@ Rick - the shape is a matter of choice, the bricks are still mud and trees (well straw anyway). The latest thinking on Ancient Egypt is that the labourers were treated as a working elite, with the best food and free accomodation, to such a degree that they were able to use their pay (yes they were paid) to buy luxuries. The whip and slave history is that which belongs to the enslaved caste who have wanted their history to be one of escaping slavery, when the reality is they have enslaved themselves in ever new way.
@Jono - what me? No I'd gladly regulate economics until it declined into the irrelevance that it is (in terms of money and markets that is).
Interestingly, Camoron has just spoken and agreed that a worldwide transaction tax would win his support. It appears that he does not agree Jono that higher taxation will hamper the financial trading markets, he just does not want Germany to be in control of the mechanism in Europe. Whilst a European wide tax may cause some activity to transfer to a non-european location, it is decieptful to describe Briatin as being the main tax payer under such an arrangement - were that true then the many Trillions passing through the City would be creating tax pounds already - it is not because it is exempt UK taxation as most of it is non-UK sourced and destined. Our only tax benefit is the low income tax paid by the staff employed here, who would still be employed here if the transaction tax existed - mainly because the same tax exemptions would apply.
Whilst the tabloid emotive presentation of the tax pulls the strings of those who clamour to the market, the reality of the effect is negligable.
Meanwhile, this makes an intersting discussino whilst we wait for the government Minister for Housing to come up with his Housing Strategy after so many years in waiting to be Minister and 18 months of being one. Those poor breath-holding Blue People are turning bluer.