Varieties of English

Woman allegedly shoves bystanders, rips wiper off taxi in huge dummy spit  – ‎1 hour ago‎
A WOMAN has been charged after having a huge dummy spit, allegedly shoving and punching bystanders, then snapping off a taxi windscreen wiper.

I like that, “a dummy spit.” Equal perhaps to throwing the toys out of the pram, but more descriptive perhaps.

So, not quite the real story then

His lordship had no male heir to his title and an entail provided for the estate to pass to another branch of the family. It is not dissimilar to a plot from Downton Abbey in which the Earl of Grantham has three daughters and no son, so the title and estate will pass to a distant cousin. It was also the real-life situation of the 10th Lord Braybrooke, whose Audley End estate, near Saffron Waldon, in Essex, surrounds the finest Jacobean mansion in England.

The issue came to the fore in 2013 when Amanda Murray, the eldest of Lord Braybrooke’s seven surviving daughters, revealed her irritation at being deprived of both the title and the vast inheritance because of her gender. “It boils down to this: if I was a boy, I would be sitting pretty,” complained Murray, who for many years had run the estate for her father. “My poor father had no son, just lots of daughters. In this day and age, with supposed equality, why am I not allowed to inherit my father’s estate? It’s discriminatory.”

Well, yes and no really, Because the title and the land are going in different directions:

Although the law on royal succession was changed in 2013 to allow the firstborn child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to become monarch, regardless of his or her gender, the concept of primogeniture remains for the aristocracy. As a result the 11th Lord Braybrooke will be Richard Neville, a distant kinsman and internet entrepreneur who lives above a hair salon in Battersea, south London. In another twist, because of a special covenant laid down by the 7th Lord Braybrooke in 1941, the estate itself passes to Louise Newman, a landowner from Devon and the seventh baron’s granddaughter.

You ain’t getting the land because grandpappy said so, nothing to do with the law nor primogeniture.

No, no, seriously, this is about me!

I have been an actor for more than 20 years now, and throughout that time there has been an ongoing discussion of diversity. Is there enough diversity in Hollywood? How many people of colour and women are enough? Does diversity sell? First it was: why are there no black films at the Oscars? Then, at the 2017 Oscars: wow, there are so many black movies at the Oscars; I guess the diversity issue is fixed?

As important as diversity in storytelling is, there is a deeper concern than representation. There are stories that must be told but that are all too often erased, even within narratives about race, or about gender.

Thandie Newton. Uhn huhn.

We don’t just need more black women in movies. We need intersectionality, now
Thandie Newton
Not all black people are men; not all women are white. Too often the distinct and different stories of women of colour are overlooked or erased

“I am a biracial getting on middle aged woman. Where are those headline roles for me?”

No, seriously, that’s it, that’s all there is here.

Isn’t this a delightful view?

If there was any remaining hope in Brussels or European capitals that the British establishment would return to reality-based politics, this latest election campaign and result should eliminate it. When it comes to Brexit the UK is like a child that just will not see reason. The only grown-ups left in that room called Europe must therefore start preparing to impose their own solution.

Wanting to be out is just childish. The adults must therefore smack naughty bottoms.

Gosh, what could it be?

But how exactly did Hollywood manage to turn off such a talented actor? As a child, Ejogo had already been earmarked for stardom, picking up a kids’ modeling agent, a small part alongside David Bowie in Absolute Beginners at the age of 11 and the opportunity to present a Saturday morning TV show on the Disney Channel. In her twenties, she headed stateside to play Eddie Murphy’s girlfriend in Metro, worked with Michael Winterbottom and Kenneth Branagh in I Want Love and Love’s Labour’s Lost, respectively, and played Coretta Scott King in the TV movie Boycott (a role she later played again in Ava DuVernay’s Selma).

Yet that’s when Ejogo’s roles became less frequent.

What happened?

Her choice to have children, with then husband and Boycott co-star Jeffrey Wright, was a factor

Oh aye? Rilly?

Yep, it’s my fault

Why we Ukippers should be ashamed of ourselves

As Nigel has been saying as he tours the studios, to have thought that winning meant we had won was a gross, hubristic, error. So now, with Paul Nuttall gone, we are going to find out whether there are second acts in political lives.

For our point is that regardless of who sits in 10 Downing Street, it is there and in Westminster that the power should be held. If we collectively decide to change – or lose – our minds then we should be at liberty to do so rather than be locked into governance from afar. The fight is far from over.

Minimum wage life

Americans earning minimum wage are do not need a study to know how difficult things are.

Alicia Hamiel, 23, a mother of two children in Philadelphia, earns $7.75 an hour at McDonald’s and works 26-38 hours a week, based on what the scheduler allots her. She and her family are currently living in a single room that rents for $400 a month.

“I feel like I’m failing as a mom,” she said. “If I can’t make sure they have a roof over their heads, what am I doing? I feel like I’m doing the best that I can.”

Are we sure the problem here is the level of the minimum wage, not that three people are trying to live upon it?

And if we do think that a single mother (and where’s the child support payments?) should indeed gain societal support then what’s wrong with having a system of support for single mothers (you know, the EITC, child tax credits, SNAP, Section 8) rather than insisting that the capitalists pay higher wages to everyone?

Aha, Aha, Ahahahahaha

She really did manage to fuck it up, didn’t she?

General Election results live: Hung parliament confirmed as UK votes for chaos

There is justice:

The Tories lost seven frontbenchers, along with Cabinet Office minister Ben Gummer, the author of the widely criticised Tory manifesto.

There is an element of having written this only to be able to say this

But then the rep for the Police Federation which, for those who don’t know, is the union policemen aren’t allowed to have. The job of a rep for which is to say that there should be many more Police Federation members being paid ever-escalating amounts of money. This isn’t something to complain about. That would be like whining that the pitbull won’t let go of your ankle; this is what they are for.

But it is worth examining whether these claims of ever fewer police are in fact true. The answer being up to a point Lord Copper.

And my thanks to Louis R who dug out the old police numbers for me, unprompted I might add.

Umm, how does this work?

Uber was last night accused of exploiting a loophole to avoid paying millions in tax that helps it undercut rivals.
It was claimed that HMRC has missed out on about £40million in VAT from the controversial taxi app thanks to the legal but highly controversial tactic.
Ride-hailing apps are meant to pay 20 per cent VAT on booking fees they collect from drivers on each fare. But Uber avoids this by treating its 40,000 UK drivers as separate businesses, as most earn less than the £85,000 a year threshold for VAT registration.
This enables the American firm to offer cheaper fares than both traditional taxi firms and rival app-based services, while depriving the Treasury of millions of pounds in tax.

Forgive me because I don’t understand this claim. The booking service is offered by Uber. Why would it make a difference if each of the drivers was VAT registered or not? It’s still Uber offering the booking service, no?

Uber collects an estimated £200million a year in fares, meaning HMRC could be losing out on at least £40million a year in VAT, according to calculations by Reuters.

Ah, so the claim is that the total fee should be Vatable. Which it isn’t, is it? This is Tom Bergin again. Which does actually explain:

Uber avoids having to charge British value added tax on its booking fees by treating each driver as an individual business and then billing drivers across EU borders from its Dutch subsidiary, using an EU VAT provision called the “reverse charge”.

The rule lets businesses sell goods or services to other businesses across EU borders without paying VAT. There is usually no loss of tax revenue, because the importing business collects VAT from its own customers.

But since Uber drivers mostly generate less than the 85,000 pounds a year sales threshold to register for VAT in Britain, they don’t have to collect it.

Gett and mytaxi both bill their drivers from companies within Britain. As the reverse charge does not apply to domestic sales, that means that unlike Uber they must charge drivers VAT.

It is upon just the Uber fee, not the total amount. OK, great.

So Tom, who is it who is not paying this VAT? It’s not Uber, is it? It the driers who aren’t paying it.

But then Bergin likes Dame Margaret, Lady Hodge, and has even been known to speak of Lord Snippa Spud approvingly. So tax incidence isn’t going to be one of those things he gets right, is it?

Height in children is a good indication of the general level of nutrition, isn’t it?

Children brought up on almond and soya milk are shorter than youngsters who drink just cow’s milk, a new study has found.

The plant-based products have become increasingly fashionable, with many extolling the health benefits of them, and others turning to them because of an intolerance or dislike of plain milk.

But the new study found that children who drink non-cow’s milk – including plant-based milk drinks and milk from other animals, are growing up shorter than those given traditional fare.

The research also suggests that children who drank a combination of cow’s milk and non-cow’s milk daily were shorter than average.