Keith Vaz, a former minister for Europe, is calling for a referendum on the European constitution that Jim Murphy, the current minister for Europe says isn’t a constitution, just a bit of administrative tidying up. The FCO traditionally lies for its country, Murphy is lying for a foreign superstate. Blunkett says a referendum was promised and Miliband says Labour is not split. Super…
Gummer is getting a kicking from John Redwood saying basically that the mad burger-eater will damage the economy with his Green taxes and plans for increasing airport congestion. Cameroonie sources are briefing that they won’t pay much attention to the loopier ideas from Zac and Gummer. Fantastic…
So we have splits, splitters and lots of easy copy ahead of the party conferences. Cynics among you might wonder if the splits haven’t just been teased out by the media to manufacture a storyline, the Sun (Vaz article) and GMTV (Redwood interview) can take the credit for getting it going. The show must go on…
Guido has selected for voting some of your Green tax cut proposals that seemed workable:
- Big Jock Knew: Weight based transport tax – skinny people pay less for train and aircraft fares as they burn less CO2 transporting them.
- AntiCitizenOne said… The ultimate green tax-cut would be a No-children tax credit. No people, no anthropomorphic. Go on, it’s for the children!
- Anonymous said… Give tax cuts to people who fart into emissions capture devices.
- Barry said… Human Excrement tax credits for those who donate their human waste to facilities that turn it into energy. See here and here.
Winning proposal gets a copy of the Little Red Book of New Labour Sleaze.
To be fair Dave faced a slippery nipple obssessed Paxman in 2005. It takes a bit of political courage to face Paxman. When did Gordon ever face Paxman?
- Travel by conventional rail contributes as much to global warming as travel by car
- Over a 600 km sector, travel by high speed rail is as environmentally unfriendly as air travel
- Cars are more fuel efficient than planes or trains. Cars are greener.
Trains are heavy, get their energy inefficently down wires where much of the energy is lost and are fundamentally a nineteenth century point-to-point technology belonging to a slower era. Cars are light, fuel efficient, and a liberating, flexible form of transport suited to modern life. Greens hate them so much because they are ideologically opposed to capitalist modes of consumption. So why are the Tories giving headspace to this anti-Car, anti-Air travel nonsense with their penalty tax proposals?
Exempt bicycles and insulation from VAT was one suggestion. Maybe windmills should be VAT exempt, along with watermills and solar panels too. Sailing yachts are very environmentally sound, exempt them while we are at it…
Suggestions in the comments please…
*“Best” defined as whatever Guido likes.
If, as with Guido’s family, there are three countries you call home, it is particularly penal. Short of slowly sailing around Western Europe with a horse and cart in the hold, Guido is going to have to pay a lot of “green taxes”. Will it change his behaviour? No, it will just cost more. Will it make a blind bit of difference to the condition of the planet? No.
Gummer and Goldsmith (in particular) are obssessed with reversing the modern way of life for the many and returning us back to some romanticised peasant life. If they didn’t have the carbon emissions bogeyman the environmentalists would make something else up to further this aim. This is just another racket giving eager politicians an excuse to raise taxes.
*If you recorded the match, stick it up on YouTube please.