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UKIP is popular because so far they have not been revealed as a bunch of crooks, conmen and creeps.
Something that a certain Mr Farage seems intent on remedying.
Some may be racist, but then that goes for the other two farties as well.
Re: Just when you think Gove can't get more unpleasant ...
Being a quite unpleasant person, a chancer who steps in dead mens boots before they are cold, Mr Cameron would step in dog **** and then clean his shoe on your doormat.
Re: HMG is off its face?
But the doctor knows what drugs you have a reaction to, if any.
And, quite frankly, handing your illness details and medical history to a pharmacist is a data step too far.
and complete details would be needed, because one drug for an illness may not be practical if the patient has another ailment that may be exacerbated by a new drug. Or maybe you don't read those nice, and quite lengthy, A4 pages of detail that comes within the medication ?
Unless you missed the news: The NATIONAL health service has left the building. With the passage of the Health and Care reform act it, effectively, was killed.
Now the health dept has no control on funding, or over foundation trust hospitals (except setting standards)
Control has now passed to the GP commissioning groups (circle health, virgin health, capita et-al)
Doctors now send patients to private clinics for a large variety of things.
"you'll need about 12 sessions of physio, you get 5 on the health service and the others will be £50.00 each session. Don't slam the door on your way out. Goodbye"
The latest idea is a patient gets a set amount, and uses it to buy their treatment.
Obviously nothing can go wrong with that.
"I'm sorry sir/madam/ms you have consumed your entire budget. How are you going to pay the additional £25000.00"
Re: Anti-fraud measure?
"it doesn't usually cover the cost of the medication"
The vast majority of drugs prescribed cost less than £7.85.
A course of Amoxycillin costs less than a pound.
A Salbutamol inhaler (now generic) costs £2.30.
28-days supply of Paracetamol/Codeine [500/30] (the maximum a UK doctor can prescribe for an NHS patient) costs, again, less than a quid.
The cost of those above for a private patient would be much higher than the prescription charge, and that would not include the consultation/prescription charge !
A lot of medication is not available for purchase without prescription !
Re: Works very well.....
But then your favourite sponsor would not get a chance to spend several months designing a system that hasn't a snowballs chance in hell of working.
Then spend several years getting it working.
Then dumping it because technology has advanced.
Then back to designing another system....
Re: Sounds like another ID card.
Mine has an online prescription service which does exactly what is said on the tin.
Type what's needed.
Email confirmation arrives a minute later, or sooner.
Email confirmation of processing a day later.
Re: Will cause more problems than it solves
The prescriptions are not written anymore.
They are printed, after consulting the patients details on a database.
So any mistakes in the past would have either been iron-out, or the patient killed. Job already done.
This goes even if you have opted out of the "spread your details to the world via India" system.
Re: If it is not a Penalty Charge Notice...
This site is better, with loads of info on other "problems"
Cover the front plate on entering the car park
Re: Less Basil Fawlty
Such companies frequently do not "employ" people anyway. They are "ghost" workers, part of the black economy. There is widespread ignoring of the "minimum wage"
Re: Appeals process a sham, sherlock
That's where the camera comes in. You didn't think they installed them to help you did you ?
And is capable of having the charge rate, and time, set to match requirements.
Re: Yay for government
Talk is cheap.
Just have a well earthed steel cabinet enclose it. Oh wait. You'll also have to break the continuity of the cable sheath. Hmm..
Re: At least
The new prices are loaded onto the "key" when "charged" at a paypoint.
As are the new "standing charges".
My unit price has risen to 13.4p/KWH, from 13.16/KWH as the last key entry was done.
Re: Happy with mine
Disconnection is not going to be a big issue. the big issue, coming soon, is the variable pricing the meters enable, as in variable many times a day.
And while they are free "at the point of treatment" (paraphrase) never forget that they are paid for by the end user; you. Eventually. The government is never going to "go nuclear", other than by letting a few new ones be built to replace the old ones, so you can look at the "smart" meters as being one of the links to enable wider use of widely variable generating sources. You may not [yet] be able to store excess wind generated power, but you can, instead, ensure that the amount generated matches the load. Even if only by minimising load.
You need to look beyond the rhetoric of government.
Shale gas, if ever exploited, will be sold abroad.
Keep prices high to minimise use.
Disable excessive users.
The New World is arriving !
"peeping-Tom" is now "voyeur" and the offence is "voyeurism" (sex offences act 2003) (go straight to jail). "they" have to show "it" was to obtain sexual gratification !
"indecent exposure" is now "exposure" (same act as above). However, "they" now have to prove intent to cause alarm or distress.
Re: traffic shaping for leccy companies?
As said before: they are far more likely to be used for multiple pricing bands.
So high demand times will also be high price times.
Re: Nuclear, nuclear, nuclear, nuclear....
Smart meters will reduce it by substituting multiple variabilites in pricing for the simple one or two we have now.
Re: "There is no mainstream party [...] which offers to dismantle these crippling stealth taxes"
Even if human-affected climate change was happening, something VERY far from provem, the assumption that the UK could reduce the problem by reducing our emissions is so far over-the-top that it smacks of raving lunacy (since we were alreay talking about UKIP).
Trying to solve a problem that does not exist by killing tens of thousands in this country seems a reasonable definition of insanity.
Re: @Chad HLies...damn lies...and statistics.
"brown-outs" are a thing of the past.
Lighting mainly being by those eco-friendly twirly bulb things, which do not consume less electricity if the supply voltage is lowered.
Most electric motors in domestic appliances, at least the ones consuming most, like washers, are now electronically controlled....no lowering of consumed power there either.
Re: Lies...damn lies...and statistics.
"Wind, solar, and other sources do not have fuel you can store. You get "green" solar electricity when the sun shines. You get wind power when it's windy. You can't simply bottle it up. As a result, green suppliers sell every last drop of it at the moment it is generated. It is all pumped directly into the National Grid...and used"
Not really: The "used" bit.
Even if it isn't used they get paid.
So if it's windy and the grid doesn't need it the power companies are still compelled to buy it.
As for solar...ditto. Except the person who has it installed gets to have cheap electricity, and since many installations are done "free" the installer gets the extra 8p/unit...
My speed is still in the 2.3/0.256 range, pretty much the same as 3 years ago.
4Km from the nearest exchange.
The only noticeable change is not speed but cost.
I departed from Orange at 28/month to Newcall at 13.99/month. Oh, and the speed doesn't drop to dial-up speeds in the evening anymore.
Would've gone to plusnet, but they don't "do" broadband at their low-cost-basis in this area. Go figure.
I remain unconvinced.
Is life without bacon life at all ?
Philosophising leads to a lower lifespan !
"This EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study involved ten countries and 23 centres in Europe and almost half a million people. In general a diet high in processed meat was linked to other unhealthy choices. Men and women who ate the most processed meat ate the fewest fruit and vegetables and were more likely to smoke. Men who ate a lot of meat also tended to have a high alcohol consumption.
A person’s risk of premature death (increased risk of all cause mortality) increased with the amount of processed meat eaten. This is also true after correcting for confounding variables, although residual confounding cannot be excluded. However, a small amount of red meat appeared to be beneficial which the researchers suggest is because meat is an important source of nutrients and vitamins"
Re: Reason for an older couple?
Personally it looks like a buy-them-out and break-them-up operation starting.
Not that I care much....I have my own phone, purchased cash not subsidy. A rolling monthly contract with 1200 minutes, 1Gb data and unlimited texts with VM via............wait...........EE !
Cheaper than anything EE are offering. And I can also, via my unlocked phone, nip to three-UK if the signal is crap on VM(EE).
ADSL2 is via someone called Newcall telecom @ £13/Month at the moment, with the same (but better because it doesn't slow to a crawl in the evening) speed as I used to get with Orange. Being in the middle of fields I get around 2.3 Mb/sec.
WiFi works no problem. In fact everything works. No problems.
In fact it even, with the addition of a 3uk sim, changes from O2 to 3UK...and works...it never did that before.
(setting-carrier-automatic off-3g on...)
Averages are a doube-edged sword. Include every village in them and the speeds would drop to sub-2Mb immediately.
Re: This must be
Funny that. I changed from my not-cheap ISP Orange, to a 15-quid per month cheapo.
My speed is now a massive 2.3Mb/sec.....all the time, while the previous frequently dropped to
below 50 Kb/sec.
Have a look at the modern diesel. HPI....as in "electronic ignition", just without the spark....nothing quite like a high pressure injection system operating at 2000 BAR...and with electronic injection control.
And an exhaust filter.....
Now look at the London Emission Zone.....
Re: Aw fiddlesticks!
Time flies. older engine problem solves itself.
Rather than rush into doing something which may well not be needed, shades of Kyoto, I would prefer to see the theory tested and proved before we start....I very much doubt that soot from diesels is higher than from open fires (which would include open as in forest etc)
And the physics of greenhouse gasses is by no means clear-cut...neither is the ubiquitous greenhouse effect.
The CO2 scare having ground to a temporary halt, as has global warning/climate-change, we now have the soot from diesels scare arriving at platform one, and on time.
It could be worse
he could have gone to orange, or whatever name they are now.
In which case without a long wait (as in long) he would get to talk to nobody.
In my case it was faster to connect via next doors btfone connection, as orange was frequently notable by its lack of anything...expensively lacking.
Re: A sudden outbreak of common sense?
It's used for lots of things...alloying with magnesium, an addition to tungsten welding electodes etc..
Re: If they won't pay tax, maybe they should pay for infrastructure
Only if the fuel buyer is regstered for vat can it be reclaimed, and the vat is charged on the fuel cost AND the fuel duty.
Most of amazon workers are employed by agencies. Their pay is around the minimum wage (£6.19). They would qualify for working tax credit if their hours were not so high !
Now, how many workers are economic migrants working for foreign registered employment agencies ?
Most of Amazons "employees" are agency workers.
Is there a gene that encodes for a person to become a politician ?
If so we seriously need to find a way to zap all those born with that defect.
And yet loads of films/tv-series programs are available via itunes.
Re: Title here
And over 60 hours a week, maximum of 12 weeks, provide your own protective gear and boots (illegal), NO on-site parking (told to take a bus or train....)
But that £6.19 is what is paid to the worker, the agency gets paid rather more..and don't forget the 12 weeks.
Most agency workers register with several agencies to get continuity of work....but at 12 weeks there would be little holiday pay.
Re: And the problem is....?
"it's all those evil corporations legally avoiding paying tax"
HMRC are continually stamping on schemes that are ONLY designed to minimise tax paid.
But given that their staff have been reduced by a third over the past five years, and with more going, they are rather overstretched.
If the scheme has no commercial value and is only for the purpose of avoiding tax they can refuse to accept it.
Re: And the problem is....?
Until the economic crash, caused by the financial industry, government expenditure was in step with revenue.
And debt was being paid-off.
Re: If the public were angry, they would not buy from internet multinationals
They pay more either way.
Either more money to buy products from non-tax-avoiders, more tax themselves, or lower benefits.
Either way, the public pays.
A look at that Great British [Virgin Islands] Company, Virgin, is educational.
Got banking wrong: Start on climate as well.
When they get banking right they can then start on climate.
Until then, I suggest they go practice self flagellation.
Re: The master plan...
I bought a freesat box for 20 quid, new.
Plugged it into the sky dish and away it went.
Loads better than the badly-pixellated-when-trucks/vans/buses go past freeview (and Sandy Heath is clearly visible from where I live)
Re: in the spirit of LOHAN..
Re: Interesting this one...
You really want treble trouble ?
Ok, so maybe the female-female-female thing would be interesting to watch...you may have a point..
Strange that anyone would want to be married by an institution that is against them marrying.
But then....that's life. Some people quietly get-on with their lives and others chose to insist on shouting in others faces.
the private sector already has access
But then I thought about Capita.......
"The acquisition will enhance Capita’s vision to deliver an integrated database for children’s services departments which will hold a single record for each child from birth to adulthood"
"The combined solution will mean that data can be entered on a child once and then viewed by all authorised personnel in any service, saving a great deal of time and eliminating the duplication of data entry"
Re: Hopefully they're serious about protecting this data properly...
It's much more likely that they, and the senior civil servants, are looking to make shed-loads of money by lining-up juicy jobs from this.