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  1. Prior to this outbreak, the markets were in the...

    Prior to this outbreak, the markets were in the early stages of bubble collapse - a process that started in earnest in late 2019. The central banks are now making things a lot worse in that respect...
  2. No entirely true. In 2005 I had a bit of a...

    No entirely true.

    In 2005 I had a bit of a bump and was struggling to pay my tax. Wrote a letter, made a call and offered a payment structure over the next six months to pay it off and they were...
  3. My master-plan has worked. I am the one who...

    My master-plan has worked.

    I am the one who created the Coronavirus in a lab in Wuhan in order to rollback IR-35, I hope you are all grateful.

    Onward and upward, oh and I just boomed with a 10%...
  4. Thread: House prices

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    Retired people have been able to afford to remain...

    Retired people have been able to afford to remain in their family homes long after the children have gone because the pensions were so good from decades ago. The stock-market rout will wipe-out the...
  5. I think everyone will agree that there is...

    I think everyone will agree that there is currently a crisis that requires exceptional measures.

    However, they still went ahead and created a new classification of work with no employment rights...
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    Wouldn't want any Mothers actually leaving work...

    Wouldn't want any Mothers actually leaving work to care for their own children now, would we? Got to get our hands on all the PAYE.
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    All this government seem to care about is...

    All this government seem to care about is implementing their bonkers "green" agenda and IR35.

    Probably just calculates that the reduction in aged NHS users could well save the service from...
  8. Exactly. Once the hospitals get overwhelmed with...

    Exactly. Once the hospitals get overwhelmed with these cases the death-rate will soar, as is happening now in Iran. Our government has completely underestimated this and the price is going to be...
  9. It was always going to be the permitractors...

    It was always going to be the permitractors within or ranks that would do-us-in. Like civil servants bogging the country down in useless goo.
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    Assuming they pay you when you are forced to...

    Assuming they pay you when you are forced to WFH/become sick/self-isolate. But hey, still a "disguised employee".
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    Of course, the OP on this thread is perfectly...

    Of course, the OP on this thread is perfectly correct. If this government was comprised of mature grown-ups they would have already announced that the impending budget was suspended until next year...
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    Margin calls are requiring investors to liquidate...

    Margin calls are requiring investors to liquidate positions. Investing 101.

    Metals still liquid enough.

    Will reverse once the FED intervenes in the market.
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    2008 was a balance sheet (liquidity) crisis. ...

    2008 was a balance sheet (liquidity) crisis.

    2020 is an income statement (earnings) crisis.

    Bad balance sheets can be fixed with financial engineering but bad income statements require...
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    That's the preparation you were looking for.

    That's the preparation you were looking for.
  15. If the Guardian approved of any Chancellor of the...

    If the Guardian approved of any Chancellor of the Exchequer I'd be worried.

    Their relative calm over the Prime Minister is worrying me enough already.

    I want a cabinet that makes them puke...
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    I think it will peak before Christmas - Summer...

    I think it will peak before Christmas - Summer more like, this is an extremely infectious disease. R0 is nearly 50x that of the flu.

    The economic hit is going to be phenomenal. Nevermind us,...
  17. Who do they think is actually going to build it?...

    Who do they think is actually going to build it? Engineering uses contractors a lot!
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    Get a load of Lord Desai. What a phenomenal dick...

    Get a load of Lord Desai. What a phenomenal dick this guy is, who made this imbecile a Lord? "Let's just get rid of the self-employed".
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    A spouse on the board could take dividends if...

    A spouse on the board could take dividends if they are not working, surely?
  20. I believe that her guilt was actually determined...

    I believe that her guilt was actually determined by some testimony given by some Yazidi women after she assisted in their capture and rape etc.

    Another contender for the in-human rights brigade...
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    Is the real end client going to be determining...

    Is the real end client going to be determining the SDS or is it someone else in the supply chain?
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    It isn't law yet, it's in draft. It's...

    It isn't law yet, it's in draft. It's implementation can be delayed, repealed or modified substantially prior to April.

    Governments rarely throw things out but they often water them down to the...
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    Not really true. Even at the most...

    Not really true.

    Even at the most close-to-perm gigs I've done in the distant past I didn't ask for leave; I told them I would be unavailable. Didn't have to attend "team building" or suck-up to...
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    Is is all about EU?

    My Spanish wife is getting news from family back home that there is a somewhat similar shuttering of the self-employed going on in Spain at the moment, except there the excuse is "the EU made us do...
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    Unions are not what they used to be, they don't...

    Unions are not what they used to be, they don't serve their members but have their own agenda. Look how they cheer immigration and stagnant wages.
  26. Ironically I worked for a financial institution a...

    Ironically I worked for a financial institution a year ago where the project had been outsourced to India for two years and produced not a single line of working code.

    The project had now been...
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    My inbox is already getting hit with unsolicited...

    My inbox is already getting hit with unsolicited mails offering fixed-term contracts with umbrellas at permie rates. It's already started; sweat-box, zero-hour Britain with assets at eye-watering...
  28. Thread: Boomed

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    That's one big banana

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DBRRasiUwAALBi2.jpg
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    … which is the final stake through the heart of...

    … which is the final stake through the heart of contracting (or temping as it will now be known).
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    IBM depends on contractors to deliver their...

    IBM depends on contractors to deliver their projects, most of their own staff are complete numpties* that struggle with mainstream open-source technologies and the realities of commercial deadlines....
  31. Managers can't understand why someone of my...

    Managers can't understand why someone of my experience doesn't get a hard-on for back-stabbing, greasy pole climbing and office politics. Senior permies resent me fixing the problems they've been...
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    The antidote: The Gulag Archipelago,...

    The antidote:

    The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956: Three Volume Set: v. 3: Amazon.co.uk: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn: 9780813332918: Books
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    The way to impress lady visitors is to have a...

    The way to impress lady visitors is to have a very nice and pristine bathroom with fresh towels.

    Above all, be good-looking and non-creepy. They like that.
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    This question highlights how utterly bonkers the...

    This question highlights how utterly bonkers the IR35 legislation really is.

    Whilst your operation is clearly unaffected [outside] the clients will still have to issue an SDS.

    What next, will...
  35. The Conservative party long ago decided to occupy...

    The Conservative party long ago decided to occupy the centre-left ground vacated by the Blairites, so welcome to the ongoing descent into big-government and big taxation.

    Remember this?

    Flybe...
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    Everything will be blamed on Brexit. It's no...

    Everything will be blamed on Brexit.

    It's no accident that it was the May/Hammond government that finally timetabled the private sector rollout.
  37. Douglas Murray has some sensible things to say...

    Douglas Murray has some sensible things to say about this subject...

    Harry and Meghan's embarrassing predicament - UnHerd
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    Misleading stats. More pasture has become...

    Misleading stats.

    More pasture has become forestry but unfortunately far more pasture has become urban sprawl.
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    Fake news. There is already adequate provision...

    Fake news.

    There is already adequate provision under international and British law.
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    That was a bit short; what went wrong? I...

    That was a bit short; what went wrong?

    I remained there some time, was on the floor September 2001 - watched the second plane hit on live TV monitors. Terrible times as the dot-com bubble burst.
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    I had just started a gig working on the trading...

    I had just started a gig working on the trading floor at Credit Suisse.

    There was a big hole in the department following a slew of sackings as blowback to the "flaming Ferraris" insider-trading...
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    Modern complex cloud-native systems can't be...

    Modern complex cloud-native systems can't be delivered in two years like the olden days; even quite straightforward projects look like 3-5 years. Nevertheless, IR35 rollout will make us all "temps"...
  43. Thread: 2020

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    Actually the Victorian period was a time of...

    Actually the Victorian period was a time of income distribution, rising prosperity and medical advances that lifted the standard of living for all but because it was starting from a low point modern...
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    Quite likely. I won't be losing any sleep......

    Quite likely.

    I won't be losing any sleep... "3 followers".
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    Whatever the circumstances this was always an...

    Whatever the circumstances this was always an accident without murderous intent. No good will come of the family pressing for what is clearly revenge.
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    8Kg turkey ordered from the local family butcher....

    8Kg turkey ordered from the local family butcher.

    I'll be doing all the cooking, as I do every year while the wife moans about not holidaying in the Carribean.

    Why do women always compare their...
  47. This wallflower doesn't quite seem battle ready....

    This wallflower doesn't quite seem battle ready. If he is captured by the enemy he's going to have to face a lot more than puerile hurty-words.
  48. Thread: No friends

    by TwoWolves
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    There is that apex in your life where you are so...

    There is that apex in your life where you are so busy with the needs of your wife, your kids and your job/career that just simply eclipses everything else. You don't have time to hang out with mates...
  49. Thread: Bright Days

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    The economy will stabilize when the elite...

    The economy will stabilize when the elite abandons cronyism, rentiers, and corruption; stop chasing Globalization and return to Capitalism.
  50. Thread: Bright Days

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    You never substantiate anything, just vacuous...

    You never substantiate anything, just vacuous claims, and insults.

    The suffering of the '30s depression was not solely due to economic strategy but because we had no welfare state. Sooner or later...
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