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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

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I lived in the US during an election year, and couldn't believe some of the mud slinging that went on. Make ours look like feather dusters at 10 paces.

I did however find that I could go into NY and buy a camera tax free as I lived in NJ.

NB: Yellow cards for all not mentioning something photographically related
I was tempted to photograph (stills of) the TV news of your election coverage but I just ate my dinner instead. I did get shots of the Queens Jubilee at the time though but I didn't go into Sydney to get live shots as Prince Harry was farewelled. I left that to all the young ladies with "Marry me Harry" signs instead.

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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

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Seriously though, I wonder what MP's severance terms are?

Do they get three months pay in lieu of notice, and relocation expenses to sell their second homes? Maybe some of the redundant MP's will be second house swapping with those who have just won seats.
It was that case with our state election recently (though only office swapping). The previously sitting Liberal member was replaced with a Labor member & she moved into the same office with an update to the front graphics. OK, not quite the same. It's a shame I didn't get a photograph of the previous front graphics as it was done with a portrait of the Liberal member in faded colour effect. There, I've worked (written) off my yellow card now.
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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

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Seriously though, I wonder what MP's severance terms are?

Do they get three months pay in lieu of notice, and relocation expenses to sell their second homes? Maybe some of the redundant MP's will be second house swapping with those who have just won seats.
Good question. A quick google reveals that an MP losing his/her seat in an election receives Winding Up expenses of £54K to cover closure of office, payment of staff etc. They also get a Resettlement Payment equivalent to one months salary for every year they have served, up to a maximum of 6 years. This is currently £33, 500.

Following this election, an MPs salary is increasing from £67,060 to £74,000 as decided by IPSA (MPs no longer vote on their own salary), an increase of just over 10%. In future, salary increases will be linked to the CPI.

New pension arrangements following this election are 1/51st of annual salary for each year served, payable from state pension age, with a monthly contribution of just under 10% of salary. This compares broadly with the pension scheme of a friend of mine who works in the public sector - except that his pension is calculated on 1/80th for each year worked rather than 1/51. My bank final salary pension is based on 1/60.

It's a comfort to see that we are all in it together and know that any MP wishing to take up photography can probably afford a Leica.
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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

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And a pianist, apparently, but.... I'll leave it there.
I thought he was a fiddler.

No offence to Ross intended if he does not get it.
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I thought he was a fiddler.

No offence to Ross intended if he does not get it.
I fiddle about all the time & get absolutely nothing done! But of course, I hope you weren't talking about fiddling with himself?
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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

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Shame nobody told Sue Lawley about that.
Not sure what you mean by that - what's the connection?

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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

Just saw this on the BBC website. Interesting different perspective for discussion?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32657761
I enjoyed reading it anyway.
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Just saw this on the BBC website. Interesting different perspective for discussion?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32657761
I enjoyed reading it anyway.
I like the first and last picture... Didn't read any of it.
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It's a comfort to see that we are all in it together and know that any MP wishing to take up photography can probably afford a Leica.
Perhaps they should use a camera that reflects their views.

UKIP would only have one with lenses that have a narrow field of view.

The Greens would never use disposables.

SO: What "systems" would the others use.
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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

Labour: a full leica system, plus all the lenses ever produced, past and present, all on the never-never.
Conservatives: something conservative obviously, maybe an Exacta - prove to Angela we've nothing against most of our European neighbours.

Wasn't Dennis Healey an Exacta user.
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Labour: a full leica system, plus all the lenses ever produced, past and present, all on the never-never.
Conservatives: something conservative obviously, maybe an Exacta - prove to Angela we've nothing against most of our European neighbours.

Wasn't Dennis Healey an Exacta user.
I had an Exacta Varex 1000 with several lenses and accessories. There were lots of novel features on it - interchangeable viewfinders, winder on LH side, cassette to cassette with film cutter, but they weren't very well made and finished. I've still got a book and original extension tubes.

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Re: ‪#‎sickofpolitics‬

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Not sure what you mean by that - what's the connection?

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[Red] Sue Lawley got herself quite a reputation for political bias back in the 1970's when she presented Nationwide if I recall, and was quite hostile towards Tory MP's, but not Labour.

There was also an occasion in a phone in radio programme when she allowed a caller to peruse a particularly aggressive line of cross examination of Mrs Thatcher, who was PM at the time.

There was certainly some discussion about her bias in The Thunderer, although there doesn't seem to be any mention in her online biographies.
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