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  1. Who seems the most savvy and likely to concentrate on the small print? Beatrice. The others lack experience.
  2. @ Davie P - I'm educated to PG level without a first degree. I paid for it myself. I did, however, get a disability grant to assist with travel and equipment. So whilst I understand what you're saying about proving capability of studying, what you haven't really addressed is why the taxpayer should pay for people to be educated beyond say the age of 18. Incidentally, it isn't just youngsters who attend universities, there were plenty of mature students like myself when I did OU and it was all mature students on the course I enrolled on at Ruskin. Having a degree doesn't help if you are employed say as a driver, electrician or a secretary when you don't have an advanced driving qualification, aren't NICEIC registered, or can't touch-type! Apprenticeships surely would be of more benefit albeit I hasten to add they really ought to be more financial support when undertaking one.
  3. @ Capeesh - That certainly isn't my party either.
  4. Ah yes, just who can forget the total cock-up by the SNP and their contempt towards crofters, or putting local nurseries out of business (why should I pay for subsidised childcare for someone else's sprog?); no such thing as full time adequate care for the elderly (did you miss the bits about family homes being sold then?), free prescriptions aren't free (taxpayers, again, of which we pay more than in England/Wales), long Scot National Health Service waiting lists and free at the point of delivery as opposed to free at the point of need; that is, when and if you actually GET an appointment, not to mention no local MRI scanner. S'funny how NHS staff get a higher overnight stay allowance for hotels than us mere patients but never mind, that's a Scot. Gov. policy. Sooner we get shot of the SNP, the better.
  5. @BigMouth You don't appear to have the foggiest idea as to what being a mother is like if you think it mainly consists of coffee mornings and wanting to have another sprog. I really can't be bothered to respond to any other points you make within your comments, past and future, with the exception of this:- "As far as your PA was concerned, there was more to him than typing, I can be sure of that. If you were paying him more it was because he was worth it." Of course there is more to a PA role than typing, I merely gave an example of just one part of the role where his skills weren't on par with those of his female colleagues'. No, he wasn't worth more; he was very embarrassed that he had been told on more than one occasion that he had been employed because his male bosses liked the 'prestige'/'novelty factor' of having a male PA.
  6. @Big Mouth - You don't see that you're being misogynistic cos you can't see things from a woman's perspective. You're demeaning feminists' arguments by your catty terminology and despite comments regarding addressing women as ladies, here you are, doing it again. You are talking crap; many women did NOT get the choice regarding subject choice at school, myself included. I couldn't do metalwork or woodwork because the way the lessons table was created meant that those subjects clashed with compulsory subjects (English/Mathematics). You obviously aren't familiar with cold draughty offices either and yet again, you're demeaning those qualifications often held by women, such as diplomas in typing, shorthand, audio, etc. Incidentally, I did work with a male PA once and he DID earn more than the female PAs despite having less qualifications and a lower typing speed. You are mistaken if you think women get shorter prison sentences compared to men. Women are more likely to be imprisoned for shoplifting offences (say of food) compared to men and are more likely to be imprisoned for first offences for violent offences as judges/sheriffs deem their behaviour unbecoming for their gender (gosh, they ain't all ladylike). Want statistics? If I mind right from my study days and doing an assignment on feminist jurisprudence, there were plenty of statistics and examples given by Helena Kennedy in her book, "Eve was Shamed: How British Justice is Failing Women". I'm sure female barristers and QCs will be delighted to hear that the reason they haven't been appointed as judges is because of the poor choices they have made. Yeah, right (NOT!) I think you are deliberately trolling.
  7. @ Davie P - yup, here's an article on it:- https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/brexit/2016/06/16/what-part-did-the-eu-play-in-raising-womens-pensionable-age/ "Re: "things can go back to how they were" - if we leave the EU I sincerely hope we don't return to the gender equality attitudes of the 1970s!" - The Equal Pay Act 1970 came in prior to us joining the common market, albeit was updated with 2010 legislation. If anything, it demonstrates that we are capable of passing legislation without the interference of the EU.
  8. @BigMouth - are you intentionally being misogynistic, what with your references to "Ladies" (implying a certain standard of behaviour for WOMEN) and "feral feminists"? Nothing quite like a bit of mansplaining ... Women tend to earn less. Women are usually the ones bringing up children; not everyone is entitled to the enhanced maternity pay and many only get it for six months, not longer. Many women work via temporary contracts and/or part-time. Childcare costs an arm and a leg, and even if you do manage to get a decent childminder or nursery, the availability for during school holidays is seldom full time. Despite legislation, there's still employers who won't employ women of child-bearing age. So women are at a disadvantage as compared to men, their pension contributions are less. The change in law regarding women and men retiring at the same age came in as a result of EU equality laws, perhaps once we've left that quango things can go back to how they were, with women retiring at an earlier age or at least being compensated for the fact they usually have a smaller pension pot than men.
  9. @Davie P, hardly a moot point given that we did not draft agree to all the EU Directives, not to mention future EU Directives, especially given that the UK voted to leave.
  10. @Davie P - Free trade with Europe is one thing; being subjected to EU directives is entirely a different matter completely.
  11. I forgot to ask something but what size is the window? £1,000 plus VAT seems a tad steep for replacement glazing (There was a recent court case being listed and the compensation/cost for replacement was report as being something like £200 to £300; granted, I think that was a council property and no idea if the window is smaller but still ...) so you might want to consider getting others to quote for the replacement but that might affect the (not a lot of good) warranty/guarantee. Just a thought.
  12. @IGU My apologies, I often forget that such organisations aren't necessarily UK-wide, very sorry. Scot.Gov. website has info on Building Regulations, Warrants, etc. A lot of it suggests you go back to your local authority's planning dept. though: https://www.mygov.scot/building-regulations/
  13. @ IGU I work for London surveyors. Have you checked with FENSA? Like everything else, there's always conditions as to what is covered by a warranty and what isn't. 10 years isn't uncommon depending upon the type of frame, UPVC, etc.
  14. 3 years is pretty short for double-glazing;depending upon the type of frame the average warranty/guarantee seems to be 10 years or lifetime. Not being funny, but have you dug out the paperwork or just taken the word of those who fitted the windows?
  15. Let's bring a bit more balance here without the needing of SHOUTING! If British Steel didn't have a product companies worldwide wanted to purchase on WTO terms post BREXIT and if the order books were empty (which they are not) and if WTO tariffs never changed and if the USA/China situation didn't bring prices down ... the EU and virtual signalling with carbon taxes, etc., and if the EU not paying the carbon tax credits have hardly helped the situation. A certain plant in the UK propped up the balance sheet profit column for a long time and there is a buyer interested in buying said plant. It ain't exactly great that the existing owner has money to buy another plant within Europe either. Out of the EU, the Government would be better placed to decide what businesses to support without the interference of the EU. The EU didn't help when the coal mines closed and refused regeneration grants to Thatcher when she asked. Incidentally, that particular area in the UK did vote for The Brexit Party.
  16. @Capeesh - I know people who still work at the steelworks there. The Gov. are paying the wages for the next 3 months but the order book, I understand, has orders for beyond then. And if it is anything like when my grandfather worked in the offices there, orders are placed months in advance. So what somebody wants in say 6 months' time would be ordered now, that type of thing. Brexit uncertainty is one thing, but it's not the same as saying because of BREXIT/leaving the EU; two different things - they simply need to know the date so they know what the (anticipated) price will be.
  17. @ Evil Inky Don't get me started on the steelworks, given that S{by the way, do you realise I tried to swear here?}horpe is my home town! It is the EU who are stating that European countries are producing too much steel and are restricting its production; how they figure that meets with their original ideology beats me. It is the EU who collect the 'carbon tax' on behalf of the global agreement yet it is the EU who have refused to also administer the tax credits due under the same scheme, partially leading to the demise of British Steel. It was the EU whose rules permitted the likes of Corus to purchase then sell to Tata the original British Steel. What many people appear to forget is that we can still trade with EU member states on WTO terms. Do you seriously think the likes of Audi, Miele, etc., are going to want to purchase solely chinesium, the type of steel that can't hold up bridges and either crumbles or you can put a huge massive dent in it with your fist? S{by the way, do you realise I tried to swear here?}horpe, incidentally, is one of the most advanced steelworks in the world and is a profitable site with a healthy order book; obviously something that other European steel manufacturers are jealous of. Edit: No, I'm not trying to swear, it's the stupid filter! We need our own steel for our railways, not to mention build ships, boats, etc. What the guy from the UK Steel Association appears to be overlooking is that British Steel is known for its quality and if that means we're free to produce to our standards and above EU Standards, then so be it.
  18. @ Davie P - Except, at the risk of sounding like a stuck record, the PM did not have parliament's approval to agree to the dates which have now been agreed with the EU.
  19. @ Davie P - Except Theresa May didn't have the legal right to change the date to that agreed with the EU. As for links, this is reported little in the press but if you go back through the various posts a few pages on the English Democrats' website, it would appear that it's at the stage where the Defendant has replied. There's this link, however, which indicates hearing is a few weeks away:- https://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/1128570/brexit-news-article-50-extension-robin-tilbrook-theresa-may-high-court-case
  20. @Davie P - The Government also adopted into UK law that we would leave on 29 March 2019 with or without a deal. Why else do you think there is currently legal action filed in the High Court, a Judicial Review is going to take place as to whether or not the extension was legal?
  21. @ Capeesh Voting in a democratic manner doesn't mean the organisation holding the election behaves in a democratic manner; two different things.
  22. 7.52 Mb Download speed 0.63Mb upload 83 ms ping time Sitting next to Ghostie but on costa arm and a leg connection.
  23. That SI was laid before parliament and passed by the house on the 27th March. AFTER the PM had already agreed and signed up to an extension; ergo, making it illegal. The dates were not those previously approved of by the House and it hadn't even got to the Lords.
  24. Just leave at 11pm tonight. Who gives a flying {'f' it was funny in Father Ted 'eck'} that the extension is valid under international law because if we leave, who precisely is going to do us for breaking international law? Besides, the SI extending it under UK law might well be illegal, because Gina Miller's Court action set a precedent that parliament has to be consulted first (or words to that effect). 11pm. 29 March 2019. Just get the hell off the gravy train monster.
  25. Ah yes, the video doing the rounds of furniture and plants whizzing across the floor whilst the piano remained still ... anyone else imagined a pianist at the piano continuing to play as it waltzed across the floor? Sugar, just me then.
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