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:

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?

Planning for Brexit

Yes, well I’ve just (when I first drafted this blog post in March) seen this excellent piece of forward planning *sarcasm*……

So, let’s try come up with some plans ourselves, shall we?

The first thing, based on a Tweet from Daniel Hannan I remember seeing a few months back saying we could knock around 60% off Council Tax. Based on this, I’m thinking maybe phase the cut in by reducing it by around 2 – 5% a year while using the excess to play catch-up on the crapload of Infrastructure repairs & upgrades required in many places + regeneration projects and things like that until the 60% cut is achieved (or things are met part way).

The next thing I’m thinking of it to use it as an excuse to introduce Flat Taxes. Not only do they piss off lefties who can’t do maths or properly read about policies before jumping into attack mode, but they also get shot of loopholes that mean the better paid pay more from it being easier just to pay it than employ a decent accountant to find ways of wriggling out of paying more than necessary. The less well paid also pay less because of a threshold that lets them keep hold of more of their money.

Following this up by a Universal Income welfare system I’ve seen a handful of other countries decide to roll out… a number of other countries seem to also be having a crack at introducing them since I first spotted Telegraph articles about it, so why not?

Introduce something called “Agricultural Allowance” / “Farming Credits” to replace EU subsidies to British farmers. + maybe something similar for our tattered & torn fishing industry while it gets back on it’s feet from decades of EU interference?

Double the cancer drugs funding, think it’s currently about the same as what we’ve been paying the EU daily….

Ditch V.A.T from 20% to around 10-17.5%… I’ve got an app on my iPhone called VAT Pro, which also gives the rates for equivalent sales taxes in other parts of the world, such as 6.5% in Illinois over in the United States.

At the same time we could put through my earlier plan of ditching 2 different taxes on road fuel (fuel duty + vat), and create a new single Fuel Sales Tax on it instead.

I’ll probably come up with a few more ideas later, perhaps?

Update:

Other stuff to do will probably include a bonfire of surplus regulations that’ve been foisted on us over the years

Pain in the arse travel tax on Argentina & Spain

Earlier on I noticed in the news that the Argies + the Spanish were at it again giving us s**t over the Falklands & Gibraltar with their total bollocks claims again.

This has since given me the idea that we should consider whacking an extra 25% Travel tax on journeys to Spain & Argentina in order to cover the costs of guarding our territories.

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)

Shove your sugar taxes where the sun doesn’t shine

All they would do is take money from poor people (making them poorer), straight into the government’s bank account without doing anything to tackle the actual problem (such as encouraging people to take a break from sitting on their arse watching crap reality shows, or playing call of duty, and getting some damn exercise).

Items that would be affected are already expensive enough for what they are, without some jumped-up food-nazi TV Chef’s nanny-state taxes being whacked on top of them.

Most 45g Chocolate bars cost around 60p now (were around 45p when I was a kid)…. 330ml cans of soft drink are around 59p to 70p now (up from 39p-45p when I was a kid)…. and 1litre tubs of Ice cream are around £2.50 to £4.

For a selection of American articles on why Sugar Taxes are a load of crap, CLICK HERE.

Oh, and while we’re at it, can we drop the tax on Whiskey, as last I heard it was around 70%+ of the total cost of the stuff…. and according to a Health food freak website I came across, is actually very healthy for you as long as you don’t make a regular habit of getting totally rat-arsed on the stuff.

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?

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…..

Others weren’t so sure…..

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 have made a follow-up post on Facebook….

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 books being Claire Perry – the one completely oblivious to products such as Net Nanny, Cyber Patrol, the filtering built into ZoneAlarm Internet Security Suite & similar products, and even Internet Browsers such as Internet Exploder & Mozilla Firefox. It’s now even built into the Windows7 Operating System, for christ’s sake. The one who wants ISPs to introduce porn filtering as default on their web access packages, similar to the bloody useless one VODAFONE place on their customers that discriminates against people who can only get a Debit Card, not a Credit Card (that’s needed to prove age to get past the sodding filter) + blocks legitimate websites as well as dodgy ones. She was also the one who told the excellent Douglas Carswell MP to f___ off to UKIP, and previously also had an outburst against “Mr Squeaker” Bercow.

We’ve run out of money, let’s treat a stackload more Foreigners on the NHS

So was the gist of a pair of Headlines I saw the other week, and been meaning to mutter something about on this blog ever since.

Anyone else see the logic in this?

Around 26th Feb, George Osborne says “UK has Run out of Money“, and seems to be going ahead with a Fuel Tax rise at a time everyone’s screaming out for him to cut the damn things to stop harming the economy + cut government spending to fund Tax cuts.

Then a few days later, there is the headline “Foreigners to get £20,000 HIV Drugs FREE on the NHS“…. what part of “there’s no money left” don’t they get their heads round?

In Other News……………

Tax Paid to UK Government last year = £590billion

UK Government spending last year = £710billion