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  1. To be honest, if the company hadn't severely failed in their basic duties to protect the site it would put him off. Seemingly, they didn't maintain the fencing, failed to comply with inspection regimes and regularly check the fencing structure, failed to keep mandatory records, and keep the place secured, hence why they were found guilty and fined a six figure sum. Based on the article I read, there was even more crucial element because the site location was in close proximity to a kids playground, a factor that a competent risk assessor should have noted being an obvious increase in invitation for kids to come exploring and thus more incentive for a operator of the site to make damn sure they keep it secured and safe. However, I can say from experience (just to appease Chekhov and Co), that generally compensation for dead people is nowhere near the award levels of severely injured but alive people, so I'm sure that's some consolation to them in their constant grumbles about this mad litigious modern world.
  2. Given some of the ridiculous comments made on here I can't think of any time in which your personality will suit. You seem to be the kind of rebellious, arrogant, know it all person in the wartime who would be refusing to put up blackout curtains and stoically rejecting going down into a shelter because it was too inconvenient for you...... The sort of person whinging and complaining about all the fuss over Asbestos and Mesothelioma just because you used to play with it and were fine..... The sort of person thinking HIV was just a 'gay disease'.... Oh and let's not go down the deluded nostalgic wallow that the 1970s were sooo better than now. There were still plenty of rules and regulations to get up your nose. The Health and Safety at Work act itself came in 1974. Yes, there might not have been the glut of TV lawyers as we have today, but don't you think there wasn't plenty of claims being brought. Insurance claims teams in the big corporations employed thousands. Plenty of trade unions and community organisations were sticking their oar in, bringing compensation requests for their members because someone's tripped over a spanner left on site or Doris from the typing pool got a paper cut or the vending machine ran out of milk powder or the showers only had lukewarm water.... As someone whose worked in legacy claims I've seen plenty of occasions of management being hassled because those supposed 'burly' 'real men' Workers were crying about the showers being grubby or demanding allowances for their washing overalls or canteen or softer toilet paper or more comfy work boots because god forbid the threat of strikes or group compensation actions. As for overbearing 'health and safety bollix' Do we not remember the golden age of the public information films. Little horror stories constantly played out. The Finishing Line, Apaches, play safe, films about escalators and chip pan infernos, the toppling pushchair due to bags being hung off it and of course Charlie Says ... The screaming kid getting a leg run over by train or the boy trying to get his football blowing himself up on a substation... Certainly not a new modern world concept. You are kidding yourself.
  3. The main City post office is now Charles Street. Some of the Amazon lockers of also moved to Charles Street along with locations at the Premier Inn on Angel Street, Moor Market, Spar shop outside the station and Velocity on Solly Street according to Google maps.
  4. You will have no problem citing the sources of your 'facts' then......
  5. I don't think it's just a royal thing. For one thing, it's well published that the royals don't expect anything. The traditions of how to greet a royal are things built in our society, not something they sit there demanding every time they enter a room. Deep down, I don't think King Charles will give a flying fig whether someone bows courtesy, waves or high fives. It's the wider population who find outrage and criticism against people who don't do something. Besides people show that sort of behaviour all the time across different parts of our culture. Children for example from a very early age, as soon as they start going to school, understand deference to their teachers with 'sir' and 'miss' and following orders, lining up, putting their hands up for permission to speak, waiting to be acknowledged in turn.... Obviously in the military there is an entire manual on protocols and procedures, terms of address and rankings. It even trickles down to the police forces where the uniform division still have set ways in terms of address, greeting and protocol. Lawyers are still bowing when they enter a courtroom. It's not simply about "the person" but far more respect and acknowledgement of the institution. Even more, contemporary cultures is just as ripe for a new wave of such behaviour, look at the way that people fawn and give deference, fall in line and bow down whenever there is a famous thespian, influencer, celebrity rolling into town. The sort of diva, entitled, self importance behaviour and demands shown by that mob IMO far outweighs royalty whose lives are almost simple and humble in comparison to the cult of stardom.
  6. I don't really understand what this tit for tat debate about employees is supposed to be. People are making it out as if somehow workers and owners are on equal level. They are not. Never have been. It's not the employees who were investing their personal monies into the business, it's not the employees whose potential liabilities could have been at stake. It's not the employees who bought that business, invested, brought it up from a small enterprise to a national corporation. Employees are contractually obligated to serve the business in a specific job role and in return are renumerated by salaries and benefits under the control, and contractual terms that they agree to set by the business. That's the relationship. Full stop. At the end of the day, don't you think those employees wouldn't or didn't jump ship as soon as something brighter, better and more well paid came along. Do you think they sat there going... "Ooh no I need to say and be loyal to Wilkos". Do you think when it all hit the fan those employees went running to the management volunteering to chuck in some of their own monies to keep the store running or pay off some supply debt. Do you think even most of those employees regularly shopped in Wilkos outside of their work shifts or perhaps they might have sneakily popped along to their competition with better prices and products. Of course it's important to treat employees fairly and kindly. But lets not be under any sort of delusion that there is equal relationship status. When the markets are good, employees have the power, they can reap the rewards of an abundance of roles, demanding better and progressing to sell their best assets. When the markets are bad power shifts back to the business and employees have to make do and trudge through it. The harsh fact is they become just like any other commodity and by their very nature are dispensable. Its simply business.
  7. Seems a bit insulting. Just how much exactly it is fair to be charging for a special event that requires payments of rent to the council at a premium price for a short period, the additional complications of preparing food outdoors with limited facilities, supply of the equipment, ingredients, staff costs, and make some profit out of it. Its a special event in the middle of a tourist city. Hardly outrageous. By comparison, one of the biggest multi billion pound companies in the world, McDonald's, still charges nearly a fiver for a Big Mac. For a small trader at a temporary attraction £8 is pretty standard. The point is, nobody is being forced to buy at gunpoint. No matter how much certain media try to portray it and certain types of politicians try to push the agenda, the reality is that the vast majority population are not destitute, living on the poverty line and relying on food banks. They are working, earning, have a reasonable lifestyle, welfare, healthcare, housing and enjoy spending their money on things they want.
  8. He's a normal working person. He has had a real world experience. Civil service and Governance is a profession. No matter how much its despised. Why do you think an engineer, doctor, banker or pet shop owner would be far better qualified to do such role over the incumbent?
  9. Since when was there there a connection between people living in flats and whether they are civilised. More talking out of your posterior. Just because someone has a two bedroomed semi with a nice garden and driveway does not automatically mean they are civilised. Plenty of low life, serial workshy and druggies live in houses love. On the other hand plenty of well educated, polite, classy professionals are happily living in flats. Jeez it really must be something living on Planet Irene where everyone instantly wants, can, afford and has sufficient room to all be living in their 3 bed mock Tudor homes with a white slimline telephone, bidet, waste disposal and room for a pony. However the rest of us live in the real world.
  10. I'm sure the council would have loved to have done that. But unfortunately it was a heritage building and at the mere thought of it being left to rot and pulled down, 10,000 plus people petitioned to save it. Now the Council are doing what they are supposed to. They've approved the plans for it to be redeveloped last month and they are stopping the thing from falling down but seemingly everyone is still moaning. Quite interesting that the FOI request that revealed the figures causing this "outrage" was submitted by one of the very groups who were campaigning to save the building.
  11. Seriously? God how I hate patronising comments like that - as if there is some arbitry line which must be crossed before people should be taken seriously or deemed worthy enough for a role. The man is 42 years old, educated in politics and parliamentary studies. His father was chief of Barnsley Council and Oliver had been actively engaging in Labour and union canvasing activities for many years. He has done an internship for a Democrat in the US. Congress, worked in the Labour Office for Sheffield Heeley, a policy think tank and two local authorities. He's even worked at a national charity where part of his role was advising on policy and connections with local governments. He stood as a candidate for Labour in Sheffield Hallam in 2015 and seriously dented Nick Clegg's majority. If it wasn't for Compo Corbyn turning the party into an anti-semitic hotbed (of which, Jewish Oliver Coppard, took an obvious and very principled public stance against), he might have had a serious chance of winning and becoming MP for one of the city's richest constituencies. I don't think he is exactly lacking in political and policy experience in his life. If we are going to have to have a Mayor for the region, I'd rather it be some like him with a bit of youth and ambition rather than some doddery old fart, stubborn to change, filled with deluded, nostalgia and coasting their way to retirement.
  12. That I definitely agree with. Plus there was a surge during covid and lockdowns of people suddenly buying pets.... now they are realising as the world has gone back to normal they're expected to get back into the offices and back free to go abroad on holidays how much of a burden having a pet is. That I suspect is another big contributor to animal shelters being over burdened, not simply people's affordability.
  13. Is it? Funny that, I keep hearing this cry year in year out. In fact I've been hearing the same cry year in year out for decades. Oh yes, those evil torys planning and plotting to kill off the NHS..... very strange that when they won the election in 2010 health funding was 133 billion and now in 2023 increased to nearly 186 billion. With its additional top ups from the Treasury during the two covid years, it went over 200 billion. Out of that, over 71 billion a year is spent on staffing costs before even so much as a bed pan is purchased with those staffing numbers also increasing and currently stand as about 1.5 million. Since the Tories took over in 2010 that being an average increase in staff numbers between 20 to 38% dependant on the job role and grades. Oh and some people might like to be aware that according to some (albeit broad brush) number crunching from The Kings Fund, the median wait time between referral to treatment in 2007 was 14.3 weeks - in 2021 it was reduced to 11.6. similarly, the percentage of patients waiting more than 1 year was 13.8 in 2007 and by 2021 reduced to 8.8. For a party allegedly so determined to destroy the national health service, they are going to funny way about it.
  14. Yeah, I'm sure she's crying about that right now when she looks at her bank account and lucrative contracts. I don't think the big brother voting selective is representative of the wider population. It's a game show. Its manipulated and scripted at the whim of the editors and producers as to how someone appears during the show. As I said earlier, by the time she went into big brother, to obviously boost her profile, she had already been working in television dramas and had a foot in the door of This Morning. Never ever underestimate the back room machinery going on in the world of broadcasting. It really isn't as spontaneous and natural as the viewing public think it is. Do you think Simon Cowell and Co haven't already got record deals drafted out for their selective favourites well before the masses do their televoting.... Do you think the types of ordinary folk that get onto game shows are genuinely "randomly" applying members of the public or perhaps they might go through several stages of shortlisting, filtering, assessment, trawling through social media and auditioning to make sure that they have the right sort of character to suit the show and gel with the others
  15. There is a canyon size gap between someone being unable to work against having their work affected by illness. I have colleagues right now whose work has been affected. One recovering from a broken leg another, one recovering from stomach illnesses. Neither of them are able to attend the office and can't travel so are doing alternative work from home. That doesn't mean they are not working.
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