That Postal Strike


More than 100,000 million letters and parcels have already been left undelivered by to the present walkout, but officials at the Communication Workers Union are planning a fresh wave of strikes that threaten to cause constant disruption beyond Christmas.

100,000 million? You mean some 2,000 for every adult in the Kingdom? Impressive, I must say.

On one day, sorting office staff will strike, a union official disclosed. The next day it will be the turn of delivery staff, with drivers walking out the following day and technical and support staff on other days.

So they\’ll cripple the service indefinitely uty only lose one day\’s pay each week each. Clever, in a sense, maximum disruption at the least short term cost to the workers. But I have to admit, I\’m really not sure what they hope to achieve in the long term. The monopoly over delivery has gone hasn\’t it? They\’ll just be building up their own competitors.

Who Trains These People?

Who is actually training journalists about the subjects they write upon? Anyone?

He is expected to make an audacious raid into Labour\’s natural territory by promising a clampdown on so-called "non-doms" – non-domiciled workers who live in the UK but are not registered to pay tax…

That\’s not what a non-dom is. We make two distinctions in UK tax law, between residents and those who are domiciled. Roughly speaking where you are resident is a year by year thing, domicile is a life-long thing (although it is possible to change it). I\’m reasonably sure that we\’ve got this distinction (which I\’m not sure that anyone else really has, at least not in quite the same form) because until the last decade or so it brought more tax money in that it lost. Because you could run off to Monaco or wherever and lose your residency, meaning that you didn\’t pay income tax in the UK, but your domicile was much more difficult to shake off and that left (I think I\’ve got this right) your estate still to be taxed by the UK.

Still, that quote isn\’t what non-doms are. Non-doms are registered to pay tax. They pay income tax on their UK earnings, just like everyone else. However, they do not pay income tax on their non-UK earnings. That\’s the difference: if you\’re UK domiciled you pay income tax on worldwide earnings. If non-dom, only on UK.

Perhaps this system needs to be changed, perhaps not, I don\’t think it really matters all that much either way. But reporting on it and not understanding what it is is really pretty sad.

Note To Telegraph Subs

This headline:


Tories must do or die in Blackpool

It\’s a party conference they\’re having, not a rerun of Zulu. They\’re going there to talk to fellow minded people, get drunk with them and if the past is any guide, screw a few of them (both physically and metaphorically).

A tad over the top, don\’t you think?

Ukraine, Uzbekistan, All the Same Place, Right?

This is why those journalists get paid the major bucks folks. Commenting upon Usmanov and the way in which his attempt to close down a few blogs has led to the story gaining new wind, Kevin Maguire tells us:

But in brief Usmanov hired fanatstically expensive London law firm Schillings to gag our former man in the Ukraine, Craig Murray, who wrote some very disobliging things about a businessman as touchy as he is rich.

It\’s those multiple layers of editors and fact checkers that make the major media outlets so useful, nay, invaluable.