Archive for March, 2016

Tories Vs The Unions

Posted: March 31, 2016 in Uncategorized

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It’s not been a good few months for the Tories. They’ve always been fighting Labour and the unions, but now they’ve turned on each other. The irony is, David Cameron is so over confident he has the audacity to attack Jeremy Corbyn’s split Labour Party. I’m not entirely sure whether it’s funny, or just plain stupid.

The unions have been very active of late…

Hunt’s dispute with the Junior Doctors have opened the eyes of many previous Conservative party supporters. The Doctor’s union, the BMA, has organised strike action for the beginning of next month. The whole arguement is around the wage the doctors receive and the hours they work. Junior Doctors are cross with a new contract being placed upon them, which means the amount they are paid for working weekends is not enough. They are also concerned that the normal working hours are too long and it could…

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Pride's Purge

RIGHT-WING PEOPLE

toby young cartoon

This is Toby. Toby thinks he is great. Toby likes to tell other people how they can be great too. Toby is what we call a ‘right-wing’ person.

But what are ‘right-wing’ people?

Right-wing people are people who think they are great. Right-wing people think everyone can be great too if only other people were a bit more like them. Right-wing people think they know how to do things better than other people.

Some right-wing people even think they know better than experts. If you have a tummy ache, normal people go to a doctor. Normal people listen to the doctor and do what they tell them to do.

But right-wing people don’t like to listen to doctors. Right-wing people think they know better than doctors.

jeremy cartoonThis is Jeremy. Jeremy thinks he knows better than doctors.

Right-wing people also think they know better than firemen how to put out fires. And they think…

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Politics and Insights

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Essential Information for claims, assessments and appeals. 

There are three essential ideas to keep in mind when claiming Employment Support Allowance (ESA) because of the nature of the ESA50 form, and the fact that Atos are seeking to deny benefits, and NOT assess disability: this will not be a fair investigation of your health issues.

This information needs to be shared widely so people are made aware of them, and can use them when claiming ESA or appealing.

These very helpful ideas are:

  •  Reliably, repeatedly and safely
  •  Exceptional circumstances – Regulations 25 and 31, 29 and 35
  •  Atos assessments and pitfalls – how they try to deceive you

1. Reliably, repeatedly and safely. 

‘Lord’ Fraud made this statement in the House of Lords:

“It must be possible for all the descriptors to be completed reliably, repeatedly and safely, otherwise the individual is considered unable to complete the activity.”

You…

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Exposing UKIP

This is a poster just released by the UK Independence Party (UKIP) for the 2014 European Election campaign.

Truth, lie or a genuine mistake? Truth, lie or a genuine mistake?

The issue of how many of UK laws are generated in Brussels has always been a contentious one.  Just after the second Clegg-Farage debate in early April, UKIP’s official Youtube channel (ukipofficial) uploaded a video titled ‘Facts’:

Screenshot of UKIPFacts Youtube video, now made private/removed. Screenshot of UKIP ‘Facts’ Youtube video, now made private/removed.

The video consisted of:

1) A clip of Nick Clegg from the first debate claiming that ‘only 7% of UK law is generated in Brussels’;

2) Followed by a clip of European commissioner Viviane Reding talking about ‘70% of laws’;

3) Then a clip of Nigel Farage in the second debate challenging Clegg’s 7% figure, accusing him of ‘willfully lying to the British people’ (accompanied by dramatic background music);

4) And finally, Farage’s rallying cry to join the ‘People’s Army…

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QC Jolyon Maughan, ripping lying spiv Gideon Osborne’s claims before parliament to SHREDS!
http://youtu.be/B4l07CC5xWM The Artist Taxi Driver, Mark McGowan
DID CUTTING THE TOP RATE REALLY RAISE £8BN?
 
Osborne has said that reducing the top rate of income tax from 50p to 45p raised an additional £8bn from the highest earners in its first year. Speaking in the Commons he said the revelation “completely defies” predictions made by Labour that cutting the rate from 50p to 45p would cost £3bn and give top earners an average £10,000 tax cut. HMRC previously estimated that cutting the top rate from 50p to 45p would cost the Exchequer £100m.
Osborne said:
“Under this government the richest pay a higher proportion of income tax than under the last Labour government. Indeed we have just had numbers out this morning from HMRC which for the first time show the income tax data for the year 2013/14, which is when the 50p rate was reduced to 45p.
 
And what that shows is that actually there was an £8bn increase in revenues from additional rate taxpayers, which completely defies the predictions made by the Labour party at the time and shows that what we have are lower, competitive taxes that are paid by all.” ( Guardian Reporter )
 
I don’t have the number to which Osborne refers but it is broadly in line with what was forecast in May 2015 which showed a projected increase in income tax paid by additional rate taxpayers of £7.1bn.
 
Does this increase vindicate, as Osborne suggests, to the tune of £8bn of extra receipts the decision to cut the 50p rate?
 
Reader, it does NOT!
 
Tax receipts were artificially low in 2012-13 (because people delayed receiving income until rates fell) and were artificially high in 2013-14 (when those delayed receipts were received). Combine those two numbers and you may well explain your £7bn jump.
 
Please Read More here, see graphs included: http://waitingfortax.com/2016/03/01/did-cutting-the-top-rate-really-raise-8bn/ Jolyon Maughan QC