Can’t see that I’m needed hereNovember 17, 2016 Tim WorstallEconomics16 CommentsMr Newman has it under control. previousHe won’t let go of that magic money tree, will he?nextYep, this is politics 16 thoughts on “Can’t see that I’m needed here” BraveFart November 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm Certain policies of the Swedes, and the Germans, are becoming Trojan horses for the entire destruction of the civilisation of the west. I take issue with one aspect of Tim Newman’s article. My experience in Russia is that when you wanted a hand from a drunk to do something (eg in one case lift an old fridge) a bottle of beer each, not vodka, was enough pay for them. Andrew M November 17, 2016 at 1:00 pm Moreover, Sweden’s economy is growing strongly and the government has an $800 million budget surplus. How the feck does Sweden have a budget surplus while we have a £100bn deficit? Mr Ecks November 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm It may be time to consider military action against Sweden. Two thirds of the native population appear to be cowardly cucks who berate themselves while imports rape the same women who are now happy they have a “Report mansplainning at work” helpline. If Sweden is to be invaded, raped and exploited I can see no reason why we shouldn’t do it rather than RoP imports. Sort of revenge for the Vikings kind of thing. I’m sure the one third of loyal, decent Swedes would appreciate our military help to defeat the cuck two thirds, and expel rogue imports. They would I’m sure be willing to give us a substantial share of the cucks lands, cash and women. Of course I’m jesting…or am I? Pogo November 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm @Andrew M: How the feck does Sweden have a budget surplus while we have a £100bn deficit? The Swedes pay sh*t-loads of tax! Ben S November 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm How much would it cost to stick all this repairable kit in a container and ship it to somewhere where they want it? Probably too much, I guess, otherwise someone would already be doing it. Or maybe someone is? John Square November 17, 2016 at 2:53 pm Newman’s blog is consistently excellent. Tim Newman November 17, 2016 at 3:29 pm Newman’s blog is consistently excellent. Thank you!! 🙂 Roué le Jour November 17, 2016 at 4:38 pm Ecks I’m assuming the Russians will ‘liberate’ the western European nations when they become ungovernable. Nemo November 17, 2016 at 6:43 pm You can see how it will go: if the proposals don’t already countermine all kinds of insurance and safety regulations, at the first person electrocuted by a miswired washing machine repair, or the first kid who goes under a tram cos his bike repair was botched, the regs will be ramped up with qualifications and insurance required, and the heavy hand of the state will reaffirm the supremacy of robots in China. I’m surprised a biologist wouldn’t foresee that. Van_Patten November 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm Tim Newman is a worthy compliment to the blog here and also was to the disgracefully defenestrated Christie Malry (exposed by that Gestapo-like being in Ely) – this is absolutely spot on the money….. Liberal Yank November 17, 2016 at 7:49 pm Tim N, Great post. Tim W, You’re missing an obvious problem. If more people like Tim N start writing logical pieces like you do then supply will increase lowering your earning potential. Personally I think that the greater good is worth the individual costs but then I don’t make my living writing logical economic arguments. If you have already thought of this cheers for being the better man. Tim Newman November 18, 2016 at 11:24 am You’re missing an obvious problem. If more people like Tim N start writing logical pieces like you do then supply will increase lowering your earning potential. If I’m found at the bottom of an elevator shaft, please send the police around to Worstall Towers. Tim Worstall November 18, 2016 at 11:30 am I can’t see that we’re going to run out of economic idiocy to write about. Just really can’t see it….. Ian Reid November 18, 2016 at 11:34 am Couple of points. When I were a lad no self respecting person would put his bike in for a service. People of my fathers generation could strip Sturmey Archer three speeds and repair them. Now I know people who pay what I regard as obscene sums to have some git squeeze oil down their tubes, and maybe use a screwdriver on a derailleur gear adjuster. But they do so of their own free will, not due to some Greenie making tax incentives for them to do so. @BenS On the topic of shipping stuff to be repaired, this does happen on a small scale. Recently I sold at a car boot, and off loaded a surplus rucksack, with my employers logo on it, to an African gent for the princely sum of £3. He was delighted. I’ve seen them before wander off with old bulky TV sets over their shoulders. Recently there was an article on the Beeb website which described how they’re buying up old 60’s Massey Ferguson tractors, and sending them back. Apparently they’re prized because being so simple they’re easy to repair. So they’re where Sweden wants to take itself back to. Perhaps they’ll meet other as Sweden is on the way down, and Africa comes up. @Nemo. Indeed. The heavy belly of John Prescott made it illegal for homeowners to do their own electrical repairs. Jim November 18, 2016 at 2:25 pm “Recently there was an article on the Beeb website which described how they’re buying up old 60’s Massey Ferguson tractors, and sending them back. Apparently they’re prized because being so simple they’re easy to repair.” Thats been a trade for decades. Once over subsidised UK farmers think an old tractor is f*cked they sell it to a trader who ships it to Africa where it does another lifetime of work. This trade is going to dry up soon though, as the amount of purely mechanical tractors (as opposed to those with complex electrical control systems) is getting less and less. Partly because lots have already been exported and partly because farmers are wising up to the short lifespan of the modern electrically managed machines and are keeping the old ones and refurbing them themselves instead. BniC November 18, 2016 at 11:43 pm Seem to recall that a small business refurbing old fridges to sell to Africa had to shut down after one of the EU mandates on CFC etc. So more fridges going to tip and no supply of cheap fridges (mainly for medical supplies) to third world and some people out of work, losses all around Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.