Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme for another month
17/12/2020 | news | business | 896
Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April 2021.
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17/12/2020 15:22:19 73 8
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We're screwed.
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17/12/2020 15:26:34 68 76
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Don't worry soon we'll have a significantly worse trade deal with our nearest and largest trading partner, that will super charge the recovery!
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17/12/2020 15:39:23 11 5
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Tory incompetence innit, too slow dithering to lock down, then contracts for mates at extortionate rates. Still Boris sorted out his book and divorce and Cummings got his £40k pay rise....
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17/12/2020 16:09:17 1 6
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The hangover from this nonsense will be the worst economic disaster in generations. It will make the great depression look like boom time! UK is bankrupt and the economy is in tatters. Time for a "reset"....
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17/12/2020 18:02:16 3 1
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Welcome to leave the country anytime, quitter....
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17/12/2020 15:23:37 2 2
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Starting to sound like Phil Collins - One More Month...
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17/12/2020 15:23:39 382 22
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I wish they would stop saying the government are paying wages of the furlough scheme:
They are not and never will.
We the people are and will through our taxes.
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17/12/2020 15:24:58 58 202
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Your point being?
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17/12/2020 15:25:39 65 1
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Dead right, and wait for the outcry when they have to raise taxes to recover the money.
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17/12/2020 15:45:55 45 45
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Yup, those who work are paying for those who shirk.
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17/12/2020 15:46:20 7 55
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Our taxes don't actually pay for anything. Tax is used to control inflation. The UK Government can't spend tax 'revenue' on anything. Taxation destroys money if anything
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17/12/2020 15:47:58 13 3
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Exactly, and it isn't 'people getting money for doing nothing' it's the employers who have decided this, not the other way around, businesses / corporations have been saved by this, its them that are saving on payroll, not employees otherwise they'd have the exact same scheme for the self employed
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17/12/2020 15:48:32 17 4
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But that is what governments are elected to do. Riase taxes and spend it as per their manifesto. In emergency situations like this they spend it on things deemed to be in the interests of the people.
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17/12/2020 15:50:24 26 5
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Don't worry we'll finally tax Apple, Amazon..... Who am I kidding
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17/12/2020 15:54:47 4 8
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Yes taxpayers will pay for this in the long run through another 10 years of austerity.

But thanks to the first 10 years of austerity the treasury has an abundance of cash reserves.

If it didn’t have then furlough would never have been put in place.
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17/12/2020 16:13:40 10 4
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Totally agree. They also keep referring to the scheme as "very generous" as if its their own personal money they're giving us and we should be grateful.
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17/12/2020 16:21:13 1 4
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Don't worry. Rishi will be putting the basic rate of income tax up to 35% in March. That ought to cover it. Long term.
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17/12/2020 16:27:44 4 2
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It'll be our kids and grandkids that pick up the covid tab for generations to come
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17/12/2020 16:32:43 1 2
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Yeah our money dopey Sunak is throwing away.....
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17/12/2020 17:08:13 0 2
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No we the people are paying the internet on the loans that pay for the furlough scheme. If we had to survive the last 9 months on our taxes alone the UK would of gone bank rupt after a few months.
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17/12/2020 17:44:39 3 0
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Tax payers money is a figure of speech, not an axiom. Your contribution to the national debt will be small, unless you pay more than £30k in tax per year exclusive of national insurance (due by 3 million taxpayers). The verity - the super rich will never pay their moral dues - they seek legal tax avoidance measures, the middle class £80-150k earners will bear the brunt of the increased taxation.
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17/12/2020 17:53:47 1 1
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Yup, and some have received nothing remember. Over 700k Limited Director companies as one example of poor strategy, get nothing. Not all Directors are loaded. They are also employers remember, so with no support for many, will only end up with more unemployment because this Government has ZERO strategy and has not got an idea about how businesses operate. Brexit is way worse, Covid = questionable
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17/12/2020 18:00:15 1 3
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Right then - we'll just stop the scheme shall we, seeing as you're so embittered by the fact that people are, by default, essentially helping their fellow kind.

The arrogance and selfishness of your comment is plain to see (as per the upvoters who are obviously of the same mold).
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17/12/2020 18:04:48 2 1
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The idea is to keep businesses operational so in the longer term they can return back to normal.
Please dont be selfish and short sighted.
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17/12/2020 18:32:56 0 2
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Complete nonsense. The Government uses tax revenue to run the country and pay for public services etc. Once we pay our taxes it is up to the Government to spend it as they see fit. If you were renting a house from me and I took you out for dinner it wouldn't be you actually paying for it would it.
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17/12/2020 18:43:31 0 1
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You must be one of those "cup virtually empty" sort of people...greeting good news with a moan
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17/12/2020 19:18:38 0 0
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As PAYE for 32yrs and been 50% for 20 I felt guilty being furlough, now redundant! Because of the furlough ending in October! I will never forget or forgive!
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17/12/2020 19:35:15 0 0
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Where do you think money comes from? Hint, the taxpayer is unable to create money.
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17/12/2020 15:24:31 8 4
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Well that will wipe the sweat of Sturgeons brow for a wee while! Phew!!
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17/12/2020 15:41:51 2 2
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Why? Do you think she will claim the "free" money comes from Holyrood?
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17/12/2020 15:24:52 244 59
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The Furlough Scheme is great. It won't help that much though when the employee is later made redundant anyway because his employer has gone bust because they weren't allowed to operate.

The best way to help workers is to put an end to these ruinous lockdowns.
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17/12/2020 15:28:22 39 41
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yep great years dole money in 6 weeks, great idea to save barmaids
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17/12/2020 15:55:47 23 26
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Twice the annual NHS budget spent on ruinous restrictions and our economy destroyed for a virus no more serious to the working age population than a flu. Gov won't be happy till UK plc is completely bankrupt if we aren't already.
The aftermath of this hugely disproportionate overreaction is going to be the worst economic disaster for generations.
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17/12/2020 16:32:36 14 3
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The only way that will happen is for all businesses to stay open en masse and to ignore the rules. Can’t see that happening unfortunately.
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Dee
17/12/2020 17:17:40 7 4
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800,000 jobs lost due to lockdowns already. They're delaying the inevitable millions in job losses and it will cost tax payers billions to repay it all. Those cheering for lockdowns should consider if they're jobs are safe and who will pay their pensions at the end of all this.
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17/12/2020 18:01:24 5 1
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Let's just put you in charge. You're obviously hugely clued up about the fact 500+ people a day are dying of Covid....
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17/12/2020 18:02:00 5 9
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open the pubs, shut the schools.
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17/12/2020 18:28:04 2 7
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No. End furlough and expose redundant posts. Furlough is a farce.
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17/12/2020 18:38:26 5 2
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With the greatest of respect, the government is not responsible for the virus. There job is to reduce the spread and thereby the threat to human lives. Humans are hosts to a viral enemy, lockdowns are the only way to reduce the spread. The Bubonic plague, Spanish Flu and a multitude of pandemics thrived because of ignorance and religious superstition. The bottom line is a simple one, stay indoors.
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17/12/2020 19:00:15 1 2
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To hell with that, change furlough to ubi, bundle it into the higher rate of universal credit and watch the economy mend itself
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17/12/2020 22:11:15 0 1
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Yes, end lockdowns now - the public must strictly adhere to social distancing, mask wearing and hand washing. No excuses, I don't care how much people want to chat to their mate or go to the pub - lockdown is not worth it! No more lockdowns, please folk, do your civic duty and socially distance properly!
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17/12/2020 15:23:39 382 22
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I wish they would stop saying the government are paying wages of the furlough scheme:
They are not and never will.
We the people are and will through our taxes.
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17/12/2020 15:24:58 58 202
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Your point being?
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17/12/2020 15:29:17 43 4
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We are mortgaging our future, rather than being allowed to earn the money now.
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17/12/2020 15:29:22 40 10
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The point being when are the tax havens going to contribute to our economic woes?
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17/12/2020 16:11:24 8 4
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Point being .. enough is enough!!
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17/12/2020 16:22:10 3 3
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The point being that those who are in there twenties now will be paying for all this for the whole of there working lives by the way of higher taxes.
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AJ
17/12/2020 16:25:24 6 2
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Every penny that the Government spends is provided by the public in one way or another.
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17/12/2020 16:40:44 2 2
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My point being that anything positive has a ‘the government are doing this great thing for you’ spin.

They are not paying your furlough.

They need to be honest and start giving us a projection on the economical impact long term.
Me, my kids and great grand kids will pay.

I am fortunate to currently have a job and continue to pay 40% tax on this. So the fortunate will be hit double by this.
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17/12/2020 16:44:16 2 2
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He's just made it. Man alive. Dumb or what?
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17/12/2020 18:27:04 1 0
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To encourage the uninformed to think about where their money is going.
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17/12/2020 19:26:33 0 0
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£26 billion claimed fraudulently. Governments have no money, they are supposed to be the custodians of tax payers money. Are you aware I can claim the VAT back on my racehorses cost. I do not as children need education and people need health provision. My father taught me never moan about paying tax. Be happy you are in the position that you can afford to.
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17/12/2020 15:25:03 110 4
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'Furlough scheme extended until the end of April.'

I don't think anyone is coming out of tier 3 anytime soon. In fact, I expect everyone is heading for a tier 3 de-facto lockdown after Christmas.
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17/12/2020 15:56:22 16 2
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Bristol and North Somerset are!
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17/12/2020 16:03:42 4 9
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Restrictions and social distancing are never going away... New normal remember. None of this nonsense stops until UK plc say NO.
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17/12/2020 17:12:41 1 5
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Yep, they realised a few hours too late that they had made a catastrophic mistake in a bid for 'popularity' and are now backpedalling furiously. Their get out without a U-Turn is to tell people to use 'common sense' - ho, ho, ho. I just came back from my weekly supermarket shop and there wasn't much 'common sense' being practiced in there! But it shouldn't be a surprise, we now 52% are stupid.
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17/12/2020 15:25:13 12 6
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Sturgeon will be delighted. Papering over the cracks.
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17/12/2020 15:56:28 4 2
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SHE MIGHT NOT BE SO DELIGHTED WHEN INDEPENDENT SCOTLAND TAKES ON ITS PROPERTION OF UK DEBT!!
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17/12/2020 15:25:18 21 8
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Well as predicted by many London goes to Tier 3 more money threw at it.

Its not a major shock that there is a groundswell of resentment growing in the rest of the country with regards London & South East.
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17/12/2020 15:38:58 4 1
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Kent's in Tier 3 and that's not likely to change for some time...
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17/12/2020 15:44:28 3 1
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Took you a while to realise but you got there in the end!
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17/12/2020 16:40:44 1 4
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Why do people think that the South East is all rich? Come to Medway where we have some of the highest numbers of Covid-19 cases in England and a lot of poverty, any connection?
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kaz
17/12/2020 15:25:21 4 3
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Will this apply to the self employed?
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17/12/2020 15:32:06 4 1
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Didn't last, doubt it will now!
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17/12/2020 15:23:39 382 22
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I wish they would stop saying the government are paying wages of the furlough scheme:
They are not and never will.
We the people are and will through our taxes.
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17/12/2020 15:25:39 65 1
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Dead right, and wait for the outcry when they have to raise taxes to recover the money.
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17/12/2020 15:25:55 25 19
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It's a tacit admission that Bojo's Covid policies aren't working any more than his other policies.
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17/12/2020 15:32:11 28 18
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Please advise what Covid policies you refer to. Not Governments fault the virus is spreading, it's down to each and everyone of us to manage our behaviour.
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17/12/2020 15:26:08 109 27
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No me though. 3 million of us tax payers who have lost out on help - still haven't been helped a single pound since March this year.

I am finished. Completely done with this government of millionaires saying they understand.
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17/12/2020 15:30:06 55 8
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The number is higher when you take into account those of the self employed (like myself) who made a loss and it wiped out any help from the government. I'm in a slightly "better" position, I've had a whole £882 since March and no access to any other benefits...
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17/12/2020 15:53:12 8 2
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Make sure you quantify your losses, if you manage to ride the storm out they could help you avoid paying tax for the next few years.
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17/12/2020 16:47:15 3 3
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Yep, not furloghed been herding cats at a school. We own old cars -paid for-no help there. No mortgage as council-no help there. Son a gigiging muscian-no help there and college shut. Daughter works on petting farm, laid off but at college-no help there. Lowpaid heros to just lowpaid JAMs as PM T May put it. Wife furloghed as cruise industry shut so her company shut. Total £400 worse off per month
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17/12/2020 17:22:40 17 1
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I am a higher rate tax payer 'millionaire'. I have paid my way (over 50% tax) for the past 30 years. I have done my part and not dodged a penny. I am lucky enough to privately educate my children, overall I use public services little. I am a massive net benefiter to the GDP of the UK. I am also happy to pay more to support my country and people in difficulty.

I am not the enemy!!!!!!
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17/12/2020 18:43:26 2 0
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Labour and Lib-dems are complicit, had they not abstained when 55 Tories rebelled the Government would have been defeated, but Starmer is more lock-down crazy than Boris, always urging 'more'.
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17/12/2020 19:01:25 3 0
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Three missed meals away from a revolution
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17/12/2020 20:26:22 2 0
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Indeed - as a consultant I was paying £30K pa in tax through both corporation tax and dividend tax and my government covid assistance ......... ZERO!

No furlough or self-employed, no UC as I had taken the trouble to defer gratification and save, just zilch.

Somehow I see me being in the crosshairs for the tax rise take.
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17/12/2020 15:26:33 38 3
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Is that April 2021 or 2022??
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17/12/2020 17:28:14 21 8
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For the lockdown zealots it would be forever, despite the evidence that they make no difference. Countries that have carried on as normal have just the same cold virus fatalities as those that went on lockdown frenzies.
Crazy lightweights are running the show.
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17/12/2020 15:22:19 73 8
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We're screwed.
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17/12/2020 15:26:34 68 76
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Don't worry soon we'll have a significantly worse trade deal with our nearest and largest trading partner, that will super charge the recovery!
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17/12/2020 15:41:53 10 7
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who gives a damn, not like Europe has magically avoided the economic damage from coronavirus either. It may all work out to a level playing field by the time all this is over.
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17/12/2020 18:41:52 4 1
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only an idiot could imagine that Brexit is going to be anything compared to the destruction of the global economy. If anything we will save money not having to bail out Southern Europe - they won't survive another tourist less summer they may not survive the last one!
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17/12/2020 22:58:08 0 1
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Yep, all hail the good ship Brexuicide and all who guide her

Pwecious Bwexit at all costs........... no matter the human cost
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18/12/2020 16:37:00 0 0
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yawn.
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17/12/2020 15:27:15 9 5
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When the pandemic really kicked off in the UK in March, who’d have imagined we’d still be in the depths of it now? The CJRS has been a complete lifesaver so I welcome its extension til April. My science outreach service to schools usually has me visiting 150+ schools a year, but I’ve only had ten bookings since March as many schools are understandably not having external visitors. Thank you Rishi!
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17/12/2020 15:29:57 7 4
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Good of you to acknowledge the scheme which has been a lifeline to thousands of people.
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17/12/2020 15:28:01 2 4
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Lots of free money. Oo goody! But how will we pay it back? All the lockdown covidiots hae prevented businesses from generating any money.
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17/12/2020 15:28:09 2 3
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Magic money tree ??
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17/12/2020 15:55:47 0 3
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That phrase is so old and tired, please come up with something that will actually add to the debate.
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17/12/2020 15:23:39 4 6
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Still nothing for the excluded then. Thanks Rishi, have yourself a merry little Christmas.
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ESG
17/12/2020 15:35:13 0 2
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Well we do get the knowledge that we'll be paying back the debt, alongside everyone that's benefitted.
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17/12/2020 15:28:16 51 3
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so Tier 3 till April then? Over a year of this.
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17/12/2020 16:06:13 55 17
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April and beyond.... Around and around we go... New strains... More cases... The war on COVID is a war that can and never shall be won. It is the vehicle to be used to strip the population of their freedoms and assets.
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17/12/2020 16:08:07 3 4
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Or until it has gone round all the schools in the land; they are age group with the highest figures.
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17/12/2020 17:18:02 0 3
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Yeah, it's nothing to do with a deadly virus is it, just a government courting unpopularity I guess?
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17/12/2020 15:25:40 46 12
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Call me a glass half full type of person, but this suggests to me that Boris has told Sunak that he's going to screw the hell out of us all, with covid restrictions, as soon as Christmas is over.

So make this Christmas a good one, because it doesn't look like we're going to see much cheer after it.
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17/12/2020 15:55:07 18 4
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DRAKEFORD HAS ALREADY CONFIRMED OUR LOCKDOWN IN WALES FROM 28TH DECEMBER (YIPPEE) - A CONSEQUENCE OF HIS POST 'FIREBREAK' APPROACH
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17/12/2020 15:24:52 244 59
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The Furlough Scheme is great. It won't help that much though when the employee is later made redundant anyway because his employer has gone bust because they weren't allowed to operate.

The best way to help workers is to put an end to these ruinous lockdowns.
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17/12/2020 15:28:22 39 41
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yep great years dole money in 6 weeks, great idea to save barmaids
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17/12/2020 20:35:24 1 0
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You're right, only people like you should have their jobs saved. Stupid government.
Absolutely typical of the BBC they let you make a comment on this but not on the SNP's total failure on the drug problem in Scotland. Removed
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17/12/2020 15:42:41 13 3
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They only allow comments about brexit and the conservatives, nothing else seems to be allowed to be discussed.
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17/12/2020 15:58:33 0 1
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BBC shortbread do not allow criticism of the Dear Leader. Only the daily worship at 1215 where they cut it off if any journo asks an awkward question.
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17/12/2020 16:09:45 0 1
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The drug problem is the same all over the country. If the half-wits are stupid enough to take illegal drugs or abuse alcohol then it's their responsibility. I'm aware that often it's associated with homelessness, deprivation and mental health issues, but there is only so much a government can do to solve those sorts of problems.
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17/12/2020 15:29:13 9 5
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God bless the UK
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17/12/2020 15:24:58 58 202
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Your point being?
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17/12/2020 15:29:17 43 4
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We are mortgaging our future, rather than being allowed to earn the money now.
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Ben
17/12/2020 15:43:15 31 31
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That seems fine to me, if the alternative means tens of thousands less people dying or being hospitalised.
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17/12/2020 15:29:19 213 39
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Good though this is for those who need it, we can't continue it forever. We've destroyed the economy and created numerous other health crises, primarily to save elderly & vulnerable people, many of whom would have died from flu & other respiratory diseases anyway. Their lives obviously matter too, but there has to come a point when we accept the "cure" is worse than the disease
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17/12/2020 16:00:01 49 52
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Everyone knows we must end the restrictions the only ones fighting to tow the party line on HYS are gullible people and the 77th brigade.
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17/12/2020 16:06:05 16 4
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Speaking as a 67 year old I agree with you. I shop as little as possible and where a mask when I do, would rather chew my own arm off than go Christmas shopping this year and go walking and cycling for exercise. It is very sad for very elderly people dying in care homes, but in 99% of cases the Covid is just one of a number of contributory factors.
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AJ
17/12/2020 16:23:57 10 9
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How would you feel if your mother or Grandmother was abandoned and left to die in a care home because of your way of dealing with the problem. How typical you are of the selfish and ungrateful younger generation that the country has to put up with nowadays.
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17/12/2020 16:41:02 3 7
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The elderly and vulnerable also work
As good as our healthcare is, people have died on assumption an underlying condition hadn’t been found yet
What if it was announced it was healthy people that succumbed?
The trial of vaccine involved a healthy 26 yo male dr, he died of covid
I don’t think they’re balancing crises, I think they’re saving as many healthy people as possible, to say so = mass panic
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17/12/2020 17:55:03 6 4
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There would be no need for these lockdowns if the people were to follow covid guidelines. Unfortunately the many covidiots are destroying their very own future
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17/12/2020 19:24:16 0 0
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No this government have mismanaged the pandemic from the off! EU countries closed boarders, tested and traced from the beginning, gave real guidance in a timely manner and weren’t vague or confused, some using Xmas to lock down whist businesses and factories close for the period. We do the opposite and we’re 10th highest death count, economic disaster, low morale etc!
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17/12/2020 20:12:45 0 0
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You must love your family?
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17/12/2020 15:24:58 58 202
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Your point being?
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17/12/2020 15:29:22 40 10
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The point being when are the tax havens going to contribute to our economic woes?
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17/12/2020 18:00:58 0 0
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You mean like Ireland and Luxembourg, the EU tax havens?
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17/12/2020 18:02:34 0 1
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Tax havens cost the UK economy £18.5 billion per annum.
So far the government has spent £210bn.
Now what?
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17/12/2020 15:29:43 18 9
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Go on Rishi! Keep shaking the magic money tree!
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17/12/2020 15:41:41 4 6
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So glad Corbyn planted it whilst trying to get into power!
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17/12/2020 15:45:26 1 1
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And if he hadnt provided this, Liebour nuts like yourself would still put the boot in. Damned if he does, damned if he doesnt
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17/12/2020 15:27:15 9 5
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When the pandemic really kicked off in the UK in March, who’d have imagined we’d still be in the depths of it now? The CJRS has been a complete lifesaver so I welcome its extension til April. My science outreach service to schools usually has me visiting 150+ schools a year, but I’ve only had ten bookings since March as many schools are understandably not having external visitors. Thank you Rishi!
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17/12/2020 15:29:57 7 4
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Good of you to acknowledge the scheme which has been a lifeline to thousands of people.
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17/12/2020 15:26:08 109 27
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No me though. 3 million of us tax payers who have lost out on help - still haven't been helped a single pound since March this year.

I am finished. Completely done with this government of millionaires saying they understand.
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17/12/2020 15:30:06 55 8
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The number is higher when you take into account those of the self employed (like myself) who made a loss and it wiped out any help from the government. I'm in a slightly "better" position, I've had a whole £882 since March and no access to any other benefits...
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17/12/2020 16:44:43 7 9
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Makes you sick some self employed doing great out of the pandemic and able to claim £30k for the year, fraudently or not!!! As for the furlough scheme, biggest waste of tax payers money ever!!! Being abused my companies up and down the country!!
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Ray
17/12/2020 20:40:36 1 0
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I thought I was the only one in that position. No earnings since March and no benefits available to me.
I'm fortunate that I made some wise decisions over the years but my retirement savings are now paying my current bills and will be gone before retirement comes.
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17/12/2020 15:30:10 10 11
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Christmas should just be cancelled and give the infection rates a chance to reduce so we avoid prolonging this ruinous state of affairs.
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17/12/2020 15:32:06 4 4
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Bojo doesn't need an excuse to avoid seeing his children.
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Ben
17/12/2020 15:34:34 2 1
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The Government had no problem imposing rules over every other religious celebration this year, wonder what makes Christmas so special as to be COVID proof.
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17/12/2020 15:34:44 0 3
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How do you cancel a regligous historical event. You can’t just choose not to take part. Nothing in life should be cancelled
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17/12/2020 15:30:30 5 6
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Yes many have had gelp but these schemes have excluded hundreds of thousands who will not forget they have been left to suffer by this administration.
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17/12/2020 15:32:46 1 2
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Apols.."help"
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17/12/2020 15:26:16 5 11
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Another day another Tory u-turn. Governing in circles.
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17/12/2020 15:37:58 1 1
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How is this a U turn exactly??
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17/12/2020 15:40:58 2 1
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It’s a continuation not a u turn or even a corner.
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17/12/2020 15:26:29 16 11
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Sturgeon..destroyed in parliament today
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17/12/2020 15:42:18 8 8
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No HYS opened!! Never is when the cult failures are highlighted. BBC-anti Scotland yet pro SNP.
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17/12/2020 15:56:47 2 5
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Ah yes an unrelated comment however you fail to mention the fact that she was bold enough to admit it was a failure, apologise take responsibility for it and give a plan to move forward with.........first politician I've ever seen do this and not just spout off and change the subject. If this was Boris or another they would have probably talked about all the "new" hospitals that don't exist......
276
17/12/2020 16:22:25 3 4
bbc
I'd still rather have her as PM than Boris the fool and his minions.
36
17/12/2020 15:27:28 8 8
bbc
Thank goodness we have a UK govt that supports it's people in tines of need
69
17/12/2020 15:37:57 1 3
bbc
You mean thank goodness we have a government that keep rewarding the least productive?
169
17/12/2020 15:57:39 0 2
bbc
yes we do. We have one of the most generous benefit systems in the world, as evidenced by our high teenage pregnancy rate and the amount of economic migrants that try and enter the country daily.
37
17/12/2020 15:31:51 128 26
bbc
Get everyone back to work is what we need. Enough is enough
46
Ben
17/12/2020 15:33:10 19 48
bbc
If you say so, chief!
199
17/12/2020 16:05:55 3 9
bbc
Dont recall a Blobby Knby on the list of SAGE advisers!
539
17/12/2020 17:56:30 1 3
bbc
I guess you have not lost a loved one to covid
631
17/12/2020 18:42:39 3 0
bbc
You are 100% correct as the UK cannot be living on dirty borrowed money much longer.
854
17/12/2020 22:55:54 0 0
bbc
Another one advocating genocide.......

Clinical experience based on Borifice's delusions and three episodes of Doctor Kildare
10
kaz
17/12/2020 15:25:21 4 3
bbc
Will this apply to the self employed?
38
17/12/2020 15:32:06 4 1
bbc
Didn't last, doubt it will now!
32
17/12/2020 15:30:10 10 11
bbc
Christmas should just be cancelled and give the infection rates a chance to reduce so we avoid prolonging this ruinous state of affairs.
39
17/12/2020 15:32:06 4 4
bbc
Bojo doesn't need an excuse to avoid seeing his children.
109
17/12/2020 15:44:53 0 2
bbc
Or paying for them, probably.
12
17/12/2020 15:25:55 25 19
bbc
It's a tacit admission that Bojo's Covid policies aren't working any more than his other policies.
40
17/12/2020 15:32:11 28 18
bbc
Please advise what Covid policies you refer to. Not Governments fault the virus is spreading, it's down to each and everyone of us to manage our behaviour.
41
17/12/2020 15:29:33 3 6
bbc
Will it also cover the oven ready deal carnage?
94
17/12/2020 15:40:10 0 1
bbc
Deal was ready, the oven rejected it like they would have rejected any deal placed in front of them.
8
17/12/2020 15:25:13 12 6
bbc
Sturgeon will be delighted. Papering over the cracks.
Removed
33
17/12/2020 15:30:30 5 6
bbc
Yes many have had gelp but these schemes have excluded hundreds of thousands who will not forget they have been left to suffer by this administration.
43
17/12/2020 15:32:46 1 2
bbc
Apols.."help"
44
17/12/2020 15:32:47 9 11
bbc
Disgusting Chancellor
First you take away our freedom and liberty
Then you force business to close

You should pay for it.
Self employed people like me not eligible but forced to pay for others.
Cant wait for my meeting with my accountant in January
1 agenda item- find every legal way to pay as little tax as possible

The country is now a communist dictatorship
57
17/12/2020 15:35:00 11 2
bbc
if you were self employed with a salary, you could have furloughed yourself??

Oh, wait , you chose to dodge NI contributions by paying dividends..

He who lives by the sword and all that.........
93
17/12/2020 15:39:33 2 1
bbc
What a load of crap.
45
17/12/2020 15:32:59 172 4
bbc
It's easy to be popular when paying out £20 notes to people for doing nothing, but wait until you ask everyone for LOTS of £20 notes back to pay for it....

Easy to make claims that the "rich" must pay and "amazon" must pay - which we probably all agree with, but you can't get to them without GLOBAL agreements

Not sure anyone has understood just how bad the covid hangover is going to be.
104
17/12/2020 15:44:12 158 42
bbc
the only people getting asked for it will be the ones still working in April - so all the key workers (shop workers, binmen, emergency services) that have worked non stop through this mess whilst the single mother of 9 who has been using food banks because shes spent her dole money on acryllic nails and Gala Bingo will avoid having to pay this back and will probably actually get even more benefits
126
17/12/2020 15:48:19 13 8
bbc
Rishi's estate should make a sizeable contribution. Maybe half their wealth they have more than enough
133
17/12/2020 15:50:16 11 3
bbc
I think the Covid Hangover will be a lot worse than the Covid Headache, and that was the worst headache I've ever experienced.
187
17/12/2020 16:02:06 12 5
bbc
The hangover from this nonsense will be the worst economic disaster in generations. It will make the great depression look like boom time! UK is bankrupt and the economy is in tatters. Time for a "reset"....
475
17/12/2020 17:17:37 0 0
bbc
so what is the problem in gaining global agreements?
742
17/12/2020 20:16:41 4 2
bbc
No need to ask "everyone" for lots of £20 notes - you know who you dished the £20's out to, so only have to ask them to repay the free money they were given. Give them 5 years of increased "covid" tax - perhaps a 5% tax on all earnings from zero up.
37
17/12/2020 15:31:51 128 26
bbc
Get everyone back to work is what we need. Enough is enough
46
Ben
17/12/2020 15:33:10 19 48
bbc
If you say so, chief!
47
17/12/2020 15:33:16 96 32
bbc
Get everyone back to work. Stop killing people with these restrictions
86
17/12/2020 15:38:50 47 72
bbc
And kill people in the process?
213
17/12/2020 16:08:16 4 17
bbc
You'd prefer to kill them with the virus?
673
17/12/2020 19:06:25 2 1
bbc
You are 100% correct, because this highly incompetent, totally insane government do not give a toss about anyone else and the destruction they have caused to people's livelihoods and jobs. Very nasty indeed.
48
17/12/2020 15:33:19 2 2
bbc
I'm leaving santander and joining Sunak
49
pTc
17/12/2020 15:33:21 90 19
bbc
I do hope next year there will be tax codes for those who have managed to work throughout, increasing our tax free amount. I do think it fair we continue to work and pay tax and then pay back the furlough money on top.
58
17/12/2020 15:35:07 39 8
bbc
Absolutely, spot on.
73
17/12/2020 15:38:51 4 1
bbc
Know where you are coming from, but let's start with a retrospective Stamp duty for these houses that have bumped up in some perverse manner with more unemployed.
107
17/12/2020 15:44:39 15 20
bbc
Maybe I should be put on a separate tax code because I've not used a hospital for 10 years, or never used the fire service. What a load of rubbish.
296
17/12/2020 16:23:15 6 11
bbc
There is a fascinating sub-strata of commenters who seem to believe those on furlough were putting their feet up at taxpayers' expense. In fact, very few people I knew who were on furlough asked for it – most had it imposed on them. And they spent the entire time fretting about whether they would have a job to go back to.
Dividing the nation into imaginary 'camps' distracts from the real issues.
390
Agi
17/12/2020 16:48:21 5 2
bbc
We can only but hope.

I am definitely not spending and pumping any extra money into this economy from my EARNED wages. I'll let all those on furlough enjoy and keep this economy running from their furlough money spent on amazon etc.
I see enough of this example, being way to jolly on furlough at the cost of others.
890
18/12/2020 14:13:55 0 0
bbc
1% tax reduction on ones that have worked throughout this and 3% hike on the 13 month furloughed.
50
ESG
17/12/2020 15:33:28 8 6
bbc
What about the excluded self-employed? Nothing, except the knowledge that we'll also be paying back the debt, alongside everyone that's actually benefited, and has been treated with very different criteria.
68
17/12/2020 15:37:10 2 1
bbc
The same for those of us fortunate enough to not be affected.

I just consider myself lucky to be able to pay.
78
17/12/2020 15:39:53 3 2
bbc
Along with the millions that have been working all the way through so haven't benefitted at all. The forgotten army who don't work in the NHS, so have been all but ignored, and continue to be.

See - we can all paint a picture of woe if we feel like it........
51
17/12/2020 15:33:53 2 2
bbc
Is this a world-beating, Australia-style furlough scheme?
52
17/12/2020 15:34:03 3 3
bbc
Oh boy, the freeriding economy marches on; so much for promoting productivity improvement...
65
17/12/2020 15:36:20 0 1
bbc
First thing you need to improve productivity is a job.

You can join the rest of the dots yourself
77
17/12/2020 15:39:51 1 2
bbc
Worst performing economy in the G7 because Roland Rat is at the helm. Sorry Roland.
85
17/12/2020 15:40:54 1 1
bbc
Wait until Jan lockdown kicks in
53
17/12/2020 15:34:04 18 5
bbc
Don't worry. Just do what Fatima did and retrain for something you've got no interest in or aptitude for.
119
17/12/2020 15:47:26 21 8
bbc
Performing arts wasnt the steadiest, most reliable industry before this. I dont think its being ridiculous to ask an "actor" whos had 2 speaking lines in Eastenders and a guest role on Holby to re-train and look for work doing something else. Millions of people would love to work in performing arts but get put off by reality - it is a gamble and theres no guarantee of steady work.
32
17/12/2020 15:30:10 10 11
bbc
Christmas should just be cancelled and give the infection rates a chance to reduce so we avoid prolonging this ruinous state of affairs.
54
Ben
17/12/2020 15:34:34 2 1
bbc
The Government had no problem imposing rules over every other religious celebration this year, wonder what makes Christmas so special as to be COVID proof.
32
17/12/2020 15:30:10 10 11
bbc
Christmas should just be cancelled and give the infection rates a chance to reduce so we avoid prolonging this ruinous state of affairs.
55
17/12/2020 15:34:44 0 3
bbc
How do you cancel a regligous historical event. You can’t just choose not to take part. Nothing in life should be cancelled
56
bdp
17/12/2020 15:34:46 4 2
bbc
Exactly the furlough and self employed scheme has been running over half the year now, so I dont get how certain self employed people in the entertainment industry are complaining as they can claim money through the various schemes. Only ones that should be worried are the ones that have understated their true income to the tax man which would be their own fault
71
17/12/2020 15:38:05 4 2
bbc
And 3 million people (10% of the working population) because of technicalities who receive absolutely nothing, like myself.
What's he done to address that?
106
17/12/2020 15:44:31 2 2
bbc
Those like me who's business is relatively new, around 2 years, have little profits to speak of, which SEISS is based on. So I have just over £200 to live on for three months. Those that run limited companies are also not covered by this legislation. So many excluded people out there.
44
17/12/2020 15:32:47 9 11
bbc
Disgusting Chancellor
First you take away our freedom and liberty
Then you force business to close

You should pay for it.
Self employed people like me not eligible but forced to pay for others.
Cant wait for my meeting with my accountant in January
1 agenda item- find every legal way to pay as little tax as possible

The country is now a communist dictatorship
57
17/12/2020 15:35:00 11 2
bbc
if you were self employed with a salary, you could have furloughed yourself??

Oh, wait , you chose to dodge NI contributions by paying dividends..

He who lives by the sword and all that.........
138
17/12/2020 15:50:53 1 1
bbc
Don't forget 20% corpration tax the Government collect.
7.5% dividend tax.
So less NI paid and a little less tax on income, and the abilty to offset expenses vs no job security, no holiday pay, no sick pay.
49
pTc
17/12/2020 15:33:21 90 19
bbc
I do hope next year there will be tax codes for those who have managed to work throughout, increasing our tax free amount. I do think it fair we continue to work and pay tax and then pay back the furlough money on top.
58
17/12/2020 15:35:07 39 8
bbc
Absolutely, spot on.
19
17/12/2020 15:23:39 4 6
bbc
Still nothing for the excluded then. Thanks Rishi, have yourself a merry little Christmas.
59
ESG
17/12/2020 15:35:13 0 2
bbc
Well we do get the knowledge that we'll be paying back the debt, alongside everyone that's benefitted.
60
17/12/2020 15:35:17 1 2
bbc
Get ready for the land value or wealth tax to pay this all back.
What are we upto £31000 per man woman and child in UK.
One family SUV and what are the PCP etc terms again.
Tory fiscal responsibility mmmm not so sure.
61
17/12/2020 15:35:42 63 19
bbc
Where is it all coming from, Rishi? The public sector won’t get it when they have a pay freeze despite their source of income, the private sector, having been demolished. You have to open up now. It is proven beyond any doubt lockdowns don’t work! People are still getting covid! Please for the love of our country, grow a pair and end the lockdown.
81
17/12/2020 15:40:38 32 36
bbc
And be an irresponsible Trump-like killer of the old and vulnerable

Potato/potarto?

PS..It isnt a LOCKDOWN until Schools and Unis are closed, only ESSENTIAL shops are open, and businesses close and furlough; or work from home unless they are essential
What we have is half a*sed compromises in tiers!
186
17/12/2020 16:01:50 5 5
bbc
Lockdowns don't work in the Western world because the lot like you just argue and resist any instructions given, individualism at its 'best'.
556
17/12/2020 18:01:32 5 1
bbc
Lockdowns would work if people obeyed the guidelines, but sadly there are so so many covidiots
62
17/12/2020 15:36:10 3 2
bbc
Little Rishi has definitely not overlooked the 3m again has he........

You'd have thought with all the refreshes to his plan eventually just by luck they'd get included, mind you that would take a hint of competence, another clueless chancer.......
63
17/12/2020 15:36:15 7 5
bbc
Am I the only person who thinks Rishi Sunak looks like Roland Rat?
125
17/12/2020 15:48:17 3 1
bbc
Without the charisma or economic basics, yeah rat fans
64
17/12/2020 15:36:20 3 6
bbc
It’s time for everyone of us to ignore the restriction, all businesses to trade and put 2 fingers up to the government. They should have used the furlough money to simply fund NHS care
52
17/12/2020 15:34:03 3 3
bbc
Oh boy, the freeriding economy marches on; so much for promoting productivity improvement...
65
17/12/2020 15:36:20 0 1
bbc
First thing you need to improve productivity is a job.

You can join the rest of the dots yourself
66
17/12/2020 15:36:21 48 8
bbc
During a conflict we are happy to spend billions blowing people up, why can't we therefore spend money on our own people in their hour of need?
672
17/12/2020 19:06:16 4 0
bbc
because during a conflict, we strive to keep the economy going to win it, the enemy tries to stop it to defeat us, here we have destroyed the economy so every pound 'printed' & hour of production lost means there is more money chasing fewer goods - and guess what that does eventually? The world has done it! Printed trillions when 2007 had never been fixed. -ve interest rates & free money - mad.
895
18/12/2020 16:45:58 0 0
bbc
If they belong to Isis and similar groups., they are enemies of our civilisation, they cannot be negotiated with, and I am happy to blow them up.
67
17/12/2020 15:37:04 8 9
bbc
When it comes to paying these costs back, does anyone think that those who benefitted most should foot the bill? By all means offer support now but this should be repaid by additional taxes on those who received the most support?

Saddling future generations with debt and expecting those who've supported this scheme now seems regressive.
75
17/12/2020 15:39:23 4 5
bbc
Spot on. The government can be as generous as they like; but don't expect those working through the lockdown to pay for those furlough freebies.
82
17/12/2020 15:40:43 1 3
bbc
No one benefits from mass unemployment
154
17/12/2020 15:54:14 2 1
bbc
In any other society yes but not the UK, aka The New Upside down where doing the right thing is wrong, where criminals have more rights than victims and where common sense seems to have taken a leave of abscence.
50
ESG
17/12/2020 15:33:28 8 6
bbc
What about the excluded self-employed? Nothing, except the knowledge that we'll also be paying back the debt, alongside everyone that's actually benefited, and has been treated with very different criteria.
68
17/12/2020 15:37:10 2 1
bbc
The same for those of us fortunate enough to not be affected.

I just consider myself lucky to be able to pay.
122
17/12/2020 15:47:57 1 1
bbc
Part of me considers myself lucky, but another part thinks how nice it would have been to have so many months off and yet still get 80% of my wage. Would have done me very nicely thank you very much
36
17/12/2020 15:27:28 8 8
bbc
Thank goodness we have a UK govt that supports it's people in tines of need
69
17/12/2020 15:37:57 1 3
bbc
You mean thank goodness we have a government that keep rewarding the least productive?
34
17/12/2020 15:26:16 5 11
bbc
Another day another Tory u-turn. Governing in circles.
70
17/12/2020 15:37:58 1 1
bbc
How is this a U turn exactly??
56
bdp
17/12/2020 15:34:46 4 2
bbc
Exactly the furlough and self employed scheme has been running over half the year now, so I dont get how certain self employed people in the entertainment industry are complaining as they can claim money through the various schemes. Only ones that should be worried are the ones that have understated their true income to the tax man which would be their own fault
71
17/12/2020 15:38:05 4 2
bbc
And 3 million people (10% of the working population) because of technicalities who receive absolutely nothing, like myself.
What's he done to address that?
72
17/12/2020 15:34:28 3 5
bbc
And still no support for small company directors who have no dividends to take. It’s a disgrace how people you employ get 80%, you have to pay their pensions and NI and yet receive didly squat.
101
17/12/2020 15:43:32 0 1
bbc
You could still take dividends from previous retained profits though within the company, of course if you have taken every penny out which was made in every year then you have a problem.
49
pTc
17/12/2020 15:33:21 90 19
bbc
I do hope next year there will be tax codes for those who have managed to work throughout, increasing our tax free amount. I do think it fair we continue to work and pay tax and then pay back the furlough money on top.
73
17/12/2020 15:38:51 4 1
bbc
Know where you are coming from, but let's start with a retrospective Stamp duty for these houses that have bumped up in some perverse manner with more unemployed.
9
17/12/2020 15:25:18 21 8
bbc
Well as predicted by many London goes to Tier 3 more money threw at it.

Its not a major shock that there is a groundswell of resentment growing in the rest of the country with regards London & South East.
74
17/12/2020 15:38:58 4 1
bbc
Kent's in Tier 3 and that's not likely to change for some time...
129
17/12/2020 15:48:53 3 3
bbc
Good! Welcome to the party pal ! No sympathy from the rest of us already there.
193
17/12/2020 16:04:29 1 4
bbc
We already know that's a farce. Most of Kent is low risk.
642
17/12/2020 18:42:57 0 1
bbc
Kent is a dump.
67
17/12/2020 15:37:04 8 9
bbc
When it comes to paying these costs back, does anyone think that those who benefitted most should foot the bill? By all means offer support now but this should be repaid by additional taxes on those who received the most support?

Saddling future generations with debt and expecting those who've supported this scheme now seems regressive.
75
17/12/2020 15:39:23 4 5
bbc
Spot on. The government can be as generous as they like; but don't expect those working through the lockdown to pay for those furlough freebies.
1
17/12/2020 15:22:19 73 8
bbc
We're screwed.
76
17/12/2020 15:39:23 11 5
bbc
Tory incompetence innit, too slow dithering to lock down, then contracts for mates at extortionate rates. Still Boris sorted out his book and divorce and Cummings got his £40k pay rise....
52
17/12/2020 15:34:03 3 3
bbc
Oh boy, the freeriding economy marches on; so much for promoting productivity improvement...
77
17/12/2020 15:39:51 1 2
bbc
Worst performing economy in the G7 because Roland Rat is at the helm. Sorry Roland.
50
ESG
17/12/2020 15:33:28 8 6
bbc
What about the excluded self-employed? Nothing, except the knowledge that we'll also be paying back the debt, alongside everyone that's actually benefited, and has been treated with very different criteria.
78
17/12/2020 15:39:53 3 2
bbc
Along with the millions that have been working all the way through so haven't benefitted at all. The forgotten army who don't work in the NHS, so have been all but ignored, and continue to be.

See - we can all paint a picture of woe if we feel like it........
79
17/12/2020 15:39:59 8 3
bbc
oh dear i was wanting to see Annalise dodds and her shaking of the head on this one again , but she'll find something to moan about again with this ,
80
17/12/2020 15:40:12 5 5
bbc
I wish people would stop complaining about the support the government are giving to workers who would be otherwise losing their jobs.

This can be paid for out of the Brexit bonus that has been accruing since we left earlier in the year.

If needs must they can extend it to the end of 2021.
96
17/12/2020 15:42:55 1 1
bbc
Ok comrade please tell me what i should think and say
168
17/12/2020 15:57:37 0 2
bbc
Brexit bonus...good joke. Wait, that's a joke right?
61
17/12/2020 15:35:42 63 19
bbc
Where is it all coming from, Rishi? The public sector won’t get it when they have a pay freeze despite their source of income, the private sector, having been demolished. You have to open up now. It is proven beyond any doubt lockdowns don’t work! People are still getting covid! Please for the love of our country, grow a pair and end the lockdown.
81
17/12/2020 15:40:38 32 36
bbc
And be an irresponsible Trump-like killer of the old and vulnerable

Potato/potarto?

PS..It isnt a LOCKDOWN until Schools and Unis are closed, only ESSENTIAL shops are open, and businesses close and furlough; or work from home unless they are essential
What we have is half a*sed compromises in tiers!
185
17/12/2020 16:01:31 5 2
bbc
Trump isn't actually responsible for the US Covid Response, Health episodes like this are a State matter. That's why half the USA is busy, and half shut down. The half that is shutdown, (generally Democrat), is faring worse than the half that isn't, (generally Republican). Those that are shutdown are blaming those that arn't, they ain't listening though. US politics is such fun.
315
17/12/2020 16:32:16 0 1
bbc
SPUD
658
17/12/2020 18:58:45 0 0
bbc
What a load of political motivated drivel, Europe was the place where the hospitals were emptied to protect them & the virus introduced into care homes.

"Deaths in care homes account for about half of Covid-related deaths in Scotland"

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54719827
894
18/12/2020 16:44:02 0 0
bbc
There are valid arguments both in favour of, and against, a lockdown. Opposing lockdown does not make someone an 'irresponsible Trump-like killer'.

P.S. There is no such word as 'potarto'. There is a difference in the way 'potato' is pronounced on either side of the Atlantic, but people in this country are unfortunately adopting many American pronunciations.
67
17/12/2020 15:37:04 8 9
bbc
When it comes to paying these costs back, does anyone think that those who benefitted most should foot the bill? By all means offer support now but this should be repaid by additional taxes on those who received the most support?

Saddling future generations with debt and expecting those who've supported this scheme now seems regressive.
82
17/12/2020 15:40:43 1 3
bbc
No one benefits from mass unemployment
120
17/12/2020 15:47:29 2 1
bbc
Where did I say that support wasn't necessary? Expecting those who've already supported the bill to stump up again is morally dubious.

How about an additional % on corp tax for businesses that furloughed staff until they pack back the taxpayer? Probably get passed onto consumers but fairer than further austerity or double taxation on other workers.
83
17/12/2020 15:40:50 9 4
bbc
Reading the comments on here really makes me believe the 40k plus who have died are the lucky ones. God humans are the most depressing animal on earth.
84
17/12/2020 15:40:54 3 4
bbc
Lockdown imminent in Scotland? easing of festive restrictions not a good idea. spike expected?
52
17/12/2020 15:34:03 3 3
bbc
Oh boy, the freeriding economy marches on; so much for promoting productivity improvement...
85
17/12/2020 15:40:54 1 1
bbc
Wait until Jan lockdown kicks in
47
17/12/2020 15:33:16 96 32
bbc
Get everyone back to work. Stop killing people with these restrictions
86
17/12/2020 15:38:50 47 72
bbc
And kill people in the process?
220
17/12/2020 16:09:31 21 3
bbc
Only history will know for certain, but so far it looks like all lockdown has achieved is killing different people as a result of delayed and cancelled medical treatment for many people to protect a small group of people with pre-existing condition such as being over 80.

The first lockdown has not a good idea as it purchased time to find a treatments, but now we need to start living again.
231
17/12/2020 16:12:52 18 4
bbc
Not if the 1% of the population who appear to be vulnerable are isolated with proper deliveries of food etc.
639
17/12/2020 18:46:03 7 1
bbc
Rubbish, the elderly sick are in carehomes & nursinghomes (clue is in the names), they don't go to pubs or work, anyone who is likely to be vulnerable could stay at home, isolating the healthy is madness and not widely publicised is this report on 'lock-down', it will kill more than covid!!!

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/19/lockdown-may-cost-200k-lives-government-report-shows/
Removed
666
17/12/2020 19:02:15 1 2
bbc
Absolute rubbish
846
17/12/2020 22:42:29 0 0
bbc
The worker can be replaced. Now get back to work.
87
17/12/2020 15:41:24 3 4
bbc
No doubt the 'excluded' will start whining again. There are a few hundred who have genuinely been caught out by the eligibility criteria. But the the majority are wealthy company directors and/or people with significant assets (hence not eligible)
They know it but more importantly, so does the treasury.
110
17/12/2020 15:44:53 3 1
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Absolute rubbish, a lot of small businesses are limited companies
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17/12/2020 15:45:39 0 1
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Utter rubbish
Over 3 million of us
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ESG
17/12/2020 15:50:48 0 2
bbc
If you'd been excluded since March with your income crushed to 10% of last year you'd rightfully be whining too. Asking to be treated the same as the employed. The treasury can see enough to do a fairer job of this. Sure we'll be asked to repay the debt though if we're lucky enough to qualify for tax by then.
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17/12/2020 15:41:42 16 14
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When the furloughed go back to work will they pay an extra 2% in tax to cover the costs of others like me, working everyday through this. No I can imagine I'll be paying also, and not had 13 months scratching my arse drinking wine...
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17/12/2020 15:45:04 18 4
bbc
Most people on furlough would much rather be at work in a secure job, I am sure.
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17/12/2020 15:45:46 9 5
bbc
Going on Furlough was not a choice for most of us. If we said no, we were made redundant. When will you people listen !
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17/12/2020 16:11:26 2 4
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Thank you for working all this time. I totally agree that those having been paid to stay at home should pay more tax than those that have endured this pandemic working throughout with no thanks or rest. Again thank you.
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17/12/2020 16:13:25 3 2
bbc
What do you want a pat on the back?
No one anticipated a global pandemic. You should be blaming the UK Government who failed to prepare for this scenario, not people who have been told not work and are becoming homeless. Be lucky you've got a job to go to.
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17/12/2020 16:16:00 1 1
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You can AFFORD WINE!!! Eee, I live in a brown paper bag in middle of t' road, eat a handful of hot gravel for breakfast with a mug of pondwater to go with it. (With apologies to Monty Python)
Ok auntie Beeb, nice wee story about furlough and its good that its to be extended for those that need it, BUT why don't you make a name for yourself and open up for comments on the real stories in Scotland, Alex Samond investigation, the drugs death figures, the care home manslaughter's, the hospital fiasco's, .The only HYS we have in the Scotland section is furlough being given another 4 weeks! Removed
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17/12/2020 15:45:01 20 1
bbc
Too scared to do that... Sturgeon got skelped today on drug deaths...
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17/12/2020 15:48:49 0 5
bbc
Yes! spare a thought for an unemployed anti-SNP troll!!
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17/12/2020 16:05:55 4 1
bbc
The drug deaths is a real scandal did you see her performance in parliament, it’s bordering on embarrassing
Mate your name just screams idiot. Removed
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17/12/2020 16:11:59 0 1
bbc
You told on me! Lol naughty boy hopefully farm subs get hacked because of this, over paid morons x x x x
4
17/12/2020 15:24:31 8 4
bbc
Well that will wipe the sweat of Sturgeons brow for a wee while! Phew!!
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17/12/2020 15:41:51 2 2
bbc
Why? Do you think she will claim the "free" money comes from Holyrood?
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17/12/2020 15:26:34 68 76
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Don't worry soon we'll have a significantly worse trade deal with our nearest and largest trading partner, that will super charge the recovery!
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17/12/2020 15:41:53 10 7
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who gives a damn, not like Europe has magically avoided the economic damage from coronavirus either. It may all work out to a level playing field by the time all this is over.
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17/12/2020 15:42:05 4 3
bbc
Wondering if anyone who supported Universal Credit as a safety net claiming it was appropriate who's been furloughed is willing to say they got it wrong?

Someone in that positon should pay back their own furlough costs minus what they would've received under UC otherwise they're total hypocrites.
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17/12/2020 15:32:47 9 11
bbc
Disgusting Chancellor
First you take away our freedom and liberty
Then you force business to close

You should pay for it.
Self employed people like me not eligible but forced to pay for others.
Cant wait for my meeting with my accountant in January
1 agenda item- find every legal way to pay as little tax as possible

The country is now a communist dictatorship
93
17/12/2020 15:39:33 2 1
bbc
What a load of crap.
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17/12/2020 15:29:33 3 6
bbc
Will it also cover the oven ready deal carnage?
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17/12/2020 15:40:10 0 1
bbc
Deal was ready, the oven rejected it like they would have rejected any deal placed in front of them.
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17/12/2020 15:26:29 16 11
bbc
Sturgeon..destroyed in parliament today
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17/12/2020 15:42:18 8 8
bbc
No HYS opened!! Never is when the cult failures are highlighted. BBC-anti Scotland yet pro SNP.
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17/12/2020 15:40:12 5 5
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I wish people would stop complaining about the support the government are giving to workers who would be otherwise losing their jobs.

This can be paid for out of the Brexit bonus that has been accruing since we left earlier in the year.

If needs must they can extend it to the end of 2021.
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17/12/2020 15:42:55 1 1
bbc
Ok comrade please tell me what i should think and say
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17/12/2020 15:26:16 5 11
bbc
Another day another Tory u-turn. Governing in circles.
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17/12/2020 15:40:58 2 1
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It’s a continuation not a u turn or even a corner.
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17/12/2020 15:29:43 18 9
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Go on Rishi! Keep shaking the magic money tree!
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17/12/2020 15:41:41 4 6
bbc
So glad Corbyn planted it whilst trying to get into power!
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17/12/2020 15:29:17 43 4
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We are mortgaging our future, rather than being allowed to earn the money now.
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Ben
17/12/2020 15:43:15 31 31
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That seems fine to me, if the alternative means tens of thousands less people dying or being hospitalised.
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17/12/2020 17:05:51 1 2
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But it isn’t the either/or you present. It’s frankly shameful for you (and this government) to morally blackmail us in this way.

To be honest, I’m being unfair to the government. Because they’re not as bad as you. Their mantra was only “Protect the NHS”. The Sunday Times recently discovered the extent of this philosophy in the DNRs for elderly hospitalised patients - disgraceful
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17/12/2020 17:56:21 0 0
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except that isn't the alternative
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17/12/2020 19:48:58 0 0
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And what of the consequential death toll that will never be tracked? The people who have already committed suicide due to the financial pressures of the lockdowns and tier system.
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17/12/2020 15:43:26 1 4
bbc
Hopefully son-in-law of a billionaire Rishi will pull through ok and not have to rely on handouts from Unicef......
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17/12/2020 15:53:08 2 1
bbc
What is the status of Sunak's family got to do with anything? You sound envious.