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 Post subject: People you loathe
 Post Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:36 am 
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business is a stunt. He has made his fortune out of the regulated parts of the economy, which he has milked to extract government subsidies, tax breaks, licensing agreements and protected income streams. Transport works for Branson – trains as well as planes – because it rewards the person who gets the routes. How do you get the routes? By persuading government officials and industry regulators to give them to you. Virgin Atlantic sells itself as a sexy new way of flying, but it’s all about the guaranteed profits that come from having the lucrative transatlantic slots at Heathrow.

The first is the slow demise of the trade-union movement. Branson talks about looking after his workers and no doubt being a part of the Virgin empire has its perks. But he has a deep antipathy towards unions and does everything in his power to dissuade his employees from joining them. In 2009, when his airline was losing money, Branson cut its workforce by 15 per cent. The working conditions for those who remained were not good, despite Branson’s repeated protestations that the test of any business is the way it treats its employees. In 2011, Virgin America’s flight attendants attempted to join the Transport Workers Union. The union’s director complained of Virgin Atlantic’s employment practices, saying that ‘promises regarding rest, vacation and benefits are often broken, and discipline for minor violations can be unnecessarily harsh and inconsistently applied.’ Branson was appalled, not by the accusations, but by the thought of the union muscling in on his territory. He resorted to his traditional strategy of accusing the TWU of being an outmoded and inefficient monopoly. He told his staff that joining would take their ‘independent spirit and uniqueness away’. ‘Say “no” to the old way of flying,’ he told them, ‘and say “no” to the TWU.’ He won a tight ballot and his business remained non-union.

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 Post subject: Re: People you loathe
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I lost interest after the 3rd paragraph and was scrolling down into eternity to reach the end of this boring tirade. I get the point, the Author don't like Richard, not an overly great fan myself, but I could just imagine myself with all that money, my Private Jet and two bikini clad Hostesses welcoming me on the steps - albeit what a tight git he must be, I would want at least 6 bikini clad trolley dollies on my Private Jet.

Comparing him to a Russian Oligarch shows just how little this Author knows; I agree that any successful businessman needs to be ruthless, but those Russians ALL have blood on their hands even if they didn't do the dirty themselves - that's how you do business behind the Iron Curtain.

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I'm sure that I would agree, KK, but I don't have the patience to read all that about someone who doesn't interest me. I only managed the first couple of sentences of the third paragraph as well. :lol:

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Lovely bit of cutting and pasting yet again.

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KK if you were a school teacher you'd bore the **** out of the class but if you made the subject a tad more interesting people may sit up and take notice.Just a tip :wink:

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Jesus, that's some rant.


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KK if you were a school teacher you'd bore the **** out of the class but if you made the subject a tad more interesting people may sit up and take notice.Just a tip :wink:


Part of the fun was knowing how long that piece was, and the loathing of the Creator of the bleeding thread.

Another one.
Simon Bloody Cowell, the later day Hughie Green..............Help..

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Another one.
Simon Bloody Cowell, the latter day Hughie Green..............Help..


Don't! :shock:

I do agree with you, though...on both counts. :wink:

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knocker knowles wrote:
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KK if you were a school teacher you'd bore the **** out of the class but if you made the subject a tad more interesting people may sit up and take notice.Just a tip :wink:


Part of the fun was knowing how long that piece was, and the loathing of the Creator of the bleeding thread.

Another one.
Simon Bloody Cowell, the later day Hughie Green..............Help..


That's better :mrgreen:
Nice he's now got an arranged baby to confirm his sexuality for sure :shock:

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SELWolf wrote:
knocker knowles wrote:
Another one.
Simon Bloody Cowell, the latter day Hughie Green..............Help..


Don't! :shock:

I do agree with you, though...on both counts. :wink:


Opportunity Knocks. :lol:

I would have to add Prince Philip, Roman Abramovich and George Bush into my list. :evil:

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Piers Morgan, the man is a self publicising tosspot.

I like Prince Phillip. he is comedy gold!

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Piers Morgan, the man is a self publicising tosspot.

I like Prince Phillip. he is comedy gold!


Agree on both counts. Piers Morgan would be top of the list followed by Russell Brand. Cannot watch the TV when either are on.

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Tony Blair.Doesn't even need to speak.

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Tony Blair.Doesn't even need to speak.


Thatcher taught Blair just about everything he knew about politics.

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SELWolf wrote:
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Tony Blair.Doesn't even need to speak.


Thatcher taught Blair just about everything he knew about politics.


Obviously, he wasn't paying much attention. :lol:

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Jimmy Sa Vile - didn't like the bloke when he was alive.

Three wishes would see one of them reanimate that ' Loathsome' piece of shit. His subsequent and second demise would be........a tad more traumatic and ooooo, very much prolonged.

The remaining two wishes would have to be cleverly worded in order not to have wasted one on a 'Loathsome' piece of shit.

Tis a mare all this contemplation of tinker bell and fairy godmothers :roll:


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Moscow Wolf wrote:
SELWolf wrote:
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Tony Blair.Doesn't even need to speak.


Thatcher taught Blair just about everything he knew about politics.


Obviously, he wasn't paying much attention. :lol:


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What about a Jez Moxey, a Steve Morgan or a Dean Saunders! :lol:

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What about a Jez Moxey, a Steve Morgan or a Dean Saunders! :lol:


How can you possibly loathe a buffoon?

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Adam Boulton, he's an obnoxious individual with a wrong job title. One look and you think Clown.

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Any tory politician


I like two of them, Rory Stewart and Zac Goldsmith.

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Harsh!

but I struggle to think of one I like...

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Raggi Omagh odious little man.


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Louis Spence or that fucking orange gimp Rylan Summat.

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Caroline Aherne was brilliant in the fast show!!!

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Caroline Aherne was brilliant in the fast show!!!

Fair. I always fancied Josie Lawrence too.


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Louis Spence or that fucking orange gimp Rylan Summat.



Fuck yes, I forgot about Spence, the Mrs wanted us to go and see him in panto, TBH at that time I'd never heard him speak, fuckin wrap up. It was well worth telling her where I would deposit my ticket.

Had she been a Thai bride, she might of had the knackers to order it......but she's just a lovely wench.


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Not loathe but a daft bird that needs a brain replacement, Lorraine Kelly, how the hell he she anything but a lollypop lady.

If she was my wife i would cut my fuckin ears off.

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