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March 13, 2006

J. Ashley

A certain J. Ashley (also Mrs Andrew Marr I think? Or am I getting confused here?) states that capitalsim is icky because the service economy seems not to work very well.

Hhhm. Try living in a socialist economy, as I have, and get service. I have, quite seriously, seen a restaurant that closes for staff lunch. At lunchtime. Every day.

Try the semi-socialist one of the UK in the 1970s. 3 months to get a telephone line from the state monopoly.

No, of course the current economy is not perfect. That’s actually why we have markets, for the competition they bring is what forces up the level of service of, err, services.

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According to Wikipedia "Ashley is married to fellow journalist Andrew Marr, lives in west London and has three children." Explains a lot about Andrew Marr.

Posted by: Oscar | Mar 13, 2006 10:42:45 AM

Haha. Wikipedia is great for crazy errors like that. Jackie Ashley is indeed married to Andrew Marr though.

Posted by: Andy | Mar 13, 2006 11:47:36 AM

In the glory days of the Soviet Union, we visted Petersburg, and disembarked for a tour of the city. In the morning, as we left the ship, the shop selling postcards was closed. In the afternoon, when we returned, the post office had closed so we couldn't buy any stamps.
So that's why you never received a postcard from me Tim.....

China was a very different matter. I swear to G-d I came out of a China Friendship Store in Shanghai with two pairs of shoes, a musical box, and more money than I went in with. I still haven't worked that out.

Posted by: Monty | Mar 14, 2006 12:00:25 AM

In the glory days of the Soviet Union, we visted Petersburg, and disembarked for a tour of the city.

That would be Leningrad, you capitalist swine!!

Posted by: Tim Newman | Mar 14, 2006 4:20:57 AM