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  1. Hedganian

    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    You'll get no argument from me. Unfortunately, a lot of things are left to private organisations and/or charities rather than being done by the government.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    People act like this is a new thing but it's literally been going on since forever. Back in Napoleon's day, wounded soldiers and sailors were just left at the nearest town to fend for themselves, most didn't even make it home to the UK. Welfare support for veterans is better than it has ever been. Mostly dispite government rather than because of it, but still.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    That looks like it would. Thanks. In other news, I've been filling in this application/CV/ form thing for the Cadet Force commissioning process. It's mostly straightforward, but there's the obligatory "describe yourself and list your major strengths and weaknesses" section that's really getting on my nerves. Been reworking it for days, still not happy. Describing yourself is harder than it seems, even more so when you only have 100 words to do it. I loathe this type of thing.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    I miss the side handle I had for my old one. Nowhere seems to sell them any more.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    I've got one by my bed. In case I have to get up in the night, and don't want to put the lights on to wake the wife.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    Anyone ordering from Taiwangun anytime soon? There's a couple of mags I want, but the shipping is almost as much as the goods...
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Not as such, however: if you return the vehicle in good condition you get £500 back. If you had an accident in it, you won't get that. So there's that.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    The NHS desperately needs accountability. Desperately. I see people screw up all the time, nothing seems to happen, even if I report it. The individual responsible for a mistake needs to be personally held to account for the consequences. Then - and only then - will they be prevented from doing the exact same thing to someone else.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    Private companies still have oodles of redundant layers of management. From what I hear, US hospitals are essentially the same as ours just give you a huge bill at the end of your stay. For the most part, they're not run any better. Obviously, if you're richer, you go to a "better", more expensive one, but rich people do that here anyway. You could reform the NHS without privatising it - why have companies profiting from these things? Same with utilities, internet, public transport, telecommunications and that sort of thing. These are things people *need* and they shouldn't be left to the whims of profit margins in my opinion.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    They're not insured as such, you get a certificate thing which is legally equivalent to insurance. Previously, the mobility people wouldn't issue any sort of proof of a clean record, but even though they now will, most insurers won't accept it, or only give you like one or two years even if you've been driving a mobility car for thirty years without incident. Because insurance companies are thieves. They'll use any excuse to charge more for cover and any excuse to avoid paying out on claims either.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    I need to go on the ACF clay shooting course, we *have* shotguns and clay traps, etc, but no one qualified to use them. So many courses on my list...
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    Perhaps, but I operate under the idea that they'd be paid the same as anyone else based on their qualifications, skills, etc. The only difference would be that they're not allowed to quit for a certain period.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    I didn't say unpaid. Conscripts under National Service were still paid, and I wouldn't suggest otherwise for any future 'required public service' except in the case of convicted criminals who should be required to work to earn their keep.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    I'm the scenario presented, they wouldn't be volunteers as much as conscripts - just mot for the armed forces.
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    It's literally the best thing about this mobility car scheme: I don't have to worry about any maintenance beyond keeping the screen wash topped up. Annual service, repairs, breakdown cover, even tyres - it's all included. And being a brand new car, it probably doesn't need much work in the first three to five years anyway. The downside is that whenever the eligibility ends, you're left with no car and have to start again from scratch with the insurance, without no-claims history. It he's no sense but that's insurance companies for you - just legalised thieves.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    Not sure how privatising the NHS will help anything - if anything, I'd expect more nationalisation in Stunt's Britain. Yes, providers deserve the rewards of their labours, but people's health shouldn't be subject to profitablity studies or 'market forces'. Minister of War doesn't want a conscript army, either - however, requiring people to choose between the Forces, NHS, council work (running libraries, repairing roads, changing bulbs in lampposts, etc), emergency services (less skilled roles, of course) and various other options of national interest (farming, mining, running power stations, building houses, whatever) for a few years of making their country better sounds like a workable plan...
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    Dogs are awesome. What did you get?
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    My eye! Sweet Jesus, Ouch!

    Own a car: you'll never be rich.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    All such services should be fully funded by the government, probably even provided by the military - it's good training. Mountain Rescue, Air/Sea Rescue, Lifeboats, all the rest.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    Reopen old railways instead? Also restore and reopen canal routes. Both are good options for bulk transport of goods, to reduce the amount of HGV traffic on the roads, which will in turn reduce wear. Oh yeah, and regular increases to the minimum width of a car parking space in order to keep pace with the constantly increase in the size of cars.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    Customs is part of HMRC, which is part of the Home Office, I believe. Although it might be Treasurey, since it's about money.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    And all the better for it.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    I thought we'd established this already. I called dibs on Minister of War/Defence.
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    Schnitzel with noodles - what made you smile today?

    I meant elected positions, not even Stunt could work *all* those jobs at the same time...
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