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Old 3rd December 2020, 05:43 PM   #441
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Strange this verbal bullying The Independent: Ulster unionist peer faces 18-month suspension for homophobic bullying.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/u...-b1765592.html

comes with an 18 month suspension....
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Ken Maginnis needs to change his name.
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I caught the tail end of a report about this - a mayor being arrested as part of a fraud investigation, I chuckled and said that will be the Liverpool mayor and lo and behold it was: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-investigation

Personally I think this is out of order, it's like arresting a dog for wagging its tail, surely it has to fall under some of our anti-discrimination legislation?
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Originally Posted by Darat View Post
I caught the tail end of a report about this - a mayor being arrested as part of a fraud investigation, I chuckled and said that will be the Liverpool mayor and lo and behold it was: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...-investigation

Personally I think this is out of order, it's like arresting a dog for wagging its tail, surely it has to fall under some of our anti-discrimination legislation?
Surely they are just following the shining example of the current government?
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Good old property and developer bribes.

70s flashback.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Good old property and developer bribes.

70s flashback.
Also arrested for witness intimidation was a 72-year-old man, from Aigburth. I wonder if 72 year old Aigburth resident Derek Hatton knows the arrested man?
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Also arrested for witness intimidation was a 72-year-old man, from Aigburth. I wonder if 72 year old Aigburth resident Derek Hatton knows the arrested man?
Intimately, according to a story in the Times.

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Four other men have also been arrested in connection with bribery and witness intimidation allegations.

They include Derek Hatton, 72, the former deputy leader of Liverpool city council and firebrand former member of the Trotskyist Militant Tendency, on suspicion of witness intimidation. Andy Barr, 46, the council’s assistant director of highways and planning, and the mayor’s son David Anderson, 33, were also arrested
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Surely they are just following the shining example of the current government?
No, this is totally different, they didn't plan it over a good red after a meal in the Ivy.
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Over a couple of pints in the Philharmonic, eh?
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Creating a role for your mate is something we all do: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...overnment-role
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Creating a role for your mate is something we all do: https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/...overnment-role
While I do agree with the general sentiment, I think this is nowhere near as bad as other recent appointments, given a) that she's getting relatively little money for it,* b) the subject she's been brought in to tackle is one that is often overlooked and does require tackling and reform, and c) she does appear to actually be qualified for and passionate about the job.

Perhaps there should have been an interview process, but this doesn't strike me as "let's find a way to bung you some money, shall we?" but more as "you're talking a lot of sense. I think we could do well by hiring you".

The majority of job hires come about through knowing the right people. Sometimes that can lead to unqualified people getting jobs because their mates are in the position to give it to them, but it can also mean that people get jobs that they're suited for because the people in the position to hire people already know their ability and their character. This strikes me as much more akin to the latter than the former.

*£8,400 a year isn't nothing, certainly, but it's not the more traditional millions, either.
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Originally Posted by Squeegee Beckenheim View Post
While I do agree with the general sentiment, I think this is nowhere near as bad as other recent appointments, given a) that she's getting relatively little money for it,* b) the subject she's been brought in to tackle is one that is often overlooked and does require tackling and reform, and c) she does appear to actually be qualified for and passionate about the job.

Perhaps there should have been an interview process, but this doesn't strike me as "let's find a way to bung you some money, shall we?" but more as "you're talking a lot of sense. I think we could do well by hiring you".

The majority of job hires come about through knowing the right people. Sometimes that can lead to unqualified people getting jobs because their mates are in the position to give it to them, but it can also mean that people get jobs that they're suited for because the people in the position to hire people already know their ability and their character. This strikes me as much more akin to the latter than the former.

*£8,400 a year isn't nothing, certainly, but it's not the more traditional millions, either.

I don't entirely disagree, she certainly seems one of the more appropriate choices this government has made. But on the money side, this is two days days a month, £370/day, so no, it's not a fortune, but it's not a part time gig most people would turn their nose up at either & very reminiscent of the non-exec & consultancy positions that people in these circles such as MPs stack up.

And as with the PPE contracts, although giving the contracts to people who couldn't deliver or charged over the odds was the worst part, it was also the crap icing on the corruption cake. When the field is narrowed down to legitimate suppliers offering quality goods or services at the appropriate price, when government money is being handed out the process should be transparent and fair to all qualified to apply not dependent on having a personal connection to Ministers, spads or the PM's girlfriend.
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For comparison: programming contracts in the UK the median daily rate is £475 and the 10% percentile (lowest 10%) daily rate is £310. £525 and £353 for java.

Source https://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/contracts/uk/java.do
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And another example of our current excuse for a government's chumocracy - https://www.theguardian.com/society/...t-matt-hancock - as well as being yet another example for my continuous tirade about useless, bullying NHS management.

I mean, it's not like every single NHS trust has a specific policy concerning whistle blowers nor any policies concerning bullying and harassment. I mean why would they have such policies? It's not like anyone needs them, is it?
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So it appears that even with a pandemic fiasco and a looming Brexit disaster Boris thought, 'you know I don't think I'm being criticized enough, what else can I do?'

Peter Cruddas: PM overrules watchdog with Tory donor peerage

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Boris Johnson has nominated businessman Peter Cruddas for a peerage, despite his rejection by the honours watchdog.

The Lords Appointments Commission did not support ennobling the businessman, who quit as Tory co-treasurer in 2012 following cash-for-access allegations.

Mr Cruddas later won a libel case against a newspaper over its claims.

Mr Johnson rejected the commission's recommendation, becoming the first PM to ignore its advice on a nomination since it was set up in 2000.

Labour accused Mr Johnson - who received £50,000 from Mr Cruddas for his campaign to become Conservative leader in 2019 - of "cronyism".
Johnson really just doesn't care how blatantly he displays his cronyism, he simply can't imagine ever being held to account.
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So it appears that even with a pandemic fiasco and a looming Brexit disaster Boris thought, 'you know I don't think I'm being criticized enough, what else can I do?'

Peter Cruddas: PM overrules watchdog with Tory donor peerage



Johnson really just doesn't care how blatantly he displays his cronyism, he simply can't imagine ever being held to account.
He probably can’t understand what is wrong with what he is doing.
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In addition to the fifty grand to Johnson he's given the Tory Party between one & three point five million.
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In addition to the fifty grand to Johnson he's given the Tory Party between one & three point five million.
Purely coincidentally.
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Purely coincidentally.

Obviously. One wouldn't want commit a "Post Hoc Ergo Proptor Hoc" fallacy.
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In addition to the fifty grand to Johnson he's given the Tory Party between one & three point five million.
The money was just resting in the accounts...
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Donating lots of money to political parties has always been a route to becoming ennobled. And it's not only the Tory party - they're all at it.

Best solution, in my opinion, would be to just scrap the House of Lords entirely. If you must have a revising 'upper chamber' then simply choose the members in the same way juries are chosen - by random selection from the entire population - and limit their term of office to five years. You could allow anyone rich enough to buy their way out of having to serve by paying some extravagant sum, say a million pounds to start with, to HMRC.
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British citizens arrested overseas through no fault of their own have no right to the government’s assistance or protection, even if they are tortured or held as diplomatic leverage against their country, the Foreign Office has said.

That stark assessment was delivered in a letter to lawyers for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who asked the department to lay out the government’s view of its obligations towards her.
https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b...fice-99gscp5kt
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Britons overseas have no right to our help, says Foreign Office



https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b...fice-99gscp5kt
So long as Johnson is PM that might not be as bad a thing as it sounds.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Britons overseas have no right to our help, says Foreign Office



https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b...fice-99gscp5kt
He couldn’t even be bothered to read his briefing notes about her when he was FS and was going to be asked about her arrests, trial and imprisonment and as a result of yet another one of his mistakes someone else had to pay.
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Donating lots of money to political parties has always been a route to becoming ennobled. And it's not only the Tory party - they're all at it.

Best solution, in my opinion, would be to just scrap the House of Lords entirely. If you must have a revising 'upper chamber' then simply choose the members in the same way juries are chosen - by random selection from the entire population - and limit their term of office to five years. You could allow anyone rich enough to buy their way out of having to serve by paying some extravagant sum, say a million pounds to start with, to HMRC.
I disagree with this. The House of Lords brings a much needed elderly and wise restraint on the shenanigans of the hoi polloi who will vote for anything if it includes the price of beer coming down. These are old heads who have seen it all before and it is good to have someone there to rein in the likes of the styled mobs. For example, the ERG and its madcap schemes.
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He couldn’t even be bothered to read his briefing notes about her when he was FS and was going to be asked about her arrests, trial and imprisonment and as a result of yet another one of his mistakes someone else had to pay.
It's all on Johnson's head.
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Originally Posted by Captain_Swoop View Post
Britons overseas have no right to our help, says Foreign Office



https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b...fice-99gscp5kt
What a strange interpretation. From their website:
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About us
We pursue our national interests and project the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners.
Before the reorganisation, when it was the FCO, not FCDO, their statement was:
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Responsibilities
We are responsible for:
  • safeguarding the UK’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict
  • building the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth
  • supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services
So, they have somewhat de-emphasized support for British nationals, but surely they still are responsible.
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I agree with the original post, bring back British Rail, the privatised system keeps failing.
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I agree with the original post, bring back British Rail, the privatised system keeps failing.
It’s pretty much been nationalised... only in a much more expensive manner that envisioned!
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Oh, look - https://www.theguardian.com/politics...-tory-majority - what a surprise!
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It gives one some hope that we aren’t all idiots.
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It’s pretty much been nationalised... only in a much more expensive manner that envisioned!
Agreed, it would be much better to do the job properly.
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It gives one some hope that we aren’t all idiots.
Oh, be assured that more than enough of them will forget this whole era quickly enough when we enter the run up to an election and the Tory propaganda machine gets into full swing.
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Yes, and the Tories will be quick to swap leader if necessary. Maybe the chancellor! A chance to vote for a black PM!
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And then, as with last year, they will pretend that the current shower were a different party altogether...
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I suppose we're in the unique position of having elected someone because they portrayed themselves as a posh incompetent buffoon & being shocked to find that we got what it said on the can. Who'd have thought that would go wrong?
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I suppose we're in the unique position of having elected someone because they portrayed themselves as a posh incompetent buffoon & being shocked to find that we got what it said on the can. Who'd have thought that would go wrong?
This morning he's not looking like such a bad choice in comparison.

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"Britain faces a simple and inescapable choice - stability and strong government with me, or chaos with Ed Miliband."

David Cameron, 4 May 2015
You know why David Cameron won in 2015 though don't you ?

He offered a referendum.
Ed Miliband ruled out a referendum.

If both had offered the referendum, David Cameron would have lost.
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