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John Stuart Mill described the British Empire as "outdoor relief for the middle classes". The phrase "indoor relief", at the time, referred to the state-sponsored workhouse programme, which invented jobs for the poor to prevent them being idle. Mill was implying that the Empire was a gigantic job creation scheme. But in the 21st …

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Joke

Oh our PR could be alot worse

Oh our PR could be alot worse. We could of got RIM to organise it for us.

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The "b" word

CYNIC, n.

A blackguard whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be. Hence the custom among the Scythians of plucking out a cynic's eyes to improve his vision. [ Devil's dictionary ]

Since most western countries have passed laws making bribery of officials illegal (sidenote: I wonder how many palms were greased to get those laws through?) You can't just bung a wad of dosh at a purchasing manager and hope for the best. No, you have to make it all look official, above board and thoroughly respectable. What could be more respectable than a government backed scheme to tell the russians how to use their oil reserves more efficiently?

Obviously it's not an inducement, as it's all out in the open - or at least it is now. And if the russians, or the indians or the chinese or anyone else was to just happen to decide to award some "consultancy" contracts to british firms? Well that just goes to show how effective government "grants" can be.

Corrupt? Moi?

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Just seen that video ...

... It shows the poster being ripped off the wall. It's as if the spokesperson for the BHC hadn't even seen the video, couldn't be bothered to watch it and didn't check any of their own PR output.

Why am I not surprised?

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Re: Just seen that video ...

I didn't watch it, Having been linked here it will probably get more views now than it has ever done.

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Project: Energy trading

Purpose: Create a framework document that will serve as the basis for future schemes offsetting carbon emissions against growth in renewable energy means. Ensure it is of sufficient complexity to permit extensive graft opportunities when implemented.

Cost: My G&T fund, £38,000 - plus first dibs on implementation, cushy directorships in strategic roles with little oversight, you know the sort of thing old boy...

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Wahoooo

Keyword Bingo!

Another Andrew article, another "middle class" mention again.

Chip meet shoulder!

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Re: Wahoooo

Is there anything in the article that you think is factually false or an inappropriate conclusion? Or do you just not like being told about these things?

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WTF?

Why are we funding PR?

The rhetorical answer:

Wasn't that unemployable plonker Cameron a PR spiv before he bought his rotten borough with daddy's money ?

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Cameroonian work experience

Between graduation in 1988 and the present, i.e. 24 years, the only time that Cameron wasn't working for the Conservative party or in Parliament as an MP was the 7 years from 1994 until 2001 when he was a PR flack for Carlton Communications.

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Nice work if you can get...

... you shut one government slush fund down with public awareness and another springs up with a different trending title.

Someone please tell me when we have a government with at least 1 individual that thinks rationally and I can come out of hiding and stop weeping.

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A little investigation is called for

To find out exactly who, in our government, applied for each grant and how the recipient of each grant is related to the applicant.

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Re: A little investigation is called for

Fits with my latest (lame) social idea is to throw FoI parties, get a group of people with similar goals and organise an FoI submission en-masse.

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The propoganda is irrelevant.

These people aren't been payed to try to persuade the Russians, or any other country or government, to change their policy. These people are being paid because they're mates with someone who has access to our tax money.

This is nothing but blatent theft of tax money.

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What?

"a perpetual and endless job creation scheme for the British middle classes - are quite uncanny"

Every first world economy is a perpetual and endless job creation scheme.

Oh sorry, I forgot that t'internet is a basic human right now.

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God forbid

That anything that may actually tackle energy insecurity, climate change or fuel poverty should actually be funded...

It's a bit hard to read the pamphlets after dark with no lights on

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Re: God forbid

God forbid these things should be funded by anyone else but us! What would the neighbours think?

The Empire days are gone. Stop giving all our cash away to assuage a guilty conscience nobody actually has.

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Pirate

Remeber next time you strangle a green...

To use a natural renewable hemp rope, and not a synthetic nylon one.

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Wahoooo

>another "middle class" mention

I think you'll find it was a quotation. That means someone else said it...

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Johnny Foreigner's energy awareness?

The average energy-poor (and, generally, poor) foreigner is aware of only one relevant thing. The rich West has energy; he doesn't. He doesn't want "advice", he wants energy because he's seen how it lifts a society out of poverty. Give the Gov a few more years to screw up our energy infrastructure, and we'll start re-learning that lesson ourselves.

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Kickback

I agree with Pete 2. These are just dressed up kickbacks to encourage business to be thrown the UK's way. It's how the world works and no amount of moral indignation will make a damn bit of difference.

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