Current Affairs

Beating off Racial Stereotypes

Posted on July 23, 2021

I was speaking to a chap who carries out work for my company, the other day. We got onto the subject of racism and the recent abuse of England’s black footballers. I have known him a long time, so he admitted to me that until he started running projects in London, he had always carried inherent racist attitudes. It was when he started working in London that he realised to himself that he had a head full of stereotypes. These had been ...

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Covid Inquiry and ID Cards

Posted on May 12, 2021

So, the government has announced there will be a full independent inquiry into Covid 19. It is going to be in the spring of next year. The chances are, it will get delayed whilst Mat Hancock’s sister’s firm gets to finish shredding the evidence. What is the point in an inquiry? This is a government that have an MP who is the anti-corruption champion and is, by coincidence, married to the head of Test & Trace. Test & Trace is ...

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Beware the Populist Pandemic!

Posted on February 26, 2021

I got involved in a twitter conversation about vaccine roll outs today. What seems ridiculous to me is that people (particularly Brexiters) regard it as something of a competition. This is due to the UK at last getting something right during the pandemic as others try to get to grips with the vaccine distribution. Opting Out By opting out of the programme whilst still, technically, in the EU, the UK appear to have stolen a march on ...

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Labour and Their Ongoing Ability to Self- Flagellate

Posted on February 24, 2021

Whilst everyone has been buried under the bunting of the alleged lockdown road map out of misery, it’s nice to see that the Labour Party remains committed to self-destructing. In the face of a calamitous Tory government, it would be understandable if Labour had galvanised themselves enough to become a serious opposition and potentially, a government in waiting. So, with that in mind, great credit must be given to all the party members who ...

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A Taxing Time for the HMRC

Posted on February 9, 2021

I got a letter from the tax office back in September. It said I hadn’t paid my monthly PAYE and CIS deductions for August. I sent them a copy of my bank statement (they won’t accept emails) proving I had paid it and forgot about it, thinking it was an oversight they would put right. In December, I got a further letter saying I still hadn’t paid it and the debt was accruing interest. I tried calling them but, because of Covid, amongst ...

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