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)

London & South-East England Airport Expansion

There’s been alot of debate over the years about a 3rd Runway at Heathrow, and other means of expanding airport capacity in London. I’ve regularly contributed to the debates with observations I’ve made via Google Earth / Google Maps…. and felt now with a government enquiry on the topic on the cards, thought I’d stick them down on the ConservativeChitChat Blog so there’d be a more permanent place for these observations. It was either here, or the Transport Section on our Messageboard alongside our Real Rail Improvements series.

First off, Heathrow – looking at it via Google Maps, there’s sod all space for expansion without taking out a load of villages and things in the process + the A4.

Stansted [View in Google Maps] – Well it appears to have some room for expansion.

Gatwick [View in Google Maps] – Appears to have a bit of room for expansion, but not much.

Manston (Kent) [View in Google Maps] – One of the most favoured options by opponents to a 3rd Runway at Heathrow, due to it’s proximity with HS1 + there’s an aviation firefighting school based there too.

Boris Island / Foster’s Island (Isle of Grain) – Proposals for building a new Airport in the Thames Estuary around Sheerness + Southend-on-Sea, and my other favourite choice. The only MAIN PROBLEM voiced by critics is the proximity to the wreck of the USS Richard Montgomery with upto 3,000 tons of Explosives still on board, which could cause a large blast if they were set off. Said to be almost as quick to build as a 3rd Runway.

RAF Upper Heyford [View in Google Maps] – A year or so ago I spotted this place via Google Earth / Google Maps, last known to be in use storing surplus cars from Screaming Lord Mandelson’s car scrappage scheme. I believe this would be an ideal location for a new London Airport. It even has a railway line going past it that goes straight into London, as well as being in close proximity to the M40 Motorway. There’s been recent news of a consortium looking to build a similar idea in the same area.

WATCH: George Osborne on need for more airport capacity for the South-East.

This article also available to view HERE at our other blog.

There’s more than one way to improve a railway system…..

Regardless of whether or not you agree with High Speed 2*, there are other things that need doing to improve the state of the UK’s Railway system, and over on the Transport section of the ConservativeChitChat Messageboard I’ve been putting down some ideas I’ve had brewing for a few years, tagged with “Real Rail Improvements” in the topic title. A handful are new, some others I’ve previously submitted via the Conservative’s Transport in the North commission they ran before the 2010 General Election…. and there may be more to come if / when I get round to it.

Included so far:

* I’m sort of in favour of HS2, but would prefer another proposal I’ve seen for an ULTRASPEED MagLev train.

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.

Something still needs to be done about the UK’s Taxes on Petrol & Diesel

The other day I read an article saying it now costs £100 to fill the fuel tank of an average family car.

That means filling your car now costs:

  • £11 more than one of those Amazon Kindle E-Reader gadgets
  • Filling your tank 4 times costs the same as an iPhone 3GS cost me to buy outright on Pay as You Go from the Vodafone Online Store last year, or also the same as an iPAD2 16GB WiFi.
  • Filling it 5 times costs about the same as a near top of the range Panasonic Camcorder + decent sized SDHC card to record the pictures & video’s on.

More articles on UK fuel tax from elsewhere……


A fairer way to tax fuel?

The UK may have been free from the tyranny of Gormless Gordon for several months now, but his legacy of bloody crazy fuel prices (largely down to his extortionate taxes, remember) lives on.

The latest figure I have of £1.30 a litre apparently works out at:
£0.50 for the liquid that goes inside your car’s fuel tank
£0.80 in taxes on the fuel to the beancounters in the Treasury.

The taxes (both of them) being “Fuel Duty“, and then “V.A.T” on top of that – double taxing in other words (isn’t that supposed to be illegal? I’m sure I’ve heard several people mention it is).

Back in the summer when Osborne & Cleggy were running online consultations asking us normal folks for ideas, I threw this suggestion of a fairer way to tax fuel into the ring……….

1) Abolish fuel duty on the fuel

2) Abolish V.A.T on the fuel & the fuel duty tax

3) Replace the 2 with a more transparent single tax, and call it “Fuel Sales Tax” (or F.S.T for short) – basically the same idea as V.A.T but with a different name & set at a rate specially for fuel – say 25 to 65% – depending on what the beancounters working out the figures deem necessary.

For starters whenever people complain on forums & blogs about the price of fuel they claim anything from 60 – 80% of the price of fuel is the tax on the damn stuff, and my idea would at least provide a definitive answer.

Other recent articles elsewhere on fuel prices:
Small businesses call for George Osborne to honour pledge on fair fuel prices (ConHome)
Understanding the price stabilising fuel duty (ConHome)
£1.30 a litre – more than 80p for the government (John Redwood)
Greedy Left-wing Union morons plan fuel strikes (Daily Mail)
Petrol stations beef-up security in fear higher fuel prices mean higher numbers of fuel thefts (Daily Mail)

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