JerrySpaniel - In a fairly flat year (like we used to have ) the SP of a company would rise again after the ex.div drop, to what it had been prior to that, because of the profits earned during the year enabling it to pay another dividend and on and on again! If you thinking of using up capital as if it were income you're either not in for the long term (investing) or you're short terming (gambling) or a little confused!
It wasn't just the Government (Taxpayers) as any really long term holders here will have participated in the rights issues at the time. The Government (Taxpayers) have already had their payback but us LTHs are being told to pay up again! Doubt if we will ever see the 2019 Dividend. Some other Govt sponsored excuse will be found not to pay it.
SC - Glad you admit to lying about what the government had said. Do you honestly think that it would have been a better course of action to join in a procurement process with an organisation which has spent three and a half years threatening the UK with denial of food, medical supplies including drugs, airspace, access to financial markets, criminal and security intelligence and access to the EU markets with no knowledge of the tendering process, timescale or distribution of goods purchased if indeed any were. Or would it be better to be in control of such process which, it is reasonable to assume, the result of our recent General Election indicated the population of UK wanted the Government to do. It's odd that you claim bias toward honest Government when lying yourself. I doubt if any Government will 'sort Covid out.' Science may do that but in the meantime Government can only manage it's effects as best as possible in a fluid environment. BTW - did you save the city?
Siesmic City - Welcome to the BB - or were you here before under another name perhaps? Re your post of 10.19 - 'The UK government say not joining was a mistake and will join any future schemes.' Actually, the BBC quotes the Government as saying they 'will consider participating in future procurement schemes on the basis of public health requirements at the time." Big difference. Also the remainder of your post was merely an expression of your own opinion and did not answer any of my earlier questions. By the way, your bias is showing!
Well said bardill. So many have gone from 'it's only flu for heaven's sake' to 'Boris, you aren't doing enough, people are out and about trying to kill us all.' Shame there isn't a vaccine to combat a lack of common sense. So many saints, so many sinners, so many both.
From what I see, the UK is mere;y in an advisory form of lockdown. I'm currently in a police enforced lockdown in Spain - BIG difference - andone of the big effects is that people continue their social interaction by mobiles and internet. They also watch the likes of Netflix, play gaming etc 24?. The result is that the internet is continually on the blink. Just warning you people that if enforced lockdown comes your way, your access to sites such as this and all financial info will be compromised. we can pontificate but you won't know what's hit you until it hits you. BTW - get yourself a dog. It seems that throughout Europe the only guaranteed way to be allowed to go for a walk is with a dog!