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This from an MP who herself is BLACK.

Critical Race Theory spouted by the Left is only a theory, not an uncontested fact.

Black people traded slaves before, and after, the trans-Atlantic slave trade (which Britain was the 1st to abolish).

BLM is a purely political movement. People should not be judged by the colour of their skin - which is what BLM does, victimising all black people.

The history of the USA and Britain are different - what applies there doesn't apply here.

And finally she says:

'I'd go further and say this is the best country. I've lived in the US, I've lived in Nigeria, so I feel like I've got some context to compare. I look at South Africa and look around Europe and ask: are those places better to be black than the UK? I don't think so. It doesn't mean everything is perfect… But if as a politician, especially a black politician, I don't say this, who will?'

 

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Speaking of MOTs, mine's due in a couple of weeks (extended because of CV-19).

Now, to the point, Direct Line (insurance) and Autoglass (surprisingly to find either of them on the general rave thread rather than the rant thread.....)

Last year's MOT (its first one) was at the Ford Main agent I bought it from. Never again but that's another story.

They gave it an "advisory" for a chip in the windscreen. I knew it was there, I was driving when it happened but it's tiny and low down in the middle of the screen so no visibility issues at all. I did not think it warranted an "advisory".

So I spoke to my local garage for this year's MOT (I know the owner well) and he said "at 4 years old and less than 30k miles we're hardly likely to have any issues are we?" so I told him about the "advisory" and he said "why not just get it done under your insurance if the excess is not too high then we don't have to make a judgement"

Direct Line - I expected to be on the phone, on hold, for a few hours but, no, dedicated webpage for organising windscreen repairs or replacements....

It links to a dedicated Autoglass webpage with insurance details pre-filled, all I had to do was submit two photos so they could confirm a repair was possible and I was given a booking (at home) the next day. Yes, the next day, not next week or next month.

It happened yesterday, all social distancing observed, apart from general chat (>2m apart) his only real comment was "there is no way that should have been an advisory, they must have been trying it on, but it's a nice easy one for me"

And the excess was £10, taken by credit card on the Autoglass website. A lot cheaper than a failed MOT.
 

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At that size it was worth doing the fix because the chance of it getting worse over the Winter would be high.

You can also buy the stuff to do the repair yourself.
 

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At that size it was worth doing the fix because the chance of it getting worse over the Winter would be high.

You can also buy the stuff to do the repair yourself.
Borderline I think.

It survived last winter without growing at all (I was hoping it did so I could get a new windscreen).

Only done for the MOT as I had the "advisory" from last year.

The DIY stuff is about £6 on eBay and it's ambient temperature cure, the proper stuff is UV cured (I discussed this with him from a safe 2m distance) and for the extra £4 I get a piece of paper to present to the MOT tester to show I've followed the "advisory".

But the real point for posting this in the "general rave" section is the fact that I could just go on-line with direct line, get automatically transferred to autoglass, and they did it the next day.

No spending hours on hold on the phone, it just happened. All I had to do was take the two photos which probably took me about ten minutes to find my cameras memory card and plug it into my PC to upload the photos.

Life is becoming a lot more efficient in this new CV-19 era.
 

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Most insurance companies have an online windsrceen fixing and replacement booking service. Used it for the Mini earlier this year. Didn't want a fresh chip getting bigger. No hassle and no fuss.
Interesting - last time for me (about 10 years ago) it was all by phone.

Anna's MPV has to be insured by one of the "specialist" brokers - because of her disability and license being suspended (so only myself and others can drive it) and with the wheelchair crane in the back, none of the mainstream insurance companies will cover it.

Recently a stonechip went overnight from a chip to a large crack. She started the process over two weeks ago, by phone, with the specialist broker (one of the ones that deals with modified cars and is a sponsor on here) and was about 1/2 hour on the phone, mostly on hold, and they will eventually send some company that I've never heard of this coming Thursday, but only if the weather is "good".

So it's after her experience that I thought online and the next day was quite impressive.
 
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