Christianity has been learnt well here then

They say if you want something done, ask someone busy, which Julian Richer certainly is.

Alongside the hi-fi retailer he founded as a teenager under the arches of London Bridge in 1978, the entrepreneur runs seven non-profit organisations, including the Good Business Charter (GBC), an accreditation scheme that launches on Monday.

Baptised at 47, Richer speaks freely of his faith. He says he is motivated to do good “for Jesus”, so it is perhaps no coincidence that the charter is comprised of 10 commandments to commit companies to improving their behaviour voluntarily.

These include pledges on paying fair tax,

This all being funded by having sold the business free of CGT and income tax.

An impolitic thought

The Home Office and the Department of Health have vowed to tackle the “harmful practice” of “virginity repair” surgery and the “deeply regressive” attitudes that drive women to have it done.

It’s now government and societal policy that crafting a new cock for a woman is a ‘uman right. Crafting a new hymen is not.

Hmm.

That history sure does echo

SIX NATIONS | STUART BARNES
Robot rugby is squeezing out free spirits like rebel Finn Russell

Well, yes. Barnes, when playing, was rather the free spirit and was markedly short of caps given the manner in which Rob Andrew, a more robotic player (his excuse being that he played the way he was told to by the coach) gained many more caps.

This being something that Barnes himself notes of course:

I empathise with Russell. It’s a lifetime ago but I recall an England team meeting. I was asked what I would do when we threw a ball to the back of the lineout and crossed the gainline with a battering-ram runner. I suggested I might look up and see where the opposing defenders were before making any decision. Wrong answer. A few of the lads laughed. I hadn’t been paying sufficient attention to the pre-ordained plan.

That year I walked out on England and missed the first World Cup.

This isn’t entirely so, no

Metropolitan Police bosses said they may have to cut recruitment of officers to fight violent crime after being told by ministers they would have to foot a multimillion-pound bill for policing the XR protests and other events.

In a letter to the Home Office, Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, who has responsibility for the force, said it was “unacceptable” and “deeply concerning” to expect the Met to pay the £31 million bill for such exceptional events when he said officials had previously indicated they would meet the cost.

He told Kit Malthouse, the policing minister, that refusal to fund the bill through a special grant could have a knock-on effect that “risks reducing the money available for officers”.

This isn’t the police saying anything. It’s a politician at one level of the system demanding more money from the next level above him. As all politicians always will demand.

So, err, why is this a problem?

From the earliest ages of cinema, the “prostitute with a heart of gold” has been a stock character in comedies, romances and dramas alike. The legendary producer Samuel Goldwyn is reputed to have roared: “Get me a P with an H of G!”

But that was the 20th century. Goldwyn died 46 years ago and there will be many who assumed the most clichéd of fictional female characters had been laid to rest after years of debate about sexism in the entertainment industry and the rise of the #MeToo movement.

Instead, the cheerful, resilient prostitute epitomised by Julia Roberts’s performance in the 1990 film Pretty Woman is about to make a comeback in London’s West End.

There are some number of ex-prostitutes out there. Who have married, had families, carried on life just as in any other such nuclear unit.

Why the problem in portraying such?

It has all proved too much for anti-sexism campaigners such as Sandi Toksvig, the broadcaster and co-founder of the Women’s Equality Party. “I wonder if the all-male creative team that produced Pretty Woman have had much experience of being prostituted?” she said. “If not that may explain why their dance moves leap so nimbly over the links with trafficking and abuse. Better representation of women on screen and stage doesn’t just mean picking things with ‘women’ in the title.”

Sandi’s getting dangerously close to the line that if you’ve ever once shagged for money then that’s that, no more normal life for you. Which will come as a hell of a surprise to a certain number of women.

Sorta the one drop of semen, as opposed to blood with the colour bar, damns you.

Bit of an oddity, isn’t it?

Is this actually true?

Fifteen years after every Briton was obliged to start acknowledging that someone they knew somewhere had entered a civil partnership, –

Depends what you mean by “know” I guess. I know of someone, I have met someone, sure. But know, as in that circle of people I might phone up for a beer if I were in town?

15 years ago would be 2005. In which year there were:

18,059 couples entered into a civil partnership between December 2005 and the end of December 2006

Is Ben Summerskill really trying to claim that the 65 million of us all know one of those 36,000 people?

Well, actually, yes, he is but that’s because Summerskill spends most of his time talking out of his arse.

No they’re bloody not

Seriously Telegraph, get a grip:

Chinese accused of manipulating steel market to make a killing on the London Metals Exchange

The allegation is about nickel.

The centre of City metal dealing is facing pressure to launch an investigation into the nickel market after it was rocked by a supply shock last year.

Sources told The Sunday Telegraph the European steel association ­Eurofer is among those urging the London Metal Exchange (LME) and Financial Conduct Authority to investigate the nickel market after stockpiles plunged late last year, when Indonesia brought forward an export ban on nickel ore.

A particular steel company is alleged to be involved – by dint of having its own nickel mine in Indonesia – but the allegations simply aren’t about manipulation of the steel market.

That’s point 1, that it’s nickel, not steel.

Point 2 is that the LME does have steel contracts, yes. And nickel’s an input into steel, yes. But the nickel price is only a major input into stainless steels. A useful but not conclusive definition of stainless being steel with a high nickel content.

The LME doesn’t run contracts on stainless steel. Manipulating the LME steel market through nickel is unlikely then.

Now, I don’t expect everyone to know this. But I do expect a journalist writing about the metals market to at least research it enough to get it right. More fool me, eh?

Peeps should know this shit

At least, peeps who are trying to be economic commentators should know these basics of economics:

You’re Right – Jason Hickel Is An Ignorant Know Nothing Twat

Hickel wants to tell us that capitalism hasn’t made the poor richer because before capitalism the peeps had commons that they lived off.

Hickel’s problem is that our estimations of poverty and income already include the stuff that people got, before and during capitalism, off those commons.

£3 is a fortune these days

According to the Daily Mail at least:

The 35 square mile island of Anguilla is making huge profits by selling its unique .ai domain name to tech companies thanks to be short for artificial intelligence. Last year, it made around £3 – we take a look at some of the other unusual places cashing in on the unusual trend.

Advice for Owen Jones

Imagine there was a virus you’d never heard of which increased the likelihood of mortality by 26%, or a condition which had a death rate comparable to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. A national health crisis would be declared, and judging by the reaction to the coronavirus, panic would ensue. This public health crisis, which leaves its victims more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other dementias, has a name: loneliness.

More than 2 million adults suffer from chronic loneliness; and although its most severe form is more prevalent among Britain’s oldest citizens, younger adults report loneliness more than any other age group.

A desire for social connection is fundamentally hardwired into our psychology, and so being deprived of it has devastating mental and physical consequences. Yet we live in a society which has become ever more fragmented and atomised.

OK.

The social spaces where we congregate and connect are dying. In the 1970s, there were more than 4,000 working men’s clubs; just 1,300 remain. A quarter of Britain’s pubs have closed since the beginning of the century. Nightlife is withering: in 2018 alone, the number of British nightclubs fell by a fifth.

OK, Not pubs, not working mens’ clubs, not night clubs, is like smoking 15 ciggies a day. Being in a smolky pub/club is like smoking many fewer than 15 a day. Thus the smoky pub/club is better than the absence of the pub/club.

So, we banned smoking in pubs/clubs, something which led to many of them closing down, for what sodding reason then?

Current Odds for the 2020 Presidential Election – Things to Know

Right now, the world is a very serious place that is seemingly dominated by politics. Now, you could argue that that has been the case for hundreds of years, but just recently, the political landscape has shifted. Brexit is close to being done and dusted. We had our own general election not too long ago, and now it’s the turn of our friends across the Atlantic. 2020 is the year of the presidential election, which is why today, we’re looking at the current odds for the 2020 presidential election, as well as a few other relevant facts that you might wish to know. If you’re thinking of betting on the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, here’s what you need to know.

Hold on, you can bet on politics?!

Yes, in fact you can bet on virtually anything these days from reality TV, to the weather. Betting on politics, particularly general elections, is nothing new. In fact, we’ve been doing it for quite some time on betting sites like Findbettingsites.co.uk. If you know your politics and know what to look out for, you can actually win yourself some serious money. In the US, every 4 years the United States of America hold a general election to determine who will be the president for the next 4 years.

Things to know about the 2020 presidential election

AS mentioned, every 4 years in the US, an election is held where citizens of the US can cast their votes to determine whom they would like to preside over them for the next several years. 2020 is no different, yet this year, the stakes couldn’t be higher. Here are some things you need to know.

The Trump Administration – Since 2017, the Trump Administration has been in power, which is why many consider this election to be one of the most exciting, and important, elections in recent history.

More candidates – Another thing to consider about this presidential election is the fact that there are more candidates running for the Democrats than there have been in a number of decades. To make matters more historic, 2020 is the year where a record number of women will be running.

Who are the favourites? – Despite there being a record number of candidates with their names in the hat, realistically, there are only a few names who are in the running. Obviously the POTUS himself, Donald. J Trump is up there, but who are his closest rivals. Well, currently, Bernie Sanders is the 2nd favourite, after The Donald, though Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, and Pete Buttigieg are all snapping at his heels. Don’t count out the women, as although Hilary Clinton is now at 50/1 odds, you have to remember she came very close to being named president instead of Donald. Elizabeth Warren is also a contender as she was recently at 20/1.

What are the odds for the 2020 presidential election?

By the time you read this, the odds will likely have changed, but as of right now, betting odds look like this:

Donald Trump – 4/6

Bernie Sanders – 5/1

Michael Bloomberg – 8/1

Joe Biden – 15/1

Pete Buttigieg – 18/1 – 19/1

Elizabeth Warren – 59/1