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. Leaving the European Union without a deal in place would not spell disaster for the UK economy, according to a free market thinktank advocating trade with the rest of the world over a “hamstrung” deal with Brussels. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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Leaving EU without deal would be no disaster, says thinktank image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 17th of August 2017 11:01:07 PM
. Leaving the European Union without a deal in place would not spell disaster for the UK economy, according to a free market thinktank advocating trade with the rest of the world over a “hamstrung” deal with Brussels. ...
Ten years after the crash, there’s barely suppressed civil war in Britain | Aditya Chakrabortty image
....In Britain, disgrace is almost always for the poor; the rich can almost always find redemption. The chairman of Northern Rock, Matt Ridley, can now be found in the Times chirruping about the virtues of the free market; the Eton-educated viscount spends rather fewer column inches on his past helming one of the biggest-ever recipients of state support. ...
How the crash discredited the Anglo-US democratic model | Will Hutton image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 12th of August 2017 11:05:01 PM
....The financial crisis of 2007/8 was the beginning of a chain of events that would ultimately threaten the viability of the west’s banking system – the landmark economic moment of this century, the consequences of which are still playing themselves out. From the outset, people have been keen to blame their own ideological enemy: for free marketeers, the crisis was triggered by ill-considered regulation and state bungling; for almost everyone else, this was where excessive trust in the unfailing wisdom of markets would inevitably end up. ...
Jacques Delors foresaw the perils of austerity. How we need his wisdom now | Mark Seddon image
.... For the decade from 1985 to 1995, Jacques Delors, as president of the European commission, not only helped fashion the modern-day EU and its single currency, he refined a new and much more purposeful social dimension: a “social chapter” designed to protect the rights of people at work. The TUC and others seized upon this new social contract especially in rapidly deregulating Britain, as a vital bulwark against the free marketeers’ drive to weaken unions, abolish collective bargaining and lower wages. ...
Ed Sheeran’s Divide puts Warner Music’s streaming income on track to cross £1bn image
.... Digital revenues across the business grew 30% to $496m, accounting for more than half of the record company’s total income in the quarter. In May, Warner Music renewed its licensing contract with YouTube in tough talks Cooper referred to in an internal memo at the time as not being a “free market” negotiation. ...
Green & Black’s new bar shows Fairtrade is under threat. But we still need it | Lucy Siegle image
....Therein lies the first compromise of ethical consumerism. From animal welfare labels to organic and fairly traded there has been a proliferation of systems that claim to tame or civilise the free market. ...
How Britain fell out of love with the free market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 4th of August 2017 05:00:34 AM
.... Disenchantment with the economic status quo has been potently expressed in elections across the world, from France to the US. But in no democracy has the political shift against the free market been as stark as in Britain. ...
How economics became a religion | John Rapley image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 11th of July 2017 05:00:01 AM
.... The data used by economists, however, is much more disputed. When, for example, Robert Lucas insisted that Eugene Fama’s efficient-markets hypothesis – which maintains that since a free market collates all available information to traders, the prices it yields can never be wrong – held true despite “a flood of criticism”, he did so with as much conviction and supporting evidence as his fellow economist Robert Shiller had mustered in rejecting the hypothesis. ...
The UK economy must take a long, hard look at itself | Larry Elliott image
....In the 1970s, both left and right were agreed that the economy required fundamental changes. The Conservatives had Thatcherism, a blast of the free market designed to shake Britain out of what was seen as corporatist complacency; Labour had the Alternative Economic Strategy built around nationalisation, planning agreements between state and industry, and reflation behind tariff walls. ...
Spending watchdog condemns 'risky and expensive' Hinkley Point image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 22nd of June 2017 11:01:08 PM
....Dr Robert Gross of Imperial College called the report a “strong reprimand” of the past two governments. A “slavish devotion” to free markets that ruled out taking a stake and failure to wait for other nuclear projects to bring competition were to blame, he said. ...
Theresa May is warned: don't break election vow on energy price cap image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 14th of June 2017 05:33:11 PM
....However, the chancellor, Philip Hammond, and the communities secretary, Sajid Javid, have reportedly told the prime minister to use the election result as a chance to drop the plan. “We have to get back to our free market roots,” a source told the Sun. ...
Naomi Klein: ‘Trump is an idiot, but don’t underestimate how good he is at that’ image
....Klein has also charted the other force at work behind the victory of the 45th president. Her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine, argued that neoliberal capitalism, the ideological love affair with free markets espoused by disciples of the late economist Milton Friedman, was so destructive of social bonds, and so beneficial to the 1% at the expense of the 99%, that a population would only countenance it when in a state of shock, following a crisis – a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a war. ...
The great London property squeeze image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 25th of May 2017 04:30:19 AM
May's manifesto is birth of third way Conservatism image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 18th of May 2017 01:15:48 PM
....Two sentences in the Conservative manifesto sum up the rejection of the pure laissez-faire doctrine Margaret Thatcher held so dear. “We do not believe in untrammelled free markets,” and “we reject the cult of selfish individualism”. ...
General election 2017: 'Robin Hood tax' on City pledged by Labour image
....Labour's financial transaction tax plans were attacked by the Institute of Economic Affairs, which described them as "another example of the fallacy that corporations can be tapped for cash with no wider costs". "In reality, it's always ordinary people who ultimately pay, including consumers and workers," said the free market think tank's chief economist, Julian Jessop. ...
These are the UK markets I’d meddle in. What would yours be? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 13th of May 2017 06:00:39 AM
. Who knew Theresa May was so anti free markets, happy to meddle where competition fails consumers? Now she’s caught the bug with the electricity and gas price cap, here’s my selection of the other markets she should be meddling in. ...
Tory MPs plot to water down Theresa May's energy price cap pledge image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of May 2017 05:00:53 PM
....Theresa May will face a battle within her own party as well as with the energy companies if she decides to go ahead with a cap on gas and electricity prices. A number of Tory MPs favouring free market policies, including some at senior ministerial level, feel the plan is far too interventionist for a Conservative government, and are aiming to water down the proposal in the next parliament. ...
Tory energy pledge: May says she still believes in free market despite vow image
. Theresa May has said she still believes in free markets despite pledging to cap energy prices, after it was pointed out her party had dismissed a similar plan put forward by Ed Miliband as “Marxist”. ...
Government lacks faith in free market, says energy boss image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 25th of April 2017 07:07:41 AM
. The boss of British Gas owner Centrica has said some people at the heart of the Conservative government "don't believe in free markets". ...
These are the mistakes everyone makes when buying foreign currency - and how to AVOID them image
....Although some currency movements are impossible to predict, keeping up-to-date with the latest exchange rate news and market trends can help you time your transfers more effectively and get more for your money. Some currency brokers allow you to sign up to receive free market updates on a daily, weekly or monthly basis, giving you access to all the insight you need to make an informed decision. ...
Whatever the IMF thinks, we are a long way from the boom time of 2007 | Larry Elliott image
.... Francis Fukuyama called it the end of history. Whatever the nomenclature, the basic idea was the same: the US creed of free markets and free trade would lead not just to better economic performance but to the spread of the values that underpinned western capitalism. ...
Low rates, tight margins: the mortgage market looks worryingly familiar image
....But what this view underestimates is how many people have changed their outlook since the 2008 crash. They no longer consider themselves just consumers, prepared to accept whatever punishment the free market doles out to workers in the pursuit of ever-cheaper stuff. ...
Germany wants a strong EU. Why would it allow Britain an easy Brexit? | Charles Grant image
.... At the same time, however, excessive anti-EU rhetoric during the coming election campaign could erode some of the goodwill that Britain will need from other European governments to secure a half-decent deal. It is true that many Germans regret the departure of a country that is committed to free trade and free markets, and opposed to the economic interventionism of France, Italy and others. ...
Ford sees a future in UK after Brexit, says CEO Mark Fields image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Saturday 8th of April 2017 08:56:57 AM
....Industry trade body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said in January that uncertainty around Brexit and the UK's future trading arrangements had hit investment in the car sector. Although Toyota has announced new investment, the Japanese car giant said "continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe. ...
Let’s move to Kirkcaldy, Fife: a beautiful bay and an excellent farmers’ market image
. What’s going for it? Were Adam Smith to be reincarnated here in his home town (as a till-worker at Lidl, perhaps) he might come to different conclusions about the free market. ...
Let’s move to Framplington, Suffolk: too good to be true image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of April 2017 06:00:17 AM
....com when you order hand-picked single-estate Fairtrade olives at the pub, and where political correctness is just, well, correct? Framplington, that’s where. All eyes lately have been on the People’s Republics of Brighton, Bristol or Hackney as enclaves for those a bit circumspect about the free market. ...
Big Six energy companies face price caps after free market fails Brits image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 08:52:00 AM
. Last week Prime Minister Theresa May all but admitted that the free market has failed the majority of Britons and has vowed to fix the system so that it gives them a fair deal. ...
The Ronald, the Donald – and a hamstrung Hammond image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 19th of March 2017 06:59:01 AM
.... Tax cuts can help, but both this government and the last have found themselves imposing more taxes than they cut, to a point where the ratio of tax income to GDP is at its highest in 30 years. Reagan borrowed to spend, much to the disappointment of his free market friends, adding 3% of GDP to the US budget deficit. ...
George Osborne is laughing at us as he takes his Evening Standard job | Aditya Chakrabortty image
.... They claimed to be compassionate, yet Osborne and his colleagues snatched money off the poor and sent disabled people to their deaths. The believers in free markets called and bungled the referendum that will drag Britain out of the EU. ...
Toyota invests £240m in Derbyshire plant – but warns over Brexit tariffs image
....However, the European boss of Toyota warned tariff-free access to Europe was vital to the future success of the plant. Johan van Zyl, president and chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe, said: “Continued tariff- and barrier-free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success. ...
Toyota to invest £240m in UK plant at Burnaston image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 09:39:48 AM
....Johan van Zyl, chief executive of Toyota Motor Europe, said the investment showed that the company was doing all it could to make Burnaston more competitive. However, he warned: "Continued tariff-and-barrier free market access between the UK and Europe that is predictable and uncomplicated will be vital for future success. ...
Labour must learn to win if it wants to shape the UK's economic future image
....The current state of Westminster politics is all the more curious given what has happened to the economy over the past decade. First, there was a financial crisis caused by blind adherence to free market dogma and a laissez-faire approach to regulating global finance. ...
UK plans draft response to foreign takeovers after failed Unilever bid image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 22nd of February 2017 03:07:18 PM
....“In a world increasingly enticed by isolationism, Britain has to do more to demonstrate that it is keen to play a part on the global stage. During the referendum campaign, we were promised that Britain will be the loudest voice for free trade and free markets on the global stage; let’s ensure that voice remains strong. ...
Utopian thinking: the eclipse of neoliberalism heralds a new dawn of sharing | Minna Salami image
.... Individuality is necessary for ingenuity. Further, from a global perspective, while free market liberalism has mostly been detrimental (in Africa, the IMF’s structural adjustment programmes forced countries to reduce spending on social welfare, and to grow exports and open markets leading to economic crises that the continent is yet to recover from), it has also empowered multilateral organisations such as the UN. ...
Should financial advisers put us before them? Debate is back on the table image
....Scaramucci, who stepped down as co-managing partner of the $12bn SkyBridge Capital fund management company to be the Trump administration’s small-business adviser, has described the measure as an example of government overreach. He accused the DOL “of judging what should happen in a free market and attempting to put financial advisers out of work”. ...
The Guardian view on industrial strategy: hot air but no liftoff | Editorial image
.... This question was raised by the commitment the government made to Nissan to ensure jobs remained in the UK, but was unanswered today. The theory is that Britain can maintain its traditions of enthusiasm for the free market but with a state that is less squeamish when it comes to nurturing fledgling enterprises, getting involved when it looks as if markets have failed and, perhaps most drastically, stepping in if foreign interest in some strategic asset is deemed counter to the national interest. ...
If Brexit Britain is to survive, Theresa May must get industry right | Matthew d’Ancona image
....If you can tear yourself away from the satsuma-haired president and plucky Britain’s escape from the tyranny of Brussels, do take a look. In Davos last Thursday, the prime minister declared that: “the term ‘industrial strategy’ has fallen into something approaching disrepute in recent years, but I believe such a strategy – that addresses the long-standing and structural weaknesses in our economy – is essential if we are to promote the benefits of free markets and free trade as we wish … We can’t leave all this to international market forces alone , or just rely on an increase in overall prosperity… we have to step up and take control – to ensure free trade and globalisation work for everyone. ...
World's eight richest people have same wealth as poorest 50% image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 16th of January 2017 12:01:08 AM
....”. Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs thinktank, said: “Once again Oxfam have come out with a report that demonises capitalism, conveniently skimming over the fact that free markets have helped over 100 million people rise out of poverty in the last year alone. ...
'I set myself on fire' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Friday 13th of January 2017 12:16:58 AM
....Bank bashing is an Australian pastime that has its roots in the nation's fierce anti-authoritarian streak and its mistrust of large organisations, and its politicians. "In the last couple of decades banks, particularly the big banks, have been re-identified as somehow the source of capitalist problems in Australia," explains Chris Berg, a senior fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, a free market think-tank. ...
Corbyn’s wage cap plan labelled unworkable but keeps pay on agenda image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 10th of January 2017 08:05:41 PM
.... Leon Kamhi, head of responsibility at fund managers Hermes, said remuneration committees at individual companies should set out a maximum possible pay for their chief executives. Mark Littlewood, director general at the Institute of Economic Affairs, a free market thinktank, said Corbyn’s ideas had moved from “misguided to simply muddled” and branded the idea for a maximum wage cap to tackle inequality as “dangerous and, for all intents and purposes, a 100% income tax rate”. ...
The Scottish pioneer whose plan for a basic income could transform Britain image
....”. Perhaps Adam Smith, the great champion of the free market, would have approved after all. ...
The tech industry won't save us – or the planet – from Trump's excesses | Kate Aronoff image
.... But the main task of climate policy over the next four years is no different than what it was before Trump was elected: challenging the power of the fossil fuel industry on all fronts. That now entails challenging the administration itself, and defending agencies like the EPA from the climate deniers and free market zealots now in charge of them. ...
Our problem isn’t robots, it’s​ ​the​ ​low-wage car-wash economy | Paul Mason image
....Carney last week became one of the first powerful policymakers to recognise that the crisis of globalisation, the stagnation of free-market economies and the delayed impact of new technologies are linked. In the eight years since financial crisis, the response of policymakers has been to prescribe simply more of the things that caused it: more free markets and more globalisation. ...
The Guardian view on British business: stop stroking the fat cats | Editorial image
.... A couple of years ago, the notion that workers might have a say on the pay of their CEO would have been dismissed as Marxist or, at the very least, Miliband-ite. Now it comes from the leader of the party of businesses and free markets. ...
CBI to make plea to Theresa May for a ‘smooth Brexit’ image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 20th of November 2016 12:05:22 AM
....Disputing claims that the manufacturing and agricultural industries could be wiped out by cheap imports once outside the single market, Congdon said: “There is no reason why manufacturing cannot flourish outside the EU, though there is likely to be a different pattern of manufacturing. “Singapore is the clearest example of a free market economy and it has a larger manufacturing industry as a proportion of the economy than the UK does. ...
JP Morgan pays $264m to settle China 'bribery' probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 04:18:40 PM
....Kara Brockmeyer, of the SEC, said the misconduct was "so blatant that JP Morgan investment bankers created 'referral hires vs revenue' spreadsheets" to track the money flow. The DoJ's William Sweeney said: "When foreign officials are among those involved in the bribe, the international free market system and our national security are among the major threats we face. ...
May: Britain has 'historic chance' to give leadership to world image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 14th of November 2016 09:18:41 PM
....Mrs May cited the UK's recent agreement to keep Nissan car production in the north-east of England and the development of a global hub to repair and maintain fighter aircraft in Wales as evidence of a competitive industrial strategy. Mrs May, who has called for more employee representatives on company boards and greater disclosure about corporate pay, also pledged to crack down on unfair business practices which "undermine faith in capitalism and free markets". ...
We are living in a depression - that's why Trump took the White House image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of November 2016 03:29:04 PM
.... It was taken as a given that the focus of macro-economic policy should be control of inflation rather than full employment. It was accepted that there should be as few impediments to free markets as possible, with government intervention limited to tackling any short-term problems that might arise. ...
Donald Trump has plenty of economic issues to hit before he gets to the UK image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 13th of November 2016 07:00:12 AM
....Green and Ashley are billionaires, but 11,000 BHS workers have lost their jobs and part of their pensions, while Sports Direct staff are stuck on zero-hours contracts. Those who have taken advantage of the freedoms offered by globalisation and the free markets have a lot to answer for in 2016. ...
China trade 'more important than ever to the UK' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 10th of November 2016 09:13:59 AM
....US President-elect Donald Trump has said he wants to apply 45% tariff barriers to Chinese imports in an effort to protect free trade. But Mr Hammond told the BBC: "Britain's always believed that the best way long-term to protect and promote prosperity is free markets and free trade. ...
Touts using bots to buy tickets could face jail image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 19th of October 2016 06:15:37 PM
....”. Adams said he had a “good feeling” about the amendment’s prospects but admitted he was likely to face opposition from free market advocates in his own party. ...
Osborne: Rich richer because of monetary policy image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 27th of September 2016 02:36:35 PM
....". When asked about public attitudes, as revealed by the June Brexit referendum result in the UK and support for the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Mr Osborne said: "All of us who believe in free markets, in our democratic institutions, need to work harder to find an answer to the anger people clearly feel out there. ...
John McDonnell vows '£10 real living wage in 2020' image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Sunday 25th of September 2016 11:56:34 PM
....Mr McDonnell said he would commit Labour to supporting major industrial employers and firms in emerging sectors, such as clean energy. Arguing that the tide had turned around the world against "unfettered" globalisation, he claimed advocates of the free market would be unable to fully exploit the opportunities presented by the UK's exit from the EU. ...
UK women still far adrift on salary and promotion as gender pay gap remains a gulf image
....”. But Mark Littlewood, director general at the free market thinktank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said the study showed employer discrimination was not to blame for the gender pay gap. ...

Brexit hasn't defunded Britain. So why is Project Fear willing us to fail?
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 13th of August 2016 10:07:30 AM
....But why were so-called conservatives in favour of this kind of subsidy in the first place? The referendum turned political orthodoxy upside down. Remain’s free market conservatives found themselves defending subsidies to farmers, the EU’s protective union and even made dark warnings about Brexit harming state benefits. ...

Who is Michel
Barnier: The Frenchman in charge of the EU's Brexit negotiations
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.... In the event the referendum in Britain never took place. Diplomats have said he is "far from a soul mate for Britain" and is hostile to the “Anglo-Saxon” free market model of capitalism. ...

EU appoints former French minister who blames Britain for losing his job to lead Brexit negotiations
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....Speaking after June's referendum vote, Mr Barnier said that the European agenda shouldn't be "prisoner to the British question" during Brexit negotiations. He is a renowned defender of French protectionism and is hostile to the “Anglo-Saxon” free market model of capitalism. ...

Cameron made last ditch appeal to Merkel to limit EU migration on eve of Brexit vote
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....Concerns about unrestricted immigration from the EU were widely seen to have been responsible for the vote to leave in last month's referendum. However European leaders like French President Francois Hollande have repeatedly insisted that Britain must accept the continued free movement of labour if it wants to retain access to the free market. ...

This is the free market industrial strategy Theresa May should adopt
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Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Friday 15th of July 2016 07:46:24 PM
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The global order is dying. But it’s an illusion to think Britain can survive without the EU image
.... And in their hearts, many of those who voted for Brexit do not want it to happen. Talk to them: they want less free markets, less migration and less open trade. ...
Brexit would help UK manufacturing survive in a global market image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 14th of June 2016 11:48:20 AM
....We could directly help sectors. The US, never accused of not being free market, directly targets help to strategic sectors, like autos. ...
Economists overwhelmingly reject Brexit in boost for Cameron image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of May 2016 07:30:13 PM
....Economists for Brexit, who base their forecasts on a model developed by the Cardiff University professor and arch-monetarist Patrick Minford, argue that a fall in sterling, a bonfire of labour protections and the abolition of import tariffs will boost trade after a brief period of uncertainty. The free market group has said job losses in areas of the economy protected by the EU, such as agriculture and manufacturing, will be more than made up for by a booming services sector. ...
WTO head says leaving EU would cost UK consumers £9bn a year image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of May 2016 06:53:44 PM
....”. Britain could opt to simply scrap all trade barriers, as some free market economists have advocated, and turn its economy into a duty-free state, but that was unlikely, Azevedo said. ...
Yanis Varoufakis: Australia's negative gearing is 'scandalous' image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 25th of May 2016 06:22:53 AM
....“Because what Australians do not understand is that there is a major disconnect between the United States’ official ideology and its practice. The ideology is one of free market, but the practice is one of a state that is extremely activist, and is investing very heavily in whole networks of innovation and production: the military industrial complex, the medical industrial complex, even the prison industrial complex. ...
Brexit may be the best answer to a dying eurozone  | Larry Elliott image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 20th of May 2016 05:00:31 AM
.... When the architects of the new Europe looked to the future, they envisaged a new and better version of the United States of America. Europe would have all the good bits about the US – such as the economic dynamism, a large barrier-free market and a single currency – without any of the bad bits: the inequality, the high levels of incarceration, the poverty and the inadequate welfare safety net. ...
How the ticket touts get away with bleeding fans dry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 15th of May 2016 09:59:16 AM
....There are also now alternatives emerging to the secondary sites such as mobile ticket exchange app Twickets, which allows fans to offer tickets at face value or below for events they can no longer attend. Its founder, Richard Davies, is fed up with the greed of touts impinging on the rights of music and sports fans, and rejects the notion that touting is simply the free market in action. ...
Why Brexit would be the perfect gift for Vladimir Putin | Garry Kasparov image
....There are limits to broad appeals to the greater good and what Winston Churchill called “the responsibility of greatness”. It is reasonable for Britons to ask, “What’s in it for me?” Healthy self-interest is a cornerstone of democracy and the free market system that has brought freedom and prosperity to so much of the world – the freedom and prosperity we envied so much from behind the iron curtain. ...

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