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Discussion in 'Horse Racing' started by OddDog, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Ron

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    Plans submitted for huge new £10bn UK 'motorway'
    Proposals to build a new £10billion dual carriageway including a massive tunnel under the River Thames have led to the longest planning application on record being submitted - which comes to a staggeting 359,866 pages spread over 2,838 seperate documents. The Lower Thames Crossing would be a new 14.3-mile road linking the M2 with the M25

    According to analysis from Britain Remade, a campaign group that promotes economic growth, if every document was printed, the 359,866 pages would weigh around 1,620kg. This is just a bit more than a Volkswagen Beetle. It would take around 328 days to read the entire application. The project has received criticism from campaigners as National Highways has spent £267million on just the application process. The final decision on whether the project can go ahead is set to be made within the next six months despite it being in the planning stages since 2009. It wouldn't be open until 2031 at the earliest

    Britain Remade slammed the process's spiralling costs which are already at a mind-boggling £800million, with a spokesman saying: "The Lower Thames Crossing's 359,000-page planning application is symbolic of everything wrong with our planning system: it's far too hard to build in Britain.
     
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    Same the world over (except China). Trump never got that wall built did he?
     
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    “Trump never got that wallbuilt did he?”
    Brian Clough would have! But he wasn’t on that job, was he?
    After all, he built Forest’s defensive wall in a few months.<laugh>
     
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    Oddy, seriously, a road costing c.700 million per mile!
    Who in hell costed that job?
    I remember when motorways were supposed to cost one million pounds per mile.
    That’s inflation gone mad and typical of current public waste.<grr>
     
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    Utterly ridiculous Tam
     
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    Whilst we're on the subject of wasting money, I see Hinkley Point C continues to entertain <laugh>

    Chinese funding has stopped and EDF debts have soared to over €60 billion as the cost of Hinkley Point C continues to spiral - the latest estimate being £33 billion with the power plant not coming online before the early 2030s. Will French taxpayers be asked to foot the bill? I'm sure that will go down a treat. Oh and today the office for nuclear regulation has served a series of enforcement notices for shortfalls in fire safety.

    Energy consumers too will pay more: a Regulated Asset Base (RAB) funding model proposed to help fund the project will add a levy to customer bills years before the plant ever starts to generate electricity.
     
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    Good grief" Cannot imagine getting trapped in a plane's toilet until the aircraft finally landed at its destination. At least it's better than if all toilets became out-of-order and could not be used. That really would cause mayhem? Also, at least the guy did not have to change his underwear after the plane landed, and he got out of his cramped cubicle? What with the loads of posts on hot, spicy, food in today's forum DT, I found the airline's name, SpiceJet, quite topical. <whistle> :emoticon-0100-smile

    SpiceJet Passenger Gets Trapped In Plane Toilet, Crew Sends "Do Not Panic" Note - YouTube
     
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    Is someone reading our threads?

    Income tax shock as 650,000 more state pensioners face HMRC bill from April (msn.com)
     
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    I back a winner at last.
     
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    Not sure what to say about that <laugh>
     
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    Nice to see the EU are focusing on the really important matters

    The EU has called for "gendered language" to be scrapped in guidance given out to the bloc's bureaucrats and politicians.

    The European Institute for Gender Equality prepared a 61-page report detailing inappropriate language and suggesting alternatives.

    The compilation, dubbed a "Toolkit on Gender-sensitive Communication," warns against using terms like "pushy" and "shrill," which are thought to have strong associations only with women.

    Instead, the institute suggests replacing the former with "assertive" and the latter with "high-pitched".

    Meanwhile the phrase "no man's land", which has origins back in WWI is recommended to be swapped out to be replaced with "unclaimed territory".
     
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    After Germany we now have farmers protesting in France. Rather than national governments though, the people who can really help them are sitting in Brussels. I wonder whether the EU will finally look at reforming the CAP after years of criticism?

    What national governments could (and perhaps should) do is to ensure more of the money paid for food ends up with those who produce it. Far too many middle men and greedy supermarkets are pushing farmers to the brink of bankruptcy. Market forces are not to be left alone here.
     
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    It should be a laugh given that most of those pensioners will not have the first clue about the technology needed for Self Assessment, so they will undoubtedly have to go and queue at Citizen’s Advice and then queue at the Post Office (assuming that the latter still exists by then). I will be expecting a phone call from my mother’s husband...
     
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    The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was designed as a European subsidy to keep food cheap whilst at the same time protecting European farmers from outside competition with high import tariffs. In recent years the amount that farmers have been receiving from CAP has declined relative to their costs, so the failure of Collectivism can only result in food prices rising. Back when Margaret Thatcher was PM, she negotiated a rebate on CAP as nearly a quarter of it went to French farmers and a sixth to Spanish farmers. The Germans pick up a large part of the bill today and there are a lot more EU members wanting it (all the ex-Communist countries that have joined).

    When Britain left the EU, we could/should have started scrapping import tariffs from Day 1 and benefitting from cheaper foreign imports from the rest of the world. The failure of Boris and his incompetents to actually follow through on Brexit means that the tariffs are still in place. You may remember this time last year when there was a shortage of tomatoes in the UK and the usual Remain morons grumbled about Brexit. The fact was that there were no tomatoes because of high energy prices and the supermarket shelves were empty across the EU as well. Ironically, they were right to blame Brexit as we could have dropped our EU import tariffs on tomatoes from Morocco and had shelves full. The Europeans cannot have tomatoes from Morocco because the tariffs are there to protect Spain.
     
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    This was unnecessary for several reasons.
    I see now that that Bastion of Good Judgement, the IMF, has put the frighteners on Hunt and he now won't be increasing tax thresholds or reducing taxes. More woe for the lowly paid and pensioners.
     
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    I now realise Bailey got his knowledge of the relationship between Inflation and Growth from fairy tales.
    in a question session with an audience he answered that when growth is low we reduce interest rates and when activity (growth) is high we increase interest rates to reduce inflation. The Goldilocks School of economics. Not too hot not too cold.
     
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    Not too hot not too cold. Tepid, a bit like English trainers sending their horses to contest Irish racing <laugh>
     
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    What with instructions being issued within and wars going on inside our bodies, it's like we are universes for other forms of life
     
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