The Ranting Kraut

19.3.2006 – 27.9.2010

Archive for July, 2010

Vince Cable’s Brain Drain Subsidy

Posted by rantingkraut on July 15, 2010

Vince Cable’s proposal for a graduate tax is prominently discussed in the news. Cable proposes a graduate tax which would make repayments of student funding dependent on earnings. Partly, this is already the case: student loan repayments only start after a minimum earnings threshold has been reached. A graduate tax could vary more finely with the salary but, more importantly, it would probably not end after the original fees have been repaid.

This is the most important difference: the best and the brightest can easily skip repayment altogether by working abroad. If you owe the government a fixed amount of money any interest you have in clearing your debt does not vary with your place of residence. Your tax burden however does, hence there will be an added incentive for graduates Read the rest of this entry »

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“Hate Crimes” and equality before the law

Posted by rantingkraut on July 3, 2010

English history is the chronicle, from Magna Carta onwards, of a slow progress towards equality under the law. By the 20th century it had been fully attained; then it was imbalanced again. Creating “aggravated” crimes is a reversion to the Middle Ages when assaulting a Norman baron meant death, while attacking a churl entailed a fine.” (Gerald Warner in the Telegraph)

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Tories to keep equality act

Posted by rantingkraut on July 3, 2010

This item briefly made the online headlines: The Tories are planning to press ahead with Harriet Harman’s equality bill requiring, among other measures, ‘gender pay audits’.

CBI director Katja Hall is quoted as saying: “Forcing companies to publish average salary figures for men and women could mislead people into thinking that women are paid less than men in the same role, which is rightly illegal, when differences will actually reflect the proportions of men and women in higher-paid jobs” (source)

Also of interest: Should we mind the Gap? from the iea for download here: pdf.

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Tell them which laws to scrap

Posted by rantingkraut on July 2, 2010

Nick Clegg has acked us which laws we want repealed. There is a government website that asks for suggestions and allows ratings. All those concerned about freedom of speech and due process should probably endorse this one proposal:

Repeal all terrorism acts from 2001 onwards in their entirety

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