Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 11 Jul 2014 06:20:57 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Verytallman Having listened intently to the news about the new high speed rail link I really felt I had to comment. We never seem to be able to understand where we will be in 10 - 15 years time. Will business people still be swanning up and down the country on the train or in cars, when we will be able to communicate face to face or meetings conducted through the use of video conferencing. This will be in a dedecated room or from your own computer with its own camera. We use this method at the moment to cut down journeys. Of course people do feel important on a train, in a suit talking on a mobile etc etc.Lets think out of the box, no business travelling is what we should aim for, by train or car. The technology is already here, use it. Fri 28 Aug 2009 15:19:05 GMT+1 wiltshire Old Codger London borough of Barnet as it embarks on "a relentless drive for efficiency". Targets Care packages, hitting hard at disabled and Older people by adopting a jump the queue policy by what you are prepared to pay. A spokesman for the council has unofficially dubbed the project "easyCouncil".Are we now seeing the New Face of the Tory Party under Cameron and the Tory right wing.? Fri 28 Aug 2009 14:46:46 GMT+1 needsanewnickname And who are you calling an easy tiger, cheeky dog. NB for mods: this is a reference to a legend about Llywelyn... oh, why bother... Thu 27 Aug 2009 17:38:20 GMT+1 eloise I was only commenting yesterday that it's been a very busy August for news, when - wham -- the quietest news day for months. So we decided on population as a lead early afternoon and I hope we managed to offer up an interesting discussion. # 2 - we worked hard to balance the piece on Dan Hannan and not present a stereotyped view of him - Glen did make it clear he doesn't endorse Enoch Powell's views on immigration. Hopefully it revealed some little known facts about the man who could cause so much trouble for David Cameron. Office discussion of the afternoon -- Hugh Sykes' gift from Afghanistan -- sugared almonds or sugared donkey droppings? Just kidding, they were delicious. Eloise Thu 27 Aug 2009 17:37:04 GMT+1 planart Stephanie F says that so far as she has read, Marx had no solutions to capitalist collapse. She might try the Communist Manifesto. As for her excuses for economists, the truth is that they have never on the whole taken banking seriously. I studied at Cambridge and was taught that money supply could be increased by "printing money" - the academics had no interest in or knowledge of the technicalities of the money industry. More disturbingly many of them still refuse to study sociology or to consider why confidence and willingness to spend ebbs and flows. The profession is about as open minded historically as law and medicine! Stephanie is no exception, alas. Thu 27 Aug 2009 17:31:05 GMT+1 needsanewnickname Grrr? Are we talking Celtic?;o) Thu 27 Aug 2009 17:30:56 GMT+1 lordBeddGelert Frances O - Easy tiger !!! Thu 27 Aug 2009 17:26:58 GMT+1 JohnBusby How can you discuss an international currency without reference to the restored local currencies in Totnes, Lewes and soon Brixton? Lewes's Mayor has just launched £5, %10 and £21 notes to augment the successful launch of the Lewes Pound a year ago. The antidote to failing globalisation is the international Transition Towns movement, started in Kinsale and Totnes and now all over the world, even as far as Waiheke Island off Auckland.As peak oil bites and transport costs soar, macroeconomies need to shrink into local microeconomies. The supermarket carparks will empty, a trend anticipated by Tesco as it opens its Express stores in town centres.With the coming demise of aircraft and motor manufacturing the government needs to stimulate local initiatives for self-sufficiency in energy, food and local services as enshrined in the Transition Towns movement.Big has failed - give small a chance! Thu 27 Aug 2009 17:09:04 GMT+1 needsanewnickname And I did mean 'is putting on'. My mistake. Thu 27 Aug 2009 17:01:02 GMT+1 BEEED-Sharp-Mordent #3 lordBeddGelertShe is a prime example of what is wrong with the UK. Too many of her type in government. Thu 27 Aug 2009 16:58:12 GMT+1 needsanewnickname So interesting to hear that the Edinburgh International Book Festival in putting on something about St Kilda in English, French and what the reporter pronounced as (very similar to) 'Gaylic'. That would be Irish, then? Thu 27 Aug 2009 16:57:06 GMT+1 steelpulse I pay Dan Hannan no nevermind - heck Fox News? lolBut I chuckled at PMs quick portrayal of him in recent times. Hannan was born in Peru you say? No offence - but was any reference to a large London rail terminus or any jars of marmalade a factor in Mr Hannan's life history and not mentioned - allegedly?Seriously though being born overseas is a fact of life for a percentage of the worlds population - holidays - postings abroad etc - but it is the way it MATTERS for some people - when the word immigration is mentioned and not others - I love to poke fun at. Given that population of the UK piece earlier in PM this afternoon - I laughed out loud at such circumstances - especially when one particular MoP "supporter" of Mr Hannan was heard. I was also fascinated to be reminded of what Enoch Powell actually said that caused any mention of his - Powells name - to enrage certain quarters.It was very imflammatory wasn't it? 15-20 years? The whip hand? And with the aid of hindsight - totally rubbish.No. Mr Hannan makes me smile and there is little enough of that nowadays. Thu 27 Aug 2009 16:54:48 GMT+1 lordBeddGelert Oh. My. Word. Suddenly the reason for the inability of New Labour to raise school standards is enunciated in two simple words. BECKY. PARKER. How on earth can we trust who cannot even speak in sentences but in a hideous jargon-ridden stream-of-consciousness to judge what is best for our young people ? Thu 27 Aug 2009 16:51:59 GMT+1 bright-eyedwendym Could you please repeat again that Dan Hannan does not endorse Powell's views on immigration. Mandy is making mischief- not for the first time.I don't like many or indeed any of Hannan's views but let's not let New Labour muddy the waters yet again. Thu 27 Aug 2009 16:32:39 GMT+1 David_McNickle I really must send another glass box. Not that many posters come here any more. Thu 27 Aug 2009 16:02:10 GMT+1