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Kieran Allen writes the world’s most loaded resignation letter

THIS is how you resign:

From:  Kieran Allen
Sent: 25 September 2012 08:11
To: MEC London UK All Staff
Subject: Leaving

Hello ****,

It feels quite strange to be writing my leaving speech after 2 1/2 yrs. of loyal service

Posted: 26th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comments (8) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


No, living in Bexhill does not make you live longer

NO Living in Bexhill does not make you live longer. It just seems that way, har har.

In fact, people who live in Bexhill On Sea do seem to live a long time.

Now that reputation has been borne

Posted: 25th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Black tie activists crash HMRC boss Dave Hartnett’s retirement do (video)

BLACK tie activists crash HMRC boss’ retirement do. Dave Hartnett, for it is he, takes the interruption pretty well. He might even be smiling at one point. Gratifyingly for the protestors, the man to his side chips in and calls …

Posted: 24th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


There’s science, bad science and then there’s the gays and drugs story

THE Daily Mail tells us that the gays are taking more drugs than the rest of us:

Gay people are seven times more likely to take illegal drugs than the general population, a new study conducted over two years

Posted: 24th, September 2012 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Farm Bureau salutes the female workers – fail

FARM Bureau Insurance salutes its female workforce:…

Posted: 24th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why that GM gives everyone cancer paper is rubbish

SO, yesterday I pointed out that no scientists worth their salt were prepared to back the research paper that claimed that GM corn produces cancer in lab rats.

Given that the “research” was very shoddily done by a known crank …

Posted: 23rd, September 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


GM foods will give huge great horrible breast cancers

GM foods give you breast cancer. That’s the takeaway message from a new scientific paper just released. That GM corn from Monsanto and the Roundup herbicide that it is meant to be resistant to will kill us all in our …

Posted: 20th, September 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Why George Osborne is screwing with updating benefits

WHY is George Osborne screwing with your benefits? Because he can, basically. But the how is more interesting:

If the move is implemented, many benefits would be frozen for two years, then rising only in line with average pay.

Posted: 19th, September 2012 | In: Money, Politicians | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Should female doctors get paid less than male ones?

SHOULD  female doctors get paid less than male ones? No, this isn;’t some tired variation on the standard patriarchal nonsense. It’s actually quite an important question. You see, many female doctors, many more than male, go part time for some …

Posted: 18th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The oil sands that are destroying Canada – well, it’s not so bad

WE hear often enough that the oil sands extraction plants in Canada are destroying vast areas of the countryside. The usual shout is that they’re destroying an area the size of Wales (something which usually has us English wondering whether …

Posted: 17th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comments (3) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Valencia school offers course in prostitution

TO Valencia, where students at Trabajo Ya!can, for a fee of €100, undergo a one-week “basic course in professional prostitution with maximum discretion”. Men and women lean how to use sex toys properly, what positions are best and …

Posted: 15th, September 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Punishing the Bankers: Peter Cummings punished for making loans – oh the irony

OOOOH, the irony, it’s just too exquisite.

So we’ve finally actually punished a banker for the mess that they created. Peter Cummings from HBOS:

Peter Cummings, the HBOS banker whose division lent billions of pounds to property developers, has

Posted: 14th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Reducing Union Power Increases The Workers’ Wages

THIS might come as something of a surprise but reducing the power of unions can indeed raise the workers’ wages. This isn’t the point that Hopi Sen was intending to make here at all but it is indeed  a useful …

Posted: 13th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


A small note for idiots everywhere on commodities

WE’VE been told, again and again, by the likes of the World Development Movement, Oxfam, Action Aid and all the rest, that more speculation in commodities leads to higher prices for commodities.

It’s the weight of money argument: more money …

Posted: 12th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The TUC talks bollocks. Again

YES, it’s the TUC meeting again so obviously we’re going to have a report out or two that spout bollocks about what’s been happening to the economy. This year’s entry is a doozy though: the most charitable interpretation of it …

Posted: 11th, September 2012 | In: Key Posts, Money | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The unfairness of life as a freelancer – a video

HOW unfair is it being a freelancer? Very. Especially if you have to deal with a crap editor. You want a column? You’ll be lucky get a fiver. Now hand your work into the intern on the door and stay …

Posted: 10th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Lies and more lies on setting a minimum price for alcohol

DAMN, I do get pissed off with people trying to lie to us so that they can change the law. We’re supposed to be the people who decide how we’re ruled so they really do have to tell us the …

Posted: 8th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Democrats who wants to ban profits

DEMOCRATS who wants to ban profits:

Posted: 6th, September 2012 | In: Money, Politicians | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The stupidity, it hurts – the mainstream media gets it wrong on food speculation

I FIND it to be actually physically painful when I see some ghastly lefty nonsense being picked up as the obvious truth across the political divide. We expect the comies to say that we should wipe out the bourgeoisie but …

Posted: 5th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Bribes are no longer tax deductible

BRIBES are no longer tax deductible. This is a bit of a change:

“Expenses incurred while committing legal violations, including providing bribes or kickbacks, are not recognized for the purposes of tax assessment,” the Ministry said in a statement

Posted: 4th, September 2012 | In: Money | Comment | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Guardian’s Larry Elliott gets numbers wrong on meat eaters

YES, yes, of course we should all go off an become vegetarians. Far too many people about eating too much meat and the only way we can feed us all is with mung beans. And lentils.

This may or may …

Posted: 3rd, September 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comments (4) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Apple’s suing Samsung: Yes, =again

WE’VE only just had the news that Apple has won big by suing Samsung over certain patents on mobile phones. What seems to have been missed is that there’s another case coming through the system. Yes, Apple v Samsung again. …

Posted: 31st, August 2012 | In: Money, Technology | Comments (2) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


The LibDems have a bloody good idea: the accessions tax

WHO knew that they had it in them? The Lib Dems that is, being capable of offering up a good idea?

Replace inheritance tax with an “accessions tax” on beneficiaries of estates. A section on wealth taxes in a

Posted: 30th, August 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


How can we measure the result of privatising NHS England?

HOW surprising to see in The Guardian the usual moan about how flogging off the NHS is a very bad idea indeed. Which it might actually be but the really interesting question is how would we find out?

As

Posted: 29th, August 2012 | In: Money | Comment (1) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0


Gay couple sue airline that taped dildo their luggage

LEGAL news: Christopher Bridgeman and Martin Borger are suing Continental Airlines. The couple claim they were humiliated when the dildo they’d packed into their luggage was removed by persons unknown, covered in a greasy substance and taped to the outside …

Posted: 29th, August 2012 | In: Money, The Consumer | Comments (10) | Follow the Comments on our RSS feed:RSS 2.0