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November 17, 2008



Olive - Reg's sister in OTB - was pretty unattractive.
Except before she got the job she was a stripper in a club and very succesful too. It would appear she had to put on about 20 Kgs to do the part.

The Great Simpleton

IIRC Reg's character wan't the lazy one, it was his Brother-In-Law who was laways looking to skive and work an angle.

You could also say that the Inspector was also bad for the perception that all superfisors/forman/managers are incompetent.

Bruce - MyEmployee

The ATM really touched the right spot in the realm of consumer behavior that stimulated easy and efficient spending - not to mention credit cards. But spending is also good for the economy - especially those at the receiving end. Now if only we could spend more but pay actually less for something relatively of high value.

Bob B

"His portrayal of Stan Butler did much to perpetuate the image of the 1970s worker as a bone-idle work-dodger"

Not forgetting the contribution made by the film: I'm all right, Jack, to the later reforms of industrial relations by the Thatcher governments:

But the academy award for stardom must undoubtedly go to:

"Derek Robinson, or 'Red Robbo' as he was dubbed by the media, became synonymous with the strikes which crippled production at the Longbridge plant in Birmingham in the 1970s."


Economic woes in terms of Reg Varney. Hmmm. Interesting theory.

john cramer

He might have been part of the 'short people are in command' ie he was the driver. And tall people do the running around ie the conductor.
Though napoleon wasn't a bus driver as far as I knw.

Hilary Wade

There was also "A Home of Your Own," which featured inept workmen, and had been released a few tears earlier. Despite being a comedy, it was apparently shown in Germany as a straightforward documentary of British industrial relations.

Bob B

I do so look forward to all those hilarious movies that will surely be made about the credit crunch, the incentive bonuses for wayward bankers and the failing financial institutions.

I mean, George Bush seriously believes that Free Market Capitalism - with regulation, of course - is the best way to go while they discuss whether to nationalize American motor manufacturers to save them from bankruptcy. Early news broadcasts suggested growing concerns on the part of Republicans about creating all those moral hazards that will afflict the American automotive industry but which, somehow, didn't inhibit pouring billions of American taxpayer Dollars into failing banks and the nationalization of AIG.

Poor guy, he obviously lacks a sense of humour.

Bob B

I've tried but can't understand why Free Market Capitalism hasn't solved long ago the problem of the pirates off Somalia.

Remember all that stuff about whether insurance and shipping companies banded together to provide maritime lighthouses as private ventures to signal harbours and hazards following Coase's seminal paper on: The Problem of Social Costs?

Safe passage for merchant ships on the high seas without the threat of capture by pirates is surely a Public Good? Right?

With the manifest failure of governments to curb piracy off Somalia so far, how come insurance and shipping companies haven't stepped in and got together to provide a solution just like Coase said they would in his seminal paper: The Problem of Social Costs (Journal of Law and Economics, October 1060)?

Could it be that Coase was wrong about private provision of Public Goods?

Bob B

"An anti-piracy watchdog has welcomed the destruction of a suspected Somali pirate vessel in the Gulf of Aden by an Indian navy warship."

But wasn't that just another example of outrageous state intervention in a situation which should have been resolved by Free Market Capitalism? (-;

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