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  1. More like common sense in some cases. I know of a pending leasehold sale in London, in a local authority block that is under 18M and has no cladding, where the sale has been held up when the buyer's solicitor requested the EWS1 form and the council went and ordered a survey. I believe it was resolved when the estate agent went round and took some photos of the building, but the council is still getting the survey done. Just stupid all round.

  2. 15 minutes ago, thecrashingisles said:

    It's not as simple as that. NI-GB is not and cannot be a normal external EU border, and neither does the treaty treat it as one.

    Sure but these three things cannot all be true at the same time: 1) The UK internal market cannot be undermined. 2) The EU single market cannot be undermined. 3) NI is in the EU single market, and the UK single market.

  3. 1 hour ago, Si1 said:



    Basically 2p on National Insurance so boomers won't have to sell their houses.

    "He said: “We wait to see what is actually announced but tackling the crippling cost of social care would be a good place to start. It is wrong that people currently end up selling their home to pay for the care they need."

    No, no it isn't. One of the most insideously ageist policies in the UK is the way means testing works for working age benefits. Own a million pound house outright (much more likely for the older) - step right up for benefits. Have over ÂŁ16k in the bank when trying to save a deposit for a house, or when just saving for the future - nothing for you. Is it any wonder most people don't build up savings when this trap is laid for them?

  4. 10 minutes ago, thecrashingisles said:

    If your view of the current situation is that the UK is not implementing the agreement, then it has already "come down to it", yet the single market is not under any threat. Why can this not continue indefinitely?

    That makes as much sense as saying the UK could just stick with the EU rules (the Swiss model). The problem was always blatantly obvious - when you have two neighbouring customs systems with different rules, then there has to be a border somewhere. As agreed in the treaty, it can't be on Ireland. So it has to be in the Irish sea.

  5. 4 hours ago, kzb said:

    I'm not entirely sure what NI funds TBH.  Pensions, disabled benefits and contribution-based unemployment benefit I think.

    You realise National Insurance is not hypothecated? It is just another brand of income tax (along with e.g. dividend tax). Everything goes into the same pot.

  6. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-57840694


    Fewer than one in 12 Covid vaccine recipients reported significant side effects in the week following their jab, an independent study has found.

    More than 12,000 people from around the UK have taken part in Dundee University's Vac4Covid survey, which was launched in February.

    Almost half of those surveyed said they felt better after receiving the vaccination.

    The survey is open to anyone in the UK aged 18 or over.

    As of Wednesday morning, 3,987,074 people in Scotland had received the first dose while 3,010,505 had had their second.

    The Dundee University team said it was keen to hear from more people aged 18 to 30, and pregnant women who had received their vaccinations.

    Recipients of both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines took part in the study.

    The most commonly reported side effects following a vaccine include fever, headaches and fatigue.

    The study reported that 7.9% of participants reported a change in their health "which they considered sufficient to disrupt their usual daily activities" in the seven days after receiving their jab.

    Dr Amy Rogers from the study team said: "The side effects of Covid-19 vaccination have been a talking point, but the figure of 7.9% is very much in line with what we expect from any vaccination, such as seasonal flu.

    "That should make these results very reassuring for anybody still concerned about the possibility of side effects from their Covid-19 vaccination."


  7. 4 hours ago, doomed said:

    You can't see or understand the difference between a driving licence and an internal vaccine passport that restricts your movements for which you must take a government mandated injection?

    I was much much more stressed taking my government mandated driving test at 17 than I was getting my first covid jab. Counting the days until I can get my second.

  8. 27 minutes ago, gruffydd said:

    There were two quoted in the article. One currently on the MPC, one due to join in Sep. The vigilence is strong with Mann already - she'll fit right in:


    Haskel’s cautious comments on monetary policy were echoed by Catherine Mann, a former chief economist of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development who is due to join the MPC in September.

    At a hearing of the Commons Treasury select committee to confirm her appointment, Mann told MPs the recent rise in inflation was likely to prove temporary.

    “I have a lot of different ways of evaluating whether or not that surge appears to be continuing, transitory, or whether it appears to be a spiral. I don’t see it becoming a spiral. I am on the lookout for it but I don’t see it becoming a spiral,” she said.


  9. Goverments, local and national, routinely set rules like where and how you are allowed to start fires. For good reasons, not primarily about harm to the individual starting the fire.

    Humans have been making fire for hundreds of thousands of years. Not the relatively tiny time period where folks have had jobs, houses etc.

    Also note, if you are anti-vaccine then you are pro-lockdown.

  10. 1 hour ago, Locke said:

    Very stupid point. The government was not mandating that people wear shoes and shirt in nightclubs. If nightclub owners refuse entry to people without these or those papers, that is their own free choice and business.

    The point is not the passport per se, but being forced to use it at gunpoint by the state.

    So force from the club saying you can't come in based on arbitrary criteria and at threat of violence is OK?

  11. 1 hour ago, PeanutButter said:

    I'd like to think so but the moment the heatwave is over it'll get forgotten. Now if some MPs holiday homes are underwater, or their estates are burning...

    Keep a close eye on Germany, where it's an election year and they just had catastrophic flooding that killed a bunch of people (and will cost insurers a pretty euro).

  12. Looks like the WASPI's might get paid after all. Sigh



    Government officials were too slow to tell many women they would be affected by the rising state pension age, the Parliamentary Ombudsman has ruled.

    The finding brings the prospect of compensation closer for thousands of women born in the 1950s who have long been furious about the issue.

    It marks a significant victory for the Waspi (Women Against State Pension Inequality) campaign.

    However, the ombudsman has no power to refund "lost" pensions.


  13. 25 minutes ago, Riedquat said:

    A driving licence is evidence of training to operate potentially very dangerous machinery. A vaccine passport is permission graciously granted to engage in the sort of ordinary human interaction that we've done for thousands of years.

    Nightlcubs and cars are both 19th century inventions as far as I know.

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