Self employed have to wait additional month for Seiss grant 4?

The self employed  are having  to wait an additional  month for Seiss Grant 4 why? Previously  the grant  has been paid every 3 months  so why is it different  for Seiss Grant 4. The self employed  are under pressure  and many have used most of the last grant to pay their tax bills.  With little  or no work around why are the self employed  being asked to go fof a longer period without financial support.

 

Dog owners are major contributors to plastic pollution problems

Dog owners are major contributors to plastic pollution and as such are bad for the environment. Dog owners are adding to plastic pollution problems by insisting on wrapping dog feces in plastic. Also the manufacturers of the plastic dog poo bags are contributing to the problem by making claims that these bags are biodegradable,  which they may be but only after about a million years under the right set of environmental conditions. These false claims are leading to a situation whereby some ignorant dog owners are taking this labelling at face value and leaving used bags lying around on the ground thinking that they will magically disappear. However even the more responsible dog owners are also being misled and are perhaps unknowing still contributing to the problems of environmental plastic pollution by putting these used dog poo bags into waste bins which will eventually end up as landfill. Landfill is only a way of hiding a problem without  addressing it. Even the more responsible dog owners they are still contributors to the plastic pollution problems and are contributors to the environmental  plastic pollution albeit in a more disguised and less obvious way.

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ASDA take a backward step on environmental plastic pollution

ASDA take a backward step on environmental plastic pollution by reintroducing plastic packaging for their own egg brand. This replaces the previously used paper/cardboard packaging thus adding even more plastic packaging waste to the environment. This is a backwards step that is in contrast with the efforts of many of the other supermarkets who have taken steps to reduce plastic packaging on their lines. ASDA seem to be completely out of step with these trends. People should avoid purchasing products which potentially add to environmental pollution this being one of them.

Reasons why you shouldn’t buy a Squier or Epiphone guitar

The main reason not to buy a Squier guitar is because the Company is owned by Fender. Because of this reason alone it ensures that any Squier guitar is going to be somewhat inadequate and inferior because Fender will make sure it is. I own a Squier Classic Vibe 60s Stratocasters and taking it at face value it looks and feels really nice. It certainly looks like a quality guitar in every way. It is only when you come to plug it into an amp when you understand it’s shortcomings and to all intents and purposes it was designed to be a disappointment because Fender simply do not want you to get anywhere near the quality of their own premium Fender lines. In a way it makes financial sense to protect the originality of their own more expensive guitars. They simply do not want you to be able to obtain that quality at a bargain price. It is such a shame because when not plugged in this guitar has such potential. The Squier Classic Vibe had the potential to be a classic guitar in it’s own right and could rightly have been up there alongside many classic Fender Strats but obviously Fender could  not and would not tolerate this so it designed a system of poor quality, inferior pick ups and/or electrics to make sure that the Classic Vibe never quite reached it’s true potential and thus protected its premium brand status. The Classic Vibe feels like a real instrument of quality made for a musician of intermediate to professional level. It is not an entry level guitar until you plug in it into an amp when all its potential just ebbs away into dissatisfaction. The same goes for Gibson and it’s own cheaper brand of Epiphone. I feel sorry for the workers and designers in these factories who must get pretty frustrated at seeing their products and handiwork being sabotaged in this way because they are certainly very capable of producing lovely instruments.

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Boris Johnson’s ‘Oven ready Deal’ turns out to be Brexit Fudge Cake after all

PM Boris Johnson is claiming victory for the deal struck with the EU but isn’t all this, including the run up to the deal, just posturing. The whole thing has just been posturing or more clearly just a Pantomime from start to finish. There never was doubt that a deal was going to be done because it had to be done to save face. A no deal would certainly have kicked the Tories into political oblivion by an act of suicide. Now in truth the whole exercise just looks like a vehicle used by Boris Johnson to ouwst Theresa May and obtain leadership and power in a egotistical political quest that smacks of ambition more than to be a political servant to the will of the people.

So in the run up to the deal we witnessed tough talk but it was all just empty posturing done as an act of showmanship. It was a complete act but equally transparent like the script of a Pantomine. The whole thing smacked of being rehearsed and all the characters were transparent. The truth is that Bodge it simply had no choice other than to strike some kind of deal. The EU would also have understood this but went along with the show almost like an audience at a Pantomime, but all the while ensuring that they would be the real winners. So how does the deal compare to what was promised? From what I have read it doesn’t bear much semblance to what was actually promised. It puts Northern Ireland in jeopardy of seeking actual independence from the UK and could mean a reintroduction of the tensions and troubles as the possibility of a unified Ireland takes focus. Goods in the UK are likely to be more expensive as a result of added red tape. Fisheries have been thrown to the lions as the sacrifice for retaining tariff free trading. Not to mention the chaos for businesses and movement that will happen as a result of leaving a mere week (less if you take into account the holidays) to sort out all the additional details and protocol required, and all because Boris Johnson and the government wanted to sort out the deal in the lowest possible profile hoping that it would slip by largely unnoticed. ‘Bodge it’ was in a tight corner but as usual he is attempting to claim victory where in actual fact there has been none at all. The reality is that the whole thing has been a rather embarrassing fiasco showing up, Boris Johnson, ‘ Bodge-it’ and his Government for what they are:incompetent.

Brexit was not a quest for Sovereignty it became a vehicle for personal political ambition and power

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Oven ready Brexit Deal now exposed as a lie to grab power

The electorate were promised a Brexit Deal which now looks like a lie because there clearly was no ‘Oven Ready Deal’ there at all. The electorate were clearly misled about Brexit and hence about the consequences of a no deal scenario.

 

The Tories now need to be taken to account on misleading the public. A no deal will be hugely consequential to the British economy and to the Tories who have to take the blame for mismanagement of the whole fiasco. The blame can be traced back to the incompetence of Cameron who mooted the whole idea in the first place. There is no one else to blame for the consequences of a no deal except the Tories and Bodge it himself in particular. No deal will cost jobs and lead to misery and a recession. The Tories will not be able to weather the storm that is coming.

Is Line 6 Helix any good or is it manufacturer’s hype?

I have been following the development  of amp modelling  effects  from the start. Many of which I have previously  owned . I have found though  that I get quite  dissatisfied with them quite quickly not long after a struggle  with them to get authentic  sounding tones. All sounded quite digital, sterile and false

 After a while I gave up on the hope of them ever sounding right. For me the frustration culminated  when Line 6 claimed that the Pod HD was the business  and a step up the modelling  ladder from the earlier versions of Pod

This claim was quickly exposed as false and it actually  proved  to be a step backwards with inferior amp models and  a poor choice of amps in both variety and functionality. It was this that exposed Line 6 as manufacturer willing to hype up their latest product with misleading  claims. So why would I trust them with their claims regarding Helix? Many people have but are they giving an honest account  of Helix’,s performance  and capabilities? Customers  don’t  like to admit that they have  been  duped. Ghd Helix is a relatively  big investment and it has been noted that the release  of every new product had an incremental  price based upon the manufacturer ‘s claims about how the new product  stacks up against  previous products. For these  new units we have seen a massive  price jump. Customers  are now making bigger investments so is it any wonder that we are not seeing  too many negative reviews because bond likes  go admit that they may have been duped so they may well convince  themselves that they  actually got a good return  for their investment. How reading between the lines reveals  some dissent  going on. Manh have said that they had to purchase 3rd party IRs to make Helix truly  playable which suggests that the Cabinet IRs that are supplied by Line 6 are inferior. Chipping  away  at their armour then it appears that Helix may not be true  to it’s  claims of accurate representation of amps and effects. I personally  would be disappointed to have to make additional purchases  to make a product as expensive as Helix sound adequate. I know I am picking a fight here with Helix users  who will and must defend their investment  but many have broken ranks and expressed  some level of dissatisfaction. So is Helix any better than offerings from cheaper sources such as Nux mg. I am personally  blown away with the Mg. Having tried many from the usual suspects I can compare and say that the Nux Mg is so far  streets ahead of this group although I cannot  make claims in relation  to Helix because I have no first hand experience of it!

Now is not the time for Britain to be alone

Coronavirus will bring with it an economic depression that will be felt worldwide. It is certainly not a good time for Britain to be on our own in the world. We all face an uncertain future. Now is certainly not the right time to be antagonistic towards our current, existing trading partners, the EU. Coronavirus has certainly cast a shadow of doubt over the feasibility of Brexit. Without alternative trading arrangements in place Britain faces a very uncertain and unstable economic future. Despite all of this the Tories continue to aggravate the EU with a non negotiable stance which is likely to lead to a hostile set of difficult negotiations upon which the economic future depends. Still we have no signals of any phenomenal trading agreements with the USA who are most likely to sticking to a policy of America first. Without any viable alternatives we should be taking more care of our existing partnerships.

 

Us and Them in the fight against Coronavirus: reasons to be ashamed to be British

The last couple of weeks has not shown the British Public in a very good light, highlighting just how selfish we really are. Selfishly thinking only of themselves and completely oblivious to the fact that we are all in this together but instead we are seeing completely selfish individuals willing to put themselves first at the expense of others: it’s enough to make you feel ashamed of being British. It just makes you wonder if this government’s message will get through at all and it makes you realise that it’s simply not worth putting your faith in people at all. If this is the behaviour of the British at the very start of this Coronavirus outbreak what will it be like as the situation worsens? Will we see people being mugged in the street for their toilet tissue?

Another reason that I have to be doubtful that the government’s plans to tackle the virus, which relies on people first understanding the government guidelines about proper cleanliness, is an incident that happened to me this week. I am a taxi driver and over the weekend I picked up a fare. I noticed this young lady, I use the term in the broadest sense, was sucking a toffee when she got into the back of my car. Other than the horrible noise she was making whilst sucking on it, I had no reason to glance at her again. The next day I used the car for a  personal shopping trip. I then had cause to go in the rear of the vehicle for some reason and as I surveyed the state of the car to ascertain if it would need to be cleaned, I couldn’t help noticing a half eaten toffee sweet, stuck firmly down on the carpet under the back of the front passenger seat. There was no doubt in my mind who had done this and left it there for removal instead of taking some responsibility for it’s disposal themselves. So how can we put faith in people doing the right thing and taking responsibility when amongst us here in Britain live this type of lazy individuals who care nothing for others and are quick to pass on their individual responsibility to others just because they are darn right too lazy to take any responsibility upon themselves and they are just fundamentally dirty scumbags. I can’t help thinking what a big mistake it was allowing people like these to determine the economic future of Britain. This last few weeks I have felt ashamed to be British and can’t help thinking that the EU must actually be sighing with relief and saying to themselves ‘thank God that they have actually gone’, now that we have left the EU. I for one am lamenting that I can no longer refer to myself as European and have now to defer back to being just British.

‘Putting faith in a selfish bunch of people willing to clear supermarket shelves to ensure that they don’t go without whilst many others may have to, as a result of their  behaviour,  seems simply to be a misguided strategy in the fight against Coronavirus.

Britain is open for business: but no one is queuing

Now that Brexit is done well in a manner of speaking, and Bodge-it has declared that Britain is now open for business you might, after all the talk up and hype, have expected to see much more interest from the rest of the world outside Europe. However Britain is open for business: but no one is queuing up seems to be the reaction. Britain is open for business but no one is particularly interested. Could be as I previously predicted that now we have departed from the EU others will wait to see how desperate we are before approaching us with their exploitative deals. Well that’s just business :always looking for the best deal. After all it is 47 years since we were on our own and the world has changed during that time. It’s like an adult revisiting a place from childhood. Things look similar but at the same time so different to how you remembered them. Places are often so much smaller than in your memories of them but the real reality is that we are just bigger and we feel just too big to fit in now. Let’s hope it is not a similar experience for the UK. The world market may be smaller than what we actually remember of it 47yrs ago. We have been promised a Utopia by various politicians but we may be forced to remember that we are really quite isolated on a small island just outside Europe in which the rest of the world has relatively little interest in.