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4 days ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Daniel Hannan: Alarmis... · 0 replies · +1 points

The odd thing about 1918 is that it targeted the young. Most of these 'pandemics' kill of people who were weak or ill anyway, like the annual flu we seem to get. "Spanish Flu" targeted the young people.

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Decriminalisation of n... · 0 replies · +1 points

News : online, I listen to LBC. I preferred ITVs coverage to the BBCs of the last election
Radio : LBC obviously :)
Podcasts : countless
Bitesize Education : Pushing out commercial providers, not in the remit
Live Sport : mostly limited to those that have to be shown for free (that people want to watch).
Regional Specific Content : ITV do this.
Doctor Who: now sh*t.

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Decriminalisation of n... · 0 replies · +1 points

That's fine. I really watch almost nothing, Doctor Who has dropped off the list now. I listen to the cricket commentary (though Talk Sport would grab it in a second and their coverage is fine).

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Decriminalisation of n... · 0 replies · +1 points

World Service possibly. Open University ?

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Decriminalisation of n... · 0 replies · +1 points

Putting aside Lineker's politics, I genuinely cannot see why he is worth that money. Outside football events (World Cups) does he do anything other than Match of the Day ?

He is no longer a current name ; it would be like (say) Stan Mortensen presenting the football when I was young (it mostly seemed to presented by people like Bob Wilson and Jimmy Greaves who were far closer to the current generation).

Nor is he a Richie Benaud who was a top cricketer but was a superb broadcaster (partly because he worked as a journalist rather than just being parachuted in).

2 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Decriminalisation of n... · 0 replies · +1 points

Indeed. So use standard collection the same as everyone else does.

The issue is having to pay for it if you don't use it. If I (say) subscribe to Sky, but watch their live TV, I have to pay the TV licence ; why ?

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: No gloating... · 3 replies · +1 points

the new trick is to talk about the "G7" which is massively affected by USA and Canada.

3 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Iain Dale: No gloating... · 1 reply · +1 points

Normal 2-3% GNP growth ? Wouldn't a more realistic approach be comparing our growth to the major EU countries.

6 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Darren Grimes: These d... · 0 replies · +1 points

Kind of the problem, though even for STEM courses they still aren't great. When I went (1980s) arts degrees weren't much use per se - teaching maybe, but often not much else specifically, but the fact that you had one had value in itself

6 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Darren Grimes: These d... · 1 reply · +1 points

When I was at University (Essex 81-84 Comp Sci) there were only three first in the year (out of about 70 I think) they were Chinese (e.g. sent from China by their government) and just worked solidly for three years. Some departments had no firsts at all.

It's now about a quarter ? Given about five time as many go to University now and there's no leap in ability, probably we would all have got firsts under the current system.