in
the right place.

Basically .. what we need is a change in government, not just a change in
the people implementing (or failing to implement) the same policies.

-- 
Robin Szemeti

The box said requires windows 95 or better
So I installed Linux!



RE: More politics (was Re: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 Here's a pretty fundamental issue. Why do so many people 
 seem to think that low taxes are good?
 
 Because many people think that they are better judges of how their own
 money should be spent than the government (of whatever flavour) is.

This is something I've always wondered about. Given the economy of scale
etc, how do people think that they could get a cheaper service individually?
Hiring a few guys in a lorry to come to their house once a week and cart off
their rubbish, security guards to make sure your house isn't robbed, paying
for construction workers to fix holes in your road, private school and
medicine and so on. Has anybody worked out how much it would cost to buy the
same services as a private citizen compared to the cost that the state
charges in tax?

Also, how is a privately-run service more efficient if you have shareholders
creaming money off the top. Enlighten me.

-- 
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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Cross David - dcross

From: Simon Cozens [EMAIL PROTECTED]?
Sent: Monday, May 14, 2001 12:08 PM

 There are some contractors here, I understand, who might have something
 to say about government policy on taxation.

Heh. Can you be a contractor and hold on to your left-wing principles? Let's
see...

Whilst I'd seem to be happier (or, rather, 'richer') without IR35, I am very
sympathetic to the point of view that most contractors have been abusing an
obvious loophole for a very long time. I believe that people with more money
should pay more tax and therefore am happy to pay my way.

I am in the process of invesigating converting all of my income to PAYE. A
preliminary report from my IFA shows that it's feasible for my company to
increase my salary to a level whereby I get the same amount from salary
alone as I do currently from a combination of salary and dividends.

Unfortunately for the government. This means that my company will _never_
show a profit. And, therefore, that they will get no corporation tax from
me. It looks like the increase in Income Tax/NIC will be almost exactly the
same size as the decrease in Corp Tax. Therefore IR35 has almost zero effect
on the money that either I or the government take from my company.

Mind you, I've never been one of those contractors who pay themselves £2,500
pa so YMMV.

Dave...

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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robert Shiels

From: Jonathan Peterson [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 3. Teachers are responsible for children taking their medicine. If a child
 has a critical allergy to (bee stings, etc, etc) the teachers are
 responsible for administering intra-venous beta blockers etc. They don't
 get paid more for being nurses too.

I'm not trying to negate your point, which I agree with, but I'm not sure if
this one is true. Teachers at my daughters school have refused to give
medicine to her, and to other children, some of whom are on constant
medication; their mother comes into the school to administer it.

You seem to know a lot about teachers though...

/Robert




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Martin Ling

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 10:57:59AM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 
 I appoint Greg as my Culture Adviser and as head of the church.  Any
 volunteers for my other minions?  Even if you don't want a cabinet
 post, please feel free to volunteer as a Henchman.  You'll get 25 days
 holiday a year, a nice uniform and a free Hench.

Appears I'm out of a job too from the end of the month, so count me in.

The mighty army of unemployed Perlers takes over the world...


Martin



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Simon Cozens

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:16:27PM +0100, Matthew Jones wrote:
 It also irtritates me when the oil companies hike fuel prices and the dump
 the pump lobby respond by suggesting that the government drop tax. Why
 don't they ever have a go at BP or Shell?

You don't elect BP or Shell.

-- 
He was a modest, good-humored boy.  It was Oxford that made him insufferable.



RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 Hospital waiting lists are up, 

No, hospital waiting lists are down. The time spent waiting to get on the
wiating list is up. :)

 so are class sizes in schools.

No, class sizes are down in primary schools (were primaries specified on the
pledge card?). Secondary school classes are level or *slightly* up, IIRC.

-- 
matt | I mean to make you move with my planet infallible 




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Struan Donald

* at 14/05 12:16 +0100 Matthew Jones said:
  Ah, yes. That's like we're listening, isn't it, in response to the
  fuel crisis? We're not going to do anything, but we're happy 
  to listen.
 
 That narked me about the fuel protestors. They claimed the government
 aren't listening. Listen ne cave in to the selfish demands of a few
 protestors who happen to be holding the nation to ransom (unwittingly in
 cahoots, some say, with the oil companies).

mmm, some of it was selfishness although for the rural (and when i say
rural i don't mean the home counties) types the cose of fuel really is
a big issue. if you live 30 miles from the nearest major shopping
centre then the cost of fuel really is an issue.

it's a tricky one as there are clearly any number of idiots who
persist in driving to work in london who should be taxed to the hilts
but you have to do it in a way that targets them and not people who
_have_ to use a car. which more or less means congestion charges.
 
 You can listen and still say no. 

aka the first rule of dealing with marketing departments :)

struan



RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

  the pump lobby respond by suggesting that the government 
 drop tax. Why don't they ever have a go at BP or Shell?
 
 You don't elect BP or Shell.

Well, precisely, they're companies, so you boycott them. Which is what I
thought that dump the pump was originally about; boycotting oil companies in
prrotest at their big markups (apparently). Somewhere along the way it
seemed (to me) to be hijacked by a large chunk of the countryside alliance.

The thing is, the petrol companies seem to be able to hike prices with
impunity. It's not just a matter of the protestors not boycotting them,
they're not even *criticised*. Shit, to hear some of these fuel protestors,
you'd not think that the oil companies play any part at all in setting the
price of fuel.

I have an irrational and unconfirmed theory that the right wing have decided
that they want a piece of this single-issue politics lark thankyou very
much, and now have a group who can whine and bitch about the government for
effects that are caused by someone else entirely.

-- 
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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robert Price

At 12:27 PM 5/14/01 +0100, you wrote:
 Hospital waiting lists are up, 
 so are class sizes in schools.

No, class sizes are down in primary schools (were primaries specified on the
pledge card?). Secondary school classes are level or *slightly* up, IIRC.

Are they in reality, or is it due to the current lot being in lower birth
years than the lot 4 years ago, and hence the secondary school numbers
being up now?

Rob





RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 Are they in reality, or is it due to the current lot being in 
 lower birth years than the lot 4 years ago, and hence the secondary
 school numbers being up now?

Heh, it's pre-election statistics, so god knows what possible conne4ction to
reality they may have! :)

-- 
matt | I mean to make you move with my planet infallible 



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Steve Mynott

Matthew Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 It also irtritates me when the oil companies hike fuel prices and the dump
 the pump lobby respond by suggesting that the government drop tax. Why
 don't they ever have a go at BP or Shell?

Because the vast majority of the petrol pump price (something like
70-80%) is tax.

UK has the _cheapest_ petrol in Europe before tax and the _most_
expensive afterwards.

-- 
1024/D9C69DF9 steve mynott [EMAIL PROTECTED]

reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.
-- philip k. dick



Re: More politics (was Re: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Steve Mynott

Matthew Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 medicine and so on. Has anybody worked out how much it would cost to buy the
 same services as a private citizen compared to the cost that the state
 charges in tax?

People have tried to do this and the figures I saw suggest the private
sector can supply, on average, any service at half the price of the
public.

Of course I am sure it isn't difficult to get the figures to say other
things as well.
 
 Also, how is a privately-run service more efficient if you have shareholders
 creaming money off the top. Enlighten me.

Because it's easier to get rid of them and get someone else to supply
the service if they are crap.

-- 
1024/D9C69DF9 steve mynott [EMAIL PROTECTED]


abandon the search for truth; settle for a good fantasy.



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robert Shiels

From: Steve Mynott [EMAIL PROTECTED]
To: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
Sent: 14 May 2001 12:12
Subject: Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)


 Robert Shiels [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
  I'm neither completely left, or completely right. I would be happy to
pay
  more income tax to improve health and education. I actually voted LibDem

 Why don't you simply pay more tax then?

 I am sure if you send a voluntary donation off to the Inland Revenue
 they will accept it.

I somehow doubt they have procedures for dealing with voluntary tax
payments, it's probably never happened...

/Robert




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Lucy McWilliam


On Mon, 14 May 2001, Martin Ling wrote:

 Appears I'm out of a job too from the end of the month, so count me in.
 The mighty army of unemployed Perlers takes over the world...

Is this the point where I can try and recruit some of you compscis to the
bioinformatics revolution?  Hack around and cure cancer at the same time ;-)


L.
Nothing in biology makes sense except in light of evolution.




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Philip Newton

Jonathan Peterson wrote:
 2. A teacher can't be alone in a room with a pupil unless the 
 door is open.

Things were obviously different back when I spent the occasional lunch break
(or after school) in detention :)

Cheers,
Philip
-- 
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All opinions are my own, not my employer's.
If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate.



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Andy Williams

On Mon, 14 May 2001, Lucy McWilliam wrote:
 Is this the point where I can try and recruit some of you compscis to the
 bioinformatics revolution?  Hack around and cure cancer at the same time ;-)


 L.

Been there, done that at the Sanger Centre hacking around with genes
though...

Andy




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Steve Mynott

Matthew Jones [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

   the pump lobby respond by suggesting that the government 
  drop tax. Why don't they ever have a go at BP or Shell?
  
  You don't elect BP or Shell.
 
 Well, precisely, they're companies, so you boycott them. Which is what I
 thought that dump the pump was originally about; boycotting oil companies in
 prrotest at their big markups (apparently). Somewhere along the way it
 seemed (to me) to be hijacked by a large chunk of the countryside alliance.

Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.

Unfortunately you can't opt out of a government you don't like in
the same way.

The American media recognised what happened as a tax revolt.  People
aren't stupid they know the high petrol prices are the fault of UK
taxation rather than BP or Shell.

We have high petrol prices, high alchohol prices and high cigarette
prices due to the greed of the current UK government (following in the
footsteps of the Tories before).

This is not to say BP or Shell don't try and make as money as
possible.

Sure they do this is how the market works.

-- 
1024/D9C69DF9 steve mynott [EMAIL PROTECTED]
the basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy,
but that it is a bore.  it is not so much a war as an endless standing
in line.  -- h. l. mencken



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robin Houston

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 01:06:42PM +0100, Lucy McWilliam wrote:
 Is this the point where I can try and recruit some of you compscis to the
 bioinformatics revolution?

I've always thought it sounded like fun.

How does one go about joining the bioinformatics revolution, then?

 .robin.

-- 
It really depends on the architraves. --Harl



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Chris Ball

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 01:06:42PM +0100, Lucy McWilliam wrote:
 Appears I'm out of a job too from the end of the month, so count me in.
 The mighty army of unemployed Perlers takes over the world...

 Is this the point where I can try and recruit some of you compscis to the
 bioinformatics revolution?  Hack around and cure cancer at the same time ;-)

I'd *love* some sort of job working on distributed computing applications
that'd eventually be running massively parallel and testing interactions
between proteins and molecules or somesuch. That's one of the jobs I can
definitely imagine as harbouring the mythical `job satisfaction'. :o) 

But then, I'd love most jobs right now, given that I've only got two more
days at work before most of us leave to go our redundant ways, and I'm
still searching. Sigh.

~C.
-- 
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finger: [EMAIL PROTECTED]
jcm trj: I'm fat, bloated and lazy. // jcm I am a living mozilla.



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Jonathan Peterson


 I'm not trying to negate your point, which I agree with, but I'm not sure if
 this one is true. Teachers at my daughters school have refused to give
 medicine to her, and to other children, some of whom are on constant
 medication; their mother comes into the school to administer it.
 
 You seem to know a lot about teachers though...

Good for them. It is actually, I think, the school's discretion, but if
the parent insists that they can't do it, the only option is for the
school to do it or to exclude the child. The sensible solution is to
make the child responsible for taking their medicine, which a) they'll
have to do sooner or later and b) they are in most cases well able to
do. The problem is legal responsibilty. My mother has no problem telling
some child to eat their pill. She has a big problem with being sued, if
she forgets to remind the child, and the child forgets, too, and shit
happens.

But of course modern society can't cope with the idea that it's just
plain old bad luck some kid has a condition like that, so they demand
that teachers are responsible, or else they'll demand that all schools
have a school nurse who's responsible. It's all crap, and it's all in
the last 10 years.

My mother is a primary school teacher, as was my aunt, as is my cousin
and his wife etc etc. I also help out at my old scout troop, which
brings me into contact with some of the more insane child-related
legislation. 


 /Robert

-- 
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Technical Manager, Unified Ltd, 020 7383 6092
[EMAIL PROTECTED]



Bioinformatics jobs (was: Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license))

2001-05-14 Thread Dominic Mitchell

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 01:18:00PM +0100, Robin Houston wrote:
 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 01:06:42PM +0100, Lucy McWilliam wrote:
  Is this the point where I can try and recruit some of you compscis to the
  bioinformatics revolution?
 
 I've always thought it sounded like fun.
 
 How does one go about joining the bioinformatics revolution, then?

The new scientist jobs page usually lists a few.  I think they're up on

http://www.newscientistjobs.com/

Unfortunately, quite a few list MA in bioinformatics or similiar as
requirements.  You may still be able to bluff your way, though.  I don't
know, I've never tried.

-Dom



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Simon Wistow

Robin Houston wrote:
 
 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 01:06:42PM +0100, Lucy McWilliam wrote:
  Is this the point where I can try and recruit some of you compscis to the
  bioinformatics revolution?
 
 I've always thought it sounded like fun.
 
 How does one go about joining the bioinformatics revolution, then?

Ditto. How's the jobs board coming along Jo? I have a friend recently
departed from the exciting world of software development in Reading and
looking for a move to London.



RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Roger Horne

On Mon 14 May, Matthew Jones wrote:
 
 No, class sizes are down in primary schools (were primaries specified on the
 pledge card?). Secondary school classes are level or *slightly* up, IIRC.

Some spokesman on the radio this morning promised to reduce class sizes in
primary schools and to recruit more secondary school teachers. How can they
achieve the former without recruiting more teachers? Merge the Dept of
Education and MAFF?

Roger
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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 Some spokesman on the radio this morning promised to reduce 
 class sizes in primary schools and to recruit more secondary school 
 teachers. How can they achieve the former without recruiting more 
 teachers? 

I'd assume that they would recruit more Classroom Assistants. Sort of
paradidacts who seem to me to be playing an increasingly large role in
primary education. Not strictly reducing the size of the class but reducing
the pupil/adult ration, I guess.

-- 
matt
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RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

 class but reducing the pupil/adult ration, I guess.
-^^

Heh. I bet it was the MAFF comment which planted that one.

-- 
matt
The (void) is that which stands right in the middle of this and That. 



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread David Cantrell

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:11:13PM +, Steve Mynott wrote:

 Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
 then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.

So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?

-- 
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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread jduncan

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 02:56:03PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:11:13PM +, Steve Mynott wrote:
 
  Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
  then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.
 
 So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?

stop using cars, electricity and public transport.

-- 
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P: +44 207 251 7021
F: +44 207 608 3592

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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Byng-Maddick

On Mon, 14 May 2001, David Cantrell wrote:
 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:11:13PM +, Steve Mynott wrote:
  Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
  then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.
 So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?

use the tube and electric trains? Most power stations aren't oil fired
AFAIK.

MBM

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 -- Larry Wall




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Martin Ling

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 02:56:03PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 
 So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?

With a solar panel and some batteries.


Martin



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Martin Ling

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 02:56:03PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
 
 So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?

Adapt that gas-guzzling beast of yours to run on rape seed oil.


Martin



RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Matthew Jones

  So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil 
  companies' cartel?
 
 use the tube and electric trains? Most power stations aren't oil fired
 AFAIK.

Not even then, I guess. Am I right in thinkming that many plastics are
(by-)products of the refining process? So that's internal combustion
engines, anything made from or out of plastics (whoa), some electricity ...

-- 
matt
The (void) is that which stands right in the middle of this and That. 



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread David Cantrell

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 03:05:06PM +0100, Matthew Byng-Maddick wrote:
 On Mon, 14 May 2001, David Cantrell wrote:
  On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:11:13PM +, Steve Mynott wrote:
   Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
   then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.
  So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?
 
 use the tube and electric trains? Most power stations aren't oil fired
 AFAIK.

Right, and how do I eliminate plastics from my life?  And drugs, and all
the other million and one things which are made with their products?  How
do I get home after the trains have stopped?

And how do I ensure that my privately run waste disposal service doesn't
use them?  Or my childrens' privately run school?

In summary - libertarians' claims that customers can choose not to use
$company's products if they dislike the company are patently absurd.

-- 
David Cantrell | [EMAIL PROTECTED] | http://www.cantrell.org.uk/david/

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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Alex Gough

 
 I appoint Greg as my Culture Adviser and as head of the church.  Any
 volunteers for my other minions?  Even if you don't want a cabinet
 post, please feel free to volunteer as a Henchman.  You'll get 25 days
 holiday a year, a nice uniform and a free Hench.
 

... Before I kill you, Mr Bond, I want you to sign this confession of your
own incompetance using your ordinary looking pen.

action type=strokes naked cat

Alex Gough
-- 
Guyfawkes made a very loyal plan to to blow up the King and the bishops
and everybody else in Parliament, with gunpowder.  Although he failed
attempts are made every year on St Guyfawke's Day to remind the
Parliament that it would have been a Good Thing had he succeeded.





Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Simon Cozens

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:17:14AM +0100, Jonathan Peterson wrote:
 2. A teacher can't be alone in a room with a pupil unless the door is open.

I know it's one of those Zen koans, but I just can't work it out.

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- Henry Braun is Oxford Zippy



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Jonathan Peterson

At 15:36 14/05/01 +0100, you wrote:
On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 11:17:14AM +0100, Jonathan Peterson wrote:
  2. A teacher can't be alone in a room with a pupil unless the door is 
 open.

I know it's one of those Zen koans, but I just can't work it out.

ROFL

Unless the door to the pupil's mind is open then there is no teacher.

And he was enlightened.



-- 
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Technical Manager, Unified Ltd, 020 7383 6092
[EMAIL PROTECTED]




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Simon Cozens

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 03:49:26PM +0100, Jonathan Peterson wrote:
 Unless the door to the pupil's mind is open then there is no teacher.
 And he was enlightened.

http://simon-cozens.org/hacks/grok

-- 
For detailed information on the info command, type man info.
- plan9 has a bad day



RE: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Jonathan Stowe

On Mon, 14 May 2001, Roger Horne wrote:

 On Mon 14 May, Matthew Jones wrote:

  No, class sizes are down in primary schools (were primaries specified on the
  pledge card?). Secondary school classes are level or *slightly* up, IIRC.

 Some spokesman on the radio this morning promised to reduce class sizes in
 primary schools and to recruit more secondary school teachers. How can they
 achieve the former without recruiting more teachers? Merge the Dept of
 Education and MAFF?


Culling Children ... now there's an idea.

/J\




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Steve Mynott

David Cantrell [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:11:13PM +, Steve Mynott wrote:
 
  Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
  then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.
 
 So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?

Private companies often try and fix prices and limit competition but
this rarely works since usually one of the cartel members breaks the
agreement in order to make more money.

Thus OPEC agreements usually break down like they did last month when
they produced 700,000 barrels per day more than they had agreed.

http://cbs.marketwatch.com/news/story.asp?siteid=mktwdist=mktwmoreguid=%7B13984F78-CFC1-4F9A-A3BC-28A8E2FE2F53%7D

My original point also stands which is there is a basic distinction
between a state which forces people to do things like pay tax and a
company (no matter how large or nasty) which can't (even although it
still may supply a widely used product).

And of course if a company runs or has direct influence on a state and
laws are passed to favour it then we aren't talking about the market
anymore but state power.

It's a basic failing of socialism to believe that what they term
economic power (selling things) is more of an evil than political
power (putting people in prison or taking money from them).

They naively believe force (jails, guns, theft etc) can be used
responsibly to combat people's free choices of buying and selling
things, which for some strange reason they think is wrong.

Even if their ends were right their means are based on violence and
ultimately self-defeating.

  When leading by the way of the Tao, abominate the use of force, for
  it causes resistance, and loss of strength, showing the Tao has
  not been followed well.  Achieve results but not through
  violence, for it is against the natural way, and damages both
  others' and one's own true self.

-- 
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no man or group of men shall aggress upon the person or property of anyone
else.  -- murray n. rothbard



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Greg McCarroll

* Alex Gough ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
  
  I appoint Greg as my Culture Adviser and as head of the church.  Any
  volunteers for my other minions?  Even if you don't want a cabinet
  post, please feel free to volunteer as a Henchman.  You'll get 25 days
  holiday a year, a nice uniform and a free Hench.
  
 
 ... Before I kill you, Mr Bond, I want you to sign this confession of your
 own incompetance using your ordinary looking pen.
 
 action type=strokes naked cat
 

What do you mean `naked'? As in one of those freaky hairless ones? Or
are you in the habit of dressing your cats up in little outfits? Do lots
of people dress their cats up? Is there a GAP for cats? Complete with
irritatingly happy cats dancing to 70s and 80s pop music?

I need to know in my role as head of the church - after all to be a 
sucessful religion, before I come up with any principals I am going
to have to choose a group to hate, and i have to say, people who
dress their cats up sounds like a good choice. ;-)

-- 
Greg McCarroll  http://www.mccarroll.uklinux.net



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Greg McCarroll

* [EMAIL PROTECTED] ([EMAIL PROTECTED]) wrote:
 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 02:56:03PM +0100, David Cantrell wrote:
  On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:11:13PM +, Steve Mynott wrote:
  
   Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
   then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.
  
  So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?
 
 stop using cars, electricity and public transport.
 

surely your not suggesting he hides in his flat with some spam and rice?

;-)
-- 
Greg McCarroll  http://www.mccarroll.uklinux.net



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Martin Ling

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 05:14:21PM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 
 What do you mean `naked'? As in one of those freaky hairless ones? Or
 are you in the habit of dressing your cats up in little outfits? Do lots
 of people dress their cats up? Is there a GAP for cats? Complete with
 irritatingly happy cats dancing to 70s and 80s pop music?

I'm not sure. Hang on, I'll ask a cat...

http://pkl.net/~martin/catpaw.jpg

I'll take that as a no.


Martin



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Lucy McWilliam


On Mon, 14 May 2001, Martin Ling wrote:

 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 05:14:21PM +0100, Greg McCarroll wrote:
 
  What do you mean `naked'? As in one of those freaky hairless ones? Or
  are you in the habit of dressing your cats up in little outfits? Do lots
  of people dress their cats up? Is there a GAP for cats? Complete with
  irritatingly happy cats dancing to 70s and 80s pop music?

 I'm not sure. Hang on, I'll ask a cat...
 http://pkl.net/~martin/catpaw.jpg
 I'll take that as a no.

ROTFL.

L.




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Tony Bowden

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 03:07:25PM +0100, Martin Ling wrote:
  So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?
 With a drill
 With a solar panel and some batteries.

With a sponge and a rusty spanner?

Tony
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Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Steve Mynott

Tony Bowden [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 With a sponge and a rusty spanner?

she said: Eh, I know you, and you cannot sing.
I said: that's nothing--you should hear me play piano.

-- 
1024/D9C69DF9 steve mynott [EMAIL PROTECTED]

there are some politicians who, if their constituents were cannibals,
would promise them missionaries for dinner. -- h.l. mencken



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Dave Hodgkinson

Piers Cawley [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 Lucy McWilliam [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 
  On Mon, 14 May 2001, Martin Ling wrote:
  
   Appears I'm out of a job too from the end of the month, so count me in.
   The mighty army of unemployed Perlers takes over the world...
  
  Is this the point where I can try and recruit some of you compscis to the
  bioinformatics revolution?  Hack around and cure cancer at the same
  time ;-)
 
 Hey, I tried, but I didn't get the contract. Job was looking pretty
 darned interesting too. And I didn't have to write CGI scripts.

Doesn't knowing Lincoln Stein's email address count as expertise?

-- 
Dave Hodgkinson, http://www.hodgkinson.org
Editor-in-chief, The Highway Star   http://www.deep-purple.com
  Interim CTO, web server farms, technical strategy
   



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Piers Cawley

will [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 How do you suggest we train our workforce when schools (which are funded by
 tax) can't afford more than a couple of rooms full of archimedes?

I respectfully suggest that we don't train the little buggers in
schools. We teach them stuff. Then, when the come out with (one hopes)
a good general education tending towards a specialisation in the
subjects they are interested in, their employers invest some money
training them to do the specific job that they're employed to do.

Wanders off muttering about the idiotic downgrading of 'academic'
teaching in favour of generic vocational training...

And while I'm about it, can I please kill anyone who complains that
our universities are 'too elitist?'. Excuse me? I thought that was the
whole point.

Ahem.

-- 
Piers Cawley
www.iterative-software.com




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Piers Cawley

Matthew Byng-Maddick [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 On Mon, 14 May 2001, David Cantrell wrote:
  On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 12:11:13PM +, Steve Mynott wrote:
   Well one advantage of BP or Shell is if you don't like either company
   then you can simply choose not to purchase their products.
  So how, pray, do I opt out of the international oil companies' cartel?
 
 use the tube and electric trains? Most power stations aren't oil fired
 AFAIK.

No, they're gas fired. And who owns the gas rigs?

-- 
Piers Cawley
www.iterative-software.com




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Dave Hodgkinson

Piers Cawley [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 I respectfully suggest that we don't train the little buggers in
 schools. We teach them stuff. 

Wrong. We show them how to learn.


-- 
Dave Hodgkinson, http://www.hodgkinson.org
Editor-in-chief, The Highway Star   http://www.deep-purple.com
  Interim CTO, web server farms, technical strategy
   



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Dave Hodgkinson

Piers Cawley [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 ACtually working out *how* to do this is left as an exercise for the
 interested reader.

A solved problem. Getting inept, inadequate, arse-covering halfwits
masquerading as teachers to do it, is another thing. Present
companies' relatives excluded of course.

-- 
Dave Hodgkinson, http://www.hodgkinson.org
Editor-in-chief, The Highway Star   http://www.deep-purple.com
  Interim CTO, web server farms, technical strategy
   



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Mon, 14 May 2001, you wrote:
 Piers Cawley [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 
  I respectfully suggest that we don't train the little buggers in
  schools. We teach them stuff. 
 
 Wrong. We show them how to learn.

I respectfully suggest that 50% of them have no interest whatsoever in
learning anything. Whats worse they have a determined interest in
preventing the remaining 50% from learning anything either. Add to
that a restrictive legal system that punishes any teacher who
attempts to control them and couple this with an education system that
believes that 'everyone should achieve something' and the best way of
reallising that goal is to make the 'something' so simple that a hamster
could pass it and you begin to get the picture.

Most universities are no longer intrested in academic standards but have
been forced into getting as many bums on seats as possible and out of the
door three years later with a piece of paper, because points mean prizes
and if thats what you have to do to keep the funding coming in .. then
thats what you do. Given that the raw material coming up from the schools
is more poorly educated year by year and the picture becomes all to
dismal.

What the hell happened to the youth that did amusing things with steam
engines, collected stamps and had a chemistry set? .. give a 16 year old
a chemistry set today and they'd try and inject it.

-- 
Robin Szemeti

The box said requires windows 95 or better
So I installed Linux!



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Chris Heathcote

on 14/5/01 9:24 pm, Robin Szemeti wrote:

 What the hell happened to the youth that did amusing things with steam
 engines, collected stamps and had a chemistry set? .. give a 16 year old
 a chemistry set today and they'd try and inject it.

They seem to have taken anything remotely fun out of chemistry sets these
days...

c.
-- 
 every day, computers are making people easier to use

  http://www.unorthodoxstyles.com




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Paul Makepeace

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 10:09:16PM +0100, Chris Heathcote wrote:
 They seem to have taken anything remotely fun out of chemistry sets these
 days...

And put them into pharmacies...

Paul



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Dave Hodgkinson

Martin Ling [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 Exactly. This is the same population that brought you 'Hey, why are
 there loads of schools with below average results!'

That was a direct quote. Tory education minister. We want to raise
standard so that more than half of schools get above average results.

Arsewit.

-- 
Dave Hodgkinson, http://www.hodgkinson.org
Editor-in-chief, The Highway Star   http://www.deep-purple.com
  Interim CTO, web server farms, technical strategy
   



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Piers Cawley

Roger Burton West [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 02:10:56PM -0400, Piers Cawley wrote:
 
 And while I'm about it, can I please kill anyone who complains that
 our universities are 'too elitist?'. Excuse me? I thought that was the
 whole point.
 
 Oh, that's easy.
 
 - Being employed is a good thing.
 - People with degrees are more likely to be employed, and to have higher
   salaries, than people without.
 - Therefore everybody should have a degree, and miraculously they will all
   be employed and have higher salaries.

Well, it's thinking like that that keeps the skills gap nice and wide.
Hmm... can't be all bad then.

-- 
Piers Cawley
www.iterative-software.com




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Piers Cawley

Dave Hodgkinson [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 Martin Ling [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:
 
  Exactly. This is the same population that brought you 'Hey, why are
  there loads of schools with below average results!'
 
 That was a direct quote. Tory education minister. We want to raise
 standard so that more than half of schools get above average results.

Depends on which average. It's *possible* for more than half the
schools to get results above the mean. But it does mean you need some
really AWFUL schools to pull the average down...

-- 
Piers Cawley
www.iterative-software.com




Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Paul Makepeace

On Mon, May 14, 2001 at 06:10:12PM -0400, Piers Cawley wrote:
 Well, it's thinking like that that keeps the skills gap nice and wide.
 Hmm... can't be all bad then.

Better to quietly allow immigrants across the border, put them in
an immigration armlock and then turn a blind eye to them be employed
for a pittance in jobs no white would ever want.

And remember, they're Hispanics, not Mexicans.

Paul



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Robin Szemeti

On Mon, 14 May 2001, you wrote:

 But it does mean you need some
 really AWFUL schools to pull the average down...

AIUI suitable arrangments have been put in place to enable this to happen.

-- 
Robin Szemeti

The box said requires windows 95 or better
So I installed Linux!



Re: Politics (was RE: BOFHs requiring license)

2001-05-14 Thread Piers Cawley

Robin Szemeti [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes:

 On Mon, 14 May 2001, you wrote:
 
  But it does mean you need some
  really AWFUL schools to pull the average down...
 
 AIUI suitable arrangments have been put in place to enable this to
 happen.

I intended to leave that implicit.

-- 
Piers Cawley
www.iterative-software.com