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What To Do When Thatcher Dies ...

Discussion in 'off topic' started by jackbarron, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    This news just in, so if you're keeping a bottle in at the ready ensure it's got a few years of life left:



  2. deanf

    deanf pfm Member

  3. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Give her carcass to Gunther von Hagens, slice the old crone into pieces for exhibition.
  4. ATT

    ATT pfm Member

    I need your guidance again Mr Lito. Can you explain to me what is so bad about trade unions please?
  5. afewbeers

    afewbeers more sense than money

    There's something deeply uncomfortable about reading some of the vicious bile heaped on another human being. What an ugly place this is.
  6. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    A whiff of Self-Righteous by Anita Roddick?
  7. cooky1257

    cooky1257 pfm Member

    Strange abuse of the word human.
  8. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

    One thing that will happen when Lady Thatcher dies is that Tony L will be able to reduce the amount of bandwidth the forum uses.
  9. dss

    dss Musical Bons

    Won't there be a bit of an upsurge of posts from the majority and some sulky ones from the few Magfans on here is it?

  10. Brian

    Brian Eating fat, staying slim

    You must mean vast majority there.
  11. Joe Hutch

    Joe Hutch Can you hear Talvin Singh?

    You want to get some decorating done, or maybe move house.
  12. Mullardman

    Mullardman Resident Philistine

    That's easy!

    They don't exist solely for his personal enrichment or gratification.
  13. canonman

    canonman Mirror slapper

  14. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

  15. doctorf

    doctorf left footed right winger

    Maybe some of you are too young to remember the state of the UK in the 70s. We were the laughing stock of the Western World with British manufacturing being ruined by restrictive union practices. The pound was dropping like a stone and it was generally a depressing place to be. Thatcher was voted into power by a UK population who were absolutely fed up with the way the Labour party had allowed the country to go to rack and ruin.
    Some of you guys should go live in Cuba or North Korea and enjoy the wealth that has been generated by their regimes.

  16. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    Arf, that's almost as funny as the Stewart Lee piece.
  17. joel

    joel mojo working

    I remember it very well, actually. Those pesky restrictive practices, eh. Not like those mad Germans. No, not at all.
    I would suggest that was wrong with British manufacturing was bad management, poor decision making, a get rich quick management mentality and a general disinterest in engineering, manufacturing and the importance of education compared to a number of other countries that happened to be competitors at the time.
    BTW Cuba is so poor because it cannot sell its cigars and world-class cane sugar to the US. When it was run by a brutal US proxy, Cuba was nothing more than a floating brothel/casino. North Korea is a basket case, but it's not that way because the unions are somehow "too strong".

    PS, when she finally snuffs it, I'll crack open a bottle or two of Cristal de Roederer for the celebration. Seems appropriate on so many levels.
  18. sideshowbob

    sideshowbob 47 Lab Rat

    Yeah, those bloody unionised North Korean workers. Lazy feckers. They need more management discipline, they have it far too easy.
  19. Still

    Still gyldengourd

    I'm getting a feel for what the 'f' stands for.
  20. ATT

    ATT pfm Member

    Oh dear.

    Why the assumption that supporters of trade unions should go and live in Cuba, North Korea etc? I could equally suggest that you go and live in say, the USA with it's lack of fiscal regulation and weak trade unions. There is a strong argument that some trade unions needed new rules to work by (mainly to do with proper democratic voting). But, and I've posed this question before on here, how much damage did the unions do to the economy compared to the recent debacle by the banks and other financial institutions? And how much did the then Tory chancellor spend propping up the pound in the '80s - Black Wednesday? Please correct me if I'm wrong - Lawson?

    I have no figures but I don't think the entire union movement over the course of its history has cost us billions of pounds in the UK and countless billions worldwide.

    There's also the ethical matter of the unions trying to look out for its members and society as a whole (Health and Safety issues). Whereas the banks and their ilk were only interested in a relatively select few.

    Further, how good was the economy when the Tories left office in '97?


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