* Posts by envida

2 posts • joined 30 Jul 2018

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Re: Paranoid, moi?

Here in Sunny Northern Ireland, the water company is still owned by the government. We don't even have separate water bills, it's covered in the rates (which are cheaper than England's council tax). Yes it's underfunded and they keep threatening us with water bills, but the water quality, environmental performance and customer service has been improving year on year. Its a situation where a Nationalised business works and in my opinion it does a much better job and produces better tasting water than the alleged criminals at Southen Water ever did when I had to deal with them.



Unfortunately BT is not a water company, part privatising BT will just lead to even more underinvestment when the government realises it doesn't have enough to pay for broadband and the NHS, remove what little competition BT has, which is actually increasing, but not fast enough. It will lead to the UK falling behind other parts of the world. They would be better off giving OFCOM some teeth and forcing it to address competition concerns, make Virgin open their network. The whole argument that BT didn't have to fund their network and Virgin did holds less truth as time moves on

Some of my family live in Australia and that's exactly what they are seeing there with the NBN, given their successive governments seem a little bit more on the ball than your usual Labour MP (We're lucky if Diane Abbot knows what day it is) I suspect British Broadband* will make NBN look like the holy grail.

*I'm hoping that as Northern Ireland isn't part of Britain, merely in the UK, it won't be covered by this rubbish idea

Mamma Mia! UK film fans forced to Q as Vue's website craps itself


Your numbers are out a bit, your figures for Vue are their worldwide numbers not UK.

Vue has 228 sites spanning 10 countries, in the UK it has a 89 cinema estate has 854 screens. They are the smallest of the biggest 3 cinema chains in the UK.

Odeon cinema group has over 360 cinemas worldwide, in the UK it has 121 cinemas according to their corporate web site and over 900 screens

If you add Cineworld in, they have a massive 793 sites worldwide (9,538 screens), their UK operation has 120 cinemas (including picture house) with 1,081 screens


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