Working With EU Immigrants

Posted on January 18, 2019

One of the great debates surrounding our departure from the EU has been immigration. Since 2016, I have, like many people, had to study the workings of sovereign and EU law to try to understand how it affects us (not much). I can, however, claim to be something of an expert on EU immigration. How 2004 Changed EU Employment This is because since I started as an independent recruiter in 1997, I have had to deal with changes in the contract ...

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Murray’s Premature Adulation

Posted on January 16, 2019

As a sports fan, I was quite intrigued to watch the toe snapping tribute to Andy Murray at The Australian Open the other day. This not because I don’t like Murray, quite the opposite. Murray is a fine competitor in a brutal sport. However, the Aussies ran a tribute that, following the in the footsteps of the BBC, was bordering on an obituary. I saw the press conference last week when Murray (who is beset by a hip problem) said that he ...

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The Chancellor, Chiswell & Corporation Tax

Posted on January 14, 2019

As much as Brexit is causing the government multiple headaches, it seems there is a silver lining of distraction for the chancellor, Phillip Hammond. Evidence has emerged that a company he is involved with, Chiswell (Moorgate) has played a clever game with losses. This is to avoid paying around £300k in Corporation Tax.  How Corporation Tax Works For those of you who are PAYE employees who don’t run a business, you may be un...

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A Country Driven by Populist Soundbites

Posted on January 12, 2019

I was in Sainsbury’s the other morning and there was an old chap at the till in front of me. Laid out on the counter there was a copy of The Daily Mirror with our Prime Minister’s face on it. She looked about 160. “You have to feel sorry for her don’t you”, he said, pointing at the picture. Normally I am a bit of a coward in these situations. I would take the easy route out and say, “Yeah, can’t be easy”.  I would ...

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My Second Letter to Kit

Posted on January 10, 2019

Unfortunately, I have no response about my freight business plan from Kit Malthouse. Undeterred, I have another venture for him to consider. Hi kit, How are things? I’ve double checked my email (and junk email) and I don’t appear to have had a response from you about my Swanage to Cherbourg freight venture? I have come to the conclusion that your lack of response must be due to Seaborne Freight Ltd taking any remaining cash from ...

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