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Margaret Hodge got the full Kay Burley treatment this afternoon. After a day of grandstanding at her committee, she was left spluttering about her 0.01% tax bill. Hodge had the nerve to bring up the newspapers who retracted their own stories about Hodge and tax. She has never asked for a retraction from Guido for the stories that appeared on this blog, nor has she answered our questions about her family’s use of trusts…
see the video...
"You thought only Google dodges UK taxes? So do all the Brit firms"
It turns out that companies use tax law to minimise their tax bills - who'd have thought that then?
If the tax code were less complicated with fewer political wheezes designed to make headlines (which every politician does and crosses their fingers that someone will believe them that somehow these wheezes will generate economic growth) then there would be fewer places to hide.
If PAC and or Margaret Hodge have evidence of evasion then they could cut to the chase and pass it over to the Police and/or Director of Public Prosecutions.
Of course if Google (others) are just avoiding tax (hands up who has got a tax-exempt ISA) then we are free to dislike them. However, perhaps someone could deal with this (unfortunately, I could not find any left leaning newspaper criticising Margaret Hodge, for some reason or other):
"Margaret Hodge didn’t take too kindly to being accused of tax hypocrisy by Priti Patel yesterday. The litigious Labour MP and ardent anti-tax avoidance campaigner insists she has done nothing wrong with her shareholding arrangements at 0.01% tax rate paying Stemcor."
Apparently the Big 4 accountancy firms have an “unhealthily cosy relationship with government”, saying it creates a “ridiculous conflict of interest”. Readers will know of Hodge’s great expertise in this area, given that she worked for one of them, Pricewaterhouse, before she became an MP. Not to mention that Hodge’s friends on the frontbench such as Chuka, Balls and Rachel Reeves have all had PwC analysts on their payroll. Guido can reveal that Labour’s Shadow Treasury ministers Chris Leslie and Cathy Jamieson also currently have PwC employees working in their offices.
Analysis of Stemcor's latest accounts in today's Daily Telegraph show that the business paid tax of just £163,000 on revenues of more than £2.1billion in 2011.
spork spork spork
Possibly Windows 8 was cooked up in this kitchen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sY_Yf4zz-yo
Re: as a left-hander
You say sinister? I say rectum...
Re: as a left-hander
bollocks - I wish I'd thought of that - have an upvote
Re: as a left-hander
I'm so left handed I can't use power cutting tools without fear of cutting my head off or something. Tin-openers were a constant source of frustration.
Wasn't allowed to play the cello, restringing would bring other real world problems. In fact, I'm a disabled minority... where's the Human Rights Act when you need it?
as a left-hander
OTOH - I agree, but remember that the natural direction of wheel operation would be anti-clockwise too
OTOH - but why pick on them?
Except for the mouse all computer UIs, even the seemingly symmetric interfaces, are right-handed
- "slide to do anything" is always the wrong the wrong direction
- all those sliders on too big for the screen are on the wrong side
- all those tabs on browsers are the wrong way round
I'd always hoped that someone with better skills than I could acquire would produce a left-handed KDE but it hasn't happened yet
viewing on my AAO D270 running openSUSE 12.3
£170 including p&p - in another life I'd have been moaning about paying the Windows tax (and I still don't like it, still moan, but life is too short). However, thanks to the market I get decent discontinued hardware at a bargain price.
It's just replaced my original Linpus (replaced) AAO which cost more in 2007. The SSD seems to be dying, finally. I could have upgraded it for £50 or got this with a bigger screen, faster memory and a 320Gb hard drive.
I'm well happy
It's all about the drivers??
That has got to be the best defence not to use.
Usually there's someone replying to a thread such as this saying they'd switch to Linux in a heartbeat if only it had the drivers for this or that (may be they should actually check http://www.zdnet.com/device-support-in-windows-vs-linux-4010018141/)
Windows is a supply-side play. Microsoft could just pay to get the drivers written and recover the cost over time with licence fees revenue. If the drivers haven't been written that points to a Microsoft fail not a need for customer understanding.
Re: Once again...
"Frightened of change"? Perhaps customers would like to buy what they like?
While I have no idea why anyone uses anything other than open source software, it is difficult to believe they are so uncritical that they'll just suck anything up in the name of change.
Re: £29 e-reader dodgy marketing?
@Paul Westerman, @NoOnions, @Number6, @Anomalous Cowturd, @omnicent, @Alan Edwards
I took you all at face value and tried again (Thursday) and got the order accepted email
Fri 21:20 I got this email :
Dear Valued Customer,
Thank you for your purchase. We want to provide an update on your order. You should expect to receive your NOOK® Simple Touch within the next 4-5 business days. We will email you parcel tracking information when your NOOK has shipped.
The NOOK Support Team
Saturday 00:27 I got this email
Dear Valued Customer,
You recently received an email from NOOK customer service indicating that your NOOK Simple Touch would be shipped shortly.
We apologize for this error but your credit card was not charged as NOOK Simple Touch is temporarily out of stock. We’re pleased to let you know that we do have inventory of NOOK Simple Touch GlowLight and you may place an order by visiting http://uk.nook.com/.
The NOOK Support Team
I look forward to reading your experiences
half of that was in the article
by selling assets to its UK pension fund
Article about it in yesterday's financial press, aimlessly reading it while waiting - selling something (photo booth/print thingy business? for £650m in kind + £350m in cash, might be $, all from memory) to its UK pension fund already in deficit - pensioners taking 10% (? again from memory) haircut. I wonder how they feel about it?
But luckily a US corporation is coming out of bankruptcy in the USA - so that's all right then
£29 e-reader dodgy marketing?
ASDA had none in stock in store last night, out of stock on line
B&N had problems on line today
John Lewis - out of stock online
Argos - 10 nearest store have none to reserve/out of stock on line
Got bored looking
Godwin's law invoked
<= just add a military band marching up her champs elysees
Just a thought
<= my online dating picture
Not necessarily too much money - one analysis is it's even one better than paying for a broadband connection which turns out to alleviate social isolation. Now, occasionally or more often they get to meet real people too.
We don't know that "Ms A" is nasty or not good company but it seems to me that on average the world might be a slightly happier place as a result of the transaction. We don't know that anyone is unhappy or failing to have their expectations met.
As one commentator suggests it's just like a first date and could actually be quite good fun.
Other commentators appear to be suggesting the underlying modus operandi is "meal => now you must sleep with me" which might say more about them than it does about Ms A or the geeks
ok - I'll bite
You were doing ok until "If". No bank was robbed, no robbery was committed.
For the hard of thinking if a consumer buys a CD they can sell it but not it seems, the digital equivalent. (let's leave aside dodgy behaviour, which redigit was claiming to protect against, and no-one seems to be disagreeing with the process).
Apparently we are living in a world where the consumer is no longer buying stuff but licensing it. And government and legislature are supporting this. Marvellous thing, democracy.
Re: DAT MAINFRAME!
"A Computer Called LEO: Lyons Tea Shops and the world's first office computer" available from the usual online sources
just a thought
Surely my security should be my problem?
Nominet offering increased security as a service, at the margin, will increase complacency leading to greater insecurity in general.
I would draw parallels to all the regulation for cattle/beef/food signalling that caveat emptor is no longer necessary.
the unbelievable truth
While I've been using openSUSE and its predecessors since 1999 it remains true that I chose it for being European and that I could buy the 6 CDs and the manual for £20 or something from the bookshop near where I worked. I'd never heard of KDE per se nor Gnome. Luckily (IMHO) I got KDE and I've used it ever since. I'm used Gnome occasionally, elsewhere, I still like KDE. I could go on about that but not now.
I think the best advice in this article was choose your desktop.
All these performance benchmarks are largely tosh unless you are doing video processing (from experience) or 3D design/gaming (apparently) but I'm using a ten year old computer with 200 MHz DDR2 recently upgraded with an SSD because they've got cheap, and all's well.
I don't understand why people "test drive" distros but its their decision. I got lucky with S.u.S.E. Over time I've got to grips with how it's organised. They've got good core and community support. I now consider myself a power user. It's the one I recommend to other people because I'll be able to help them.
As far as I can see most distros are the same at the core and similar at the edges.
Re: There are multiple complex roots
no, because the minus here is a sign indicating a position on the number line not an operator
Re: Do be quiet!
I agree - as we saw elsewhere
A case about not being an emulator was found not to infringe copyright
World Programing Limited (WPL), creators of World Programming System, which replicated the functions of the SAS components. Crucially, World Programming System was compatible with the SAS language meaning that users were no longer tied to SAS and could use their own applications with World Programming System instead of the SAS system.
yeah, yeah - I'm sure there's a software patent in there somewhere however:
Yes, I've been using KDE since 1999, no I've never experienced this particular bug. (Don't get me wrong, there have been others...)
For me the point of the story is that the bug was noticed by someone with the skills and inclination to fix it. He didn't have to sign an NDA or otherwise trip up on someone's licence. He just fixed it.
No one has mentioned the three hottest women on the planet
step forward: Harmony, Melody and Rhapsody - surely the role models for Kelly McGillis in Top Gun
Re: It Seems We Have To Move With The Times
Columbia <> Colombia
Though probably there's a well trodden Bolivian marching route from South America to NY
nicely combines three ideas
Pendulum based clocks use pull up weights for power source
for clockwork dynamo
LEDs - think bicycle lights - were incandescent, required D cells, lasted 8 hours, now use two AAA and last all winter
Another El Reg opportunity - a clearing house
I'm sure we've all got piles of shit that in the right circumstances could be useful to someone else for the price of collection or postage.
I've got a pile of AGP graphics cards, a couple of PCI-E, a box full of old memory 128K to 1G, several sound cards plus a load of other stuff.
In my minds-eye there's a school somewhere that could upgrade their old computers, more memory, better graphics, sound. Then there's all those leads, ethernet cables...
Of course it might just be better to grow up and throw it away.
not if this article still true
They can probably defend themselves, however...
Every year since whenever they have spent $millions supporting F/OSS projects though GSoC, developing and supporting the ecosystem and demanding no say over what and how is developed
Economical with the actualite
"The Skyscape contract is a major step for HMRC in moving away from traditional ways of working with large service providers. And it’s a great example of how we’re exploring smarter, more innovative solutions that make life simpler for us and help us provide a better deal for our customers."
they're just lying
and finally, in unrelated news on government contracting, was Branson right?
The lightning connector has a proprietary chip in it seemingly with the sole purpose of preventing cheap knock-offs
BBC You and Yours discussion of online fraud and LloydsTSB.
A Doctor and his wife each had their accounts hacked in circumstances in which the fraudsters somehow obtained:
- BT land line number, BT account number, home address
(for divert, so could confirm setting up a payment )
- mobile phone number, presumably some other details (for divert)
- bank account details of both adults (two IDs; not the account numbers, two sets of memorable details)
this was presented as a bank security issue
let's hope that the g-cloud isn't shared services on steroids
"Shared service centres have failed to deliver the savings they should have. They cost £1.4bn to set up, £500m more than expected, and in some cases have actually cost the taxpayer more than they have saved. I welcome the Cabinet Office's ambitious new strategy for improving shared services. But unless it learns from the past it will end up making the same mistakes again."
I was on the wrong page - I thought OP was using back slang
link says it all
I have no view on others finding Apple desirable. My test market of three relatively sensible teenagers/young adults tells me that all of their Apple laptops have suffered component failure (it's how I found out about iFixit) and each of them have "consumed" at least two iPods.
The changing nature of the power supply connector is in marked contrast to, e.g., most mobes
You don't have to be a Greenpeace nutter to wonder if this is great.
Looking forward to using the flames for the govt's renewable heat initiative.
There's a very good reason for the delay...
...they're going to take account of the findings of their open standards consultation.
What Linus Torvalds didn't say...
Bell [added] that having “access to source code where you can go in and really work with it” is a massive advantage.
Bell was more tight-lipped on the open source dogmatic aspects of working with Android. Asked if it was feeding back its innovations on the platform, he said that it was doing so "where it [was] required", but added: “[I] don’t like doing R&D for my competitors.”
It should not have been done
The problem with the app is not that it isn't comprehensive, nor that whatever it cost to produce was four times what it should have, as the total cost was a very small drop in a very large bucket.
The problem is the underlying approach to expenditure which this app represents. It is another form of vanity publishing which one can find throughout sectors spending other people's money. Do they ever ask themselves the question "if it were my money, would I use it in this way?"
For example, a better calculator has long since been available here:
http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/tax-calculator/ and it didn't cost the taxpayer (including the ones that didn't want it in the first place) anything.
The Treasury expenditure options appraisal requires proper consideration of "do nothing" not that you'd notice.
And of course the IT crew would not be able to self-actualise at our expense by producing apps for the iPhone
... the Commission notice the attitude and add it into their treatment of UEFI
it's all right because...
...they'll be balancing the extension with fair use provisions.
and another thing
"Government projects, for example the DVLA putting tax disc renewals online, are often inherently big and complicated. And that’s a reflection of the complexity of the civil service, and the technology it relies upon to maintain and constantly improve public services."
because: giving a stack of tax discs to on-line insurance compaines is so much more difficult than having Fujitsu (and IBM) build some huge platform to capture the same information and then check the motor insurer's database for a valid insurance certificate
why: if your job importance is measured on size of budget and number of staff then the HM Treasury "do nothing" investment option appraisal is nothing more than an inconvenient truth.
For a supplementary view as the comment to this article
"References to On-line Driving License renewal as a flagship should recognise that its success demonstrates shows that about a 40% of us are content to pay £2.50 extra for the privilege of helping HMG save 80p! I live barely 50 yards from a Bank and 200 yards from a Post Office. But for the queues in both, it would nearly always take me less time to transact with a human being than it does on-line - thanks to poor response times, bloatware and the need to look up security codes that I have forgotten. The Driving License renewal is one of the few cases where that is not the case."
With the BSA on your team...
...Linux doesn't need an advertising budget
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