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Posted by ckn on 17 February 2015 - 09:24 PM
..and now, it seems Unite's hypocrisy has been revealed.
I think you're joining in with the black/white crowd in your "analysis" of this.
There are legal frameworks that HMRC approve where people can minimise their taxation for legitimate purposes and through legitimate means, for example you could pay voluntary supplements to your pension fund to a set limit and claim back the tax you paid while also benefiting from a tax efficient savings scheme, same with other openly GOVERNMENT APPROVED, SANCTIONED OR CREATED taxation avoidance schemes. These follow both the letter AND the spirit of taxation law.
That's massively different to a bunch of accountants poring over taxation manuals for a word or two that could be used in multiple ways so they can base loopholes on it to ensure their clients avoid tax in ways that were never intended and are clearly morally and ethically wrong. These follow the exact letter of taxation law but use the spirit as toilet paper.
The UNITE advice is clearly in the former category.
Come on, you're creeping towards the extreme darkness that is the Daily Express now rather than the slightly silly Daily Mail.
Posted by ckn on 17 February 2015 - 03:55 PM
That is correct but WHO research also shows that if you take it as state funding indexed against quality then we're number 1. We have the most efficient state funded health service in the world. Yet it's a persistent call about its inefficiency by those with vested interests
World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems
3 San Marino
18 United Kingdom
Posted by ckn on 16 February 2015 - 08:58 AM
There's been an unwelcome rise in the number of posts I've seen of armchair warriors getting unacceptably aggressive and using bullying tactics on this forum since the season started. Just to let you know that we have seen it and we've already lost any tolerance for it, we're at the point where bans or suspensions will be given if it continues.
Posted by ckn on 14 February 2015 - 11:23 PM
... helping a friend in need:
1. If you get someone with a paracetamol overdose to A&E within 8 hours then survival is essentially 100% unless they've already got a shot liver. Just get them there, no delays. As little as one pharmacy pack of paracetamol will easily kill if left untreated.
2. Nurses, doctors and support staff just get on with things despite clear stresses, closed wards and a level of persistent understaffing that no other organisation would or could tolerate.
3. The private secondary care market really, really don't want to take dementia patents from their hospital beds back to their care home beds. This leaves elderly bed-blockers in hospital while care homes still charge for their bed. The ward my friend was in had one old lady sitting ready for transport from when I saw her early this morning to when I saw her again this evening and the nurses couldn't free the bed until the care home "risk assessed" her coming back.
4. A&E has far too many people who go there because their precious offspring has a sniffle. We were fourth in a queue at reception and one woman was shouting at the receptionist because the nurse suggested that a minor sprained wrist on an adolescent child isn't what A&E is for. And this is in an area where you can get a GP appointment same day almost any day, even late in a working afternoon.
5. Our NHS is just fantastic when it's left alone and clinical priorities take over for having to treat very ill people very quickly. People in emergency need get treatment and no patient ever has to think about the cost.
6. According to one senior nurse I was talking to, accidental paracetamol overdose is becoming far too common. Her advice was only take it for one-off things and never for more than a couple of days even if you stick within the dosage limits.
7. The NHS mental health side is shot. Gone. Unusable except for low-level bandage type "take a diazepam and sleep it off" treatments unless you're extremely lucky. My friend's psychiatrist said there wasn't a bed available within four counties. Slow hand clap for the last 15 years of government cuts to this area because it's the area no-one cares about enough to fix properly. All three major parties have blame for this, it's not a party political point. The Coalition have just continued Labour's idiot cuts to beds, 10% of mental health beds cut in the last four years compared to 8% of total NHS beds cut in the same time.
8. Thinking about it, that just needs its own point. 8% of all NHS beds have been cut by this Coalition and it's not front page news every day? Really? And that's using the government's own figures. And Labour haven't got that plastered across newspaper adverts? Really? Am I missing something?
Posted by ckn on 12 February 2015 - 06:40 PM
Avoidance isn't, evasion is. And there is a fair bit of blurring between the two, which is where it is good to be a tax lawyer comes in.
T'other way round. Tax avoidance is perfectly legal while evasion isn't.
Legal tax avoidance includes owner/employees taking dividends rather than PAYE-caught income. Tax evasion includes one-man bands bringing their wives into companies then paying them up to the tax allowance and then dividends to minimise overall taxation. Truly grand scale avoidance is employing 1 man in Luxembourg, basing your HQ there and paying 0.5% corporation tax, now that should be 100% evasion but then if you earn £20,000 a year then you're a target for the tax man, if you earn £2,000,000 a year then your accountant knows the right tax man.
Posted by ckn on 07 February 2015 - 11:36 AM
Totally agree, my biggest issue with Sky is the highlights they show of incidents after a try has been given / disallowed - many times it causes unrest in the terraces as they can't hear the commentary
Rugby League is a great game but for me the players need to be more accountable, rules are rules for a reason.
Refs are only human, we all miss things, make mistakes, we don't live in a perfect world.
The two guiding things that I wish commentators would adopt are defined by whether the ref saw it or not:
1. The ref saw it and did something, even if that something was to decide to play on. Get on with the game and accept that the trained professional on the pitch had one shot in real time to see it and decide and probably did that one hell of a lot better than those of us watching either on telly or in the commentary boxes, even after 20 slow-mo replays.
2. The ref didn't see it. Get on with the game. If it's foul play then let it be cited, if it's not foul play get on with the game.
Posted by ckn on 07 February 2015 - 11:02 AM
I disagree fundamentally with the title of this thread.
It's players, or more probably coaches, that are ruining the game. When did you last see a clean PTB? There are usually three or even more in the tackle with every effort made to wrestle, slow it down, dislodge the ball or goad the tacked player into retaliation.
Arms and legs are deliberately "left in" and the player is then pushed and knocked a bit more once he has stood up for good measure.
It pains me to say it but if in union the Scrum half didn't spend five minutes looking at the presented ball I would say that their version is much cleaner and quicker these days.
Don't blame the refs, they are trying to do their best in the face of universal unsporting play
Agree entirely. Players are relentlessly coached on the best techniques to delay their opponents, cheat the ref and outright get away with offences, they have briefing sessions on the ref before the game going through what he's good at and what he's not and then plan a good bit of their game around it. For example, if you have a ref who doesn't penalise dissent then the players chip away all game trying to influence him but then if you get one who won't tolerate it then you get near silence.
But then, if a referee fails to see one of these blatant bits of cheating then it's obviously the ref's fault, not that of the players or the coaches.
The best example of this was in a English union game I watched a few years ago, the ref had to pull out at very short notice but Nigel Owens, the Welsh ref, was nearby and offered to step in. The players weren't used to him, hadn't planned for seeing him and really had no clue what to do. It was probably the cleanest game of union I've ever seen.
Posted by ckn on 07 February 2015 - 10:28 AM
I got a spam email from Labour today, they, like the other parties, just rebadge the "from" field with a vaguely relevant MP, minister or shadow minister. Today, it was from Gloria De Piero and it was a begging pot email asking for donations. Could they not have at least found a MP that is actually likeable?
Come to think of it, I suppose I could sponsor her if she did something like a sponsored punt to the nuts of Ed Balls. I'll give £20 for every hard punt to his nuts with £10 bonus if she wears pointy shoes.
Posted by ckn on 03 February 2015 - 12:33 AM
Buddhism I would say I'd the least harmful of all major faiths. However it still requires a leap of faith. If we are to be reincarnated based upon our life, who decides if we have been good enough to go up to nirvana or bad enough to be knocked down to cock roach level If not a god? (Or some entity similar to one) For me it's just a slightly less offensive load off balls. I'd much rather have the dalai lama over for dinner than the Pope mind.
If you treat buddhism as a way of life rather than a religion then you can just ignore the supernatural stuff. An ex-squaddie friend of mine had a near fatal PTSD related mental breakdown back in the mid 90s and the one thing that helped him recover was just sitting talking to a buddhist monk for hours on end. He's now a devoted buddhist but you'd never tell by looking at him, a huge brute of a guy with the sort of face that gets instant wariness in others who is now the most peaceful person I know. His transformation was more than enough to gain buddhism a big positive impression from me.
Posted by ckn on 02 February 2015 - 01:24 PM
But as I told my own son , who himself was a decent player , and as importantly had the physique to play [ 6 foot 5 inch centre ] at 18 , you dont play adult RL for fun , money yes , fun no , go and play football for that
If you're not playing it for fun as an amateur then you're probably wasting your weekend. Knowing plenty of amateur RL players, I think you'd get a very funny look from them if you tried to tell them they weren't getting fun out of it.
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