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  1. We need a mass protest against these idiots. ...

    We need a mass protest against these idiots.

    We also need a party to position itself close to the centre with a clear plan. I haven't seen that yet, and we may not have long until the next...
  2. The mini-budget is madness and it's frightening...

    The mini-budget is madness and it's frightening that two people can fuck over a country like that. At least with brexit it was 30-somethjng percent of voters.

    When the IMF tell come out and tell...
  3. Largely a nonsensical, pure Tory mini-budget...

    Largely a nonsensical, pure Tory mini-budget yesterday. Disgusting really

    They gave the relatively well off some more money, but that immediately got inflated away with a weakening of Sterling....
  4. My experience was the same as yours, but without...

    My experience was the same as yours, but without the gifted program. But modern teachers would argue that a good teacher challenges all kids in one lesson. And there are benefits to the smarter kids...
  5. Agree, that's the debate. Combined with the most...

    Agree, that's the debate. Combined with the most appropriate method. Governments have proven time and again they are sub-standard at allocating resources. The onus needs to be on the rich supporting...
  6. After the interest rise today and the dramatic...

    After the interest rise today and the dramatic weakening of Sterling, this country really is fucked. While external factors haven't helped, 12 years of tory rule have done us in. I can't believe...
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    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/manchest...

    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/manchester-investigates-phd-students-masturbation-paper

    Some cutting edge research going on at Manchester uni, which made it through the peer review...
  8. Education research these days advocates for mixed...

    Education research these days advocates for mixed ability classes being optimal for all students. That surprises me, but that's what Mrs Bean tells me (she reads a lot of it). Question though: why...
  9. Nope, but I'm done with explaining why this...

    Nope, but I'm done with explaining why this "analysis" is useless.

    Ong might have been relatively poor in a financial sense, but not living in poverty by his own admission.
  10. Nope. The measures don't tell you that at all....

    Nope. The measures don't tell you that at all. They don't tell you anything.

    Relative poverty isn't a thing either imo. You either live in poverty or you don't. Somebody earning 60% of the median...
  11. Question for you guys: Who is better at...

    Question for you guys:

    Who is better at allocating resources and redistributing wealth? Government, charities or wealthy entrepreneurs?
  12. It's a measure of relative income and almost...

    It's a measure of relative income and almost pointless. It has nothing to do with standard of living, starvation, homelessness, etc.

    Norway is an interesting country though. I was there recently....
  13. The point is this kind of aggregated data is...

    The point is this kind of aggregated data is almost useless. The devil is in the detail and the imperfections of the measurement. I'd want to see the data segregated into at least 50 sub-sections to...
  14. The JRF link. It's dumb and it would be shocking...

    The JRF link. It's dumb and it would be shocking if it was published and made it past peer review. Here's how the conversation should go:

    Random: Bean, have a guess what % of children live in...
  15. Come on poop, that's bad analysis you linked. I'm...

    Come on poop, that's bad analysis you linked. I'm not denying some kids live in hardship, but this is akin to the union rep I heard being angry about half the staff in the organisation earning less...
  16. I always find myself mixing between thinking...

    I always find myself mixing between thinking everybody in the UK has the same opportunity and capable of almost anything if they work hard, and that some people really don't. The reality is it...
  17. Windfall tax - not saying I hate the idea, but...

    Windfall tax - not saying I hate the idea, but what is a reasonable profit margin in your opinion? Let's not talk about how that profit is measured. Also, what is a reasonable level of profit to be...
  18. What's the thinking behind the anti-monarchy...

    What's the thinking behind the anti-monarchy people being arrested? Is it because they need pre-approval to protest in the UK? It's a bit tasteless to protest now, but I'd always defend their right...
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    Ong, if you're working at Premier Inn, you'll...

    Ong, if you're working at Premier Inn, you'll have to apologise to your colleagues in Durham for the ominous looking brown stain I left on the bed this morning. Room 327. It's chocolate, but looks...
  20. How is Putin going to exit here and make it look...

    How is Putin going to exit here and make it look like a success?
  21. The Queen's death has been an entirely expected...

    The Queen's death has been an entirely expected overreaction in terms of TV coverage and cancelling events. It's ridiculous, but not surprising.
  22. Today is a good day.

    Today is a good day.
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    Truly shocking decision. A group of old,...

    Truly shocking decision. A group of old, (probably) religious bigots think they can tell women what they can and can't do with their bodies, no matter what the circumstances.

    Let's hope more than...
  24. I can't belive this government is still in power....

    I can't belive this government is still in power. The Rwanda idea is scandalous and brainless in equal measure. The Liz Truss appearance on GMB was yet another embarrassing interview: James O'Brien...
  25. £220 payable on arrival at my front door today...

    £220 payable on arrival at my front door today for goods delivered from Germany. Thabks Brexit!
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