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    • #1646


      Any company who doesn’t want someone to leave will do that. It’s just a life lesson for him that sometimes the highest sum of money is not the only thing.

      It’s not harrassment, no. They want him to stay, so they are upping their offer to get him to stay. The only way he can deal with it is to make it clear (politely) that his decision is made. They will probably give up eventually.

      He should absolutely go in, because if he gets sacked for non-attendance they won’t give him a reference (or will just give him the classic “X was employed from date 1 to date 2 at this company”), though admittedly just giving that anyway is increasingly common. Much as I dislike lying it might in this odd case be in his interest to claim he was sick today to avoid awkward questions[1], but he shouldn’t do that again.

      [1] Note for any Googling employer – I have never actually done this…

    • #1625


      I wasn’t given oramorph but was given codeine, when I had to contact the GP for the next prescription (after about 4 days), I asked for a lower dose and was given co-codamol. I began to feel better as soon as I was established on the co-codamol. However a few weeks after I had my 6 weeks check-up and was referred on to physic, I found that I had an infection in the stitches, which was extremely painful. I had to have another 2 weeks off work until that was sorted. If the site is so bad, I would ask for another check-up, it shouldn’t be so painful.

    • #1487


      Been in exactly this position a year ago and ended up with a used Leaf. The alternative was an ecoboost Fiesta which is also £0 tax but we figured the difference in price was effectively buying three years fuel upfront (but with less emissions). You can borrow a Leaf for four days to see if you get on with it and it turns out it’s about the same size as the focus it replaced (boot is a bit smaller, cabin is a bit bigger).

      Nissan also giving really good deals on them, we got

      0% HP over three years (assuming you put 35% down)

      £1k off for using Nissan finance (you can cancel in 14 days and still get this)

      Free PodPoint (they pay the extra £279 to complement the goverment’s £500)

      2 free services

      2 MOTs

      I had looked at the cheapest Leafs on Autotrader but they were still £6.5k and were quite a lot older and had done much larger mileages where as the ones from Nissan where 2 years old and had done 20k ish miles and were still in warranty (1 year on the car and 3 on the battery remaining). We reckon we’ll keep it for 6-8 years and by them there might be a suitable replacement that might negate the need for a diesel altogether.

      And it’s really good fun to drive! I’d expected it to be quite milk floaty but it’s acutally quite nippy and much nicer to drive in town.

      Hope this helps

    • #1495


      I think most people are just totally overwhelmed by the sheer complexity of it all and have withdrawn into an ostrich like apathy.

      No, that’s not what I am saying. From my small sample, they are just not interested.
      Try step out of your bubble and talk to a few people who you would not normally engage with.

    • #1492


      Maybe you are correct.

      Or maybe life will roll on, people get on with it. It gets harder, it gets easier, but life goes on.

      I have no idea, just pointing out many do not get worked up about these things.

      I would love it if they did, put May, Blair, Abbott, Osborne, Brown, Cameron, Corbyn and whole lot more up against a wall and shoot them.

      Thats what you can get when the majority do get revved up.

    • #1443


      I was wondering that as well. If I’d been Home Secretary my first reaction would be to shrug my shoulders and say “nothing to do with me anymore”. If they did go to the US and ended up with life sentences they may well end up wishing they were dead anyway. This article is a long read but a shocking one: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/29/magazine/inside-americas-toughest-federal-prison.html

      TBH I think that’s exactly what the Home Secretary has done. They are apparently no longer British Citizens, (not sure how that works in practice), so effectively nothing to with us. He’s just indicated we’re not fussed what the US and Syria decide to do.

      If we still have some obligations towards them then, unfortunately, we shouldn’t participate in any process that may result in their execution. Not for their sake but because it’s a dangerous precedent to set.

      On an intellectual level I probably agree with you, but despite a lot of calibration and a few slaps my give-a-f**k-o-meter needle isn’t moving even slightly.

    • #1417


      @dave-b I never said otherwise. But then I’ve worked hard all my life, and lived frugally.
      My point was that a bank account is virtual cash, subject to IT failures. Anyone who has a bank account, rather than keeping all their assets liquid, is vulnerable to this potential problem. So, whether you use cash or purely electronic payment, you are vulnerable.

      IT failures can cause inability to shop with any payment means; supermarket systems can fail, and they have no fallback. Not infrequent news stories.

    • #1414


      and is prone to catastrophic failure, as all complex IT systems are prone to

      I don’t have all my money as fivers stuffed under a mattress. I only ever have about £100 in cash. The rest is held in those IT systems.

      Cashless seems to me to be about two things:

      1) the cost to businesses of handling cash*

      2) the ability to data mine your purchases by connecting you and your purchases.

      * anyone else noticed the recent trend in self checkouts spewing out a stream of shrapnel in change so the shop doesn’t have to deal with it, rather than giving sensible coins? This is policy, not coincidence.

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