Archive for October 2014
I looked around and thought ‘what?’
These humans, they’re a strange old lot
They kill each other, oft for fun
They’ll use a knife, they’ll use a gun
They claim the thing that they abhor
Is taking arms and making war
And yet they do so on a whim
For land, for oil
For being ‘him’!
“We have to have austerity!”
Why say that; ‘cause we’re To-ry!
It’s not that we are short of cash
But poor folk we do love to bash
Why pay tax to fund the life
Of poor men and their dreadful wife.
And though my offshore pelf is safe
And hidden from the stray and waif
The little that I do imburse
Is squandered on the public purse
To keep the idle, ill and old
Living on my precious gold
So ‘austerity’s’ the battle cry
And fool the plebs with hope and lies
With promises of jam tomorrow
(How much would you like to borrow?)
I have always maintained that Housing Associations are private landlords, not because some regulator calls them that, but if the owners of the housing are private individuals or committees, unelected and ultimately unaccountable to their tenants then it is private rental housing.
I also dislike the term ‘social housing’; I earn over £400 a week and am happy to be in a council house, always have been and will be.
We should remember Nye Bevan’s vision of good quality council housing for everybody, irrespective of income or position.
There is much talk in the press about the Mansion Tax.
I personally don’t expect this tax to amount to much.
There are expected to be exemptions, all of which I envisage being exploited by the wealthy.
For example, one exemption is expected to be for those paying the basic rate of tax, the idea being, I assume that you may have been able to afford to buy a multi-million pound house but have found yourself on ‘hard times’ and should not be expected to pay.
Any decent tax lawyer will sort out that little problem for you. And since many of these homes are investments, the wealthy will buy several ‘cheaper’ properties instead.
Better to return to a rates system, calculated on the value of your home and just like victims of the bedroom tax, pay or get the flick out!
Sorry, Ed; sounds good on paper and grabs the headlines but I fear it is another neo-liberalist/capitalist ploy to placate the masses, while the wealthy will be little affected.
A thought; many are successfully appealing Bedroom Tax decisions. It has been mooted that the Bedroom Tax is, or will soon be defunct.
Is this the Tories new plan to ensure we can’t afford decent housing?
Reminds me of the old joke; “No-one goes there any more. It gets too crowded”
(not satire – it’s the UK today!)
On Question Time last week, Giles Fraser told a funny story which nicely illustrates how batty the whole discussion over immigration has become in the UK.
He said he’d got into a conversation with a taxi driver who told him he was so fed up with the number of foreigners coming to live and work in the UK he was going to move to Spain.
Well just in case anyone thought this kind of absurd opinion was a one-off – have a look at this recent survey by respected polling company ComRes.
When asked if all citizens of other European Union countries should have the right to live and work in the United Kingdom, just 36%of British people agreed.
But when asked whether British people should be free to live and work anywhere in the EU, 52%of British people agreed.
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(not satire – it’s the UKIP!)
“Democracy is the stupidest form of government ever conceived.”
“Women are dumber than men and should not be allowed to vote”
“Evolution has ensured that women are not too intelligent”
“The general public should not see the disabled on television” (during the 2012 Summer Paralympics)
“The European Commission building should be turned into a brothel.”
“Gays are a gang of louts imported from abroad.”
Well done Nigel. You’ve just confirmed once and for all every accusation there has ever been of racism, sexism and homophobia against UKIP.
But of course, Farage will get into bed with anyone if £1 million of European Parliament gravy train…
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