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by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1113

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Michael, I would hope that you would approve of one more exemption from VAT, sanitary products. It’s a disgrace there should be VAT on such essential items for women. I live in a country which (like almost all others) imposes VAT on all sorts of obvious essentials, including food, water, books and ...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:43 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1113

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Michael, I take your point about a school not being a 'business.' However, that argument is weakened by the growing number of people (some in very elevated positions) who make remarks like 'don't forget a school is a business'. Indeed, that argument is being increasingly used to re-label headmaster...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 13
Views: 654

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

How sure are you that he didn't write a reference for Baker? Your post doesn't explicitly say that he didn't. I've not the slightest idea whether he wrote one or not. The article in The Leysian suggests (more than suggests, actually) that Barker had strong reservations about Baker, in particular th...
by michael scuffil
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:32 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 13
Views: 654

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

Golfer wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:27 pm
michael scuffil wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:00 pm
While very reactionary, he was a man of integrity and good sense.
Michael, some people might find "reactionary" and "good sense" to be oxymoronic?
Some people might. That's their business.
by michael scuffil
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:25 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1113

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

So about half a million. Not insignificant, but not a great deal in the broader scheme of things (about 2% of total expenditure, unless I have overlooked something). However, the report makes the point that VAT is not charged on fees because the foundation is not a 'business'. This is the crucial po...
by michael scuffil
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 13
Views: 654

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

That tribute, while praising him as a teacher, also hints at why he should not have been given a job with headmasterly responsibilities. I also knew Alan Barker, the headmaster of The Leys mentioned here. While very reactionary, he was a man of integrity and good sense. The CH Council presumably did...
by michael scuffil
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:23 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Hammer blows to CH finances
Replies: 36
Views: 1113

Re: Hammer blows to CH finances

Someone who charges VAT can also reclaim VAT. I don't know how much VAT CH pays (most of its expenditure is presumably on non-VATable items such as salaries).
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: A letter from the CHOBA board
Replies: 36
Views: 1826

Re: A letter from the CHOBA board

Golfer wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:34 pm
Notwithstanding the above, I do think that justice is the supreme value.
Yes, if we could agree what it was. But we can't, except in a very few open-and-shut cases.
Law, while subject to continuous development, has the advantage of being objective at any given time (and *reasonably* certain).
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: A letter from the CHOBA board
Replies: 36
Views: 1826

Re: A letter from the CHOBA board

postwarblue wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:43 am
I think CHOBA's not publishing the names is wrong. A criminal conviction is a public event.
I agree.
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:33 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Vegetarians
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: Vegetarians

Two thoughts for vegetarians: 1. If you are vegetarian but not vegan, what should be done with male animals? 2. If you are vegan, what is your motive, bearing in mind that growing vegetable foodstuffs results in far more animal deaths than livestock farming? (Mainly insects and slugs, but also pigeo...
by michael scuffil
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Vegetarians
Replies: 12
Views: 285

Re: Vegetarians

Day 1, 1988, a fellow secondformer says to the master on duty in dining hall "Sir, I'm Vegetarian" master replies "OK, well, don't eat the meat" I think it gradually improved from then on That, incidentally, was basically what Hitler's cook said to Hitler. There is plenty of evidence that no vegeta...
by michael scuffil
Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:44 am
Forum: Historical Abuse and related discussions
Topic: A letter from the CHOBA board
Replies: 36
Views: 1826

Re: A letter from the CHOBA board

Law and justice are not the same thing, of course. But we have the rule of law, not the rule of justice. Thank heavens. That is because 'justice' is a subjective term (some people doubtless think Jimmy Savile's body should be dug up and given the Oliver Cromwell treatment), and law (at least theoret...
by michael scuffil
Mon Oct 08, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: KEITH MACKNESS
Replies: 3
Views: 245

Re: KEITH MACKNESS

My predecessor as Thornton B 27, I believe...
by michael scuffil
Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Seen in passing
Replies: 18
Views: 514

Re: Seen in passing

A question to ponder. Why is the Housey lad leaving church on his own, as it seems ? Adoring Mum and aunt immediately behind him ? Big possibility. Sorry Great Plum, but as you have already suggested about me, I do love a great conspiracy theory. Perhaps he was passing through a post-Confirmation p...
by michael scuffil
Sun Oct 07, 2018 11:50 am
Forum: General Chat - CH Stuff
Topic: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford
Replies: 13
Views: 654

Re: Resignation of Baker and emergency appointment of Hansford

Well the school became a mixed school under his headship! Probably the biggest change in the history of CH. Yes, but that was not part of the plan. The change had been planned for some time, and the notion that it would have to go ahead under a stopgap HM would have given the planners shivers. Even...