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Member Since 19 Apr 2004
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In Topic: UKIPpery

Yesterday, 10:38 PM

Another one of the "we're not racist" brigade: http://m.bbc.co.uk/n...litics-31000054

Do you ever get the sneaking suspicion that the rise of the UKIPpers could actually be a Tory strategy to rid themselves of the swivel-eyed loons that went slightly wrong?

In Topic: Political policies

Yesterday, 06:11 PM

It's a nice enough sentiment but I bet the take up is minimal. Do you really think a small business is going to pay its employees an extra £3,500 a year each to get £250 off their rates ? Even at the other end of the scale the maximum rebate is £5,000 which is not going to tempt say M&S or Tesco to hike their pay levels. If they have a store in Brent with say 100 employees why would they pay out an extra £350k+ to get £5k back ?

PR.  It's very good and high profile cheap advertising.

In Topic: State of our streets.

Yesterday, 06:09 PM

The answer to life's  problems does not lie in increasing taxation to employ someone to do something that people are perfectly capable of doing for themselves. There are so many more important causes that our taxes should be used for. Why do so many people look to the state to do everything for them? The louts should take personal responsibility.

But... I don't want to do it myself, I want to pay someone to do it on behalf of me and the council has far more experience at procuring and managing these people than anyone else.  Also, there's a convenient mechanism for me paying it, it's called taxation.

In Topic: State of our streets.

26 January 2015 - 06:33 PM

They can raise council tax,though. They just have to ask people first.

Oh John... play nicely rather than just using daft things like that.  The rules around a referendum are so complex and costly that any money made from a tax rise would have to be so excessive that turnout among "yes" voters would be grudging and lower while "no" voters would have the extra incentive to come out.  That nice Mr Pickles has certainly fudged the rules while making it look to the perpetually naive that he's being fair.

In Topic: State of our streets.

26 January 2015 - 06:23 PM

Puts you and Tesco in the same camp then. You both expect the taxpayer to pay to clear up someone else's mess, rather than the perpetrator.  


Anyway, maybe this will help from October 2015, though no doubt you'll not be able to welcome it for one reason or another. https://www.gov.uk/g...ic-carrier-bags

Someone has to clean up generic rubbish.  I'm happy to chip in for my share of that cleaning through taxation but my council aren't allowed to raise council tax to pay for it because that nice Mr Pickles will penalise them.  There are 2000-ish adults of voting age living in my little area, if we paid £10 each then that's a full-time street cleaner paid for, the council could even reduce that by making businesses pay a little bit of it.