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  1. Banks tweeted that several days ago. At least try and keep up. "intellectual pigmy" - absolutely classic!
  2. Dear me, don't you learn anything from history? Thatcher polarised the country, sacrificed communities on the alter of political dogma and made a virtue out of greed. That was in 1984 onwards. On her death in 2013, some 29 years later, there was an outpouring of pure hatred for one of the most divisive figures in UK politics. The Bozo legacy is probably worse when all the lies and shenanigans around the totally stupid brexit are taken into account. And all for Bozo's personal gain.... It's simply human nature. So don't try and lecture people who have had "difficulties" because of the totally stupid and completely unnecessary brexit. Incidentally, if you're trying to insult people you know nothing about on "intellectual" grounds then you really need to learn how to spell the word "pygmy" ASAFP. Otherwise you'll just make yourself look foolish. Again... Hope this helps!
  3. Have to confess I can't take the credit, it was coined by a Tory Grandee. But as the Leave camp's precious Brexit is turning out to be a complete and utter clusterf~ck in every possible way he has a point. I think all those who voted for brexit should pay an extra tax to make up for the financial hit the rest of us have to suffer due to their folly.... So @Kipper99 , what brexit benefits have you accrued?
  4. The only thing which has improved since Brexit is the average IQ of EU citizens....
  5. Never forget that Bozo et al did not supply this aid to Ukraine. The UK taxpayer did....
  6. Obviously Downing Street thinks that a highly patriotic country like Ukraine that has tens of thousands of it's citizens signing up to fight the Russians needs "bolstering" by a visit from a totally amoral narcissistic serial philanderer and inveterate liar who sold his own country down the Swannee and polarised it's citizens for purely personal gain. What they need is military hardware - not a clown show... Whenever Johnson has a problem, he calls Zelenskiy – and the bill is rapidly mounting "Research by the i newspaper has revealed that these sudden conflabs with Zelenskiy have coincided precisely with Johnson’s moments of acutest embarrassment. On 6 June Sir Graham Brady announced that Tory MPs were ready to vote on their party leadership. Within three hours Johnson was on the phone to Zelenskiy. A month earlier, on 5 May, the day of local elections with dire results, Johnson sought comfort from the same source. On 30 April there was disastrous news of MP Neil Parish’s resignation. Johnson called Kyiv. On 23 April, news broke that the Met was issuing fines over a bring-your-own-bottle lockdown party at Downing Street. Johnson called Kyiv. On 16 April, when the UN savaged the Rwanda plan, Johnson called Kyiv. On 12 April Johnson was fined by the Metropolitan police over Partygate, and he called Kyiv. Was it really to discuss strategy in Donbas? Surely it was just a celebrity shoulder to cry on and a good news headline." https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jun/20/boris-johnson-volodymyr-zelenskiy-phone-call-kyiv-aid
  7. The only person Boris Johnson cares about is Boris Johnson. UK politics and drivers are a lot easier to figure out once you accept that truism. There also appears to be a correlation between Boris being in the shit and Boris ringing Kyiv that is then slavishly (sorry) reported in the UK right wing press. Which is to say pretty much all of it He was supposed to be going to rally the true-blue troops in red-wall Donny last Friday but instead he ducked out to rally the troops in Kyiv. FFS! He doesn't need to keep ringing and visiting when the only thing that really matters is preventing Russia from making enough ground in Ukraine that they don't fancy having a go at Poland or maybe Finland and the Baltic states. It's just pathetic...
  8. So Russia has never tried to influence Western elections and the tory party would never gratefully receive party donations from Russian sources? It's certainly out of kilter to believe otherwise. Got to say the "Employee Of The Month" made me smile...
  9. Tesco online shopping looks to us to be the same prices whether across or not.
  10. BREAKING: Boris Johnson says if he did not offer a £100k job to his mistress Carrie Symonds in 2018, this would've been unfair because he'd given his previous mistress Jennifer Arcuri a £100k job in 2016. This was about equality in the workplace.....
  11. And wear a hard hat or you'll regret it...!
  12. It was blindingly obvious that Banks was trying to crush Cadwalladr financially for simply trying to do her job. Fortunately the judge knew it too. But she's right that arseholes with money shouldn't be allowed to behave like that....
  13. As it happens in this case it's much more complicated than that. Usually you follow the individual outputs up the food chain to discover the why's (the 5 x why's) and wherefores of what is being produced and to what purpose? This is easier in public service due to their slow, clumsy, out-moded pyramid structures. If, like me, you think the organisation is severely over-manned then unfortunately it's not just a case of valuing and streamlining processes. Yes redundancy has always meant that the role goes and not the individual. I lost count of the number of times I had to re-apply for what was essentially my current role thinly disguised. If you find that the outputs of a certain group are a value-add then all well and good. However how many of the team are actually doing the heavy lifting? Eventually it comes down to how much work can you expect an individual to complete in a reasonable timeframe? In other words are there simply too many of them? That's when it gets tricky. Especially in an organisation that has no bottom line...
  14. Unfortunately, just for starters, they are the biggest political lobby on the island . Yes there are some very good people in the CS/PS. But if they are that good why are they still there? You can re-deploy them into the private sector all right but whether they can then get gainful employment is another matter entirely. Mainly because they lack the "cultural" basics for want of a better word. Starting with a few frinstances: The Customer always comes first. You work for them. Not the other way around. Like pay-rises promotions are not a given. There's no such thing as dead-man's shoes. You will only get promoted if it is thought that you can generate more revenue for the bottom line than in your previous role. You do not work 9 -> 5. You put the hours in until the task is achieved. And if you don't drag your arse home until midnight or whatever you still expect yourself to be up for the next round bright-eyed and bushy-tailed early doors. Yep - no overs. There's no such thing as "That'll do..." Sick leave is not additional holiday. Training is not additional holiday. Etc...
  15. Being desperately pulled from all over the place but fortunately too late:
  16. You have to do your sums. Calculate which is more cost effective. The tried and trusted last in first out. Clearing out the dead wood (not exactly narrowing it down) or a combination of the two. The goalposts keep being moved. At one time they needed between 10k and 20k "economically active" incomers to balance the gov pension deficit. Then it's all sorted with a new scheme. Allegedly. However I've yet to see a pension scheme that wasn't reliant on increasing the numbers of those paying into the scheme. As the IOM gov is in dire need of reducing their payroll due to overgrading and thus overpaying the time will come when difficult decisions will have to be made around redeploying a lot of staff into the private sector. Alas not a vote-winner. Shit happens....
  17. Megamoney And Retirement Scheme.
  18. Where do you get your figures from that show MARS is cheaper than Statutory Minimum redundancy?
  19. I know which is cheaper in the long run. Rightsize and redundancy...
  20. When the island had a tourist industry the number of visitors meant that, over the summer at least, there was enough critical mass to attract various forms of entertainments. Now that the tourist industry has gone south, literally, all that's essentially left is nostalgia for those days that ain't coming back anytime soon...
  21. First and foremost there must be NO early retirement payoff systems like the stupidly generous MARS administered by the CS/PS themselves for the foreseeable future. Statutory minimum might help get the finances back on an even keel...
  22. The view of a Professor of History at Yale Uni on "Hunger Politics". Make of it as you will: Russia has a hunger plan. Vladimir Putin is preparing to starve much of the developing world as the next stage in his war in Europe. In normal times, Ukraine is a leading exporter of foodstuffs. A Russian naval blockade now prevents Ukraine from exporting grain. If the Russian blockade continues, tens of millions of tons of food will rot in silos, and tens of millions of people in Africa and Asia will starve. The horror of Putin's hunger plan is so great that we have a hard time apprehending it. We also tend to forget how central food is to politics. Some historical examples can help. The idea that controlling Ukrainian grain can change the world is not new. Both Stalin and Hitler wished to do so. For Stalin, Ukraine's black earth was to be exploited to build an industrial economy for the USSR. In fact, collectivized agriculture killed about four million Ukrainians. Notably, as people began to die in large numbers, Stalin blamed the Ukrainians themselves. Soviet propaganda called those who drew attention to the famine "Nazis." Actual Nazis had related ideas. They liked the idea of controlling Ukrainian agriculture. This was in fact Hitler's central war aim. Hitler wished to redirect Ukrainian grain from the Soviet Union to Germany, in the hope of starving millions of Soviet citizens. So the Second World War was fought for Ukraine and in considerable measure in Ukraine, between dictators who wanted to control food supplies. Russian memory politics prepared the way for a 21st-century hunger plan. Russians are told that Stalin's famine was an accident and that Ukrainians are Nazis. This makes theft and blockade seem acceptable. Putin's hunger plan is, I believe, meant to work on three levels. First, it is part of a larger attempt to destroy the Ukrainian state, by cutting off its exports. Putin's hunger plan is also meant to generate refugees from North Africa and the Middle East, areas usually fed by Ukraine. This would generate instability in the EU. Finally, and most horribly, a world famine is a necessary backdrop for a Russian propaganda campaign against Ukraine. Actual mass death is needed as the backdrop for a propaganda contest. When the food riots begin, and as starvation spreads, Russian propaganda will blame Ukraine, and call for Russia's territorial gains in Ukraine to be recognized, and for all sanctions to be lifted. Russia is planning to starve Asians and Africans in order to win its war in Europe. This is a new level of colonialism, and the latest chapter of hunger politics.
  23. John Crace: Lord Geidt, the ultimate stooge, struggles to maintain the illusion of authority The independent adviser on ministers’ interests sounded as if he had never read the ‘independent’ part of the job description. There was total silence in committee room 15 for several minutes as everyone waited for the clock to tick round to 10am. Lord Geidt was totally at ease. In his element. Happy to say nothing for as long as was required. Longer even. You don’t get to have a long career in military intelligence and working for the Queen by saying any more than is strictly necessarily. And now his career highlight as the independent adviser on ministers’ interests. The ultimate establishment stooge. The man who passes for Boris Johnson’s moral guardian. Hear no evil. See no evil. Speak no evil. “Your role is really just a tin of whitewash,” Labour’s John McDonnell cruelly observed. “Thank you,” said Geidt. At first, I thought he was being sarcastic. Then I realised he was being entirely genuine. For there is no higher praise for the Nothing Man, the Wasteman, than to be accused of covering up the establishment’s shit. Here was confirmation he was doing his job to the best of his ability. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2022/jun/14/lord-geidt-ultimate-establishment-stooge-struggles-maintain-illusion-of-authority
  24. Unlike you Arron Banks has absolutely no doubts whatsoever that he "lost" the case: See new Tweets Arron Banks @Arron_banks Congratulations to Carole on winning today, it leaves open for the journalist the excuse that she thought what she said was correct even though she had no facts. There are important points of law at stake here & we will likely appeal.
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