Fuel Duty – NOT THAT WAY!

Perusing through my twitter timeline earlier I spotted a news story that basically says the fight for lower and fairer fuel duty is going about as well as ever.


Despite defeating Commie Corbyn in the time that’s elapsed since I last posted on this place, and the Conservatives this website was originally set up to support from the grassroots won big style, you may have noticed there was enough frustration with the way the party was heading as it was without this crap.

There’s the nonsense of trying to get rid of proper cars that actually work + the nonsense about trying to get rid of cheap to run ways to stay warm in winter. Now there’s this.

People were already pissed off with the price of Petrol and Diesel when the last Labour government was seeing out it’s final few years, and it’s mostly just been frozen in the time the Conservatives have been running the show.

Earlier I wrote a blog post or policy page (or was planning to) suggesting scrapping fuel duty altogether (as well as Alcohol + Tobacco duties), and just sticking a single higher 35% “sin” rate of VAT on them instead to make things fairer and clearer.

I sort of lost track of how much of the cost petrol & diesel consists of the tax on the stuff several years ago when it was hovering around 70-75% or something stupid like that.


UPDATE:

Glenn Beck Warns of Possible Issues With The Banks Looming Again

Some might consider him a bit bats**t crazy because of his days on Fox News, in much the same way some people consider Sarah Palin a bit bats**t crazy because of continual leftist efforts to hobble them with reputational damage in the early days of the Tea Party Movement.

These days however he has matured somewhat in his old age, though starting to resemble Colonel Sanders from the KFC brand image.

On his YouTube Channel lately there have been some clips posted from his show on TheBlaze where he has been warning of more things going wrong with the banking system.

On 20th September 2019 he posted this 18-minute long video warning of another possible recession coming. Continue reading “Glenn Beck Warns of Possible Issues With The Banks Looming Again”

Make British Tax Rules Simple Again – Post Brexit Policies

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?

ConservativeChitChat Endorses “Fishing for Leave”

ConservativeChitChat approves of making Britain’s Fishing Industry Great Again via the group “Fishing for Leave”.

Looking through their posts on social media, you’d have to be a massive drooling vegetable with a turnip for a brain not to agree with them.

Some of the stuff that ConservativeChitChat Supports (UK Edition)

1) Brexit… Leaving the EU holds the key to being able to do alot of the stuff that many of the stuff I support likely depends on, like keeping proper tabs on immigration.

2) Flat Taxes… they’ve been yapping for too long about simplifying them, how about actually doing it? Introducing Flat Taxes would zap many loopholes, and encourage those with fat wallets to just cough-up what they owe, instead of paying accountants to find ways to wriggle out of paying more than they have to.

3) A £155 per week Minimum Citizens income…. originally touted by the Greens, and branded a bloody stupid idea because it would cost around £415billion a year at a time Britain is trying to get back on it’s feet after Gormless Gordon Brown ran up a national deficit of £156bn (and down to around £50-£90billion around the 2015 General Election), the writers of the Daily Telegraph seem to have started warming to the idea…………

… and Finland have decided to have a crack at it too….


So I reckon it would be do-able, but require some serious awkward maths on the budget to make it work properly, such as introducing Flat Taxes + merging Income Tax with National Insurance, and achieving Brexit to enable proper control of our borders, among other things.
Maybe make a range of grants available, possibly funded in a way similar to Zopa + Funding Circle (but through the government) for things like Home Repair + disabled equipment (among other things) to make sure no one is left in the lurch.

4) Expanding Airport capacity in the South-East of England… just not with a 3rd Runway at Heathrow

5) Expanding the UK Rail Network with Real Rail Improvement, and possibly also building cycle paths to the side of the new tracks too, to expand the National Cycle Network.

6) Ditching Fuel Duty + VAT on Petrol & Diesel, and replacing with a single Fuel Sales Tax (F.S.T)

7) Building a Wales-to-Ireland Tunnel + a Scotland to Ireland Tunnel to improve transport links across the Irish Sea, and zap issues caused by crap weather that can hold up the current journey. The Wales to Ireland Tunnel is estimated to cost around £15billion (not too far off what we pay for a year’s EU membership).

8) Building a new Northern Section of the East Coast Mainline… if you look at it on Google Earth / Google Maps, you’ll notice it’s a teensy bit too close to the edge of the cliffs just north of Berwick-Upon-Tweed, which is sure to cause massive problems sooner or later.
Also if you remember Top Gear (series13 Episode1) with the race between a Steam Train, an old Jaguar + an old motorbike, you may recall there seemed to be some bottlenecks caused by local rail traffic.

9) Kitting out the RAF with a new Generation of AVRO Vulcan / Rockwell B-1B / Tupolev TU-160 sized big bombers…. let’s face it, as good as the trusty old Tornado fighter-bomber is, the fleet is apparently getting a bit shagged-out, and new proper bombers would expand Britain’s capabilities (and after all the cutting to defence we’ve had to do since 2010 we could use some more positive additions on top of what was announced the other week)

What became of Gordon Brown’s infamous Stealth Taxes?

This is the random question that just popped into my head a few minutes ago.
I’ve seen plenty of mention of them in the past, such as at this link I like to keep handy: http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/garbagegate/item2/stealth.htm

I suppose I’d be right in guessing that unlike Gordon Brown, a large chunk of them haven’t disappeared yet and are still sneaking extra money out of our pockets into the government piggy bank, in addition to the “super star” taxes that get all the main attention, e.g. Income Tax, National Insurance, Fuel Tax, Road Tax, etc.

Am I right?

Flat Taxes & Leftie Lobotomy patients again

Yes, someone posted another article about how we need to introduce flat taxes in the UK (how about we stop yapping about them, and just introduce them?), and it appeared on that Politics UK Facebook group………

Once again it showed up how vile, nasty & mentally retarded lefties are when I saw this comment:

Ian WarnerNo and nazi shit like this should be punishable by death.
It’s not the first time I’ve seen that Warner clown post stupid stuff like that either (he regularly calls for all Tories to be sent to Auschwitz style death camps in previous posts on that group)… like here’s one the clown posted in the Politics UK Facebook group post I hi-lighted in the earlier blog I posted showing why you’ve got to be careful phrasing replacing the Human Rights Act:
Ian WarnerSee I don’t believe in the ban on the death penalty in the HRA: Crimes like Toryism should meet the full force of just retribution
If you aren’t a mentally retarded left-wing lobotomy patient, and you’d like to learn more about the true reality of Flat Taxes, visit the thread on the ConservativeChitChat messageboard I’ve been using to post links to articles about them for future reference: http://www.conservativechitchat.co.uk/cgi-bin/yabb2/YaBB.pl?num=1329543643

Leftard halfwits are still falling for & peddling Labour’s “it was an international crisis” distraction technique

Back in 2008 (5 or 6 years ago now) you may recall that Labour screwed-up the economy big-style, and used “it was an international crisis” + “it was Thatcher’s fault for de-regulating the banks” as an excuse to try and wriggle out of the blame. As their supporters are generally lazy bastards who seem to get their information (or lack of) via word of mouth, or only just bother to read the headline and not the whole thing (You may have noticed this if you’ve ever tried to convince them of the benefits of Flat Taxes, or bringing sanity to human rights laws)…. last week I noticed they are still peddalling the myth that their idols couldn’t possibly be to blame for the financial crash “because it was an international crisis” & “Thatcher de-regulated the evil banksters” via Social Media.

Us Conservative-types of course know better (or at least should do), because we can be bothered to read such excellent sources of information on this kind of thing as John Redwood’s Diary, ConservativeHome, Telegraph Blogs + Finance, The Spectator, The Commentator + many others… and therefore know that it was actually more kinda the shit hitting the fan from lots of different financial problem at roughly the same time to cause one humongous international crisis.

So let’s try give them a recap…….. (not that they’ll pay any notice I suppose)

British Financial screw-up
This WAS caused by Gormless Gordon changing the financial regulatory system, and is extremely well explained in a post on John Redwood’s blog entitled “How we got into this mess” (30th march 2009).

Gordon Brown did not make the Bank of England “independent”. He gutted and filleted it, taking away its duty to manage the government’s own debt, and removing the responsibility to supervise the banks.

He put his own people on the Monetary Policy Committee. He changed its target in 2003 so it kept interest rates down prior to the 2005 election. The MPC failed to hit the inflation target, allowing some prices to soar. It ignored the sharp rises in house and property prices, the fall in the pound and the commodity cycle.

It was NOT caused by Margaret Thatcher de-regulating the banks, as stated in a John Redwood blog from 7th May 2009:

The extreme extension of credit happened in the last decade under Labour and under Mr Brown’s very own design of regulations. When Margaret Thatcher left office the simpler and more efffective controls on cash and capital did not allow banks to overextend and create a big asset bubble.

Nor did the Economic Policy review’s critique of Labour’s over the top and totally ineffective mortgage regulation cause the crisis – it was part of a case to have effective regulation of what mattered as we did before Brown changed it all.

Eurozone Crisis………
This was basically caused by the Eurozone being a bloody stupid idea crafted for political reasons rather than economic ones, as well as letting the Greeks & Italians into the Eurozone despite them having shaky finances, and leaving countries such as Ireland being unable to tinker with interest rates to suit local economic circumstances.

American Crisis
This was apparently caused by political correctness: Leftards in the Clinton-era believing blacks & latino’s couldn’t get mortagages to buy their own home “because banks are racist institutions”, rather than the real reason being because these groups are generally in a too piss-poor personal finance situation to be able to pay back a mortgage… and thus was born the sub-prime mortgage (which also helped trigger the British financial crisis, with UK banks dabbling in them too).

Prior to starting this blog I also saw an article citing the Russians being involved in the crisis too, as a form of Economic-Terrorism.

Back in September of 2013, For The Record looked at the possibility that countries hostile to the U.S., like China and Russia, may have artificially driven up the price of oil and intentionally crashed the stocks of some financial institutions, escalating chaos prior to the 2008 economic crisis. Yesterday, a BBC report seemingly confirmed this investigation.

In a September article for TheBlaze.com, TheBlaze’s senior Washington correspondent Sara Carter explained the threat of economic terrorism to the United States.

Carter writes:

China, Russia and even Al Qaeda, among others, all have one thing in common: They believe that unconventional warfare against America’s economy is the best way to destroy our nation without actually ever having to fire a shot.
And our enemies almost made it happen in 2008.

[…]

[F]ormer senior U.S. officials disclose what the Pentagon and Washington establishment had been hoping to bury — that the near economic collapse of the United States in 2008 was not due to widespread failures in government regulations, but a planned attack to destroy our nation perpetrated by both China and Russia.

There’s more to it than what I’ve had the energy to track down for this blog post, but it pretty much sums it up… use the comments box below to chip-in with more if you want to.