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VAT on Private School
at 18:26 16 Jun 2024

"Charity law requires that charity employees, in this case teachers and administrators, are barred from serving as Trustees of the employing charity. " - lol. No it doesn't. Did the ISC tell you that? I won't wait for a citation, because you won't find a reputable one.

I think you've taken a nugget of truth: that trustee vs employee conflicts of interest must be must be avoided, eg trustee deciding on their own income as an employee, and spouted nonsense in favour of your argument. Nothing stopping someone serving as both.

Private schools aren't charities. This is true in every sense except the letter of the current law. Hopefully that will change shortly. The tide is finally turning.
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VAT on Private School
at 14:45 16 Jun 2024

Most of that is ISC propaganda. Its common for "unpaid" trustees and governors to also be relatively well paid employees (teachers, administrators, etc). These people are paid, just while wearing a different cap for PR purposes. Plus trustees and governors still receive "expenses".

Charities have some semblance they're serving the public good. Private schools are the opposite. They contribute to us being near bottom of international social-mobility rankings. They should not be untaxed "charities", no matter how they arrange their accounts ("not for profit"), nor how the owners are labelling themselves at the time they're paid. They're private enterprises who have paying customers who receive a service: education. Absolutely, we should tax them properly: corporation tax and capital gains tax in addition to VAT and business rates (I was wrong earlier, Labour will in fact introduce BRs, not just VAT).

Agreed about the other reasons we've poor social mobility. But that's weak whataboutery. No attempt to improve civilisation should be made that affects you until all other improvements are implemented first?
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Talking about ‘doing a Liverpool’ when rebuilding the Cobbold
at 16:41 13 Jun 2024

Love the old pics in this topic.

I hope we don't completely rebuild. A new stand would have to comply with FIFA's stupid rule that pitch must be a minimum of four metres from new stands and stadiums. That dead-space is a fan experience and atmosphere killer, whose only motivation is boosting ad hoarding space. If we keep the lower-tier, then it's not a new stand, it's only a new upper tier, and we can keep Cobbold's excellent close proximity to the pitch.

I doubt we can keep the upper tier. The seat rows are too tight by modern standards, as anyone who's suffered the legroom there will testify. So the concrete "risers" will have to go too. Any changes to lower tier can be sold to FIFA as a "refactor" rather than a rebuild. We've just extended it, honest Mr Infantino sir!
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VAT on Private School
at 15:56 13 Jun 2024

"mass migration to the state sector"..."huge amount of pressure on the state system"

554k kids go to private school in the UK (~6% of pupils). If say 10% can no longer afford it, that's 55k. There are 24k non-private schools in the UK. That's just over two kids per school. No mass migration, no huge pressure. Don't believe everything the ISC (private school lobby) and the right-wing press say.

What's more of a scandal is why these private companies (in all but name) still won't pay corporation tax, capital gains tax, and business rates. They aren't a public good, and contribute to us being near bottom of international social-mobility rankings. I'm not in favour of banning them like some countries do, as that's illiberal, but let's tax them properly like the private enterprises they are and pump that money into the state sector and levelling life chances.
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They sold a team, and built a stand
at 16:34 4 Jun 2024

£1.5m in 1982 is only £6.5m today. Shows how much more money there is in today's game. That sum wouldn't decimate a lower Prem or most Champ clubs today in the way it did us. Also seems pretty cheap by today's construction costs.

Architecturally, the west stand isn't great. More obstructed view seats than in the Cobbold, despite cantilevers having long existed in 1982, but I guess was outside our budget.

Also its a giant, black tombstone for the pitch. Whoever designed the roof with zero skylight deserved to be struck off the architects guild. Cobbold predated it by 10 years, yet allows natural light to reach the pitch. Pretty much every standstadium built around that time and since has seen the light. I wonder why some of the black roof panels haven't been replaced with transparent ones by now. Saying that, its a sizeable stand and was designed with the foresight to leave space for retrofitting a row of exec boxes, which will finally be completed soon.
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Your 10/10 Girlfriend
at 17:08 24 May 2024

One of the other men, the one she's most interested in, has just told everyone he's chucking his gf. They were supposed to go on a hot date this weekend. Worried now.
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Robson-Jose-McKenna
at 10:13 5 May 2024

Grandson of god.



There's probably a stone tablet hidden in the desert somewhere near Mount Sinai saying this would happen.
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Has anyone checked Cov’s form in the last five games?
at 08:24 29 Apr 2024

No, I'd take a point tomorrow. Think we'll beat Hudds at home - they're down and there's disarray in the camp. Main thing is we must avoid losing tomorrow. Southampton will be foot-off-the-gas, resting for the playoffs at Leeds.
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i feel sorry for Christian Walton.
at 08:19 29 Apr 2024

Unlikely to change the keeper at this late stage of the season, but Walton wouldn't be far off in other circumstances. He's always been the better shot stopper. Walton doesn't concede that 30 yard free-kick at Norwich IMO, and he parries wide or catches the header for Hull's third. We need a keeper with Hladky's feet and Walton's hands.
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Hladky kicking the ball to Burns
at 09:01 28 Apr 2024

Hlad had every right to expect Morsy would play a simple bounce pass to Woolfenden and take two Hull players out of the game. That's what we do. Playing out creates controlled attacking possession. I say this as a massive Morsy fan.

Hlad was more at fault for the third, which he could have parried wider, but not a howler. Axel is selected because he offers more defensive presence than Clarke, yet didn't challenge that header at the back stick.

Hull went into that game the best team in the championship on current form. Carvalho should be playing Champions League, never mind Prem. Said before game, I'd take a point with bells on. Easier games to come Weds & Sat.
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Toenail offside BIN VAR NOW
at 10:11 22 Apr 2024

"delays, loss of spontaneity" - will be faster before the end of the year. Semi-automation will "cut the average length of a VAR check for offside by 30 seconds": https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11661/13112834/premier-league-semi-autom
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Toenail offside BIN VAR NOW
at 10:01 22 Apr 2024

"benefit of the doubt should go to the attacking team" - agreed, but this is proposing a change to the offside rule, not VAR.
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Toenail offside BIN VAR NOW
at 18:51 21 Apr 2024

Bear in mind that VAR will be semi automated for offsides next season. Fewer delays and better communicated. Perhaps with higher frames per second this would be adjudged level, but that's not a reason to ditch VAR completely. It's a reason to continue improving VAR. Who chooses the frame when the ball left the foot? If it was the frame before, perhaps this would have been on. If it's impossible to tell, then lines should be an average (possibly weighted) of several frames.

But better to occasionally get these borderline decisions wrong at the behest of a machine (mostly) than make absolute howlers, which often occurred pre-VAR. Howlers, which on average favoured the big clubs and home teams. It's a physical impossibility for a human lino to simultaneously see when ball is kicked and whether attacker is beyond last defender. VAR might not be 100%, but it's much more accurate than a human with a single pair of eyes. And it's not bent.

It might have spoilt a fairy-tale moment for Coventry today, but football refereeing shouldn't care about that. It's sport, not contrived theatre. If it had been a last minute Man Utd goal ruled out, we wouldn't be having this conversation.
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Ali Al Hamadi is a great signing
at 08:34 1 Apr 2024

People forget he's carrying an adductor injury, which is why he's not been playing for Iraq. Yet he's top scorer in the Championship in goals per minute, albeit a small sample:
https://footystats.org/england/championship

His four goals have come from good poaching instincts. Much more to come. I think we'll see a much better player come August.
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Walton
at 15:33 31 Mar 2024

Nobody is undropable, and Hladky is only 19th in save percent this season - https://www.fotmob.com/en-GB/leagues/48/stats/season/20721/players/_save_percent
But those Opta stats don't judge the keeper's sweeper metrics.

Walton has always been, and continues to be the better shot stopper, and was instrumental in our promotion last year. Hladky was statistically the worst keeper in L1 during his first spell for us, completely lacked bravery coming off his line, for crosses, and when diving towards his posts. I was extremely worried when Walton got injured. But Hladky this season is transformed. Even during his dodgy initial spell, it was clear he had outfield-level ball skills. Among the best I've ever seen in a keeper. Much more courageous now. When he's on form, he suits our style better, even considering he's a few percent shy of Walton's shot-saving. By my count, he's caused two goals due to bad passes. Still far outweighed by goals created, but also by avoiding conceding due to our defenders having confidence to pass back and retain possession when we'd otherwise concede throw-ins & corners. I wouldn't have been bothered if Walton had been started at one stage this season, and I still think the margin between them is fine, but Hladky continues to just edge it.
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This is a great stat - points since Moore's full debut
at 15:25 29 Mar 2024

Indeed, we played Hirst until the wheels fell off. No striker can play that many minutes. Time for Al Ham to step up today, and save Moore for the tougher S'ton game Monday.
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Mr Bates vs the Post office
at 00:17 9 Jan 2024

Amazed that this scandal didn't break in 2009 after Computer Weekly ran the story. What were the rest of the media doing? Computing was far less sexy in those days I suppose, something geeks, not gazillionaires did. Still, other than Private Eye, asleep at the wheel.

I worked for POL IT while Paula Vennells CBE was in charge. The most incompetent people I've ever worked with. Their main analyticsdata science system ran in Microsoft Access. It was about a decade later than I'd seen this archaic software used anywhere else. I was nowhere near Horizon. Knew nothing about it. POL had layer upon layer of IT supplier vultures feasting on POL's technology apathy, and I was far removed. POL should have made tech their core competency. It was long after the 2007ish digital revolution when successful companies in their position started developing their own software. Instead they outsourced everything. POL's anti-tech management had a massive heavy drinking culture. Senior managers lapped up the wineoyster bar schmoozing scene. They didn't give a f#ck. Just signed the cheques and hit the bar at 5pm. Suppliers followed their lead. I wasn't surprised in the slightest when, some years after leaving, I found out about this scandal (I hadn't read the stories in CW & Private Eye before I joined).
Royal Mail divested POL around then and by comparison they had actual software engineers who understood and liked technology on the payroll. You could tell the distain RM tech had for their counterparts at POL.

Who gave Vennells the CBE in 2019? By then, POL had already lost the civil suit and had to pay > £100m. It was known that she lied to the Treasury Select Committee. Honours system is a cess-pit. We have a culture of venerating the undeserving in this country. If it's okay to give head of state to a single rich family, then why not hand out gongs to people like Vennells? Makes you sick. We'd be so much better off as a republic.
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Brandon Williams' legs
at 18:09 30 Oct 2023

Fingernail extensions. Same ones Jack Grealish uses.
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Those Were the Days needs a rebrand
at 16:27 26 Oct 2023



Last 30 games form, we're the best in Europe by 12 points. Twelve. Drink it in. What we're living through as Ipswich supporters right now is very special, regardless of the league half these results were in.
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Cobbold Stand redevelopment
at 15:21 6 Oct 2023

Can clearly see how many obstructed-view seats there are. It's a wonder they didn't make the Pioneer a cantilever. Sheff Weds had one back in 1961, so the construction tech had long existed. Maybe we'd have bankrupted ourselves even worse! I suppose you could consider it semi-cantilever as the obstructing pillars aren't at the front like older stadia.
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