Well done Telegraph subs, well done

It’s not tax cuts here:

Drastic tax cuts mean tens of thousands of NHS staff are fleeing their gold-plated pensions

Seriously:

NHS workers are abandoning their generous gold-plated pensions in droves, with a quarter of a million opting out since 2015, according to new data laying bare the extent of problems first revealed by Telegraph Money.

Experts are blaming the exodus of 245,500 NHS staff from their defined benefit pension scheme in the past three years, including 100,000 during 2016 alone, on the creep of tightening tax rules.

Jon Greer, head of retirement policy at wealth manager Quilter, said: “The impact of the lifetime allowance is beginning to rear its head, a trend likely to continue as the Treasury has made it clear that taxation on pension is no longer for the substantially wealthy.”

Well, no, the lifetime allowance rules show how a defined benefit pension makes you wealthy in fact.

And it still ain’t all a tax cut, is it?

Jeebus, Telegraph subs, think it through….

He is less than three feet tall, but he packs muscles, power and swagger in a little frame. Microman is the smallest star in Mexican professional wrestling.

Mexico’s “lucha libre,” a wildly popular mix of sport and entertainment, long featured small figures and dwarves in a deeply demeaning role: they were “mascotas” – a word that can mean both “mascot” and “pet” – for full-size wrestlers.

But a new generation of little people are now rising lucha libre stars in their own right, and dream of one day headlining the main events on their fight cards.

Microman wowed a skeptical crowd at one recent bout in Mexico City, where he and two co-stars, El Gallito and Guapito, took on another team of small-sized wrestlers.

He and his fellow “Micro Stars” were met with a smattering of jeers when they got in the ring.

But Microman silenced them when he climbed onto the top rope – more than three times his height – to execute a high-flying leap straight into the neck of his also small, but larger, rival.

Not really. He’s 3 ft. Three times his height is 9 foot. The top rope around a professional wrestling ring is 9 foot is it?

Have you ever read such a butchery?

Whatever it is that Barclay’s said it’s presumably not this:

Food import prices are set to rocket under a no-deal Brexit as punitive EU trade tariffs are slapped on food shipped in from abroad.

A report by Barclays found suppliers and retailers are facing a £9.3bn bill if the Government fails to strike a deal with Brussels before the end of March.

Live poultry imports would be slapped with tariffs of 130pc – handing Brussels a £686m windfall – if World Trade Organisation (WTO) Most Favoured Nation tariffs are imposed.

Other products that would be badly hit include orange juice at 180.1pc, lamb carcasses at 82.3pc and garlic at 71pc, the report found.

I can’t quite find that Barclay’s report but even they’re not dim enough to be claiming that if we’re outside the EU we must impose EU tariffs – and pay the money to Brussels – on imports into the UK? The Telegraph on the other hand…..

It’s just occurred to me

10% of the equity of firms over 250 people goes to the workers.

The Guardian is a ltd, with more than 250 staff. Thus Scott Trust Ltd will lose 10% of Guardian equity.

a) The staff will be so chuffed to get equity in a loss maker.

b) Actually, Scott Trust Ltd is no longer a charity, it’s a business. So staff get 10% of the equity there.

Hmm….

Joyous, just joyous

Prosecutors in England and Wales have been urged to take a more risk-averse approach in rape cases to help stem widespread criticism of the service’s low conviction rates, the Guardian can reveal.

The controversial advice to take a proportion of “weak cases out of the system” has been given to specialist rape prosecutors in training seminars, which has led some staff to fear the service has undertaken an undeclared change in policy.

The advice has also caused alarm among experts and campaigners, who say it could severely limit victims’ access to justice. They warn it could lead to cases involving younger victims, students, or those with mental health issues being less likely to result in a charge.

On Sunday, the Guardian revealed that less than a third of prosecutions brought against young men result in a conviction, with men aged 18 to 24 in England and Wales less likely to be found guilty than older men on trial.

A low accusation to trial ratio shows that the CPS is tossing cases early on. A low trial to conviction rate shows that the CPS is putting forward dodgy cases for trial.

Yesterday The Guardian complained about the CPS not being selective enough with the cases sent to trial, today The Guardian complains about the CPS considering being more selective about the cases sent for trial.

One wonders which gender runs The Guardian’s rape coverage?

Cliche alert, Pole gets lost by 10,800 miles

‘I went loopy’: the photographer who walked 12,000 miles from Wales to Poland
Sean O’Hagan

Michal Iwanowski came across some graffiti in Cardiff that said: ‘Go home, Polish.’ So he did. The 105-day slog almost broke him – but it restored his faith in a volatile, fractured Europe

Ah:

On 27 April this year, Michal Iwanowski left his house in Cardiff to walk to his home village of Mokrzeszów in Poland. Carrying British and Polish passports and wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “Polska”, he began his 1,200-mile journey east, sticking as closely as possible to a straight line he had drawn on a map. Over 105 days, it would take him through Wales, England, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the Czech Republic.

Stand down, stand down. It’s just the usual innumeracy of the arts graduates at The Guardian.

Well, yes, obviously

White people make up largest proportion of British terror arrests

Whites are a larger portion of the population than non-pinkish people.

People recorded as Asian do not make up largest proportion for first time in 13 years, data shows

Eh> The Guardian really wants to publish that?

The proportion of suspects recorded as white by the arresting officer increased by four percentage points to 38% in the period, while those deemed to be from an Asian background fell by seven percentage points to 37%. The proportion recorded as black fell by two points to 9%.

Asians are what percentage of the population?

Heh

Facebook, in an effort to deal with the fake news crisis, has given five news outlets the power to block the spread of articles they deem “false” on Facebook — empowering them, in essence, to act as the social media giant’s censors. They are the Associated Press, FactCheck.org, Snopes, PolitiFact, and the Weekly Standard: four nonpartisan outlets and one conservative one.

The idea that the other four are non-partisan is interesting, don’t you think?

Poverty among American school teachers

Full-time job Elementary school teacher. Earns $80,000 annually
Second job Oyster farmer. Earns $15 an hour. Also works as an event coordinator and manager for a catering company

“When I think about things like the fact we need a new septic system, or that we need to replace some doors and the deck on my house, I go into almost like a panic attack.”

Full-time job High school history teacher. Earns $56,149 annually
Second job Bookseller at Barnes & Noble. Earns $11.75 an hour. Works 20 hours a week

” If I didn’t work a second job, I would be a risk for not having funds to deal with major financial problems that could occur in anyone’s life, whether that’s a major medical expense, a major car expense, or a family emergency.”

Full-time job Middle school social studies teacher. Earns $49,000 annually
Second job Suite-level attendant at the sports stadium for the Tulsa Roughnecks and Drillers on nights and weekends. Escorts people to seats and takes tickets. Earns $8.75 an hour

“Then you have to go to your second job and you’re tired. You still have to find that extra strength to go on because you know you still need that extra money to get those bills paid”

Full-time job High school US history and geography teacher. Earns $35,000 annually
Second job Uber driver. Earns between $100 and $400 a week

None of this is actually poverty, is it?