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by vrdiver
September 19th, 2019, 11:37 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Immigration
Replies: 46
Views: 1131

Re: Immigration

How else is And yes it is the fault of EU member states meant to be read ? That the EU is an institution composed of it's member states. In their day Gordon Brown and Tony Blair as leaders of an EU member state and supporters of the four freedoms were the EU. . Huh? That is really straining logic. ...
by vrdiver
September 19th, 2019, 3:01 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Immigration
Replies: 46
Views: 1131

Re: Immigration

I know for skilled work it's expected that you talk the native language in most countries. Given Britain doesn't really export much in the way of unskilled immigrants, perhaps that might explain the experience reported? That has not been my experience, but maybe it is self selecting as my language ...
by vrdiver
September 18th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: Solid Gold toilet stolen....
Replies: 23
Views: 760

Re: Solid Gold toilet stolen....

The police think this was an international crime ring. In response, Italy has increased security at the cistern chapel.
by vrdiver
September 17th, 2019, 1:56 pm
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Tax liability for back-dated pension
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Tax liability for back-dated pension

Taxable pension is the amount to which the pensioner is entitled in the tax year. A payment of arrears of pension may be a substantial sum covering a number of tax years and the statutory (accruals) basis should thus be applied on request where it is to a taxpayer’s advantage." You should cont...
by vrdiver
September 17th, 2019, 1:44 pm
Forum: Taxes
Topic: Tax liability for back-dated pension
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Tax liability for back-dated pension

What I am trying to ascertain is how my husband should deal with this with HMRC, i.e. what does he need to do to get the overpaid tax refunded. From the hmrc link that pochisoldi gave: Arrears of pension If a pension provider discovers a long-standing underpayment of pension, the underpayment is ca...
by vrdiver
September 16th, 2019, 2:31 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?
Replies: 1056
Views: 21089

Re: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?

It's just possible that the Incredible Hulk gag has backfired on Boris: Boris Johnson forgets that the Hulk only fights for the good of the whole. Mad and strong can also be dense and destructive. The Hulk works best when he is in unison with a team, and is a disaster when he is alone. Plus...he’s ...
by vrdiver
September 13th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: I know a lot of jokes about white sugar
Replies: 13
Views: 532

Re: I know a lot of jokes about white sugar

It must be the accent AiY ;) For any still struggling to get it, I first heard it here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-49389208 On his joke claiming the top spot, Falafel said: "This is a fantastic honour but it's like I've always said, jokes about white sugar are r...
by vrdiver
September 11th, 2019, 11:40 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls
Replies: 26
Views: 573

Re: Lies, damned lies, and opinion polls

On the other hand, why don’t we hold a General Election immediately to settle the matter. Owen But not a referendum? A GE is about a whole basket of issues, whereas we all seem to be tied up about Brexit, so why not have a referendum about that specific issue now that we have three implementable op...
by vrdiver
September 11th, 2019, 11:21 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Own Goal By Remainers?
Replies: 42
Views: 787

Re: Own Goal By Remainers?

On the leave side we have Owen, but then personally I find a similar tactic by BobbyD on the Remain side frustrating in the extreme, endlessly trotting out "easiest deal ever", "holding all the cards", etc. Such comments add no value and could equally be described as trolling. B...
by vrdiver
September 11th, 2019, 11:07 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Prorogation judged unlawful
Replies: 62
Views: 1099

Re: Prorogation judged unlawful

OwenSwansea wrote:So the SNP now rule the UK do they?

Owen.

Did they stage a coup and take over from the EU? I thought we were supposed to be controlled from Brussels...
by vrdiver
September 11th, 2019, 11:05 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Prorogation judged unlawful
Replies: 62
Views: 1099

Re: Prorogation judged unlawful

Everybody conti ues to get hung up on how the ERG vote. But yet again I will repeat, if just the ERG had changed their position and voted for May's deal it still would not have passed, it would have taken others to vote for it as well. So what? The point is that the ERG contributed to the failure t...
by vrdiver
September 11th, 2019, 10:40 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker
Replies: 51
Views: 1165

Re: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker

I’ve got a suggestion, why don’t we just honour the result of the Brexit Referendum. Owen. And therein lies the problem; the result was "Leave", but without being defined how. Which in itself was OK, as we (the people) expected the politicians and negotiators to do their homework and come...
by vrdiver
September 11th, 2019, 5:59 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker
Replies: 51
Views: 1165

Re: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker

Estimated benefit of membership is 5% of GDP (I have seen estimates as high as 10%) ie £100 bn per annum. How many times do we need to go around this loop? First it's "take back control", which is like saying "Only I get to decide when I have sex, so obviously I'm going to have sex w...
by vrdiver
September 11th, 2019, 1:33 am
Forum: Laughing Lemons
Topic: What's the difference between Viagra and Brexit
Replies: 8
Views: 611

Re: What's the difference between Viagra and Brexit

Viagra keeps your interest up for hours, whereas Brexit is a bit of a flop...
by vrdiver
September 10th, 2019, 12:28 am
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker
Replies: 51
Views: 1165

Re: Tories looking at breaking convention and standing candidate against Speaker

I understand that the cost of remaining in the EU for 3 more months is c £1Bn per month, But it seems you don't. Previous posters have quoted both the cost and the benefit; you are looking at only the cost. The actual cost, or nett cost, is the sum of those figures. Please explain why you consider ...
by vrdiver
September 9th, 2019, 3:46 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill
Replies: 228
Views: 4372

Re: Rebel EU Withdrawal Bill

Or is the shelf life different depending on the result? ;) Actually, it sort of is. If the result is "Remain", we have the likes of Farage who will continue to campaign to leave. He, or others like him, will continue to do so until we do, or there is so little support that he doesn't get ...
by vrdiver
September 8th, 2019, 7:08 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?
Replies: 1056
Views: 21089

Re: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?

Parliament has lost all moral authority, and the people know it. All the clever word juggling that goes on on this site cannot obscure the truth that Parliament has not honoured the Referendum result. Owen. Actually, it has honoured the result. 52/48 isn't a winner takes all, it's an advisory viewp...
by vrdiver
September 8th, 2019, 5:48 pm
Forum: Polite Discussions
Topic: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?
Replies: 1056
Views: 21089

Re: Boris Johnson PM - how it's going?

An accurate assessment of the situation here, from the Signal: https://youtu.be/Q1zM5y-IsMo From about 20 minutes in: the EU have treated the negotiations as a sort of punishment beating Neither accurate nor remotely true. But if you like your "accurate assessment" from an echo chamber, I...
by vrdiver
September 8th, 2019, 1:51 pm
Forum: Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
Topic: Adding an IT portfolio to a HYP - suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 2755

Re: Adding an IT portfolio to a HYP - suggestions

Comments welcome! VRD Question rather than comment: Is the reasoning behind this selection to get additional diversification from the FTSE100 pool of HYP typical choices? Yes. Sorry, I should have re-stated after so long a gap between posts; he already has a HYP with "the usual suspects" ...
by vrdiver
September 7th, 2019, 7:20 pm
Forum: Investment Trusts and Unit Trusts
Topic: Adding an IT portfolio to a HYP - suggestions
Replies: 22
Views: 2755

Re: Adding an IT portfolio to a HYP - suggestions

After some research, my former colleague has come up with the following selections of ITs to stand alongside his HYP: Henderson Far East Income Ltd. HFEL JP Morgan European Incom JETI Manchester & London Investment Trust MNL Bankers Inv Trust BNKR JP Morgan Global Emerging Income JEMI Monks Inv ...

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