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  1. I did a Scala gig two years ago at a bank (big...

    I did a Scala gig two years ago at a bank (big data).

    They had outsourced to IS for the development, after 20 months nothing working had been delivered so they got in three contractors. The code...
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    Bill Clinton actually should have been impeached,...

    Bill Clinton actually should have been impeached, amazed it didn't succeed at the time. One of the few I would say should have been.

    Bush was a rubbish President but this was a waste of...
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    Well, the Democrats started this trend of...

    Well, the Democrats started this trend of impeaching every Republican President and then start looking for evidence and now we are in a position where it's just tit-for-tat entrenched warfare and the...
  4. Farage is quite correct of course but those who...

    Farage is quite correct of course but those who oppose Trump have become so hysterical that they are going to everything necessary to create the next "Trump", but that iteration will be...
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    All part of a ~60-year weather cycle that affects...

    All part of a ~60-year weather cycle that affects these isles and northern Europe. Made milder by climate change but they persist nevertheless.

    Expect winters to get colder for about another ten...
  6. Has anyone noticed how every attempt at making...

    Has anyone noticed how every attempt at making the country fairer over the last 50 years has simply lead to more inequality?

    The hubris of utopianism strikes again.
  7. Thread: WInter tyres

    by TwoWolves
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    I have been using winter tires for the last four...

    I have been using winter tires for the last four years as the rainfall/mud has been pretty bad. Had some glorious weather last summer but we were in a pandemic so I hardly drove anywhere anyway.
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    The principal is now much larger so the interest...

    The principal is now much larger so the interest rate is not the issue. On top of this, salary growth has flat-lined.
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    The government would do anything and I mean...

    The government would do anything and I mean anything at all to prevent a house price crash, it's insane and doing a great deal of damage to the UK economy as such a large portion of people's income...
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    Looks like I'm right on the money you preening...

    Looks like I'm right on the money you preening popinjays.
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    It would be nice if the posturing moralisers...

    It would be nice if the posturing moralisers could give a damn about the children for just a nanosecond, but you never do.
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    We should riot "french style" over IR35. Does...

    We should riot "french style" over IR35. Does anyone know how to make a Molotov Cocktail?
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    Open Society Foundations...

    Open Society Foundations

    Try using google, you half-wit.
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    Soros makes it quite clear what he want's for the...

    Soros makes it quite clear what he want's for the world and I don't think it's fair to label someone anti-Semitic just because they don't like what he's selling.

    Globalization has already failed,...
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    Goldman's has been virulently anti-brexit for...

    Goldman's has been virulently anti-brexit for years, this is just symbolic. Should have no problem getting to work through the constant riots.
  16. I was out of work for nine months around the dot...

    I was out of work for nine months around the dot com bubble burst, I was just fine as I had a sensible war-chest. Living invoice to invoice is not freelancing, it's chancing.

    Mind you, I now have...
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    Pretty much the first thing that little Rishi did...

    Pretty much the first thing that little Rishi did on getting the job of Chancellor was push through IR35. You would think he would be busy with Brexit but no, we were his top priority.

    I very much...
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    Years ago a friend of mine set-up a quite...

    Years ago a friend of mine set-up a quite successful executive dating agency.

    It consisted of group dinners in nice London restaurants. He used to call me regularly, pay my dinner to attend and...
  19. Let's be honest, we would be in exactly the same...

    Let's be honest, we would be in exactly the same position had we voted for any other mainline party.

    I wanted to vote for the little guy but there was no candidate standing in my ward. Actually, I...
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    You are starting a lot of threads lately. Been...

    You are starting a lot of threads lately. Been laid-off? Did boyfriend dump you? Prison?
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    I'm going to miss these "orange man bad" threads...

    I'm going to miss these "orange man bad" threads on endless repeat.

    Though I'm quite confident that the new septuagenarian is going to turn out to be an even bigger arsehole.
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    Probably the best thing about the Trump years was...

    Probably the best thing about the Trump years was that he insulted people who thoroughly deserved derision. I'm going to miss the entertainment.
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    It's a load of pointless hot-air: ...

    It's a load of pointless hot-air:

    https://twitter.com/michaelxpettis/status/1328252196773900288
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    Rees-Mogg is a minnow you buffoon, you just have...

    Rees-Mogg is a minnow you buffoon, you just have a hang-up because he's a Tory MP.
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    I contracted in Investment Banking for over 20...

    I contracted in Investment Banking for over 20 years, the whole system is bent to a mind-boggling degree. I got a ring-side seat to events in 2007/8 where powerful people filled their boots in plain...
  26. Thread: DOOM: CGT

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    Personally, I would prefer that they increase CGT...

    Personally, I would prefer that they increase CGT and scrap IR35 because I can still claim business expenses and manage what I actually pay myself according to current cash-flows. PAYE is too brittle...
  27. Under normal circumstances it's quite easy to get...

    Under normal circumstances it's quite easy to get a mortgage holiday, just write to the lender and ask. If you have a good reason and a plan to resume payments in the near-term they will be fine...
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    We have family members who work in the NHS and...

    We have family members who work in the NHS and even in Spanish hospitals. They all say the same... nowhere near capacity, not being overwhelmed and don't understand the government policy panic.
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    Just look at some of the details in the Finance...

    Just look at some of the details in the Finance Act 2020, this government is drunk on power and not the slightest bit conservative.
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    China is not "winning the trade war". Chinese...

    China is not "winning the trade war". Chinese manufacturing dominance has taken decades to create and will take decades to undo, given the short period of the Trump office they have done remarkably...
  31. Thread: DOOM: SAGE

    by TwoWolves
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    We are seeing house price articles going every...

    We are seeing house price articles going every which way.

    Average house price soars to record GBP323,530 as sellers cash in on demand during stamp duty holiday | Daily Mail Online

    Who knows...
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    Why do you think Sunak left a glittering...

    Why do you think Sunak left a glittering Financial Services career to work in the Treasury? Public service? :laugh:laugh:laugh
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    Once the outsourcing really takes off people will...

    Once the outsourcing really takes off people will cool on the idea of remote working.

    Google has already started pushing a lot of work to Poland.

    Management will always find a way to ruin...
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    IR35 is starting to bite.

    IR35 is starting to bite.
  35. Thread: Boomish

    by TwoWolves
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    well, an "inside scope" is a 50% cut so as long...

    well, an "inside scope" is a 50% cut so as long as it ain't that you are still a winner.
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    The former is me. I quit Investment Banking...

    The former is me. I quit Investment Banking because of it but there are middle-path solutions.
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    Because most are hired via private-sector...

    Because most are hired via private-sector contractor bodies.
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    It's a similar story throughout most of the...

    It's a similar story throughout most of the public sector.

    The few projects that do make it are entirely contractor driven which is why IR35 is going to have a considerable impact on this sector,...
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    That'll never pass my lips.

    That'll never pass my lips.
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    Well, how many freelancers & their families are...

    Well, how many freelancers & their families are there? Did they think we would ever vote Conservative again?

    Sunak seems to be working towards a future where there is never another Conservative...
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    Everything is pointing towards a stagflationary...

    Everything is pointing towards a stagflationary future.
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    ... and still they rollout IR35!

    ... and still they rollout IR35!
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    Their bread is probably the only edible item they...

    Their bread is probably the only edible item they sell, it's the processed fillings and rotting salad that smells so badly. Mind you, I bake my own bread and make my own sandwiches when visiting...
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    I've never actually set foot in a Subway sandwich...

    I've never actually set foot in a Subway sandwich shop.

    I got as far as the threshold but the nauseating aroma of cheap nosh made me retch so badly that hunger was clearly a much better option.
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    My daughter loved that exhibit. That is a shame;...

    My daughter loved that exhibit. That is a shame; museums are set to become empty indoctrination centres.
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    This is not the first time that a whole industry...

    This is not the first time that a whole industry has been destroyed by the British Government and it won't be the last.

    Let's not kid ourselves that we will be missed, everyone will get poorer,...
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    Our local fishmonger is excellent... all their...

    Our local fishmonger is excellent... all their supply is from a Spanish supplier.

    (BTW we moved away from hometown 30 years ago)
  48. I don't think it's anything you're doing. From...

    I don't think it's anything you're doing.

    From what I'm hearing clients are being quite nervous at the moment, doubly so with contract hires. They are approaching agencies with project headcounts...
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    I grew up by a fishing port. When I was a lad...

    I grew up by a fishing port.

    When I was a lad the fishmongers were full of a wide variety of wonderful fish, super fresh and tasty. The EU arrived and all the fishermen disappeared, the port lost...
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    I sincerely hope not, he was the man who...

    I sincerely hope not, he was the man who pressured the PM and every anti-IR35 MP into supporting its introduction for next spring. He's had his arms twisted on every policy to cope with the COVID...
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