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… oh no not the B word again!!

British Politicians haven’t given a sh+t since 2015.

Read anything that could disprove the above?

Everyone has an opinion but no-one has a plan.

X-ray vision is required to understand the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration.

Ideas anyone? Theresa May’s door is open.

Take a breath everything will be OK – See an excerpt from Tim Martin’s free magazine WetherspoonNews

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More Brexit Word Games?
The Secret Civil Servant: The ultimate Brexit phrasebook https://www.newstatesman.com/politics/brexit/2019/01/secret-civil-servant-ultimate-brexit-phrasebook

 
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Posted by on January 22, 2019 in 21st century, Brexit

 

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Funny Cat Videos influenced the Brexit Vote?

It is the most important thing in the “free world” to uphold the democratic process but I need someone, who isn’t seeking cash or kudos to explain to me how data from Facebook can be used to influence certain voters?

When answering MPs on the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports committee the Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower, Christopher Wylie stated:

“Vote Leave and other pro-Brexit groups had a “common plan” to get round spending controls.

He told MPs they all used Aggregate IQ, a “franchise” of the data analytics firm, to target swing voters, using information drawn from CA’s databases.” Source BBC Politics

What needs to be explained is how they identified the “swing voters” and the influence brought to bear that could make someone change from being a Remain voter to a Leave voter.

That must have been a really hilarious cat video.

 Trixie by Bex

 
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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in 21st century, a2z

 

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Stories on BBC News 1st December 2015

With the Syria Debate and Vote planned for Wednesday 2nd December,
Michael Fallon, the Conservative Defence Secretary has stated,
UK already an IS target”.

Ken Livingstone, co-chairman of Labour’s Defence Policy Review,
states “Bombing doesn’t actually win you a war”.

The Atom Bank, based in Durham, is offering App banking.
Simon Gompertz looks at the rise in popularity of App Banking.

Christmas Lights can affect your WiFi speed
and the future for BT Openreach

 
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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in 21st century, BBC, News

 

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Authonomy – Summer Competition

Does your story have an attention grabbing opening line? If it does, this competition is for you.

Authonomy are dedicated to discovering, connecting and nurturing exciting new writers.

The competition will run from now until midnight BST the night of Sunday 8th September. The winning entry will be selected by a panel of readers at HarperCollins.

To keep the blog comments free for entries, please send any questions you have to authonomy@harpercollins.co.uk

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in 21st century

 

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Join the dots …

You buy a bottle of milk. You pay for it at the checkout. You take the milk home and use it in your coffee and cereal.

Now if that was national insurance…you’d buy it. Take it to the checkout and pay but as your leaving the shop the security guy stops you and asks what you’ll be using it for?

For use in coffee, there are additional beverage related charges. For use in cereal there are additional nutritional related benefit charges.

Originally the milk cost £1.00 GBP.
Add beverage charges £1.00 GBP
Add nutrition charges £1.00 GBP

The £1.00 bottle of milk now costs £3.00 but the product benefits remain the same

“National Insurance payments were introduced in 1911.

The idea was to provide a government safety-net for workers who fell on hard times.

Employees paid money into the scheme out of their wages.

Anyone needing cash for medical treatment, or because they had lost their job, could claim from the fund.”
http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/10078062

“You pay National Insurance contributions to build up your entitlement to certain state benefits, including the State Pension. The contributions you pay depend on how much you earn and whether you’re employed or self-employed. You stop paying National Insurance contributions when you reach State Pension age.”
http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/ni/intro/basics.htm#3

“Funding for the NHS comes directly from taxation and is granted to the Department of Health by Parliament. When the NHS was launched in 1948 it had a budget of £437 million (roughly £9 billion at today#s value). For 2012/13 it is around £108.9 billion. ”
http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/about/Pages/overview.aspx

The system has changed over the years.

“National Insurance is now used to pay for:

The NHS
Unemployment benefit
Sickness and disability allowances
The state pension
NI is supposed to be “ring fenced” – meaning the money raised is only used for these areas and won’t be spent on things like building schools or employing police officers.

However, the government can borrow from the National Insurance fund to help pay for other projects”

Who approves this?

We pay 3 times for the same product but the level of service continues to deteriorate.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2013 in 21st century

 

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Be careful out there

Many organisations are now changing.  With all of this re-structuring and re-organisation, have there been too many cut backs that leave companies vulnerable?

If you are in charge of an organisation, it may be worth looking at some of the Case Studies on the International Compliance Association web site.

Compliance is not witchcraft, so don’t get caught out by going down the wrong alley…

Unicorn

Photo taken at the Harry Potter Studio Tour, Leavesden Studios, Watford. 2012

 
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Posted by on August 18, 2013 in 21st century

 

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Long overdue update on writing activities and current employment.
Warmest wishes to all on a cold snowy day.

Maggie's small stones for the River

These are the blogs of a working Mum, who is currently employed by a great supermarket brand, whose motto is “Every little helps”. It is a multi-layered motto, within and without of the brand. Her colleagues are lovely, friendly and very kind people. Her family are incredible. Her life would be empty without them. Throughout her life she has been lucky enough to meet and work with loads of fascinating people. She has always had a passion about books and writing. This passion is now being explored.

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Update January 2013.

Since the end of 2012, I have had the privilege to work for a charitable organisation whose motto is “Servitor Servientium”.

Writing is still in progress…

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Maggie’s small stones for the River” is a creative blog where she is exploring the fun to be had by noticing how extraordinary things are and writing those things down,

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Posted by on January 19, 2013 in 21st century, TaTUM

 

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