Well, that “told you so” moment I had a feeling was gonna happen has finally happened.
Just as I had feelings that turned out pretty accurate that Team Brexit would win the referendum and that Donald Trump would become President as early as when he made the first whisperings of running when it was clear Romney would lose to Obama – I also had feelings that Theresa May would make a pretty lame leader of the Conservative party as a last minute bodge after Mr & Mrs Gove took Boris out of the contest.
With the arrival of the Chequers fake-Brexit plan, and the more recent arrival of “Project Fear 2.0”, she’s going down faster than Wile E. Coyote falling off the edge of a cliff.
The Chequers plan has gone down so badly with Grassroots members that local party bosses are seeing 75-90%+ of members giving it the finger, resigning membership, or can no longer be arsed to campaign for the party due to lack of things to be able to offer that they agree with. Even the chairman of her own local party is against it.
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I distinctly recall that since at least prior to the 2010 General Election, experts were calling for the UK’s Tax Rule Book to be simplified.
There was definitely an article on the Daily Mail Website in September 2011 saying we should rip up the tax rule book and start again, and prior to that in April 2011 the Taxpayer’s Alliance released a video “World’s Fastest Speaker vs the UK Tax Code” to show how ridiculously large it had become at 11,000 pages.
The video seems to have long vanished from the interweb, but the TPA’s Blog post still appears to be there about it, and according to my records by the time the Conservative/LibDem coalition were done with it, the rule book instead of shrinking had increased by another 6000 pages of rules by February 2015.
Therefore as part of the policy review I blogged about earlier, I suggest creating a target of slashing the rule book to 7500 pages by 2025 and 3000 pages by 2030 if we aren’t prepared to take the easier route suggested 7-years ago and just re-write the damn things from scratch with a clean sheet of paper.
Basically, if using motoring references to describe the size of the tax rule book, with the New Labour Government (1997 to 2010) they’d increased from the size of a Ford Focus to the size of a Range Rover.
By the time the coalition government had finished with them, they’d expanded to the size of an armoured personnel carrier.
I’m not sure how bad they’ve gotten since, as I haven’t seen any reports giving an update, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they’d expanded to the size equivalent of an HGV or a Railway Locomotive.
If Britain is to succeed in a post-Brexit world, we need to strive to shrink them back down to the size of a light and nimble Aerial Atom or Caterham Super7 instead of being a lumbering dinosaur with a gammy leg.
Perhaps even take another look at Flat Taxes, maybe?
Naturally, I’ll probably try come up with a few things to pitch-in via these blogs + social media accounts.
I’ve already got a couple of drafts sat in the folder ready to finish when I have time, and a few more forming in the other drafts folder known as my head waiting for me to quit procrastinating and just write the damn things down in a blog so I can throw ’em into the ring.