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  1. Let me know if this happens. I'm just patiently pointing out your lack of any background in the subjects you're expounding upon. I don't take it 'personally', but clearly I do passionately believe in the importance of higher education, which is why I work in the sector.
  2. Except that it isn't arbitrary: as noted, possession of a university degree, unlike an internet IQ test, is predictive of your ability to learn the job quickly and perform well at it. It is by no means the only predictor of this ability, nor is it infallible, but it's not like plucking a name out of a hat. I work in a student union and have done for twenty years. I'm here to tell you that students today spend less time and less money in our bars than they ever have. Their top demands are more study space, better library facilities and more contact time with lecturers, not more nightclubs. They would agree 100% about the debt bit, though. And your knowledge of university curricula across the entire country comes from where, exactly? Do you work for the QAA? You are talking about a subject you know little about as if you know a lot about it. This is a bad habit. It tends to make one look like a fool. So does generalising about thousands of courses across hundreds of subject areas offered to over a million students from a whole range of different backgrounds, with different ambitions, taught by different people in different institutions in a variety of ways. Please try to bring a bit more to the table than some reheated Daily Mail letters page grumbling.
  3. Best wishes to you, Bonesy.
  4. That subset of jobs has grown along with the proportion of people going to university, though. The economy isn't static, after all. As for people doing a job that bears only a slight resemblance to what they did at uni: that was the case in the 1970s, too. University education isn't necessarily vocational. Does that make it 'irrelevant', though? It does not. University teaches skills vital for many jobs - critical thinking, for example, or how to research and present information. As noted, this is one reason why university graduates tend to be more productive. I'll repeat: the idea that we don't need so many university graduates does not bear out. Some graduates will feel, like yourself and Wolfgirly, may individually feel like it was a waste, and that's sad. But overall, in policy terms, it still makes sense to encourage people to get a degree. The question is, how should it be paid for?
  5. My daughter was at this concert tonight. She called me and she's OK, but fair warning, if anyone has any half-assed ill-informed opinions to offer about this incident I will jump on them from a huge fucking height. No gossip, no rumours, no speculation, please, not 'til I get my girl back home.
  6. Some people who go to university contribute to society, some don't. Same as people who don't go, really. But the idea that there are too many people going to university nowadays has been widely discredited. Most of the fastest-growing professions with the highest shortages of labour require graduates (IT, healthcare, etc.) Graduates are more productive, and as noted earlier the biggest labour problem in the UK economy outside of key skills shortages (again, mostly in graduate subjects) is productivity. A few more plumbers might be useful, yes. But that doesn't mean a few less graduates would be a good thing. It wouldn't. The plumbers we need should be trained from people who do not want to go to university, not those who do.
  7. I see you know very little about tuition fees. Introducing tuition fees was extremely regressive to start with. In their current form, they're even more regressive, because rich kids can pay them up front, meaning poorer people pay more for university studies. Paying for university tuition via higher rate income tax is progressive, fees are regressive. This is a fact. Sorry to 'piss and moan' about it, but sadly I know something about the subject, and I have this habit of complaining about bad, unjust policies.
  8. Well, this was predictable.
  9. At Christmas Sunderland were in 18th, one point behind Crystal Palace and three points behind Leicester and Burnley: Middlesborough were above all of those in 14th. They had a shit second half of the season, no question, but that's kind of the point - the teams who were bottom (Hull and Swansea) had a great second half, nearly escaping and actually escaping relegation. It was a long way from over by Christmas. Villa, well... they're one of those exceptions. They were shit.
  10. 'Pretty much every year'? I can't recall the last time two teams were 'relegated by Christmas'. Even one is uncommon. Besides, no team (except maybe one or two of the top six) is going to vote to reduce the size of the league. Who votes to leave the most lucrative league in the world?
  11. Yes. It doesn't matter how important the match may have been to the league table. It's a competitive fixture, not a friendly. The PL would have fined a team for putting out a weakened side in that game. So you can't wave away a planned interruption to play with 'oh, the result didn't matter anyway'. If you want to honour a club legend, go right ahead - before or after the match, as you please. Not during it*. That shows a disregard for the rules of the game that is, yes, shocking. *ETA - hell, even during it, if it doesn't interrupt play. A minute's applause in the 26th minute? Go right ahead, knock yourself out.
  12. On the John Terry thing, do I have this right? The player himself decided when he would be substituted, before the game, and his manager agreed. He then got the opposing manager to instruct his team to kick the ball out of play at a pre-determined time. He told his team-mates to delay that substitution unnecessarily by forming a guard of honour as he walked off. The referee permitted all of this. Is that what actually bloody happened? It's not only bizarre and incredibly narcissistic, it compromised the integrity of what was still officially a competitive match. If, in any other circumstance, two teams had conspired before the match to interrupt play at a particular moment in the match the Premier League would be (rightly) censuring everyone involved. Seriously. Was a guard of honour at the beginning or end of the match just not special enough? How big of an ego do you have to have to do this? And why on earth would any manager agree to it? Shocking stuff.
  13. But Flynn, Ailes and O'Reilly didn't do anything wrong, in Trump's eyes. Critically, they never criticised him or disagreed with him. They stuck by him so he stuck by them. It's not that Trump dumps people when they're inconvenient - it's that he dumps them when they stop flattering his ego. So flattering his ego is an easy way to get in his good books, but it's hard to put that to good purpose. If you're going to oppose trump, the best way is to oppose him, not to try some cunning ninja trick of befriending him first. I think they do, yes, and they are right. It comes off as a dignified and powerful expression of their principles. I certainly see it as such. It's a shame that you don't. As for irony, I think a man who refuses to dine alone with women criticising others for needing a 'safe space' beats all in that department.
  14. It's worth reminding people, with all this talk about actors having the right look, that it hasn't even been confirmed yet whether this will be live-action or animation. Yes, I am a professional wet blanket.
  15. Sure, though the comparison should really be to where those Labour leaders were in the polls a month prior to the election. And by the same token, Theresa May is outpolling every Conservative leader's election result since Ted Heath in 1970. That poll has some interesting figures. 49% of UKIP 2015 voters now intend to vote Conservative, compared to 8% Labour. Only 37% say they'll stick with UKIP. ETA: 27% of 2015 Lib Dems switching to Labour, 19% to Conservatives. Lib Dems feeling the squeeze?