Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Southerly: Sunstroke in Scotland,

    I have barely spent any time in Edinburgh, but have spent time in Glasgow. Not quite sure why, but I'm sure the anarchist grandfather would approve all the same.

    I suspect it is in part due to teenage over-exposure to Trainspotting and a latent fear of being mugged by for the crime of being a tourist.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Notes & Queries: Nightingales/Bombs/Beethoven,

    Fantastic links, thank you

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving on,

    Rather sad news, I was hoping that the show would still be running when I return next year.

    Remind me again why we have a public broadcaster and funding body? I mean I think I get the theory of it, but the practice seems to not work as I thought it would.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…, in reply to Rich Lock,

    Golly Rich, that sounds quite awful. I don't think I've come across such a thing before, happily. I must admit to being a little nervous as to whenever it is I move back to NZ and have to reacquaint myself to NZ agencies/HR, given how annoying it was to do the same moving to London. I don't know if either are better or worse, more just the need to adjust.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…, in reply to Rich Lock,

    There is always that. From my point of view, I often end up saying things like "This whole process would be a lot easier if you had documented anything or had some sort of system in place to measure or assess staff". Obviously I'll hate myself for saying that a little, but redundancies are awkward like that.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…,

    It may be a rather obvious point, but I've come to the conclusion that often these systems are reactive, they've been sought out, developed and implemented because of some disaster unknown to the applicant. Sometime in the past a terrible hiring decision was made and now the management of the company is hunting desperately for a solution to the age old problem of making the wrong decision.

    I can't imagine many people would, without any sort of similar spur, one day decide to implement a complex, no doubt expensive vetting system without something lurking behind that.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This time it's Syria,

    Surely the Syrian dispersal plans are more for attack by an external power in a classic style attack, rather than during a deep insurgency, where their dispersal bases/sites/etc may be rather compromised or of uncertain loyalty.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…,

    I don't think psychometric testing is unlawful in the UK unless it is used in such a way that could support a discriminatory outcome, which certainly is possible. Or perhaps if the testing incorporated some sort of pre contract health questionnaire (which are illegal). There are a few cases that go either way really.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…, in reply to Lucy Stewart,

    In which case it is a pretty good way of dealing with that particular problem, plus it gives the rest of us a good laugh.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The shaky ground of…, in reply to SteveH,

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    I thought it was in part (the moral panic argument sounds right too) to later provide an excuse to withdraw permission, residency or citizenship to entrants/applicants who had lied on the form. I'm thinking here about the various European migrants to the US after the war who later turn out to have been war criminals.

    When I've gone through immigration forms in the UK, they always make it quite clear on this kind of question that lying could later result in such an outcome.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 869 posts Report Reply

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