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  1. The series follows this one firm of bailiffs who it seems only evict from rental accommodation. I doubt the High Street Financial Industry would welcome a fly on the wall documentary such as this. Although that said there is much educational benefit to be derived from it. The BBC of late have moved into programs where you can be issued fines in the street, diversifying from their usual property porn.
  2. Eh? Your figures are still wrong From the Horses Mouth https://www.gov.uk/call-charges
  3. Except you fell for the spin and lies. The allegation by Corbyn that calls to the Universal Credit line are 55p per minute. To recap the UC number, 0345 600 0723 is a low rate number. From a landline it costs up to 9p per minute. Corbyn was referring to the notional charge from a mobile phone - which, as is likely in the large majority of cases, the individual has a contract, the cost is FREE. Unlike 087* numbers, 03** number are included in the contract bundle. Once again Corbyn tries to make political capital out of the very few not the many... Once a liar always a liar.
  4. Strange the I does not number the Labour MP's who also have landlord interests..... The years 97 - 2010 were hardly bad news for HPI for owners either were they..... Both major parties are at fault.......
  5. The EU has already and will continue to parrot a line that they see this as an internal Spanish matter. Farage yesterday at the EU parliament made a point of mentioning that the head honcho's Juncker ect, had not even condemned the violence the Guardia National used against the Civpol. But then they were only casting a vote something the EU would rather not happen at all. All very nasty and yet another reason why we are better off out. In debt terms, Spain is in a poor way. If it loses Catalonia it will be harder to service it's debts as more or bigger is better. Of course, there will be nil discussion on how much of this debt Catalonia should take on. This may well yet be the Black Swan no one saw coming which brings down the EZ.
  6. I would say nil chance of success. Spain will oppose them joining and it only takes one to oppose. They first need to establish their independence and gain third-party recognition for legitimacy. That isn't likely to include current EU member nations.
  7. Spain is the member with EU membership. If Catalonia cede (subject to all the legal wrangles) they will be a new nation outside of membership and will have to go through the joining process. We hammered all this out around the time of the Indyref in Scotland as they (if they had voted for Ind) would have been in exactly the sameboat.
  8. Anyone member can black ball a new nation joining. It is inconceivable Catalonia would be granted membership. This is in the founding treaties Lisbon for this one I think. Catalonia's first hurdle will be credibility. If they declare how many nations will recognise them and establish diplomatic ties? Not many I wager.
  9. Bit of an explanation here on PPrune of the transition from airbus to Boeing..... For the smaller types and Ryan Air operate 737's it shouldn't be too much of a drama. http://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-366817.html As for the rest of the doom and gloom in the UK budget airline industry, it makes one wonder how Easyjet, Jet2, Ryanair, Flybe are not following them down the tubes. Not to mention the dozens of other airlines across Europe. Monarch being an older airline just had it's debts catch up with it, not to mention poor structuring and having to pay everything in Sterling.
  10. http://www.nationaldebtclock.co.uk/ At what point do you think those who lend to UK say bullocks to it and pull the plug. But then we could always print it I suppose. That would work in your world.
  11. Where do you get Bankers Bitch from? Yes the banks have issues but they are afforded far too much credibility than they deserve. Brown was at the Helm (and responsible for the previous 10 years of financial regulation) when they went pop in 2008. There may well be a circumvention but you still haven't answered how it will be paid for.
  12. No he has bankrupted the Country dozens of times over..... And that's before you get to his nationalisation plans. How do you think this will be paid for? Not to mention this seems to be at odds with the earlier policy of remaining in the Single Market..... The EU simply won't allow it.
  13. Silly semantics over the numbers which has little meaning 1 Would be too many in what is supposed to be a regulated industry. All the players who want to ply for hire either get on board and comply with the law or they **** off into the sunset. Simple as. Unless you are happy for that 1 to be your wife or daughter? In return for a handy cab service?
  14. Uber allegedly don't remunerate their drivers correctly. Often they earn below min wage. They are subject to the one size fits all contract. Black Cab drivers probably have more leeway in negotiating their t&c.
  15. Black Cab Drivers are subject to background checks as part and parcel of their personal licence. Not to say some have offended in the past as I would expect some have but the figures are not comparable with Uber. The article may well be white noise designed to confuse. It seems to be short on facts and long on allegations.
  16. No, but knowing where you are going and the ability to converse in the national language is generally considered the minimum level for taxi drivers. Uber biggest fault is their approach and the background checking of its employees. The duty of care is a fundamental right to paying customers and Uber simply cannot wash their hands of it saying not us guv these people are self-employed. It's why their appeal will crash and burn spectacularly. London is not the first city to have hoofed them..... https://www.cntraveler.com/story/where-uber-is-banned-around-the-world
  17. 46 allegations of rape by their drivers were (in the pipeline) mentioned on LBC this morning. Some convictions already. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/uber-driver-rape-drunken-women-pick-up-bar-jahir-hussain-east-london-jailed-12-years-convicted-taxi-a7837686.html) http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/uber-drivers-accused-of-32-rapes-and-sex-attacks-on-london-passengers-a7037926.html http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/taxi-drivers-uber-charged-violent-sexual-offences-london-a6988286.html https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/vv598m/uber-drivers-are-at-the-center-of-another-rape-allegation-storm By calling them self-employed Uber thinks it absolves itself of doing background and criminal checks on their drivers.
  18. The regulations may be perceived as such but if corners have been cut and the law not strictly adhered too then someone is for the high jump. They can laugh and cut corners to save money but now they have a disaster of gigantic proportions on their hands some tough explaining needs to be done. Pointless petition..... This chap as a previous housing minister has only been in post less than a week. In what way is he culpable for when he was housing minister previously? Far better going after whomever's idea it was to change the law in 2007 from Fire Brigade inspections to Internal Risk Assessment.
  19. Yes, direct from the refugee camps in Turkey and then only orphans. If Syrians are here and they never came from a refugee camp then they entered illegally probably in the back of a truck. The poor lad who was killed came in three years ago one would assume by this method as no other route seems open. 3 Years from an asylum application to social housing (when the average wait time is what?) and a University Education, didn't do bad did he and it demonstrates why the UK is such a 'draw'.
  20. Corbyn is working the crowd.. There is zero chance of this happening. This is agitprop nothing more. Corbyn is hoping the revolutionaries will take to the streets when the Government (as they must do) resist this happening and sweep him to power 1917 style. No one, of course, thinks of the thousands of people already on the K&C council waiting lists and why should they? They are not up in arms demanding stuff at the threat of riot.
  21. The debate on the street is of no consequence even though the agitprop keeps trying to shift it into some sort of class war. The only opinion which matters is the one which will be arrived at the by the judge-led public enquiry.
  22. All the evidence the authorities need is still stuck undamaged to the side of that block on the lower floors. There are plenty of existing panels left for examination/analysis. Not sure what Lammy is driving at. As the law stands corporate manslaughter charges can be brought against the firm if they knowingly cut corners. The end result a huge fine. Or if any of the Directors were found to culpable and skimming off the top knowing the risks then manslaughter charges. Potential punishment up to 15 years porridge. AFAIK The second thing here has never occurred as yet in UK law.
  23. Just as well I am a few hundred miles North then..... Know the area well though as I worked and lived in it for 20+ years but as I have been away for about that I suspect it has changed beyond all recognition. You can virtue signal all you like about the PC aspects to this case (and the accusations of racism) but the Jay report found it instrumental as to why Rotherham Council and South Yorks police did not stop the kiddie fiddler gangs much earlier than they did. There were 1400 girls involved in that as well so the notion, as they say, has previous. For clarity, the PC accusations are levelled against the council for not properly enforcing the tenancy agreements. This disaster was a catalogue of errors from start to finish and all failures had a part to play. All supposition, of course, subject to what facts we currently think we know. 1st Failure The flat where the fire started. The taxi driver had time to pack a case before he departed (taking pictures as he did so) after his kitchen caught alight. Why did he not do the decent thing and try and extinguish the fire.clearly his kitchen could not have been the raging inferno claimed otherwise why did he have the clarity of thought to pack a bag? 2nd Failure. This is the one we discuss at length, Something on the outside of the building spread the fire quickly and before the building could be evacuated. Everyone is pointing at the cladding material but I suppose we will have to wait for the enquiry to be sure. 3rd Failure On the part of LFB and/or the Tower Management company. Buildings of this nature would have required working fire alarms in the communal areas. No one knows if these were working or not. The onsite advice was to wait in your flat until help arrived. Clearly, all that needs to be re-thought. By the time the decision was taken to evacuate the Tower was like a roman candle. 4th Failure Potential combustible materials on the landing which would have impeded the LFB getting people out and allowed to escape routes to fill with smoke. We don't know for sure if this was the case but the Grenfell blog carries such pictures and seems to point the finger of blame at the council for not collecting it rather than the anti- social behaviour of the tenants in fly tipping it in the first place. Clearly if found to be a factor then K&C will have questions to answer as to why they did not enforce tenancy agreements. The important thing here is to discover what led to this disaster and in identifying the factors which contributed to making it as bad it is was.
  24. The Fire Safety Order and management of health and safety regulations (this deals with risk assessments) is quite clear. The Company fitting it will have to demonstrate that it was safe to use in light of current technology, (one of the reasons these rules were changed was because technical knowledge was improving all the time). If there was another product available that can be shown to be less likely to combust then the Company will need a bloody good reason ass to why they didn't use it. Saying it was a cheaper option won't cut it..
  25. Nothing to do with the protection of the environment legislation passed then and improving the insulation of buildings? If it is a big conspiracy my money is on that one rather than 'trying to enhance the view'. All the way through the thread it has been shown the Tower Management Committee this so called KTMG was in charge of the refurbishment. This comprised of local councillors the current MP and local residents.... I don't think they would have signed up for a deal 'to enhance the view' unless they were sold a pup on the altar of Global Warming.
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