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Atos 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments

Atos 'Makes Benefits Error' On One In Five Assessments | Political world | Scoop.it
One in five recommendations by the Atos IT firm that suggest benefit recipients are "fit for work" are overturned at appeal.
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The First World War - BBC Four

The First World War - BBC Four | Political world | Scoop.it
This part covers the battle on the Western Front from 1915-17.
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If anybody wants to know what really happenend in the First World War then this documentary is excellent with letters and quotes from all sides not just ours: Many people seem to think the First World War was about a fight for freedom from Nazis but that was the Second World War. Surprising how many people think something similar. It was in fact a war of Empires and a continuation of the 19th century wars. All countries were trying to grab other people's lands including us. People tended to see themselves battling ancient enemies - like the Serbs against the Turks, Russia agains the Teutons. All sides were brutal and the common threads are incompetence, a total disregard for human life (friend and enemy) blind obedience by the men, criminal massacre of innocent peoples, racism on all sides and race hatred on all sides and a total blind egocentric view of the world which meant each country thought it was racially superior to the other. No side came out with honour. The original footage and fotos shows a world where many ethnic groups were easily identified by their clothes - the Fez in Turkey, Greek national costumes, Serbs and so on. Horses and cavalry charges were still used at the beginning. The action did not just take place in the trenches of the Western Front, there was also an Eastern Front where enormous numbers of Poles, Russians, Jews and Armenians were killed and not just fighting. It was a different world with different mindsets. There is a story of how one English soldier lying dying on the battlefield wrote a letter home asking how people were, and not to worry even though he was badly wounded. the pain wasn't too bad and if he died they could be proud of him because he did his duty. the letter was found later by other soldiers. In the Second World War soldiers didn't think like that. they didn't want to fight at all.
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Violence after pro-Palestinian protesters crash Friends of Israel UCL event

Violence after pro-Palestinian protesters crash Friends of Israel UCL event | Political world | Scoop.it
Police were called to an event at University College London after violent clashes between pro-Palestinian protesters and members of a pro-Israeli group.
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Interesting reversal of roles when Israelis object to attempts to silence them. Yet I agree that any attempt to shut people up because you dont agree with them is wrong. Just a pity that they have such double standards!
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Jackie Walker stripped of Momentum post in antisemitism row

Jackie Walker stripped of Momentum post in antisemitism row | Political world | Scoop.it
Activist loses role as vice-chair but remains on steering committee after suspension from Labour party over remarks
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Here is another example of how Jewish lobby groups will always try to smear anybody who criticises the orthodox Jewish narrative. Noone is allowed to say anything negative about Jews or Jewish groups past or present. It is a really sinister and sometimes stupid ploy. I wonder if they knew at the time that this woman is actually Jewish! Jews accused of antisemitusm by other Jews is just ridiculous. But no commentator will support her and you will be hard put to find a reference to the fact she is Jewish. What she really is is a Free Thinker.
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HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis - BBC

HyperNormalisation, Adam Curtis - BBC | Political world | Scoop.it
Welcome to the post-truth world. You know it’s not real. But you accept it as normal.
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Timely documentary that controversially tries to "explain" why things are as they are in politics. Featuring a young Donald Trump who transformed New York in the 70s!! Familiar story of banker power and the Middle East but with details probably not well known. If people knew how their world is manipulated and shaped by people like Trump and the money establishment they would not think that "things just happen" as many people seem to. His analysis that collective power of the people is finished rings true. THEY are organised, WE are not. Thats the message.
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Thai woman forced to kneel before late king's portrait

Thai woman forced to kneel before late king's portrait | Political world | Scoop.it
Video footage shows woman accused of insulting King Bhumibol Adulyadej being publicly shamed
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In your country is it safe to criticise the leader? One of the acid tests of freedom.
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Interpreter raped at knifepoint near Calais 'Jungle'

Interpreter raped at knifepoint near Calais 'Jungle' | Political world | Scoop.it
A female interpreter has been raped by three men near the 'Jungle' camp in Calais, according to reports. The woman, an Afghan national from Paris, was reportedly raped while her male companion was held at knifepoint. Pascal Marconville, the prosecutor who is dealing with the case, said the interpreter had been working with a male journalist on a documentary about unaccompanied children when three apparently Afghan men "set upon them".
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When the news reported 800 children were in the Calais camp I bet most people had an image of poor little children like up to say 13 or 14. I did.
But in law child means under 18 despite the fact that you can marry and have children at 16. Maybe they should ban that. If I stood in front of a load of 6th formers and said now children I want you to listen to me they would laugh at me and not take me seriously. Children are at the stage where they need their mothers and cry at the drop a hat. Maybe up to 12 depends on the individual. Then they become adolescent teenagers, still children really most of the time, and then young adults. They want their parents less and less, the new focus is out in the wide world. Children are vulnerable and shouldn't be wandering around at night, but try stopping a 15 year old! When I was 16 I was not a vulnerable child. I was a free agent and could do anything go anywhere - with some pocket money.
This is why people are shocked to see what they mean by "children" - big enough to take care of themselves.
The reporting is a mess. One moment they are all poor refugees and next minute the camp is full of perverts, one minute they are in desperate need and next they are attacking police, cars and lorries. And then I read that some volunteers are engaging in sexual relations with these men. What to believe? One thing is certain there are some undesirables in that camp and they should not be let in without identity papers.
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The Scourge of Suicide Terrorism

The Scourge of Suicide Terrorism | Political world | Scoop.it
Not Unique to the Middle East Suicide missions are by no means peculiar to the Middle East. The medieval Cathars of southern France and northern Italy "looked favorably on suicide, an attitude which made the more fervent of them impervious to persecution
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Suicide is a mortal sin in Islam as it is in Christianity so where did the justification for suicide bombers come from? From Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini when the bankrupt state ran out of options after the Iraq War in 1980 (sponsored by the US). "The first major instance of suicide terrorism was the December 1981 destruction of the Iraqi embassy in Beirut, killing 27 and wounding over 100. Suicide bombing acquired major political importance with the assassination of Bashir Jumayyil in September 1982; it went international with the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut in April 1983, killing 63. The largest explosion took place in October 1983 when a truck bomb killed 241 U.S. servicemen. The unceasing campaign that took place between 1983 and 1985 against Israeli troops in southern Lebanon was perhaps its outstanding success, for, unable to cope with this assault, Israel retreated almost entirely from Lebanon.
Apparently there were't any suicide attacks anywhere until the Khomeini period.
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Exposure: Islam's Non-Believers Episode 1

Exposure: Islam's Non-Believers Episode 1 | Political world | Scoop.it
The information contained herein is embargoed from press use, commercial and non-commercial reproduction and sharing into the public domain until Tuesday 4 October 2016.   Exposure: Islam's Non-Believers  
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Insight programme into what happens to those who decide they don't want to be a muslim. In some countries apostates will be killed! Dr Omer El-Hamdoon from the Muslim Association of Britain says people can leave the religion of their own free will and should not be punished. But he says it is not surprising that those who do leave are shunned. He says: “The Muslim community is a community based on religion, so if a person chooses to stop being a Muslim they can’t really expect that the Muslim community is still going to say to them, ‘You are still part of our community.’”
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1066 – how the Viking diversion cost Harold his throne

1066 – how the Viking diversion cost Harold his throne | Political world | Scoop.it
Cnut’s father, Swein Forkbeard, defeated Athelred, the famously Unready father of Edward the Confessor, to take the English throne, though he died soon after. Cnut in his turn took the crown from Edward’s half-brother, Edmund Ironside, becoming king of England in 1017.
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This month is the anniversary of the invasion of England by the Normans. Called the Great Disaster at the time it was the beginning of a brutal occupation and settlement leading to the Irish problem and benefiting a new aristocracy some of whom are still benefiting today!
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Ali Mohamed - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ali Mohamed

Ali Abdul Saoud Mohamed, (علي محمد) (born June 3, 1952) is a double agent who worked for both the CIA and Egyptian Islamic Jihad simultaneously, reporting on the workings of each for the benefit of the other.[citation needed ] He came to the United States working as a translator for Ayman al-Zawahiri, who toured California mosques to raise money to fight the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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This guy was and is a clever spy and double double agent who helped train Bin Ladens bodyguard and strikeforces. He worked for the CIA and was in the American military all the time passing on secrets. This is the world of incompetence and skullduggery so secret nobody can read his file and nobody outside the CIA knows where he is except that he is still "helping" the CIA. There is apparently some truth in the accusation that the CIA could have prevented the 9/11 attacks if they had done their job properly.
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National debt in EU countries in relation to gross domestic product (GDP) 2015 | Statistic

National debt in EU countries in relation to gross domestic product (GDP) 2015 | Statistic | Political world | Scoop.it
The statistic shows the national debt in EU countries in the 3rd quarter of 2015 in relation to the gross domestic product (GDP). The data refer to the entire state and are comprised of the debts of central government, provinces, municipalities, local authorities and social security. In the 3rd quarter of 2015, Greece's national debt amounted to 171 percent of the gross domestic product. The overall EU GDP amounted to almost 14 trillion euros in 2014.
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"Since 1980 there has only been six years when a budget surplus has been delivered, twice under the Conservative's John Major in 1988 and 1989 and four times under Labour's Gordon Brown in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001."
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PFI deals will cost taxpayers £209bn over next 35 years

PFI deals will cost taxpayers £209bn over next 35 years | Political world | Scoop.it
Every adult in Britain faces a debt of £4,119 to pay for schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure paid for by controversial financing deals, according to an analysis of the Treasury’s latest estimates on future repayments.

Private businesses are owed over £209 billion in the next 35 years – the result of more than 700 private finance initiatives (PFIs) signed by government – in what experts have slammed as a scandal.
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Every adult in Britain faces a debt of £4,119 to pay for schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure paid for by controversial financing deals, according to an analysis of the Treasury’s latest estimates on future repayments. Private businesses are owed over £209 billion in the next 35 years – the result of more than 700 private finance initiatives (PFIs) signed by government – in what experts have slammed as a scandal. Bet nobody remembers these facts when it comes to election day.
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Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara Facts

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Lucrezia Borgia, Duchess of Ferrara facts
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Lucrezia Borgia, married at 13, 18 and 21, second husband murdered. Became a kind of female entrepreuner but died at 39. The world of Macchiavelli and Renaissance Italy when popes had mistresses and war and assassination were policy. Nice reproduction of the times in the TV series The Borgias.
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Mary I - British History - HISTORY.com

Mary I - British History - HISTORY.com | Political world | Scoop.it
Find out more about the history of Mary I, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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No "witch" was burned alive in England but plenty of Protestants were when the Catholic Queen Mary took control in 1553. She was one of Henry VIIIs daughters. The whole of Europe was a religious war zone in this period as Protestantism challenged the ideas based around a Pope. The Pope became the anti-Christ! The penalty for heresy was death by burning at the stake. England and Scotland had opted for Protestant rituals and rejection of the Pope although many people still secretly practiced the old ways. Mary set about destroying anybody who refused to revert back to the Catholic way and executed hundreds of people who refused to recant. This is our own Bloody Mary though most people will think it is a drink.

It is amazing how many people died rather than changed ideas or pretended to. After all it is the same God, just different rules. Like early Christians in the Roman arena some went singing to their deaths! An Archbishop Cranmer an old man who at first agreed to become Catholic again later changed his mind and while at the stake stuck his right hand into the flames to burn first as it was the hand that signed his recantation.

Family members against each other, region against region, Protestant versus Catholic wars and more religious wars were to follow and all this pointless trouble is why more rational people finally got rid of religious power in the state and made it secular. Secularism is not anti-Muslim it is anti-religion as a separate power that thinks it can tell people what to do and make laws of its own. Our own history shows what it is like for people to be ruled by Christian religious fanatics.
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Jenny Tonge quits Lib Dems after suspension for alleged antisemitic comments

Jenny Tonge quits Lib Dems after suspension for alleged antisemitic comments | Political world | Scoop.it
Peer who has sat in Lords as an independent since 2012 suspended over comments reportedly comparing Israel to Isis made at meeting she hosted
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A timely new example of how nearly all our MPs and the Press are cowards and terrified of Jewish influence that might see them lose their jobs. Another example of how no-one is to be allowed to publicly air a criticial view of Israel and if they do they will immediately be accused of anti-semitism. There is no free speech for any public figure when talking about Israelis. It is noticeable that, so far at least, no newpaper will alow any comments on their reports because they know a lot of people will be saying exactly what I am saying. And that shows their collusion with Israel. Our journalists have really lost the plot in recent times and can't be trusted to report the relevant facts on anything!

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The Wonder of Islam, The Dark Ages: An Age of Light - BBC Four

The Wonder of Islam, The Dark Ages: An Age of Light - BBC Four | Political world | Scoop.it
Waldemar Januszczak examines the early artistic explorations of the first Muslims.
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Lots of balanced praise about Islamic art from a Jewish historian, can't be bad! Writing about the Dark Ages which is really a description fitting the Christian Book of Ignorance getting into gear around this time rejecting all previous knowledge for study of everything from a biblical point of view only (sounds familiar!).

In the 10th century Cordoba was an Islamic city of 500,000, the biggest and most prosperous in Europe, apparently. It was a city of light, art, learning, and tolerance with Christians and Muslims sharing the use of the Mosque! Homes had running water and a toilet no less. Islamic scholars were sifting through Greek and Roman knowledge, mapping the stars, perfecting the Greek astrolabe and creating paradise on earth in gardens and landscapes. They used natural motifs and decoration at this time. They wrote poetry and stories not all religious, some funny and satirical. Not sure about singing and music because both things are forbidden in Islam unless about God. By all accounts it was a city to marvel at. What it shows is how varied Islamic culture has been.

Nowadays the new Puritan Islam would see the whole concept of a beautiful Cordoba as blasphemy and tear it down - too luxurious and pleasurable a bit like Puritan Christians who also banned singing and dancing and theatre. What a miserable lot all religious puritans are.
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John Pilger: Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump - New Matilda

John Pilger: Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump - New Matilda | Political world | Scoop.it
The following is an edited version of an address given by John Pilger at the University of Sydney, entitled ‘A World War Has Begun’. I have been filming in the Marshall Islands, which lie north of Australia, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Whenever I tell people where I have been, they ask, “WhereMore
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Opinions you wont hear on or in our news. And there is another article explaining how the pro-Israeli lobby tries to stifle criticism of Israel.
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The Whale That Nearly Drowned The Donald

The Whale That Nearly Drowned The Donald | Political world | Scoop.it
How Trump schemed to win back millions from a high-rolling—and doomed—Japanese gambler.
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Our UK news really is a load of rubbish most of the time, never asking basic questions or checking basic facts. In fact the newsrooms have been criticised for those lapses by the BBC Trust itself recently. They haven't changed. Even this new attempt to land on Mars is bereft of context information - most importantly the fact that there is already a Mars Rover wandering around Mars. Who would have guessed! Of course that is NASA not Europe. WTF!! that is not good news reporting. The same absence of context and relevant fact applies to the reporting about Clinton and Trump. Who knew that Trump has previously actually contributed to a Clinton campaign. How about mentioning his property deals - 6 times chapter 11 bankruptcy. Did anybody mention his Casino ventures? Also failed. I mean just to give a bit of context instead of smear campaigns about the media's favourite subject - sexual deviancy. And then I found this fascinating article about Trump and Akio Kashiwagi found dead in his palatial home near Mt. Fuji in 1992 owing Trump millions. There isn't actually any suggestion he had something to do with it. Kashiwagi was a gambler who almost bankrupted Trump's casinos but no mention of Kashiwagi on his Wikipedia page. Strange.
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Lockerbie bombing: are these the men who really brought down Pan Am 103?

Lockerbie bombing: are these the men who really brought down Pan Am 103? | Political world | Scoop.it
Evidence gathered for the aborted appeal against Abdelbaset al-Megrahi's
conviction points finger at Iran and Syrian-based terrorist group
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The story of the Middle East is so murky the truth got lost a long time ago. Think James Bond, CIA, Mossad, dirty tricks, bombs, black propaganda, downright lies and illegal deeds by our governments. Anybody who knows about the Lockerbie plane crash caused by a bomb knows that it was Libya and Gaddafi. Right? No, probably wrong. Most probably it was Syria and Assad prompted by Ayatolla Khomeni's Iran. Two years previously the Americans had "accidentally" shot down an Iranian passsenger airliner 6 months earlier killing 288 people. The intellligence agencies apparently reported that the planner was Syria but changed their mind as the US had other strategies for he Middle East. We have been misled all this time and lied to with the collusion of most of the media although at the time there were MPs and journalists who concluded correctly that it was Syria. This is why suddenly Gadaffi was the good guy when Tony Blair persuaded Gadaffi to give up his fictional weapons of mass destruction. the Libyans took the rap because they wanted to get back onto the world stage and trade. And we wanted was Oil.
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‘They’re asking for me to be murdered and I think that’s a bad idea’

‘They’re asking for me to be murdered and I think that’s a bad idea’ | Political world | Scoop.it
4 February 1990 After a year’s silence, Salman Rushdie today speaks out in defence of his novel The Satanic Verses. In a 7,000-word essay, written exclusively for The Independent on Sunday, he invites ‘‘ordinary, decent, fair-minded Muslims’’ to reconsider the book in an atmosphere of calm and reason.
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In 1990 26 years ago fanatical muslims thought they had the right to murder a writer who wrote fictionally about Mohammad. So nothing new in the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Strange how the media doesn't join up the dots and put things into a context.
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Scientists reconstruct face of a warrior who died 3,500 years ago

Scientists reconstruct face of a warrior who died 3,500 years ago | Political world | Scoop.it
The 'Griffin Warrior' found buried in a tomb packed with treasure in Greece has been seen by archaeologists for the first time in 3,500 years after a specialist reconstructed the ancient man's face.
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Greek fighter from 1500 BC. It was survival of the fittest back then and people like Alexander the Great were probably incredibly strong and tough.
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Evidence Clears Two. The Law Doesn't.

Even prosecutors now say Laverne Pavlinac and John Sosnovske did not commit the murder for which they have already been imprisoned for five years in Oregon. Still, two months after someone else confessed to the crime, they have not been freed.
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An unhappy woman, Ms. Pavlinac, with an abusive partner tries to get rid of him by accusing him of the murder of a girl. She almost doesn't succeed but then confesses to having taken part. They are found guilty. End of story? No. Someone writes letters saying he did it and killed 8 women. Everybody thinks it is a hoax until a lorry driver is implicated and evidence found that confirms he was telling the truth and the woman was lying!

Even so, under some US State law you can't be found innocent after being found guilty because a jury is always right!!! Took a while to get them set free. Yet another Hollywood script in waiting!

The serial killer had 3 children who he treated well and was generally liked by everybody who knew him.Food for thought...
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The Muslim Prince Who Lived In The Vatican

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In the 15th century, Prince Djem (the brother of Ottoman Sultan Bajazet) became a guest of Pope Innocent VIII in the Vatican. Djem was actually a pawn in the political game between Sultan Bajazet and the Pope. But nonetheless, this Muslim prince lived in luxury at the very seat of Christendom. The incongruous situation of the Pope playing host to an infidel further eroded respect for the papacy.
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How in 1481 a Muslim prince, son of an Ottoman sultan, was a guest of a Borgia Pope and lived in the Vatican. He was later poisoned, probably on the orders of the Borgia pope - for a price paid by the Sultan. None of events was about religion, more about power and money. Episode 3 of the tv series, the Borgias, includes the story.
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What kind of life can you live on £7.20 an hour? - BBC News

What kind of life can you live on £7.20 an hour? - BBC News | Political world | Scoop.it
The National Living Wage is coming into force. What sort of lifestyle does it let people have?
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A lot of fuss from employers but a 39 hour week gives you a grand total of £250 a week to live on after taxes. No chance of a holiday or extra pension payments from them!
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BP shareholders reject chief Bob Dudley's £14m pay deal - BBC News

BP shareholders reject chief Bob Dudley's £14m pay deal - BBC News | Political world | Scoop.it
BP investors deliver a huge vote against a 20% rise in chief executive Bob Dudley's pay package, as chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg promises to listen and learn from the criticism.
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Is this guy worth it or just worthless! A 20% pay rise to £14m. A lottery winner every year. Enough money in 1 year to retire in luxury.
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Giving someone a 20% pay rise for a year's work that saw BP record its biggest ever operating loss seems perverse even by chief executive pay standards. If it's any consolation, (I doubt it will be), bosses at Exxon and Chevron got paid even more than Bob Dudley even though the value of their companies fell by more than BP. That's the bit that sticks in the craw for many. Under what circumstances don't these guys get paid a fortune? It would be fine if some years you win, some years you lose - but they never seem to lose. Last year, BP made a £3.6bn loss and announced that thousands more jobs would be cut.
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