Who will notice?

Fairfax on strike!

Journalists at Fairfax Media have voted to go on strike for seven days – including the crucial federal budget week – after management announced a quarter of all newsroom jobs were to be cut.

It’s a declining industry.

Sure, this is the US but won’t be that much different in direction:

What’s anyone supposed to do about it?

I’m a very important bureaucrat I am

Brexit will likely top the agenda on the election campaign trail today as the European Commission’s lead Brexit negotiator is set to face the media.

Michel Barnier will likely face questions on Wednesday about Theresa May’s role in talks amid reports that the EU will not allow the Prime Minister to negotiate Brexit directly with her European counterparts.

The PM would be prevented from joining Brexit discussions at future EU heads of government meetings, according to The Times.

The only person Mrs May would be allowed to hold such meetings with would be Mr Barnier, the newspaper reported.

And you’re also not a head of government Michel matey.

You are still the oily rag not the engineer.

Consider for a moment, the duly elected national leaders not being involved, only the appointed bureaucrat, shows how democratic the EU is, doesn’t it?

Forget Snippa, we’ve Ritchiebollocks back!

The first is that 19.3% of all people who are at work in the UK don’t pay tax.

How often has he told us that income taxes are not the only taxes?

More importantly, saying this is good news ignores the simple fact that this means that many of the people in question are almost certainly living in conditions of considerable hardship.

How many are in shared households?

And this is what is really significant about this data: near enough one in six UK employees and more than one in four of the UK’s self-employed people do not pay tax because they don’t earn a figure that is itself only, near enough, just 75% of the UK minimum wage.


You mean full year full time minimum wage. Which for part timers isn’t the point at all, is it?

And there are 8.5 million people working part time in the UK today….as against the 6 million economically active and not paying tax according to Snippa’s spreadsheet.

Who wants to bet that’s where the difference is?

No good will come of being a hero

A 34-year-old Indian-origin man is being hailed for his courage and rewarded by the police in the US after he saved the life of his woman co-worker from an oncoming train but was robbed of his bag when he jumped on the tracks to help her.

Alternatively, this is ‘Murica. Where there’s a reasonable chance that someone’s going to track down that little scrote and give him what he deserves.

I really don’t think so you know?

The Mail has been consulting Snippa again no doubt:

Last year, the tech giant was named as the biggest corporate tax avoider in the United States after booking $218.55 billion (£171.6 billion) of profit offshore last year.

The tech giant was able to save $65.08 billion (£51.1 billion) that it should have paid in tax thanks to its convoluted arrangements.

Annual profits were of the order of $40 to $50 billion. I really do seriously doubt that they dodged $65 billion in tax on that even at US rates.

The twats are attributing the accumulated amount over the decades to just last year.


In Heidelberg he began an affair with a woman married to an economics professor. Rather than confront him, the professor invited Eugster to a faculty party and introduced him to his most attractive student.

The strategy worked; the man’s marriage recovered and Eugster wed the student, Edda, in 1954. The union produced two children, Andre, an ophthalmologist, and Christian, a civil servant, who live in Switzerland and survive him.

Oooh, yes, let’s professionalise another of the little platoons

It’s a popular misconception that foster care workers are “substitute parents” performing a similar role to adopters. Yes, they passionately and tirelessly look after children and young people, but the foster care workers who take society’s most vulnerable into their homes are professional carers. They have considerable training (and in many cases qualifications), must be “registered” with a local authority or private fostering agency, are given an allowance and special tax arrangements to help cover the costs of looking after children in their homes, and are often paid fees for their work. They do not have legal authority over the children and, indeed, their role often involves helping build the relationship between biological parents and the children.

No doubt we’ll have to make sure they’ve an advanced degree in grievance studies before they can be allowed to wipe little bottoms and blow little noses.


One of the readers here talked of a niece (I think?) who was never going to set the intellectual world alight but who actually liked children, and children liked her, and she was perfect at–as Sir Pterry pointed out sometimes needs to be done–tipping the wee out of a little shoe and finding the spare dry pair of underpants. With a hug afterwards.

Isn’t that who we need here?

Astonishing political insight here

It was working-class whites: Hillary Clinton lost a lot of Obama voters to Donald Trump, Democratic firm says
New data shines a light on reasons why the Democrats lost the election last Novebmber

Some voters voted for the other guy that is.

Why anyone thought that running the first marriage’s mother in law was a good idea is unknown.

Bleedin’ ‘ell

How far has Yahoo fallen?

Used to be (12 months back say) that getting a piece onto the main page of Yahoo News gained hundreds of thousands of page views as they had easily millions who used that as their reference point to the world.

I seem to have three pieces on there today and it’s not even registering on the hit counter.


I think we can guess how the rest of this will go


NEW YORK, May 1, 2017 – The “Unpayable Debt” working group at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference announces the launch of PRSyllabus, a resource to study Puerto Rico’s $70 million debt crisis in the context of over one hundred years of colonial governance by the United States.

“The syllabus comes at a critical time,” says working group co-director Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia University). “Today unions throughout the island have declared a national strike. Students at the University of Puerto Rico are also on strike to protest extreme budget cuts and to support demands for an independent audit while an unelected board with ties to the lending industry in the United States, supports extreme austerity measures that have been unsuccessful elsewhere in the world. To guide more effective policy, we need to reorient our thinking and become better informed about the roots and consequences of the crisis. Our work suggests that participatory and transparent governance, economic revitalization, and full investment in fundamental human needs, like education and health, are better ways forward.”

I tend not to take much notice of press releases upon matters economic that don’t know the different between million and billion.

But you know Chicano Studies departments have to have something to do with their time.

Is Snippa too polite for Spud now?

The accounting for banks shows just how far in the other (wrong) direction accounting has moved since then. Losses are not recognised now until they are ‘realised’, which means they have been proved to exist by the failure to pay. This is why bank profits were over-stated before the 2008 crash. Anticipation had disappeared from loss accounting when once it was ever-present.

Isn’t that the Gordon Brown change on accounting for expected losses which Ritchie cheered on at the time as it increased tax collected?


Gloria De Piero has, as befits a former TV presenter, produced a campaign video which urges Labour voters to get out on June 9.

It’s not a typo she actually says it in the video. Gloria, the election is June 8…

On reflection, don’t tell them.

Idiocy at The Guardian

Van Badham complains about how the schmutter trade is moving out of Asia and into Africa. My comment there:

“Now, of course, “wage pressure” from Asia’s industrialised working class is tempting manufacturers to relocate to Africa.”

So this capitalist exploitation made Asia rich and you want to stop the same thing happening in Africa?

How nice of you.

And of course this is idiocy:

If globalisation allows multinational corporations to base their operations where a worker’s value is a mere $10 a week, it sets up a situation ripe for competitive exploitation that becomes everyone’s problem. Without an international minimum wage, we’re all worth 10 bucks.

Just to give an example, 96.5% of Americans working receive more than the minimum wage in that country. There is thus some force other than the minimum wage which determines wages then, isn’t there?

Hmmn, comments are closed there. Wonder why?

Frank Field meets Snippa Spud

The committee, led by the Labour MP Frank Field, criticised such arguments as fiction. It also highlighted that forcing people into self-employment as couriers, taxi drivers and other roles, rather than taking them on as employees, was depriving the state of badly needed tax revenues and creating an extra burden on the welfare system.