Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Morally wrong and unfair #London #unfair #taxation #takingadvantage #commonsense #taxpayer #TFL

Here’s another list that I should have started years ago but hey ho….

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1. June 2014 London Congestion charge to rise by 15%. Ever heard of inflation Boris? Just in case you haven’t, it’s currently about 2%, so where’s the justification in a 15% rise in this TAX?

2. July 2013 Diplomats owe over £60m in unpaid congestion charge fines. Just beggars belief in this day and age!




Watch this space for more hypocrisy…


BBC News – Vodafone: No UK tax to pay on £84bn sale #pension #taxpayer #fairness #HMRC #UK #takingthep

September 3, 2013 Leave a comment


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BBC News – Vodafone: No UK tax to pay on £84bn sale.

What an absolute disgrace.

So whilst hard-working honest people pay through the nose for the mistakes of the banks and the treasury over the past few years, corporate UK walks away again, laughing in the face of HMRC!

No wonder the UK stock market is near a high.

Want to solve the financial crisis and budget deficit? Don’t look at me, look at the NON taxpayers.

Common sense, has the UK government or HMRC got any?

Another part of London to be desecrated? #homes #starbucks #mall #EarlsCourt

London Mayor approves £8bn Earls Court plan Ι Construction Enquirer.

Let’s stuff in another 7500 new homes into an already overcrowded city, strain the public transport system even more and more. Make sure there are a couple of tall landmark towers, which are totally out of context with the surrounding residential area and make sure they block out the light to the remaining residents.

Let’s build another multiplex cinema, a Starbucks, a McDonalds, some phone shops, another supermarket and a Nandos.

Earls cLets throw in a couple of hotels as well, build some cycle lanes and narrow the road access for cars. Chuck in another 20 years of transportation chaos and building grime whilst the development is completed, for good measure.

When it’s finally built, we can all moan about how many of the homes are in the hands of overseas investors, either as second homes or as rental units and then we can complain about how much landlords are overcharging.

And finally goodbye to Earls Court, an exhibition and conference venue that has hosted, amongst others, events at the 1948 Summer Olympics, the volleyball events of the 2012 Summer Olympics, music concerts, Motor shows, Ideal home exhibitions and so on.

Does the building itself have some historical and architectural significance or would Londoners prefer another aseptic tall tower block, with a restaurant and a few penthouse flats at the top?

You decide by voting on this poll.

Sorry Boris but I think you’ve really lost the plot.

Payday Loans Firms Face Competition Inquiry #RBS #Lloyds #Cable #loanshark

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English: Cash Advance, Payday Advance Store Outlet in Toronto downtown. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Payday Loans Firms Face Competition Inquiry.

Well this is a refreshing start.

But I could save everyone a lot of time and money by letting you know that if our high street banks started to support ‘individuals’ in their time of need by lending money at sensible rates, the payday industry would simply disappear.

After all it’s not rocket science, just common sense.

Another long, long, long summer ahead #austerity #Merkel #Greece #Spain #Italy

Christmas in the post-War United States

Christmas in the post-War United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So what’s changed since my original article in May 2012?

Not a lot really, other than Italy is about to explode with reportedly huge derivative losses approaching expiry. Hotly denied by the Italian government of course.

There is only one answer of course to the global mess, which is the good bank, bad bank theory……leave all the rubbish to your great great great grandchildren, stick interest rates up, lob Basel III in the bin, start lending again and get on with it.

Unfortunately there are no major global sporting events to look forward to this summer…

Oh well, it’s nearly Christmas…

Common sense, just common sense.

Eurozone unemployment hits record 12.2 percent #madness #ECB #EURO #UK #youth #selfworth #nuts #bonkers

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Countries using the Euro de jure Countries and territories using the Euro de facto Countries in the EU not using the Euro (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Eurozone unemployment hits record 12.2 percent – Yahoo! News.

Am I the only person in Europe who thinks this is wrong?

Draconian measures taken by Governments and corporations, banks etc either in the name of austerity or efficiency are causing huge unemployment, particularly amongst the youth of many ‘Euro’ nations.

It’s complete madness to have a generation growing up, who haven’t ever had a job. What will their offspring do?

Time to bring back mundane paper pushing jobs in banks and government agencies. If nothing else organise the kids to do voluntary work of some sort, helping old people, helping footballers to wash their ‘supercars’, helping government officials to organise their tax affairs or maintain their numerous properties….I don’t know…but do something!

At least the kids would feel some ‘self worth’ instead of feeling useless.

Use some of the billions being stashed away under the Basel III initiative to pay youngsters to do a job in a bank?

Time for organised efficiency!

Time for this nonsense to stop #Apple #tax #morality #cheating #evasion

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English: Apple’s headquarters at Infinite Loop in Cupertino, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Apple chief calls on US government to slash US corporate tax | Technology | The Guardian.


Reading through this article, I can hardly believe my eyes!


Apple has admitted stashing tax free cash in Ireland.


So why don’t the authorities just make them pay tax on the income?


If an individual earns money worldwide, it is taxable irrespective of whether it is repatriated to the individuals country of domicile?


Apple is a US company, just man up and pay the tax.


Common sense, the morality of paying tax.