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  1. The Despot is dead -

    In an interview in 1980, after Mugabe had taken power, Ian Smith said “He will be there for at least 30 years, murder or imprison all of his opponents and bankrupt the country” . Not a bad prediction.
  2. The Despot is dead -

    African democracy - one man, one vote, once.
  3. Thinking it through ?

    Who work what - 8am to 5pm and 5 or 6 days a week in towns that actually have them? Wow!! That sounds pretty effective! Not by the way And you say "for a start", hmmmmmmmm. Well come on who else? Ordinary members of the public reporting cars with out of date tax discs to a police force that can't attend your property after a burglary because of "lack of resources" (allegedly - other excuses are available)?
  4. Thinking it through ?

    But whose human eye are you talking about Obs? It's very rarely you see a bobby out of his patrol car these days, while the same patrol cars have ANPR with which they can check on the tax and insurance status of any car.
  5. Thinking it through ?

    I don't see how the scrapping of a paper disc has led to the loss of millions. Surely if someone wants to avoid paying road tax they will do anyway? ANPR has led to the number of people caught for no-payment of tax and insurance rising. As for whether politicians think through the consequences of their policies the answer is obviously never.
  6. Travel ?

    A lot of countries are paranoid about any sort of drugs being imported. A few years ago I took a ship to Kaliningrad where it was being bought by a Russian. On the way we had to dump the contents of the medical locker as well as any drugs, such as Lemsip (other flu medicines are available), the crew had in their possession. Apparently customs would have gone to town on us as, because the ship was being sold in Russia and therefore "imported", anything on board would be deemed to be "imported". And it is illegal to import drugs of any description into Russia without a license.
  7. Firework Displays

    I would put my vote behind a ban against open sale of fireworks to the general public. Organised events are the only safe way to do this.
  8. Red means Go for Western Link in the dark

    The first interviewee lost me at "putting air back in the ozone". Obviously a lot of passion but few hard facts. The guy with the horses? Who knows? The odds? Well if there are 18 other councils going for the same money I presume it's 18/1 against, but I don't know anything about betting.
  9. Hi Asperity. Your comments made me laugh. They do explain why i now have a WW2 sea mine floating in my garden pond !

  10. Firework Displays

    Sorry Agamemnon, but my opinion of fireworks has always been "what a waste of money". Still each to his own I suppose. A little story for you though. A few years ago I did a course at the Royal Navy training establishment HMS Collingwood and was there on bonfire night. They had a fireworks display but called in a fireworks display company to do the display - the RN are apparently not to be trusted with explosives
  11. Brexit's losers -

    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.
  12. Paradise Papers ?

    I don't know why someone is down-voting my comment, maybe whoever it is would like to express their opinion in words?
  13. Paradise Papers ?

    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).
  14. Paradise Papers ?

    Some local councils - including Warrington it seems. http://www.warringtonguardian.co.uk/news/15435298.Council_to_buy_Birchwood_Park_____deal_planned_to____protect____its_front_line_services_and_jobs/
  15. Paradise Papers ?

    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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