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Old 14th Dec 2017, 15:18
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Originally Posted by Prophead View Post
Yes it does.

8.3p per 100 down from 12.4p per 100 in 2008.

That is 0.083%, hardly an insecure platform.
I appreciate you are a committed advocate of all things ecommerce and IT related, and the figures above so appear to be quite tantalising in support of your vision.

However......

Fraud and cyber crime are now the country's most common offences

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/b...aud-1-1bn.html
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Old 15th Dec 2017, 09:22
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Prophead......alas, I've got a good understanding of maths and statistics

Anyway, as we know "charity begins at home " and what better way to be charitable than this, generously contributed towards by the current Gov't...who else but.

https://www.theguardian.com/business...-obscene-bonus

That amount could come in rather useful really, you know, for building something called affordable housing perhaps?

And not forgetting these people who could certainly benefit....from say, a house or home ?

https://www.theguardian.com/society/...ment-ombudsman

Of course, the "age of austerity " was essential to rectify the ( JB ) allegedly Labour induced financial downturn, and the private sector are always blameless.

The private rental sector has been conveniently overlooked and what never gets a mention are the "admin fees" the letting agencies charge even though there are proposals to remove these in the future. A friend of mine has just renewed her tenancy, and she's a long standing tenant....."that'll be 100 please "...just for her to go clunk and sign on-line a couple of times.

And, on the subject of money and white elephants, or vanity projects, both being one and the same regarding HS2 ( another JB favourite "must have for the benefit of the UK " ) here's some more generous helpings from the tax payer.....

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...ng-hs2-payouts

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Old 15th Dec 2017, 10:22
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
Of course, the "age of austerity " was essential to rectify the ( JB ) allegedly Labour induced financial downturn, and the private sector are always blameless.
The private sector did indeed run wild out of control, but that's exactly what they'll do if you tell them there won't be any controls from now on. Which is what Labour did.
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The private rental sector has been conveniently overlooked and what never gets a mention are the "admin fees" the letting agencies charge even though there are proposals to remove these in the future. A friend of mine has just renewed her tenancy, and she's a long standing tenant....."that'll be 100 please "...just for her to go clunk and sign on-line a couple of times.
All agency fees should be paid by the landlord. I have instructed our agency not to charge the tenant any fees, and told the tenants to let me know if the agency tries it on.
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Old 15th Dec 2017, 10:45
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Originally Posted by Gertrude the Wombat View Post
The private sector did indeed run wild out of control, but that's exactly what they'll do if you tell them there won't be any controls from now on. Which is what Labour did.

All agency fees should be paid by the landlord. I have instructed our agency not to charge the tenant any fees, and told the tenants to let me know if the agency tries it on.
That's interesting to learn GTW, the last bit in particular because fees are due to be banned soon, once the law has been passed.

When did Labour remove the controls ?......and why.
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Old 15th Dec 2017, 11:08
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Originally Posted by Krystal n chips View Post
When did Labour remove the controls ?......and why.
Wouldn't begin to guess why, but statements like "Labour are supremely relaxed about people getting stinking rich" might have been taken as a clue.
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Old 15th Dec 2017, 21:08
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Labour MP's doing what they do best.
Yeah, well, if you must insist on staying in the conference hotel itself ... the B&B two minutes' walk away is just a little cheaper, and you're only going to use the bedroom for sleeping, and you don't have much time for that.

Oh, and the other thing not to do, if you care about how much you're spending, is drink in the conference hotel bar. I really don't get why people do this, given how much free booze there is floating about.
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Old 16th Dec 2017, 15:00
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Cameron takes on UK-China investment role.
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Old 17th Dec 2017, 08:02
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Defence (or a possible lack thereof)
The Commons Defence Select Committee has pointed out that the Emperor really doesn't have any clothes. In a news item released, apparently in the middle of the night, they have told the government they don't have the money to buy all the things they have promised to buy.
Having slashed the number of soldiers in today's Army, they were yesterday offering a 10K bonus for ex soldiers willing to re-enlist for a 2 year engagement. This is aimed primarily at people like myself, ex Royal Signals. On the other hand, it is not aimed at people like me as they want people who have left in the past 2 years, not the past 42 years!
As for the government's shopping list; they are ordering a handful of new frigates. As the government have allowed BAE Systems to become a monopoly, this work will be carried out by them.
They are ordering Boeing P-8A maritime reconnaissance aircraft. They could just as well have ordered BAE to design and build a replacement for the Nimrod. No! Let's chuck it in the bin and buy something from the US instead!
The Harrier went, literally, overnight. A handy way to ensure the Fleet Air Arm & RAF would be left with a choice of the F35 or nothing. Not to worry chaps, we can just buy those from the US. In terms of being able to operate from odd places such as roads etc, the F35 is useless, compared to the Harrier.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary needed new supply ships, including tankers. So someone had a good idea; let's buy those from Korea. A defence minister at the time famously said "we don't build tankers in the UK". Swan Hunter and Cammell Laird knocked out dozens of them over a long period.
The Army decided to upgrade the Challenger 2 tank and extend the service life as they can not buy new ones. The reason for that is that BAE were allowed to buy out Vickers and the Royal ordnance Factories and immediately shut down tank production. So, the decision was made to embark on a service life extension. Who can we get to do that? I know sir, Germans!
In all the above examples, there is one common thread; they all involve spending large amounts abroad. Don't most governments try to keep spending at home, reducing the imbalance between imports and exports?
This one clearly doesn't. And many on here think the Labour Party would set out to destroy the UK financially. It seems to me that, since the days of Thatcher, government policy has been one of "Want a replacement ...., no problem. Let's get that from somewhere called 'abroad' and bugger British industry.
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Old 17th Dec 2017, 13:09
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BAE have done very well out of Government procurement over the years and it is high time they were not automatically given the money no questions asked.

And after the Nimrod MRA4 fiasco it was much better to buy elsewhere an aircraft that actual worked.
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Old 18th Dec 2017, 16:20
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Young chap convicted for voting twice

After the election, Qureshi was identified as being behind a Twitter post made on polling day in which he declared he had voted twice for Labour.
He wasn't alone in tweeting as much, if ones memory does not deceive.

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Old 19th Dec 2017, 07:14
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Re BAE: Oh dear! It seems they can't even get a stuffing box right on an aircraft carrier! Mariners and shipwrights have been managing these ever since the introduction of the propellor and the prop shaft. And now it is revealed they managed to build a bloody big ship with a defective stuffing box, and the ship now needs repairing to fix a leak. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for the fact the ship has been in the water for a couple of years, during building, sea trials etc. How long before they announce the flight deck will only last 20 aircraft operations before it needs to go in for refurbishment?
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 07:21
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Should the House of Commons re renamed House of Cliches?
Going back to Bliar's term, he suddenly came up with an expression I had never heard before; "Heaven forfend". To me, the expression was always "Heaven forbid". In no time at all, people were virtually queuing up to use the phrase. I remember Hazel Blears was the worst offender, taking every opportunity she could to use it.
There have been others since and now we are hearing the repeated drone of "gently".
Daily, we hear MPs saying things like "May I gently remind...." or they may "gently refute...".
The English language has a massive vocabulary but our elected pudding brains constantly get into a cliche rut!
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 08:05
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Originally Posted by Charley View Post
He wasn't alone in tweeting as much, if ones memory does not deceive.

The Independant
In the 1992 election an old lady complained to me that the care home owner had "taken care" of all their votes. She was well into her eighties and very posh but came from a Labour family. She reckoned that the owner had delivered 20 plus votes for the Tories. There is no "a" in Independent btw.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 08:32
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Originally Posted by Effluent Man View Post
There is no "a" in Independent btw.
But there is one in "pedant".
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 08:42
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You are probably one of those who say "off of" and think it's ok. Basic spelling and punctuation is quite important, even I in a B4 world.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 08:58
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You are probably one of those who say "off of" and think it's ok. Basic spelling and punctuation is quite important, even I in a B4 world.
"ok" is capitalised as OK.

(when in a hole....etc.)
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 09:07
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English Language & Usage says otherwise. Desperation?
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 09:49
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My dictionary says it should be OK. Okay?
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 11:32
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Originally Posted by Effluent Man View Post
In the 1992 election an old lady complained to me that the care home owner had "taken care" of all their votes. She was well into her eighties and very posh but came from a Labour family. She reckoned that the owner had delivered 20 plus votes for the Tories. There is no "a" in Independent btw.
Thank you for the correction, Effluent Man. I have amended my post. I hope that's OK.

What did the Police or CPS say when your acquaintance reported the crime? She would surely have needed to 'in them days'* as the miscreant wouldn't have been able to use Twitter to incriminate themselves.



* I appreciate the grammatical error, no need to point it out.
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Old 19th Dec 2017, 12:13
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My dictionary says it should be OK. Okay?
Dictionaries are not an authority, they are a record.
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