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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 22 2017, 01:23 PM) *
Surely they are paid to collect taxes - not to enact legislation. The Chancellor is the man responsible for tax law.

I suspect the problem is with the tax itself - the method used by the likes of Starbucks, Apple etc is cleary a corporation tax avoidance scheme, but I struggle to see how corporation tax rules could be adjusted to overcome it. They set up a subsiduary in Jersey or similar that the US parent licences to control brand rights in Europe - this then charges Apple UK an immense sum for the right to use the Apple brand (name, logo, etc) - enough to ensure that the profits of the UK arm is around zero. Thus Apple Jersey rakes in immense sums from the national operations all over Europe and makes an immense profit - in a country where corporation tax does not exist.

I suppose this loophole could be closed by a new 50% tax on brand rights payments - or 80% - as long as it is higher than Corporation Tax. But then we will have iPhones and Starbuck coffee imported via Jersey - with a huge mark up as they nominally pass through the tax haven - once again reducing the profitabilty of the national operations. Profits are so nebulous, so easily moved offshore by multinationals, taxing them will always be fraught with difficulty.


Yes, Corporation Tax is like Poll Tax was, unpopular but easy to 'legally' avoid.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 02:12 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 22 2017, 01:34 PM) *
I hadn't realised they were so available - the first step is to legislate so that all new cars must have them fitted and older models have them retrofitted within a few years. Once they are commonplace increase speeding fines/penalties massively (an automatic 1 month ban for instance) - so drivers opt to use them. Once most are using them habitually public opinion will approve of the off switch being removed.


Few would have any issue with that, but it's likely to be one of those issues like making errant Dads pay maintenance; we all agree until it comes to physical implementation. I suspect if there was a political will, the start will come when insurance companies start upping their premiums for drivers who don't have such systems installed.
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Posted on: Yesterday, 06:21 AM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 22 2017, 01:21 AM) *
Odds are that driverless cars will eventually go faster - because they are better driven they will be safer at high speeds.

But you don't need driverless cars to speed limit cars - all you need is a GPS, a link to the engine management computer thingy and a bit of software - absolute doddle costing very little to implement. They should have been fitting them in cars for ten years - many would use them even if there was an off switch. After a few years it would be socially unacceptable to use the off switch.


Spot on. Indeed even mechanical governors have been around since even before the birth of motor vehicles; even if only on a crude basis. Why does anyone need a vehicle that can exceed the national speed limit? Such things perhaps should have been fitted for years, but it is a political issue. The same one which discourages the increased use of camera surveillance for speed enforcement and other violations.
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Posted on: Nov 21 2017, 11:45 AM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Nov 21 2017, 09:24 AM) *
We all agree that one driver may safely be in control at speeds in excess of the limit while the next is dangerous at 50 mph., but raising the limit gives only a green light to the bad as opposed to exonerating the competent .
Instead of wasting money on "driverless " technology , would it not be sensible to have onboard monitors which would record the ability of the driver at the time as opposed to a thick red line which , as you freely admit , is mainly ignored ?


Already here, most large fleet operators use them to the chagrin of their drivers! For high end vehicles this technology also locks into theft tracking etc. However, the 'Clarkson Tendancy ' keeps it commercially limited.

In any event, I'm not sure I'd like Newres insurance bill! (It's likely to be this sector pushing for greater adoption)
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Posted on: Nov 18 2017, 10:08 AM


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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Nov 17 2017, 12:33 PM) *
Two options

- locals buy it & run it as a community pub.
- apply for change of use

I suspect it for sale as the owners have retired from the pub business.


You are probably right, like any small business, if there was a commercial future, it would have been sold on seamlessly. A community pub may well work in the short term, but it does depend on volunteers and locals willing to cough up some capital. In our society, you can't buck the market.
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Posted on: Nov 17 2017, 12:01 PM


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QUOTE (dannyboy @ Nov 17 2017, 10:30 AM) *
As it is offered at 'only' £430K I suspect that it can only be a pub.

Those nice people from the Red House at Marsh Benham behind the Castle revival IIRC.


What happens if no one is willing to buy it and run it as a pub, even with a substantial reduction in price? If we are really honest, selling a few beers even with half a dozen dinners 7 days a week isn't going to be that profitable, even if you exclude the cost of the property.
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Posted on: Nov 15 2017, 04:28 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 15 2017, 12:36 PM) *
And that's a nice pub as well, affordable.

And profitable? Just as a 'mom and pop' not sure the numbers would work for a traditional style pub.
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Posted on: Nov 14 2017, 04:37 PM


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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Nov 14 2017, 02:50 PM) *
It would appear that Mrs May is not quite so obtuse as some see . She outwardly criticises the Russians and then "arranges " for her foreign secretary to visit the Country . What price a BA strike around the time he is due to return . cool.gif


Boris will be back, have no fear! Clever politicians, particularly those with ambition, learn to read the currents and ride the tides. Would you have wanted to take over from Cameron, who anyway didn't really need to go. The dear lady gets her 15 minutes this way.

Like a kipper, stiched up; that's us!
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Posted on: Nov 14 2017, 08:10 AM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 11 2017, 10:01 AM) *
An even bigger one who is his boss.


Ever wondered if it isn't deliberate? The Tories are the oldest political party in the World and they didn't get there by accident.
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Posted on: Nov 14 2017, 08:06 AM


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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Nov 13 2017, 09:01 PM) *
Seems the run down of the HST's is in swing with some power cars already gone to Scotland and many coaches being sent likewise or into store.
Many sets now running with only 7 carriages.
Bit premature?
Old Oak Common (London) and Landore (Swansea) HST depots close early next year.
Hot water probably not on their priority list.
(Cold water shower on the Hitachi IET's free though!)


Yep! What a complete and utter shambles rail privatisation has been. Almost feel sorry for GWR; stuffed, whichever way they turn.
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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 05:03 PM


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QUOTE (je suis Charlie @ Nov 9 2017, 04:17 PM) *
"Legal recognition for non-binary people planned in Scotland"

Well that's good, I was getting worried about that. smile.gif You couldn't make this stuff up. Oh wait, you don't need to now. laugh.gif


Looking forward to 'cheap day return, make it half and half please' laugh.gif

The gender issue is quite interesting. Presumably, if we can now choose our gender, by the same token, we must be able to choose our race?
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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 05:00 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 9 2017, 03:58 PM) *
Equally a comment from a member of the opposition party cannot be seen as council policy - or an indication that the council are discussing it.


Very true.

(But just to be naughty, NTC's website always used to claim Councillors were apolitical!)
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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 03:38 PM


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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 9 2017, 12:58 PM) *
Didn't the reports talk about innate intelligence rather than educated? According to the science you are innately less intelligent than me. Can't argue with science.


Never mind TDH, some Itallian bloke also got into big trouble arguing against the science of his day, called Galileo or some such, became quite well known apparently.
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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 09:29 AM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 8 2017, 11:06 PM) *
One councillor is banging on about what she's keen on, are any other councillors even discussing it? I guess it gets in the paper because she's a councillor, but I'm pretty sure this is a personal opinion that is nothing to do with the council.


She is an elected member of NTC and a very vocal one so just as NWN has, unless she specifically says otherwise, this is what she is campaigning for. This is just how the Greenham Tower project started.

Once you've been elected to public office, your own views when expressed in public can't be considered personal.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 07:19 PM


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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 8 2017, 06:05 PM) *
Getting a good education doesn't guarantee intelligence. It is why investing in children with rich parents is a fallacy.

"You can take a man to the pub, but he might not want to get sloshed".


Couldn't agree more. My issue is with those who extrapolate sample data elements and then make ungrounded assumptions and then try to convince everyone that their assumptions are scientific fact. Often very funny; but then I'm of the generation who saw Professor Stanley Unwin!
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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 05:15 PM


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QUOTE (blackdog @ Nov 8 2017, 03:06 PM) *
Could someone explain where it is suggested that any public money should be spent on this?


I don't think there is any suggestion that public money should be spent, although a good few are thinking the landlord or the occupier BT ought to cough up. I must admit, I'm nonplussed as to why Councillors are even discussing this micro issue; particularly given the rather more serious issues that should be attracting their focus and attention. I certainly haven't heard any serious disquiet.

Maintaining and developing a good built environment is very important. Good townscapes are developed over many years and ought to contain rather more than Disney film set designs. Arguably, the Exchange is a reasonably well designed and preserved example of its type - why does it need hiding or demolishing? Liking it or not is down to personal taste, and fashions come and go.

So in development terms, the real planning strategists ought to be protecting it. It's certainly a far better building than the rather dreadful very modern construction directly opposite on Bear Lane. For these reasons, the cynic in me smells a rat.
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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 04:59 PM


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QUOTE (GMR @ Nov 7 2017, 04:43 PM) *
Actually the Rising Sun isn't closed for good. The current landlords - Chrissie & Dave - have closed it for good, however, they are looking for somebody to take over the contract and reopen it.


Let's hope they find someone. Its a pretty hard one these days and it's not really all just down to rent and rates. The village shop goes, the garage packs up, the pub closes as does the church - so what then defines the village? I'm not convinced that it's just down to the locals to use these things, after all the townies don't hence the town centres die. Anyone any practical ideas?
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QUOTE (Biker1 @ Nov 8 2017, 10:21 AM) *
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NTC playing silly buggers again!!??
Does this plan come from the same brains as the Greenham Control Tower shambles?


Now then, WBC's next big development Market Street Urban Village has just gone down the slipway. So, what next? Aaaah, Cheap Street, the GPO site, doubtless all owned by a couple of post privatisation spin offs. Only fly in the ointment, the exchange tower. What we need is a public fuss to try and get it moved....step forward NTC. And guess who'll be paying for these great ideas!
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QUOTE (Andy Capp @ Nov 8 2017, 09:18 AM) *
The better educated tended to vote Remain! Lol

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/o...remain-pollster


I love these ungrounded statistics which some take as gospel truths. Normally takes a couple of questions about the source data and down goes the balloon.

The article itself throws doubt straightaway. 2 out of 3 graduates voted to stay. Now, as nearly everyone who can write their name can graduate these days and as 'informed thinking' from as far back as the early 1920s considered only 20% of the population had higher grade intelligence, without any differentiation, it could be extrapolated that the one third of graduates who voted to go were actually that higher intelligence percentile.

To illustrate, this is a good one, you can check the validity for yourselves. BMWs are a car of choice for poor people. Just count the number in Lidl car park. Lidl with such low prices is clearly aimed at poor people.

Anyway, I'm more than happy to be thick; don't think I'd have managed three years at Salford University on media or golf course studies!

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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 08:00 AM


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Do the striking train drivers have a point; expecting just one person to look after a train simply isn't safe?

The bosses answer is that advances in technology mean it is very safe and the drivers are just being Luddites.

However, as regular users of the rail 'service' see, on a daily basis, the technology the rail firms use simply isn't up to the job. How often are there delays because of 'signalling problems', why won't rail cards etc. let you through the barriers, why won't they display platform numbers on their iPhone apps, the list goes on.

So perhaps the drivers have a point!
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Posted on: Nov 8 2017, 07:13 AM


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QUOTE (TallDarkAndHandsome @ Nov 7 2017, 11:45 PM) *
You must be really thick. Stupid. Dense. Racist. And worst of all... White. Thought I'd beat Newres to it.😂

In a nutshell TDH! laugh.gif
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QUOTE (newres @ Nov 7 2017, 06:33 PM) *
I 100% disagree with almost all of that. Certainly the EU isn’t perfect. Neither is our own parliament/democracy. Look what’s happening now with the “sex” scandals. Ludicrous. Look at the unelected Lords. Look at lobbying scandals and so on. I think people understood that. What UKIP did was to shift the blame for everything to the EU including refugees from Syria which if anything are a product of US and UK interference in the Middle East.

Thatcher and Major weren’t anti EU. What about Maastricht? I’m not sure what the exact split is on Brexit but it wouldn’t surprise me if the majority of Tiry MPs weren’t remainers. I’m quite prepared to be wrong on that. You are probably right though that a majority of party members voted for Brexit, but given the age demographic and the nationalistic slant of the tories that’s no surprise.


Put it this way, the British public had been told for decades that any unpopular action was down to European directives and macinations. As for corruption, yes it happens at Westminiser but not on the industrial scale of Europe. Incredibly, for many years they haven't managed even the elementary book keeping needed to generate an auditablecset of accounts. At least we still can, and we've clamped down on our MPs over inflated expenses. Mrs Thatcher's resignation was all about her wanting to curb European expansion and Maastricht was Mr Major refusing to go along with new European directives. In both cases, hardly enthusiasm. I think more and more can now see that it's the World market that counts and Europe is therefore a trade barrier. We should be concentrating on the future now so we don't get caught by the swell as SS Europe starts to sink.
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QUOTE (newres @ Sep 15 2017, 02:30 PM) *
Well there are a lot of arguments that could be made there, but imagine the British Government selling off Treasures from Northern Ireland during the troubles. "Legitimate" on the face of it, but it would be inappropriate to be selling off treasures (not that I can think of any).

Morally, they should be returned. And the Greeks argue that it wasn't a genuine sale I believe.


Depends what you mean by 'treasures' of course, I tend to think that a network of very useful pipes which have been running round London for many years a 'national treasure' and should not have been sold to foreign interests. The Indians are calling for the return of the Imperial State Crown which they 'gave' their Emperor at the turn of the last centuary. Presumably the Greeks will be willing to recompense nations disadvantaged when they themselves had imperial designs. So, where does one stop?

If it wasn't a genuine sale, then the Ottoman Empire did have a legal system just as we had. Litigation could have been commenced in either jurisdiction; no one is above the law.....or is it just the decisions they don't like!
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QUOTE (newres @ Sep 15 2017, 12:21 PM) *
They were taken from Greece whilst it was occupied by the Turks. If I'd bought a bit of French property from the Nazis in WW2, should I not feel a moral duty to return it to the people the Nazis took it from?


Rather different situation; the Marbles were purchased by agreement from a legitimate civil authority in a time of peace. Rather like our dear Government selling off our assets at knock down prices back in the 1980s. Now, there's a thought, perhaps we should be demanding the return of our airports and such like back from their continental owners. laugh.gif
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QUOTE (SirWilliam @ Sep 13 2017, 06:08 PM) *
If stone age man can, ( supposedly ), drag the wretched things all the way from Wales , a low loader should have no problem taking them back .

On a par with the Elgin marbles it's a wonder that the Welsh office hasn't already petitioned . We could throw in Avebury stones as a gesture of goodwill . rolleyes.gif


On the matter of the marbles, given the state of the Greek economy, now would be a good time to offer them a few bob to settle the sale question once and for all. We could do it via their EU bankers whilst we are still technically 'in' and knock it off our final settlement. Job done; triples all round.
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