By Mike Cunningham On February 24th, 2014 at 12:45 pm
My daughter, a Professional Mechanical Engineer, is working on a contract basis, and of course is fully paid-up with her taxes, as well as all the rubbish which comes with being self-employed.
So you can imagine her delight when she receives the latest letter from the Inland Revenue & Customs.
On the back of the envelope is printed “HMRC changed banks in April 2009. The old accounts are closing in 2010.”
I do hope they are just using old stock, and not just getting round to telling everyone that all their payments have been going astray for three years!
By Mike Cunningham On February 24th, 2014 at 11:54 am
One of the many things which marked the Communist philosophy of the old Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was the belief that there was no such thing as private property, everything belonged to the State, everyone was equal, notwithstanding George Orwell’s comments; and the only loyalty was to the State. The fact that the leaders of that bloody revolutionary State, who murdered so many millions of Soviet Russia’s own, and placed millions more in abject poverty, considered themselves above the law in regard to that property, is perhaps beside the point. They did believe themselves better, and more worthy of special treatment, to the extent of building their own suburbs where the èlite, or the ‘Nomenklatura’ could insulate themselves as the new ‘ruling class’ from the workers, the peasants, who were treated as little more than slaves of the new aristocracy.
But the old ideals of ‘no private property’, of a blanket desire to make all do as the new Czars of the old Russia decreed, lives on today in the minds of some here in the West, despite ample demonstration that the old systems, the old ‘Communism’ just did not work. These people still believe that the old traditions of the Communists should still be allowed to grow in the ‘wasteful’ fields of the capitalist countries who watched as the original communists shrivelled and fell. They still believe in the ‘Communist ideals’ which call for all property to be ‘communal’, that no-one should be able to choose if a property they have purchased should remain empty, or even to be able to choose to whom they either rent to, or sell that property to if they so desire.
People such as David Ireland, chief executive of the Empty Homes ’charity’, which campaigns for vacant homes to be made available for those who need housing. “It will be shocking to ordinary people.” This clown believes that there should be no such thing as private property, and the ‘homeless’ should be allocated homes from whatever housing stock is unoccupied, for whatever reason, simply because it is ‘immoral’. Where does this clown get his audience from? The Guardian; where else!
By David Vance On February 24th, 2014 at 11:50 am
Under Labour, many people discovered that it PAID them NOT to work. Oddly enough, they grew to like this.
BRITAIN’S top benefits scroungers were £300 a week better off on the dole than the average working family before welfare reforms, it has emerged Figures reveal how 317 households milked the system for a decade because their claims went largely unchallenged. Collectively they were £100,000 a week better off than workers on an average wage of £26,000. Their taxpayer-funded lifestyles were exposed after Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith embarked on a root-and-branch reform of the UK’s complex benefits system. Now handouts to almost 40,000 jobless families have been capped at £500 a week.
That’s still too much in my view but it is at least a start! The fact is that working should not be seen as an option but a necessity. The GREATER the difference in income between the gainfully employed and the idle the better! We have it precisely back to front.
By David Vance On February 24th, 2014 at 11:45 am
“The government is to unveil a new strategy to tackle child poverty on Thursday, the BBC has learned. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith would also like to announce a new definition of what constitutes child poverty, but that could be vetoed by his colleagues in the Treasury. Currently, a child is said to be living in poverty if their household income is less than 60% of the average wage. But Mr Duncan Smith wants factors other than income to be taken into account.’
Look, there is NO SUCH THING as ‘child poverty” in the UK. The current definition is politically contrived since it based on a % of an average wage. If the average wage in the UK was £100,000, those in receipt of less than £60,000 would be deemed poor. The calculus is contrived to ensure the “poor” are always with us. Let us consider what real poverty looks like before embarking on further refinement of a lunatic definition.
By David Vance On February 24th, 2014 at 11:39 am
No smoking in your car. How about no drinking in your home?
Women who put their unborn babies at risk by drinking to excess during pregnancy should be prosecuted, say activists. Campaigners hoping to make it a crime to drink excessively during pregnancy may be a step closer with a landmark case on the issue due to be heard by the Court of Appeal.
If heard, the legal test case will argue that a six-year-old girl who suffered brain damage due to alcohol exposure in the womb is the victim of a crime because her mother was warned of the risks of her drinking. Figures from the Department of Health show in total around one in 100 babies are now born with alcohol-related disorders. In the past three years there has been a 50% rise in Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), with 313 babies found to be damaged from being exposed to alcohol in the womb in 2012/13. Experts believe the numbers could in fact be much higher, with thousands more foetuses damaged.
It’s a relentless invasion of the State into your privacy and the criminalisation of those who do not do as the State and its agencies require them. In this case, who decides what is “excessive”, who will enforce it, and how long shall we send offending Mothers to prison for? Let’s hope that they don’t also start smoking when locked up for their crimes or THAT will really hurt the kids…
By The Troll On February 24th, 2014 at 2:22 am
A Democrat running for the Senate, Michigan Democrat Rep. Gary Peters has threatened a TV station licenses over an Obamacare ad he disagrees with. If the ad is true, or the ad is false it is irrelevant.
Political speech is protected under the First Amendment. That is if you believe in the Constitution. However Mr. Peters instead has decided to use his POLITICAL office as a weapon to shut people who don’t think like him up, and threatens a TV Stations right to exist as the penalty for disagreement.
The campaign of Rep. Gary Peters is going after television stations airing ads in which the ad is featured, threatening their licenses.
Read the Letter. This is what the Democrat Party is COMMUNISTS.
By David Vance On February 23rd, 2014 at 10:52 am
It’s a few years now since I visited the Anne Franks house in Amsterdam. You may recall I wrote about the experience here. I came across this story the other day…
Hundreds of copies of Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl have been mysteriously defaced at public libraries across Tokyo. Pages have been ripped from at least 265 copies of the diary and other related books – with many having specific extracts torn out.
Why would anyone do such a thing? Her diary is poignant, the thoughts of an innocent girl facing an enormous evil. I can still remember the tears on the faces of many of those tourists who did the tour of the house she lived in as we finished that visit. Surely to God the Japanese do not sympathise with those who ensured young Anne finished her life in a concentration camp?
By David Vance On February 23rd, 2014 at 10:40 am
As you know, it is the stated policy of the EU and USA to persuade the Taliban to enter into the government of Afghanistan. So, how is that doing then?
‘Taliban fighters have killed at least 20 Afghan soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in Kunar province close to Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan. At least one of the attackers was also killed and the Taliban told the BBC they had captured seven soldiers.”
Seeking to somehow “tame” the Taliban is a lunatic scheme. It is akin to looking out for good Nazis post 1945 and installing them back into Government. The Taliban are savages and a foreign policy predicated on appeasing and then elevating them back into power is disastrous. Remarkably, this is Obama’s vision for Afghanistan. If so, why did we ever bother removing them from power.
By David Vance On February 23rd, 2014 at 10:35 am
First, the headlines;
Matteo Renzi became Italy’s youngest ever prime minister, at the age of 39, yesterday as he was sworn in – but he will be under pressure to deliver on promises to create a more stable government and push forward with economic recovery.
Half the story. Renzi is the THIRD Italian Prime Minister in a row who now occupies this office without ANYONE having voted for him to hold this office. The EU is a facilitator for benign unelected tyranny and Renzi’s elevation emphasises this.