Thursday, 1 November 2012

Rays of Hope

Comet's troubles can only signal similar difficulties for Currys and Dixon's Group; hoist on the petard of internet trading by the very PCs and ISP deals they sold and promoted. We shouldn't be too grieved by this - sales floor jobs will go, transport, logistics and distribution jobs will grow. I suspect many have used Comet as I have, as a free manufacturers' display area. Feel the goods, examine build quality then come home and find the best price on t'net.

And though many will play down yesterday's events in the Commons, the net effect will be to insert a bit of proper spine into David Cameron for Brussels whilst not unduly wounding him at home and as a crude signal to Berlaymont that both British people and parliament are almost ready for 'out'. No bad thing. 

I'm still working my way through Michael Heseltine's 'No Stone Unturned' but so far it's vintage Hezza. Forget his silly Euphilia and look what his UDCs achieved in the face of soviet municipal stasis; Docklands, Central Manchester, Leeds, Merseyside, Plymouth and the rest, now bustling with converted yuppie warehouse apartments, boutiques and coffee shops. Regeneration is a twenty-year wait for results, and when they come the originators are often long forgotten. Economic intervention to remove regulation and create free-fire zones for naked capitalism is not without its downside - the local inhabitants will always remain burger flippers and cleaners - but the GDP growth is worth it.


DeeDee99 said...

The vote yesterday will not so much 'insert a bit of spine' into the weakling as hold the point of a knife to his back.

He ignores the message from the Commons yesterday at his peril.

Robert said...

The 'rebels' do not want us to leave the EU. They want a new 'relationship' with the EU. We will be thrown out hopefully before our politicians grasp that nettle.

G. Tingey said...

I'm not so sure about your flip condemnation of the locals to menial non-jobs ....

What I find a good sign is the begiinings of a "trim" by the more sensible elements in Labour to an anti-EU stance.
The public (as opposed to groundswell) shift is finally beginning, I hope.

Anonymous said...

Lots to mull over in this post Raedwald. I do agree with most of it. The bit about having mega stores as manufacturers display areas, however, didn't work for me this week. I went to buy a leather armchair and fully expected to do just as you describe, but no! The choice in all the furniture mega stores on the local(ish) retail park was apalling - and too expensive. The choice on ebay was much more "mega" than any bricks & mortar store and at half the price and to my exact specification and available right now! The net (sic) result was the same though...

Coney Island

Nick Drew said...

for historical accuracy, Docklands was the vision of the oft-underestimated (and sometimes maligned) Geoffrey Howe

who had a long-running interest in the East End, starting with the eponymous Bow Group being set up there in 1951 (IIRC) on the grounds that they couldn't find a cheaper place than the Constitutional Club there

Anonymous said...

'Economic intervention to remove regulation and create free-fire zones for naked capitalism is not without its downside - the local inhabitants will always remain burger flippers and cleaners - but the GDP growth is worth it.'

Ah, the other side of the coin which reads cypher on one side and oppressor on the other.


Demetrius said...

Yesterday, in "Economic Growth - Leave No Tern Unstoned", I suggested that if we were to take economic policy advice from a well worn OAP, then Ken Dodd might be the safer option.

Budgie said...

When Comet goes, it will be beneficial to the likes of Slurries - less competition.

Anonymous said...

Less competition in a market where competition does not exist ?
They're fighting over the same customer, one who doesn't want to buy their 25% overpriced product, while being badgered to accept an overpriced insurance policy by an underpaid salesman/person.
AND, if their product is comparable to an online-price they are making a loss.
Good business model it is not.

Anonymous said...

Parliament is not ready for out. Those who voted against the "government" are ready for out (and one suspects they may well soon be out of the party).
Parliament has its nose firmly up the EU arse.
I can really see D Cameron handing Englands article 50 application to negotiate to leave the union. Not. You think ?
Let me see. Let me do the sums. Scotland votes to depart the Union of England, Wales, Scotland and N-Ireland.
That would be minus 41 Labour seats.
Boundary re-arrangements are considered to mean plus 20 conservative seats (obviously, since 50 seats are to go, in a fair arrangement that would mean a 16.6 seat downer for each party....yeah; Right)
Mr D Cameron, with his recent denouncement of matters Scottish, obviously is thinking ahead....a lot more than the backstabbers are I'll bet.