The Brit was also said to be "alert, engaged, coordinated and coherent."
Isn't that part of what it means to be British?
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Having lived on a tropical island (with the population of large city) for over a decade where ID cards are the norm I have less of a revulsion for ID cards and identity confirmation between government bodies. Knowing the nationality of children for school admission or one's nationality for medical treatment is just par for the course, and it determines the different fees to be paid - yes, over hear the foreigners get to pay more for health and education services (which is rather popular with the locals).
However, as a long time Private Eye and El Reg reader I am always delighted to read about the new and exciting ways in which HMG can truly cock things up.
Are there off-site backups for this data? Don't be silly, it would be really expensive to do that, and nothing bad will ever happen to it, because nothing bad ever has happened, and, um, sparkly unicorns or is it glitter elves, I forget.
Ah yes, Buncefield etc were just dreams
I find it highly unlikely that Tata discriminates in favour of Pakistanis, Bangladeshis and Sri Lankans...
Anecdotes of Indians discriminating in favour of fellow Indians are rife in Singapore, usually along the lines of: a new Indian manager is recruited then several months later his staff are now mostly Indian (usually from the same region in India).
Let the children flow into whatever career and stop trying to influence them.
Let the children flow into whatever career... after they have had their eyes opened to the various career options so they can make informed decisions.
Children invariably choose careers they know about - it's a fairly obvious statement, but one that gets lost on the social-engineering lobby. How do children know about different careers? They learn about them from family, friends of the family, friends, their environment and the media - basically they know about what they see around themselves.
Teaching bright pupils is intellectually demanding of teachers. Too often the the bright ones are left on their own to coast - while the teacher tries to get the rest of the class to the minimum standard required for government statistics.
My experience was that the the bright ones amongst us would go off and teach ourselves. The teacher would then concentrate of the bottom third of the class while the middle third were left with little attention.
What ho chaps!
Over here in Singers the locals get frightfully upset when foreign "talent" gets imported to replace local labour. There are plenty of tales of Singaporeans being replaced by people the same nationality as a new manager.
That's why there's a percentage quota for employment pass holders in each company. Jobs also have to be advertised on a Singaporeans-only job site for a couple of weeks before the processing of employment pass applications will be entertained.
As a hiring manager I still end up hitting quota limits. It's not as though I'm rejecting locals for positions - I get hardly any applications from local software developers, etc.
Now, where's my morning G&T?
Also remember the US position that if a US citizen who also has, say, an Irish passport uses it to enter an EU country they may not be able to call on a US embassy for help if they get into trouble. They will be politely invited to contact the Irish consulate, since they entered the country by claiming to be Irish. Other countries take a similar position.
But for tax purposes you're always a US tax payer no matter where in the world you are and which passport you used to enter or exit that country.
Taxation and representation?
I spoke to an ex-Googler when I was interviewing for a job recently. He described how Google hired very clever people, but they don't necessarily have the social skills to be able to play well with others.
You can guess why he's an ex-Googler and moved to a company where they treat you as adults and expect you to behave as adults.
During a press conference after liftoff, Musk said it was dicey whether the second stage would power up at all. The fuel could have frozen, the oxygen boiled off, or the avionics failed, as the rocket spent more than five hours in our planet's high-radiation Van Allen belts before firing up.
I'd rather like my space craft to be a bit more reliable, and for people to retain domain knowledge. Domain knowledge? There are enough (>=1) old-time rocket scientists who managed to point out problems with fuel, valve, and time-in-space problems with certain NASA missions, namely: don't use certain fuels for missions longer than a certain duration. I would have hoped that someone would have been able to calculate the thrust correctly, ensured that fuel did not freeze, shield the avionics, etc.
The time to innovate was before the referendum was even conceived - we should be putting the final touches to the implementation by this stage.
The time to innovate is always now.
David Cameron asked for a referendum, and sufficient members of the House of Commons agreed to the bill. It would have been good for the undertaking of some serious studies to have been mentioned in the bill... not just some measly position papers. Still, there were only 650 people supposed to scrutinise legislation along with their armies of SPADs and assorted assistants....
Instead, we had a battle between Project Fear and Project Freedom followed by several months in which one could have undertaken some serious preparation but that opportunity was tossed away.
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