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JWestland

Member since Jan 2013 • Last active May 2017

Over the water in Norn Ire, serious cycle commuter, and a bit of a bike geek.

Also draw, studying for IT/Maths degree on OU and I keep chickens.

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    It's double unfair, she didn't end the pregnancy which is moral in those type's books, still can't attend and there's no way to prove if boys were "immoral" by having sex :/

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    Shouted "oi idiot!" at guy on MTB going off the kerb, around a crossing ped, onto the road on the wrong side...

    Felt a little guilty but I consider going on the wrong side just plain dumb.

    Very hot and a bit clammy in sunny Belfast... everyone is out cycling and drinking but not too many nodders.

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    It's insane but it's a more pleasant and ambitious form of insanity than what the kippers/tories have on offer :)

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    "Article 50 is a trap"

    :):)

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    Well said :)

    Le Manfriend had a thought that stock holding, instead of private / worker owned, companies also tend to maximise profit over workers. For example the company is fine, it really doesn't need to do this to preserve it's future, but work is moved to lower wages countries anyway.

    Would be an interesting hypothesis to test.

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    Ok, fair enough two separate issues then.

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    It's the speculation, unregulated algoritmic trading [with nobody knowing exactly what is happening and who carries the responsibility], speculative trading on things that aren't actually there/not backed by enough assets and lack of regulation that is part of blame for the 2009 banking crash.

    We pay for that, still.

    The great depression was also caused by a stock market crash. It's wealth that's often not backed by assets, or at least not in a 1-1 manner. So when the debts are called in, or there's a tumble-effect it can all fall down badly.

    And what exactly is the link between stock brokers and brexit? [alu foil hat alert, but it's somewhat relevant if proven correct]

    I am not anti-stockmarket, but hedge funds with all sort of complex constructions, market panics etc. do make me somewhat nervous.

    Of course the stock market is also related to euro clearing and some functions are perfectly healthy, it's not black and white.

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    So... UKVI currently charge a fee of £936 per child applicant. [form MN1] They changed that in April, it wasn't so expensive before.

    So... any EU citizen that never saw the need to register their kids is now going to get burnt badly by the costs.

    According to Amnesty processing the form costs £386...! So that's a tidy profit over £500.

    More reasons to get out of here... :(

    EDIT anybody whose kid was born 5 years after living in the UK exercises EU treaty rights, for them it's a cheap passport application.

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    A role like that can suggest there's a conflict of interest, though there may not be.

    It's a little bit unfair, of course, but my first though with people in roles like that is "the stockmarket has screwed over your bog standard worker several times, can I trust you to have my back, or will be risk be paid by me like with the banks?"

    See also May. Even though it's perhaps unfair. I mean, just cos we think people are "like us" doesn't mean they are, Davis Davis did an undergrad in IT [my sector] and my, oh my...!

    So, what is his role and view on regulation of taxing, the stockmarket and does he have May's ear on that?

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