Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A Spanish practice; EUPolitics; British Politics; Questions; VW; & Snapping Sarah.

A Spanish Practice: Fair's fair, I've nicked this from Lenox's excellent Business Over Tapas Facebook page: The somewhat quixotic idea of an extra payment for the workers, the 'paga extraordinaria' – now extended to two payments, in June and December – began as a Christmas bonus of a week’s wage to workers, ordered by Franco’s Government in the winter of 1944. The edict was extended the following year and declared to be permanent. Two years later, in 1947, a similar payment was ordered to celebrate what would now be May Day, but was then the 18th of July (the date of the 1936 Coup d’état). After Franco’s death, this second payment was moved to June. In 1980, a new agreement with the unions, never altered to this day, changed the system of the ‘fourteen payments’, which could, as agreed by the workers, be paid either as twelve regular monthly or fourteen (irregular) payments, but, from a previously accorded annual payment. In reality, the workers are no longer paid more, but by spreading the payments in this way, the tax paid by the employers is actually slightly reduced. Further, as the government dropped the extra payments for the 'funcionarios' [civil servants] in 2012 (part of which they promise to make up just after the December elections), workers are effectively having the wool pulled over their eyes. One thing which we can expect from the Troika, sooner or later, will be an end to this odd system which originated as a workers’ bonus under Franco.

EU Politics: So what exactly is going to happen when several member states decline to implement the migrant quotas imposed on them by Brussels/Germany? Another nail in the supra-state coffin?

British-EU: Politics: Here's the Boiling Frog's take on the real chances of David Cameron achieving anything at all before a 2016/7 referendum on continuing membership. At best, he says, just a 'doggy bag' of Associate Membership. Cameron, he points out, has changed strategy at least three times, largely on the whim of the EU telling him what to do.
http://thefrogsalittlehot.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/camerons-only-eu-option-doggy-bag.html

British Politics: If you haven't already scrolled down, here's an excellent overview from columnist Rachel Sylvester:-
  • Britain needs a liberal party that isn’t a joke.
  • There is a greater need than ever for a reasoned, liberal party that can question the tribalists on both left and right.
  • The terrorist threat combined with the internet age is stretching the balance between the rights of the individual and the duties of the state to breaking point.
  • Politics has become dominated by an increasingly illiberal and intolerant tone. The election of Corbyn as Labour leader has revived the “with us or against us” mentality of the hard left.
  • Anyone who disagrees with the true believers is condemned as “Tory scum” or worse. It is a politics of demonisation and division that mirrors the narrow-minded chauvinism of some on the right.
  • The Europe referendum will give the ideologues another reason to speak out.
  • The Twitter tirades of the Corbynistas, the Ukippers and the cybernats have a different political slant but the same disdain for dissent.
  • The hostility to what the Labour leader’s team call the mainstream media (MSM) is similar to the hatred of “establishment” journalists displayed by those around Nigel Farage. There is a shrillness — amplified in the echo chamber of social media — which fails to accept that decent people can simply have different opinions about things.
  • It’s all so black and white, when the truth is often fifty shades of grey.
  • Nick Clegg is right that there is a “place in British politics for tolerance, reason and compassion” and that a gap in the political market exists for a party that can offer those things.
  • If the Lib Dems are not up to it, and Labour does not come to its senses, there will be a chance for a new centre-left, liberal party to plug the gap.
  • The reconfiguration of politics may not be over yet.
British Politics 2: Reported comment from Nick Clegg:- The pig was lucky. Look what he did to me!

Question 1: Has anyone ever worked backwards from the lives of the longest-living to see just how many of today's myriad rules for a healthy life they've complied with?

Question 2: What the hell is a 'flat white'? Which reminds me, when I told a café owner yesterday it was confusing to be asked whether I wanted milk with a café Americano, she explained that no one in the UK knew the first thing about coffee terms and so she had to ask this whenever.

Volkswagen, eh?: Who'd have thought it? Well, anyone who's aware of just how many bribery scandals German firms are emboiled in, for a start. A nice comment from cartoonist Matt:-
We've found the problem. You're looking at £18 billion, plus parts and labour.

Finally . . . An Abject Failure: I took my mother to see her latest great-grandchild yesterday and to have lunch with my daughter in her local gastro-pub. The barmaid - Sarah - asked me if my mother was my wife. And this was just after I'd told her she reminded me of the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn. Sarah, that is. Not my mother. Anyway, she - Sarah again - was suitably embarrassed but nonetheless declined to let me take a foto of her face for this blog, to show that English women can be just as pretty as las españolas. Or even of just her large brown eyes. Which, ironically, look more Spanish than English. But she still refused. And my daughter castigated me for bothering her. But I'm used to castigation from my daughters, so I ignored her. I stressed to Sarah there was probably not a single woman in Spain who'd give up the chance to have her foto taken - even by me - but she wouldn't budge. Which, I fear, is your loss, dear reader. Maybe when we next go in before I return to Spain at the weekend. After she's seen this. Then again . . .

6 comments:

Eamon said...

The paga extraordinaria also covers state pensions so pensioners get double payments twice a year.

Alfred B. Mittington said...


"So what exactly is going to happen when several member states decline to implement the migrant quotas imposed on them by Brussels/Germany? Another nail in the supra-state coffin?"

Well, I can't tell what will happen exactly, but I am sure they will find a compromise of sorts, which will save everybody's face, and turn the whole operation into a shining success. For the true accomplishment lies not, of course, in putting this group of refugees in that country, or that group a few hundred miles away. True to its dictum Never To Let A Good Crisis Go To Waste, the EU has managed here to get a grip on asylum policy, which previously was the exclusive domain of national parliaments. So 'a nail in the coffin of there supra-national state'? On the contrary!! It's the thin edge of the wedge for an ever firmer grip on national democracies.

The Union is stronger than ever. God help us.

LamentabAl

Colin Davies said...

there supra-national state' 'the' or 'their'? Or just irony, as you will surely claim . . .

Q10 said...

Colin, Interesting blog as usual – Some questions for you:-

Q1 – State Pension pays an Xmas Bonus, do you receive that? – Then there’s the Winter Fuel Payment – Do you claim that?

Q2 – Are the Migrants\Immigrants\Asylum Seekers\Refugees\IS infiltrators\Fifth columnists obeying the requirements of their faith to undertake Hijrah? Or should we be good Samaritans and feel sorry for them?

Q3 – Once the Migrants\Immigrants\Asylum Seekers\Refugees\IS infiltrators\Fifth columnists, plus their extended family members, are settled in Germany – How long do they have to wait before they are free to move out into the\our European Community? Will this period be longer than the time we will have to wait for an in\out referendum?

Q4 – Why does Murdock’s mouthpiece Rachael Sylvester say she does not like the UK party in power? Why does she say “Nick Clegg is right that there is a place in British politics for tolerance, reason and compassion”. This is not what Brits voted for, compassion attracts a fifth column.

Q5 – Volkswagon – How does a diesel car know it’s being tested? Only two wheels going round? No steering wheel movement? Engine speed not changing? Any one of these will do? Any two of three? All three of these required? Something else?

Q6 – Volkswagon – Once it’s aware, how does it respond to get the cylinder temperature down? Recycle exhaust into its inlet manifold? Increase the fuel to air ratio? Advance the timing? Any one of these will do? Two of three? All three at once? Something else? Anybody know?

Q7 – Or maybe shoot a bit of this in?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_exhaust_fluid

Q8 – “Euro 6” emission regulation came into law 01-09-15 and permissible NOx for diesel cars more than halved for a new vehicle. Will the diesel car I bought a year ago still be tested to “Euro 5”?

Q9 – If so, for how long? Until it’s scrapped? Or after X years will I have to modify it somehow?

Q10 – I am told I cannot use razor wire to protect my home – I owe a duty of care to trespassers https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q78.htm Have you an alternative suggestion to avoid my being swamped by fifth columnists?

Alfred B. Mittington said...


THE of course. As in the original text.

Your profound reaction to the message of my comment is very much appreciated.

Colin Davies said...

Q1 – State Pension pays an Xmas Bonus, do you receive that? – Then there’s the Winter Fuel Payment – Do you claim that?

No and No

Q2 – Are the Migrants\Immigrants\Asylum Seekers\Refugees\IS infiltrators\Fifth columnists obeying the requirements of their faith to undertake Hijrah? Or should we be good Samaritans and feel sorry for them?

Yes and No

Q3 – Once the Migrants\Immigrants\Asylum Seekers\Refugees\IS infiltrators\Fifth columnists, plus their extended family members, are settled in Germany – How long do they have to wait before they are free to move out into the\our European Community? Will this period be longer than the time we will have to wait for an in\out referendum?

Not long and No

Q4 – Why does Murdock’s mouthpiece Rachael Sylvester say she does not like the UK party in power? Why does she say “Nick Clegg is right that there is a place in British politics for tolerance, reason and compassion”. This is not what Brits voted for, compassion attracts a fifth column.

Dunno.

Q5 – Volkswagon – How does a diesel car know it’s being tested? Only two wheels going round? No steering wheel movement? Engine speed not changing? Any one of these will do? Any two of three? All three of these required? Something else?

It has clever software which detects testing procedures.

Q6 – Volkswagon – Once it’s aware, how does it respond to get the cylinder temperature down? Recycle exhaust into its inlet manifold? Increase the fuel to air ratio? Advance the timing? Any one of these will do? Two of three? All three at once? Something else? Anybody know?

Somebody knows. Not me.

Q7 – Or maybe shoot a bit of this in?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diesel_exhaust_fluid

Q8 – “Euro 6” emission regulation came into law 01-09-15 and permissible NOx for diesel cars more than halved for a new vehicle. Will the diesel car I bought a year ago still be tested to “Euro 5”?

Probably. Or possibly.

Q9 – If so, for how long? Until it’s scrapped? Or after X years will I have to modify it somehow?

Ask VW.

Q10 – I am told I cannot use razor wire to protect my home – I owe a duty of care to trespassers https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q78.htm Have you an alternative suggestion to avoid my being swamped by fifth columnists?

Use 'appropriate force'.

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