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  1. LVT should be paid by the land owner. No tenant, no income. Low paying income, better than nothing. Charity shops no longer used as a front to avoid rates for landlords of empty shops. Landlords owning several nearby empty shops will compete on price for a tenant business or sell cheaply. Either is a win. Businesses might be able to buy their own properties. Less hoarding of empty or economically unviable occupancy (sorry charity shops, I love you, but a real shop paying staff instead of volunteers is better).
  2. Oh no, not just for the slimy dodgy idiot children? Normal people might have to go into this? Purple Bricks and disintermediation - all is forgiven - wipe out the Estate Agents!
  3. I've missed a lot of posts, but I guess these are in trouble M&S John Lewis Most chain restaurants Independent restaurants Commercial landlords Councils betting on commercial rents from dodgy investments Farmers Fishermen Exporters Universities Car dealers -34% vehicle sales in USA Who's left? Must just be companies depending on central government funding. Banks? Getting any job will be hard, but what is the safest skillset or employer to aim at?
  4. UK normally updates around 5th - so maybe Monday 6th July - May's figures will update to June's on this link - https://www.smmt.co.uk/vehicle-data/car-registrations/ NB. Tesla are under "Other Imports" as they aren't members of SMMT. Model 3 is listed in Best Sellers though. MG and other smaller imports are listed out separately.
  5. Posting this because if this is any indication for other markets, it's going to be bad for dealers and manufacturers. US Sales Q2 2020 (Apr-Jun) Sensational and confused reporting but seems to suggest Q2 2020 vs Q2 2019 - ie same time last year Various sites - I couldn't see a page with a table of Q2 2020 vs Q1 2020 and Q2 2019. The ones I found had huge gaps. Perhaps they will update soon. The figures might come from manufacturers, Edmunds or someone else for USA market. They might be vehicles (including 'trucks'), just passenger cars or whatever, I think only the % d
  6. Thanks for update. Slowly more piecemeal changes will be made by each country. Pain it isn't a single policy.
  7. The government are gonna need the army, to control the public in the next wave OR The public are gonna need the army, to control the government in the next wave
  8. I'm obviously not an expert, so please forgive my naivete. For long stints, it seems to me that the companies need to get a crew together before the changeover and isolate them together. If no-one gets symptoms, then a full crew change could be done. Departing crew also isolate before departing. Possibly special charter flights with extra supervision, as has been done a few times. Oil rigs are 6-7 weeks I recall from conversations. Pretty hard thing to manage for short stints. Then all the flights, entry needs to be agreed. It really is complex. No swapping out individuals
  9. 5-30 days delay. Possibly longer. People get ill 5-10 days later. They might be asymptomatic and pass to several people in their household (more delay). They're in hospital / ventilated - many for a LONG time but finally succumbing and so deaths can take a really long time to get registered. There was a report (can't find it) of a hospital ICU that had only 3 patients left in it - 2 close colleagues of ICU staff and one other NHS worker. Then VE day happened - A&E full from fight injuries, some people getting affectionate in street parties (hugs, kisses). 5 days late
  10. Thanks for info. I'm not sure what the answers are to any of this, how long might people be quarantined on a ship? Could a captain/senior officer self-certify that they've been at sea long enough?
  11. I've visited or transited through a number of countries which checked temperatures - earliest I remember was in 2006. More recently these have been automated (like cameras). We were stopped in a country a few years ago because one of us was hot. It was picked up automatically in a transit area and serious looking people with protective gear came over to check the person. All ok as the person had been doing something (innocent) that had got them a bit flustered. We were allowed to proceed. I don't know what the protocol is in those countries when they detect/suspect a real infection. I s
  12. With respect to New Zealand, 1) Take temperatures before flying 2) Test passenger before flight - such a long distance, might (should?) get a result back before landing (reliability of test may be an issue). 3) Test results / science may allow those who are 'immune' a different status. 4) Non-immune arrivals quarantine for a period in free spaced-out accommodation with food provided. Perhaps in glamping / cabins spread out a bit to minimise interactions. Might be welcomed by those with jet-lag (at least for 1-2 days) or those who came for nature (which is presumably a big
  13. When the history of this is being written, I suspect that good commentators will recognise the advantages of competent science-based policies, Vitamin D, good GINI scores, selflessness and less Air Pollution. They will also recognise the effects of the selfish individualists, chancers, liars, polluters, fossil fuel lobbyists and wilful ignorance of science. A special circle of hell should be reserved for those controlled or manipulated by media-influencing rich media owners / buyers / influencers and especially the fossil fuel proponents.
  14. I disagree - Spain, Italy and France were hit really hard early on. UK and Sweden had time and warnings. Both followed herd immunity to some degree and failed to protect care homes, downplaying the dangers. Sweden has advantages - low air pollution, good GINI scores (more economically equal), population density and personal space (https://culturalatlas.sbs.com.au/swedish-culture/swedish-culture-do-s-and-don-ts - "Pay attention to personal space. Maintain a little over an arm’s length of distance and limit the amount of touching in a conversation. It can cause discomfort for your Swedis
  15. Great image. I'm guessing Plutocracy is the best description. In the US, both 'left' / 'right' protect corporate interests at all costs and discussion is narrowly confined to identity politics and cultural aspects. ie Divide and Conquer - while skipping the important aspects of lobbyists and corruption which the '50 plus 1' (majority) could easily agree on. WARNING: Swearing, not safe for work (NSFW) and 2 hours 40 minutes or so Three American media people I have respect for - https://youtu.be/eA9Tpf5Uuxs Host: Joe Rogan - bit of an idiot but covers all sides in a debate.
  16. Car dealerships. Leasing companies with a lot of BMW/mercedes/Audi diesels. This includes Manufacturers leasing. People are putting off purchases for an extra year due to uncertainty of economy and what kind of vehicle to buy. I expect lower new car sales for a few years. Fields full of dealership owned cars with little chance of selling near cost. Independent garages could do very well as much cheaper for servicing. Dealerships might do well from servicing / fixing those older cars, but on balance I think not. Sales teams for new cars will be reduced. Anyone who can access
  17. Sounds like a good idea to combine solar, battery and electric vehicle. Powerwall2 has two special modes 'storm watch' is one which Tesla activates to ensure powerwalls are fully charged from the grid prior to known outages. California powercuts leading to odd situation. Electric vehicles fine (if solar and powerwall2). Fossil cars can't get fuel as pumps are electric with few stations having generator or solar backup. Tesla superchargers will soon have power packs (BIG batteries) and solar for complete independence from grid for small outages (storm watch) or indefinitely
  18. Wherever I look in England*, I see incompetence and possibly corruption. Looking at USA for ideas instead of our neighbours. I compare USA criminal industry to Netherlands, but the media doesn't. Do Sky and BBC have correspondents based in each EU country building up deep knowledge, bringing interesting ideas? I think they are more likely to have 'Europe Correspondents' with little deep or useful knowledge. The editors show little interest in showcasing effective ideas and solutions. Infrastructure in England seems dreadful compared to Europe. I understand it's similarly bad in USA
  19. There will be s gradual dawning for those who live long enough. I hope they turn on the press owners, dodgy politicians and the rest of those avoiding or evading EU tax compliance.
  20. Interesting. Is that life expectancy at birth? Because if they got through the 1930s and 1940s (before many antibiotics / NHS plus a world war) then their life expectancy from that point was a lot higher than the from birth number. Ie Child born in 1930 life expectancy 60 years. Many peers died from whooping cough, tb etc. Same person (now 20) in 1950 would probably expert to live to 70 plus after avoiding childhood illnesses and safer from adult ones eg tuberculosis curable, antibiotics and NHS helping preventative care. Plus probably better housing.
  21. Both my parents were dead just after 65. Only one grandparent lived longer than 65 (maybe just 60?). My three aunts have been pretty knackered since 70 if not before. None drive anymore. In and out of hospital. Few of my wife's uncles have made it past 60! A couple of aunts nearing 70 with increasing health problems. I can't imagine any of those at 70 retraining for big data analytics or artificial intelligence. What are they meant to do at 70 when they need help gardening, cleaning house etc. Answers: Citizens income (freedom dividend). I'll start
  22. One big problem is the unproductive hoarding of assets. Use them or lose them (by choosing to sell to productive people). A street full of Saudi owned wrecked houses in Mayfair, parking money in farmland for inheritance tax reasons or a series of empty shops whose owners refuse to reduce rent to prevent their asset values dropping are not helpful to society, crime, enterprise and employment. Better for the houses, land and shops to be used, tidy and providing utility.
  23. I think the first category were used by the predators to bring in other girls. Some parents who tried to take action were threatened by the gangs and unsupported when reported to police and council (league tables ruled). I think investigations should include the criminals, their employers, colleagues and particularly the premises where grooming and attacks occurred. These might include shops, flats above and houses. Any negligence by owners or leaseholders should lead to confiscation with proceeds of sales going to victims either directly or for professional support or training. A
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