I have a question, can UCTA be used for a defence in cases of contract employment law? Does the Act allow the employee to be classed as a consumer? Answers on a postcard please. Oh, might as well tell you I think it does. Any advice welcome.
I saw the funniest incident in a long time this week, had me chuckling for a few days. I was stopped at the lights in my Ferrari (fiat but its Italian, so same thing) when a young guy walked in front of my car and onto the grass bank covered in snow, looking generally please with himself in that chav way that is seen more frequently now. I honestly was looking at him in complete hatred (stereotyping) when low and behold he went flying about a foot into the air and landed right on his bum cheeks. Now at this point I knew it must have hurt, but I howled with laughter anyway at this mans poor misfortune. He must have heard me as he turned and scowled, which made me laugh harder, he dusted himself down and carried on his way, or would have done had he not went ass over tit again. At which point I was nearly crying from laughing so much and so hard. Again he picked himself up and attempted to walk off, and again he fell (this being the worst of the three), and I'm sure he bruised his bum. Unfortunately the lights changed and I had to leave, but I still chortle when I think of it. Comedy Gold.
This is the greatest case of foot in mouth I have ever witnessed by a party trying to to get on the right side of the less well off in the UK. It makes great reading, but I feel a little sorry for the poor fellow, not his fault hes of a better social class (ha ha). I have included a copy of the AP article for your browsing:
A veteran Conservative MP has said MPs should be allowed to claim taxpayer-funded expenses to travel first-class on trains because passengers in standard class are "a totally different type of people".
Sir Nicholas Winterton said that people travelling on the significantly cheaper standard tickets had "a different outlook on life" and were unlikely to be working or studying during their journey.
MPs deserved to be treated like businesspeople and senior public servants and should be allowed to claim for first-class travel between their constituencies and London so they can work, he said.
The Macclesfield MP's comments came after he told Total Politics magazine that he was "infuriated" by the clampdown on MPs' expenses after last year's scandal and said reforms of the Commons allowance system would "make things much worse".
Sir Nicholas told BBC Radio 5 Live's Stephen Nolan show: "If I was in standard class, I would not do work because people would be looking over my shoulder all the time, there would be noise, there would be distraction and, I am sorry, if I am doing work I want to concentrate on that. Why do businesspeople travel first class?"
Asked whether he thought standard-class passengers behaved differently from those with first class tickets, Sir Nicholas replied: "Yes, I do. They are a totally different type of people. There are lots of children, there is noise, there is activity...
"They have a different outlook on life. I very much doubt whether they are undertaking serious work and study, reading reports and amending reports which MPs do when they are travelling."
Nolan asked the MP whether he wanted to retract his description of standard-class passengers, and he responded: "They very often have a different outlook, of course they do, because they are in a different area of activity. They may be travelling just because they are on holiday or they are going to London to visit somebody. MPs are going to London to work."
A Conservative Party spokesman said: "David Cameron has made clear his support of the reforms of Parliament and MPs' expenses. These comments today are the out-of-touch views of a soon-to-retire backbench MP. They do not in any way represent the views of David Cameron or that of the Conservative Party and should be treated as such."
Whats best is the fact he is oblivious to the prospect that people apart from MP's may have to travel to London to work, because as everyone knows its really cheap to live in London and thats why everyone who works there lives there. Have to admit the statement tickled me a little.
Been a little bit of a gap since my last post due to the stress of full time education, though I do have to be honest and "fess up" that this is because I have been also a little lazy. Current topic of my rant this week is the trial taken place without a jury because of previous tampering. Now I know justice must be served (normally cold and over a long time), but to change the system because of tampering does nothing more than admit that the public services cannot cope when it comes to protecting jurors. This is in my humble opinion, shocking and if not rather embarrassing for all concerned. Oh well thats off my chest, now down to the workload of this year, it has been tough for the first term five modules to contend with, but thankfully it has now evened itself out and I am down to three. Will keep things updated at least once a week from now on, you have my word (for what its worth).