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  1. Mass Shooting in Hanau

    It looks like another Nazi scumbag has murdered at least 10 people before killing himself. The Bild posted images of the suspect and his alleged "manifesto" in which he rattles on for pages about how whites are superior.    
  2. Brexit: The fallout

    Who wouldn't want this delightful woman as Home Secretary?!
  3. Brexit: The fallout

    Sovren'ee innit!
  4. Brexit: The fallout

    The new immigration rules also require migrants to the UK to be able to speak English on arrival.   "Well of course they should" some here will say, but how many of us could speak German on arrival here? I couldn't hold more than a very basic conversation and would not have been able to work through German when I first came. I'm sure I'm not alone.
  5. Brexit: The fallout   Priti Patel said today anyone earning less than £25k is an “unskilled worker” & can’t enter the UK   NHS starting salaries: Nurse £24.2k Paramedic £24.2k Midwife £24.2k Radiographer £24.2k Care assistant £17.6k Physiotherapist £24.2k Therapist £24.2k   This isn’t going to work.    
  6. Brexit: The fallout

    She won't be fired. She's as nasty as they come.   Here's a nice touch..
  7. Brexit: The fallout

    Just a Priti face after all...
  8. Brexit: The fallout

    I don't think anyone was being disrespectful to care workers. Quite the contrary in fact. These are difficult jobs that I expect will be extremely difficult to replace if lower paid EU labour is not an option. I simply don't see your average leave voter whose job was "stolen" by a Romanian being prepared to do this work.    
  9. Brexit: The fallout

    In other more serious news...
  10. Mass Shooting in Hanau

    Utterly disgusting person. When did England become so full of these racists? Were they always there lurking in the background?
  11. Brexit: The fallout

    Another spectacularly wide of the mark attempt to size up the Irish general election results...   The Spectator really is a worthless Tory mouthpiece.   The crux of the issue is not that the Irish people believe Varadkar handled Brexit poorly. Quite the contrary, Varadkar's handling of Brexit polled consistently well. There was almost no criticism of it during the entire process by the Irish opposition parties either.   Varadkar simply overestimated how important Brexit would be to the Irish electorate compared to other issues. It wasn't very important in the end. Bread and butter issues like health and housing were badly handled by Varadkar's government. O'Neill's article attempts to suggest that this means the public disagreed with his handling of Brexit. That is not the case.   In 1900 O'Neill would have been called a Castle Catholic!
  12. Brexit: The fallout

    Your digital diarrhea has flared up again hellfy. You write walls of text in the hope people will be impressed. I tend to scroll right past it unless I'm feeling particularly bored.
  13. Brexit: The fallout

    Do you have Asperger's or something? Where are you on the spectrum?
  14. Brexit: The fallout

    I've forgotten it. What was it again?
  15. Brexit: The fallout

    I wasn't talking to you. It's not all about you. "You're so vaiiin, you prob'ly think this thread is about you"
  16. Brexit: The fallout

    How do you plan on automating the job of a care assistant in an old folks home hellfy? 
  17. Brexit: The fallout

    I bet nobody with a pension in GBP said the pound was "overvalued and needed a correction" lol.
  18. Brexit: The fallout

    Then bugger off to somewhere more salubrious like Sunderland post transition period and send us a postcard ;-)
  19. Brexit: The fallout

    Lol hellfy. "Germany on the BRINK of terrible recession!" Too much Daily Express for you!   You need to reduce your exposure to the UK tabloids before your false teeth fall out in a fit of rage.   In the real world several German managers in major exporting companies have stressed the importance of maintaining the integrity of the single market over doing the UK a favour. Long term thinking see.
  20. Brexit: The fallout

    For the average person Brexit is going to be an apocalypse of sorts. When Brexit turns to shit you won't be seen for dust around here but ordinary Brits will not be able to leave (no FoM see) the chaos.
  21. Brexit: The fallout

    Thank you Krieg. I did not want to start explaining the difference between inflation and high prices.
  22. Brexit: The fallout

    One idea I've seen floating around is that the unemployed and underemployed currently on benefits will be forced to work as a replacement labour force picking fruit and wiping old people's bottoms in care homes, in exchange for...their benefits!   A tied labour force. It would be pretty humourous as most of this cohort would have voted for Brexit if they voted at all.    They say you either breed a workforce or import it.   For a Tory it makes perfect sense to couple tightening immigration to clamping down on benefits.
  23. Just for anyone who has at least 520 (10 years) PRSI contributions back in Ireland, you can opt to become a voluntary PRSI contributor once you cease socially insured employment here and register using form VC1 within 5 years of ceasing that employment (assuming you don't then take up a further socially insured employment in the EU).   It's not quite as liberal as the UK where they can just pay voluntary NI contributions without preconditions but for someone taking early retirement now at say 56 you have enough time to make another decade contributions before Irish retirement age.   The current full state pension is €1076 so it's reasonably generous. It would certainly be worth investigating how voluntary PRSI contributions could increase ones entitlement.   For people who do this you would have a "broken" insurance record so you'd be entitled to have your pension calculated using the newer total contributions approach (TCA) rather than the average yearly contributions approach which would penalise such people. You may be able to receive credits for time spent raising children (up to 20 years of credits are available for this).   You must start making voluntary contributions before age 56 if I understand the rules correctly.     
  24. Voluntary PRSI contributions in Ireland

    Oh the info on the various websites is poor. I contacted the DSP to query this and they confirmed in writing that employment in Germany would be considered equivalent to employment in Ireland for the purposes of fulfilling the 5 year time limit criteria.   This voluntary contribution stuff can also help you with your German pension if when you retire you haven't reached the magic 35 years of contributions that allows you to take an early state pension (with actuarial adjustment) as contribution years across the EU count towards this number. That part is particularly interesting to me as the voluntary German contributions make little financial sense when compared to other pension options whereas the Irish voluntary contributions look to make simple financial sense like voluntary NI contributions in the UK do.   One thing.. please check what effect making voluntary contributions will make before you apply!! The rules are in a state of flux. It could theoretically harm your pension entitlement if they come up with some wacky changes to the system. Get the information in writing before proceeding! The rules around the state pension are horribly complicated.
  25. Brexit: The fallout

    Australia doesn't have high inflation. Stuff is just more expensive there. You see the difference?