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ckn

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In Topic: General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

30 June 2015 - 09:09 PM

An interesting thing happened in Parliament over the last two days.  The Scotland Bill was up for debate and certain parts were overwhelmingly defeated despite the provisions/amendments only being relevant for Scotland, it was all bar one/two Scottish MPs voting FOR and all other votes being from non-Scottish constituencies except the token Tory Scottish MP.  More than a few votes were 58 for and 500-ish against with 56 of them being SNP and a couple of others backing them up.

 

Posted for posterity when the first English MP complains about English votes for English laws.


In Topic: Could P & R be against Leigh's interests?

30 June 2015 - 08:56 PM

A thread that's descended far too far to recover.  Behave please.


In Topic: General Election 2015 - Poll & Discussion Thread

30 June 2015 - 05:09 PM

I've no reason to doubt that's true , but by lowering the tax threshold at the top if it increases the take in £ terms why not do it ?

Because it won't.  They'll reduce the top rate, close a few loopholes and then the tax accountants will come up with another one.  Tax income will go down because the people who can't easily evade or avoid tax (i.e. those just in the higher tax brackets) will see their take-home pay increase while those who save more money by hiring expensive accountants will still save the same amount but just through a different loophole.

 

It's actually relatively easy to cut evasion, just follow what the US does and say that if you're a US citizen then you pay tax to the US regardless of where you earn money.  Badly annoys many people, Boris included, but it works.  Also, enforce the rule that if money is earned in the UK then it pays UK tax regardless of where you're domiciled, the laws are there for that, they're just enforced about as strictly as the fox hunting ban is now.


In Topic: Tunisia.

28 June 2015 - 10:16 PM

All 3 have a common funder/origin.

 

Why can't Saudi control their proxies? 

Sometimes when you raise a dog to be vicious it'll turn around and bite you instead.


In Topic: Tunisia.

28 June 2015 - 07:09 PM

ISIS has just beheaded 12 members of Al Qaeda.

 

I think that sums up the mess in one sentence.

They're also itching for a fight with the Taliban, considering them too moderate and heretics for not joining in with their caliphate.  Just when you think you have one nutjob group pinholed, i.e. the Taliban, another one comes along and out-nutjobs them.