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by Altfish
October 15th, 2015, 7:22 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: The future of education (if any)
Replies: 833
Views: 117662

Re: The future of education (if any)

One of the biggest problems is that the 'division' is done on 10-year old kids, whereas with good streaming at a mixed ability school late developers can climb the ladder as opposed to hitting a brick wall at a secondary modern. I should also say that there are kids that get to the grammar school an...
by Altfish
October 15th, 2015, 6:28 pm
Forum: Education
Topic: The future of education (if any)
Replies: 833
Views: 117662

Re: The future of education (if any)

As someone who has vast experience of this may I give my two penneth of wisdom. I live in Trafford MBC which is one of the few councils in the country that has maintained its grammar school/11+ system. I went to the grammar school, my daughter went to the grammar school; my wife and son both failed ...
by Altfish
October 14th, 2015, 8:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 21
Views: 2877

Re: EU Referendum

Altfish wrote:I know I'm not Nick but I understand a referendum to be binding on Parliament. It is instead of a vote in the House and cannot be over ruled by a vote of MPs.
I love the way that my comment is ignored :laughter:
by Altfish
October 13th, 2015, 9:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 21
Views: 2877

Re: EU Referendum

I know I'm not Nick but I understand a referendum to be binding on Parliament. It is instead of a vote in the House and cannot be over ruled by a vote of MPs.
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 6:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why is there Trainline?
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Why is there Trainline?

The majority of savings are made when you make a journey that starts in rush hour but finishes off-peak. So, you pay peak rates for first half of the journey and off-peak for second half. Rather than peak for full journey.
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 5:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why is there Trainline?
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Why is there Trainline?

Yes, they've got to pay for their adverts somehow. I must say that their website is more intuitive than all the Train Company ones I've used. The way to say most money is by split ticketing; if you know what you are doing you can say 30% on some journeys. I save about £20 on Altrincham to Nottingham...
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 4:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why is there Trainline?
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Why is there Trainline?

Yeah, you are probably correct. I think the point I was getting to is that they rely on the public not being fully informed sovereign consumers. Caveat emptor, perhaps, but ISTM that they business model relies solely on this: misinformation - at least by omission - of consumers, whilst I have no do...
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 4:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 21
Views: 2877

Re: EU Referendum

Alan H wrote:It's been brewing in every decade since the seventies but this time, with a bit of luck, the Tories will disintegrate in an internecine war and disappear up their own backsides.
We live in hope
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 4:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: FIFA and corruption
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: Ataris uataris

I still don't understand why the European nations + USA and others don't say, "We're starting our own federation. We're pulling out of the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 and will organise our own alternative competition" I wonde what the legal and contractual ties have to say abou that.Betcha the Qatar...
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 12:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of the Press (if any)
Replies: 36
Views: 5191

Re: The future of the Press (if any)

It appears that the Daily Mail and Rebekah Brooks are taking their revenge on Tom Watson for his Leverson approach.
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 12:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why is there Trainline?
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Why is there Trainline?

Yeah, you are probably correct.
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 12:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: EU Referendum
Replies: 21
Views: 2877

Re: EU Referendum

The problem with the referendum (which currently seems to be running away from Cameron) is that it is a lose-lose situation. We, allegedly, are trying to renegotiate our membership and then Dave will put it to the vote. If we vote NO we are out, I'm not sure that is good for anyone. If we vote, YES,...
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 12:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: FIFA and corruption
Replies: 14
Views: 2082

Re: FIFA and corruption

I still don't understand why the European nations + USA and others don't say, "We're starting our own federation. We're pulling out of the World Cup in 2018 and 2022 and will organise our own alternative competition"
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 10:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 222919

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Dave B wrote:All parties are guilty of that surely, Altfish?
Not disputing that, but at the moment only one party has the power
by Altfish
October 12th, 2015, 6:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 222919

Re: The future of Government (if any)

Hands up if you're in the slightest bit surprised: [url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11925441/Exclusive-Jeremy-Hunt-accused-of-sugar-tax-cover-up.html]Exclusive: Jeremy Hunt accused of sugar tax cover-up[/url ]Jeremy Hunt has become embroiled in a furious row with the head of the Commons ...
by Altfish
October 11th, 2015, 4:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Labour leadership election
Replies: 75
Views: 9058

Re: Labour leadership election

It's called democracy. A political group goes door to door asking folk what they think. The folk reply, politely or otherwise. Some active members of the political group get a better idea of what people actually think of them and their policies. Roll with it. Doh! Is that what it is? I wasn't compl...
by Altfish
October 11th, 2015, 4:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Labour leadership election
Replies: 75
Views: 9058

Re: Labour leadership election

Labour were out door knocking yesterday in our street. Is this a nationwide strategy or just in our council seat (it is a swing seat) that is being targeted? The bloke that called on us was a local councillor from another Trafford seat. It is 9-months ahead of the next election, what are they up to....
by Altfish
October 11th, 2015, 7:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Why is there Trainline?
Replies: 11
Views: 1725

Re: Why is there Trainline?

I mean, I can't see that they offer anything that Virgin Trains and all the other TOCs provide and they use the same database of trains and fares, yet they charge an additional 75p per transaction. OK it's only 75p, but why? As someone who travels by train a lot it is handy having all the informati...
by Altfish
October 10th, 2015, 9:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: Volkswagen's Diesel Cheating Catastrophe
Replies: 39
Views: 5735

Re: Volkswagen's Diesel Cheating Catastrophe

Just put my VIN No. into VW's website... Dear Volkswagen customer, We regret to inform you that the Type EA 189 engine built into your vehicle with the Vehicle Identification Number xxx you submitted, is affected by software that may cause discrepancies in the values for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) dur...
by Altfish
October 9th, 2015, 1:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Discussions...
Topic: The future of Government (if any)
Replies: 3234
Views: 222919

Re: The future of Government (if any)

But that doesn't sit well with the nasty party. Whatever you do, don't confuse them with facts and statistics, it's all about dogma!