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by colin
September 19th, 2019, 9:28 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Immigration
Replies: 37
Views: 921

Re: Immigration

Why then do Germany and France not seem to have the same issues with productivity? They are subject to the same FoM rules. Or could it perhaps be a little more complex than: “It’s the EU’s fault”? Not sure why that is a combination of factors. France had less need for unskilled workers as their pro...
by colin
September 19th, 2019, 7:37 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Immigration
Replies: 37
Views: 921

Re: Immigration

The U.K. (and most Western countries) has a demographic problem. We need immigration (at around 100k pa IIRC) to maintain our working age population. If the UK permits a significant number of migrants (plus their associated families) to permanently settle in the UK "to maintain the working age...
by colin
September 18th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Economy
Topic: Prosperity without economic growth?
Replies: 16
Views: 722

Re: Prosperity without economic growth?

The political situation would be very difficult in a society without economic growth, so I can’t see it is really feasible. Governments need growth to pay for public expenditure and to keeping ‘kicking cans down the road’ Any government that had a policy of zero growth would not last long in office...
by colin
September 18th, 2019, 10:22 am
Forum: The Economy
Topic: Prosperity without economic growth?
Replies: 16
Views: 722

Re: Prosperity without economic growth?

How do you define "prosperity"? If you define it in purely monetary terms then clearly the answer to the OP's question is no. But suppose we can make the same "stuff" for half the price. Then we can all have more "stuff" whilst the economy shrinks. But is that prosperi...
by colin
September 17th, 2019, 9:32 pm
Forum: The Economy
Topic: Prosperity without economic growth?
Replies: 16
Views: 722

Re: Prosperity without economic growth?

If an increase in population leads to an increase in GDP will not an increase in 'smart' machines (ie 3d printing from computer generated files) also increase GDP?
by colin
August 30th, 2019, 6:13 pm
Forum: How Do I Invest
Topic: pound cost averaging and CGT
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Re: pound cost averaging and CGT

I have just offered HMRC calculations based on disposal proceeds minus the brokers calculation of book cost shown on my account page, with a note to say that both figures include costs of acquisition and disposal. My calculations have always been accepted.
by colin
August 8th, 2019, 10:35 am
Forum: Brokers and Share Dealing
Topic: The Share Centre
Replies: 21
Views: 1539

Re: The Share Centre

Mainly because I have opted for funds and TSC appears to be the cheapest for ongoing management charges - the investment will likely be a long term holding. Don't forget the percentage based dealing fee when all the shares are finally sold, or can they be transferred to another broker without incur...
by colin
August 8th, 2019, 9:29 am
Forum: Other Investing
Topic: What is the biggest hurdle stopping newcomers purchasing their first Bitcoin?
Replies: 17
Views: 2930

Re: What is the biggest hurdle stopping newcomers purchasing their first Bitcoin?

mjbdreamer wrote:
DYOR of course but a card with a few crypto-quid on it is a cute present for sons & daughters.


Or how about a packet of cigarettes to get them addicted early? Nice present!
by colin
July 31st, 2019, 7:06 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

As discussed, those with the money, those who aspire to more consumption, those who have achieved high levels of consumption etc. etc. all want the answer to be "somebody else". And what about those who drive old petrol cars because they have to and could never afford to buy a new electri...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 6:37 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

Of course the banks will have to be nationalised.
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 12:22 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

Care to elaborate on the emboldened phrase? ;) See JohnB 's response to your post. I read JohnB's post that you refer to and it seemed clear enough to me. I was wondering who you thought had made a "pig's ear" of interpreting the data though, as your statement was ambiguous; so thanks for...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 12:17 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

As discussed, those with the money, those who aspire to more consumption, those who have achieved high levels of consumption etc. etc. all want the answer to be "somebody else". And what about those who drive old petrol cars because they have to and could never afford to buy a new electri...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 12:08 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

I certainly am simplifying. Sadly I don't have a PhD, just a physics degree, MSc in Remote Sensing and 20 years experience working in Meteorology at the Met Office and NCAR. I think I have credibility. JohnB you did not present any data . Motorcycleboy did. And then made a pigs ear of interpreting ...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 11:33 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

At which point it seems the population splits into "I'm all right - FU" and those who think we should try to do something about it. Your analogy of the smoking issue was once relevant but things have moved a long way in this country at least, climate change deniers are irrelevant, the dec...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 11:20 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

I certainly am simplifying. Sadly I don't have a PhD, just a physics degree, MSc in Remote Sensing and 20 years experience working in Meteorology at the Met Office and NCAR. I think I have credibility. JohnB you did not present any data . Motorcycleboy did. And then made a pigs ear of interpreting ...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

Can I remind people yet again that you cannot extrapolate time series for one location to a global trend. If you wish to discuss global climate change, present global data. That data is unambiguous, as presented in many IPCC reports now. If you wish to argue its not anthropogenic, you need to provi...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

TheMotorcycleBoy wrote:
Is this climate change graphed here, Owen? Or just random weather events?

Matt

I think what Owen is trying to say is that obviously it is climate change which the graph shows, but where is the proof that it is man made climate change?
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 7:43 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

At this point in time, my daughters and their generation have only this. Matt The reason your children have been freaked out is that XR have publicised a perspective from which the problem is basically unsolvable . That has been their intention from the start. A reasonable amount of positivity is r...
by colin
July 30th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

Stating that climate change has been happening since the begining of time is daft, there was no atmosphere when time began so how could there be a climate. Why don't you write what you actually believe OwenSwansea ?
by colin
July 29th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?
Replies: 159
Views: 3462

Re: Thirty Eight degrees today - really?

Colin, how sweet and naive of you, you actually believe that XR and anti-capitalist anarchists are the only folk who are concerned by climate change events. No absolutely not, I have been concerned about the issue for decades.When I first started talking about global warming to friends of 25 years ...

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