February 20th, 2013

POLL: How Should Osborne Pay For His Billion Pound Drop?


163 Comments

  1. 1
    Joss Ayinglike says:

    Cut MPs expenses too.

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      T'Old Fella says:

      Ay, why not pay by results, is not the new sort of buz word, chancellor on basic MPs salary he has all his perks grace and favour etc if, and only if he gets it right does he get the rest of the chancellos cash, that goes for Dave, Cleggie and their crew, that should concentrate minds.

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      • 83
        Anonymous says:

        He is not short of money so it will not work. Brain transplant might work as he lacks it.

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          pissed off voter says:

          how about a whip-round from all the scroungers sitting on the front benches. sort of giving back a little of their ill-gotten gains.

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          • Sam Sung says:

            Import hundreds of thousands of gyppos and Patels – what could possibly go wrong?

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          • Pothead says:

            Control and legalise Cannabis,tax it,that will raise about 50,sqillion thingy’s,or so,and another thing…shit ,forgot…Hemp your way to happiness!!tax raiser…
            Toke for tax,help the country,fill the void,..shit,spliffs gone out..

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          • Anonymous says:

            Void a few (hundred) PFIs for breach of contract and/or ultra vires on the part of those who signed them – and reclaim damages from the latter and the consultants who advised them.

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          • Rage Against the Political Elite says:

            Get Rid of the Punch and Judy Show, The Quango State, The Quasi Political class.
            That will stop us having to pay the international aid bill that fills the bank accounts of Businesses that are forced to have these Shit houses on their Boards to access the money.. Stop the UK Printing Press and stealing our money and f-cking the economy..
            I know its all a bit too difficult for the Political Class and their Useless Windmill Fraud to understand that they have fu-ked everything

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    • 50

      Cut MPs everything – minimum wage, communal barracks (in Tottenham or Peckham, maybe), slot-meters for hot water and electricity…

      But in the meantime can we stop giving money to rich third-world tyrants?

      I’m pretty broke right now, having to budget really hard just to get by, and I really don’t like wasting my cash on jihadi-nukes and sports cars for the children of Chinese politicians. I’d prefer to keep it, maybe spend it on my own children’s education, pay the gas bill, that sort of thing.

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      • 86
        Anonymous says:

        MP should be paid average median wage, if they want to increase they should increase average median wage to get a pay rise.

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    • 64
      Jimmy says:

      Why not just do what they normally do and pretend it’s all Gordon’s fault?

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      • 76
        Jimmy the Dhimmi says:

        Actually, so much of the sh1t we’re in does lie with Moron Brown. Forgotten the collapse of the banking system already ?

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    • 85
      Fishy says:

      Tax Hodge the Dodge?

      Seen this GF / Neo? The BBC are now riding shotgun for the Tax Crusader. Surely she can explain herself and why she won’t answer your calls. If people have got it wrong and she is being treated unfairly, a simple explanation will suffice.

      http://biasedbbc.org/blog/2013/02/20/hodge-the-dodge-2/

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    • 135
      Anonymous says:

      Instead of public service cuts:

      Stop taking part in illegal & bloody US wars.

      Stop funding the car-bombers in Syria.

      Don’t get involved in “training” the French.

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    • 139
      JabbaTheCat says:

      Amazing that there are so many fuckwits voting for more borrowing or tax rises…

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    • 143
      Dave S says:

      Wonga will give you an answer in seconds, and the money can be in your account in 15 minutes.

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    • 157
      Anonymous says:

      As with all the other greedy US firms, make Starbucks pay tax.

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    • 158
      As Same As It Ever Was says:

      And in Shock News Tonight: the Labour Party (as with the Con-Dems) plan to retain ‘Britain’s, US built and controlled, ‘Independent’ Nuclear Bomb. Priced at a bargain 25 Billion Pounds – at today’s prices – this WMD really can be fired ‘within 45Mins’.

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  2. 2
    nickleaton says:

    There’s an even easier answer. Axe Vince Cable’s department. 20 bn a year saved.

    You can make up the 1 bn. That leaves 19 bn to abolish employer’s NI, or any other tax you want to get rid of.

    19 bn off the wage bill, a tax on employing people will do more for jobs in the UK than any other mad cap scheme.

    After all, if you tax fags, booze, flights, cars to discourage their use, taxing jobs will do the same.

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    • 11
      Incapable Vince says:

      Keep a civil tongue round my boots or I’ll send a team round to tax your possessions.

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      Prof. International Human Rights Law says:

      But do keep up with the Frances and Swedens (and Joneses) of this world, that means having the enterprise and investment schemes they do. Don’t you know? Worldwide illiterate nationalists are us it seems if you cut the BIS budget. Plus the 6Bn international aid budget is so hard to back out of to a sizeable extent given otherwise we’ll have even more critically impoverished beings around the world. Just thought you might like to know. As to the welfare budget, it is as if we advertise a free place to scrounge to many within the EU which is costing British and Swedish taxpayers millions.

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    • 24
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      End funding for Lending.
      Close DMCS or DCMS or whatever it is…
      Shutter Bitish Council.
      Sell BBC back catalogue and Privatise rest.
      Turn benefits into food delivery.
      Think that’s 100 billion.

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      • 67

        Annual benefits bill – £205billion.

        I could shave half off that without anyone going hungry, missing life-saving treatment or being evicted.

        It’d take me about fifteen minutes to do the sums.

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    • 106

      An even easier and quicker solution is to just axe Vince Cable. With an actual executioner’s axe. live on pay per view. £10 a Telly, worldwide showing.

      Now, much like the licences sell off, it probably won’t raise the required £1 billion.

      But, much like Vince’s own policies, actual revenue raised can be ignored for ideological reasons. And, like the Lib Dems own ideals, its worth doing even if its just to send a message to the electorate.

      Message being, if our leaders aren’t up to the job, then its the chop for them.

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  3. 3
    A W_G says:

    Can’t we have “cut everything that we don’t need” as an option?

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      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      Yep it’s called capitalism. If you don’t want it you don’t pay for it. Might be “interesting” to let people opt out of the NHS, and see how many people decide not to walk under the Aneurin Macht Frei sign…

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      • 107
        The Exit Gift Voucher, The Gift That Really Does Last Forever says:

        None of the 3 main parties believe in free market capitalism. The Conservative Party has elements within it that do, but its leading groups actually believe in a corporatist state that regulates and manages markets as the norm. To make this work you need to have supranational state hence the EU being so popular. It also means that they believe that the state has no limits to what it can do. That state intervention is sometimes needed is clear but it should be the exception have a clear goal that is to achieved and where possible monies raised by tax on citizens to reach that goal should be returned when it is. As it is tax is open ended, not tied to any clear objective, not accountable nor is it reviewed in any measurable way as to real value for money. The NHS is the perfect example of how this has worked, armies of ‘experts, middle managers, administrators and professionals’ have presided over a total failure that none of us can opt out of, the state is coercing us to pay for poor service and in some cases criminal service, yet one challenge it.

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  4. 4
    Farah D says:

    Look behind the sofa. I always find lost shiny things there.

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  5. 5
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    Cuts to the international aid bill 63% ??

    Stuff that i’m going to shaft the poor.

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    • 17
      Harriet says:

      George, George, George, you’ve got to stop your relentless drive against the most needy in society. We all know who it is you’ve got your thing against, and they are some of our most loyal supporters. Correction: are most of our supporters.

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    • 70
      Jimmy says:

      You mean guidophiles went for the “f*** the darkies” option?

      You amaze me.

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  6. 6
    hey ho says:

    increase price of work visas.

    tax and national insurance for foreign nationals working here at least as much as brits.

    stop funding health care for workers or students here from countries which do not offer reciprocal care for brits in their country.

    stop funding school places for children of workers or students from countries which do not offer reciprocal for brits in their country.

    stop large multi nationals paying their tax in tax havens.

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      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      Could also make countries pay for jailing thier nationals who break the law here, or for countries that refuse make people buy insurance.

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      Bright Spark says:

      No tax-free personal allowance for foreign nationals for their first year in the UK. Every penny earned in a country whose infrastructure and governance they have not contributed to should be a penny taxed.

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      • 60
        hey ho says:

        well currently they get the 1st 12 months empoyer and employee national insurance free. and they get to claim a lot more as expenses (and therefore tax free) than brits working away from home within the UK can. to say nothing of the fact that tax allowance can be a big amount if you are only in the UK for part of a tax year (it should be pro rata the amount of the tax year you are in the UK).

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    • 65
      T'Old Fella says:

      “stop large multi nationals paying their tax in tax havens” yes that would be OK but really do you expect this lot to do anything, they can generate all the hot air they like but it comes down to action, does Dave and Co do action, very good at doing U-turns though

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    Gordon Brown-Nose says:

    1) Tax the millionaires in the shadow government
    2) Get HMRC on to Stemcor

    Finally, stop anyone earning £25k and under from paying tax. The money would soon find the way back into the coffers

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  8. 8
    Economist says:

    Stop flooding the country with monopoly money you prick. Cut the fucking welfare bill. We can’t afford it!

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  9. 9
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    How about not sending the socialist EU £50,000,000 a day?

    Vote UKIP – instant multi billion pound savings for the British taxpayer.

    And no the EU will not wnat a trade war with “treasure island”.

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    Liar.Politicians says:

    The poll offered no decent option. I propose to cut waste spending on rubbish like £10bn+ internet spying system. The QUANGO’S still not radically cut, and amount of peers and other hangers on expanding, The wasteful government itself needs a radical cut before anyone else..

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  11. 12
    GBP Watch says:

    Given the great news on unemployment today, and the markets reaction to sterling, can someone please kill these lying c’unts ?

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      Brittania says:

      Sterling needs to drop. If we are not paying our way in the world, the value of the pound should reflect that. Export or die.

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  12. 14
    Red Ed Dwarf says:

    I have 200,000 Hungarian votes coming!
    And that’s not including the postal ones.

    500,000 votes for the welfare party! Up the scroungers!

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  13. 16
    Moussa Koussa Mark 6 says:

    Cock Baldy, Chris Grayling approved release of Billionaire murdering Saudi scum Prince Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Nasir al Saud.

    He only served 18 MONTHS of a 20 year stretch. Gideon could ask his scum hole Saudi relatives for the £1 billion.

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    • 20
      Wotta Tossa Skid Mark 6 says:

      Back to the paradise which is Saudi Arabia for him, I hope.

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      • 27
        Moussa Koussa Mark 6 says:

        Indian Students to swamp UK Universities.

        Saudi Prince released after 18 months

        …and I’m still in my Villa in Qater

        ..thanks Dave, you must like the sandy boys

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  14. 21
    Andrew Jones says:

    Could Georgie boy dip into his wallpaper inheritance money?

    Surely there’s enough to make up this small shortfall?

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  15. 22
    Horst Hinderburger says:

    You can’t cut international aid, think of all those unemployed Indian astronauts!

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    Terrible But True says:

    Oo…a question.

    Like those the BBC ask? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-21511904?

    Whilst adding pictures to offer the answer?

    (Hint: Polish pubs not probably main reason for white flight)

    Lucky they pulled it before any actual working Brits got home to chip in.

    Hey, what currently COSTS £4Bpa and could plug that gap?

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    • 32
      CarryHole is a stupendous Hunt says:

      The direct cost of the BBC is 4 billion, but the cost of their propaganda is the entire country.

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      • 150
        Anonymous says:

        Yes something needs to be done about the BBC, but do you REALLY enjoy watching mind-less adverts? Go Compare!

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  17. 26
    SP4BS says:

    Borrow it. I’m sure Ed Balls will know what to do with the debt when he’s PM.

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  18. 29
    Romanians n Bulgarians R Us says:

    We are having second thoughts about coming to your country. Your currency is only fit to wipe arses.

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    What? Only one billion?

    Sell the BBC. £25bn. £0.5bn consultancy fee from me. £23.5 to reduce deficit. Job done.

    next?

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  20. 33
    William says:

    You should add as an option – fine companies mis selling food (in the same way the banks have been).

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  21. 35
    axe wound ministers crap tits says:

    how about rounding up every person who resides at the top of the banking food chain and executing the fuckers… and their families for good measure. actually let’s murder their families first then take out the bankers.

    in the meantime let’s make do with cuts to international aid rather than driving flids to suicide by cutting their money. never mock the afflicted lest they turn up at your remote country property with a couple of cordless nail guns, some petrol and a packet of matches. oh and glass bottles, and some rags.

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    • 44
      SP4BS says:

      If you ever consider doing such things, calm down and write down a list.

      “Be Prepared”, as I learnt from my days in the extra special scout group in central scotland I went to as a lad.

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    • 55
      Bi-polar assessment team says:

      Have you applied for the new pope’s job?

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  22. 36
    Anonymous says:

    Why are we paying, as part of our International Aid budget, for a new fast rail system within Turkey, a country which has much faster growth in GDP than the UK and a standard of living which is rising (unlike ours).

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    • 42
      The British Public says:

      We are governed by traitors

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    • 47
      Turkey Watch says:

      Probably to help get access to oil / gas.

      Turkey is an important terminal point for Europe, providing connection to !ranian / Kurd!stan / Azerba!jan oil / gas reserves and much needed competition to Russ!a suppliers / distribution networks.

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    • 59
      Harriet says:

      I’m not quite sure where you are looking, we can’t be contributing directly to that, but indirectly possibly, India has a space mission, true but otherwise threaten diplomatically to shunt their poorest who will create polio and sustainable living crises. http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/datablog/2012/sep/26/uk-aid-money-key-datasets Basically most of our money goes to those African countries with those problems. Any messing with the welfare budget and I’ll set Saint Huw on you all on the 10 oclock news and I’ll be back round to top it up before you can say Noo Labour.

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  23. 38
    Anonymous says:

    Puy him in the stocks and charge a £1a throw of a water soaked sponge,I’d have a fivers worth,lm sure plenty of others would too.

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    • 46
      Unreasonable person says:

      Do you know how long it would take to get 1 billion pounds. Back to the drawing board for you me lad.

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        El Nombre says:

        Line up the customers, one sponge thrown a second, keep it going 24/365, should take 32 years. Osborne will be 73 and can retire on a well-earned full basic state pension.

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  24. 40
    13 Years of Labour education says:

    Q: Can you define what is reasonable doubt?

    A: A reasonable doubt is a doubt that is reasonable. these are ordinary English words.

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  25. 41
    Denis past retirement but still scrounging 65k a year from the tax payer Skinner says:

    Tax the bankers, tax the bankers, tax the rich, tax the toffs, tax anyone that works hard, tax tax tax.

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    • 63
      Incapable Vince says:

      Hear, hear !!

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    • 72
      Harriet says:

      Love you, you’re still the Beast of Bolsover and not some kind of sick rant against people who are self-made as some people have implied xxx

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      • 78
        Zeitgeist in Strawberry Hill (and 1st class passenger!) says:

        Yes, MANSION TAX! When my bijoux ornate Twickers pied a terre is a medioche £1.5M we should get those people sitting on the ones we’re after to cough up and that way Margot’s civil service pension can be topped up and Vince’s supporters fund and we can acquire the full river panorama or island! Go Vince or Ed, or whoever gets Vince in again!

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    • 152
      Anonymous says:

      Bankers worked hard? Yes, at selling the country down the pan.

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  26. 48
    Jimmy says:

    Don’t people like that just ask their parents?

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  27. 49
    Gerry Mandering says:

    There is a growing number of workshy, layabouts who are heavily subsidised and are consuming greater and greater amounts of the country’s GDP. They are called pensioners.

    Look at the list of free or almost free services they receive while they laze at home or in a second home somewhere.

    * First Class hospital care
    * Free Bus transport.
    * Free Medicines
    * Free TV
    * Care at home
    * Meals at home.
    * Council services that do not reflect the real cost of their provision, only there because of central government subsidy.

    Time to get them out of the swivel-eyed – it was better when we were young – delusions and into the real world where there are less and less young workers to shoulder the burden of their greed.

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    • 66
      Joss Taskin says:

      ‘First class hospital care’. Where do they get that ? Private, you mean ?

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    • 79
      Andy Burnham says:

      It was first class once upon a time. Spoil-sports.

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    • 88
      Care for the needy says:

      Oh dear, forgot to take your sedative medication did we young one? That subsidy is mostly covering the vastly divergent social housing bill. Perhaps we should try to get people out of the habit of scrounging off the state for their rent to be paid? No too obvious. See 2011 census, renting is up massively, mostly paid for by you and I the taxpayer. Simple solutions, insist on actual overcrowding of scroungers (oh no screams Harriet) and allow more house building everywhere at once (oh no screams George).

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  28. 53
    JH4568564563523 says:

    Take services back to where they were in 1997, per capita. I really don’t remember society falling apart back then.

    Big Government is the problem, not the solution.

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    • 90
      Economist says:

      The bond bubble which is currently bursting will take us back to 1960.

      Things were not bad then either, but that was because commodities were much cheaper.

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      • 129
        Extremely ancient seafarer says:

        Indeed. I recall paying 2/11d for a gallon of petrol for my little runabout. Somebody else can work out how that translates to pounds per litre nowadays.

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  29. 54
    Centre Parting says:

    Only allow people to claim benefits in their country of origin – simples.

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    • 92
      Care for the needy says:

      Don’t you remember how the Nazis treated the Poles? Try making benefits in line with the amount you’ve contributed then that might be a fair compromise. Clearly you believe in total discrimination the basis of nationality. Heil!!!

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  30. 57
    Jan says:

    Meanwhile over on the BBC website that great Scottish thinker Mark Easton wonders why 600,00 white British have left London. He puts on a positive spin as he cites Dagenham and says that white British moving out is ‘a story of aspiration and success’.No it isn’t, it is a story of people leaving their homes because they feel overwhelmed and disenfranchised. There are currently over 2000 comments…now closed

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    • 73
      The BBC are cunts says:

      We banned the phrases, ‘Asian invasion’ and ‘White flight’ by dubbing the ‘racist’.

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    • 112
      Tay King-dePisse says:

      Be fair, though. If some people have the dosh to move, why NOT do so?
      That there are many people, without all that much, who will move, and take on ruinous debt paying off a mortgage on their new property to do so, because they feel they have become “foreigners” in their own land, and are being prodded into it by those who will then sell their old properties on to newer arrivals on similar terms, or to property speculators looking to collect rents paid for by public funds– THAT’S the issue.

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  31. 58

    I would QE it. Even the Economist (well regarded economics magazine) in a recent issue (blue cover) mentioned iirc that Europe needs more of it to balance the US and somewhere in the far east (China or Japan).

    QE needs to be used with care, and in my opinion has been misused, but using it properly would mean that there was no deficit (yes you read that correctly) if it was used only to repay interesta nd debt in a year. The naturally balanced budget would therefor either not require any cuts at all or could be used to invest in the real economy and get it moving.

    I have said this for years, increasingly professional economists are now publicly saying the same thing.

    That siad a close eye does need to be kept on inflation, currencies, asset values etc.

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    • 71

      I mean if someone with only a 2;2 in Economics (specialising in internatinal finance and econometrics) can figure it out why has it taken the professional economists so long to start trickling out with the same thing? Come on lads and lassies have confidence in your profession.

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      • 82
        SP4BS says:

        I’m sure it could work, but it is a hidden tax on ownership of cash and assets valued in sterling.

        And presumably it means that for the next 10 or 20 years people won’t want a government/bank to suddenly start taking money from them again, and will act accordingly.

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        • 84

          Dont get me wrong QE is not the idea solution by any means, but given that it is being used again it is I think the best measure out of what is available for the specific circumstances we are in. I also, as stated above, think that it has been misued in the recent past for if it had been used to repay debt and interest payments each year there would be no deficit so no cuts and/or investment in economy/jobs. In an ideal world I would not have suggested this, but it does seem to be the least harmful solution for current times (if used wisely).

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          • Economist says:

            The QE scheme is meant to manipulate the yield curve to keep yields down. This is managing the debt which has been issued.

            Locking more gilts in the Bo.E in this way also allows forgiveness at a later point in time. Those gilts can be written off if a haircut needs to be made whilst not affecting international holders. That helps to guarantee the sovereign debt does go down, which also helps keep yields down.

            The big problem is that this QE on top of an already massive national debt bends to the extreme credibility.

            Framed against LIBOR rigging, a very deep recession in the UK with much lower tax receipts, and the rest, makes people question seriously the value of sterling and debt. The problem is compounded as UK moves to be a net importer with no credible industrial base.

            As the gilt yields inevitably edge up there will be massive inflation in sterling as the Bo.E will have to buy that debt back with ‘false money’. The effect on the exchange rate will be significantly negative as no one will want to accept sterling.

            Look at Carny’s salary and you can get an estimate of where he expects sterling to be against $ as a result of inflation over 5 years: He will want to break even on his current salary.

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          • Economist

            It is my own concerns about the security profile of Britain (food, water, energy) combined with its decreasing economic base that makes me worry about such things. It is entirely possible that our nation could be in for some very tough times ahead, especially if we isolate ourselves internationally. Add to this the social upheaval caused by government policies and quite frankly all hell could break loose with water, food and energy shortages adding to the picture and with long hot summers fraying public tempers, things could get quite grim.

            Yet with more stable and senstive management it could all be avoided. Though getting eg the necessary water infrastrucre in place across our nation would not be easy given how segregated the market is and with everyone wanting dosh. But this one thing could take flood waters and give it to drough stricken areas, enabling argriculture and helping those affected by floods. More food, less imports, more jobs, more taxes paid etc.

            QE could have essentially paid for such projects.

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          • Extremely ancient seafarer says:

            Why not do what Obarmy did and mint a trillion dollar coin?

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  32. 62
    Make everything free says:

    Make everything free.

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  33. 74
    Nigel Farage says:

    by levying a stupidity tax on everyone who supports UKIP

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  34. 77
    The BBC says:

    Radio personality James O’Brien is too right wing for our output

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  35. 87
    BBC says:

    Increase the Licence Fee for us and we’ll suppress all bad news like we did for Labour. Deal?

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  36. 89
    The Right Honourable George Osborne says:

    What do the plebs know !

    Cuts to welfare will continue while I’m still breathing.

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    • 96
      Harriet says:

      That’s right because a 1% rise works out as a cut. You’re so evil we think you ideologically would like to go further and make anyone living in Slough get a visa to travel to neighbouring Eton and Windsor.

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      • 101
        George's SpAd says:

        What a good idea for once Harriet, we could charge a tourism charge for more than just the castle. For once you understand private business!

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  37. 94
    Owin Jones says:

    Classic response though from Guido Fawkes – new left initiative proposed, let’s criticise before even exists.

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    • 111
      Stalin survivor says:

      This is better than Kulaks bearing the burden of the scheme or the plan before being made to work in factories or sent to the Gulags. Or forced into some servile rent boy profession.

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      • 162
        Anonymous says:

        “Stalin survivor”? Yet another ‘clever’ remark from Fawkes. Then again, he just cannot tone down the right-wing BS.

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  38. 95
    Keith Dovkunts says:

    The answer is staring at him in the face! Then again, I’m not a thick MP with no experience of life.

    Vote UKIP!

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  39. 97
    why - there's a lorra debt in 'ere says:

    poond a moonth

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  40. 98
    Ed Balls ate my cat says:

    ‘Cut taxes and stimulate economic growth’ not one of the options?!? – Unsound

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    • 113
      Hon Lady Cordelia Fortescue-Smythe in Chipping Norton says:

      Chancellor Osborne already has done so. However sadly not sufficiently to compel most to splash out in life much with their savings. Especially given the bills people want to pay and the desire to acquire a freehold, which in much of the country mimics a fly trying to climb a slippery pole. Perhaps we could sell orff the lower field to build houses on, or there again, perhaps not, particularly if those living there will be reliant upon multiple benefits, which is so common in an economy that produces so little to export. We could actually devalue the pound. Mind you I despise people who compete with my assets, that includes that wretched Ms Brooks.

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  41. 99
    Steve Miliband says:

    Motability scheme costs £1.5bn p/a. Quite a large subsidy for the Korean and German car Industries. I thought it was originally set up to provide transport for people with disabilities – remember the old blue plastic three wheelers. Now seems if you have back pain or asthma you could get yourself a new Kia c apostrophe d

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  42. 100
    The Man on the Clapham Omnibus says:

    Q6. Can we infer anything from the fact that the defence didn’t bring witnesses from the time of the offence, such as the au pair or neighbours?

    Answer: “You must not, as I have now emphasised many times, speculate on what witnesses who have not been called might have said or draw inferences from their absence. Her evidence is that no one else, other than Mr Huhne, was present when she signed the form.”

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    Where did they get these people? says:

    Q10. “Would religious conviction be a good enough reason for a wife feeling she had no choice i.e. she promised to obey her husband in her wedding vows, he ordered her to do something and she felt she had to obey?

    Answer: “This is not, with respect, a question about this case at all. Vicky Pryce does not say that any such reason formed any part of her decision to do what she did. Answering this question will not help you in any way whatsoever to reach a true verdict in this case. I must direct you firmly to focus on the real issues in this case.”

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    Purpleline says:

    I would reduce the money we pay to the EU BY 1.5BN under the pretext it will be required to pay benefits to Romanians and Bulgarians.

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  45. 110
    Justice should go to Specsavers says:

    It looks like they may have a rather dim foreman on the jury

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  46. 116
    The man at the back with the awful jumper - yes you sir says:

    Here are some sensible ideas:

    1. Get rid of all those overseas countries we support (if we still do – had better check). They’re only full of foreigners and, in the case of the Falkland Islands, penguins.

    2. Get the army out of Afghanistan and back to Aldershot, where they can run riot to their hearts’ content. Then disband the army, and make them get proper jobs which don’t involve their wives singing.

    3. Tax the banks loads. Any bank (like my local one) which can afford to have 2 employees standing around in the foyer looking lost must have too much money. In fact, any bank with a foyer has too much money.

    4. Sack all employees who have time to read blogs and make amusing comments…

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  47. 119
    Jimbo says:

    All Landowner’s should have thier land taken away over three hundred acres and be given the choice to buy it back within a short period or pay a rent at the going rate for every acre over the three hundred, this should include all Land owned by Royalty as well. Large Landowner’s have benefitted from inheritance free tax on Land, received billion’s of pound’s via the EU which after all is only taxpayer’s money after all.
    Brown, Blair, Mandelson and co should have thier millions taken away as they got this via the tax Payer and leading the Country into Debt. All Politicians should be made responsible for Poor Decision’s in running the Country and fined Heavily according to wealth, it is time that they were made accountable.

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  48. 121
    Tosspot says:

    The NHS, it is a vast waste of resources & money, no business in the world, could exist if run on the lines of our Health Service.
    IE, 4 grossly obese nurses on one ward and their lack of movement through size, meant they were unable to perform functions available from fitter Nurses.
    The Police are sorting out Fatties, why not Hospitals.

    Pilgrims.

    NHS only available to those who have contributed for more than 5 Years.

    Supply medical care to immigrants, in line with their country of origin until they have , worked & paid taxes for said 5 years.

    Remove second car mobility scheme in any one family. One per family only.

    Make every one contribute to the Council Tax.

    Pensions are taxed, why not benefits.

    Overhaul the whole criteria for benefits, adapt system to cater for abuse by immigrants.

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      HH says:

      No need to tax benefits – that only creates another layer of useless bureaucrats to fuck everything up again. Simply deduct the amount of tax due at source. Job done. We could do likewise for all civil and public servants, child credits etc. There is much that can be simplified and thus save millions – if only wee Georgie porgy was willing to look and take appropriate action.

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    • 153
      Anonymous says:

      And what US ‘Think’ Tank came up with this half-baked BS?

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  49. 122
    Tosspot says:

    The Mirror on Line, no longer worth reading without ” Simon’s Cat”

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  50. 123
    Tosspot says:

    Public Execution of those who put our country in such a precarious position, charge people to watch… problem solved… start with ????????

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  51. 124
    q says:

    out of his own pocket would be good – then he could hang himself!!

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  52. 140
    Anonymous says:

    You missed one out: Tax Cuts! As perverse as it might seem it’ll be the quickest way to reduce the deficit.

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  53. 141
    Doh! says:

    173 nonces voted to increase borrowing!

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  54. 144
    Eugene Mc Daid says:

    Resign?

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  55. 145
    theComrade says:

    TRIDENT…!

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  56. 146
    Go get 'em Guidio says:

    Why not this http://www.globalresearch.ca/how-congress-could-fix-its-budget-woes-permanently/5322843

    Mind you it means he’ll have to throw his city mates to the wolves ….. not a bad thing

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  57. 159
    Anonymous says:

    US built and controlled, this ‘independent’ WMD only costs 26 billion pound to start with. Working For Our Uncle Sam – Madness.

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