Category: Government

Gove’s statement on why he supports Brexit

Statement from Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Justice, on the EU Referendum Immediate release, 20 February 2016 For weeks now I have been wrestling with the most difficult decision of my political life. But taking difficult decisions is what politicians are paid to do. No-one is forced to stand for Parliament, no-one is compelled to become a minister. If you take on those roles, which are great privileges, you also take on big responsibilities. I was encouraged to stand for Parliament by David Cameron and he has given me the opportunity to serve in what I believe is a great, reforming Government. I think he is an outstanding

Posted in EU, Europe, Government, The News, UK Tagged with: , , ,

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?

Posted in Economy & Finance, Government, Leftards, Random thoughts, Taxes

A money saving idea – a bit grisly, but…..

From what I’ve heard it costs between £30,000 – £50,000 a year to keep someone in prison (though don’t know how they got that figure). So based on that, to keep someone who’s done something to land them a life sentence would cost the following: 20 years = £600,000 – £1,000,000 (a million quid) 25 years = £750,000 – £1,250,000 30 years = £900,000 – £1,500,000 In comparison, a length of rope costs less than £1 a metre (unless maybe it was bought through one of New Labour’s dodgy PFI Contracts). A Gun such as a Heckler & Koch MP5 can be picked up over in the USA for about

Posted in Government, Law & Order, Prison, Spending, UK

Changing the name of National Insurance

Earlier on I saw news that George Osborne was thinking of changing the name of National Insurance to “Earnings Tax”. The Taxpayers Alliance seemed pretty chuffed….. Post by The TaxPayers’ Alliance. Others weren’t so sure….. Post by Politics UK. I’m of the opinion of a different choice of name than “Earnings Tax”. We’ve already got an “Earnings Tax”, it’s called Income Tax. I’ve thought maybe “Health & Welfare Contributions T ax” would be more appropriate (and use it ONLY for that), or just get on with merging it into a Flat Income Tax, and stick it in a breakdown as “Income Tax: Health & Welfare Contributions”. UPDATE: The Taxpayer’s Alliance

Posted in Government, Taxes

Told you so: When discussing replacing the Human Rights Act with Sanity, be careful how you phrase it

I seem to remember in the not too distant past mentioning below an article on ConservativeHome or somewhere that we needed to be careful how we phrase it when discussing replacing the Human Rights act with something that has a bit more sanity to it (though I can’t currently find it). I knew this because I’d previously seen on Yahoo Answers (part of Yahoo, the 4th most popular website in the world) leftie idiots asking why UKIP want to revoke Human rights, after they’d had pretty much the same idea, which I got the best answer for correcting them with: They don’t want to revoke human rights……… they just want

Posted in Government, Leftards, Policy ideas, Random thoughts Tagged with: , , ,

Jeremy Hunt’s doing a better job than Andrew Lansley

Hands up who else thinks that Jeremy Hunt is doing a better job than Andrew Lansley as Secretary of State for Health? When Lansley was in the job you could hardly tell if he was doing anything, and the only time you knew he was there was when his name popped-up in the ConservativeHome monthly satisfaction survey. In contrast Jeremy Hunt has made headlines for doing undercover shifts in NHS Hospitals, and telling the NHS they must treat patients as people + bringing back the Family Doctor.

Posted in Government, Health, Random thoughts, UK

Another Conservative MP enters my bad books

The latest addition is Justine Greening, having today been reported in the Telegraph & Daily Mail to be in support of increasing tax on Petrol & Diesel at a time the bloody things (remember, fuel gets taxed twice – fuel duty + V.A.T) need cutting to encourage growth & stop ripping off tax payers by charging more in tax on petrol & diesel than the actual fuel costs. The members of the public commenting below the 2 articles don’t sound too chuffed with her either. So much for the potential she showed looking into the Car Insurance rip-off not so long ago. The previous MP to get into my bad

Posted in Fuel, Government, Taxes, Technology, Transport

Government department tweak idea

Bin the post of “Energy & Climate Change Minister”. Replace with: Minister for Environment & Conservation Energy Minister / Minister for Energy & Utilities (attached to the Department for Business)

Posted in Conservation, Energy, Environment, Government