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Messages - karlmark

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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Here is the news
Rather than pissing on statues, that Zuc told you to stake out, protecting your countries fishing industry, by wiping out it's main market, and obsessing about the colour of your passport, rather than what it entitles you to, this is what fighting for your country actually looks like,.

Very good. But you phrase it as if we should all be out there doing investigative journalism. Those of us who feel strongly enough are trying to do something. I don't see why you feel the need to lecture so?
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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: The Plague, 2020
It is just a blind desire to involve the private sector. Firstly, for financial reasons (more cash extracted) and second for purely ideological reasons.

They are simply in it to make as much money as possible. Any side effects such as actual governance are mere side-effects which are unfortunately quite toxic in the middle of the current situation.

Still, we have the ex-CEO of Sainsbury's taking over the Track and Trace system, so there will be no more problems with a ludicrously centralised system flailing about ineffectively.
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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: The Plague, 2020
Thanks...I am sure I can find higher quality material.

Yes, I do believe this government is utterly incompetent at everything it touches. You only have to listen to any of them talk for more than 2 minutes to realise pretty much all of them are hopelessly out of their depth.

To your real point...do I believe they are someone’s puppet? Quite possibly...

I agree. I don't disagree with Tricky's assertion that they are intent on lining their own pockets, nor do I totally deny malevolent external forces.

But, I genuinely believe that the government is simply incompetent. Having witnessed Johnson's performance today, there is no other conclusion. Johnson we know is lazy, arrogant, self-centred, narcissistic, and lacking attention to detail. The cabinet are there due to blind obedience to Johnson and have very little talent or experience of any of their remits, and that includes the Attorney General.

Couple the complete lack of attention and expertise in the government with a blind desire to involve the inexperienced private sector in everything, and you have the current situation.

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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: What's annoying me today
I'm annoying myself today. Got an email from my accountant nearly two months ago telling me to get my paperwork ready for year end accounts. Of course, I didn't. Received a reminder two weeks ago but was too ill to even think about doing it.

Now I'm feeling considerably better, I've started getting everything together. However, I can't find the f*cking dongle to log into my business bank account.

No problem, I have the app on my phone which I access using my fingerprint. Manage to download most of the statements, but then get disturbed.

Try to log back into business account on phone, and it decides it wants to do a random check and needs the code from the dongle I can't f*cking find.

Idiot.
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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Who will be our next manager?
Sam Allardyce is another possibility. Not necessarily one I would welcome, but we probably do need a job-along manager to work in this set up, rather than a club-builder.

f*ck no. Can't bear the man. I don't like any media whores, managers that are media darlings. I think his days are over anyway; I don't think he's up to the modern game.  See also Howard Wilkinson and George Graham in their later days.
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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Mundane Medical Thread
Out of hospital. High blood pressure and tachycardia, probably causes by the pain. Ran blood tests and urine sample, and all came up clear, so no infections which is good.

Need to get an ultrasound, which they were unable to do at the hospital because it was rammed. So bizarrely they had to send a letter to my GP for him to book an appointment. I guess if that takes too long I'll try and go through my wife's medical insurance.

For now it's a case of rest and using the painkillers as sparingly as possible.

Managed to watch the Forest game last night on my laptop. Don't think that helped my blood pressure....
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The Daily Cut and Thrust / Re: Here is the news
So, we are in a position that very shortly we will have no recourse to legal redress outside of our own institutions. The government is legislating to place itself above the law. So the institutions will be subservient to government, who will be above the law.

Be under no doubt. This is the point at which we cease to be a law based civilized democracy.

Also be aware, this was always the plan.  As I've been constantly warning you. This fundamentally changes 'the country I love' for all time. All the distractions are there to consume bandwidth,  and reduce this to at most a minor point of order.  It's not.  It's the point.

After December they get to do whatever their handlers want, above the law,  and you get to do nothing about it.

I do. I get to move to Ireland.