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Anyone got any recommendations for electricity providers?
at 21:38 21 Nov 2019

Not necessarily - in many cases it is just companies buying REGO certificates from other providers that have renewable facilities.

If you want a genuinely green tariff, you really need to use one of the companies that operates its own renewable power facilities, such as Ecotricity.

This is explained more in detail here: https://www.which.co.uk/news/2019/09/how-green-is-your-energy-tariff/
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Love labour's housing promises, but
at 09:25 21 Nov 2019

I think the primary reason why they don't need to nationalise the housebuilders is that unlike utility firms, there is no infrastructure involved. There is nothing to stop the government setting up its own housebuilding company (something I think Stokie has suggested previously) and using it to build homes.
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What the hell is happening to Ipswich
at 21:40 20 Nov 2019

Chico, I'd strongly recommend reading 'One step ahead' if you're interested in this.

It's by a former Met officer who worked in the Problem Solving Unit that focussed on preventative policing. It gives some great examples of how the police are trying to do preventative stuff and the realities of the challenges they face.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/111/1116540/one-step-ahead--notes-from-the-probl
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Did Boris just list his achievements...
at 22:13 19 Nov 2019

Now watching the interviews with the other party leader. My god, Jo Swinson is awful. Claiming they won't work with the Tories or Labour Ridiculous thing to say when realistically they are only going to be the the fourth-largest party; are they really going to let Brexit happen by refusing to cooperate with Labour? (although actually their current election strategy seems to suggest they are happy to let this happen).

She compares very poorly to Nicola Sturgeon.
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Boris for me
at 21:40 19 Nov 2019

So true - look what happened last time we were warned Labour would lead a coalition of chaos.

Are people really stupid enough to fall for this crap?
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Health communism
at 22:37 18 Nov 2019

I think you've also missed the point somewhat, as many of the things that are suggested for nationalisation are existing monopolies in terms of physical infrastructure and so the companies that own them have to be taken over or have their assets bought.
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Dog whistle politics at its worst
at 12:06 18 Nov 2019

It does apply to non-EEA nationals who are here on work visas and are not permanent residents. They work and pay taxes but have to pay the NHS surcharge on top.
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Corbyn article from a Jew may be of interest
at 18:02 17 Nov 2019

I saw this and thought it looked a fairly open/shut case based on what was presented. However, her response (including evidence of the stuff she's said over the years) is also worth considering.




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Friday afternoon question
at 14:53 17 Nov 2019

Although I'm sure they are making their point badly, it is still a valid one.

This election has two realistic outcomes - a majority Tory/DUP government, or an anti-Tory majority consisting of Labour, the SNP and the Lib Dems.

People living in a Tory/Labour marginal and not voting Labour are handing the Tories the win. Labour are not going to win a majority of seats and whatever concerns you have about their more radical policies should be somewhat assuaged somewhat by the fact that they will not be able to govern alone and will need cross-party support for anything they want to implement.

I have zero love for the Lib Dems (more so now than ever under their current leader) but would unhesitatingly vote for them in a marginal Tory/Lib Dems constituency on the basis that a Tory government (Brexit and five more years of destroying public services) is the worst possible outcome.

There's been some really worrying polling coming out of some constituencies in London which were Tory/Labour marginals showing voters switching to the Lib Dems, but nowhere near enough for them to win the seat, effectively handing the Tories the seat despite them also having a slightly reduced vote share. If that is repeated across the country then we are all screwed.
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Health communism
at 14:02 17 Nov 2019

There was recently an investigation into the heat network sector by the Competition and Markets Authority (which I was involved in). The sector is a mixture of private and state provision and local authority-owned networks are probably the closest thing we have to a state utility monopoly in mainland GB.

The investigation found that despite generally operating older and less efficient networks, local authority ones provided heat more cheaply and were more reliable. The CMA specifically noted that the lack of profit motive significantly reduced the risk of customer detriment.


With regards to the "If nationalising can do it cheaper why dont they prove by not taxing private companies to fund it" point, the network still has to be maintained - even if it's cheaper, it still has to be paid for from some form of taxation.
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free broadband for all
at 21:48 15 Nov 2019

Free wifi away from your residence is in theory eliminating competition for mobile phone companies data use, so I don't think it is that different if we're talking about the effects on competition.
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Labour's nationalisation of BT...not so bonkers after all?
at 21:41 15 Nov 2019

The government can access this already if they want under the Investigatory Powers Bill:

https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/investigatory-pow
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free broadband for all
at 21:37 15 Nov 2019

I am not sure they are correct given that the EU has previously funded the development of free internet provision.

https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/headlines/economy/20170904STO83004/eu-fun
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free broadband for all
at 19:02 15 Nov 2019

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free broadband for all
at 17:24 15 Nov 2019

Labour appear to be using the government's own figures, which suggested it could be done for £20.3bn under a national monopoly model, vs £32bn under an "enhanced competition" model.

See summary on p102: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attac
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These figures are mind boggling
at 12:16 15 Nov 2019

Also, it's about showing it can be done.

If we don't do it, developing countries will (quite justifiably) question why they should have to.
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free broadband for all
at 08:51 15 Nov 2019

I think it needs to be considered in a wider sense. Is this an area that would work better as a unified taxpayer funded service than market-led. It also doesn't mean that it can't be acquired in amicable fashion. And I think the Virgin network would have to be acquired if this plan were to go ahead, as like you say, it would ruin their business.

I am in favour of having nationalised utilities and public transport but I don't have the answers for how this should be done.
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free broadband for all
at 08:33 15 Nov 2019

You're doing it again though. I simply suggested it would make sense for the Virgin network to be incorporated into any national broadband network. I gave no views on how it should be acquired.

I think you're confusing me with someone else re McDonnell.
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free broadband for all
at 23:58 14 Nov 2019

I haven't suggested how they should be seized. I don't understand why you seem so determined to put words into my mouth about this.
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free broadband for all
at 23:17 14 Nov 2019

As I said, if this were to happen it would make sense to take over Virgin's network as well and absorb its into the system as (a) Virgin's existence would be pointless and (b) having two separate networks is an inefficient use of infrastructure.

In the vast majority of the UK, the BT network is a monopoly - the map below is where the Virgin network is restricted to.

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