QUOTE (Daria @ Nov 13 2008, 02:25 PM)
Actually, and correct me if I am wrong- she didn't stop free milk to schools, she just stopped subsidising the farmers for the milk. They could have still given it, but obviously decided not to.
Tantamount to the same thing, Daria. Farmers are just businessmen at the end of the day, and they aren't going to give away their goods when they can sell them. If we say there are, ooh, 1.5 million kids at primary schools across the country, and each one has a bottle of milk measuring one third of a pint per day, five days a week, that's... ooh... two and a half million pints of milk every week
. Lot of milk, lot of money.
QUOTE (Sir Psycho Sexy @ Nov 14 2008, 01:08 AM)
QUOTE (leopold @ Nov 13 2008, 10:40 AM)
It was her successor, John Major, who allowed the Chancellor to whack that on and increase everyone's leccy bill by almost a fifth.
That's nothing compared to the naked profiteering going on by the utilities companies since privatisation occurred. Bastards.
Yes, that's very true. Privatisation was one of Maggie's great notions. It wrecked the trains (Dr. Beeching would've been proud), turned the NHS into a big firm of accountants and made utility companies into huge monoliths in control of their own destinies. Along with yet another Thatcherite notion to scrap Supertax - where anyone earning a six figure salary paid income tax at 99%, thus preventing them from being greedy - the corporate heads became greedy. Now, of course, almost every utility company in the UK is owned by another country. These countries use our energy companies to rake in their desired profits whilst ensuring their own country has affordable domestic fuel. It annoys me deeply that I'm currently having to freeze my own kids because I can no longer afford to keep subsidising the continued personal warmth of the French.
QUOTE (sirdudly @ Nov 14 2008, 01:37 AM)
Honestly, I think that had HRC been the Democratic nominee, she would have swept the floor with McCain. The only reason it wasn't a landslide is because the Democrats picked a joke to run against a joke.
Intriguing comment, dudly. Why do you consider Obama to be a joke? And even if he is, wouldn't that be the norm anyway? I mean, Dubya? for two terms??