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  1. My bold. Here's a case in point from only a few days ago. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-57913790 The National Crime Agency make several arrests across England of a people smuggling network, apparently involving hundreds of Albanians being brought to the UK with contacts in Europe. Note that its alleged that some have paid between £20,000 to £25,000 to reach the UK. Now some on here think its OK for such activity to take place as we need low skilled workers to "Pick fruit & wash cars.". Wellna bit of investigation would find that the Home Office runs legitimate routes into the UK for the likes of seasonal agricultural workers, who will be paid the appropriate rate of pay & can come & go as they wish. The car washers, well thst job would be so low skilled, migrant labour wouldn't be allowed in. Of course, if a migrant was undertaking such work, I'd guarantee that it wouldn't be at the National Minimum Wage anyway? All I see is that if someone can raise upwards of £20k, then what's the problem of applying to come through the front door of the UK via the proper channels & get a full-time job for a reputable employer, paying their contribution & you paying your tax, N. I. etc? Any suggestion that you have to underhandedly pay someone in the UK £20k+ to smuggle you in immediately indicates that: 1. You already have a criminal background that would prohibit entry to the UK. 2. You don't want to alert the UK authorities as you're going to undertake criminal activity. 3. You're adding to the coffers of illegal activities / organisations. 4. You're not intelligent or skilled enough to undertake employment at a high enough level with a bona fide employer. 5. We don't need you & certainly don't want you due to points 1 to 4 above.
  2. The title of the link says it all; https://digest.bps.org.uk/2017/04/05/why-more-highly-educated-people-are-less-into-conspiracy-theories/ Highly educated people are less likely to believe in conspiracy theories. We've plenty of evidence from a number of SF threads to conclude which individuals aren't the sharpest tools in the box.
  3. There's an old bloke, well in his 70's who lives nearby who does this sort of thing but due to his age & the pandemic he was seriously thinking of packing it all in. He has however, decided to stick it out for another year.
  4. The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) have been investigating the costs of funerals since 2018 & have now given funeral firms until 16th September to publish their charges clearly & in a standard format. Under these new rules, funeral directors must publish a price list on their premises & their websites in a standardised form. This must include the headline price of a standard funeral, showing what is included & how much each element costs. It must also set out clearly the costs of any items that will be charged as extras. Crematorium operators must also clearly set out their charges as well. The CMA will be monitoring the new rules & prices charged, (brought in so people can undertake price comparisons) & funeral firms are warned that the rules are to be enforced by law, so failure to comply with any aspects of the new rules will result in firms being taken to court.
  5. Irony and / or karma for an anti-vaxer? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-57958358 Strange that he put so much faith in his faith to protect him, yet the Pope had himself vaccinated months ago. Clearly he saw the benefits of science over dogma.
  6. Love Me, Love My Dog - Peter Shelsley.
  7. Tennessee - Arrested Development.
  8. According to new rules from the US's Federal Aviation Administration, neither Branson or Bezos or those who travel with them can be considered 'astronauts'. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57950149 I'm sure both are crying into their wallets.
  9. Hopkins has still managed to trouser A$200,000 (around £107,000) despite being deported, if you believe the latest story? https://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/budding-big-brother-star-katie-hopkins-reportedly-paid-out-despite-deportation/7AL6CR7U5MYA7CHIWMRDV4TVT4/
  10. Shouldn't this thread be attached to the earlier existing 'Tram Crash' thread. It can't have been that bad as even Radio Sheffield hasn't mentioned it as far as I know yesterday? One woman taken to hospital with minor injuries. There will have been more turned up at hospital doing chores around the house & in the garden yesterday.
  11. Foibles - what New York cats get stuck in their throats.
  12. How do they deal with them? Do they deport the illegal migrants? Do they repatriate them back to their homeland without anyone quibbling the matter? Do they send them back to the country they crossed the border to enter Germany and France? Does seem strange that if France 'deal' with 3 times the number of illegal migrants, we still end up with boatloads crossing The Channel? Clearly they aren't dealing with enough?
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