Archive for April 2012
The top 20 earners, earning millions of pounds a year are avoiding tax with various loopholes and only paying 10% income tax; George Osborne drops the top rate of tax from 50% to 45%, claiming this higher rate of tax raises ‘next to nothing’ and damages the economy then feigns disgust at this terrible abuse of the system.
I have news for Mr Osborne; if the top earners are avoiding income tax and only paying 10%, of course the higher rate of tax raises little. Close the loopholes then see if a 50% tax rate is effective.
Admittedly I am no economist; it does, however seem like quite basic maths to me.
Having asked the question at our local Mercian P.A.C.T. meeting in Tamworth (first Tuesday of each month at 7:00PM at the Leyfields Community Centre, Masefield Drive) the consensus seemed to be it would be the cost of a local call.
As nobody actually knew, I decided to do a bit of research and can tell you that the government website at http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/CrimeJusticeAndTheLaw/Reportingcrimeandantisocialbehaviour/DG_185338 says:
“Calls to 101 (from both landlines and mobiles) cost 15 pence per call no matter what time of day you call, or how long you are on the phone.”
So there is the answer. 15p. Or 3 bob, if you like!
Have a look at this:
The government has just announced its new plan to spy on us all, to be pushed through “as soon as Parliamentary time allows”. They want to see who we call, text and email, and which websites we visit – without any kind of warrant or reason.
I’ve just signed a petition against these plans. Can you add your name?
Please sign the petition now: