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  1. TheOXOCube:5pur2

    TheOXOCube:5pur2 Pride of North London
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    Discuss all non-Footy related issues here.
     
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    UKIP - Bunch of ****s. My first and last comment on politics. :)
     
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    TheOXOCube:5pur2 Pride of North London
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    Really could just replace that UKIP with any political party and that statement would still hold validity. Issue is just which ones consists of less ****s than the other.
     
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    Those Chelsea fans are a bunch of racist scumbags <whistle>
     
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    PISKIE is a ginger haired hippy **** <grr>
     
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    Why do Chelsea fans look strange? Not kidding, every time I saw them on match day when they were going or leaving from Stamford Bridge, strange looking folk they were.....And then don't get me started on Spurs, why do they look like orcs?
     
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    Cym keeps a pair of waders in the bedroom to stop dolly from running away <whistle>
     
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    Her name isn't dolly and I don't need a pair of waders so **** off you ginger haired hippy **** <grr>
     
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    You just hang onto her back legs then ?
     
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    What I do in the privacy of my bedroom has got **** all to do with you <ok>
     
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    Pipe down Grandad, I'm just thinking about your welfare. I wouldn't want Dolly kicking you in the nuts whilst she's struggling to break free.
     
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    My grandchildren don't call me grandad they call me taidy <ok>
     
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    You let your Grandchildren watch you doing that ? You depraved ****er <whistle>
     
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    All this talk about domestic animals got me thinking about something I saw on YouTube. The cutting edge in gaming.

     
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    It's called a right of passage <whistle>
     
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    Saw an article in The Guardian saying that UK financial sector bonuses are to exceed £100bn since the financial crisis in 2008. In addition to this, people who work in the financial sector have found ways of sidestepping the bonus sanctions which were introduced by Brussels by handing out fixed pay allowances in shares or other cash payments <doh>

    To make matters worse, the other week John McDonnell (MP for Hayes & Harlington) came to my university and he said that multinational corporations have avoided paying around £130bn in taxes that he knows of. That money could help out so many other issues which we face at the moment.

    The government need to do more to close tax loopholes and stop/limit the ridiculous amount of banker bonuses. The money could be used far more efficiently and productively.
     
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    ****ing Grauniad reading lefty<grr>
     
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    The government definitely needs to do more to close tax loopholes and claim more of the owed tax revenue from large corporations. Some of the examples of tax avoidance are terrible, Starbucks for example are a bad one. Some of the examples you see given are not actually that bad, so be careful when tarring a business with that brush. Cafe Nero for example only paid minimal corporation tax but still had a net contribution to the tax office of 150% of the return to shareholders. The gap in tax paid can also be due to company expansion written against profits, which is actually a good thing for the country in the long run. So yeah, it'd difficult to figure out which companies are the really bad ones, but there are plenty of them at it and it's up to the government to clamp down.

    Banker bonuses though despite being of a ludicrous amount you can't get annoyed with too much, same as footballer wages, that's just the going rate for someone at that level in that job. Bankers are paid large bonuses all over the world and if we want to keep the top quality we need to pay top quality.

    It's also not public money being spent on banker bonuses, these banks are private businesses (despite the government owning large chunks of certain banks) and therefor the government will struggle to tell them what they can and can't pay there own staff. These men work in the financial industry so it's naive to think they wouldn't come up with ways round any sanctions placed.

    We have to remember when looking at the banks that the tax payer will have made a profit on the bank bailouts. For all that money we poured in we got shares which over time we sell off for a profit. I believe on Lloyds we have already made money and on RBS we are heading towards break even with plenty of money still to be gained.

    So whilst it wasn't what we would have chosen to invest our tax money in, we will make a profit on the deal.
     
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    I understand what you're saying, but a lot of those bankers played a massive role in the financial crisis of 2007/08 which led to the Government spending billions of pounds to bail then out as a result of their own recklessness.

    I see your point about the going rate, too, but that's why there should be caps introduced as these people live in their own little bubble and earn far more money than most people. Brussels imposed caps on the bonuses given in the financial sector yet there have been loopholes exploited. Again.

    And although we need to keep our best bankers, that does not mean we empower them by giving them free reign to do whatever the hell they want.

    Something needs to be done about this else the inequality gap between the rich and everyone else is going to expand even further. The top 5% in the UK own 40% of the UK's wealth. A recent study by Oxfam showed that the top 1% worldwide will own more than the other 99%.

    Living conditions have to be improve for everyone, not just those at the top.
     
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    <laugh><ok>
     
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