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It really, really is us versus them now

by Marrick on January 29, 2013

Governments don’t really pay back debt. They just roll it over. Economic growth, can reduce the % of debt to GDP, making previous borrowings increasingly less significant. The UK has debt exceeding 100% of GDP in 81 of the last 170 years, there has never been a crunch time, when it suddenly all had to […]

I take it all back

by Marrick on May 29, 2012

The coalition aren’t a bunch of spineless, incompetent, economic illiterates, with all the compassion of a gang of hungry spiders. They’re lovely. Cuddly, in fact. Here’s why: The government is to reverse its plans to impose VAT on Cornish pasties, the BBC has learned. Ministers have also reduced the intended 20% charge which was due […]

Banks eh? Doncha just love ‘em?

by Marrick on May 2, 2012

This week, Halifax##Q##s standard variable rate (SVR) increases from 3.5% to 3.99%, hitting 850,000 customers. Co-op SVR##Q##s up 0.5% points to 4.74% and Clydesdale/Yorkshire from 4.59% to 4.95%. RBS##Q##s One account jumps 0.25% points to 4%. Did I miss something? Has the bank rate jumped? No? So how come they##Q##re blaming the "increased cost of […]

Wales and the Red Zone

by Marrick on September 12, 2011

I just watched the Wales vs South Africa game again and I have to say that when we got into the red zone, we were almost completely ineffective. It was either smash it up the middle or rumble through the forwards. South Africa dealt with both easily. They never look flustered in defence. Not once […]

Bangers and Smash

by Marrick on January 5, 2005

There are many ways to send a perfectly good car to an early grave, the most obvious is to give it to a company rep. Less apparent, but lots more fun is to take it to Llandre Airfield on the third Sunday of the month and enter it into a contest with the bargain basement […]