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Why I'll be glad to see the back of 2009

Discussion in 'Rants & Raves' started by Edski675, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. Edski675

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    I will be so glad to see the back of 2009. Apart from a few terrific bike adventures, the Fest and the factory tour being up there with the best, it's been awful, and I feel mentally and emotionally exhausted after a bruising year. Why? Work. Being self employed in 2009 is no joke. I hate this Government, I didn't vote them in and I can't wait to vote the buggers out, problem is that there is no radical alternative. The Tories look like the current lot only an ickle bit different. We need someone with balls to take on big business - big business has become what the unions were in the late 1970s, too powerful, untouchable, these huge corporations that behave with such arrogance need to be broken up so that smaller people like me have a chance to compete on a level playing field. I run a small solicitor practice - 2 partners, 10 in the team - the Government has decided to allow corporations like Tesco and the AA to offer legal services. I have no problem taking them on head to head on client service and quality of work because I know that we can give them a hiding.

    But I can't match their capital resources.

    The Government hasn't a clue what it's like for small businesses, everyone wants something for nothing , how many calls do I get asking for 'No Win No Fee', it's one helluva job trying to make the books balance, they give mega billions to banks which are apparently too big and too important to fail, well isn't my team of 10 employees just as important? They are so goddamn arrogant, proposing to pay huge bonuses when some months I take home nothing - and I mean, NOTHING. Isn't my Jayne's mortgage every bit as important as a RBS employee's mortgage? Or does the fact that we're based in a relatively small town in sleepy Shropshire instead of some glass and steel edifice down in London (that we can afford only through smoke and mirrors accounting) mean that we don't matter? I haven't had a penny piece of help from the Government, just threatening and intimidatory letters from the Inland Revenue cos I was late paying my self assessment last January (so the bastards whopped on a £500 fine), and they care even less. Friends, they couldn't give a shit.

    They can f*ck off, the lot of em.

    Thank god for my bike :D

    A friend said that what I have to do is, on the stroke of midnight on 31 December, open the front door to let the new year in, and then with the clock still chiming, rush through the house and open the back door to shove the old year out. I am so going to do just that.

    Good riddance 2009, good riddance Gordon Brown in 2010, and don't bloody well come back.

    Ed
     
  2. Rowly

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    I couldn't agree more, roll on the 1st of Jan but don't expect things to change no time soon Ed
     
  3. D41

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    I feel for you Ed, I really do - and I agree with you 100% - having had no choice but to go into business for myself back in March I totally understand where you're coming from. But we ARE in a recession at the moment & things WILL pick up in time - as long as you're able to "tread water" during this down-turn, I think you'll be in a rosy position once the economy takes an up-swing...Hang in there, mate!!


    ...............Tesco's doing legal services??? - the mind boggles!!
     
  4. Edski675

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    I shouldn't really complain - I don't have any horrid life threatening disease, quite the opposite in fact, and I have a lovely supportive family, and of course I have the best bike on the planet :D
     
  5. didnt know you rode a black one ED ;)
     
  6. Edski675

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    It's not, it's just dirty at the moment :D
     
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    Ed , don’t take it to heart , i have had 15 years of this sh*t and whilst some years will be better than others , over all it goes with the territory I’m afraid .
    if you think you can take on the inland revenue ,then you are mistaken ... they aren’t that bothered if you live or die ,even if you employ 1000 staff ,so the likes of us aren’t even on the scale .
    the fact is if you have earned the money or collected the vat on their behalf ( free of charge ) they want it ,and on the date stipulated , …no & 's if's or buts’
    the trick is to talk to them early & pay them something ,anything ,even if it’s not the whole bill by the due date , i always pay my income tax in the form of three post dated cheques a month apart , add £20 for there interest plus a covering letter explaining your actions & they will be ok about it ( so long as you cheques don’t bounce ) they usually say that “ they don’t usually except part payments , but on this occasion they will except them” works every year & it gives you an extra three months to pay the full amount plus it evens out your cash flow a bit
    As regards customers & competitors well it’s a dog eat dog society we live in ,just roll with it .Sometimes I wish I worked for someone else so they can have all the headache’s , but mostly I’m glad i don’t
    Now Gordon Brown …. Well would any of the other likely candidates have made a difference?... I doubt it , The problem with politicians is that they are all the same ,anyone radical enough to make a difference just simply wouldn’t be vote in ,so I think we are stuck with the current situation of varying shades of gray, with each successful incumbent of No 10 just blaming the last for its short comings , whist casually ignoring working class people, which I guess is the majority of the members of this forum ?
    I could go on ………………..
     
  8. Rowly

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    It will be very interesting to see what percentage of the population turn out and vote in the forthcoming general election, hopefully most of us will remove our heads from out of the sand instead of the usual apathy we have adopted in the past because we think it wont make a jot of difference, it amazed me when people got together to make sure the x factor machine did not make the Christmas Number 1 because they wanted change, something as trivial as that got peoples attention and went out of their way to make a stand so why can't we show the self same attitude when it comes to making important decisions that effect the country and get off our backsides go out and send a clear message to these so called honorable gentleman we call MP's

    They have been ripping the taxpayer off for years with their so called gentleman's agreement to cover up their greedy expenses claims, which included the likes of the once Home secretary Jacky Smith claiming that her sisters house was her first residence and claiming thousands £££ of our money, also not forgetting the claim for her Husbands appetite for porn movies, all on us mugs, The majority of the hard working folk in this country making any such claims would have been instantly dismissed and faced with criminal charges, but we aren't in any such gentleman's club where you could possibly get away with murder?

    I believe we should maybe adopt the French way of getting things done, when their government gets it wrong they know about it and the country comes to a standstill with mass protests, the last time it kicked off in Great Britain was the poll tax riots, I'm not suggesting that this is the best way to get your point of view across but it certainly rendered this unfair policy to the scrapheap, but now we face a new challenge in 2010, just how far are these MP's are going to squeeze us to fill in the massive black hole in our finances, and just in case you need reminding who was responsible for our current situation the banks are still demanding huge obscene bonuses despite been bailed out by the taxpayer, and if they don't get their greedy little smug hands on it they'll resign and go abroad, "Fooking bring it on"

    Or and one more thing don't even think about defending your family or home against scumbag burglars this Christmas, you may end up doing a stretch at her majesty's pleasure while the real criminals have a well deserved holiday at the taxpayers expense for been traumatized by the innocent victim.

    Still don't feel like voting at the next general election???? end of rant :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:
     
  9. Anonymous

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    I applied for my overseas voting privilege in October and was inform I left it too late! :roll:
     
  10. T9Steve

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    Heres an idea for 2010, let get rid of the 660MPs and their co-working in Parliament which will save us a small fortune, and let the Queen run the counrty on her own. She could give Scotland and Wales independance which would allow her to drop income tax by 5p in the pound as both countries have a negative effect on the English economy. She could then ask the occuping Americain troops to go home and we would be a free nation again, something that most of us alive here today have never known. I would also ask that she makes it a capital offence for car and van drivers approaching motorways to drive up a motorway slip road at less than 70mph.
     
  11. Anonymous

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    I feel for you mate. This has been a bad year for me too and like you I'm self employed. Got no work to go back to in the new year so I'm starting a new company to help out all us 675 nuts that need parts and a good service. Don't expect to get any help from our government though cos like you say they seem to look after the Tesco's in the world and not the little fish.
    I may be needing your services in the NY though lol Not on a no win no fee basis though.
    Have a good end to whats been a terrible time. I intend to party out the old year at Hed Kandi in Chesterfield. Then go home with my beautiful wife who has forgiven my sins this year.

    Role on 2010.
     
  12. Edski675

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    Only one more day of this shitty year left!!!

    I got a friend request out of the blue on Facebook from someone I hadn't seen for a few years, and on her wall she had this:

    '"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."- Anne Frank

    I'm normally a fairly easy going bloke but there are some things which really annoy me. I think it's time not be pissed on any more, so I've decided to start doing exactly as the quote says :D
     
  13. D41

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    Care to elaborate on that, Ed???
     
  14. Edski675

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    Do you really want to know? Some of my views on things might surprise you - and everyone else... even though I vote Tory, I'm a liberal. You'll hear more about that :lol: I'm a trustee of a charity that helps relatives of prisoners, claiming benefits, arranging prison visits, helping with letters to a sentencing judge, that kind of thing - not exactly a popular cause, and I've recently applied to become an independent custody visitor with West Mercia Police Authority - which basically means checking that the plumbers follow the law... I'd love to be a member of the Police Authority, maybe next year when the next vacancy arises I'll stand for election :D
     
  15. D41

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    I admire your candor, Ed - I'm fairly liberal myself, but when it comes to politics I'm very conservative. Interested in what you wrote re: the charity you work with - not a cause I'm familiar with - understandable that it's not a popular cause - very curious as to why you feel it a worthy goal?
     
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  17. Edski675

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    This will sound a bit cheesy.

    It's because somebody has to stand up for people who lack the ability to it themselves. Our charity is called SHARP - Support Help and Advice for Relatives of Prisoners - see http://www.s-h-a-r-p.org.uk

    We get typically around 200 client contacts a month. When someone is sent to prison, usually the rellies don't have a clue what to do. Especially if the person was the family breadwinner. So we help the rellies with practical advice on getting help, filling in forms, all that sort of thing - because there's nobody else to do it, the Jobcentre/DSS just don't want to know.

    As a trustee I don't have to do very much, typically attend a trustees meeting every 2 months, support our MD on strategic direction, encourage our volunteers, and find sources for funds. It's not generally a popular cause, so we can't rattle collecting tins on street corners - we approach other private grant-making charities and beg for £££. But the fact that we deal with around 200 people a month is plain evidence of a pressing need.
     
  18. i think its a perfectly reasonable cause...someone has to look after the poor buggers who get left behind and ignored, shame the judicial system has nothing in place to help...good on you ED
     
  19. Anonymous

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    Interesting string of tangents within this thread with big brother government politics crippling the little man, big stores edging out the little corner shops, fines from the tax office for late payments and charitable body looking after relatives of convicts who almost certainly knew of the crimes being committed by their partners.

    As an expat but frequent visitor to UK I can’t believe how much the country has changed over the past decade with layer upon layer of bureaucracy, the increasing powers of the police & security forces with the nanny state surveillance culture and the slow disappearance of well know British values of common sense and fair play.

    Governments will always look after the big players as the collateral damage of one of these players going down the pan isn’t acceptable. Is this right, probably not but a small business going under is just a few more to the dole queue.

    Have to say, I'm a fan of the big stores but I'm very aware of the power they yield over suppliers, farmers etc but that’s capitalism for you.

    I'm rather skeptical of charities as the press is only too full of stories of heads of charities creaming off the funds. I'm a selective donator to charities as I simply don’t believe in them all and some of them I believe shouldn’t be in existence as the government should be providing that service. (Lifeboats for example)
    Would I give to SHARP, probably not if I'm honest

    With regard to seeing the back of 2009, that year was an interesting one but that’s down to me and choices I made. (Or didn’t make)
    2010 will be the same I'm sure…


    Here’s a cracking example of another madcap idea putting a levy on motoring offences to compensate domestic violence…

    Drivers who are found guilty of minor motoring offences face a £15 surcharge to help victims of domestic violence and other violent crime.
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/p ... 973689.ece
     
  20. D41

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    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I agree with all of the above points.
     

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