Re: Companies House
They're all microcontractors supposedly controlled by people in the Philippines to "avoid" NI contributions for the reasons set out at the foot of the article. Private Eye and the Guardian have been covering this.
220 posts • joined 21 Nov 2017
"The old style Conservatives were at least reasonably sensible, and also listened to business, and people who could advise them properly..."
You're romanticising the past. The Tories have always had swivel-eyed loons like Harvey Proctor and Norman Tebbit, and shameless opportunist bullshitters like Ian Hamilton and Jonathan Aitken.
Sopra Steria is the same bunch of moneygrabbing wankers that runs the outsourced document scanning and biometrics capture service for the Home Office. "Well, Sir, we understand you'd like to renew your visa to stay with your children and job in the UK. Would you like an ultra-premium appointment with a coffee near where you live for £700, or would you like a free appointment in six weeks' time at 2am in Belfast? That's on top of the £2000 you just paid the Home Office, obviously..."
"In this monkey see monkey do world the copycats will do far more damage"
Well, what kind of idiot would put a copycat among monkeys? Everyone knows you're only supposed to put the cat amongst the pigeons unless you're some kind of pigdog. God help the sheep in wolves' clothing that act like a bull in the hand that's worth two in the bush.
I have reviewed the complaint. The plaintiffs are Guam and DC (not states, obviously) and all 50 states EXCEPT Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and South Dakota.
The Attorneys-General of all four states that did not join the action are Republican. One of them, Jason Ravnsborg of SD, killed a man three months ago because he was "distracted" while driving. He left the scene and later borrowed the personal car of the local sheriff to return home - highly irregular. A police investigation is ongoing.
I like the way you've leapt ahead of the criminal trial to decide that the person charged is actually the person in the Twitter photograph, that the guy in the Twitter photograph is the guy who punched a cop, that a cop was actually punched, and that the punch was actually illegal (instead of, for example, self-defence against an assault).
We just had a whole bunch of Buddhists and Christians being equally awful to Muslims and other Christians, and that's after two or three centuries of Christians doing awful things to people overseasI have no time for religion of any stripe, but Christians have nothing to be smug about here.
There are many factors that determine whether someone should get bail. I don't know this guy specifically, but a pension-age man with ties to the local community (family, residence, faith community, cat, dog...), no particular foreign connections (dual citizenship, property abroad, family abroad), and no prior history of breaching bail conditions who is accused of a non-violent offence ought usually to be in with a good shot at bail.
More generally, the US is in the midst of a very sensible movement away from cash bail. It effectively privatises the pre-trial monitoring system and it ends up with poor people and people of colour being banged up for bad reasons. Innocent people who can't afford bail are pleading guilty to avoid remand. People on remand are spending more time incarcerated before trial than their sentence would have been. It's madness.
See this about one third down: https://www.justice.gov/archives/jm/criminal-resource-manual-26-release-and-detention-pending-judicial-proceedings-18-usc-3141-et
"The rantings of "Red Ken" at Ford..."
You're getting your leftie boogiemen mixed up. Red Ken was Ken Livingstone, the leader of the Greater London Council. Red Robbo was the trades union leader who was at British Leyland, not Ford. Not surprising you're getting confused as all this stuff happened half a century ago.
"Lower regulation / less red tape, it's as simple as that."
You're bonkers or maybe just ill-informed. The Chinese economy is highly regulated and there is a lot of red tape. It's just that that control is not exercised for the benefit of workers, consumers, citizens or the environment, that's all.
JFK has had communist rail transit for 17 years: monorail to Jamaica train station and then LIRR to Manhattan. It works pretty well! Even before that there was a bus to the subway (which tbf was a long ride into Manhattan). LGA has always had communist bus transport too - bus to Bryant Park/Port Authority or a fairly rubbish bus to 125th St or Astoria.
I'm a police sceptic, but when someone kicked in my neighbour's door a couple of months ago, there were three carloads of them searching the house Tasers drawn within 3 mins of being called. I appreciate this is anecdata and YMMV...
"'Employ people you trust, trust people you employ' "
I don't disagree with this, but it's easier if you're running a startup and can choose your employee from scratch. If I'm a lowly IT Security director of a company with thousands of employees, some of which are absolute donkeys (me included), I can't just go out and terminate or train all the people I don't trust. I have to have some kind of systems controls to limit the damage.
"Also in the review: an admission that teachers will need more training to teach STEM and understand how to weave it into the curriculum"
You're too cynical here and when you say teachers "aren't up to the job". Of course when you change the curriculum around and introduce new content you have to train the teachers on how to do it. That's no different from needing to train people when you introduce new machinery or software in other workplaces. It's not an admission and doesn't mean there's anything wrong with the existing workforce because they don't already know how to do something that hasn't even been agreed upon yet!
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