Posts Tagged ‘Osborne’

VARIOUS BLOGS 8 (3/5/17)

May 3, 2017

letters to Daily Mirror. only one printed.
I find it hard to believe that Tiverton Town Council lost two full years of Council Documents.
The first thing that should be taught on computer security course is the grandfather, father storage system for files.
Even a basic Windows domestic PC platform will recommend a monthly backup of your files.
Computer memory is extremely cheap and fast nowadays; it should be a routine to save working files and archive others.
To lose two years worth can only be construed as mismanagement, or an administrative convenience.

What is the point of asking anyone on BBC’s Question Time, how they’d feel, if an elderly relative had had to wait 8 hours on a trolley in A&E?
This is root cause of the disaffection between voters and politicians.
We know that their elderly relatives would be snug and secure in a hospital bed, whilst most of ours were waiting for an ambulance.
The same applies with many of the public services, which the majority rely on, such as education, social care, pensions, public transport and so on.
Small wonder that panellists rarely answer questions directly, when they can not speak from a common experience

Why has the BBC started asking “when” we should be charged to see a GP?
The question should be what is the point of a GP, if you are going to charge to see them?
It’s the GP who does the initial diagnosis and then re-directs to a specialist, as needed.
It’s the GP, who judges, whether you should be allowed prescription medication.
It shouldn’t an overworked random intern in A&E.
In a civilised Society it shouldn’t be a return of Blackadder’s “wise woman”, or ancient folk remedies for the masses and a privatised NHS for our “betters”

22/2/17 (printed)
Sound recordist Simon Clark is reported as putting the blame for poor sound quality on flat screen TV’s.
I don’t believe this is the case.
As someone with poor hearing, I use radio headphones to listen to TV.
More often the problem is “atmosphere”.
Trying to distinguish what is being said in noisy offices, restaurants, dance halls is too realistic.
It doesn’t happen in old Hollywood films, where the “atmosphere” is set as the stars walk into a noisy room, then once the dialogue starts, the “atmosphere” is tuned out.
The same complaint applies to football matches, where the commentators might as well give up and go for a pie.

With what’s happening to our NHS, it’s unbelievable, for me, that we are helpless to prevent it.
There was no mention of this destruction in any pre-election speeches.
In fact we were assured that the NHS was “safe” in Tory hands.
In normal circumstances, one can understand the need for Governments to have the stability of a five year term of office but the Sovereignty of Parliament becomes a farce, when the wishes of the Population are ignored as an irrelevance, even in times of War.
There needs to be a means for the population to demand a General Election, or, at least, a referendum on issues, which directly affect the whole population.

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#|t’s unbelievable what’s happening to our NHS and it has left me feeling helpless. There was no mention of plans to shut hospitals in any pre-election speeches. In fact, we were assured that the NHS was safe in Tory hands. There must be a means for people to demand a referendum on huge issues.

Remind me why our Gas and Electricity were privatised.
To turn us into a shareholder nation? But if working people had enough spare cash to keep shares, Wonga and Visa would be out of business.
They were going to build new power stations etc., which is why some are still running decades after they were supposed to be closed down. It’s why the Government has agreed to pay an extortionate price for the French and Chinese to build a new nuclear power station.
Prices would come down through greater efficiency.
It’s all a nonsense, really. Instead of one overpaid CEO (like British Gas boss, Iain Conn), we have a dozen, each with a duplication of Accounts, Computer, Admin, PR, Sales and Advertising departments.
We have a whole industry badgering us to Switch suppliers, wasting a few more hours of our lives. Who pays for them?
I remember the bad old days, when the Nationalised Industries weren’t pre-occupied with maximising shareholder profits but with keeping the Nation supplied and minimising customer
complaints, delivered through badgered MP’s and Ministers. I even remember complaining about having to wait in for the gasman to bother to show up. Still some things never change.

Why are some Labour MP’s joining the Tory chorus of attacking Jeremy Corbyn?
It can’t just be the loss of Copeland, where the Labour vote has been dropping by thousands ever since the initial success of Blair’s Gov’t in ousting the “Sleaze” ridden Tory Gov’t.
Blair was encouraged to quit in favour of Brown, because of his unpopularity.
Brown lost the following election mainly because of his beggaring the Nation to bail out the banker’s but partly because of his “bigot” attack on a Labour supporter.
I think the latter carried more impact for the ordinary voter.
Miliband lost the next election and gave fuel to UKIP by further deriding Labour supporters and denying them the right to a referendum on the EU and by not challenging the Tory claim that Labour were not responsible with money.
Two elections lost but Corbyn has yet to lose an election.
Nevertheless, he has been subjected to so much abuse by MP’s of his own party, that Labour voters at the far Left and far Centrist have been given cause to withhold their vote.
Whether, or not, Corbyn is replaced, Labour looks set to lose the next election, unless the whole of the Parliamentary Labour Party starts singing from the same song sheet and a tune that all sections of the Labour vote can endorse.
Judging by recent comments, still being made by some MP’s, this will never happen.
No doubt there will be plenty of suggestions as to who can replace Jeremy Corbyn but they will all be tainted by either Blairite or Corbynista attacks and will lose votes from one of those sections of voters.
I fear we are about to lose our NHS and enter a period of far Right control, which will take us back to the 1930’s

Reading the article on the Sunday Mirror Poll, it says nearly two-thirds of Labour voters are satisfied with Corbyn staying as leader.
We need to grow on that and find out why the remaining voters aren’t happy.
It also says that over 5 in 6 think Labour has the right policies.
Presumably the remainder have some concern over particular issues.
We obviously need to consider what these may be, bearing in mind that you can’t please all the people all the time.
Perhaps further polls are needed but ones which seek to find what aspects of Tory policy concern their voters.
I can’t believe that all of their voters are happy with their policies on the NHS, prisons, police, HS2, trains and schools.

I was told that in order to sell their cars in the EU, Nissan had to agree to incorporate poorer but more expensive French components such as the nylon reeled electronic window winder (5 million imported parts per day).
If Nissan remains in the UK and has surcharges imposed by the Single Market, then Nissan would presumably be able to manufacture their own, better quality, components here.
They would be producing a superior product, more cheaply.
It would be worth the Government’s while to try to keep Nissan here, if they cared about the Economy and UK jobs.

Although I can’t endorse The Lords interference in the brexit process, their amendment has pointed up the lack of support for Theresa May’s intent to use the future of EU residents as a negotiation tactic.
This total lack of support must surely have lost her any hoped for leverage in her negotiations.
Her EU opponents will be confident that she can’t play this “chip”
Consequently she might as well go for the humane option of assuring all law-abiding EU citizens resident here that they will be allowed to stay, if a reciprocal arrangement is agreed
I would think that those, who do consider themselves as British, would formalise that status and apply for citizenship to avoid future problems.

I understand the logic of the Law against “stealing by finding” but I have strong sympathy for the woman prosecuted for pocketing a stray £20 note.
I have known a case where someone found a £20 note being blown along a beach.
Someone, who found one folded up on the floor of a packed New Year’s Eve pub.
Whom do you tell?
To whom would you pass it?
Legally, you take it to the police, you get a chitty and in 6 month’s time, if no-one has reported it lost, you are invited to claim it.
Would you be able to take it into a cop shop and explain what you were doing?
Would you be able to tell anyone that you had done this?
What if it was a 10p coin?
If you lost a £20 note would you report it to the Police, hoping to recover it?
There’s legality and morality and there’s a fear of ridicule.

I like the idea of futsal mentioned in the piece on Daniel Sturridge.
It made me wonder if its use of a smaller ball explained the dominance of South Americans.
The smaller size of the ball must mean a greater concentration on the ball, rather than the opponent.

Paul Maguire’s assessment, of Scotland’s income, suggests that an independent Scotland would need to go asking for financial support.
However, the example offered by brexit is that a political partition is like a divorce and it’s therefore likely that Sturgeon would probably be coming to Westminster seeking a financial settlement with alimony

Seeing all those Tory grandee’s, who’d held Cabinet posts during the Tory Sleaze years, sitting in the House of Lords, for the Brexit debate, made it clear that the second Chamber needed an overhaul.
My problem is that the House of Commons isn’t really that much better, with its own drones and money grabbing opportunists.
Do we need a second chamber, if it’s only going to be a copy of the first?
Either it will rubber stamp every bill, or worse, block every bill, regardless of its content.
If we do have a second talking shop, then it has to be elected and it has to be devoid of party political alliance.
Nobody, who has ever subscribed to, or donated to a political party should be eligible to hold office.
This would probably exclude most of the older generation and create a Junior house, more representative of the Nation, from which politicians, who’d proved their worth, might be promoted to the House of Commons.

When will terrorists realise that their actions achieve nothing positive.
Hitler was reported to have acknowledged that the terror bombing of places like Bath and Coventry did nothing towards winning the war.
The IRA bomb campaign did not achieve a United Ireland.
Daesh murders will not bring about a Caliphate.
Ordinary citizens can not affect any such changes.
Their deaths and maimings, whilst being condemned by national leaders, will not affect the actions of Governments, any more than accidents such as floods or train crashes.
The terrorists will not achieve fame, or admiration, or gratitude, from anyone, least of all those whom they believe they represent.
Individually, they will be unmourned and forgotten by any but their own families.
So, why try?

This is allegedly the most heavily observe country in The World, with innumerable CCTV camera’s spying on us.
The number of Police monitoring them is limited by the persistent repeated cuts to funding of all public services.
On the other hand, we have many isolated, often elderly, citizens with time on their hands.
It would seem that this army of potential watchers could be useful in some way.
For instance: in the case of low priority terrorist suspects, watchers could be assigned to simply take screen shots of visitors/contacts, with time stamps.
A police officer could take a daily dip into the relevant files (perhaps with several watchers having contributed).
Instead of having to observe suspects on a 24 hour basis, one officer could scan a hundred sites and then call up recorded video of particularly interesting clips.

I was concerned by your graphic showing “little or low clinical value medicines”
Those mentioned on the TV News were the low cost, possibly cosmetic and others, which most wouldn’t bother their GP over.
Top of the list for savings is a medication for an underactive thyroid.
This is a significant medication.
I remember watching my Mum shambling down the street, pop-eyed, swollen-necked and looking twice her age.
After diagnosis and treatment, she swiftly returned to a younger active working woman.
This medication can’t be cheap for the individual if it costs £31 million, for the whole NHS.
It certainly can’t be described as unnecessary
Such a policy is worthy of the USA’s “couldn’t care less” attitude to the health of their poor and shows the direction that the Tories and privatised Health Care is headed

John Prescot usually presents a sound point of view on most issues but his comparison of the Iraq war with the Falklands shows a disconnect with how most voters viewed both.
The Falklands War was about an invasion of British Territory and an attack on Brits.
The Falklands might be separated from us by a couple of thousand miles of ocean but that’s an irrelevance. To most of us, it could just as easily been the Outer Hebrides, which it resembles.
Maggie’s success, in protecting “us”, gave her an otherwise undeserved success in the following General Election.
Iraq was seen as a murderous intervention in another nation’s affairs, at the bidding of the US President. The suspicion that it was about oil wealth didn’t help.
In the context of Gibraltar, Howard’s main fault, apart from being Gung-Ho, was in thinking that Spain might do any more than wave a red flag at us.

George Osborne, editor of the Evening Standard, formerly Chancellor of the Exchequer, presumably okayed the sale of some more Lloyds’ shares at £40 million less than we paid for them.
We’re told that some were bought by Black Rock, who coincidentally hired him for his expert advice and contacts.

Now it’s reported that the “entirely independent” head of the NHS is to ask the Treasury if he can borrow £10 Billion from Hedge Funds, presumably at a generous rate of interest.
If the Treasury agrees, will it be the hedge fund that Mrs May’s Hubby works for?

I’d be surprised, if not, but it’s no surprise that voters have contempt for politicians, who create the relevant laws and promulgate practices, which enable them to legitimately raid the National coffers, whilst protesting that their dealings are perfectly legal and above board.

Mr. Cameron’s involvement in tax havens, his father-in-law’s wind farm subsidy, The Lords attendance fees, MP’s OTT expense claims, Jeremy Hunt’s £12million windfall, all the other perfectly legitimate tax-payer funded activities, such as privatising rail, education and NHS contracts can all be explained away and protests brushed off, as lacking merit.

But the stench of corruption lingers outside Westminster, where they are so accustomed to the smell that they no longer notice it.

Reports on A&E queues, on people dying because of ambulance delays, on shabby, privatised care homes, on homeless people escaping reality by using Spice, on schools asking parents for funds, on tent cities forming and all the other reports on the by-products of this corruption are becoming very noticeable to voters

Why do sites like Ticketmaster have to be so scammy?
I had to book two ticket to Queen for my wife and daughter @ £69 each but by the time I had jumped through all the hoops and accepted all the add-ons, the final price was about £87 each.
They know that customers of such events will accept the add-ons, so why not be up front and just charge a flat £90.
They know it will be paid and instead of irritating fans, they could hand out free souvenirs to earn bouquets, instead of brickbats.

The final £50 voucher for is just snide.

I was pleased with the verdict in the candy-striped house case; more so with the the decision by the judge that the Council had misused their powers under the Town and country planning Act 1990.

My understanding was that this sort of legislation was originally brought in to stop the creation of slums and shanty towns, ensuring that all housing was safe and fit to live in.

Legislation then let it creep to protecting “Our great houses”
It has, since, been extended to the protection of the character of “charming villages” and “industrial heritage” sites and now to any ordinary house with neighbours, who have friends on the Council.

A cottage in Kennford, Devon was apparently the wrong shade of pink, another in Inverclyde was the wrong shade of cream. In both cases, Councils used their muscle to intimidate the owners.

I’ve no doubt there have been numerous other similar cases of bullying.

The candy stripe house was an extreme example of not “fitting in” but its owner was just awkward enough to fight the bureaucracy, which no longer works to serve the public but sees itself as having manorial rights.

Unfortunately, the move towards mayoralties will probably negate this ruling as each local fiefdom begins to create its own Laws to suit the whim of whomsoever has been ceded power.

John Prescott is right on many issues but is wrong on GE1997
Labour didn’t win that election, so much as the Tories were thrown out of office by a disgusted electorate.
Yes, Labour did a lot of good but it also did a lot that was disliked by the voters (mainly via Blunkett) and this showed in the vote share in successive GE’s.
It wasn’t just Iraq that allowed the Tories back in. It was a generation who’d forgotten what happened under the Tories.
Those people need to be made to look at what they’ve done this time in terms of food banks, homelessness, prisons, police, fire services, post office, banks, NHS and other aspects of Austerity.


@Ed_Miliband To save the economy, leave the EU and re-employ everyone sacked by Osborne. e

February 10, 2015

If you did a PPE degree (Politics, Philosohy and Economics), you may have come across the law of supply and demand. i.e. basically Economics is about  matching up buyers and suppliers.
Usually this is seen as people with Capital, employing men and machines to supply services and goods, whilst other people are to be persuaded to buy those goods and services.

As it is the Suppliers who the hire people, who’ve studied these mechanisms, such studies are biased towards the concerns of the suppliers i.e.maximising profits and minimising costs.

Invariably the customers are ignored, except as the targets of Sales, advertising and marketing. Thought is never given as to where customers should get the money to be customers.
This is why Austerity and privatisation will fail.

Already, in the UK, we have seen highly qualified staff removed from the State’s workforce and partly replaced by cheaper less able staff.
This fits with the idea’s of opening up opportunities for supplier’s and of reducing costs, to maximise profits.  Unfortunately, this means that other sections of the supply industry are losing custom and they are, in turn, reducing costs by laying off staff and optimising their target market.

More unemployed people further reduces customer base and Demand.

From the supplier point of view this is attractive, in the short term, as competitor’s are killed off and the survivors get a bigger share of the dwindling demand.
No thought is given to the long term, where there is a huge virtual demand, which can not be matched. I.e. There is a large population of would-be customers but lacking any purchasing power and a few supplier’s, who, unable to reduce costs, must raise prices to maximise profits. In Science we call this a negative feedback loop. It results in a balance of zero practical demand and zero affordable supply.
In History the outcome has been revolution with the supplier’s being killed and replaced, or a rescue by a political trick.
In Germany and the US, they escaped recession by printing money to pay for large State-financed, labour-intensive public constructions.
Essentially they have resuscitated Demand by pumping in credit.
Venezuela, Bolivia, Norway and Iceland have shrugged off austerity by similar means, including the simple trick of increasing the minimum income of the customer base.
Greece will eventually resort to issuing a new Drachma and letting it find its own level. There will be an initial hardship in a country, with a benign climate, rapidly alleviated by a thriving tourist industry.
If Ed Miliband wants to be a patriotic hero, then he will have to copy Greece’s Finance Minister’s lead and leave the E.U.

Remember! Ed has only a third of an Economics degree, whilst Varufakis was a Professor at Essex teaching people who achieved degree’s (including Master’s degree’s), entirely based on Economics.

Tory politicians lack finesse If they have a walnut to crack, they reach for a sledgehammer.

December 6, 2013

I sent this in to the Daily Express and it was published on the same day (minus traces of venom) that the financial page carried an item about Osborne cutting business rates by £1000, so obviously he’d already been made aware of the problem.

Unfortunately, I still don’t think he gets it, sufficiently.

This measure will help but it will also benefit the Shylock’s, whilst only offering a token assistance to those on the edge of survival. It’s a bit like throwing a lifebelt to a drowning man and sailing away. They need a moratorium on all taxes, until they’re in profit.

It seems that the likes of Amazon and Google can get such assistance, whilst they’re simply lying about their profit levels, but the small trader on the High Street has to yield up their pound of flesh, whatever his/her true situation.

As published;

Raising taxes will send more shops to the wall.

 I HEARD an interview recently with a man who makes a living bybuying up the stock of retailers going out of business.

It was significant that he said that it was tax and rates issues that were killing these businesses.

Unfortunately, the only way politicians have of handling recession is to raise taxes.

I expect that, in the short term, we’ll see more charity shops and bookies on the average British high street.

The Chancellor, George Osborne, needs to rein in such taxation and keep the high street alive.

Otherwise he may find a sudden brake on his supposed economic recovery, as personal debt levels become unsustainable and even the charity shops lose their customers.

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On the BBC breakfast show, they interviewed a man (subject of a Ch.4 progtramme), who made a living, by buying up the stock of retailer’s, who were going out of business.

It was significant, I think, that he said that it was tax/rates issues that were killing these businesses.
The implication is that these businesses might well have continued to tick over during this recession, if, as with individuals, they had some threshold level of income, before they were taxed.
Unfortunately, the only way politician’s have of handling recession is to raise taxes.
I expect that, in the short term, we’ll see more charity, bookies and Shylocks on the High Street. Charity shops don’t have to worry about taxes (at present} and the money men, presently, rely on increasing personal debt  to pay these taxes.
The Chancellor needs to rein in such taxation and keep the High Street alive, else he may find a sudden brake on his supposed economic recovery, as personal debt levels, become unsustainable and even charity shops lose custom

@oflynnexpress don’t discount Miliband

September 29, 2012

The coalition have woke up to the fact that they are unlikely to be re-elected and see their only hope lying in Miliband fouling up, somehow.

The Tories will lose ground, because they are seen as toff’s, trampling on the poor (NHS, benefits) and private deals .

Nadine Dorries didn’t create this perception, member’s of the cabinet did. (Fox, Laws, Brookes, Murdoch, Coulson, Wisteria, Lansley, G4S, Mitchell, Osborne).

The LibDems will lose ground unless they shake off Nick Clegg, who is despised but  who has convinced himself that he has regained the trust of party members.

Vince Cable, made stronger by the anti-Murdoch stance, could regain Libdem support, if he can oust Clegg. However, it seems that Clegg no longer has a place in Europe and will fight to stay splitting the party along the “devil you know..” principle.

The Coalition is presumably hoping that Miliband will poke his head above the parapet but he has no need to.

As long as he commits no gaffes, he’ll still get the support of those, who voted Labour last time. Even if he doesn’t gain support, many Libdems and some Conservative’s will abstain.

With the debt that Osborne has created, the Coalition needs to drop the Brown legacy argument.

Cameron’s only hope(assuming no more corruption is discovered) is to break ranks and have a referendum on Europe, before a General election.

It’d have to be for a significant change; significant enough to draw in UKIP support and support of disaffected Labour voters.

#bankofdave. @number10gov Osborne do your job and get FSA to enable bank of dave

July 12, 2012

The Channel 4 program on “Bank of Dave” is exhilirating and depressing.

The Problem is two-fold:

On one side we have Dave trying to run a bank as it should be run and on the other we have the FSA using the Law to prevent him from doing so.

Second aspect is that the large banks, which have got us in the mire are the ones that the FSA is trying to regulate.

Essentially the FSA, should be forcing banks to step back to their proper business of financing new venture’s, instead of just maximising profits.

They could do this by threatening to withdraw their licence’s.

But the FSA is controlled by politicians, who are in thrall to the bank, so the FSA, instead, has tried to find a way of allowing the banks to carry on, as they are, leveraging up their committments to a point where they can’t pay up, when their debts are called in.

The FSA has chosen (with the backing of Eurocrats) to do this by insisting that banks hold sufficient reserves to pay those debts, should they arise.

This is no problem for the big, FSA licensed, banks, because they can just create these funds out of binary digits on a computer.

Dave, an unlicensed wannabe bank has to obtain this sort of money from a rich philanthropist (thin on the ground), the same greedy big banks (who really want to create more competition) or an intelligent Chancellor of the Exchequer, who realises that his only chance of Economic Growth (if that is his actual intent, rather than public posture) is by encouraging small banks that will lend money.

I can’t see any of these coming about, in reality, and I expect Dave’s venture to fail.

It would be a nice thought if Osborne could devise a purely political device of allowing the FSA to forgo the €10,000,000 restriction by nominating a new set of rules for a new category of bank e.g. a “domestic bank”, or a “home bank”. One that was forbidden to leverage it loans.

Osborne must think he has a reserved lifeboat on Greek cruise ship, S.S.Eurozone

February 23, 2012

You don’t have to fool all the people all the time. You don’t even have to fool some of the people some of the time. You just have to have a two party system where both parties agree on staying in Europe in the hope that they have reserved spaces in the lifeboats.

@occupylsx email newsletter from to petition Osborne to stop RBS bonuses

January 22, 2012

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In days incompetent Royal Bank of Scotland bosses want to pay themselves astronomical bonuses from our taxes!

But we can stop these fat cats swallowing more cream.

Despite losing the bank £750 million in the last six months, RBS executives are spending a fortune lobbying the government and now want to get another £500m in bonuses! It’s a scandal at a time when cuts are biting all of us.

But George Osborne heads up the body that will negotiate the deal. If we raise a massive public stink, the Chancellor could be shamed into rejecting RBS’s outrageous claim.

We don’t have long to stop this offensive corporate greed — RBS executives meet on Wednesday.

Let’s deliver a deafening 100,000 strong petition to Osborne to force a drastic cap on RBS bonuses and ban the use of our money to lobby the government.

Click here to stop the great fat-cat rip-off, and then share this with everyone:

RBS’s crash in 2008 shook the global economy, and the British taxpayer had to step in with £45bn to buy most of the bank. Since then RBS’s management have sold off the best bits of the bank, sacked around 20,000 people, and refused to boost lending to embattled businesses.

The share price has plummeted, and British taxpayers are currently £23bn out of pocket.

Shockingly, RBS’s arrogant executives still want to award themselves “performance” bonuses.

 It’s incredible, but the chief executive wants a repeat of the £6.8m he took in 2011, and the head of the investment banking division wants to cash in share options for over £5m.

Yesterday Cameron made vague promises about tackling unfair rewards, yet claims his hands are tied on RBS.

The truth is that over 80% of the bank is owned by the British taxpayer through a company whose board reports straight to Chancellor Osborne.

 Let’s remind him that he is accountable to us, not the greedy gamblers at RBS.

Sign now and share this with everyone:

Fat cats and corporate raiders have pillaged our economy, and we are paying with our jobs and services while executive pay continues to skyrocket.

But our campaign against the Murdochs shows that, when we stick together and stay strong, we can stop even the seemingly untouchable.

Let’s stop the RBS bonuses and turn the tide of corporate greed..

With hope and determination, Alex W, Luis, Alex R, Carol, Alice, Ricken, and the rest of the Avaaz team

SOURCES BBC: “What is ‘appropriate’ pay at RBS?”:

Independent: The £1m question: Will Cameron really tackle bonus excess?:

This is Money: “Government to demand RBS caps cash bonuses at its investment arm”:

Telegraph: “RBS chief to be paid almost £7m”:

Telegraph: “RBS horror story as 20,000 jobs cut”:

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