Category Archives: Odd Bits

A fiddle’s a fiddle, UK or Ireland

A recent look at UK welfare fraud surprised lots of folks; in fact a survey last year in UK showed that folks thought over 20% of the welfare budget was claimed fraudulently. The Government’s own monitoring over the years puts … Continue reading

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Harvard in the news again !

Harvard is reckoned to have the largest bursary/endowment of any university. 2015 valuation was $35.7 Billion, yes Billion and its in the news because over the last 5 years its 11 “money managers” collected $242 Million, mostly bonuses related to performance. … Continue reading

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Quick comment on a widely used USA tax break

Trump was widely criticised recently for not having paid taxes for a number of years. Lots of well off Americans quite legally avoid paying large amounts of taxes. Here’s an example of how you can appear to be generous and … Continue reading

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Who gets what in Ireland? A quick over view.

Ireland has some of the highest professional fees in EU; and very highly paid politicians, senior public servants and medical consultants, not to mention bankers, some of whom helped get us into the financial crisis, eg. Richie Boucher (843,000). Some other positions … Continue reading

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Can’t get much smarter than Harvard

Harvard University is situated in Cambridge and Boston. Due to a longstanding but slightly strange arrangement Harvard and other university (eg.Yale, Princeton, Columbia) do Not pay any property taxes in the cities in which they are located. The income which cities … Continue reading

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The recession and Irish Racing

The Horse racing business suffered like most others. Betting at all Irish race courses in 2006 was 214 Million Euro, by 2015 it was down to 67 Million. Galway’s 12 day splurge in 2006 saw 27.5 Million gambled, by 2015 … Continue reading

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Human rights versus Property rights !

Interesting ruling by Italian Supreme Court. A Legal Institution supporting something which may not be legal but is fair. Impoverished Italians who end up stealing small amounts of food because they’re hungry are not committing a crime, the country’s highest … Continue reading

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