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Old 02 December 2006, 18:26   #11
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One thing this Government has never done is given the average working man any tax deduction. So I can't see them reducing any Road Tax, or Vehicle Excise License, as we keep getting told its really called, when we ask why the money isn't being spent on roads.
And I don't think the Dour Jock called Gordon is going to start being the working mans Fairy God Mother. Labour have too much Social Engineering to blow money on.
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Not true. The basic rate of income was cut to 22 per cent in 2000 after Labour came to power in 1997.
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Not true. The basic rate of income was cut to 22 per cent in 2000 after Labour came to power in 1997.
income ??? (Typo) I bow to your obvious greater knowledge in all things Richard.
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Over here in the Colonies, we don't get much news about "local" issues in the UK. Most news concerning Herr Blair is to do with his unwavering support of Bush. It's interesting to read about some of your internal issues as well.

I suppose what our governments share is an unwavering need to create useless, unnecessary laws!
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I bow to your obvious greater knowledge in all things Richard.
And don't get all huffy just because you're wrong.
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Iam not saying this government is doing well and will not vote them back but i still remember the recession and bust we lived in before , at least since they have been in i have been able to confidently take on a mortgage and build a successful business .

We seem to forget the shit the last government left us in and put all the blame on the present one , so get the old one back and the whole cycle starts again . Dunno whats best but we need a fresh start .

Seems to me the problem with the roads is overcrowdin we are a small island and the boat was full many years ago

We are just paying the price of an empire in decline and now we are being taken over by the empire we conquered and created .
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Old 02 December 2006, 20:00   #17
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And don't get all huffy just because you're wrong.
Of course that 3% reduction was a great headline grabber if nothing else. All spin like most things today. I feel sorry for the people that have been fooled by this government over the years.
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So why don't we all have a day where we don't go to work. Principally as a gesture against high fuel tax but also as a way to show the government the average working joe isn't very happy with the tax burden at the moment.
These moments are the only time governments listen.
Fill out petitions and some high profile minister will go on TV and say that the issue will be looked in to.
Blockade the roads and fuel depots as have been done in the past and things actually get changed.
Direct action is the only way. I back the signing of the petition because it is a way of legally expressing my views. Unfortunately I thing TB and GB will just pour another drink and then move on to something else.
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just a day when the lazy parents walk their kids to school would be a start .

There are at least 6 cars within 100 yds of me that drive the 10 min walk i do every day , just the congestion they cause outside our little village school means I usually get in the gate before they can park having left at the same time on foot .

One thing I will say in favour of this government is that interest rates have remained sensible . Maybe we have paid more hidden taxes but at least people have been secure in their homes .
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Possibly more reasonable interest rates but if they matched European Interest rates then I for one would happy with this Government.

Today the Marginal lending facility is 4.25 % in the European zone. Only .75% below us in real terms but quite a lot when your talking paying off thousands of pounds of a mortgage.

Interest rates are stable but they are unfairly high and stable.
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