The "I do not understand what is going on" thread!

Discussion in 'The Intelligence Cell' started by Litotes, Feb 3, 2009.

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  1. You've read the newspapers, watched the television, kicked it around with your mates, listened to the news and you think that you have it all worked out; you understand what is going on....

    I propose that this thread should be for those items that show that you didn't really understand......., did you?

    Come on, don't be embarrassed....

    I give you:

    07 Jan 09 - UK car sales fall to 12 year low

    22 Jan 09 - UK car production slows rapidly

    03 Feb 09 - Ford and Vauxhall to raise car prices by 5%

    WTF?

    Litotes
     
  2. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    I see your car argument and raise you

    'We have seen the end of 'boom and bust''.
     
  3. Agreed. WTF are they thinking?

    I would have expected a 30% reduction, especially on cars that have been sitting on disused airfields all over the country for the past 6 months. A 30% reduction would mean a loss overall, but at least it's better than a 100% loss due to no sale and would have at least a limited positive effect on a stagnant market.

    It looks like they'll still be sitting there, losing value every day, for at least the next year.
     
  4. Raise Again

    'We are in the best position of the developed nations, during this slump'

    And the IMF said?
     
  5. Biped

    Biped LE Book Reviewer

    The master of Prudent Financial Control (and the universe).

    'Big G' will see us through.
     
  6. Raise again.

    "I saved the world."
     
  7. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    A long way from 'Not Flash. Just Gordon.'
     
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  9. I raise you

    British jobs for British workers.....

    Example - BT cuts 10,000 permanent and contractors in December, target must be reached by March 09. BUT - contracts all the work these people were doing out to Tech Mahindra, Mastech and other Indian based countries for a fraction of the cost. Workers migrate to the UK on temp work visas, rent places where 10 of them share a 3 bed house so they pay a pittance in rent etc.

    Oh yes, reason for the 10,000 cut is........ drop in profits.

    Ive seen it for my own eyes and still cant believe it.
     
  10. Old Gordon has indeed made some classic quotes.

    “A weak currency arises from a weak economy which in turn is the result of a weak Government” - Gordon Brown.

    Brown when he criticised the Tories in 1992 at the time of the disastrous Major/Clarke/Lament era…
     
  11. Grownup_Rafbrat

    Grownup_Rafbrat LE Good Egg (charities)

    And the joke is they (a) go back to India and resign after their 12-week training in the UK because they have 'foreign experience' and can get a bigger wage elsewhere or (b) don't learn enough whilst they're over here and go back to 'train' their colleagues to the same inadequate level or (c) haven't been raised to use initiative and common sense, so if there's no instruction they can't do it, so a decreasing number of experienced UK staff is still covering the same amount of work, because the folks abroad can't do the job or have fcuked off.

    Net result - decreasing service and delivery to the Customer, increased profits to the shareholders, more British Jobs to Johnny and Janey Foreigner. I see it all the time in the IT industry.

    Many companies seem to be using this recession as an excuse to shed workers, which they were going to do anyway to maintain or increase profit levels. B@stards.
     
  12. On a slightly tangental, but related point:
    http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-magazine/business/3300286/a-boom-market-in-economic-nonsense.thtml

    An excellent article from The Spectator, exposing the bollocks spoken by the punditry at large.
     
  13. 'New Labour are Left Wing/Socialist/Communist'. Eh?

    So, by a man's deeds shall ye not judge him, then?
     
  14. the_boy_syrup

    the_boy_syrup LE Book Reviewer

    Country brought to it's knees by snow

    How does that work then?
    I don't understand we had snow last year to and got caught out then
     
  15. They are socialist. Most of their policies are based on the idea that all men are created equal, which is obviously complete b*llocks.