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#91
Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Tamas - Today at 05:27:33 AM
Quote from: Sheilbh on Today at 05:20:30 AMWell also it's Katharine Birbalsingh's school and for all the articles praising her as "Britain's strictest headteacher" in the right wing press, she also attracts a lot of negative coverage from, say, The Guardian.

FWIW my view is that her school is more diverse and takes more free school meal pupils than average and performs really well (again, well above average) which is changing  kids' lives. But I think she'd be better served by staying off social media and not courting the press.

Maybe. But I am wary of religious influence of any kind spreading in a supposedly secular society, so maybe not. I know Islam is a difficult topic to approach because it is very hard to separate valid concerns about demands by a bigoted religion incompatible with modern society from racist bile since the latter disguises itself as the former, but the former still exists, and this racist controversy will be used as a guise to de-secularise society if we let it. Not because Islam/Muslims are particularly evil but because that's what always happens when a religion is given the opportunity.
#92
Off the Record / Re: [Canada] Canadian Politics...
Last post by Josephus - Today at 05:22:34 AM
So far as the budget goes; I haven't read it in depth, but  the capital gains tax is good. Really only affects a small group of Canadians and can raise more than $19 billion. I'm disappointed the much expected corporate income tax hike did not come to pass. Maybe next year?
#93
Off the Record / Re: Israel-Hamas War 2023
Last post by Josquius - Today at 05:21:34 AM
Quote from: garbon on Today at 02:24:05 AM
Quote from: Josquius on Today at 01:47:14 AMI don't think it's irrelevant at all.
Not all racism is the same.
There's a huge difference between those who are used to different words, now considered racist, and accidentally use them meaning no malice; and somebody who knows fine well they're being racist and thats their goal in setting out to cause harm.

Irrelevant as we weren't have a discussion about the most mild form of racism. Bringing up the most mild version feels like an attempt to shut down the conversation.

Its easier to show difference when speaking of extremes.
In the case being talked about you have people expressing solidarity with Palestine getting the same treatment as a raging committed anti semite.
The punishment should suit the scale of the crime.
#94
Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Sheilbh - Today at 05:20:30 AM
Well also it's Katharine Birbalsingh's school and for all the articles praising her as "Britain's strictest headteacher" in the right wing press, she also attracts a lot of negative coverage from, say, The Guardian.

FWIW my view is that her school is more diverse and takes more free school meal pupils than average and performs really well (again, well above average) which is changing  kids' lives. But I think she'd be better served by staying off social media and not courting the press.
#95
Off the Record / Re: Israel-Hamas War 2023
Last post by Tamas - Today at 05:19:15 AM
I am sorry but our society is choke full of societal peer pressure forcing behaviours. Some of these make it into law but most don't.

I mean, FFS, many offices have bloody dress codes. Nobody is up in arms about the freedom to wear flipflops to work, stopping that isn't tyranny, but being able to select what level of hateful dangerous asshatery you allow in the company you own, that is?

Come on guys.
#96
Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Tamas - Today at 05:16:19 AM
Another reminder that Brexit consequences haven't actually started yet: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2024/apr/17/garden-centres-in-uk-stockpile-plants-before-new-brexit-checks

QuoteGarden centres and nurseries are stockpiling plants before Brexit checks are introduced later this month, amid concerns over whether new border posts will be ready to deal with the volume of deliveries.

The Horticultural Trade Association (HTA), which represents garden retailers and growers, said many of its members had been increasing orders of plants in recent weeks, to increase stocks before the checks start on 30 April.

Suppliers on the continent have announced that they will hold back some orders for up to three weeks after the checks begin because of fears that some border control posts (BCPs) could be overwhelmed.
#97
Off the Record / Re: [Canada] Canadian Politics...
Last post by Josephus - Today at 05:15:59 AM
Tim Hortons lost it for me many years ago. I only used to go for the coffee and the timbits anyway; but honestly McDonalds coffee is better and timbits are fattening, which, when you hit my age, is a concern.
#98
Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Tamas - Today at 05:14:47 AM
Court maintains a school's right to be secular and not give time for prayers, Muslim teacher/columnist in Guardian outlines the two main problems: 1. why can be schools secular, even, and 2. the verdict is islamophobic:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2024/apr/16/michaela-school-prayer-ban-muslim-teacher-religion
#99
Off the Record / Re: [Canada] Canadian Politics...
Last post by Grey Fox - Today at 05:09:50 AM
Quote from: Barrister on April 16, 2024, 11:00:25 PMSo anyways the budget.

It's going pretty hard left.  New spending for housing and a disability program.  Still expecting a $40 billion dollar deficit, so they make it up with hiking capital gains tax.

I'm looking at news reports and it's really hard to get apples-to-apples comparisons of new spending to new taxes, on either a year-by-year, or over a longer time frame, so I'm going to refrain from quoting numbers.  But the numbers on both new taxes and new spending seem significant.

Obviously this is not a "appeal to Barrister's vote" kind of budget.  But what say you Languish?

Finally addressing how Canada taxes capital gains is a great start. The new 60k$ limit on the RRSP contribution to buying a house is an interesting change.

Didn't really notice anything else. Still not enough funding for our military and actual federal competencies.
#100
Off the Record / Re: Brexit and the waning days...
Last post by Josquius - Today at 05:06:38 AM
Quote from: Gups on Today at 04:44:56 AM
Quote from: Josquius on April 16, 2024, 04:53:53 PMWeird she is trying to position herself as against the "London elite" when the entire approach of her time in power was let everyone else burn if it helps the (city of) London elite.

I can't think of a single measure in the mini-budget aimed at the City of London. Could you enlighten me?

Edit: except the scrapping of the limit on bankers' bonuses.
Eh?
Her entire thing was neo liberalism.

QuoteNot sure what the decline has to do with it. There's still a £22bn market in tobacco and there's already a black market. It won't disappear and this will just create a slowly-widening gap in the market which will be filled by criminals out to make money. As noted, the black market already exists due to high taxation - HMRC estiimate it's about 20% of the size of the legal market. It will naturally grow once this measure is introduced.

As always we make the mistake of assuming that "bans" which are incapable of being effectively change people's behaviour. Where they can be enforced (e.g. smoking bans in public places) they are effective. When they can't - drug/tobacco/alcohol, they are not only ineffective but simply transfer tax money to gangs.
If there's no demand then there's little market for the criminals either. Key is keeping tobacco out of the hands of kids. Do that and the numbers will dwindle ever more.
Illegal cigarette sellers will always be a thing. Just as sellers of illegal chocolate are a thing. But the prohibition analogy just doesn't hold up, tobacco isn't as in demand as alcohol.