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by Lance Dopestrong
2 Jun 2019, 8:02am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I love Motability. Not.
Replies: 13
Views: 735

Re: I love Motability. Not.

So their cost cutting practices are dangerous (see my original post re how they tyre made the car unstable at speed), and you don't think I'm entitled to whinge when my wife's safety is compromised? I'm supposed to meekly accept danger and show my thanks simply because it's "free", which it isnt? That is a ridiculous proposition.

Mrs D is a high rate income tax payer, as was I before I retired, so you'll forgive me if I don't doff my cap and grovel at the to the state for their generosity, seeing as we've both paid far, far, far more than she receives over the years. Off the top of my head Mrs D pays the state in tax approximately £1000 more than she receives back in disability payments each month, so I would be grateful if you could explain how any of this works out to be "free"?

Leaving that aside, Mrs Dopestrong has a progressive disease that leaves her unable to walk unaided, and which will kill her prematurely. In due course I will be left a widower. Your lack of sensitivity for someone who has a medical condition that leaves them disabled and which is liable to kill them before their normal time is utterly disgusting, If it ever happens to one of your loved ones I hope they don't have to endure sickening comments of that nature. Oh yes, were living high on the hog, all the way to the Crematorium, thank you very much indeed.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 10:41pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I love Motability. Not.
Replies: 13
Views: 735

Re: I love Motability. Not.

I remember the olde Invacar. I think they tried to get them all back for chopping up when they were withdrawn. Do any survive?

From what I now know about how Motability maintain their fleet I wouldn't touch one with Cugel's. If someone has owned used ones and they've been decent that is purely luck - the non existent love and care with which Motability maintain them is nothing to do with it.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 5:35pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 887
Views: 29250

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

Psamathe wrote:
Lance Dopestrong wrote:I think it is now more a question as to who isn't standing. Is is true that Beyoncé is now standing?

Ian


I'm not sure I'm nasty enough to do the job, but I might throw my hat in the ring.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 1:13pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 887
Views: 29250

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

pete75 wrote:To ensure we remain in the EU we need a no deal Brexit promising Chris Grayling to become PM.


Brilliant! :lol: I can just imagine him getting out of his primeminesterial limo in Brussels and accidentally opening the door into Barnier's nuts!
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 1:11pm
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Is Trump Mad?
Replies: 2022
Views: 71424

Re: Is Trump Mad?

Psamathe wrote:I see that despite the ludicrous invitation for his Royal visit, he still feels it appropriate to insult the family of those who invited him!
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/trump-uk-state-visit-meghan-markle-criticism-us-election-a8939411.html wrote:Trump brands Meghan Markle 'nasty' after criticism ahead of UK visit

Donald Trump has branded the Duchess of Sussex as “nasty” after hearing she made critical comments about him during his 2016 election campaign.

Is it too late to withdraw the invite.

(That said I am in some regards a bit hypocritical as I strongly disagree with our system of "royalty". Some I would brand as nasty people (or maybe just too stupid to know better), but then they have not invited me to a 3 day ego boost (which I'd turn down anyway).

Ian


Alas, the paper didn't see fit to publish the rest of Trump's words from that particular conversation where he went on to praise her and describe her as a "good princess". And to think Murdoch's rags get a bad rap :lol:
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 11:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'
Replies: 21765
Views: 587159

Re: ** The Brexit Thread ** - 'Brexit Means Brexit'

Mick F wrote:though not clear on how of course, and that's the sticking point.


I'm an in-betweenie (tm), so have the rare advantage of being a detached observer of both camps.

As I recall from the campaign there was very little talk of any kind of negotiated deal, contract, settlement, call it what you will. The outties were sold a campaign on "out". The official out campaign and the next biggest, Farage's, were not selling the prospect of any kind of significant deal to the public as their primary stance as a means of leaving, or as a prerequisite for doing so.

It is since the referrendum that talk of the deal quickly came to the fore, and that was in large part driven by remainers, like May, not the outties.

So from my rare persepective I could see that out meant out in the way it was sold, and all this talk of deals etc is nothing more than the deliberate muddying of the waters in an attempt to delay or even halt entire the prospect of us ever leaving. That's fair enough - if the vote had gone the other way I'm sure the outties would be calling for a renegotiation with the EU, citing their significant vote share as a mandate for such a thing. But there's little doubt, out meant out (that rhymes, I'm the brexit poet laureat!) in the manner in which it was campaigned.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 10:40am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist dismount?
Replies: 18
Views: 1831

Re: Cyclist dismount?

Thanks Gaz, knew it was something broadly like that.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 10:37am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Tory leader - place your bets
Replies: 887
Views: 29250

Re: Tory leader - place your bets

Sir Philip Green is stepping up to the plate. Greedy, shady, wandering hands...when Boris goes to prison then Green must surely be the favourite?
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 10:35am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: End of Pensioner "Perks"
Replies: 330
Views: 9363

Re: End of Pensioner "Perks"

Common sense is so rare these days, that the blindingly obvious, ie, "if you fritter your cash away on rubbish you won't be able to buy something else" is indeed worthy of reporting in the national news.

Daughter number 3 had the same epiphany about 3 years ago and is herself expecting to receive the keys to her new house any day now, although she doesn't go as far as keeping a blog about it. I guess she thought that 3 years without a new iPhone, boozy nights every Saturday, foreign holiday or new car on PCP every 2 years would not make exciting reading to most people.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 10:28am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Scousers - you've got to hand it to them.
Replies: 5
Views: 573

Re: Scousers - you've got to hand it to them.

I understand the name change was sponsored by the Zionist party of Israel.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 10:23am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: I love Motability. Not.
Replies: 13
Views: 735

I love Motability. Not.

Mrs Dopestrong currently has a Motability car. The lease is up in September, whereupon we take delivery of the new car my Dad is very kindly buying us.

The Motability vehicle is due a service, so this morning I rang up the dealer to get it booked in. “No can do”, they said. It seems Motability won’t pay to service a car so close to the end of a lease. I pointed out that by September the car will have another 5k miles or more on it and be halfway to its next scheduled service, but that cuts no ice – the dealers would love to do it, but quite understandably won’t because Motability won’t pay them to service a car so close to the end of its lease. I won't work for free, and neither will the dealers, which is fair enough.

Motability will pay for a lights and levels check, but that’s pretty pointless as I can do that in less time that it would take Mrs Dopestrong to drive to the edge of our village.

This is just the latest in a long tale of woe with Motability. A while back the car suffered a puncture. Turns out there was a nail in the tyre and it was, funnily enough, unrepairable. Motability wouldn’t pay top dollar to match the original tyre with the same or comparable boot, but authorised only a budget tyre be fitted. Even worse, the budget tyre was an M+S rated boot, so had a completely different tread pattern and carcass construction to the other 3 tyres which were standard car summer boots. This made the car very, very, nervous at motorway speeds made it difficult to hold a line, almost as if driving with a tyre badly under inflated (I checked, they were all fine). This was a significant safety concern, yet Motability refused to even acknowledge the problem, and only relented when I threatened to fill the windows with signs expressing my disgust with their company and dumping it outside the local dealers, locking it, and calling the Daily Mail to come take some snaps (even the DM has their uses now and again). Having relented they arranged to have the correct tyre fitted, and you know what…the problem was solved and the cars stability was instantly restored.

So I have 2 pieces of advice regarding this organisation:

1. If you’re ever thinking of buying an ex Motability car thinking it will have been driven by Mother Theresa and serviced within in an inch of its life to the highest standard, then forget it. It will have been maintained on a very low budget, and is liable to even have services missing from its history.

2. If you’re ever thinking of using Motability yourselves, forget it. Customer service is dreadful. They argue, wheedle and downright fib to avoid doing even the most fundamental basic maintenance (for example, such as fitting the correct tyre), and when the lease ends it takes them 6 weeks to restore the Mobility PIP payments to the customer instead of pocketing it themselves – 6 extra weeks of taking the cash and pocketing the interest – funnily enough they don’t mention this to new customers. This is how their ‘charity’ ended up with over £1000,000,000 in cash reserves, and that’s not a mistype.

So there you have it. Make what you will of it. Fortunately Mrs Dopestrong has me to fight her corner and dig my heels in when things aren't right, but not every Motability customer has that luxury. My personal experience is that they have gone beyond providing a paid service to the disabled, and by the very nature of their sharp business practices are actually exploiting the vulnerable for massive financial gain. That is my personal experience of dealing with this organisation.
by Lance Dopestrong
1 Jun 2019, 7:55am
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cyclist dismount?
Replies: 18
Views: 1831

Re: Cyclist dismount?

This isn't my field, but does the manual of guidance for street works specifically state that "cyclists dismount" signage should not be used as a substitute for making proper provision forums?
by Lance Dopestrong
31 May 2019, 10:11pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Di2 - A technology too far?
Replies: 90
Views: 3914

Re: Di2 - A technology too far?

I'm of that demographic and I don't see a problem with it. I admire it as the technological marvel it is. It's simply not for me.
by Lance Dopestrong
31 May 2019, 10:08pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: Helmet discussions in York
Replies: 47
Views: 3340

Re: Helmet discussions in York

No, not really.

We'll hear the same old platitudes, the same old selectively presented "facts" while facts inconvenient to those proposing a position will be ignored. Same old. Mind you, be nice to hear someone bickering about something other than Brexit.
by Lance Dopestrong
31 May 2019, 8:15pm
Forum: Helmets & helmet discussion
Topic: All had helmets
Replies: 45
Views: 2729

Re: All had helmets

Nor me. I see plenty of otherwise sensible and law abiding riders going lidless, and probably even more thoughtless and unskilled riders in bonce potties.