Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Are you ready for YOUR cash bribe from Labour next month?

My day job involves (among other things) administrating the payroll process for a small-to-medium sized business. I'm well grumpy with it today.

I've just received (at work) my instruction from the government to raise everyone's tax threshold by £600 on the first pay date after the 7th of September.

No doubt Gordon and Alisdair will be wondering why I am so pissed about this - they has 'fixed' the 10p tax débacle, no? Er, no. No Gordon and Ali, you haven't. You have just given EVERYONE, INCLUDING the people who benefited from the shift of the taxation burden more onto the poor than the rich, a wodge of money to shut them up. I'M JUST AS BEHIND EVERYONE ELSE AS I WAS BEFORE, IDIOTS! And what's *worse* is that the public purse is now missing a great big huge amount of money to pay for this largesse. More, in fact, than you were aiming to save with your monumentally stupid plan to scrap the 10p tax band.



Jennie said...

Not much to add to this really. What you said.

disestablishingpuritanism said...

I have to say that many of us here in the U.S. secretly admire your governing body. It would be nice to have more than just a two-party system and move to more of a parliamentary one. Thomas Jefferson advocated a Constitutional Convention every 20 years, but I'm still not holding my breath on that one.

Our system is frankly too driven by special interests and corporations. The U.K. has a better track record for looking out for its employees. Health care, on the other hand, needs to be improved in both countries. I'm sure you and I can agree on that. I love watching your parliamentary proceedings. It's much more engaging than our average one.

Yes, Obama has received favorable coverage just about everywhere abroad except naturally Iran and Pakistan. Conservatives hate that over here. To them, it's the same, tired rhetoric, "We can't follow what others are doing, they have it wrong" or our worst ambassador in history John Bolton saying, "The U.N. does what the U.S. wants it to do." We have a long way to go. Your role in your local government sounds very interesting. Keep in touch and take care.


James Schneider said...

Quite. What a prallack. Robbing peter, to pay paul hoping neither will notice.

disestablishingpuritanism said...

Steph Ashley,

I've admired Nick Clegg and his work. Admittedly, it has been some time ago since last seeing him, but his fiery passion and innovation will continue to be a godsend for the U.K. I agreed with your reps. there in Denver. A few problems we have here is baraging people with constant phone calls and e-mails asking for donations. In turn, you see some of these candidates abuse Election Laws for their personal use. That turns people off.

Our media in this country isn't the BBC. It needs an enima to release all this nonsensical propaganda and baseless innuendos they spend entirely too much time on -- i.e. Is Barack wearing his American flag lapel pin? He's not. He must not be patriotic.

Finally, I honestly don't know very much about what's going on there in the U.K. about its inner workings. One thing that is just common sense for U.S. and UK is listening to constituents. Yes, I realize some seem too dumb to be governed. However, officials shouldn't be afraid to go into the toughest neighborhoods and understand firsthand what's going on. I know Gordon Brown is heavily criticized for his persistence to leave troops in Iraq, energy, tax burden on poor and middle class, pretty much the same problems we have here. Liberal Democrats are champions on moving forward to solve these problems, but they have to ensure they clearly convey their messages.

Thanks again for the link and another great post here. Dating a military brat who lived in Germany twice and visited the UK isles several times, I'm yearning to travel overseas for the first time.

Anonymous said...

It would be nice to have a Job!

Additional bribes haven't gone far, the winter fuel allowance has shrunk in real terms with the double digit percentage increases in fuel bills over the last couple of years.

The words "Titanic" and "Deckchairs" spring to mind.

G. Lewis
Bridgend Lib Dems

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