* Posts by Dave 15

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UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge

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ECHR

Must admit not certain how you get a case up to them.

More to the point, it has already been shown that the UK is perfectly willing to ignore the ECHR anyway (votes for prisoners)

Unfortunately it is the great British public to blame. They have sat there for the last 20+ years while their freedoms and liberties have been removed, while the spying and oppression have increased. What happens in Britain today is very little removed from Stalins Russia, China or even Nazi Germany.

Not only will they not fight it but they will not even take the simple approach of voting for someone else... they continue to beg for more of the same. They to a man and woman are insane, woeful, pathetic.

The EU referendum... the exit is NOT happening people, do you care? No

The taxation going ever up while money is siphoned off to the rich, do you care? No

Your private correspondence, your web viewing, your phone calls monitored...

Every car or public transport trip you make monitored

Every purchase you make monitored

Even what you put in your bin.

When given the chance to stop the mockery of 30% of the population being given complete control by putting in place a better electoral system then no, we love to be beaten by minorities thank you very much....

British... pathetic, obvious how we lost an empire we can't even stand up to a bunch of thugs.

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Re: Some women fantasise about being raped

Perhaps they should but if they ever track you down it is 100% CERTAIN that you will...

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Re: Judges doing the best they can

Woman still gets murdered? No, we let murders out of prison after a couple of years on probation. As I understand it he is what used to be referred to as kinky... odd but in itself not a murder level problem. If the particular carrying on described is not in some way agreed I would guess a charge of common assault would suffice.

But just because he wants something I don't agree with shouldn't give me the option to make his life awkward... I don't want a touch screen iPhone, should that give you the right to want 24 hours notice that I might want to use my old nokia?

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EU ECHR

Not the same

Although the problem is that the ECHR comes up with totally bizarre ideas like giving murders a vote even out of the EU it would form a potential route to stopping this sort of abuse. HOWEVER getting permission to appeal to the ECHR is hard and this is not a criminal punishment (well it is criminal in its way but is a 'civil order').

What IS needed is for the British public to grow some back bone. We apparently vote the same people in year after year and get the same shit year after year... when will we learn? And I suspect it goes beyond lies about results... my mum can't bring herself to vote anything but conservative because her dad did... any excuse is rolled out from who has the best suit to no one else gets elected in her constituency so anything else is wasted...

I mean even to look at another example... the CEO of my company takes his girlfriend off and racks up 4grand on hotels and God only knows how much on flights, booze and food when he is cutting the pay and jobs of his staff? Would I still be in the job or hassling for an all out strike until he is dismissed... in the UK we plod on, in France he would be out of work

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He won't win... but

At least he is trying.

The idea that the police can fail to find enough evidence to support a conviction but then punish you is blatantly against magna carta and probably the EU court on human rights. It is certainly without a shadow of a doubt against any semblance of morality. If this happened in North Korea, Russia or China the headlines in the UK would be screaming human rights abuses. Of course what do we expect from May... I reckon she will have the Brown shirts back before much longer. She is willfully ignoring the expressed desire of the public AND implementing ever more draconian legislation on everything. I thought the previous Labour bunch were insane but even their intrusive unpleasant stupidity pales. I mean how many youth clubs, sports clubs etc. have turned their back on children because of having to try and prove the innocence of everyone volunteering, leaving the kids to wander aimlessly on streets or sit in front of games consoles and computer screens as tempting bait for all sorts of shady predators and drug dealers. As someone in my rugby club said... I pity the person here who interferes with one of the kids... the kid is likely to be the son/daughter of another team member....

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Corbyn lied, Virgin Trains lied, Harambe died

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Re: The 'two wrongs make a right' argument.

The same tories who managed to create a report dismembering the whole goods moving apparatus and most of the rail system when their transport minister owned a road haulage firm?

Politicians, frankly if we could stick them all on a spacecraft to the sun it would be too few too late.

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To make a point

Perhaps instead of picking a long distance route he could have picked the trains between 7 and 8 from Cambridge to London... he wouldn't have sat on the floor, there is no space for that...

If he wanted a real laugh turn up to Stansted and try and get through security on a Friday evening... half the machines unmanned, queues to the turnstiles, an hour or so wait, all penned in with metal barriers and of course no one has yet checked the suitcase or back pack on the person just down from you... heaven knows what it could contain? Hell of a lot easier to kill thousands in their than a few dozen on a plane... and of course the effect on travelling would be just as bad.

But back to the story. I am no Labour supporter BUT things like public transport, a public mail system, phone, water, gas, electric etc. SHOULD not be a profit making often monopoly activity but a public utility. Certainly they should be efficient but even if they are not they are absorbing people from the dole anyway, so I care somewhat less than you might think about overmanning.

Just remember when Thatcher privatised these industries how the rates of pay for CEOs etc doubled, tripled, quadrupled or more 'to attract the right people' when the people in post didn't change from those who were last year apparently useless and presiding over useless and inefficient state run companies...

I am certainly no supporter of the way the rail services are done now, seems to cost in rail fares, overcrowding and subsidy. In Germany they are still building new lines while in the UK we are ripping them up and turning them into concrete guided busways (a bus being like a train on tracks but unable to take as many people and requiring one driver per 50 instead of 1 driver per 1000...

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US Treasury to launch pre-emptive strike on EU's Ireland tax probe

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Yanks beating the world up again

But what do you expect?

They spend more on their military than the whole of the rest of the world so they think they can tell everyone what to do because no one can argue back.

It just amazes me when they fine British companies for breaking American rules... just the way we can't

But then, 'no taxation without representation' is all well and good but work over there, get taxed and find you can't even vote for the local council...

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EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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Kill ecommerce?

Its bad enough that there are spoofing sites and that gchq and the nsa have back doors and decrypt everything but to make it easier for criminals to steal billions on billions which will obviously kill ecommerce stone dead is lunacy of a type I thought was beyond even politicians.

Then of course the Germans, French and British should all be able to remember using the BBC to broadcast messages to people on the continent.

I am taking a cake to my gran tonight on social media might not ring any bells, but perhaps can be code for taking a bomb to no 10?

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New UK trade deals would not compensate for loss of single market membership

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Re: Also, the reverse would apply

oops, you are right... principle applies though...

Actually, ban Ikea anyway... their furniture is ugly. :)

Then blame the Norwegians... anything for a laugh

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Re: Trade deficits also need to be taken into account

:) True they would. But the Germans are too sensible to let the French ruin everything.

Of course for most French cutting off their noses will hardly make their faces any worse :)

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Re: Looks like "Red Ken" Livinstone had it right so far.

"Still parasitic on other nations."

so who do you look up to?

Germany.... billions in aid from America after it wrecked europe twice?

America whose economy is very largely based on the money it stripped from the British, French and Germans in the first and then second world wars?

Spain who stripped the entirety of south America of its gold?

Italy that invaded most of europe (including most of England and Wales) and took many locals as slaves (oooh yes, the slave trade... some would say only the British ever did that the parasites they are eh???)

Do I need to go on?

If you don't like the UK then you can always see how our balance sheet totals up against those of other nations and maybe choose one of them instead.

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Re: Looks like "Red Ken" Livinstone had it right so far.

Two things

We wont lose trade to the EU, as mentioned countless times the EU loses out if it is stupid and it is not stupid. OK the EU is a large part of our trade but the rest of the world is larger than our trade with the EU. So if we lose 10% of EU trade we only need 9% increase and not a 'stupid' increase with the entire rest of the globe (larger than the EU!)

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Re: This what made Britain "great"..

Oh more of this sort of cobblers.

Should the USA shrink into a hole in the ground for invading several other countries and killing hundreds of thousands in bombing raids?

Should Germany hide its head in its hands and scuttle off into the hinterland of nowhere?

China (they claim that Ghengis was Chinese and look at how many he killed)

If you go through it I doubt there is a single country on the whole planet who hasn't at sometime killed, mained, tortured or oppressed someone from another country.

Now to the truth on slavery. A very large proportion of the African slaves sent to America were SOLD to the slave traders by other African tribes. The British navy put a massive effort into preventing the slave trade when parliament (finally) decided that it wasn't good. The slave trade had been going on for many hundreds of years before the British were at all involved with African slaves sold in the middle east. The British were certainly not the only, and probably not the largest traders in slaves. One thing, we traded them which in a lot of respects was better than Ghengis who rounded them up and used them and other prisoners as target practice, as training for his men and finally as human shields to absorb the bolts and arrows of his enemies.

People like you really make me sick to the bones. If you are that ashamed of being British change your nationality and move abroad. Perhaps it would however be better to read a fuller version of history and realise the good we have also done, and look at the balance sheets of other countries as well.

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Re: @Tom7

Lets not get into doctors.. one of them has sentanced my sister to death because he wanted to lecture her about the smoking she used to do instead of sending her for the scan that might have given them enough time to fix the cancer.

Experts???

If that was the ONLY time they had let my family down it would be fair enough, but they also killed both of my inlaws by failing to diagnose either of them, they left my gran to die in agony in a nursing home rather than admit her.....

Even for me they managed to leave my elbow infected for 2 years after fixing the break..... and then decided to take the metal out and then realised as they pulled the pins out that the infection had prevented the bones knitting and had to replace it all.....

next time choose your ideas more carefully

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Re: "just in time"

Yes fixable if anyone was so stupid as to try and break it. But the Germans are NOT going to break it or even allow it to be broken.

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Re: Also, the reverse would apply

If they do then bad Norwegian companies like Ikea, Norwegian oil and gas imports and Norwegians from visiting here... tit for tat. Frankly no skin off my nose if they fail to remember who fought for their freedom to veto us.

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Outside the EU we can trade with anyone. If the EU bundle together some rules that deliberately set out to block us then we can and will do the same.

If we are really honest the EU come up with rules all the time which are designed to go against the UK and we have to go along with them because we are inside...

Our car companies HAVE to have an 'EU acceptable' mix of car production... doesn't really work too well for sports car and luxury car brands

There is an increasing push on regulations for spare parts which would kill our flourishing spare parts industry

There is even bank regulation which we might not fight off for much longer

Before we see the damage done to our old coal fired power stations (now all closed) by EU regulation which basically forces us to be dependent on French nuclear power, Chinese and French future investment (at guaranteed rip off prices) or Russian gas...

Really, you happy with all of this??? Think it is so bad to be away from it and able to decide to frack and burn our own shale gas, or dig coal out and burn that (yes we still have open cast...)

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Re: The big picture

Your point would be well made if the current crop of eu negotiators were working for British interests and our guys are really so stupid they can't see a bad deal and walk away.

The US will want to trade and to set up a deal right now because they net export to us, same with China, if they offer us shit and we walk past then they will be back. Same with the EU.

Once we get our collective heads up and realise we are important and capable then the boot will be on the other foot. We will need to negotiate fair deals for the future and reject unfair ones now, not that difficult.

Anyone with a reasonably brain could do this, it doesn't take an engineer or scientist.

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Re: The big picture

er no, trade is a two way street. Why do people like you automatically assume that Britain... one of the largest economies... has to go begging?

Stand up correctly, square up your shoulders and stop thinking we are some poor little street urchin begging for crumbs.

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Re: The big picture

Won't comment on your figures but trade with the EU is still in the EUs favour... so I cant really see a reason for them to destroy that trade... retaliation by us would cost them.

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Re: Really ....

I admit to not spending a lot of time in Paris, but in south west France where I have spent a lot of time they are ALL Renault or Citroen.

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Re: Really ....

It is NOT her job actually.

The job of ALL MPs is to represent their constituents. As was shown the majority of the constituents they represent chose to leave (or didn't give a monkeys either way... those who don't care are ignored in elections so why not here). Thus if the MPs are doing their job then they represent the view we should leave and therefore we should.

It is not their job to think for themselves, it is their job to do what they are told.

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Re: Really ....

NO they will NOT be employed elsewhere.... the numbers speak for themselves even the massaged unemployment shows more than a million people sitting at home twiddling their thumbs.

We need to find employment for these people. I can still remember the conservative posters complaining that Labour is not working when unemployment was still below a million, now we seem to think it wonderful when it is less than 2 million.

We need jobs for these people and there really is only so much wonderful cheese and Rolls Royce jet engines that can be made and sold. We need a range of industries including building vans, lorries, tanks, planes and software.

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Re: Really ....

So you think that a British government will turn around and say yes you Germans can sell your cars here... and its really fine that we can't sell ours to you?

I know I said that most civil servants are traitors but do you really think any UK government could get away with selling that sort of statement even to a stupid and gullible British public?

No... I don't think so. If we can't sell our stuff to europe then we will tit for tat and stop them, this means they will lose out (at current rates they send a lot more here than we do there). This is not in the interests of europe and so cut through the blather and look at the facts... we WILL sell there as much as we do now, there will NOT be an issue. The Germans will not allow it, and frankly I doubt the French will even try and get in the way (they sell cars, cheese and wine here as well, and as with the Germans buy a good deal less from us than they sell). Europe will not fail and can not afford to fail to sort out a trade deal.

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Re: Really ....

Yes, and why not? You want to continue to pay for millions to sit at home or do you want them contributing and reducing your tax bill? I want my tax bill down. Currently my total tax bill is ridiculous... income tax, social security tax, local tax, more local tax, an even more local tax, VAT, fuel duty, insurance tax, road fund licence, bbc licence, beer duty, wine duty, cigarette duty, police tax.... the list goes on and on and on. The reason for all of this tax is to fund the two prongs of policy... getting everyone else to make what our government wants to buy and paying the unemployed here enough to stop them starving.

Really it is totally unbelievable that anyone wants to support this.

And they are NOT loss making industries, they were originally set up by private enterprise, other countries seem able to dig coal out of the ground and make steel at a profit! True reopening pits is costly BUT in the long term employment and fuel supplies are achieved, the net cost compared to paying the unemployed and buying foreign is not as bad as the headline number. Add into this the strategic value of not being dependent on the middle east and Russia and I think it is a bargain. After all, Russia walked into Crimea and no one in europe could say squat... if they turned off the gas we would be in serious trouble, and when we buy oil and gas from the middle east we support the regimes that are actively paying for the terrorism we are also supposed to be fighting.

And yes, the current car industry does use a lot of imports, we need to wean off this and any drop in the value of the pound makes it all the more obvious we need to wean ourselves off it.

As to aviation, are you saying the British who created the Spitfire, Harrier and many other world beating planes are now somehow rather more stupid than the Americans? As I say TSR2 created by the British in the 50s was as good a plane as the eurofighter is today.

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Re: Really ....

Of course we will never really know. We haven't left. The BofE took avoiding action (correctly). The employment figures are so massaged and fudged they make zero sense anyway and haven't for many years. (Unemployment is down is regularly heard when the number not in work is rising - from the ONS statistics... somehow a massive and increasing % of the work force is either happily at home or somehow incapacitated from work).

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Re: Really ....

1. It wouldn't create a monopoly.... The Germans only buy German and have multiple suppliers of pretty much everything... German police cars, Merc, Audi, VW, BMW, not a monopoly. The British could do the same... there is NO reason this is a monopoly

2. Tit for tat yes, but it seems that when we discuss the EU everyone says they will close to us but somehow that is ok and they don't expect us to reply in kind. However what I actually suggested is NOT closing the market but merely ensuring BRITISH government spends money in a way that is best set for the BRITISH economy... i.e. it keeps money here. This is what the entire rest of the world does... including France, Germany, Italy and the USA

3. The problem for the steel industry in the UK is the cost of energy. Other countries provide ways of reducing energy cost for large users like the steel industry, we don't (we say that would be state aid and don't, others have worked out a way of avoiding the accusation... something our civil servants are not skilled at doing).

4. Easy to support the accusation, just look at the behaviour, check what behaviour is there to support the UK and what is there to damage it. On balance the rules created and the way they are implemented is ALWAYS against Britain. Even things like smoking... while we had to put no smoking stickers in the cabs of steam engines the Germans had 'smoker club' stickers FREE from the local council to allow people to keep smoking in your pub!

I object hugely to abuse based on genetics... race or sex or any other. However I will point out that if a school child calls another the n word this HAS to be reported to the police as a racist abuse incident. Call another a ginger nut or similar and no action is required. Perhaps those whose distant relatives came from Africa are in need of more protection than those whose distant relatives came from Denmark ... but the fact that this behaviour is enshrined in our laws is quite beyond belief. For me rules should be implemented in a fair and just way for ALL.

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Re: Really ....

Britain was great enough to save the world twice in the 20th century ... at massive cost to itself (financially as well as in people etc. ... the ONLY country to benefit out of the two massive wars being the Americans who milked europe and Russia for every penny they could before stepping in right at the end to make sure they got all the post war benefits as well).

Britain was an industrial powerhouse right through the 19th century totally dominating the world with the mass produced output from places like Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester.

The industrial strife of the 1960's and 1970's was frankly due to the bosses not wanting to pay their workers for the work being done. When faced with bosses taking 40-100% pay rises and giving the workers nothing the people in the 60's and 70's stood up and fought, the people today just shrug and carry on.... the problem is still happening but people are now too scared and spineless to do anything when they are dumped on from a great height (hardly a 'Great' thing at all).

The decline compared to other countries during that time was partly imposed by the USA who threatened us to cause the withdrawal from Suez, the giving up of what was left of the bankrupt empire and even scuttling the Royal Navy and destroying the aircraft industry... forcing us to buy inferior American warplanes in place of completing TSR2 (which would even today compare favourably with eurofighter). The other problem faced during the 60s and 70s was that the rest of the world had American financial help (Germany, Japan, Italy) OR just a lack of debt (France etc.) while we were paying off a massive debt, this meant while the rest of the world invested in automated machinery we couldn't. And no, I don't forget the unions fighting against updates, but where other countries had money to expand replacing lost jobs with new ones and retraining, in the UK if your job bolting on wheels was automated you had no where else to go.

All in all some people need to look at what really happened and not go along with what the government wants to tell you.

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Re: Really ....

May is NOT a Brexiter, she is trying to ignore the referendum in good old 'its not what I wanted' style and hopes that the rest of us will forget that she hasn't done what the people told her.

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Re: Really ....

OH please... you really think that taking money from the UK tax payer and giving it to the Spanish is cheaper????

Consider the WIDER situation.

When the Spanish build the tanks we will find ourselves paying unemployment to the men who would build the tanks in the UK, the men who would generate the power, the men who would create the steel, the men who would build the machinery, maintain the factory building, make the paint.... etc etc etc etc etc

Then to top that off when someone else wants a tank they won't come to the (now non existent) British tank factory they will go to the Spanish one.... after all if the British won't buy a British tank why the hell would the Sudanese or anyone else..... why????

This is just the same with ALL other British products... why buy a Range Rover when the British police prefer BMW X7s? Why employ a British software engineer when the British government prefers to pay the French to employ an Indian (at a cost in excess of what the British engineer gets paid)

Just because the Daily Mail says Thatcher was a genius for destroying British industry does not mean she was!

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Re: Really ....

Yes the pound against other currencies is important..... the lower the better, our products are then relatively cheaper. Once we start making power and digging up the raw materials here rather than importing them then the products get even cheaper.

Of course if we buy the electricity from France and the steel from Germany it doesn't help as much as if we dig coal up in Wales, burn it and smelt our own steel in the UK.

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Re: Really ....

Cobblers

Britain in the EU was an insignificant boy bullied in the playground. We interpreted the rules against ourselves while everyone else bent them to better themselves....

I challenge you to find a single non German police car, council lorry or army truck in Germany

And just to prove a point go and find a single German police car, council lorry or army truck in France... you won't, the French have only French ones.

Similar in Italy

Come to the UK and try and find a single British built one! We have a massive car industry, we had a massive lorry, armaments and van industry... once.

Note how the French happily maintain a now illegal ban on British beef.... and still would burn our Lamb on the dockside if we bothered to send it. Of course the fact they have more BSE doesn't stop them sending their beef abroad does it?

I live in europe, its great, but I can assure you that it is just NOT POSSIBLE to find British food, drink, near impossible to find any other British products here... to say we benefit at all is a joke.

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Re: Really ....

What ROT!

Do you REALLY believe the Germans are going to stand idly by and watch their car industry lose out on billions in trade with the UK????

Get REAL

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Re: Really ....

Honestly, how do you expect politicians to put ANY of the money saved into anything until we have left and have that money available????

The politicians are in power to DO WHAT THE PEOPLE TELL THEM... that is DEMOCRACY any other behaviour is a modified dictatorship.

As to the 'best interests' of the country or the 'right thing' (in your opinion) can you PROVE which is best... in or out? There are arguments, powerful ones, on both sides. What is more, from my view point it is FAR more likely that we can do better outside than we ever have inside.

Mind, we could do with fixing a few things in general...

a) Use the nationlized banks to invest in British companies (rather than selling them back to the rich for a cut down price having used the tax payer to avoid any losses for those with billions and billions already)

b) Sort out tax and benefit, single flat tax on all income in the UK ... business or personal, no tax breaks no 'profit' discussions, just pure income... you spend 30 quid in topshop and they pay the same % tax as you paid when you earnt the 30 quid. Single flat benefit... you are in this country legally you get x per week... regardless of where you live or how many heads you have. Simple, easy to implement, quick to implement.

c) NO British tax payer spending abroad... none what so ever on anything

d) British aid in British goods and services

That might cause you some grief but this would sort the UK out

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Re: Really ....

Oh honestly...

the economy is in a mess BECAUSE of the EU, or rather the use of the EU as a blanket excuse by government to send all our money abroad (Spanish tanks... what the hell is wrong with building BRITISH tanks in a BRITISH factory using BRITISH workers and BRITISH materials... that way we keep BRITISH tax payers money in BRITAIN and even better have an industry that can export and an army that can get new tanks and spares if we ever do need to go to war for real.... after all we have no British ships to go to Spain to get the parts ... remember the Argies... they lost the Falklands because they could neither make nor buy the exocets they needed to sink our task force)

The same idiots that think it is acceptable to buy foreign weapons are the same idiots that think we have to let our steel industry sink because of the same EU regs that seem to allow the Germans to keep theirs going. Much the same with cars, lorries, ships, coal, software and computers. (Strangely the banks somehow managed to get the help denied everyone else... despite those self same rules).

To be totally honest Europe is not to blame for the state of the UK, nor indeed for Brexit, it is our very own civil servants, traitors to a politically correct person.

However we should get out, stay out, use the money saved to bail out industry, we should build up our navy, airforce and army using ONLY British built products and we will once again have real employment in real factories making real goods... not paper shuffling tax collecting accountants and worse still leaching bankers taking wealth off the majority to accumulate it for the rich few

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UK military buys third £4m Zephyr drone for 'persistent surveillance' trials

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Re: Wrong County

Probably too shocked about the British military buying something made in Britain.... I suspect we better hide this fact from the armed forces minister or he will have them all sent back

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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haven't had a problem?

Wow you are lucky. I don't have a TV anymore, nor devices for watching. I get a letter every other week (which I save and deliver to my MP). I get a visit around once a month (which I refuse to let in my house). Eventually they will get tired of the game and turn up with some court order I expect.

This is intimidation. If I were a little old pensioner instead of being a bloody minded miserable grumpy old man then I might be scared into all sorts.

In the UK we are supposed (and I know it is now very clearly no longer the case) we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. It is up 'to them' to build a case and prove you are guilty of an offence, it is NOT up to you to prove yourself innocent.

I expect we will soon see the day when MPs back down and allow the BBC to charge us all regardless of whether we have any means of viewing tv. They will argue that the bbc provides online stuff for everyone and therefore is allowed the money. This will lead to situations like the one in Germany where a guy with no power never mind tv in a shack in a forest clearing has to have a licence.

Frankly I would prefer the MPs dismantle the bbc and let it go to a warm place in a handcart

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Re: Arrgh Beeb

So now when the police and jackbooted licence inspectors visit then they will check not just for TVs but now have an excuse to take every computer, fondle pad, smart phone etc, in the house away for forensic examination... probably for months...

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Re: Thankfully...

Maybe you don't live somewhere they can easily find, I have had plenty of visits. You don't need to let them in of course... in fact you can write to the TV people and withdraw their right to cross your garden to the door. However eventually they will turn up with legal enforcement to search (and then of course you could in theory sue them for defamation of your character by implying you are a criminal, not that you will win)

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Re: Thankfully...

there is Dr Who... but can wait for the dvds if I am honest. But you are right, nothing else

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Oh what does it matter...

After all the minute the police and uberstazi May cotton on their is another source of information available the BBC will be forced to keep it for 20 years in case they can prove a link between watching big brother and terrorism.

Then of course the bbc demand an email (heaven only knows what for)... easy enough to get a temp email from a number of places. Its hardly defining data, just really quite pathetic, an unnecessary hindrance that will put a number of people off bothering with the 'service'.

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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

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Re: As a rule of thumb...

Paypal is a whole different world of pain

Used them for about 10 years to buy ebay stuff.

Then suddenly they decided they think they need a copy of my passport... so my bank and my passport stored together on a server with heaven only knows what backdoors, security holes etc... no bloody chance.

So now I can no longer use paypal for anything.

Oh well, so now I can't use ebay either

oh well

so now both ebay and paypal have lost a customer.

big deal for them I guess... but if others were only to follow suit it would be worth setting up something to replace them.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

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Trust the government...

Not a hope, they are the primary driver of this slurping in the first place. May wants MORE of it.

And as for the census... dont forget the BRITISH government spent BRITISH tax payers money to employ an AMERICAN company (with a lot of profit) to gather the data... meaning that by American law it was available to the Americans... so we paid the Americans so we could give them what they wanted... Bizarre.

Use a British company... not the British government... tanks from Spain (ready to defend Gib?) planes from the US (not as good as the harrier, not as good as tsr2... but at least foreign), police vans from Germany, police cars from Sweden, NHS software from India (well it would have been if it had been delivered).... the list goes on.

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Petition?

First people have to know about it... not easy when you are proposing something that would make it harder for NSA and GCHQ (aka May) to check your underwear.

Second, even if people did know about it and it was supported it is even less likely to actually make any difference to the government and ensure they act than the Brexit vote (which has admittedly claimed one PM to be replaced by a PrimeIntrusiveTyrant...) Certainly all those that voted in the recent referendum must share one disappointment, whether you backed it or not seeing the government just plain ignore you is really p*** poor in a 'democracy'

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Re: @soulrideruk

See my post as well, EXACTLY the same when I asked for help.

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Re: I've said it before

The replies to this guy seem typical of my very unfortunate experience.

A few years back now I took a machine of mine, cleaned the drive and followed the instructions for a linux distribution.

It booted

It then told me that the monitor was not a graphics one and proceeded to leave me with the command prompt.

This being a graphics monitor on a graphics card that had been displaying graphics for about 5 years.

When I asked 'the community' to point me (as a new to linux but experienced guy) in the right direction the abuse wasn't believable even though I read it. Not a single answer that helped . My ability, my skill, my knowledge were all called into question, I think even the marital status of my parents.

There are definitely people that think this is acceptable in 'the community', and the comments about a guy who has clearly had an unfortunate problem, possibly from his installation, who may or may not be a professional of hours or years standing show that 'the community' hasn't grown up and still can't understand that help is sometimes needed not abuse.

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

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Suggestion...

a) Flat rate benefit to all

b) Flat rate tax on all company turnover in the UK

No need to tax individuals at all really. Anything I get paid will already have been tax paid by my company... job done. No taxing every penny two or three hundred times.

And more importantly no more offshoring Tesco, Starbucks, Natwest etc etc etc profits abroad by dubios charges for use of logos etc.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

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I dont get it

So... if I understand correctly we are going to end up having to browse to skype

So now the browser needs to load a page and then I guess download from the national security agency your entire contacts list as some xml.

xml clearly being brilliant as a compact way of transporting data will not take more than a couple of days for each contact.

Then of course the whole UI will then be some server cack rendered by a browser... probably forcing you to use internet exploder-

I can't see why this would improve voice quality or bring any other benefit over the existing apart from the fact I could then do skype from someone elses machine without downloading it... tbh this is not a feature I have a need for anyway.

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

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Re: I see nothing has changed

But of course the standards at O (sorry GCSE) and A level haven't been eroded since the days when 3 A levels was normal and 4 outstanding to the situation today where 8 seems fairly average.

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