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By mr angry manchester
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Public sector workers overpaid? For entering burning buildings, treating the victims of terror attacks etc. Idiot.

Back to the trains, I recollect a trip to the Severn Valley a few years ago where an ex GWR Hall class was driven and fired, very well, by an all woman crew...

Marginally off topic, but in similar vein, I remember coming home from school once on the number 6 bus, a service operated by the ex Salford depot at Frederick Road. Some of their drivers used to make horrible noises with the gears on the Leyland half cabs used. On this occasion, the bus was driven more smoothly and quietly than usual with no grinding or crunching at all. Upon arrival at the terminus the driver jumped down from the cab. A woman!

EDIT: Update on the women train drivers issue. Ive just remembered a discussion on a railway forum I go on from about three or four years ago on this topic. Apparantly, towards the end of steam traction, British Railways were very short staffed and Nine Elms depot on the Southern Region employed two or three women as engine cleaners in about 1966/7. The Southern were always struggling for manpower at this time, so to cover for shortages, the women did get some footplate training and got to fire on the odd ECS (empty coaching stock) turns in and out of Waterloo. Apparantly, the NUR were OK with it and the driners and firemen were too, as long as they could do the job, the only objection was from the enginemen's wives!

So there you have it Mr Hammond
 
By Daley Mayle
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Arnold wrote:
There are one and a half million unemployed that we couldn't give a shit for in the UK, says Hammond in TV revelation
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/20 ... d-tv-gaffe" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
FTFY

Marr did pull him up on this later in the show.
 
By Kreuzberger
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The hits just keep coming.

Hammond, who is up before the Treasury Committee, has, according to the Guardian, just said;
Hammond says the cost to the country of having a “less favourable” Brexit deal - ie, a no deal Brexit - would dwarf the cost of what the government is expecting to pay when it leaves (around £50bn, according to some reports.)
How does he know this if there are no impact assessments?
 
By Big Arnold
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Ministry of Defence ‘bans Philip Hammond from using RAF jets and helicopters over unpaid Treasury bill’

A six-figure sum is said to be owed for previous flights taken by the Chancellor
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 94641.html
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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Kreuzberger wrote:
Wed Dec 06, 2017 2:39 pm
The hits just keep coming.

Hammond, who is up before the Treasury Committee, has, according to the Guardian, just said;
Hammond says the cost to the country of having a “less favourable” Brexit deal - ie, a no deal Brexit - would dwarf the cost of what the government is expecting to pay when it leaves (around £50bn, according to some reports.)
How does he know this if there are no impact assessments?
Probably read other people's. Apart from "Economists for Brexit", don't they all say that?
 
By Big Arnold
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No Evidence' For Philip Hammond's Claims Over Disabled People In Workforce, Treasury Admits

The Treasury has been forced to deny Philip Hammond’s controversial claim that more disabled people working could be a factor behind Britain’s low productivity rates.

The Chancellor has been criticised for not apologising for the claim, after an answer to a written question conceded there was no evidence for it.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/p ... k-homepage
 
By bluebellnutter
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For a Government three and a half years away from an election, that didn't half sound like an election-y budget to me.
 
By Tubby Isaacs
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I'd be surprised. I think he just took the opportunity that the OBR gave him to spend money keeping the Tory base onside. Plus, given that he's about as enthusiastic about Brexit as I am about gardening, he can brandish it before the headbangers. "Nice tax cut. Shame if anything happened to it because of your Brexit, antics eh"?
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