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  1. No I'm not. The Communists did not go into...

    No I'm not. The Communists did not go into retirement during Franco's tenure. In the "grown-up" world there are no good guys, you need to learn this.


    P.S. I have a Spanish wife and family over...
  2. oh boy, I can't read all this thread... it's too...

    oh boy, I can't read all this thread... it's too long.
  3. apostrophe for God's sake!

    apostrophe for God's sake!
  4. This is the problem with the winners writing...

    This is the problem with the winners writing history.

    Atrocities were committed by both sides, civil wars are like that. The Communists regularly planted bombs that killed civilians that included...
  5. Rates have been very near flat for 20 years...

    Rates have been very near flat for 20 years thanks to this, worst of all the Labour party under Blair incentivised it all.




    This is exactly what I expect the future to hold. HMRC have...
  6. Up to my eyeballs in work. They don't even want...

    Up to my eyeballs in work. They don't even want me to take Christmas off but the little ones will cry their eyes out if I ignore them so guess some WFH over the period.
  7. Stop wasting your time on social media and spend...

    Stop wasting your time on social media and spend your time improving your skill-set so you can get new contracts and earn more money.

    Man-up.
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    Didn't the Labour party actually invent IR35?

    Didn't the Labour party actually invent IR35?
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    My current client is still to make a...

    My current client is still to make a determination and I am currently negotiating with a second (who has already stated that my work will be deemed outside past April 2020) so will quite likely be...
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    Seagate are fine but make sure you get the...

    Seagate are fine but make sure you get the enterprise disks and not from China, the Thai fabs have much lower failure rates. I have never lost a disk in 30 years of trading.

    SSD is not reliable...
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    Large complex IT projects take about 3 (up to 5)...

    Large complex IT projects take about 3 (up to 5) years to deliver on average*. If companies used permies exclusively and planned to sack most of them after delivery the severance bill would be quite...
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    There is but until there is a trial, evidence...

    There is but until there is a trial, evidence presented and testimony delivered we cannot say which for sure. I wonder what is taking the authorities so long?
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    Epstein was operating an international extortion...

    Epstein was operating an international extortion racket, just because he's dead doesn't mean it's been wrapped up. Does it look like it has?

    These young women were coerced into sleeping with...
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    Much how I'd like a lovely leather back-pack for...

    Much how I'd like a lovely leather back-pack for my 3K laptop buying an expensive bag seems like a fool's errand in that you are likely to attract thieves.

    I tend to pick mid-range fabric bags...
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    What laptop have you got? The water resistance...

    What laptop have you got? The water resistance bit puzzled me.
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    Redwood has been pivotal in Conservative policy...

    Redwood has been pivotal in Conservative policy for decades, although excluded during the May regime.

    This is probably the best news we've had in a while. While I wouldn't expect a repeal it could...
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    I've always been puzzled by contractors who vote...

    I've always been puzzled by contractors who vote Labour.

    Did you not take the time to read Das Kapital?

    I've lived through two Labour governments now, both led directly to economic collapse....
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    This is it. The genius' at HMRC are so hateful...

    This is it.

    The genius' at HMRC are so hateful of freelancers that they have failed to realise what horror they are about to unleash on the British workforce. We have high employment at the moment...
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    Parliament is not running the country, the civil...

    Parliament is not running the country, the civil servants are.
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    If only it really was just about Brexit. Silly...

    If only it really was just about Brexit. Silly old, piffling little England and her Brexit.

    It's about not being on the hook when the major German banks start failing, along with all the other...
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    Boris is used to debating at the Oxford Union,...

    Boris is used to debating at the Oxford Union, likely to pulverise the rather dim Mr Corbyn.

    Boris Johnson - Wikipedia
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    It's an April get-out clause. Either they remove...

    It's an April get-out clause. Either they remove it or define it.
  23. I think HMRC would make it their priority to then...

    I think HMRC would make it their priority to then take you out of business.
  24. Our rates would have to lift x3 to fit all that...

    Our rates would have to lift x3 to fit all that nonsense.

    That's why systems houses charge out gradies at £800 /day, which is why comps preferred contractors. Now it's back to the bad old days....
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    That site (not LinkedIn) contains a trojan, is...

    That site (not LinkedIn) contains a trojan, is this a wind-up?
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    More to the point is that we need a party that...

    More to the point is that we need a party that believes that the free market economy and capitalism can, as they have done in the past deliver the greatest social mobility and fairness in society...
  27. Initially likely to just outsource more...

    Initially likely to just outsource more aggressively.
  28. Nothing to do with Brexit. Guy's a big phoney (as...

    Nothing to do with Brexit. Guy's a big phoney (as they say in the US).

    German vehicle expertise is vastly superior to the UK, they know how to make a quality car and that's exactly what Tesla lack...
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    I might hope that it is reformed in some way so...

    I might hope that it is reformed in some way so that genuine contractors can operate outside. As it stands it defeats the object of using temporary resources because they become a financial liability...
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    They're all out on the moors sacrificing goats...

    They're all out on the moors sacrificing goats for a Corbyn victory.
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    Working inside IR35 completely destroys the...

    Working inside IR35 completely destroys the ability to save, particularly if you support a family. I've worked through the dot-com bust and the financial crisis of 2008, without the ability to save...
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    The Moors got their comeuppance with the astutely...

    The Moors got their comeuppance with the astutely observed Othello.
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    Shakespeare was a genius who understood the human...

    Shakespeare was a genius who understood the human condition and the stories we tell to justify our condition like no other before him.

    Almost every film or story can be condensed into one of his...
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    Xr is doing a fine job of destroying public...

    Xr is doing a fine job of destroying public goodwill towards climate activism.

    Britain has a very good record in environmentalism, the most serious threats to the global climate are elsewhere -...
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    We've been hearing for decades how educating...

    We've been hearing for decades how educating girls will somehow slow population growth in the developing world, then rising prosperity, then lowering infant mortality rates.

    The rate of growth has...
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    They aren't interested in the money, this is an...

    They aren't interested in the money, this is an ideological battle. The free-market economy was cancelled in 2008, they are just stamping out the last embers.
  37. It seems you just get back a copy the same HMRC...

    It seems you just get back a copy the same HMRC boilerplate from everyone.

    The whole sorry thing has to fall over before anyone lifts a finger as I don't think anyone in a position of influence...
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    I think we all understand that society is much...

    I think we all understand that society is much more complex but also that the model and solutions that politicians submit are equally unrealistic and naïve. Which is why they always end up doing more...
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    Here we are in the 21st century and politics...

    Here we are in the 21st century and politics still basically comes down to:

    The Grasshopper and the Ant

    The Ant and the Grasshopper - Wikipedia
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    Two Clients Conundrum

    I am currently negotiating a new opportunity with a client that would be deemed a "small business". My aim is to try and work things so that I work for my current client and this new client at the...
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    The most Blairite left-of-centre Tory party in...

    The most Blairite left-of-centre Tory party in history.
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    Every statement they make is a new mutation,...

    Every statement they make is a new mutation, often contradictory and quite incompatible with their behaviour. No wonder clients are freaking out.
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    I've been ultra-careful all my contracting life...

    I've been ultra-careful all my contracting life but they are rolling out IR35 on me anyway. I feel betrayed.
  44. NHS Digital just took one for the team I guess. ...

    NHS Digital just took one for the team I guess.

    Awaiting more show executions.
  45. Most of the worst failures seem to happen in...

    Most of the worst failures seem to happen in retail banking (where they outsource and use poorly paid permies), not investment banking (with the expensive contractors).
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    ... but unfortunately will make things far worse...

    ... but unfortunately will make things far worse because they simply don't understand how things work.
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    Do we get better suits and bowler hats back?

    Do we get better suits and bowler hats back?
  48. I see your point. Looks like HMRC have condemned...

    I see your point. Looks like HMRC have condemned the industry to a giant shuffle then.
  49. If you can get a definitive statement from the...

    If you can get a definitive statement from the end client that the inside determination is a policy decision and not a determination I think that could be used as defence should the revenue launch an...
  50. They will be expecting you to list the agency...

    They will be expecting you to list the agency contacts so that they can verify your work locations.
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