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  1. Billy Joel - Piano Man "It's nine o'clock on a Saturday/the regular crowd shuffles in/there's an old man sitting next to me/making love to his tonic and gin". For me this has been one of the most annoying bit of songwriting ever. Nobody calls a gin and tonic a tonic and gin. I like Billy Joel, but I hate that song because of his lazy wordplay. The latest lyrical crimes against humanity comes from Sting and his song One Fine Day. "Today it’s raining dogs and cats/Rabbits jumping out of hats." Aaagghhh! I want to kill somebody! Anybody else got any examples that really annoy you?
  2. The ruling was so damning of UBER's claims, that going to appeal will just be a delaying tactic by UBER ... according to the BBC earlier ... but who trusts anything the BBC says these days?
  3. If the arguments for treating UBER drivers as employees are applied consistently, why doesn't it also apply to companies like City Taxis?
  4. It's not as if there's not a queue of children hoping/waiting to take the place of these young men though is it? There are over 600 accompanied children in the jungle, so we were told as film of the child on the tricycle is shown. The suggestion is clear, and the way this has been managed makes it apparent that we have been manipulated and lied to. It promotes propaganda ahead of charity. The ratio of children wanting to come to the UK versus those that the UK is actually willing or able to accept is so large that the problem of who to accept shouldn't be difficult or insulting to the British people's feeling of fair play. Either they can prove their age, or it is obvious, or they can't and we simply accept the next one that can. It seems to me that this is the one thing that Cameron was right on, we should be giving asylum to the vulnerable families and children in refugee camps ahead of those more able and determined to get here in the jungle.
  5. You do realise that there is media on the left as well as the right don't you? Notice how the BBC pixelated the faces? Notice how the BBC picks out the youngsters in the jungle for news stories? Notice how the BBC cameras pick out the handful of women on a boat that's full of men? If/when there's any young kids brought across, don't worry, I'm sure the media will show them.
  6. And then reverse that, and say we should allow free movement across the globe which is what the no borders movement would argue for. Is that what you would argue for? Anyway, the fundamental difference between Sheffield/Leeds, Yorkshire/Lancashire and Poland/UK is that one is fundamentally supply discrepancy led whilst the other is income discrepancy led. You might want to argue that the difference is moot, but actually talking to the Eastern European staff we have employed tells me it's not. Many of them are unhappy that they are here for the money, wishing they were doing what they were trained for back home. Don't imagine there's no shortage of plumbers and teachers in Poland, far from it. Free movement of labour is ultimately great for businesses themselves, great for capitalism, but less so for the workers themselves or society. Encouraging people to travel 1000's of miles to undercut the local workforce is globalism writ large.
  7. We actually have two Polish plumbers (and a Polish maths teacher) working for us on not much more than minimum wage. Apparently the demand for the legendary Polish plumber has never been what the media has us believe, not enough to trump a regular income anyway. It does highlight my main objection to the EU's dogmatic stance on free movement of labour. Poland is down 2 skilled workers and a teacher, whilst 3 unknown UK residents are claiming benefits when they could be doing these unskilled jobs. Sure, our company benefits with these highly competent workers, as do they. But I fail to see how the societies of Poland or the UK benefit. I'm also reminded about the protests against globalisation, of which this sort of free movement of labour was part of, that was prevalent on the left of politics 25/30 years ago. I would say part of the DNA of socialist thought over decades. How things have changed. At least Dennis Skinner and Jeremy Corbyn (secretly) have not forgotten.
  8. And I'm saying that unless the people behind the £1.7m scheme can give us a coherent statement of what hatred is, where the line is that separates valid criticism or offence from hate, where hurtful becomes harmful, then it will be a waste of money. Just as Paul Chambers is just one example of injury caused by badly defined laws, this scheme could cause more societal injury than it promises to cure. I also worry that it could also be abused by genuine villains to shut down criticism or exposure.
  9. Are those that plan to police this able to give a coherent description of the difference between criticism and hate? If they aren't then it is definitely a waste of money. And a waste of money likely to cause more societal harm rather than less. (Remember Paul Chambers). If they are then it is probably a waste of money ...
  10. Listening to the BBC this morning, and reading The Guardian, I got the impression that some of them are actually unhappy that July unemployment had fallen.
  11. As soon as he scores a few goals all will be forgiven. We fans are absolute mugs to shell out all this money to football businesses despite the money they already have coming in, and then moan about one idiot that actually plays. We're the real idiots.
  12. I don't think that most people do feel entitled to home ownership. It's more that they feel they should have equal entitlement to their parents, and greater entitlement to foreign buyers.
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