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« Reply #855 on: November 14, 2019, 07:00:34 am »

Haven't we heard before that railways are things of the past? Beeching?
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« Reply #856 on: November 14, 2019, 03:27:20 pm »

Haven't we heard before that railways are things of the past? Beeching?

I entirely agree. To the learned don who suggested that driverless cars synchronised on motorways will be the future, I would put the questions when, why, and how. To implement his plan would require a significant proportion of the populace to buy or hire such a car, and those with insufficient funds to stay at home. The sight of a column of Leyland Brexits heading at 70 mph along a tarmaced railway line, each containing one snoozing passenger and stopping en masse when one runs out of whatever energy source it uses is unlikely to be seen anywhere.
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« Reply #857 on: November 14, 2019, 04:44:18 pm »

We won't have the 88bn (and growing) in the Treasury coffers either. A lot of money is that.

Anyone fancy a game of whack-a-mole?

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Important: An investment always concerns the outlay of some asset today (time, money, effort, etc.) in hopes of a greater payoff in the future than what was originally put in.
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« Reply #858 on: November 14, 2019, 06:14:11 pm »

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An investment is an asset or item acquired with the goal of generating income or appreciation. In an economic sense, an investment is the purchase of goods that are not consumed today but are used in the future to create wealth. In finance, an investment is a monetary asset purchased with the idea that the asset will provide income in the future or will later be sold at a higher price for a profit.

Important: An investment always concerns the outlay of some asset today (time, money, effort, etc.) in hopes of a greater payoff in the future than what was originally put in.
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How quaint. I've heard politicians use the word "investment" a lot recently, and several times today. Not one of those examples was in that sense - nor even in the less financial sense of spending on capital assets which are useful over a period of many years. "Spending" would have been more apt in every case. Not a new trend, but it has gather pace in tha last few years.

What, I wonder, will be the new wording of choice if what is proposed is really investment in the old sense?
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« Reply #859 on: November 14, 2019, 10:16:45 pm »

We won't have the 88bn (and growing) in the Treasury coffers either. A lot of money is that.

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Important: An investment always concerns the outlay of some asset today (time, money, effort, etc.) in hopes of a greater payoff in the future than what was originally put in.
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And an economic miracle is when we all use our credit cards at the same time.
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