carl0

active 1 year, 6 months ago
  • The french system is pretty amazing but again they spend a huge amount more than us if you work out the numbers.

  • @callum No, not really. I’ve had two accidents in 30 years of driving. One my fault and one not. If I’d paid to protect my NCB for all those years for the sake of one claim I’d be seriously out of pocket.

    Paying to insure your insurance only makes sense if you’re in the habit of driving like a nob.

  • From your 3 “helpful” comments on this thread I can only assume that you work for Quote Me Happy’s ‘Department For Screwing Even More From The Hapless Motorist” and you’re pissed off cos you’ve missed your quarterly target.

  • Insurers pushing you to buy insurance on your insurance is just taking the piss.

  • No. Taking out insurance on my insurance just seemed absurd.

  • Arse like behaviour may be a given but is revoking my no claims status standard practice in the industry?

  • So, multi-car pile-up on the motorway (no serious injuries thankfully). I stop, but as I’m easing into the middle lane to bypass the mess another vehicle hits me and I’m shunted into the car at the rear. No dispute as to this among the other involved parties so fairly straight forward…or so I thought. Going through the details with the insurance…[Read more]

  • You need an MRI sooner rather than later. Pilates is not going to fix a slipped disc (if that’s your problem) and there are reports of chiropractic work making them worse. NHS physio also managed to make mine worse, and exacerbate an existing neck problem.
    As usual, the NHS is being hopeless so you’ll have to pay privately.

    You have my sympathy,…[Read more]

  • I went out last night at least partly due to the stress of not having enough money for the new boiler.

    No. I don’t think that’s right. You went out last night because you wanted do, and you’re using the stress thing as an excuse.

    Sorry to sound harsh, but if you want to break an addiction you have to be really honest with yourself. There will…[Read more]

  • carl0 replied to the topic "my parking space" in the forum General Chat 2 years, 2 months ago

    I do park considerately but with many houses having two cars where there is hardly room for one coupled with badly designed estates what would you suggest.

    I would suggest people do as I did. I moved to a terraced house with crap parking, and I committed to mentally letting go and not stressing before I bought the house. So occasionally I…[Read more]

  • This just further underlines why I f*cking hate religion, its unfair sense of entitlement and the spineless way that society caves in because we may hurt someones feelings based on a fairy story.

    Stories like this really grind my gears. Grrrrrrrr!!!!!!

  • I think the best thing to do would be to see a Sports Physiotherapist…

  • carl0 posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    Well, try this. Ask the next ten people you find yourself in conversation with “how much of the ambulance service do you think is privatized”. Going off my own experience nine out of the ten will have the firm belief that none of it is privatized.

    This is because privatization is going on under the radar.

  • carl0 posted a new activity comment 2 years, 4 months ago

    The hospital is paid for out of general taxation, the VAT goes back in to general taxation. There is no saving for the taxpayer here, just an excuse. Not even to sell off the family silver, to give it away.

    Under the radar, without any proper debate, we are moving over to an American style health system. Which as we know sucks if you need…[Read more]

    • “Under the radar, without any proper debate, we are moving over to an American style health system.”
      What is your evidence for this?

      Why is the transfer of staff from a publicly owned institution (the Trust) to an institution wholly owned by that Trust a sign of “privatization”?

      • Well, try this. Ask the next ten people you find yourself in conversation with “how much of the ambulance service do you think is privatized”. Going off my own experience nine out of the ten will have the firm belief that none of it is privatized.

        This is because privatization is going on under the radar.

      • Because these companies (called “NHS Companies”) are no longer part of the public-service NHS system. Poorer employment conditions. Weakened public service ethos. Loss of capability in the core NHS, which shrinks. “Strategic partnerships” with private-sector healthcare companies lead to their eventual absorption into the private sector. Eventually…[Read more]

      • @postmanpat Let’s say for moment you wanted to privatize chunks of the NHS by stealth (I know as a Tory you would never stoop to such things, but just suppose). Wouldn’t arranging things so there were neat “businesses” that could be easily detached from the core NHS be a rather obvious approach to take?

        • And if I wanted to reduce VAT payments and have more flexible labour contracts what would you do?

        • …. and imagine if, at the same time, you introduced extra layers of bureaucracy, vastly increased the numbers of managers, set up unobtainable targets and sought to manipulate public opinion against the NHS.

          It would almost be as if you were setting up a much loved public institution to fail. All you’d need then is a bunch of dodgy Knights on…[Read more]

      • Ah, the apologist has arrived.

        • It’s not an apology.Why would it be? I’m perfectly happy that private companies should provide services to the NHS just as they do in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, Japan etc etc .

          But in this case I am keen to understand why you regard the movement of labour contracts from the State owned entity to the…[Read more]