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Freeborn John

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  1. While if you find any evidence that local authorities manage major public works by first having them done and then finding the finance for them, don't hesitate to produce it.

    Oh dear, oh dear, don't go into business, promise me? 

  2. would that be in March before the end of the financial year or in May , into the next years budget?

    Let not a straw remain ungrasped, good old PJ.

    A lamp post which went into the ground yesterday would have been part of a contract which was agreed more than 36 days ago, hence it would have been part of the 15/16 budget.

    Incidentally, they're currently ripping King Edward St up and re tarmacking it, did the clerk of works pop into Waterfields for a meat and potato pie last week and think "Hmm, I'll sort that pot hole outside the bookies out when I get back to the office, in fact I'll do the lot!"  

  3. You have changed your tune more often than Yehudi Menuhin on crack. You were wrong and you know it .  The budget was agreed and signed off  years back,  no need for mad March spending sprees to rid budget for fear of Central Government giving less the next year.  I love discussions like this when somebody is clearly in the wrong( that would be you) shifts feet quicker than a scalded Micheal Flatley, it gives me a good laugh.

    You keep coming back with the same old stuff, time and time again, you just wear your victims down.

    A wise man once defined Hell as the place where there is no reason, presumably he'd met you.

  4. don't be a div, you claimed they were being done because of the council using up cash held back which they may otherwise lose along the line,  , its May the work, even if invoiced today won't be paid for until June at the earliest. Now unless the finance department break out the Deloreans and pay by end of March your theory is proven to be utter tosh.  Just face it, you were wrong.

    So exactly when were the contracts signed for the current phase of public works to be done, well within the 15/16 financial year I suggest.

    Or did WBC ring the contractors up last week and say "Hiya mate, got any lamp posts?"

    I do sometimes think you're deliberately obtuse in lieu of having something smart to say.

  5. Its May, the lights are being installed as we type,  the financial year ended at the end of March, you are talking crap

    You just said that the millions the lights are costing were 'confirmed years ago', now you're agreeing that the project was within the window of the 15/16 budget, do stop wobbling about.

    The creative financial decisions were all done and dusted by March 31st, OK?

  6. Oh ye of little knowledge, wrong again. So if it is phased and seasonal it has nothing whatsoever to do with your claim of left over budgets etc? The millions required for this project were confirmed years ago

    This is like pulling teeth but I'll try again.

    Those millions of which you speak exist as part of a so called 'allocated reserve', that is, money (claimed to be) earmarked for a certain purpose.

    However, there is also an 'unallocated reserve', a private stash which Eric Pickles describes as rainy day money, central government keeps a beady eye on this nest egg and points it out when local authorities go scrounging.

    In the run up to budget time, many local authorities feel a sudden need to buy stuff, the unallocated cash is transferred to the allocated reserve and councils can legitimately turn their pockets inside out and cry poverty.

    I do hope that wasn't too moronic for you.   

  7. Oh ye of little knowledge, wrong again. So if it is phased and seasonal it has nothing whatsoever to do with your claim of left over budgets etc? The millions required for this project were confirmed years ago

    Nay, oh yapping one, 'tis phased to ebb and flow with the fortunes of yonder counting house where the fine folk lurk.

  8. So you kinda made it up then, as its an ongoing 12 months a year project?  Our lights were changed in November

    Not at all, and as far as it being a 12 month a year project, it's actually phased, not least by the winter weather.

    Maybe you work in a nice dry office where stuff like digging in flooding holes is less of an issue?

  9. The installation of new lights has been going on for ages though.

    Quite so, some areas had their lights replaced two years ago, mine did. Before that we had a spring epidemic of those funny yellow lights on islands in the middle of the road, one year they suddenly did every bus stop in the town with red tarmac.

    I suspect it depends on how much spare dosh they've got hanging around once winters over.

  10. It's that time of year again, when councils balance their books by using up any cash they've been holding back for a rainy day.

    Otherwise, central government might find it and reduce their budget for the upcoming year, they really don't want that.

  11. The figures prove that British troops are being put in harms way by the British government in a way which other nations troops are not.

     

    No they do not :!:

     

    Are you familar with French and British tactics, How do you know that the professionalism of the French army is less than the British.

     

    And to think that any other mainstream political party would have not gone in with the Americans at the time is very naive :!:

     

    Yes, they plainly do.

     

    Nowhere have I stated that the calibre of one nations troops is lower than another, I believe it was you who lamely suggested that superior French tactics explained those awful figures.

    Look up the Rules of Engagement laid down for their troops by the different nations for an explanation of what's really going on...

    Hint; some troops are so deliberately hamstrung by their politicians that they can't do much more than stay in camp.

     

    It was Labour who entangled us in the whole Middle East mess, no one else, I doubt that any other party at the time was steered by such an unprincipled US lackey, liar and war criminal as Blair, it's unfair to claim that any other party would have done the same.

  12. The figures prove that British troops are being put in harms way by the British government in a way which other nations troops are not.

    This cynical waste of life cannot be excused away by silly claims of inferior tactics, the professionalism of the British forces is second to none.

    It seems that one government is prepared to pursue it's political ends at the cost of many lives while other governments are keeping their troops out of combat in pursuit of theirs.

    But that's Labour for you...

  13. and in an age of austerity, the money is where? :?

    Oh, the money is there, some private enterprises are thriving by cherry picking the more troubled cases like this lady.

    Just off Winwick Rd and very convenient for the town centre is a discrete building in which patients 'who are likely to present risk if accessing the community' are confined, guests in this privately owned forensic medium secure unit cost the NHS between ?400 and ?700 per day each depending on just how likely they are to abscond and 'access the community'.

    Not a lot of people know that.

  14. ran down the road hitting herself over the head with a hammer

     

    Would anybody with a fully functional brain do this to themselves :?:

     

    You'll be able to ask her that yourself next year if you bump into her walking free as a bird down your street, courtesy of people more concerned with her rights than yours...

  15. After her antics on the motorway and her subsequent release this lady stabbed someone to death, ran down the road hitting herself over the head with a hammer, attacked a do gooder with a roof tile which she had in her coat and then leapt off a 40 foot bridge into busy traffic below.

    One would hope she would be kept safe out of harms way until the next ice age, she will actually be back out among us next year.

    Some mistake there surely.

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