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    LOL. Obviously not, but I'm also not talking...

    LOL. Obviously not, but I'm also not talking about how great things are there. It's one thing to invest and have investments do well, it's quite another for conditions to be great for people living...
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    You aren't living there or trying to find a...

    You aren't living there or trying to find a well-paid job there.
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    Yes, dear old Dad, in the tradition of...

    Yes, dear old Dad, in the tradition of Hippocrates (which brings us back on topic to Greece, BTW) used elderberry for medicinal purposes, and when your wife is a hamster, you'd rather smell the...
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    There's an implied social contract. People have...

    There's an implied social contract. People have worked for decades with the expectation that they will retire at 65. We've now bumped it a little higher, gradually.

    It's one thing to tweak it by...
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    Since this is the Brexit forum, which is...

    Since this is the Brexit forum, which is primarily intended for slagging people off and over-the-top rhetoric, it is fair game for me to now say that you are advocating war for economic benefit. ;) ...
  6. I've never been in a client meeting where coffee...

    I've never been in a client meeting where coffee wasn't on offer.

    I've never neglected to have as many cups as I needed to stay alert if the meeting was likely to be narcoleptic.
  7. Shocking to consider but there might be multiple...

    Shocking to consider but there might be multiple factors....
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    Your faith in those 650 people is touching. :D I...

    Your faith in those 650 people is touching. :D I trust them for nothing.

    Parliament will do whatever its members decide is in their best interest. Even Grieve admitted he's out of ideas. The...
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    As is usually the case, it's neither as bad as...

    As is usually the case, it's neither as bad as described by those whose political agenda is benefited by it being bad, nor as good as described by those whose political agenda is benefited by it...
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    I'm not sure I suggested the EU should do...

    I'm not sure I suggested the EU should do anything else. I just said what I think will happen, which is not what I wish would happen.

    I suspect there will eventually be a parliament, this one or...
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    For a few more weeks, yes.

    For a few more weeks, yes.
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    In case anyone cares, Greece, despite some recent...

    In case anyone cares, Greece, despite some recent mild growth, has a GDP per capita approximately 60% of what it was in 2008 and still only about 90% of what it was in 2014. Greek unemployment is...
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    Mate, I hate to break it to you but if the fact...

    Mate, I hate to break it to you but if the fact that Theresa May agreed to the WA had any legal force we'd be out of the EU by now. The fact that she agreed to it is entirely irrelevant now. It is...
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    You may think it is better, I may think it is...

    You may think it is better, I may think it is better, and the EU may think it is better, but it is dead, all the same. You're in cloud cuckoo land if you think that thing will pass. So it is...
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    I doubt it. If they think he's going to keep...

    I doubt it. If they think he's going to keep their comfortable 'jobs' in Parliament safe there will be less than five who would bring him down and risk Corbyn. It's already been asked, what's more...
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    Already done. It's called hedging my bets. ...

    Already done.

    It's called hedging my bets. If something is going to damage me I can mitigate the damage by putting down a bet to limit my losses. I don't think the damage will be too bad but...
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    So? The WA is dead, and they know it. If the...

    So? The WA is dead, and they know it. If the new government proposes a deal that they believe will pass and that they believe is better for them than no deal, they'll take it. If not, they won't. ...
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    I don't think I'd quite go that far. If you care...

    I don't think I'd quite go that far. If you care about the relationship you don't want them to think you tried to pass off a damaged computer on them.

    So I'd do more than just pay the bill. I'd...
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    You would probably technically be in breach of...

    You would probably technically be in breach of contract.

    It would be up to the agency to prove that they had suffered loss if they wished to make a claim against you. That would probably be...
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    Which is fair as far as it goes but the...

    Which is fair as far as it goes but the counterargument is that if the employer isn't giving employee benefits/rights, they, not HMG, should be the one paying for that, and you should and probably do...
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    I don't think he's likely to be in that position...

    I don't think he's likely to be in that position for long. Gauke, who has also been less than helpful in the past, is probably a backbencher for life, unless he gets deselected or undercut by...
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    Fair enough. I believe a good taxation system...

    Fair enough. I believe a good taxation system should encourage investment, and should encourage entrepreneurship. You are right that a distinction over close companies creates another imbalance,...
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    Well, the fact is that IR35 should be abolished...

    Well, the fact is that IR35 should be abolished and if we quit saying so no one else will.

    There are huge imbalances in the taxation system such that, rather than merely providing an incentive to...
  24. I believe JB is correct. The only tax helpline...

    I believe JB is correct. The only tax helpline I've found to be reliable was Germany, and that was a while ago, so who knows.

    Everything changes if you are a US citizen or otherwise considered to...
  25. Feel free to come back with follow-up questions,...

    Feel free to come back with follow-up questions, will try to help.
  26. Well done you for marrying an American citizen. ...

    Well done you for marrying an American citizen. I did the same. I bet my American spouse is better looking than yours and I reject all allegations of bias.

    In addition to the thread linked...
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    You think it would be OK for someone in Belfast...

    You think it would be OK for someone in Belfast to buy a chlorine-washed chicken from America, smuggle it across the ROI border in the boot of their car, and cook it for their friends in Dublin? The...
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    If only I'd known this was going to happen, I'd...

    If only I'd known this was going to happen, I'd have backed Brexit in the referendum. If we get a 'People's Vote' I'll correct my mistake.
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    It came the same day I got my card for the...

    It came the same day I got my card for the election of Julian King.
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    LOL. Absolute classic, because the headline IS...

    LOL. Absolute classic, because the headline IS the contemporary equivalent, but what he said isn't.

    You know, when people like the BBC twist what he says, it could almost, almost make me want to...
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    What do you have against jobs for out-of-work...

    What do you have against jobs for out-of-work former Labour and Tory MPs, who don't know how to do anything except snoop into other people's business and moral posturing?
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    Stopped clocks are correct twice a day. Maybe...

    Stopped clocks are correct twice a day. Maybe this is the day he got something right!
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    As was once said in a now-EU country, 'Qu'ils...

    As was once said in a now-EU country, 'Qu'ils mangent de la brioche.'
  34. Sorry, but this isn't clear thinking at all. ...

    Sorry, but this isn't clear thinking at all.

    As a sole trader you can build up a war chest, too. The difference is that you pay tax on your war chest when you earn it as a sole trader, and your...
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    How do people who can't even organise a football...

    How do people who can't even organise a football team think they can organise an independent nation?
  36. In theory, yes. In practice, if a contract has...

    In theory, yes. In practice, if a contract has been deemed outside IR35 by the client, and if you've been billing them through your Ltd Co and paying tax as a Ltd Co shareholder, it's going to be...
  37. It's a possibility, but there's more at stake...

    It's a possibility, but there's more at stake than ER NI. There's also holiday pay, maternity, etc. It's not just HMRC, it's that Mr Sole Trader could decide he wants to take them to an employment...
  38. As JB said, liability is a big concern here,...

    As JB said, liability is a big concern here, especially if the contract is a US contract. You can lose a lot of money in a US courtroom.

    If there is no risk of the US company or one of their...
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    I apologise to the forum for assuming that you...

    I apologise to the forum for assuming that you were intelligent enough to actually read and respond to what I actually said. I'll try to avoid the same mistake in future.
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    Thank you for the thoughtful response. Misuse...

    Thank you for the thoughtful response.

    Misuse of scientific capability is a problem, of course. But hysterectomies and vasectomies could be abused by racists in a campaign of ethnic cleansing,...
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    I'm not sure your premise that race is comparable...

    I'm not sure your premise that race is comparable to sexual orientation is scientifically proven. But for purposes of discussion, I'll accept it.

    If black people could safely (in medical terms)...
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    Yes, there is something that makes people feel...

    Yes, there is something that makes people feel bad. The person I mentioned has told me of these:
    1. Internal feelings of guilt.
    2. Disappointment of parents who want grandchildren. Even when...
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    Someone close to me is gay and wishes he wasn't. ...

    Someone close to me is gay and wishes he wasn't. It has nothing to do with my opinion, he's wished he was different for as long as he can remember and long before he knew me.

    It would be great...
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    Maybe you should educate yourself a little bit...

    Maybe you should educate yourself a little bit before bashing the 'lady'.

    Self-loathing among gay people is nothing new. We’re overwhelmed by it


    For ages many people have said that gay people...
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    It would be just horrible if people wanted to...

    It would be just horrible if people wanted to change their sexuality and science could provide an answer. Wouldn't it?

    She did not, at least in the quote given (and the article certainly would...
  46. Chances are he doesn't have a very good list of...

    Chances are he doesn't have a very good list of pros and cons and this is, admittedly, an imprecise way of getting help compiling such a list.

    Probably nobody thinks of everything in putting...
  47. What about the perks? Will they allow you to...

    What about the perks? Will they allow you to post on CUK during business hours or will they actually expect you to work?
  48. It does illustrate the absurdity of IR35. When...

    It does illustrate the absurdity of IR35. When you have multiple fee-earners working for you, but no guarantee that they will be constantly fee-earning, there's the risk that IR35 could force you to...
  49. My point is that if there were any such group,...

    My point is that if there were any such group, they should be looking to extract commitments now when candidates are desperately looking for support.

    I suppose if there is no such group doing so,...
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    I've spent years looking for an accountant who...

    I've spent years looking for an accountant who confirms things and with the next breath denies any responsibility for the accuracy of their confirmation.
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