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Allan
In Heavy Industry
Thirty Something, Middle Of The Roader, Bit Of Late Catcher-up-er
Interests: Beer, Reading, Beer, Music, Beer, Rugby....Oh, did I mention Beer....
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"A more pedantic objection occurred to me: “It’s a powerful image but the ship isn’t actually moving.” The Costa was driven on to the rocks by total negligence, had to be salvaged in a long and costly operation and is now going for scrap value...... ....a pretty apt description of what both parties did to the UK economy.. ...when they gave into the bankers demands of ever looser regulation and their own wishes to pretend we were all wealthy by allowing debt levels and house prices to go through the roof.....
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The MoL is cheerleading for a piece of infrastructure that the rest of the country would help to pay for but would directly benefit London. He's only doing his job - plus of course BJ probably doesn't mind chipping a little at Ol' Cast Iron over China and how important trade is.....
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"Don't have children unless you can afford to. This woman isn't doing a "worthless job": she isn't doing a job at all. She is sitting at home and expecting other people who do work to pay for her life choices. If there is money to be given out (there isn't), it should be given to women who work, not to women who won't work." Which would have been an awesome reply from NC - in essence saying, "Yep, in HMGs view you are in fact a worthless drain - you consume but don't pay taxes....."
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Why did Boris Johnson invite Ol' Rupee over to London? So that Boris could kiss his a**e and beg for Ol' Rupee's support.
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Err..just another thought....it strikes me in the clip that more than quite a few of the jobs are tax payer funded. I wonder if perhaps the Scots voters quite like the idea of the very generous settlement that they get to provide 'public services' in Scotland....
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I see the shipyard workers are from BAe Systems. Would that be the same BAe Sytems that really ripped through taxpayers funds when they built the aircraft carriers? Hmm...not such a wonderful choice.
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".... folk are still scratching their heads as to why you and your cohorts are not in the slammer." Possibly because the politicians involved did nothing criminal. F***kwits they maybe were(on all sides as the policies in the run up to the crash were so close - remember sharing growth and all that). If you were to start jailing politicians for incompetence....well hellfire...we'd need a big island to build a jail on.
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So now HMG is going to try and police the Internet. Wow, I don't know what sort of 'herbs and spices' they're on in Whitehall but really? This the same HMG that can't even get the trains to run cheaply and sensibly and in one version or another have screwed up major IT projects time after time. Naturally of course the IT Wizards in Whitehall will make no allowance for the difficulties in making a proper effort to track the activities of those that make themselves harder to trace.
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It's no better or worse than the millions that were spent by HMRC and McVities on the 'Jaffa Cake Imbroglio' or HMRC and Prigles on the 'Are Pringles A Crisp Fiasco'
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"The fact that Labour were at it and we knew, means we should have learned from their mistakes and not done it ourselves. Whining on that "they did it too", not only looks childish and a denial of responsibility, but justifies the train of thought that "they're all as bad as each other."" Brilliantly put.
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Mrs. S, I'm not referring to "core beliefs", I was trying to point out that once Mob A shouts you did 'X' at Mob B it is ever so easy for Mob B to shout well you did 'Y' at Mob A. Thus I was pointing out, that from a middle of the road point of view, having one side screaming 'yeah well we got caught but we're not as bad because...' makes both sides look terrible and does nothing for either side. Surely that is hardly a matter that relates to policy or core political beliefs.
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Lets not forget Cash for Questions for the Blue Mob (including one of the MPs involved who later went on to try and get FOI exemptions for expenses charged to the public purse)..... ...or if you want to aim a trifle higher...serious corruption....well how about the Al-Yamamah arms deals....the original deal signed by a Blue Mob HMG involved so much corruption that a later investigation had to be stopped by the then Red Mob PM to prevent damage to the UK and foreign parties interests....outstanding. Or perhaps for shear deviousness...how about Ted Heath....entering the EEC whilst keeping very, very quiet about the fishing and farming policies. Still I suppose it depends what side of the Tribal Fence one stands on...in my opinion though the more each Mob throws, err, dirt at each other, the worst each mob looks.
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One might also argue that the whole electoral college principle is flawed as the MPs and MEPs votes aren't worth 1 vote each but are weighted to give a percentage and this percentage is then used. Still it is within the law and rules of the LP.
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I think the way the Budget has played out shows for the first time that HMG is now considering the 'pensioner vote' not to be monolithic block. It has taken quite some political courage but there are pensioners doing very, very well out of the property boom and high personal pensions aquired in the boom years just as there are pensioners surviving on the bare minimum. The knack now will be for HMG to protect the latter group as much as possible whilst maintaining a decent policy towards the former.
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Well Ol' Cast Iron's full of it today...yet again he failed to explain why I as a taxpayer should one of the lenders of last resort when it comes to underwriting mortgages.
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PSW, Of course it was disgraceful that the heckler was arrested. Most sensible people felt the same way as it was issue that crossed party boundaries. It terms of Blue vs Red for example, I'll see your DG investigation and raise you a 'Matrix Churchill' trial where a Blue Mob HMG was prepared to see innocent men go to prison to protect it's blushes. And of course not long after TB came to power the Red Mob HMG had 'Tobacco Gate' where TB as PM accepted £1m in cash from Ecclestone, Red Mob HMG had 'Draper Gate', Red Mob HMG allowed the dispicable smearing of a Paddington Train Crash victim and so on and so on and so on. However, in terms of not mentioning the events you catalogued, I didn't think they were that germane to the video and comments and I thought I had made it clear that I thought that they were all as bad as each other. Incidentally, in my opinion, regular reading of PE seems to show that Red and Blue are fairly even in terms of 'big, heavy scandal' but the Yellow Mob tend to make it so much more personal and vitriolic (even if their scandals are a little 'smaller').
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"I hope the CCHQ Legal department are looking into how best to trigger some sort of investigation." Ahh..attempting to use the law for political advantage...how utterly principled and edifying...such a respect for the rule of law.... ..is it any wonder that most 'non' aligned people think that the Red, Blue, Yellow and Green Mobs are as bad as each other. Still I suppose it was ever thus.
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"In short, this stinks and HMRC ought to investigate." I would guess that Red Ken (like members of the Blue and Yellow Mobs) and other prominent businessmen have taken very expensive legal advice on baord. I'm willing to bet at the moment, without a direct order from HMT i.e the Chancellor, nothing will be done as HMRC will not want to get into a fight with politicians across the spectrum because as soon as one on one side faces investigation...that side will no doubt point out other 'cozy arrangements' involving members of the mob making those accusations. In any case, for all we know, Red Ken, like others using the same wheeze may well have alredy informed the taxman. Like I said before, the man is a hypocrite but clearly at the moment is doing nothing any of us wouldn't wish we could get away with i.e. keeping our money out of the sticky paws of HMT.
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Unfortunately he's correct....which just shows how poor our tax code and regulations are. I suspect that in the HoC's there may be other such arrangements for earnings derived from outside the Chamber.
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The tax system and codes seem to have grown ever more complex. Is it time for a proper Royal Commission on Taxation? Perhaps we also need to advise judges in tax cases to allow plea bargains (as per the US) and for SOCA / SFO to conduct the 'roll-up' prosecution i.e crack those at the bottom with the threat of massive sentences (in the current climate juries are likely to convict) and then use that information to roll-up the 'chain of command'.
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Fine...go to Virgin, Stagecoach, Northern Rail and tell them that....no more subsidies. I wonder what they'd say as they 'hand the keys back' and HMG has to direct control anyway. PS: You might find these igures interesting.... "Between 1983 amd 1989/90 subsidy fell, at 1989/90 prices from £1,329 m to £587m. Over the same period Government subsidy as a share of total passenger revenue fell from 45% to 25%. Today it’s around 50%." http://railwayeye.blogspot.com/2012/03/deltic-rails-at-deadwoods-history.html I find it a little unusual for JR to be so weak on the figures...unless of course as a Cabinet Minister at time, he now wishes to edit his role and history.
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Apologies for delay in responding....... My main point is that given the massive, total, structural failures of the railways characterised by ever rising subsidies to private companies (share holders to pay and all that)..... ...for JG to be talking about ticketing issues is to my mind akin to wondering if one needs a shave even though one's hair is on fire.
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Hellfire....the woman is wittering on about 'tickets' and pieces of paper... ....where the real cost is the huge subsidy that the TOCs get plus of course the cash that must be spent on a vast army of lawyers and accountants that have to create and cost the myriad of dense, inpenetrable contracts...so naturally most parties spend more time fighting over those than actually running the railways. In other news, as HMG flounders around even more, services in Cumbria are due to be run by a nationalised company....yep..that's right...in order to get the trains to run cheaply and on time....the DfT is going to allow a company in the public sector to run the trains on that route.... http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/b3eccddc-67a6-11e1-b4a1-00144feabdc0.html The absolute truth (not that HMG wants to hear it) is that in essence the railways are actually an old fashioned utility, far more than a truly market enterprise at risk of failure. The holders of the operating franchises know this of course and also know the only option if they pull out is for HMG to operate the network directly...messing around with fares will actually do little if capacity improvements are not demanded by HMG. Meanwhile in Whitehall, the DfT runs from the glaring truth that Network Rail is, again essentially, a government run company dependent on subsidy, another reason to question the pointless decision to privatise the railways. Needless to say as more 'market competetion' is injected into the rail network, fares are only going to go one way...hardly a surprise as the TOCs try to extract ever more shareholder value. A cynic might also conclude that the ROSCOs are shortly to make a killing on the public purse as well as they are encouraged to 'develop value' so no doubt they'll put up the cost of their leases so that the TOCs have to pay more. Of course the TOCs will then go cap in hand to HMG so that HMG has no choice but to pay the TOCs more cash to keep the trains moving. Ah, the joys or re-circulating taxpayers funds at great expense. Meanwhile the ORR runs round like a headless chicken trying to keep all the companies working together in a sensible, rational way...even though the rail system is utterly fragmented with no 'directing mind'.
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"So used to been in a cosy office they are no longer allowed,or willing to save or arrest someone,they stand by and let them die or riot unhindered." Here's a little thought for you, even at the height of the Troubles, the RUC backed by thousands of troops and UDR battalions could at times barely contain the riots / civil disturbances across major cities in the Province. Even they pulled back and contained, yes, contained such disturbances whilst trying to protect lives. How many real, serving police officers do you think it would be necessary for us to pay for to go back to a 'golden era' of policing that never was in the first place. Why place beat officers on the streets (unless there are thousands of them on virtually every street corner - the doctrine of overwhelming force preventing anything happening) on foot when the criminals these days all have access to cars. Private services won't have the power of arrest, their standards will be lower (lower pay means well...work it out) and it smacks of desperation on the part of Senior Police Officers to pretend that such private firms will make any difference what so ever.
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