February 12th, 2010

Robin Hood : the Original Tax-Cutter

A whole load of left-wing campaigns are pushing the Tobin tax re-branded as the “Robin Hood Tax” The only snag is that Robin Hood fought against taxation.

Hood targeted the wicked Sheriff of Nottingham and gave all a flat-rate tax-cut, he also had a taste in snazzy hat-wear to rival Guido’s own.  Hood would surely be turning in his grave to know that his name was being taken in vain by those seeking to raise taxes, shame on them for they are the true heirs to the Sheriff of Nottingham.

They are advocating a global sheriff to tax us all…


  1. 1
    Dungeekin says:

    Come on, the only reason ‘Colostomy’ Brown’s pushing for a Robin Hood Tax is he wants an excuse to wear pantyhose more often.


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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    As one of Nottingham’s sons, I’m up for some kind of cross-over with King Harold and Robin Hood story – take Gordon’s other eye out in an Archery contest.

    The bloke’s completely blind, anyhow..

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    Piscator says:

    When it comes to matters sartorial, as well as those political, Guido always has the upper hand.

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    JR says:

    Good on you, Guido. I’ve been trying to make this point to contemporaries of mine (I’m in my twenties), but few see past the hype.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    I’m sure those medieval peasants would be very pissed off with the tobin tax.

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    Alan Clarke MP (Dec'd) says:

    I’m not looking forward to next week when all of the scantily clad young ladies disappear from Guido’s website.

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    Porky pig says:

    The generational tax when the poor inherit a tax burden caused by the incompetent Brown.

  8. 8
    David Cameron says:

    I’ve sent shockwaves through the cosmetics industry by inventing a strong, aggressive polish remover.

    I’ve named it Hitler.

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    12 Weeks and Counting says:

    You’ve started early this time, Jonty.

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    Yeah, yeah.. ‘Coz Churchill was a Tory and so that makes him a Fascist.. Oh no, wait.. Hang on a minute..

    And Stalin, Pol Pot, etc. were Lefties and so that makes them protectors of the people.. Oh wait, no, wrong again.. They killed millions and millions of their own people.

    So, in summary, “FACT: Left-wing Politics has killed more people than the A-bomb..”

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    purpleline says:

    These people see Banks and Bankers and think as they have been directed by Gorgoyle Brown to attack and Tax them.

    What these fuckers do not realise is Banks never lose, they will pass on transaction taxes to anyone who requires a service. SO in effect this will be a Tax on the workers and anyone who has a bank account.

    HMRC make enough money (Tax) on Banks and Bankers to run a small country, healthy banks and bankers means more wealth in the country.

    Brown is a financial terrorist & should be hanging from a lamp post outside number 11 Downing Street as a reminder to any new Chancellor arriving to take up residence

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    purpleline says:

    How come you fuckers on the left complained about NG on Question Time and we see nothing when a convicted murdering scum Irish IRA Hunt appears, on the programme. Sums up bent leftwing Hunts

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    Brown's Buggered Britain says:

    I think the idea was a key part of Gordon’s strategy for saving the world – but apparently the world doesn’t want saving?

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    The point is the banks have been taxing us – shifting the money from us to them. That’s what the Sheriff of Nottingham did. Robin Hood shifted it back again. See?

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    concrete pump says:

    “he also had a taste in snazzy hat-wear to rival Guido’s own.”

    Really, i always thought Robin Hood’s hat looked well gay.

    You can’t beat a Trilby, the undisputed king of titfers.

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    What are we going to call a c*nt when Hoon goes?

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    In your 20s? What 21 and a half like? Let’s hope you get wiser as you get older.

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    Brown's Buggered Britain says:

    I think the clue is that if Gordon supports the idea – IT’S BOLLOCKS.

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    Lord Porky Pigs says:

    Deal or no deal appears to be designed for greedy people who are either too thick or too lazy to enter a quiz. The contestants expect a huge amount of money for picking a box and cry their eyes out if they win £50. This programme celebrates greed.

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    “Labour voter”?..

  21. 21
    Stepney says:

    To the trees!

    Tonight we ride for……Nottttttiiinnnggghammmmmmmmm!

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    backwoodsman says:

    Remember before the expenses scandal, some lardy labour female mp, being interviewed on TV, saying how she would be prepared to pay more tax ! Fucking magnanamous of you, take £60k in expenses, on top of your salary , and then come over all righteous. Anyone who isn’t a signed up supporter of The Taxpayers Alliance, deserves to be reamed by these worthless, unproductive, mongs.

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    Martin Day says:

    Gordon Brown has certainly been Robbing folk for a long time! As for the hood i think Brown needs a plastic bag with no holes putting over his head and tapping at the bottom! Lets see him have the life sucked out of him like he does to everybody else who has to suffer due to his stupid Fucking policies!!!

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    BillyBob ... reduce crime, prison numbers and the benefits black hole? Stop immigration !! says:

    Surely it is time for The Great Leader to plunder our meagre pension pots again !!

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    The Dirty Rat. says:

    Can I please be Friar Tuck?

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    the beast of clerkenwell says:

    Yet again McMental has got it all arse about tit
    Bob Hood took from the rich and gave to the poor
    Shit for brains Brown takes money from the poor and gives it to curry tycoons and child slavers

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    The Dirty Rat. says:

    Did he ever get to shag Maid Marrion?

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    Sir William Waad says:

    They were very hot on taxes on moneylenders in Robin Hood’s time. If you didn’t pay the tallage you were likely to end up in the dungeon for a long stretch.

    Of course the ‘con’ here is the proposition “we can raise lots more tax that OTHER PEOPLE will pay and buy you NICE TOYS with it.” Now who wouldn’t vote for that?

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    BillyBob ... reduce crime, prison numbers and the benefits black hole? Stop immigration !! says:

    Buggered alright !! We have been well and truly shafted by our Glorious Great Leader and the Labour Party !

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    Leeches says:


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    Stepney says:

    Personally I’d like to see the concept transferred to the annual public sector budget round.

    FX: Phone rings

    Noel: “Ah. It’s the Chancellor….he says you made a bit of a mistake there…so….no, hold on…ok”

    Home Secretary: “”I can’t bear this”

    Noel: “He’s offering….whta was that? Oh, right…”

    (Noel puts down receiver)

    Noel: “£12 million”.

    Home Secretary: “What the fuck?!”

    Noel: “I know, I know. If Daisy hadn’t opened the £5.2 billion box, but… you know…she did….it’s all blue numbers now Home Secretary…so….£12 million…..Deal or no Deal?”

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    BillyBob ... reduce crime, prison numbers and the benefits black hole? Stop immigration !! says:

    Robin Hood to Robbing Brown, could only happen under Labour, the party of the people !! …………….

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    I’d be interesting to know what the consensus is for a figure for how much we think one these ‘specimens’ is worth – all in – per annum?.. £100k?

    How much value do they bring to the British People/Economy? (I know how much they cost, I just wonder what they’re genuinely worth?)

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    Jaffa Cakes says:

    Are these people fucking stupid? the cost will just be passed on to customers. I guess if your banking only involves cashing a Giro then it won’t be noticed.

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    Boys From County Hell says:

    I don’t remember Robin Hood robbing from the rich to give to the bureaucrat?

    If Bill Nighy really wants us to adopt Robin Hood lifestyles we could start by refusing to pay any taxes at all.

    Then we would all have a lot more money.

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    shelling-out says:

    I thought their tax bill was minimal. You aren’t required to pay tax on expenses, are you.


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    BillyBob ... reduce crime, prison numbers and the benefits black hole? Stop immigration !! says:

    Well bugger me…….

    Kenyan police raid ‘gay wedding’ and arrest five men


    If Dave says they can come here as asylum seekers I will be well and truly p*ssed off and putting my cross somewhere else !!

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    Robbin’ Gordon, steals from the middle classes to pay for the chav scum on benefits and buys their vote.

    whois robinhoodtax.org.uk

    Domain name:

    Comic Relief

    Registrant type:

    Registrant’s address:
    5th Floor, 89 Albert Embankment
    SE1 7TP
    United Kingdom

    NetNames Limited [Tag = NETNAMES]
    URL: http://www.netnames.co.uk

    Relevant dates:
    Registered on: 08-Dec-2009
    Renewal date: 08-Dec-2011
    Last updated: 04-Feb-2010

    Registration status:
    Registered until renewal date.

    Name servers:

    WHOIS lookup made at 12-Feb-2010

    The comic relief website says:

    From our blog
    Feb 10: Comic Relief supports Robin Hood Tax

    What is an alleged charity doing with getting into politics?

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    Marchamont Needham says:

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    Anonymous says:

    Hilary farts in live debate she does


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    Mr Plum says:

    Sounds more like a Friar Tuck tax

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    concrete pump says:

    A broon.

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    renfrew says:

    Robin Hood? Fucking thieving bastards to the end.

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    Little John Thomas says:

    Brown needs to be christened


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    shelling-out says:

    What more taxes?

    We can’t pay the taxes we have with no jobs, Gordon. Or haven’t you quite cottoned on to that one yet.

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    Jonty Pryor says:

    Dammit, I knew there was something which I forgot to do the other day…

    My mate Alexander McQueen gave me high fives, but I left him hanging.

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    The Dirty Rat. says:

    OT. 2nd edition.
    Has the prick been airbrushed?

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    Anonymous says:

    a brown

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    Brixjack says:

    What do the taxpaers alliance know about Tax? There head doesn’t even pay tax!:


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    My bank is free of charges…

  52. 52
    Brixjack says:

    Why not? They are being persecuted. We can help

  53. 53
    Alex Agius says:

    Did the guy news weather girl help with this blog post?

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    Harry Hill says:

    ..on the other hand, you sound like a ten year old girl.

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    Bill says:

    This Robin Hood Tax proposal has no credibility. They just assume that they can pluck up to £200bn a year out of thin air with no downside. They describe it as a “tiny tax” but it amounts to ~7% of this country’s GDP. I’m not an economist or banker but I assume that somebody would miss this money.

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    Scipio Africanus says:

    Surely not paying tax shows that someone knows quite a bit about tax structures. Indeed, it shows someone doing what anyone with any sense would do if they could arrange it.

    It’s not as if there is anything virtuous in paying tax, it’s just extortion with threats for things no-one would pay for.

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    Scipio Africanus says:

    And don’t forget, if a luvvy recommends it, it must be stupid and harmful

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    shelling-out says:

    Yeah – we would.

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    Boys From County Hell says:

    Note to the BBC this is how to make a decent Robin Hood, less references to Iraq, racism, gays etc etc the better

    Good Brownesque line for the Sheriff too ” Those people are my property, the fields they work are my fields”

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    Billy Blofeld says:

    Not the only reason. A Tobin Tax is a socialists dream, for instance, Hitler would have lapped it up .

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    No need to worry about the Labour luvvies who don’t pay full taxes in the UK, when the Tories review the BBC’s entertainment budgets, wages and media bias, there will be a few contracts torn to shreds.

    And just in case anyone fears Labour will get back in….. Not a chance http://whogoeshome.co.uk/?p=388

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    Mandelson says:

    I regularly tap his bottom

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    Anonymous says:

    “Robin Hood” tax,” green tax,” call them what you will they are desperate for more money to keep the ponzi scheme going.

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    Anonymous says:

    It’s not a tax on us all. It is a tax on bankers who can easily afford it. Perish the thought at a more equal distribution of wealth: we can’t have that can we?

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    AC1 says:

    Comic Relief
    = BBC.

    Of course anyonewho’s not left-wing would see why this would be terrible for the worlds economy. That’s why Far-left AlJaBeebya loves it.

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    Hooray for the Bankers! says:

    What tosh! Anyone would think the Bankers were somehow culpable for bank**pting themselves and fucking the economy and the British taxpayer.

    You Oiks should be delighted to keep these City Shitters balls dipped in gold by giving them your taxes. Know your place! Sheer Madness to take more tax from these poorest and most vulnerable Bankers and Speculators barely making ends meet in society when we could put VAT up instead which will only hit a couple of indolent middle class people at most.

    Once again Fawkes has his finger on the pulse of public opinion because if you think about it, aren’t we ALL Speculators and Bankers ?
    Particulalarly the Speculators and Bankers who are friends of mine ?

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    concrete pump says:

    So can lots of other fucking countries, let some other c*nt deal with them. Do you honestly think this country can afford to let even more immigrants in.

    I tell you what, you put them up.

    You can shelter them from persecution in your loft.

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    the beast of 500yds says:

    Well we have had one depressed Jock queen off himself within the last 48 hours
    Fingers crossed and McMental will make it a double
    I bet there will be a long queue for all of those that want to get to swing off his flabby legs as he rocks to and fro upon the end of his pyjama belt

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    Joey Joe Joe says:

    Anyone read excerpts of Sarah “Beard” Brown talking about her “windswept romance” with Gordon? Someone please pass me the sick bucket.

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    AC1 says:

    If you want Banks to make less money and require less bailouts then make sure the regulators don’t get leaned on by a consumption taxing government to lower reserve requirements.

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    AC1 says:

    My Bank (HSBC) pays me, I’m in Credit (I also get Share dividends).

    Banks have been charging you for borrowing.
    Banks have been charging business (and thus you) for processing transactions.

    Banks have not been taxing you. The government has.

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    Mr Plum says:

    So lets get this straight, the government put us in debt to the tune of 200 billion so it can give the money to the banks. Then it takes the money back again in an extra tax.
    (Could they have not given them less in the first place).
    Then they propose to use this money to help the poor who they put in debt to help the banks.

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    The Diary of Ali Dizaei says:

    Third day in chokey. My bum hurts. They found out I was a corrupt copper and ever since then, they haven’t stopped buggering me. Wish I hadn’t tried to stitch up that Iraqi who only wanted to be paid for the work he’d done. Now I’ll never be able to sit down properly again.

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    AC1 says:

    “WE”?? You can help. Dip in your own pocket, not extort from others.

    Asylum should be 100% funded by charity.

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    Brixjack says:

    This is were we disagree. I think there is something virtuous about paying tax.

    How ccould a man living in France properly understand the effects (or not) of government waste in the UK? TPA is nothing more than a Tory trolling organisations or jumped up twats

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    Sick Bucket Shop Owner says:

    Sorry, sold out. Been a bit of a rush.

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    Anonymous says:

    Well public pensions will be worth nothing soon enough because they will be done away with.

    Lap it up public workers your pain is fast approaching.

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    concrete pump says:

    Kenyans are really nice people, honestly, civilised too.


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    Brixjack says:

    Yeah i don’t see why we can’t afford some more immigrants. They are a net benefit to the UK economy.

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    spack says:

    I was most disappointed when I discovered that all arrows didn’t sound like this.

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    the beast of 500yds says:

    i can see it now
    “saruh, tugethuh, we can make a difference for hard working famlees”

    The only man in Britain with an even more obvious beard is Brian Blessed

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    Brixjack says:

    Yeah this is sort of the raason these five guys need to get out of there. To get away form these backward religious nuts. I’m sure they would make a valuable contribution to the UK

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    Gordon Broon, Gordon Broon, Gordon Broon,
    Mincing down the road,
    Gordon Broon, Gordon Broon,
    With his band of toads,
    Hated by the sane, loved by the loons,
    Gordon Broon! Gordon Broon! Gordon Broon!

    He called the greatest arseholes
    To a palace on the green,
    They vowed to ruin the people of the land,
    They caused all the trouble
    On the English banking scene,
    And printed plenty of cash in hand.

    Gordon Broon, Gordon Broon, Gordon Broon,
    Mincing down the road,
    Gordon Broon, Gordon Broon,
    With his band of toads,
    Hated by the sane, loved by the loons,
    Gordon Broon! Gordon Broon! Gordon Broon!

  85. 85
    Flat Earther says:

    I personally feel you should call a spade a spade. In Brown’s case the english version should accurately be described as Robbin bastards tax.

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    Vote Vote Vote for Jacqui. says:

    He was good at stitching people up that now he can spend the next
    four years stiching Mail Bags up.
    I hope his arse gets worse and his dick drops off too.

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    AC1 says:

    Fuck off you ignorant and stupid Mong.

  88. 88
    Anonymous says:

    Call that fucking election FFS Brown you shit headed country wrecker.

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    Boys From County Hell says:

    The bankers will just pass the cost on to the consumer, and the taxes raised will go into Gordooms hands, not the ‘people’ no doubt it will then be posted off to fund Indias space program or something equally useful.

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    A tax on bankers?

    My arse it is – it’s a tax on banking transactions, and if you think that either the employees or the shareholders of the banks will absorb the cost rather than passing it on to the poor bloody infantry (that’s you, in case you hadn’t noticed) then you’re even more stupid than your comment implies.


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    P Dantic says:

    Tut Tut.
    A spelling mistake in each post.

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    Boys From County Hell says:

    He may have to stich his arse up

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    City Shitter says:

    In contrast to Germany or the US, the UK already benefits from a 0.5% stamp duty on share transactions, and this has hardly dampened trade in UK equities.

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    Imre Grant says:

    We vote Labour!

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    P Dantic says:

    Oops. Another one.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Mild editing: “How could a man living in France properly understand the effects of government waste”. I suppose, not as well as someone living in greece.

    Oh…… having read your url. He lives in FRANCE? Of course he pays tax, and plenty of it. In fact the only thing I’m surprised about is that he doesnt say “hey, ain’t britain a brilliant place for taxpayers and businesses”.

    Christ. He’s a “retired teacher” too. So he’s actually taking tax payer’s money from the UK, and paying it out in large quantities (in mind bogglingly complicated ways) to the French state.

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    Wavy Davy Bullingdon Gravy loves to eat his Greens says:

    a Bullingdon?

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    shelling-out says:

    Well said!

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Scipio: What you say does not apply to the bloke in question

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    AC1 says:

    Then they’ll happily pay to come here and demand no benefits.

    Asylum needs to be 100% funded by Charity, not by extortion.

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    shelling-out says:

    Those were the days…..

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    albacore says:

    You have a calculator with enough digits to spot the rate, AC1?
    I always stay in credit, too, but’s it’s a laugh seeing interest at about 6p per month per £1,000 in a savings account, let alone the generous penny or so on a current account.
    Do you and Fawkes, perchance, read the fine print in the multi-page, revised terms leaflets that the banks pump out now with just about every statement?
    All that aside, the Tobin dustbin tax is yet another scam, just like the licence fee for the BBC whose luvvies are so predictably puffing it up.

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    It’s populist to hit the banks, after all the taxpayers have bailed them out. But, the banks will yield a profit for the government when they are sold-off. In the meantime, they are making some huge profits and are alraady peying huge taxes to the treasury, so are the brilliant bankers who are receiving bonuses.

    The city contributes 20% of the UK’s GDP, that’s 1 in 4 policemen, 1 in 4 teachers etc etc.

    At present, there are plans to move a huge amount of banking operations to Switzerland, the US and Germany if these taxes are levied, they will kill the recovery.

    These soviet comedians and twattish entertainers should first account for why they avoid many UK taxes on their incomes and royalties from abroad.

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    shelling-out says:

    Unfortnately, government won’t fall into that category. I want them to know how shitty it is to have everything they’ve worked for ripped away from underneath them – including their jobs. They might have an inkling of what the rest of us are goung through then.

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    AC1 says:

    Rubbish. I’d buy and sell more (and thus the price would move more fluidly) if every time the state didn’t extort 0.5% of my investment.

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    But Twitter says it’s a good idea! How can thousands of morons be wrong!
    The ‘vote’ supports the proposal! Who’d have thought a vote that mostly supporters know or care about would return a ‘yes’?????

    I think Guido should hold a “Should there be a tax on Gordon Brown’s periodic gasps for air, in order to fund this blog” poll and use the inevitable ‘yes’ vote to say that he’s democratically justified in demanding such a thing. It certainly wouldn’t be any supider or more cynical than the ‘robin hood tax’ bollocks.

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    Joey Joe Joe says:

    Brian Blessed is the man. He should be prime minister.

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    AC1 says:

    Who set the reserve requirements to ZERO?

    The regulators.

    They basically said This economy needs Infinite Credit.

    If Regulatory reserves are less than Risks then Banking catastrophe is inevitable.

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    British Militia says:

    Why does the solution to our problems almost always involve taking money away from people? How about just a big income tax cut. No bollocks about getting married, or doing something nice that the government wants you to do, just let you keep your own money. How about that as an idea?

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    Hooray for the Bankers! says:

    Still peddling this horseshit about it somehow being OVER-regulation that caused the Banks to fuck themselves and the economy or short term bonus billions?

    credit ratings agencies declaring worthless gambling slips AAA+
    why that must be because of over-regulation

    Banks leveraging themselves up to 40-1 on those worthless bets
    why that must be because of over-regulation

    Bankers hiding those worthless bets in other derivatives selling them on and making Billions in Bonuses in the process
    why that must be because of over-regulation


    The Banks didn’t want to make all those bets and trouser record short term profits and Bonuses. They were FORCED to do it by the regulators

    of course they were

    you must be one of the very few Bankers, sorry people, who thought Brown’s pathetic craven ‘light touch regulation’ was too harsh in light of the following Banking catastrofuck

    He was just as to blame for turning a blind eye to their irresponsible gambling

    Idealogues are always amusing when they try to re-write history
    Mission Accomplished and a complete triumph in Iraq too was it?

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    AC1 says:

    It’s a tax of People who use Banks.

    That’s you, and me and everyone else in this country.

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    AC1 says:

    Doesn’t appeal to the control freak “id” in “our” political classes.

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    Up sh1t creek says:

    A Tobin / Robin Hood tax would be heaven to the NWO who have not stolen enough money from taxpayers, they now want a steady income stream of money for their secret bank accounts, hidden in some sunny tax haven.

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    AC1 says:

    There’s no choice.

    Either Inflation or Default.

    Tax-Greed has scared away too many wealth creating people from this country.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Not 20%. You read some wildly exaggerated figures.

    Goldman Sachs, just before the crash, calculated that financial services accounted for only 4.1% of direct UK employment, only one percentage point above Germany and France. While ‘financial and business services’ are credited with comprising up to 30% of UK GDP, Goldman said only 7-8% of this was financial. And most financial business is aimed at supporting local production, with only 15% of banks’ turnover coming from wholesale financial dealing with the rest of the world. Even that 7-8% includes your local High Street branch, so the City’s contribution is a fraction of that.

    The City is responsible for a big chunk of our exports, but the idea that we have an economy like the Cayman Islands is untrue.

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    AC1 says:

    No-one pays’ tax. It’s extorted. If you paid tax the state would have to say “We won’t kidnap you if you don’t hand the money over”.

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    The IMF is coming says:

    Trader 1 offers Trader 2 a price to buy 10m Euros with GBP.Trader 1 would be offering a really slim margin to regular client, possibly less than the proposed tax rate.
    So who then pays the tax, buyer or seller?

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    Do all the banks make the same amount of money from currency trading?

  121. 121
    AC1 says:

    I moved from Bank interest to Dividends.

    Above 5% interest there.

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    Boys From County Hell says:

    Yes, about 50 new HIV cases at a guess.

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    R. Hood Esq. says:

    Might one recommend these for tax advocates.


    R. Hood esq.

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    Hooray for the Bankers! says:

    You are actually saying that NOT requiring the Banks to have a reserve, thus not regulating them in any way with a reserve requirement, is OVER regulation ????


    Besides, Banks have always found ways of circumventing reserve requirements. Banks in the US commonly sweep money overnight from accounts that are subject to a reserve requirement to accounts that are not. This is the sort of thing that is called “financial innovation”.

    Banks maintain a certain level of reserves for transactions anyway.

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    AC1 says:

    If you don’t understand what I’m talking about then it’s ok. Maybe Marx’s nonsense will be more suited to someone of your limited intellectual skills.

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    The IMF is coming says:

    Spread betting is where it’s at.

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    King Karlos says:

    All makes sense now, Radio 4 were giving this article a Jacqui Smith size plug the other day. Self serving bastards.

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    City Shitter says:

    of course you would
    and you represent and are proof of the actions the entire UK Equity market too
    the UK Equity Market is on it’s knees because of this

    Rubbish indeed

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    Vote Vote Vote for Jacqui. says:

    It looks likely that his very genourous pensioner is going down
    the Suwanee.
    Fucking good job too. A pity he can’t be deported back to the
    land of his fathers and the OldDinnerJacket geezer.

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    Funny, that.

    Irrefutable proof that the more taxes are ramped up, the less charitable tax payers are… Who’d have ‘thunk’ it?

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    Greenwood Tales says:

    Well Robin seemed to know a thing or two about the folks to the north of the Wall

    THEN bold Robin Hood to the north he would go,
    With a hey down down a down down
    With valour and mickle might,
    With sword by his side, which oft had been tri’d,
    To fight and recover his right.
    The first that he met was a bony bold Scot,
    His servant he said he would be;
    ‘No,’ quoth Robin Hood, ’it cannot be good,
    For thou wilt prove false unto me.

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    Hooray for the Bankers! says:


    Retreating to childish whining, insults and ignoring reality when presented with the facts
    Classic Idealogue behaviour.

    Your limited intellectual ‘skills’ are to parrot talking points you hear on Fox News because you are dumb enough to believe everything they say.

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    Scipio Africanus says:

    So I noticed after reading the links.

    However, my contention that no-one would pay tax except under threat remains. Of course, if the state provided things that we wanted, or that we could choose, things would be different.

    However, while I might be happy to pay for policing, the courts and the armed forces, this does not mean that I am happy to pay for Ali Dizaei, legal aid for non-citizens, or the Ministry of Defence (and its former employees’ pensions).

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    Er, I think you missed out the word “butt” from your comment, between the words “size” and “plug”.

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    The IMF is coming says:

    You’re not making any sense.

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    Sounds like ‘Bendy Ruler’ Foley to me… Still got to sounds better than any kind of folly with Gordon Brown’s name on it.

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    He’s claiming getting the troops out of the quagmire is the big success.
    He’s talking shit about moving towards a representative Government but that’s the same nonsense we hear from Brown and Cameron too.

    Iraq is now an Iranian client state.

    BTW Palin is a fucking retard.
    And it’s okay to call her one because it’s satire.

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    Socialism is an early form of Fascism, one that had not realised that a “proletarian uprising/revolution” would not work.

    Hitler was a Socialist. Mussolini was a well known and “respected” Socialist thinker and innovator until he wised up, co-opted big business, cast aside “revolution” and took over.

    Socialism is Authoritarian, period. A Tobin Tax is a step towards tracking and taxing every god-damn thing we do. That is what these gits want, apart from demanding that everything has to pass through their sticky fingers first so they can cream off a piece.

    They don’t hate brokers or bankers per se, just that they want to BE them and have what they have. They COVET.

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    Willi Windbeutel says:

    Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown,
    Mincing round the town,
    Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown,
    With his gang of clowns:
    Loathed by the good, he’s brought the country down,
    Gordon Brown! Gordon Brown! Gordon Brown!

    (Takes yer back a bit … remember Richard Greene?)

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    Sir William Waad says:

    It sounds like Wuthering Heights. Gordon has a lot in common with Heathcliff, come to think about it, except for the good looks. “My tears don’t love you, Taxpayer. They blight and curse and damn you!”

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    The Thick Public says:

    Robin Hood is fiction.just like labours manifestos.But we can identify with Robin Hood unlike manifestos

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    Hooray for the Bankers! says:

    Wall Street Bonuses Hit Record $39 Billion for 2007

    By Christine Harper Jan. 17 (Bloomberg) —
    Wall Street’s five biggest firms are paying a record $39 billion in bonuses for 2007, a year when three of the companies suffered the worst quarterly losses in their history and shareholders lost more than $80 billion. Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch & Co., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Bear Stearns Cos. together awarded $65.6 billion in compensation and benefits last year to their 186,000 employees. That means year-end bonuses, at 60 percent of the total, exceeded the $36 billion distributed in 2006 when the industry reported all-time high profits. The New York-based firms, which shed 25 percent of their equity value during 2007, have said they’re eliminating at least 6,200 jobs amid mounting losses from the collapse of the subprime mortgage market. The payouts come as the U.S. economy slows, with unemployment rising, retail sales declining and new home foreclosures surging to a record. “To many people, it will be shocking and questionable,” said Jeanne Branthover, managing director of Boyden Global Executive Search in New York. “People in New York in the world of investment banking will understand it. It’s critical that pay is still there or you’re going to lose really good people.” The industry’s bonuses are larger than the gross domestic products of Sri Lanka, Lebanon or Bulgaria, and the average bonus of $219,198 is more than four times higher than the median U.S. household income in 2006, according to data compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau.—-

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    rocknrolla says:

    I’d trade more if there wasn’t the tax on it. Everytime we move in this country we have to give Gordon a share.

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    No Shit says:

    you got to love them yanks.

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    Cons R Us says:

    heard he’s being moved to a nice open prison

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    Lord Parsnip says:

    like all those nice bank chappies
    no, sadly Goodwin’s back

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    Its a BBC/Labour party charity !

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    The Diary of Ali Dizaei says:

    Got a nice letter from someone called Herr Campbell. Told me I can stand for Labour when I get released. Said “we like your style.”

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    Gordo "Smalley Brainz" Mcbroon says:

    And I likes it like that :D.

    Remeber Vote Labour and Vote Often :}.

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    cant hunter says:

    It was called swiving in those days.

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    Lisbon Liars says:

    if they pass on the costs excessively and don’t absorb them then the Market will take care of them by rewarding the banks who don’t

    of course the Market doesn’t really apply to banks these days or they would be consigned to history like all incompetent businesses are, instead of scrounging the taxpayer’s money

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    Gordo "Smalley Brainz" Mcbroon says:

    If I had my way both, but whats your point?

    Remember Vote Labour and Vote Often :}.

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    Boys From County Hell says:

    Actually Robin Hood was originally a general pejorative term for yeoman outlaws, like Jack the Lad, it only later became identified with a single character through folk ballads.

    This can work the opposite way with a name becoming second hand terminology for a certain kind of character, like shylock, in centuries to come venal, cowardly 2 faced lying jock bastards will no doubt be referred to as Browns.

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    lottery tax says:

    When Errol Flynn played it, he was called ‘Cock Robin Hood’.

    There should be no tax at all. Civilisation (and the furtherance of science and culture) flourishes when there are no taxes, and people act for the common good.

    Taxation leads to the types, that are the fucking filth in parliament, thieving the taxes for themselves and wasting the rest on rubbish (trying to appear clever, or swamping the country with parasitic immigrants for spite).

    No taxation and no representation!

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    Lisbon Liars says:

    Thumping good post Sir William.
    Bit of fact checking always goes down well.

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    OTC Finder General says:

    I’m not sure why you should think that. A tobin tax supposes 3rd party knowledge of a candidate transaction. There are countless people who think that the OTC in OTC derivatives stands for Over The Counter(*). Do you suppose there were many counters in medieval times?

    * Writing that, it occurs that not only is OTC a joke, it is a rather nice pun too. It would make me smile as I hanged anyone found in possession of such an instrument.

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    sockpuppet #4 says:

    If the guy from the Tax payer’s alliance doesn’t pay tax, the state will find his bank account and remove money from it. and charge about £100 for the privilege.

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    YOU Fuck off you warcriminal apologist banker cocksucking retarded twat

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    angelnstar says:


    We all saw “W” by Oliver Stone on the Bush Administration. Now Quentin Tarentino has made a movie on the Blair/Brown administrations. Forget Robin Hood – the Truth? You can’t handle the truth!

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    Alastair Darling, Oh Darling, Ooooh darlingggggg. says:

    May I suggest a tax on wanking that could be called the Tosser’s Tax. Every time you disappear into the bog for more than five minutes with a copy of Prime Ministers’ Wives, Gordon Brown could take five per cent. I think it would raise billions in days.

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    cant hunter says:

    I might be a little bit more sympathetic to the Robin Hood initiative ( actually I wouldn’t ) if that smug looking, all too pleased with himself Dick Curtiss wasn’t a force behind the scheme. His Blackadder stuff was OK, but really all those ghastly sentimental, nougat coated films that he’s been making for a decade or two ; ugh ugh ugh. God they are vomit inducing and cringe making, and essentially dramatise his fantasy wish to bed a few Hollywood film stars ( alas he’s had to make do with that Freud woman). God he’s an unctious little creep; As for Nighy, well he’s made a great, late career for himself, out of a very modest talent. But of course both these are friendly with ol’ colostomy himself, Jonah Brown.

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    Free Banking says:


    Wouldn’t want to be taxing Guido’s banker mates, would we.

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    Anonymous says:

    I think that it is too late to save the name of Robin Hood. It is too well associated with ‘steal from the rich…’. Happily Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged contains the character Ragnar Danneskold, who ‘steals’ from the government and returns property to the people who created it.

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    Willi Windbeutel says:

    Especially a complete twat like Nighy, who gets most of his income from the BB Fucking C, who get most of their income via the telly tax (officially designated as a tax, indeed) — which, like all taxes, is enforced by the judicial system — which, if we are to believe some of this Freeman on the Land bollox all over the net, is just a scam. Apparently I have a contract with Great Britain plc (my birth certificate) which I was in no position to ratify, because I was about 3 days old, therefore it’s all null and void and I don’t have to pay.

    Hmm. I like this idea. Maybe I’ll do a bit more Googling.

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    Ratsniffer says:

    It says “brought to you by “Wild Root Cream Oil”

    What is this stuff and where do I buy it? I want to rub some into my root.

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    angelnstar says:


    New Tarentino movie is filthier than the Dirty Dozen.

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    angelnstar says:

    Forget Robin Hood. New Tarentino movie is filthier than The Dirty Dozen and sicker than Straw Dogs. http://cyberboris.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/inglourious-basterds-2/

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    Call me Infidel says:

    Well said AC1. City shit for brains how do you know if the tax has dampened trade in UK equities? Since when has a tax ever been an incentive?

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    The Public knows thieves when they see them says:

    the expenses thieving Piggy MPs’ are as despised as the taxpayer scrounging thieving bankers

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    PD77 says:

    As a resident of Nottingham I find the drivel that the BBC put on about our local hero to be somewhat objectionable, after watching just 25 minutes of the first show I gave up.

    Why can’t they just stop “Modern Day” politicising it and just make it about what it really was i.e.: – a bunch of thieving bar stewards in high power getting their comeuppance, oh wait a minute that may just happen, carry on then.

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    Granny smith says:

    Those were the days.

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    Call me Infidel says:

    Me too. You can’t beat big oil, big pharma and defence for dividends.

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    Sir William Waad says:

    Ah, envy, the green-eyed monster.

    Other people getting more money does not mean that I have less money.

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    PD77 says:

    5% of Homo sapiens Ejaculate isn’t worth one of El Gordos photocopied £50 notes, now Bull Semen on the other hand (ffnnarr) is worth quite a few pretty pennies so what I can’t understand is why farmers don’t just start milking the Bulls instead?

    It’d certainly bring a new meaning to Frothy Cappuccino.

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    The Politics of envy. says:

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    Anonymous says:

    The banks should have been allowed to fail and go under.

    The country is finished but your average guy or girl only cares about x factor and what that slapper Jordon is up to.

    My only chance is to transfer to a sister company in Canada otherwise it’s pass that nice malt and the revolver dear*

    *1st 5 rounds are going into other targets let’s have some names.

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    Mr Ned says:

    If Bill Nighy was prepared to lobby to have the Arts grants and tax breaks abolished to help “tackle climate change” (the aim of this fucking stupid and dangerous tax) then I may be willing to take him more seriously.

    I may take him seriously the day he learns to fucking ACT. Every character he plays in all his films is exactly the same, stupid character, with the same idiotic and annoying mannerisms and twitches.

    He is just another retarded labour luvvie.

    We have been allowing these left-wing homosexual tree-hugging liberal fuckwits run this country now for well over a decade and it is leading to chaos.

    Time to get real and create a country that THEY feed seriously uncomfortable in, and I would be prepared to pay more tax, if it was used to fund a very cheap one way ticket out of the country for these fuckwits.

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    Having a load of work done at the House right now. Who wants to move when it is so expensive?

    Interesting that every tradesman is considering voting for the Party that dare not speak its name.

    They view the Tories as distant, and very aloof. Besides we are all jealous of their houses. The other comments were centred round 6.5m for IPSA being crazy and typical of Browns inability to see that we are broke.

    Happy with their £250 trust fund cheque for their children, but again question how we can afford it?


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    Mr Ned says:

    The law of this land, and of the United Nations clearly states that they MUST seek asylum in the FIRST safe country they come to.

    Look at a map. there are a hell of a lot of safe countries between here and Kenya.

    Therefore NO they can FUCK OFF!!! We owe them NOTHING and are NOT obliged to take them in. If they come here they should be arrested as illegal immigrants and sent straight back to Kenya!

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    Mr Ned says:


    Illegal asylum seekers are NOT a benefit to this country in ANY way, shape or form!

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    Wht would Spooner make of Friar Tuck? says:

    Can we have a Little John tax?

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    Metal Mickey says:

    Or a tin tacks?

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    Mind you, even with those taxes the moneylenders made so much money that by 1290 we decided to kick the worst of them out and confiscate all their assets ;-)

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    Mr Ned says:

    Not to mention the raped babies to avoid AIDS!

    Yeah, real nice people.

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    They couldn’t have anyone other than the king and nobility making money, could they?

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    Mr Ned says:

    Brixjack, What about all this diversity we hear the left banging on about? Surely the Kenyan’s should be free to practice their cultural beliefs? To protest would be to restrict global diversity would it not?

    If Kenyan’s want to hang gays, then it would be racist to stop them!

    I piss myself laughing at the left, tying themselves up in knots when their own prejudices come into conflict with themselves.

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    the change we choose says:

    where’s that twat Ch4rl3s H4rdwidg3 ? is he drowning in his own shite?

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    […] smart (but rather offensive) reader of Guido Fawkes looked up the “Robin Hood Tax” campaign’s web site, and found that Comic Relief, the […]

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    Lets get thing right. Banks have very precise models to maintain yield. So assuming this tax comes into being because it is the ‘right thing to do’, then you can be sure that the taxes on transactions will simply be passed on in arrangement fees, services fees or just shown on the invoice as ‘TAX’.

    So the only people who will actally pay for the Tax in the end are the ummmmmmm…


    The masses are actually very stupid. No wonder 30% still support Broon and the Labour Party

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    waiting for the 6th of May says:

    Even the BBC locals are at it, South Today was one ‘baby eating Tories’ story after another.

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    Doctor Mick says:

    Ahem, that’s 1 in 5 not 4.

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    Doctor Mick says:

    Harold’s famous last words, “Oi man, watch it with that bow an’ arrer or you’ll put someone’s eye out!”

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    Anonymous says:

    We will all be armed to the teeth the way it’s going, even a rat is dangerous when cornered.

    I am but a poor man who staggers about rough bars with his ears wide open and you can feel something bubbling not your usual drunk moaning.

    This country is going to go up in flames one day and I am going to enjoy every minute of it.

    As someone in a previous life who was a die hard unionist and royalist i would be the first in line to smash it all to pieces and hang the bloody lot of them, her maj should have dissolved this band of traitors a long time ago sorry love but this is one subject you have lost.

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    My Other Cars Not A Prius Either! says:

    Tony,Gordon and three for Mandelson!

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    boggartblog says:

    Supporters of the tax are claiming that 0.05% is trivial but when we bear in mind the tiny margins equity dealers and currency traders work on, it will be enough to drive a lot of business and jobs away from these shores (to Singapore, Dubai or somewhere exotic probably)

    It looks like the Obama / Brown idea of Robin Hood is someone who takes from the rich and gives to the even richer.

    Robin Hood Tax

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    pointlessly angry observations says:

    for once i wrote something on the topic (although i posted it several days ago). anyway, like ITV here’s a repeat:

    I am increasingly fed up. The crisis in Greece is being described by the Eurocrats as an “attack” by “speculators”. For fuck’s sake, if you run an economy based on the black market, unrestrained public spending, retirement at 50 etc. then why the fuck should people lend you money ?

    Pension funds are funded by workers savings, hedge funds are funded by private capital invested by people who have worked for it. Why the fuck should the institutions who have a explicit obligation to look after their client’s funds lend money to a company/government that can’t or won’t pay it back? What a fucking joke.

    So now, we are going to have “significant announcements” on the EU’s role in regulating the economies of the 27 countries in Europe on Thursday or Friday. These announcements will include “supervision” and a “radical shift in the economic and social role of the EU” (according to an unnamed Eurocrat) – for this read further political integration as Von Rumpy and Baroso’s comments allude to. This is despite the fact that the whole fucking problem is caused by a fucking rigid, ideologically driven, undemocratic over regulated post socialist nightmare called the EU and the Euro. If Greece was independent, then spending their grandchildren’s futures on the fucking parasitic public sector and unions would not be an option (I know that’s what we’re doing here in the UK, but we have one last chance – at the next budget to calm the markets.

    So now, here in the people’s utopian socialist republic of harworkingfamiliesteacherspolicedoctorsandnurses, we have a new campaign, supported by the economically illiterate, illiberal and communists (sorry, “liberals”) called the “robin hood tax”*. Apparently, a global tax of 0.05% on all bank transactions that don’t involve “members of the public” (- who is and who isn’t a member of the public?) can raise £xxxx billion per annum for use in combating climate change, alleviating poverty, funding the NHS, funding international aid etc. with no effect on the “public” at all. Well blow me down, removing £xxxx billion from the economy and adding an additional level of bureaucracy to financial transactions clearly won’t effect profits (your pension, your interest rate on your deposit, your investments in funds etc.) or the price of commodities, CDS etc.

    The real question with the “robin hood tax” is where the fuck does the money go and who the fuck will administer it? What a fucking joke. No fucking taxation without representation – if this madcap idea goes through then I guarantee that it will fund either the EU, UN or some other fucking corrupt organisation that will ride roughshod over our fucking sovereignty.

    *I like the fact this has had to be rebranded owing to the fact that the original name “tobin tax” is forever associated with a serial killer.

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    pointlessly angry observations says:

    for fucks sake fawkes, always moderating my posts for no reason.

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    Sue Denim says:

    Comic Relief != BBC

    Check your facts. But they do broadcast all the gumph.

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    Harold Godwinson says:

    You mean an everyday story of resistance to taxation and control by some overbearing European power. (the Normans in that case )

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Yes, these are the same guys who, a generation earlier, were all for Maggie. They put her in, she rewarded them (though it was bloody tough going for a long time), they kept her in.

    CallMeDave’s brand of conservatism (assuming it comprises nothing more than letting NuLab lose the election) doesn’t appeal to them any more than it does to me.

    So who IS going to vote for the vacuous twerp? And why?

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    Rip Van Winkle says:

    I’d encourage banks to put a charge down to ‘tax’ on any financial transaction. Just as the oil companies should advertise their petrol and diesel on the forecourt at 45 pence a litre and then charge the additional 70 pence as tax.

    It might actually wake up the wankers who moan at oil companies when prices rise and make them realise just how much goes to HM Treasury every time they fill up.

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    Ruth Kelly's plaything says:

    Carelessly off-topic, but I’m fuming.

    Anyone seen that TV show where MPs live on council estates for a bit?

    Their hosts are all on benefits – one woman boasts that she plans never to work again.

    Yet they can afford illegal drugs, PCs, broadband, booze in large quantities and, in one case FORTY QUID A WEEK on fags!

    Why not crack down on excessively generous benefits, rather than dream up new taxes?

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    grobdj says:

    Good idea

    Also, politicians who employ SpADs and researchers should pay the 11% Employers National Insurance surcharge out of their own profits (pockets), as other employers have to do

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    Scopes says:

    The Comic Relief Trustees or as they’re better known, The Usual Suspects:

    * Albert Tucker
    * Alec McGivan
    * Claudia Lloyd
    * Colin Howes
    * Duncan Bannatyne
    * Emma Freud
    * Harry Cayton OBE
    * Jana Bennett OBE
    * Jim Hytner
    * JK Rowling
    * Laurence Newman
    * Lenny Henry (CBE)
    * Matthew Freud
    * Mike Harris (Treasurer)
    * Mike Soutar
    * Nalini Varma
    * Peter Bennett Jones (Chair)
    * Richard Curtis CBE (Vice Chair)
    * Sir Steve Redgrave MBE, CBE

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    Gordon ( SoldGoldAtThe ) BottomBrown says:

    A Bullion ??

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    We leave at the end of this Month. Used to employ nearly 400.

    As Income Tax rises here. NZ is going to lower the Marginal Rate to 30%, down from 38%.

    No Inheritance Tax, and no CGT.

    They are going to raise their GST to 15% from 12.5% however. This movement towards indirect taxation has met with enthusiasm from most quarters. Except the Bludgers.

    NZ, one of the best Tax Schemes in the World for a normal sized Country, and not a tiny Island or Micro State.

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    Too hard to do.

    Without cheap booze (Victory Gin), and fags, and X-Factor there would be riots.

    We wouldn’t want to upset the bludgers would we?

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    The same should apply to Booze, Fags, Adult Clothes, Food, all Fuel Types, and anything else the greedy bastards suck up.

    The bottom line in all of this, EVERYTHING is the very best Pensions for the Desk Warriors, and Clipboard Movers. That is the ONLy game in Town, all over the World, and especially at the UN.

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    Mr X says:

    Fundamental fail in your argument Guido. Robin Hood, mythologically, was against taxes on the general population. The proposed Robin Hood (Tobin) tax is a tax on the sheriffs. Different thing entirely.

    I generally agree with your machinations, but in this case you are promoting profligate unproductiveness.

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    Think UKIP have lost momentum.

    Immigration is the key issue for most people. Let us get that right. We WANT the best people. We do not want more State Dependents.

    I am not bothered what religion or colour or creed they are. They just have to Fit in or Fuck off.

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    Mrs Trellis says:


    But to be fair – we did bend over and allow them to do it.

    Even now, we are still lying face down, thinking of England, as they carry on with the dastardly deed.

    Word on the street is that they have sent an invitation out to Tobin and his mates to come on over and join in the fun.

    Brace! Brace!

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    Mrs Trellis says:

    We all ready have a Little John tax.

    It’s zero rated.

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    Mrs Trellis says:

    By me, anyway.

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    Mrs Trellis says:

    all ready = already.

    Christ, have I had that much, tonight……….?

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    Mrs Trellis says:


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    Mrs Trellis says:

    From The Guardian:

    “The least we can expect for an organisation that purports to represent the interests of British taxpayers is that it is run by people that pay British tax,” said Jon Cruddas MP, who said he is one of many Labour MPs concerned about the TPA’s growing influence.

    It is run by people that pay British tax. Why am I not suprised that many Labour MPs are concerned about the TPA’s ‘growing influence’?

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    Englander says:

    Down with the Norman invaders.
    Down with the aristocracy, the heirs of the Norman invaders.
    Up with the English, the common, “vulgar” people, the Anglo-Saxons.
    Long live Wotan.
    We’re still fucking here.

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    Mrs Trellis says:

    I thought Wotan retired a few months ago???

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    Englander says:

    That’s what they’d all like to think.

    But we’re still here, drinking, fighting and fucking.

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    serf says:

    and he’s a Paddy

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    This is a chilling discovery. (Why do alarm bells not ring in peoples’ heads?!)

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Let’s start with the telly tax. Why should a millionaire pay the same as someone on low income.

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    Axe The Telly Tax says:

    Robin Hood would be heaed of the Tax Payers Alliance if he were alive today. He would also be calling for an end to the wicked telly tax :)

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    Ἀριστοτέλης says:

    strongly influenced by Monty Python’s Lupin Express sketch ….

    Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown
    Galloping through the sward
    Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown
    And his horse Darling
    He steals from the rich
    And gives to the poor
    Mr. Brown,Mr. Brown,Mr. Brown

    Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown
    Riding through the night
    Soon every Pound in the land
    Will be in his mighty hand
    He steals them from the rich
    And gives them to the poor
    Mr. Brown, Pound donor, Extraordinary.

    Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown
    Is not in this bit.

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    Lincoln Green says:

    He would never have made Marian, that’s for sure. Triar Feck more like.

    Bring back Richard Greene and his jolly band of yeomen.

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    Due recognition for the Prime Minister's role in relief of global poverty says:

    I believe it is apprporiate to lodge a petition on the No 10 website “that, in recognition of the Prime Minister’s leading role in advocating a tax on banking transactions, the tax should be named “Tobin Brown Tax”.

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    Watch the Skies! says:

    How do you know the guy filming the women witches being burnt alive on his mobile phone (nice touch) wasn’t gay?

    And, in addition, being a ‘backward religious nut’ – which is a nice value judgment for you to have made.

    Is there an official ranking of ‘backwardness’ within religions? If so, how was the committee which drew it up composed and appointed? I look forward to the link being posted.

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    Watch the Skies! says:

    …and that, M’lud, concludes the case for the Defence.

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    Anonymous says:

    Robinhoodtax.me is still available.

    Quite appropriate.

    I thought RH was a nasty socialist that stole from the rich and gave to the poor. They really should sort out teaching of these things.

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    REEVO says:

    There is much in what you say.

    I also see unavoidable trouble ahead.

    We live in uncertain times, bankruptcies immigration unemployment high taxes and a comedy corrupt Parliament.

    Like a smoking cigar in a petroleum store, its not so much if, as when!

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    V for Vendetta says:

    performance related pay………10p

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    V for Vendetta says:

    PAYE was intended as short term world war 2 measure. Long time since 1944.

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    lola says:

    Exactly. All regulation is tax. I estimate the extra costs (and zero benefits) to my little FS business at about 15%. So, I am going to add a RAT – Regulatory Added Tax – to my fees. It’s a price. The end user, i.e. the taxpayer will see the true cost of reg-yew-lay-shun and can decide whether or not it’s worth it. It isn’t of course.

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    lola says:

    Of course she did. She doesn’t pay any tax. Us in wealth creating private business pay all her tax for her. All she would be doing is rebating a bit more to us. In any event the whole of the notional ‘income tax’ she pays equals the contributions made to her pension by her employers – us!

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    lola says:

    Nope, and that’s why they monopolised money so that only the state could issue it. The nobs have always been good at spotting a good thing and monoplosing it for their own benefit.

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    Yahoo says:


    Not Found

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    lola says:

    Mind you he did get to give Harriet Walter an on screen shag.

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    lola says:

    Careful. That’s a very dangerous idea. It might just catch on and then where would we be? Listen out for the knock on the door if I were you.

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    lola says:

    Economies consist of people and things. Companies and Governments are just convenient admin fictions by which we try to better organise our lives. If the State takes money from anywhere in tax, it takes money from us. The presumption is that it, The State, knows how to spend this money better than we do. And in regards to that last sentence does anyone anywhere seriously think that Gordon Brown can spend your money better than you can? No, neither do I.

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    Meh.. Sorry for being entirely serious for a moment, but I’m just not convinced in their inherent value. Okay, so I’ve never personally had to go to my MP about anything, and maybe such an experience might change my opinion of them?.. But…

    If results are simply down to expenditure (as Labourites always seem to claim), then Manchester City is now the best Football club in the World. But they aren’t, are they? (There’s a bit more to it than that – ‘a fool and his money are easily parted.‘)

    Since Labour came to power, we’ve had on average x2 new pieces of Legislation EVERY DAY, and now ALL problems are fixed… Err, no, they aren’t. (We’ve had Laws to repeal new Laws!)

    Why on Earth do we need so many of them?

    They’re a cost we neither want nor can afford.

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    ShoutsAtTheTV says:

    Heheh.. Tax BBC employees more, you say?

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    Richard Timney says:

    Me too!

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    Cap'n Bob says:


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    Ian Academic says:

    Is it true that MPs have a higher income tax allowance than ordinary taxpayers and therefore she could achieve the same end by ending this anomaly?

    (I believe it was brought in when income tax was introduced)

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    angelnstar says:


    Yes, dirtier than Ditry Harry, scummier than Goodfellas, after Oliver Stone’s “W”, Tarentino film deals with British politics and the Blair/Brown administration. Makes Robin Hood seem like The Sound of Music.

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    […] who wrote Four Weddings and Funeral and, um, some old comedian, their snazzy PR, slick branding and shameless abuse of every Briton's favourite folk criminal has seen good media coverage for what is, let's face it, an awful […]

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    R. Hood esq. says:

    Wotan? Nice God; has a day named after him or something. Good with children and pets. Likes beer and hunting. He’s German I believe.

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    Isn’t it time Bill The Actor who likes to say Ni! got a real job? The one role he plays is getting a bit stale.

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    Prat Spotter says:

    20? 21? Your IQ, Cato?

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    Tunes says:

    A second class return?

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    Henry's Ghost says:

    Emma’s cute in chimp-like sorta way

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    Chav not work says:

    Link not work

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    Splink says:

    Can you see what he did there?

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    Proud to be a Merkin says:

    “Shorter Blood-trails, Longer Stories”.

    Now that’s a tag line!

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    The Ballard of Dennis Moore, Who steals from the poor to give to the rich”

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    Good point. Why are the rules suspended for them?

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    Allan@Aberdeen says:

    Wall Street is paying mega-bonuses to investment bank directors because those banks own the Fed, and the exploding US debt means more money for these banks. They are profiteering from the destruction of the US economy.

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    Charlie Wolf says:

    Thank you for finding it

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