SeanF

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  1. NY.GDP.PCAP.PP.KD As far as I can tell, from these World Bank numbers, UK growth has been much in line with the average since 2010. Output per head is about 11% higher than it was then, which is much the same as the EU average. The UK had hardly been alone in cutting its budget deficit. Austerity has been much more severe in most Eurozone countries than it has here.
  2. It was a choice, in the sense that you can choose between trying to live within your means, or choose not to. The budget deficit was 10% of GDP in 2010, compared to 2% now. However, the Eurozone got austerity with knobs on, between 2011 and 2015. And, Hereward is right that some of Corbyn's more ambitious proposals would not be possible under EU law, EU law and institutions are pretty right wing on economic matters.
  3. I've occasionally wondered if some of the more ......eccentric Targaryens attempted to mate with dragons.
  4. All those civil restraint orders simply show how wide-ranging is the conspiracy against her.
  5. The one child model is certainly not one I'd want to follow. But, it's an interesting example of a country doing very well economically, at the same time as seeing its birthrate fall sharply. The same is true of several Eastern European countries (some of which have seen their populations fall).
  6. Globalisation has been extremely good for countries like China, South Korea, Taiwan, where forty years ago, most of the population were living in dire poverty. But, it's been poor for a lot of blue-collar workers in Western countries.
  7. Most countries have seen very big drops in the birthrate over the past thirty to forty years. For example, China which had a total fertility rate of 6 in 1978, has seen it drop to about 1.7 now, which is below our own. So, most countries are going to have to develop models of growth that do not rely on a rising population.
  8. I thought the whole world of Liveships was very interesting. To me, it seemed like the Spanish Main in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth centuries, minus the firearms.
  9. I found him petty and not very interesting. But, then, I suppose that is true of some really nasty people in real life. Hest's final scene is laugh out loud funny.
  10. Liveships is brilliant. The best series of them all, followed by Fitz and the Fool, IMHO. Robin Hobb's great strengths are characterisation and intricate plotting. Her weaknesses are too much padding (some of it very good padding, but still padding), and a tendency towards fairly pathetic villains (Captain Kennit being a marvellous exception to this). While I greatly enjoyed the last book, I found the four rulers of Clerres something of a disappointment.
  11. It's important that Aragorn considers that the enemy should be given the option to surrender or run away. It ties in with the way that he tries to make peace with the Haradrim and Easterlings, and grants Mordor to Sauron's slaves, at the end of the war. Book Aragorn would never say "show no mercy. You will receive none," or behead the Mouth of Sauron.
  12. Robert Newcomb is missing as well, unbelievably.
  13. Deharmonisation must be inevitable when one country is in the Eurozone and the other is not, even within the EU. The EZ must harmonise its fiscal and banking policies in order to endure.
  14. They use incendiaries to drive them out from under the trees.
  15. Thanks. I've started reading The Ten Thousand, and greatly enjoying it.