Posts by Morgan

    On a similar but slightly different aspect to the problem, today we have this from the Dept. of Silly Ideas.

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    NHS may rent spare rooms to ease bed crisis

    Patients recovering from surgery could be discharged from hospital to recuperate in private houses nearby as part of an NHS trial that could earn those renting out the rooms up to £1,000 a month.

    The scheme, which is being piloted in Essex, aims to tackle bed shortages and save money but has been criticised by medical professionals and social workers who warn it would give too much responsibility to untrained members of the public.

    ...Hosts would be asked to welcome patients recovering minor procedures, cook three microwave meals a day and offer conversation, according to CareRooms, in a scheme targeting people who do not have a family able to care for them.

    https://www.theguardian.com/so…s-recovering-from-surgery

    Note 'The people who do not have a family to care for them.' Obviously this group will consist of mainly elderly and infirm patients, many of whom may develop further health problems. We all know how anxious hospitals are to discharge patients and there are going to be all sorts of problems with this I think. CRB checks, can we be sure of the character of any 'carers ' who join the scheme? Could patients be exploited by those 'caring ' for them. Would you trust a complete stranger to look after your elderly parent if you were unable to do it?


    I can see the need to stop bed blocking but surely the answer lies in the old system of convalescent homes where trained staff look after patients as they recover.

    Brilliant sets, background and drama which the BBC usually does best but as you say, a bit too much blood and gore than was necessary.

    Gazumping could be banned as part of Government plans to make buying and selling a home "cheaper, faster and less stressful".


    Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has called for evidence from mortgage lenders, solicitors and estate agents as ministers consider proposals aimed at streamlining the process of buying a property.


    Although around one million homes are bought and sold in England every year, a quarter of sales fall through.

    About time too. The system of buying and selling houses in this country is ridiculous and always has been. Once an offer has been made ( Subject to survey.) and accepted by the seller it should be legally binding. Whole chains of sellers and buyers are inconvenienced and sometimes put to enormous expense because greedy people get a better offer at the last minute.


    When I was selling a house once, on the day the contracts were due to be exchanged the buyer rang me and said he couldn't afford to buy unless I dropped the price. I'd already agreed to buy another house and was left with no choice but to agree to the new offer and lose money or lose the chance to buy the home I wanted.


    This whole businesses should have been sorted years ago.

    I don't believe in 'ghosts ' as such. However I do believe that there are invisible beings - not spirits of dead people but separate entities. Of course it's virtually impossible to prove that any manifestations of such beings aren't imaginary and I don't think any concrete proof of them exists because any evidence there is of them is too easily dismissed. But I have lived in two adjacent terraces houses which I believe were homes to the same one.


    I can't say I ever saw a spirit but one knew it was there. There were frequent totally inexplicable noises, doors shutting when no one was upstairs, cupboard doors suddenly opening. Pets also experienced them I believe. They used to become alarmed for no apparent reason. Both our cat and our dog literally left home not long after we moved there.


    That was many years ago and I've had no such experiences since, I'm pleased to say.


    I don't believe these beings will actually harm anyone except perhaps psychologically but it can be a scary experience, literally knowing there is another 'being ' in the house when you know for certain that no other human or animal is.

    Yes, hurricane Ophelia. She looks quite strong at the moment in the synoptic chart image, a tight swirl. Hope she doesn't do any damage where you are.

    And today, BBC reporters all over Ireland and parts of the north are nervously hoping that the phone doesn't ring and it won't be they who will be ordered out into the howling gales to show a fallen tree, tiles off roofs and make inane comments " And this is what the storm did .........." ;)

    It's all very well saying they could and they might get longer sentences but it never seems to happen. Blunket increased the maximum sentence from 10 to 15 years and at that time no one had ever been sentenced to 10 years.


    One person got 15 years and it was reduced to six. I know they would be difficult to put into practice but I'm afraid I would prefer minimum sentences in many cases as opposed to maximum.


    http://www.thestar.co.uk/whats…-killer-released-1-334725

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    Speaking a day after the Brexit talks were described as “deadlocked” by the EU’s chief negotiator, Jean-Claude Juncker accused the UK being unwilling to compromise over the divorce bill.

    Juncker insisted the British “have to pay” if they want talks to begin on a future trade deal between the UK and the EU.


    http://www.huffingtonpost.co.u…_59e0a587e4b03a7be57fd9c6

    Dear Mr.Juncker,


    The war cost Britain about £120 billion in 1945. In today's money that equates to about £4,200 billion. A considerable amount of this sum was spent initially trying to defend you and other now EU countries from the Germans which you failed to do yourselves. A further sum was spent freeing present EU countries from German occupation, again which you failed to do your yourselves.


    Could you please let us have your proposals as to what you think is your and the other EU countries fair share of these costs? As an initial figure, we would put it at no less than £750 billion.

    Please inform us as to how and when you intend to repay this amount as soon as possible.


    Best Wishes from the UK. :)

    The number of elderly people becoming homeless in England has surged by 100 per cent in seven years, figures show.

    People over the age of 60 are now twice as likely to register with local councils as homeless than they were seven years ago, with the figure having risen from 1,210 in 2009 to 2,420 last year.


    While overall homelessness has increased in the same period, rising by 42 per cent from 41,790 to 59,260, government data shows the figure for elderly people has surged by more than double as much.

    Important as Brexit is, perhaps it's now time for Parliament to limit the time spent discussing it and to get on with some of the many and growing domestic problems, especially homelessness, the NHS and care for the elderly.


    I've always been a Tory but I really don't see how we can go on like this.

    I'm beginning to have serious doubts both about May's heartfelt commitment to Brexit and also her ability to stand up under questioning. She's fine on set pieces normally but once a bit of pressure is put on by the questioner she sometimes seems like a rabbit caught in the headlights. All she had to say very firmly to this was " Firstly, there is not going to be another referendum, secondly how I would vote is none of your business and thirdly, I was elected to carry out the will of the people not make personal choices and that is what I intend to do."

    I'd forgotten about this thread. Basically I eventually got my £130 back and things more or less settled down eventually after 2 different engineers found 2 different external faults. Yesterday there was a further development.


    Phone Conversation with BT Broadband.

    Me - Our internet has gone down again.


    BT. - OK. Can I have all your details?


    Me - Gives details.


    BT - I'll do some checks.

    Minutes tick by.


    BT - Have you tried ( Various opions given.)


    Me - Yes. We've been here many times before. We've tried everything.


    BT - I'll do some more checks.

    6 minutes of 'music' pass. Line goes dead.


    I wait 10 mninutes to see if BT call back. They don't.

    I ring BT.

    Explain saga so far to somewhat aggressive female.


    BT - Hold on I'll do some checks.


    Another 4-5 minutes pass.


    BT - No. There's no fault on the line. It must be your end.What kind of socket do you have?

    I explain socket was recently replaced by BT after previous saga which tooks weeks to resolve during which they charged me £130 for repairing a fault which didn't exist but I finally got back after they dicovered the fault was external.

    BT - Well you need to take off the front of the socket and -

    Me - No. I've already explained about that.


    BT - What kind of Hub do you have?

    Me - Hub 6

    BT - You shouldn't have that. It's too advanced for your area.

    Me - But they sent us that because they said the Hub 6 was the latest and best one.

    BT - I'll send you a Hub 4.

    Me - But my Amazon Echo won't work with that. That's another reason we got a Hub 6.

    BT - I can't help that. I'll send you a Hub 4. If you don't want it you'll have to return it unused or we'll charge you for it.


    Briefly


    Me - How much will it cost to terminate my contract early so I can get another ISP?

    BT - £288.71

    Me - I'll pay it. Send me the bill.


    Once it's all settled and I've got another ISP I'll get some advice about claiming my money back because they haven't provided a proper service.

    I don't know what will happen now. After her failure to show any strong leadership in her conference speech and get a grip, it seems more likely that she will go instead of just hanging around waiting to be humiliated further. She can't go on kidding herself that Johnson is ever going to support her. She should have sacked him.


    I think the whole thing is going to descend into chaos with the Tories fighting like rats in a sack over the leadership contest and Labour demanding a general election.

    ...........but I swear it's true.


    Locally there is a small block of self contained flats designed for elderly and disabled people, all living pretty independent lives. In the communal corridors on both floors there were about 6 fire extinguishers for obvious reasons, fire, extinguisher, put fire out.


    Some looney from either the fire authority or the council has now had all these extinguishers removed on the grounds of health and safety. You may need to read that twice. They've removed the fire extinguishers on the grounds of health and safety.


    Apparently the reason being that the residents haven't been trained to use the fire extinguishers, might not read the instructions and so use it on the wrong kind of fire. 8|

    It wouldn't make economic sense to take them to a bottle bank/machine for a few pennies and probably cost more in petrol than you'd get back.

    I think the only way is to provide collection points and rely on people to use them.


    Years ago when kids only got about 1 shilling a week pocket money and you could get 2d returning an empty lemonade bottle or Dad's empties, a deposit scheme was fine. I don't see how it's workable nowadays.

    I cannot believe the attitudes of some of the pro gun lobby in the states. I've heard several interviews and the comments they come out with are ridiculous. One put forward the nonsensical argument ' Banning guns won't stop the killing. People have been killed in Europe by terrorists driving vehicles at them, are you going to ban cars? ' :rolleyes:

    Agree, Morgan.


    Going back to your earlier post, with all this mess in delayed payments, rather than introduce the system that immediately paid in four week lump sums, perhaps they should have eased it in. By making payments weekly, then payments every 2 weeks and eventually leading to it being monthly. As you say, someone getting nothing for 6 weeks, then paid 4 weeks at once, will instantly put them in debt and start a cycle from which they can't come out of.


    I'm not sure about paying the benefits straight to the landlord. In theory, it sounds great, but how can people ever learn to budget, if the largest chunk of their budget is organised for them? Or perhaps, it should be a phased approach again, pay some direct to the landlord but not all.

    At least paying the rent direct to the landlord would stop so many evictions. The cost of those socially and economically must be enormous.

    The American gun laws are totally insane. Why on earth would a normal human being need a machine gun? Surely if the lawmakers stopped that before moving on to other restrictions it would at least reduce the problem. The American public aren't ever going to give up their guns voluntarily.

    As you would know, the whole point of paying benefits monthly is to get into the minds of the people that this is a stepping stone to getting employment and all employers (or most) pay monthly.


    The problem is, UC is trying to do two separate things under the same umbrella. It's trying to be a temporary benefit, a way to nudge people into work and it's also a payment to those that cannot work. The example you cite should not happen. But should the entire UC system I be scrapped because of some problems?

    I'm not suggesting it be scrapped, I'm all for the idea in principle but they should have got the computer system working properly, ( I've been told it won't even recognise Northern Ireland postcodes.) and ensured delays didn't happen. They started the roll out by only dealing with single people. If that had been perfected before they moved on to couples and families it would have been a much smoother transition.

    Now the EU has a bit more to worry about perhaps they'll spend a little less time thinking up ways to make things difficult for us over Brexit.


    Catalonian referendum violence plunges EU into crisis as '90pc of voters back independence'


    Catalonia's government said 90 percent of those who voted in an unauthorised independence referendum chose to split from Spain.

    On a day marred by clashes between police and voters, 2.26 million people took part in the referendum, regional government spokesman Jordi Turull said. That represents a turnout of 42.3 percent of Catalonia's 5.34 million voters.


    Of those who took part, 2.02 million Catalans voted "yes" to the question: "Do you want Catalonia to become an independent state in the form of a republic?"


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…rendum-descends-violence/

    I was half listening to a broadcast this morning and someone said in another country ( It may have been Scotland.) welfare recipients can request that the rent is paid directly to the landlord rather than themselves and that they receive their money 2 weekly and not monthly.


    This would make far more sense to me. Someone used to receiving a fixed amount each week, then being denied any money for 6 weeks and then being paid four weeks in advance is going to find it difficult to budget. He's going to be in trouble straight away because he has to pay back any money he's borrowed to get by for the six weeks first and then make the rest last four weeks.

    If UKIP is ever going to become a party with any real influence, he's going to have to be very good and quick about it. But first of all we'll have to see how long he lasts and if he can stop the UKIP infighting.


    I like their new logo though. ( On the left.)

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    Theresa May must walk away from EU talks at Christmas if Brussels fails to start negotiating a trade deal by then, Tory MPs have told her on the eve of the Conservative Party Conference.


    Party grandees including former Brexit minister David Jones today insist the Prime Minister should give formal notice that the UK will leave without a deal if “serious” talks on a free trade deal have not begun by the end of the year. They say Britain has “nothing to fear” from a no-deal scenario and must not be “held to ransom” by the EU.


    It comes after Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Commission, said “miracles” would be needed for talks on a trade deal to begin by the end of October.


    Mrs May looked humiliated on Friday when she attended an EU summit in Estonia and was kept as far away as possible from the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in official pictures.


    ( The remainder of the article is premium.)


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new…stmas-trade-negotiations/


    It's not something I would want to happen but unless the EU start being a bit more cooperative instead of stalling so we run out of time and they can make more stringent demands, I don't think we will have any choice but to walk away.

    It's a bloody disaster. How on earth can you tell people already just scraping by that they are going on to a new system and won't get a penny for six weeks? The computer systems aren't adequate and while it's basically a good idea, they should first of all ensure people have enough to live on. Rent arrears are going up and so are evictions.


    There was a landlord's agent on t.v. yesterday saying he'd served more eviction notices in the last year or so than during the previous 20 years.


    I'm all for a system which says a fit man and X number of kids needs a certain amount to live on plus the rent and rates paid and that sum should be 'universal ' but it needs introducing properly and carefully.


    It's bloody daft not to give a man and his wife and kids anything so they can't pay the rent, become reliant on food banks and make them homeless and more of a drain on the state instead of ensuring they at least have enough to get by on.