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Instead of fining companies for nuisance calls, we’re fining bosses

An average of 60 nuisance calls and texts per person were made last year

A new policy fining company bosses if their companies make nuisance calls to customers may mean we can finally leave that mystery 'car accident' ("how many times do I have to tell you I don't even have a car?!?") behind us.

What it means: We made or received 3.9 billion nuisance texts and calls in 2017 – that's an average of 60 per person (which includes babies and kids who don't have phones so probably a lot more than that).

Some measures have already been taken to stop them: businesses aren't allowed to make their numbers anonymous, for example. The principle there is 'perfect information' – consumers should know what they're agreeing to spend their time on before they pick up the phone.

Businesses are also liable for fines of up to £500,000 for cold or nuisance calling. But instead of paying it, a good 50 per cent of company bosses are simply declaring bankruptcy and setting up the same business under a different name to avoid the fine. Real smooth, guys.

Now, the government's changed the rules: the bosses themselves are responsible for paying up that penalty. And unless they really, really need to, they're probably a lot less likely to change their name – instead, they'll hopefully just start following the law.

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Reader Comments

  • WhereAreTheVikings

    What a terrible, terrible shame. Western Civilization nurtured capitalism, and now capitalism is destroying it. And these young people seem to welcome the invasion of their homeland. The media and schools have been very efficient in wiping out all traces of blood and soil.

    • prollawalllynotahumanoid

      Capitalism isn’t the problem. It’s corrupt politicians taking bribes and kickbacks from Globalists and the Chinese.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        Maybe I should have said crony capitalism. Although Italians importing Chinese to make “Italian leather” shoes is not crony capitalism. It is capitalism, pure and simple.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          That would be crony capitalism and globalism combined. They aren’t concerned with the affect their policies have upon their citizens, the health and welfare of their society and culture or their economy. What it isn’t is fair-free trade to further national interests.

          • WhereAreTheVikings

            I’ve always seen them as one and the same, but perhaps they need to be named individually, just to bring home the point.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        But now that travel is so easy and borders are virtually down through H1bs and the like, theoretically you can’t blame capitalists for the pursuit of cheaper labor, although I do heartily blame them not being more patriotic than that. Perhaps the emerging nationalism will force them to voluntarily do what they should have morally been doing all along, and that is employing business practices that preserve their countries and nationalities. The government should be doing everything it can to encourage that, to the extent that small government should do anything but guard the borders and strictly, drastically, limit immigration.

      • Henry Lam

        It is China with its corrupted mindset affecting the world.

        • prollawalllynotahumanoid

          No it is not. Capitalism is the fairest and least corrupt system of all.

          Socialism and communism is based on authoritarianism, coercion and police intimidation. It has and always will be rife with criminality, bribes and kickbacks.

          Corruption can be anywhere but it is the very basis of socialism and communism.

    • Henry Lam

      The government is too weak. They do not understand the mindset of communists and how they educate their people. Those communist people are only loyal to their country and could be dangerous. The immigration law should only accept those who accepted multiculturalism and taught from a democratic education system. This virus events clearly has shown how stupid to take China as a friend.

      • WhereAreTheVikings

        The government is not too weak. Just weak-minded about some things.

  • Gabi Rodrigues

    For how many days can a country maximum close their borders to foreigners maximum? Like now, with the virus, everyone is using 30 days. Can it be more?