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  1. 2 points
    Just about sums things up David Davis is at the golf club returning his locker key when Michel Barnier the membership secretary sees him. "Hello Mr Davis", says Mr Barnier. "I'm sorry to hear you are no longer renewing your club membership, if you would like to come to my office we can settle your account". "I have already settled my bar bill" says Mr Davis.. "Ah yes Mr Davis", says Mr Barnier, "but there are other matters that need settlement" In Mr Barnier’s office Mr Davis explains that he has settled his bar bill so wonders what else he can possibly owe the Golf Club? "Well Mr Davis" begins Mr Barnier, "you did agree to buy one of our Club Jackets". "Yes" agrees Mr Davis "I did agree to buy a jacket but I haven't received it yet". "As soon as you supply the jacket I will send you a cheque for the full amount". "That will not be possible" explains Mr Barnier. "As you are no longer a club member you will not be entitled to buy one of our jackets"! "But you still want me to pay for it" exclaims Mr Davis. "Yes" says Mr Barnier, "That will be £500 for the jacket. "There is also your bar bill". "But I've already settled my bar bill" says Mr Davis. "Yes" says Mr Barnier, "but as you can appreciate, we need to place our orders from the Brewery in advance to ensure our bar is properly stocked".. "You regularly used to spend at least £50 a week in the bar so we have placed orders with the brewery accordingly for the coming year". "You therefore owe us £2600 for the year".. "Will you still allow me to have these drinks?" asks Mr Davis. "No of course not Mr Davis". "You are no longer a club member!" says Mr Barnier. "Next is your restaurant bill" continues Mr Barnier. "In the same manner we have to make arrangements in advance with our catering suppliers". "Your average restaurant bill was in the order of £300 a month, so we'll require payment of £3600 for the next year". "I don't suppose you'll be letting me have these meals either" asks Mr Davis. "No, of course not" says an irritated Mr Barnier, "you are no longer a club member!" "Then of course" Mr Barnier continues, "there are repairs to the clubhouse roof". "Clubhouse roof" exclaims Mr Davis, "What's that got to do with me?" "Well it still needs to be repaired and the builders are coming in next week", your share of the bill is £2000". "I see" says Mr Davis, "anything else?". "Now you mention it" says Mr Barnier, "there is Fred the Barman's pension". "We would like you to pay £5 a week towards Fred's pension when he retires next month". "He's not well you know so I doubt we'll need to ask you for payment for longer than about five years, so £1300 should do it". "This brings your total bill to £10,000" says Mr Barnier. "Let me get this straight" says Mr Davis, "you want me to pay £500 for a jacket you won't let me have, £2600 for beverages you won't let me drink and £3600 for food you won't let me eat, all under a roof I won't be allowed under and not being served by a bloke who's going to retire next month!" "Yes, it's all perfectly clear and quite reasonable" says Mr Barnier. Now we understand what Brexit is all about.
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    In view of recent alleged problem's at a local firework event, I would like to give a little insight into the planning and the carrying out of the organized display's that I and my crew conduct at local event's. We have produced display's for over 20 years. We compile a folder that contains all the information of the planned event, A, Public liability to the amount of £ 20,000,000, through Zurich Insurance. B, A full and comprehensive risk assessment for each individual event. C, A field plan of the event. D, A mission statement. E, Health and Safety . F, A description of the display including the classification of the firewwork's and the capabilities of the actual fire crew. This folder is then presented to the relevant person's who can either say yes or no to the display. That's just for starts. We then carry out a series of site visits prior to the events to ensure that nothing as changed , IE a new building or area of special interest. We ensure that each event has sufficient marshall's as per H&S regulation's. Crowd control, Fall out area's, Safety zones. All relevant bodies are forewarned of the event, IE Police, Fire & rescue, Ambulance service and the notification to Manchester and Liverpool airport's. Flyers are distributed to local homes detailing the event and advising them to care for their pet's. This is just a brief insight into the planning of a safe organized display. Blackbrook Community Association volunteer's are highly trained in the safe and entertaining production of a display. In light of recent event's, Blackbrook Community Association can offer a free consultation to any local group or organization that are thinking of producing their own fire work display.
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    And the latest is: that MPs will get to vote on the final Brexit deal, assuming there is one. So, if they vote against the deal, we leave without a deal, which could be better. With 27 other countries, plus the EU Parliament having to do the same, is it possible they'll actually agree a "deal" before time runs out ?
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    that suggestion not only borders on the libellous but could be cause for a legal case to be brought against you for defamation of character unless you can provide some proof as to the validity of it. innocence until proven otherwise is the basis of the judicial system, even a murderer, if caught standing over the body with gun in hand and screaming they deserved it, can only be arrested under suspicion and is deemed innocent until convicted in a court of law. hence the term alleged being used all the time. alleged crimes are not proven crimes and "victims" coming forward in the press only prejudice any case against the alleged perpetrator as they would not get a "fair" trial in a court of law.
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    Looks like it has! Think this could be a very significant signing http://www.warrington-worldwide.co.uk/2017/10/10/coach-of-the-year-henderson-joins-wolves/
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    It seems the desperation stakes are now taking an even bigger twist with Tusk talking about the referendum result being reversible & the UK being welcome to stay. We have arch warmonger ex PM calling for another referendum & just to add publicity to their cause Gina Miller has been voted most influential black person. For our own salvation the UK needs to just walk away & watch the whole sorry mess implode.
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    Just watched the video on FB showing the little lad handing in the petition at the Town Hall to the Mayor. Firstly the Mayor wouldn't come out to take the petition, secondly he didn't even thank the little lad and finally he went off on some strange rant at Warrington Worldwides own Gary Skentlebury... I have to say, "Les, you were totally out of order, made yourself look a complete arse and a disgrace to your office... apologise now or clear off and let someone with some manners do the job" Rant Over
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    I wasn't aware we needed to be invited. I'll check with you next time. But before we enter the new regime of you signing off on other people's comments, I'll just say this and take my time about it. You have as much idea about whether the bank is struggling or not as Evil Sid. Given the council's penchant for secrecy, and the fact the venture has just over a 50 percent chance of making it for even four years, all we can say is that the bank is neither alive nor dead. Schroedinger's Bank. You can't even assume that things are OK because there's no news. As we know from experience, the council is extremely unlikely to admit that the shit has hit the fan, even while they're standing there covered in it. So don't expect the council to admit there's a problem even when the bank is pushing up daisies. My guess is that the first sign things aren't working out will be that the two staff currently occupying a small serviced office in Warrington to make it look like a local investment in some way, will be told they are no longer needed. The fact they are in a serviced office which rents space out by the hour tells you all you need to know about this long term commitment to Warrington and the confidence everybody has in it. Don't believe me? Go on the Redwood website and play 'Where's Wally' with the word Warrington. The bank is not showing a great deal of proactivity for a town that has just doled it out to the tune of £30 million. At least with the bank, we'll know if things go fully awry because the facts will be in the public domain, although the council will just say it's resting. If some of the other investments don't work out, my kids will be the first ones to find out in about 2042. Even then, the ghost of Terry O'Neill will be summoned by seance to blame 'the Government'. Whatever its state of play, you can't get away from the fact that the council is out of control with regard to its investments. Hence why it's been downgraded substantially by Moody's. It's not the only council, to be fair to them, which is why so many financial experts, the Public Accounts Committee and the Cabinet Office have expressed so much concern about the use of Public Works Loan Board money to take punts on a mish-mash of projects for which the cash wasn't intended. Did you know for example that during September alone, WBC borrowed £137 million? This consisted of six loans with durations of between 41 and 46 years at over 2.3 percent interest. It wasn't reported in the local press from what I can see but I know because I write about this kind of thing for a living and don't rely on the council to tell me what it is doing. Now this may or may not pay off as a way of financing some sound investment, the interest rates from the PWLB are pretty good and I sort of get why they're doing it, but it's an awful chunk of money to have to repay if it doesn't work out. And that's in just one month and relies on an assumption that Lynton Green and Russ Bowden and their teams are a bunch of criminally overlooked commercially astute demons rather than local government apparatchiks who've stumbled across a suitcase full of somebody else's money at a time they're short of income. And, in the case of Redwood Bank, have decided the best idea is to stick it on Broomhead's Folly in the 3.15 at Kempton. The council has refused to say what the money is for but it doesn't appear to be for the Birchwood deal which was confirmed earlier. But maybe it is and maybe some or all of it is for the cost of the town centre development, the budget for which has suddenly become a closely guarded secret. When the council starts withholding information, that's not usually a good sign. By all accounts, the Treasury is about to put a stop to it in the November budget, or at least the ability of councils to 'invest' outside of their own areas. So the people at the council have till then to stick a load of other people's money on the roulette table. Then there's the issue of the council being both a developer and planner, which is a whole extra can of worms that doesn't get talked about nearly enough and yet another one I wasn't invited to open.
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    You and I might say that it is using assets in a tax efficient way, others would say that it is a way of avoiding £10M tax (and therefore offending their sense of fairness).
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    There's a lot of rot talked about "tax avoidance". Anybody who has an ISA is avoiding tax, in a very legitimate way. Most pension funds make use of schemes that are tax efficient in that they avoid tax using legal means. Calling these legal means "loopholes" is very ingenuous to be fair. Even the leader of the opposition and the shadow chancellor (who are trying to make political capital out of this non story) have ISAs and pension funds using these "tax avoidance" schemes. The BBC of course is making a big deal out of this, possibly in an attempt to draw attention away from their own dodgy "salary schemes".
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    Just about sums it all up for me: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/picture/2017/nov/05/westminster-scandals-a-glimpse-inside-the-sty-cartoon#img-1
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    Togger. The use of PC is usually to control language in order to control debate and make it seem unreasonable to hold contrary values. This thread started by asserting that it is now out-of-control and now you are living proof that the original assertion was correct. Thanks for your help!
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    Yup, now's the right time to do absolutely nothing about gun control in the US, so don't even talk about it. This will guarantee that it will never happen again, in the only country in the world where it happens with any kind of regularity. It's what the people want.
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    Ooh, you wanna play stats? https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2017/oct/02/america-mass-shootings-gun-violence "1,516 mass shootings in 1,735 days: America's gun crisis"
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    I said it was the only country in the world where this kind of thing happens "..with any kind of regularity.." Maybe you missed that bit, or maybe there's a reason that you're choosing to ignore it.
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    I don't know. I'm not speaking on behalf of anybody else. You've misused filibuster. More like droning on.
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    I do know something about it though. All I've admitted is I don't know if it's already failed. I know its chances of survival aren't good. I also know councils shouldn't be touching investments like this with a barge pole and the Public Accounts Committee, Treasury, Cabinet Office, Moody's and a number of investment experts agree with me.
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    Surely you have figured out by now that I am not here to provide answers to incredibly intelligent folk like you, I am merely here to hold the hoop.
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    Risk isn't a measure of what's happened in the past. But anyway, you keep on proving my point for me.
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    1. I did paste that bit 2. The report specifically singles out Warrington for its exposure to risk. But anyway, you keep proving my point for me.
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    So, having made a complete tit of yourself, you fall back on the 'wind up' option. Laughable. Keep proving my point for me.
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    Constantly claiming to be right, doesn't make you right Greyman, simply boring, and as fo me being a tit, well I guess that makes you the dancing dog owned by a tit, Allez oop
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    No worries. It's been a trip. So, just to summarise what I've learned about you. 1. Call somebody a liar. 2. Tell other people you haven't invited them to comment. 3. Ignore straightforward facts. 4. Lie about what somebody else has said. 5. Say it was all a wind up. 6. Project your own insecurities. So cheers. An education for me.
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    TA DAAA. You're just the poster who keeps on giving. Sad thing is, you probably have to believe that. You do make me smile.
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    It's not Hitler. And finally... 7. Have the last word.
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    The Cuban missile crisis, was brought about by the siting of US missiles in Turkey (on Russia's doorstep); so they responded by moving ICBMs to Cuba. The arrogance of the USA in not permiting this, brought us to the brink of war, and an apparent climb down by the Soviet Union. What didn't get publicised, was the removal of the US ICBMs from Turkey soon afterwards. As for the Kennedy dynasty, it hard to think of anyone in the US establishment at the time who didn't have a motive to remove them - Que Bono.
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    Can't wait to hear how this was dealt with in the school curriculum ! Without cut and paste plagerism. in your own words, in a less than 50 words !
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    Must have been pure coincidence then, that not long after the Cuban missile crisis, all US missiles were removed from Turkey.
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    <Tries..to...resist...tap-in...fails> Brexit severance cheques". I was curious as to what these are , and it appears to be a scam of some sort.
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    you were willing to segregate using sex as a determining factor, is segregation by race or religion beyond even your blinkered view? you made a moronic suggestion but you probably know that don't you?
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    so were you lying here or in your last post?
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    seems pretty clear to me without any need for interpretation. Anyway, hope you booked for one of those nice men only beaches in Tenerife, be right up your alley, or perhaps a fortnight in Saudi where they treat women the way you seem to like.
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    Alas, that's the whole problem with these gutless wimps, any "abuse of power" wasn't questioned or challenged at the time it allegedly occurred, but delayed for decades until a bandwagon occurred.
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    victim blaming again, at its finest. Its not PC , its abuse of power by people in positions to feel above the law and in the past with good reason. Today the victims are not dismissed and destroyed as easily as they once were and that is a good thing.
  39. -1 points
    are you completely stupid or still smarting after I pointed out your made up story previously. Please tell me where in that post I have implied anything let alone been libellous? How desperate are you Sid? So what have I alleged and against whom?
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    even funnier, I thank you , so entertaining. Silent, you ?? hilarious. Using a complete work of fiction to try to prove a point is laughable in the extreme. AFPMSL
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    “I enjoy talking to you. Your mind appeals to me. It resembles my own mind except that you happen to be insane.” ― George Orwell, 1984
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    yup, chose the same work of fiction as you were quoting, loving your silence.
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    Think we're plummeting the depths of infantile nonsense now Con, time to ignore it.
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    Oh no pigs, I feel an Animal Farm reference in the offing
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    Like most "news" issues lately; the media are diving in with both feet; they've known about the off shore activities of large companies and individuals for decades, and so has HMG. As I remember it, the last review of tax policy was carried out using "experts" to produce the legislation. Then those same "experts", knowing every detail and potential loop-hole, went into the private sector to advise clients on tax avoidance, thus making their personal fortunes. It's another world !
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    With the media getting themselves into a froth over the revelation that some very rich people, employ an army of lawyers, accountants etc; to ensure their investments are "tax efficient" ; we keep being reminded that tax avoidance is NOT illegal. If politicians produce legislation, that is so full of loop-holes, that avoiders can drive a coach and horse through it, and if National Governments compete to attract investment via tax reductions; they only have themselves to blame.
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    More fiction? Ahh no desperately seeking friends lol. Any more fictional references for me now Obbie babes?
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