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captainb

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  1. Out of interest how much of other people's cash do the UK royals have stashed away? Old queeny was mentioned in the panama papers no less.
  2. CRT in its original form is merely taking into account US history and the power dynamics that produces in interactions between races, in whether something is racist or not racist. Which does make sense. However, it's developed into the notion that "you cannot be racist against white people", which is commonly taught and an extension of.. the system in place was produced by white people therefore you cannot be racist against those that produced the system as system production is a prerequisite to racism. lazily characterised by the extreme left as "you can't punch up". Lots wrong with that obviously. But best characterised by the corbynistas screaming white privilege from their Bristol university halls to people on a council estate in Middlesbrough and wondering why that destroys the Labour party vote in those areas. Racism by white people is sadly a lot more common (in the UK, not say Japan) but it is possible for the reversal to happen
  3. Irish gdp is nonsensical as it includes all the shoving all EU revenue though Irish tax shell, same as Luxembourg.
  4. I'm not sure id quote the guardian on CRT anymore than id quote the daily mail on dingys crossing the channel...
  5. Seems very unlikely to be true. Given: -individual clubs have come out and said their teams have been 99% (Liverpool) or 100% vaccinated (wolves etc). To balance would need some clubs with 0% or 1%, which seems very unlikely. -its a requirement for them to go and play in Europe (7 prem teams) or internationals outside the UK (40% plus of prem players are internationals). Between them it's more than 70% are one or other. -they are all tested before games and any players or staff who test positive can't play for 2 weeks. It hasnt been happening nearly as much this season post vaccination.. maybe I don't know 70% reduction -reference on an undated letter to two weeks after 2nd dose which drove headline. 1st dose figures much higher which suggests could be a timing issue given a lot of players are 16 to 23. i'd fully expect some players to be vaccine hesitant, slightly lower than the 20-30 age group, which is an issue in this case between them and their employer. Which is reality given the requirements for regular travel with that job.
  6. Of course avoids the elephant in the room... Why so many public servants are having taxpayer funded pension pots of £1m plus.... In the 1997 to 2008 years was all about equalising pay with the private sector.. of course this was done on gross salary, carefully ignoring that your GP getting 200k per year now had an effective employers pension contribution of 30% or something equally mad. I'll just leave this here.. scroll down to see the Ers contribution.. https://www.civilservicepensionscheme.org.uk/members/contribution-rates/
  7. Furlough has been nonsense for months. The state paying people to keep jobs that don't exist while employers are desperate for employees to fill jobs that do exist. Utter nonsense, even if it is harsh on pilots etc to realise that their role for the next couple of years sadly doesn't exist. Still though we will only all end up paying for it.
  8. Not sure that's the case.. well certainly hasn't been in financial services anyway. Some IT contractors who work on legacy systems have managed to get the upflift, as would be a nightmare to replace, but most haven't. Standard to say all contracts inside IR35 as finance slash risk slash compliance department doesn't want the hassle of taking a view.
  9. If I had a pound for every time that's been said since 2010...
  10. 50 billion in bounce back loans. All via banks who are meant to chase for them but hey have a 100% guarantee from the taxpayer for bad debts.. so why give a monkeys. Total joke. And that's before you look at the examples already found of those who casually got 10, so 500k for a shell as the banks didn't check it a loan had already been given out by another one.
  11. Got it. We all all get it 10s of times throughout our lifetimes. Each time less bad than the last, until we are immunocompromised or on deaths door in our 80s and that will unfortunately potentially be it. Same as it's always been. Mad hysteria to continue to fascinate on cases that may or may not be asymptomatic or deaths without context
  12. You do realise you can't die twice right? All those dying in their 90s in an old people's home with dementia were not long for this world, covid or not. Something often lost on those pushing for kids to be off school for years and years to protect them
  13. That's the sum of it. Yes if everyone went it's a Wednesday so let's all sell the BTL and take any price received down at ye olde auction house.. that would have a big impact on property values.. but as you say why would that happen? It might be what you want to happen, personally I hate the size of the BTL market in the UK. But doesn't mean it will in my lifetime
  14. Exactly if labour came out with a rebalancing of the tax towards everyone with a higher threshold.. i.e chargeable on pensions and property income etc etc but over 25k only. It sets out an ideological, we are for the workers point. Instead they will just keep banging on about UC, failing to grasp that 90% of the country saw that upflift as temporary and always due to expire hence okay, and as they don't claim themselves don't care.
  15. I'm certainly not a left, and certainly didn't think dominic Cummings would lose anyone aside from himself anything. However people will have this tax as a seperate line item in their pay slips monthly. Harder to forget than someone who was in the papers 3 years ago. I agree with you why they are doing it now I just don't think it will work. If it does it's because labour have utterly failed to capitalise on it, by remaining the party of welfare rather than being the party of the worker.
  16. Not convinced. Mainly as after the absurd covid splurge, and "give NHS what it wants mantra", spoiler alert it will never have enough, this won't be the last rise. Not by far. So when the next rise happens will be seems as he raised X and he also did that crazy NI rise.
  17. That statement simply isn't true. The ONS produces statistics on various aspects, a lot of which impact government departments and also the private sector, but it's not a statistical oversight of the public sector. Both the public (and private sector) seperatly release data outside of this. Which can often be taken with a pinch of salt. The ONS doesn't release the 28 days stats that's PHE. It may look into them or it may not. Just like it can look into a local authorities school figures but may not. Also, looking at the FOI it clearly states that they are looking into the accuracy of the 28 day claim but won't release any data until that review is complete. Due September 2021. Which is in direct contradiction to the, they have looked at it and it's fine. They are looking at it, and it might be fine or absolute nonsense, we just don't know yet. Due 13th September so not long.
  18. Right, with 88% deaths coming within 28 days being offset, by the chance of dying with something else within 28 days of a positive test being roughly equal to the remaining 12% deaths undercounted by cutting at 28 days, to give a reasonable proxy. (Given everyone in hospitals and care homes are habitually tested the chance of dying of something else isn't the same as general population). Issue is if that worked last August it doesn't work now. As your chance of dying from something else within 28 days has remained constant, where as your chance of dying from covid within 28 days of a positive test is now 10x lower due to vaccination. Given stats are being maintained by PHE who brought us you can't recover from a covid test last year, it wouldn't be that shocking to see the lack of adjustment for vaccination is due to incompetence rather than thought. Also worth noting since vacciantion took off the excess deaths figure has been lower than deaths within 28 days, where as before vaccination reverse was true.
  19. Agreed. And that was only changed from external pressure. Seems very, very odd that 28 days was a reasonable proxy before vacciantion AND still works post vaccination given the material shift in outcomes (10x lower deaths) now 90% of adults have been vaccinated.
  20. Any evidence for that? Or is this just what you think should be happening... Queried as for a start that 28 day stat comes from PHE and NOT the ONS who use death certificates. So seems quite unlikely (although not impossible) they would be monitoring stats they don't produce. More info here, note they effectively say the 28 days is nothing to do with us.... https://www.ons.gov.uk/aboutus/transparencyandgovernance/freedomofinformationfoi/thenumberofdeathsrecordedwithin28daysofapositivecovid19testwhodiedsolelyfromcovid19
  21. Tfl since inception has been a mixture of fares and gla grants unlike other central government funded local public transport. As for having 40% of your tax take being redistributed to the provinces being a "red herring", well it's clearly not given the vast material nature of the transfer. At some point places like Bristol should stand on their own two feet. "A first-rate city with a second-rate country attached.", neatly sums up the state of affairs.
  22. You do realise that the per capita spend is funded through fares and buisness rates? At least was pre pandemic If Bristol wants a crossrail then put a surcharge on business rates like all central London firms have been paying for years Would love London to go independent or self management. Far too much London tax flows to the region's. UK tax take per head including London is 12k, Londoners pay 18k. Crazy spread. "During the financial year ending (FYE) 2019, total public sector revenue raised in the UK was £811.3 billion (£12,213 per head), representing an increase of £34.1 billion (£461 per head), from FYE 2018. Most revenue was raised in London (£161.9 billion on a geographic basis and 162.1 on a population basis) and the South East (£131.0 billion on a geographic basis and £131.2 billion on a population basis). This is equivalent to £18,177 per head on a geographic basis (£18,195 per head on a population basis) and £14,341 per head on a geographic basis (£14,360 per head on a population basis), respectively.
  23. Kazuo Ishiguro, Hillary Matel, Pullman, if we're not being snoby about it JK Rowling etc etc
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