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Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:19 am

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VAT going up to 20%...

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Mon Jul 05, 2010 12:24 pm

Get over it.

Every single year the country is spending £150billion more than it earns. Within a few years our debt will be £1trillion. And guess what? We have to pay every single penny of that back. That's around £30,000 each...

And... not only that, but the interest payments on that debt alone will be more than we spend on educating every single child in the country put together.
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 2:14 pm

For once I actually agree with the Tories on this one. It's something that was going to be done by all 3 parties, although I still hate this "we're all in this together" malarkey.

Infact, if I were PM, VAT would go up to 25%. We need a complete reform of the tax system in this country to sort out the rich-poor barrier. Look at Sweden, they have the lowest rich/poor gap in the EU and the VAT rate is 25%. Every luxury you pay for should be heavily taxed, including beer, tabs, TV's and electronics and the likes. It sounds a little loopy and not many people will like it, but if you can afford to go out and get pi$$ed-up, smoke cigarettes and throw your money away, you should be able to pay your way for it.
 
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Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:11 pm

I'm not disagreeing with you entirely LiamSAFC about the tax rise.

However...

The only people who can actually afford luxuries such as TV's, fags, and booze are the rich or those on benefits.

The last government tried to narrow the rich/poor barrier by giving the poor (those on benefits) more. What this has meant is that unemployed people can now have a net "salary worth" higher than somebody working in a profession full time.

A higher VAT rate hits me once again even more. Yet those who are rich just end up not being able to "save" as much. Those on benefits get their benefits increased to cover the increased cost of living. Those of us sitting in the middle pay our taxes, get lower pay rises due to "the current economic climate" and then have to pay more for "luxuries".

I'd rather the government tackled saving money to give those of us actually supporting the country lower taxes to improve our standard of living. While I find it hard to feel sorry for high earners and the rich for losing out more - they have worked hard and been clever to get what they have - they're not likely to end up out on the street because they can't pay their mortgage, or unable to eat due to money running out. Likewise, those on the dole needn't worry about having to file for bankruptcy because they can't make the payments on their 60 inch 3D TV and BMW M3... :P

So yeah, the rich/poor barrier really doesn't exist in the way it's portrayed. The people getting the worst deal are those of us on middle incomes, trying to lay out a future for ourselves and families. And we're the ones who will be worst hit by any tax rises.
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 2:39 pm

I have to say, this Chinese contraption looks fairly neat:

[url=http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/04082010/36/incredible-bus-tunnel-0.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://uk.cars.yahoo.com/04082010/36/in ... nel-0.html[/url]

The only problem I could see with it would be turning. Although if they are thinking of implementing them in Beijing for a trial in 2011, maybe the design can 'turn with the road'.

Interesting stuff though. It would certainly help London's roads in terms of congestion and pollution if they implemented something similar here.
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 5:21 pm

That seems like a genius idea. But I can't see it working in London. It would need a modern city with roads designed for it.
 
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Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:34 pm

Wow, that's, err... wow. Can't say I like the idea of a bus driving over me whilst I'm queueing in traffic...

No denying it's amazing, though :D
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:18 am

Ed Milliband is new Labour leader.

Personally I thought his brother Davd Milliband was better suited for the job.

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Sun Sep 26, 2010 12:53 pm

Hmm, I prefer David but I don't mind either one of them really. It was really close though - something like 0.6% in it when they got to the last round..

I think it's going to be an interesting few years of politics now...
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 1:32 pm

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Personally I thought his brother Davd Milliband was better suited for the job.

Why exactly?

"Look, you've punished us enough about Iraq, all right? So don't start punishing yourself." - David Miliband.
 
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Sun Sep 26, 2010 6:51 pm

I also felt David seemed better suited to the job. He seems to have much more confidence and has the charisma we saw with Tony Blair which was a big part in getting Labour into power back in 1997.
Ed seems a little overwhelmed and while he seems to say the right things I wouldn't trust him with the country, I could see him being used as a puppet, even by his much stronger brother. Mind you, it's very early days. :)
 
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Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:15 pm

Definitely not.

Glad Ed won, it seemed like David wanted more of the same old "New Labour". Ed will hopefully take a different approach and I hope he takes the party more left.

As he said "The days of New Labour are over". The better brother won in my eyes. Lets hope his policies reflect this.
 
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Mon Sep 27, 2010 6:42 pm

I just like his weird, honking nasal voice. It's endearing.

Glad Ed won. He wasn't in government at the time of the Iraq war, and his expenses were very modest compared to others *cough*Clegg and Cameron*cough*. Sounds like a good start to me. All this "Red Ed" stuff and ridiculous mudslinging in the Murdoch Press because he isn't married to the mother of his children is incredible (dear lord, alert the church elders!).

I will never vote Lib Dem again as long as I live, so I've got my eye on Ed. I genuinely think he'll make good. [-o<
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Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:55 pm

I'm sure many of you have heard recently about Paul Chambers, the accountant who was fined £1000 earlier this year after making a joke on Twitter to a woman he was about to fly out to meet about blowing up the airport after his flight was delayed. The message read: (warning, strong language)

[spoiler:1ivnku57]Cr*p! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your sh*t together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high![/spoiler:1ivnku57]

Yesterday he tried to appeal against the ruling however it was rejected by the judge who ordered him to pay the prosecution costs too. Whilst the message was very close to the line when it comes to tasteful jokes, it set a dangerous precedent for messages posted on social media as presumably innocent jokes could be interpreted as serious threats.

Today, there's been a campaign on Twitter against the ruling where thousands of people have tweeted the same message along with the "#IAmSpartacus" hashtag (in reference to the film Spartacus).

Just wanted to see what other TTFers opinions on this were? I know quite a few people here have Twitter accounts and may regularly see (or post) comedic material. Do you think that this guy crossed the line and deserved a fine, or do you think a slap on the wrist would have been a much better way of dealing with it? Or do you think the whole thing has completely gone out of hand and that it sets a dangerous example for future cases?
 
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Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:12 pm

Hmm. I can understand why they'd give him a slap on the wrist but I think this whole thing has been a huge over-reaction.

I can't count the amount of times myself, friends on FB and others have made comments of this nature. It's not against the law to speak freely. Now, I can see how making such a comment about an airport in these times would rattle some cages but really... so much fuss? A fine? A criminal record even? Pfft.

Why not just tell him off and stop wasting time/resources?!
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Fri Nov 12, 2010 10:47 pm

McDonald's and PepsiCo to help write UK health policy
Exclusive: Department of health putting fast food companies at heart of policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related disease
[url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010/nov/12/mcdonalds-pepsico-help-health-policy" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2010 ... lth-policy[/url]

Yet another McNugget of ConDem genius.
 
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Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:08 am

Men and their inflatable dolls compete in swimming race in Lithuania
[url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/8543500/Men-and-their-inflatable-dolls-compete-in-swimming-race-in-Lithuania.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;]http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstop ... uania.html[/url]
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