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malvolio
malvolio
More fingers than teeth
Last Activity: Today, 13:17
Joined: 6 July 2005
Location: Walking in the garden, dreaming of Olivia...
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  • malvolio
    replied to How Easy for GB to Rejoin
    Feel free. But you can't compare USA and UK prices directly. for one thing there are different taxation regimes entirely: a lot of our increase is down to fuel duty and VAT (and VAT on fuel duty)....
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  • malvolio
    replied to Doom Two down. Is it bye Boris?
    No it won't, other than it's outside influences that has caused the problems in the first place... ...
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  • malvolio
    replied to Sharing a Route to Google Maps
    So send them a list..?
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  • malvolio
    replied to Electoral Reform
    Half of which including boundary reform and PR were ditched by the Lib Dumbs in very short order......
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  • malvolio
    replied to Electoral Reform
    Regardless of how you do PR, its weakness is either you end up with a totalitarian government (unlikely but possible) or one that is dependent on coalitions which are inherently unstable.

    At least FPTP gives a government with a clear mandate and a united opposition.
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  • malvolio
    replied to Hello - Opinions?
    3. No, absolutely not. You can ask, and you may be lucky, but visits to your client's site are not claimable. Even then, you only save the tax not the cost.

    Inside IR35, think of yourself as an employee, not as a separate business and things become much clearer...
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  • malvolio
    replied to Hello - Opinions?
    1. Don't do it for the money. Do it for the work/life balance

    2. Even then base it on working 7 months a year. If you get more it's a bonus.

    3. You don't get expenses, even permie ones you don't currently have to think about....
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  • malvolio
    replied to DOOM: Boris
    Irrelevant to my comment, I didn't say that, I was talking about May

    But if you think the ideas-free vacuum that is Starmer is a better vote winner then fine, but prepare to be disillusioned....
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  • malvolio
    replied to DOOM: Boris
    She was a vote loser. It was only Corbyn kept her in charge....
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  • malvolio
    replied to DOOM: Boris
    It's a bit of a puzzler. Bin Boris by messing with the rules meaning he can't re-stand as leader meaning they have nobody who could win an election.

    We all know politicians are narcissistic thickos, but they are going to wreck their cosy world for no real reason...
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  • malvolio
    replied to Contracting at Nationwide
    Good place to work, but the staff were rank amateurs. How else would you explain me having to find several hundred virtual C: drives for their PCs because they cba to log changes to the large SAN that held them (along with loads of other important stuff and databases)? Not a problem until it all had...
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  • malvolio
    replied to BoJo to face confidence vote….
    To be fair, Hancock's ability to react to Covid was down to not being shackled to EU red tape, which was somewhat fortuitous. That said, he made zero progress as Health Secretary in the three years he was SoS for Health, and was sacked (rather than resigned) for a flagrant breach of several different...
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  • malvolio
    replied to BoJo to face confidence vote….
    The key point is one of interpretation it seems. Johnson claims he didn't break the ministerial code, because he did not knowingly mislead the House. That is based on his understanding that the "parties" were work meetings (just like Starmer's beer and curry night in fact). Penrose takes a...
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  • malvolio
    replied to BoJo to face confidence vote….
    "Authority" and "Theresa" are not words that belong in close proximity...

    Johnson won't resign unless he is defeated. 359 MPs less say 71 letter writers leaves 288 others. Of those another 111 vote against and he loses by 1.

    Given the lack of serious...
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  • malvolio
    replied to BoJo to face confidence vote….
    Equally likely him winning might help. The real man int the street has far bigger things to concern himself with than the outfall of the Partygate nonsense and the machinations of a rag tag bundle of newbies, malcontents and has-beens.

    My bet is on a Johnson win by 20-30 votes...
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  • malvolio
    replied to I'm going on holiday to...
    "Turkeyuh".

    We were there 15 years ago, our guide was quite strict about using the real Turkish name, so this is not new news.......
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  • Just remember that is something is mandatory for all staff, permie or contract, then it can have no impact on IR35.

    That aside, mandatory training for contractors implies a degree of D&C that is probably incompatible with an outside determination. After all, if you don't know this stuff,...
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  • You can't Opt In, only Opt Out... You're in by default.

    And experience has shown that most agencies never managd the Opt Out properly, meaning most contractors remain inside the regs anyway.

    But until it goes to court and someone gets something as a result of an improper application...
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  • malvolio
    replied to DOOM: Boris
    There is a big gap between the 54 letters needed to cause a vote and the 180-odd nay votes needed to unseat him.

    I've noticed a lot of the letter writers are newly elected Red Wall people plus a few who see themselves as likely candidates.

    Talking of which, none of the likely...
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  • malvolio
    replied to Security Clearance Question
    Like I said - BPSS is a quick ID check to let you start under supervision, SC says you have clearance.

    If it clarifies, the ID check is part of the SC vetting. After all, you won't get SC if they can't prove you are who you say you are.
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