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Old December 6th 17, 09:29 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
Bob Henson[_2_]
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jbm wrote:

On 05/12/2017 09:02, Bob Henson wrote:
jbm wrote:

On 04/12/2017 23:07, Ed Cryer wrote:


And tell your friend that many public libraries have computer rooms
these days, where you can use one for free.
Our one gives you a 1-hour slot.

Ed


You're lucky. Where I live in the UK they start charging you as soon as
you sit down - 1 for every 20 minutes.


Wow! That's steep. In Gloucestershire they're all free one hour slots. You
even get free volunteer computer buddies to help if you're struggling. The
only thing they charge for is printing.


I knew I was living in the wrong part of the country. This is
Northamptonshire, the county that has to make 10M savings/cuts by
Christmas. To that end, they are proposing to cut all bus subsidies in
the county, close 28 of the existing 38 libraries (so we won't need to
pay for computer use after that) and slash the adult social services
budget. They then have to find a further 28M savings/cuts by the end of
the financial year - April 5th 2018. Oh! They are also forcing every
single one of their staff to take an extra one day unpaid leave over the
Xmas period!!!


Gloucestershire too is Tory controlled, but we have had moderate Tax
increases over the last couple of years. They have been trying to close
libraries, but local opinion seems to have prevailed in most cases. We too
are rural in nature - there's hardly anywhere more rural and (literally, in
some cases - sheep used to be the main industry) dyed in the wool Tory. The
problems here are badly decaying roads (they had a huge central grant -
none of which has yet been visibly spent on the roads), an aging
population, and the tourist industry being spoilt by ruining the AONB with
almost unfettered house building which absolutely no-one wants (except
perhaps those getting backhanders from developers). However, on balance,
this is a great (if expensive) place to live.


The ruling Tory County Council took the decision not to raise Council
Tax levels for 10 of the last 14 years, so they were then able to boast
that this county had the lowest level of Council Tax in the whole
country, at the expense of not raising some extra 60M in revenue over
that time.


Whilst in principle laudable, they seem to be going about cutting costs the
wrong way.

And now they are bleating that do not have enough money to
pay for the services they are supposed to provide. There is now serious
talk that they are only going to be able to supply services that they
are legally obliged/compelled to provide. This is a rural shire county,
so it is virtually impossible that the ruling administration will change
in the near (or for that matter distant) future. And just to rub real
brine into the wounds, they have just spent over 50M on a new
headquarters for themselves, saying they could close and sell off 12
otherwise redundant properties around the county. The move to the new
building was carried out several weeks (months?) ago, but not one of
those 12 old building are yet empty, nor are any of them on the market
for sale. Where do we go?


My native Derbyshire did that several decades back. The ruling Labour
council (rumour has it they would vote for a donkey if it has a red ribbon
round it's neck - indeed in Ilkeston they did - election after election)
gave themselves a magnificent new HQ in rural Matlock away from the city of
Derby when times were very hard for everyone else. They spent more on the
gates for their new white elephant than on public services for years. Sadly
it has ever been thus - in a way local politicians are even more corrupt
than national ones. What they should all be doing is firing all the
unnecessary "outreach coordinators" and busybody inspectors appointed by
the local Thought Police to enforce Political Correctness and to support
the idle and feckless; and instead spending their cash on the people who
work hard and deserve the encouragement. I don't think we'll ever see it
though - some things never change. My favourite philosopher, Billy
Connolly, once said something about MPs which applies even more to local
politicians - words to the effect that "The desire to become a Member of
Parliament should automatically bar that individual from that office."

Anyway - we're a very long way from Windows 10 - so I'll shut up.
--
Bob
Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England

Don't remarry - just find a women you hate and give her a house.
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  #32  
Old December 7th 17, 12:01 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
jbm[_2_]
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On 06/12/2017 02:27, Keith Nuttle wrote:
On 12/5/2017 5:54 PM, jbm wrote:
pay for the services they are supposed to provide.

I from across the sea.* Is it a law as to what these service are?* Or
just tradition?



Sorry, can't really comment on that one because I have never delved into
the legislation to see what is legally required. But I do know that
adult and children's social services most definitely fall into that
category, but the cuts they are making still leave some of the services
in existence which I suppose makes it OK in their eyes.

jim


  #33  
Old December 7th 17, 12:02 AM posted to alt.comp.os.windows-10
jbm[_2_]
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On 06/12/2017 08:29, Bob Henson wrote:
jbm wrote:

On 05/12/2017 09:02, Bob Henson wrote:
jbm wrote:

On 04/12/2017 23:07, Ed Cryer wrote:


And tell your friend that many public libraries have computer rooms
these days, where you can use one for free.
Our one gives you a 1-hour slot.

Ed


You're lucky. Where I live in the UK they start charging you as soon as
you sit down - £1 for every 20 minutes.


Wow! That's steep. In Gloucestershire they're all free one hour slots. You
even get free volunteer computer buddies to help if you're struggling. The
only thing they charge for is printing.


I knew I was living in the wrong part of the country. This is
Northamptonshire, the county that has to make £10M savings/cuts by
Christmas. To that end, they are proposing to cut all bus subsidies in
the county, close 28 of the existing 38 libraries (so we won't need to
pay for computer use after that) and slash the adult social services
budget. They then have to find a further £28M savings/cuts by the end of
the financial year - April 5th 2018. Oh! They are also forcing every
single one of their staff to take an extra one day unpaid leave over the
Xmas period!!!


Gloucestershire too is Tory controlled, but we have had moderate Tax
increases over the last couple of years. They have been trying to close
libraries, but local opinion seems to have prevailed in most cases. We too
are rural in nature - there's hardly anywhere more rural and (literally, in
some cases - sheep used to be the main industry) dyed in the wool Tory. The
problems here are badly decaying roads (they had a huge central grant -
none of which has yet been visibly spent on the roads), an aging
population, and the tourist industry being spoilt by ruining the AONB with
almost unfettered house building which absolutely no-one wants (except
perhaps those getting backhanders from developers). However, on balance,
this is a great (if expensive) place to live.


The ruling Tory County Council took the decision not to raise Council
Tax levels for 10 of the last 14 years, so they were then able to boast
that this county had the lowest level of Council Tax in the whole
country, at the expense of not raising some extra £60M in revenue over
that time.


Whilst in principle laudable, they seem to be going about cutting costs the
wrong way.

And now they are bleating that do not have enough money to
pay for the services they are supposed to provide. There is now serious
talk that they are only going to be able to supply services that they
are legally obliged/compelled to provide. This is a rural shire county,
so it is virtually impossible that the ruling administration will change
in the near (or for that matter distant) future. And just to rub real
brine into the wounds, they have just spent over £50M on a new
headquarters for themselves, saying they could close and sell off 12
otherwise redundant properties around the county. The move to the new
building was carried out several weeks (months?) ago, but not one of
those 12 old building are yet empty, nor are any of them on the market
for sale. Where do we go?


My native Derbyshire did that several decades back. The ruling Labour
council (rumour has it they would vote for a donkey if it has a red ribbon
round it's neck - indeed in Ilkeston they did - election after election)
gave themselves a magnificent new HQ in rural Matlock away from the city of
Derby when times were very hard for everyone else. They spent more on the
gates for their new white elephant than on public services for years. Sadly
it has ever been thus - in a way local politicians are even more corrupt
than national ones. What they should all be doing is firing all the
unnecessary "outreach coordinators" and busybody inspectors appointed by
the local Thought Police to enforce Political Correctness and to support
the idle and feckless; and instead spending their cash on the people who
work hard and deserve the encouragement. I don't think we'll ever see it
though - some things never change. My favourite philosopher, Billy
Connolly, once said something about MPs which applies even more to local
politicians - words to the effect that "The desire to become a Member of
Parliament should automatically bar that individual from that office."

Anyway - we're a very long way from Windows 10 - so I'll shut up.



Local politicians only become local politicians because they are no
bloody use at anything else.

jim

 




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