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  1. Thanks for the advice everyone, that's much appreciated. 👍 I'll probably be back asking for advice on how to activate Defender or install/activate Avast, when the free trial of the third party antivirus runs out. Yes, that was one of my questions - what do you use a VPN for? fools mentioned it would be a good idea if you were intending to use public wifi in places like cafes. That's something I probably would want to do, especially if I get myself a smart phone. I think it also protects you from the prying eyes of Google etc, or have I got that wrong?
  2. I've got some naive basic questions about virus protection etc. Context is I've just bought a new laptop (Windows 11) which has 30 days free McAfee on it and I'm deciding what to do next. I know that there are people on the Forum who are very clued up about this kind of thing, so I'm hoping they can help. Somebody recommended BitDefender Total Security but said they also use Nord VPN. I don't really know what a VPN is. I know it's something to do with increased privacy but that's about it. Are they a good idea? What do they do? How do you use them? Do they slow your computer down? BitDefender, McAfee etc. seem to include VPNs, so why might you use another one? I should probably also get myself a smart phone. I think if you buy a virus protector it would usually cover a smart phone as well - is that right? How do you pay for a virus protector? I'd prefer not to have to set up a direct debit (or whatever that's called these days) as I don't want them to effectively have access to my bank account. I'd rather just pay for it whenever I want to renew it, and be in control of my own outgoing cash flows. If you do have to give them access, is it easy to take it away from them again when you don't need the product any more? [I've managed to avoid this kind of thing so far, with other types of company.] Or would I be OK just using Windows Defender and maybe some free VPN? I don't know whether it's because I'm getting older but I find I'm increasingly confused by all this stuff.
  3. Yes, I've heard that black Haitians are particularly welcome there.
  4. That's all lovely, and I do take your point, but there are two sides to every story, for instance -- infant mortality rate 6 times higher than in the UK -- adult male mortality rate 2 1/4 times higher -- life expectancy at birth 7 years less -- homicide rates 10 times higher Though it's true that they are all moving in the right direction. https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SP.DYN.IMRT.IN?locations=DO https://www.macrotrends.net/countries/DOM/dominican-republic/murder-homicide-rate Also a quick peek at Wikipedia says that the country has always been governed by centrist or centre-left parties, not the kind of people who think that the US is 'socialist'. But obviously I don't know anything about Dominican politics beyond that so correct me if I'm wrong.
  5. Correction, I was looking at the after tax table. The figures should be: 3.3 times the median (£25,000) and somewhere between the 95th and 96th percentile.
  6. Yes, quite. An MP's basic salary is currently £81,932, which is about 3.6 times the median (£22,600 for 2018-19) and puts them at about the 98th percentile of the UK income distribution. And that's just the distribution of the 32.2 million people who pay income tax (who are presumably on average better off than people who don't - though I guess some of the latter will be well-off people with good accountants). If MPs are living in some parallel universe where 80k is considered to be "low pay", it's not surprising that some of them feel the need to bolster their income via corruption etc.
  7. Well of course. At a general election you're primarily voting for a party, so as to choose a government, not your local candidate. For most people that's at best a secondary consideration, I think. If an opinion pollster asks someone who they intend to vote for at the next election, they're very unlikely to reply, "What a strange question, the candidates haven't even been announced yet!" Or, nobody says that the 2019 election was won by Nigel Adams, Bim Afolami, Adam Afriyie, ..., and Nadhim Zahawi. They say that it was won by the Conservative Party, or by Boris Johnson. Of course you're completely free to choose who you vote for on grounds of ageism, as you would be on grounds of racism or sexism or any other ism. Though it does mean you wouldn't have voted for the late Charles Kennedy in 1983 or 1987 (if you'd been in his constituency). [I get the impression that you would have been an admirer of Mr Kennedy, apologies if that's not the case.]
  8. He was 35 when he got elected. I think that Jeffrey's point is that <insert name of rubbish politician from a party you don't like> is living proof that being older doesn't necessarily make you better suited to be an MP, just as being younger doesn't necessarily make you worse suited.
  9. Why not? The good people of Ross, Cromarty and Skye did just that, in 1983. Like I say, it depends on the individual. Some people would make a good MP at 23, others not at any age.
  10. IK was engineer in charge from April 1826, just after he turned 20, when his father was ill and after William Armstrong had resigned. See chapter 2 of Rolt's biography. Charles Kennedy was 23 when he was first elected to Parliament. Alexander the Great was 22 when he invaded Persia.
  11. She could well be on Sir Keir's hit list, as a former Corbyn supporter. Though she's also had stick for not being Corbyn enough. Depends on the individual. I.K. Brunel was supervising the construction of the Thames Tunnel when he'd just turned 20.
  12. Yes, I think the number of death threats has increased since then, though we all know that MPs have been getting this kind of thing for years.
  13. It's true that someone was jailed a few years ago for threatening to kill Diane and burn down her house, and that Angela obviously won't attract the thinly veiled racism, but she (Angela) does tick a couple of other boxes for that demographic - teenage mum, not particularly well educated.
  14. On bereavement leave, and also avoiding public appearances because of an increasing volume of abuse and death threats. https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2021/oct/27/man-held-on-suspicion-of-making-threats-against-angela-rayner
  15. As prominent 20th century Tory Lord Hailsham put it, the FPTP system leads to government by "elective dictatorship". That probably has something to do with it.
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