Brexit Thread IV - Negotiations begin (and we're all screwed)


#1361

I could not agree with this more. All of the above. Think someone summed up pretty well on here not so long ago (can’t remember who) - remember when Gordan Brown called that woman a bigot and there was a real national outrage? And she was an actual bigot!

I used ‘roasted’ in the loosest possible sense.


#1362

ocean plastic is just a detail in the overall picture though really

but we digress


#1363

i know bro, i was just trying to bring levity to the situation, you all seemed down. they used to parachute me into helmand to tell knock knock jokes to the troops.

support the troops :uk:


#1364

nono. they are, genuinely, that consumed by their own arrogance to the point that they assume that no news about brexit means things are going fine.


#1365

Genuinely intrigued by this one.


#1366

speaking of which


#1367

So hard, she never bothered replying to my letter just after the election. Not even an acknowledgement.


#1368

Greggs wrapper falling down her blouse?


#1369

“a blue hat”


#1370

VPL?


#1371

Tucking her skirt into her knickers?


#1372

Such a bizarre thing to say from Hammond. The uncomfortable truth that nobody likes alluding to is that Britain’s low productivity and low unemployment are linked, but it’s nothing to do with the productivity of individual workers and everything to do with shit unproductive companies that, under the perfect economy that Tories like to believe exists, would be competed out of the market, leaving all their employees free to go out into the market and sell their ruddy skills to the go-getters.


#1373

Her bra opened a portal to an Eldritch universe filled with unspeakable horrors.


#1374

there is that, but there is also this

Hammond is basically just trying to crack another whip on the back of the working poor


#1375

Put her Grand Ribbon of the Order of Merit on the wrong side?


#1376

Whose productivity graph is that? It’s not the UK’s.


#1377

Her scales fell out


#1378

it’s US but it also shows another general trend of neoliberalism’s scrubbing out of economic market truths and replacing them with 1%er logic

the relationships between growth, productivity, wages, employment (and inflation, cost of living, number in poverty etc) have been slowly diverging from the classical model since the late 70s but have been blown to pieces since the last crash & the austerity/class politics that followed

low unemployment should mean high employment and thus high productivity & high wages in a supply-demand economy with jobs a plenty etc. but the metrics are fucked


#1379

No this doesn’t follow. High employment can only lead to higher productivity if output grows too. So your “jobs aplenty” get out has to have the rider that there are jobs aplenty with the potential for high output.

And then we complete the circle and end up back where we started, namely that we have a stagnant economy, where artificially high employment is traded off against low productivity.


#1380

Cheeky: