Ooer Missis – It’s Carry On Campaigning

Politicians sometimes have train – wreck interviews on live media, especially when campaigning, but in the run up to a General Election which could see her party anihilated, Labour Party home affairs spokeswoman Diane Abbot surpassed all expectations by doing three train – wreck interviews in one day.

First off, with Nick Ferrari of LBC Radio: Ferrari wanted to focus on the completely whacky election promise made by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that if elected, his party would recruit 10,000 extra police officers , funding the project by reversing cuts to Capital Gains Tax made by the Conservatives:

When Ferrari questioned Labour’s figures, Diane Abbott struggling to explain how the party would fund the policy, started to bluster as she does whenever a question is asked that she cannot answer (Ms. Abbott does a lot of blustering).

The MP initially suggested that Labour would hire 10,000 officers for £300,000, which would would have left officers earning £30 a year.

Ms Abbott’s assessment of how many new officers would be recruited in one year ranged from 25,000 to 250,000.

TRANSCRIPT:
transcript:

Nick Ferrari: So how much would 10,000 police officers cost?

Diane Abbott: Well, if we recruit the 10,000 policemen and women over a four year period, we believe it’ll be about £300,000.

Nick Ferrari: £300,000?

Diane Abbott: Sorry, … (Interrupted)

Nick Ferrari: 10,000 police officers? What are you paying them?

Diane Abbott: No, I mean, sorry … (Interrupted)

Nick Ferrari: How much will they cost.

Diane Abbott: They will cost [long pause], it will cost, erm, about, about £80m.

Nick Ferrari: The £80m is the figure we use. But I don’t understand. If you divide £80m by 10,000, you get 8000.

Diane Abbott: What … (Interrupted)

Nick Ferrari: Is that what you’re going to pay these policemen and women?

Diane Abbott: No, we’re talking about a process over 4 years.

Nick Ferrari: I don’t understand. What is he or she? £80m divided by 10,000 equals £8000. So I don’t, what are these police officers going to be paid?

[papers rustle]

Diane Abbott: We will be paying them the average … (Interrupted)

Nick Ferrari: Has this been thought through?

Diane Abbott: Of course it’s been thought through!

Nick Ferrari: Where are the figures?

Diane Abbott: The figures are that the, the additional cost in year 1 when we anticipate recruiting 250,000 policemen will be £64.3m

Nick Ferrari: 250,000 policemen?

Diane Abbott: And women.

Nick Ferrari: Right. Where…? So you’re getting more than 10,000? You’re recruiting 250,000?

Diane Abbott: No, we are recruiting 2000 and perhaps 250. And the cost … (Interrupted)

Nick Ferrari: Where did 250,000 come from?

Diane Abbott: I think you said that not me.

Nick Ferrari: I can assure you – you said that figure because I wrote it down.

Diane Abbott: What I’m saying about the cost is in year 1 obviously we’re getting ready to recruit, but in year 2 the cost will be £64.3m, in year 3 the cost will be £139.1m, year 4 the cost will be £270m, and year 5 the cost will be £298m, and that can be amply covered by reversing the cuts in capital gains tax.

NEXT UP WAS AN APPEARANCE ON SKY TV’s BREAKFAST SHOW

Before we go into a transcript of the Sky interview, a little background is needed. The Labour Party, folllowing its usual campaign style of offering massive increases in public spending, and evasively mumbling something about taxing the rich when questioned bout how the extra expenditure will be funded, has already promised to spend money raised by reversing recent cuts to Capital Gains Tax (estimated at around £2bn) in a number of different areas including increased education budgets, more funding for arts, and higher welfare benefits.

SKY TRANSCRIPT – key sections

Sarah Jane Mee: Ok, but just going back, you have said that reversing cuts to capital gains tax will help arts funding schools and welfare – will that be in the manifesto fully costed?

Diane Abbott: Our policies will be fully costed, and I have to say I think it suits the Tories not to talk about the loss of 20,000 police officers, not to talk about the rise in violent crime, but to quibble about figures. Our manifesto will be fully costed and what people want to know, they want answers to their worries about the rise in violent crime.

Sarah Jane Mee: Well [the Conservatives] are saying it’s nonsensical because you’ve already spent this money when talking about other pledges – you’ve committed to – the capital gains tax – the money you’ll get from that – that £2bn – to things like schools, welfare and the arts, so you’ve already spent that money – how can you spend it on 10,000 police officers.

Diane Abbott: We’ve not actually committed that money to anything, we’ve used these huge cuts in capital gains tax, cuts which will only help the top 5%, we’ve used them to illustrate the type of places where we could get the money to fund some of our policies, but as we roll out our manifesto, you will see that each policy pledge is specifically costed, and this is a really important issue – the rise in violent crime on our streets.

Sarah Jane Mee: But you’ve made promises – Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell (Labour economic spokesman), have all stood up and said by reversing capital gains tax, we will help tackle these problems.

Diane Abbott: You will find that we haven’t specifically allocated the money. We are rolling out our manifesto, and this morning I am specifically allocating some of the £2.7bn to funding the 10,000 policemen.

One has to wonder what she will allocate it to tomorrow morning.

NOW OVER TO HER FINAL APPEANCE OF THE DAY (we hope) ON INDEPENDENT TELEVISION’S GOOD MORNING BRITAIN.

Having appeared to suggest earlier that policies already announced by Labour may never have been intended for inclusion in the party’s manifesto, or that massive tax increases would be needed to pay for them, in her next appearance abbot tries to back pedal by saying that the party is not promising anything but merely illustrating what they might do if elected. Unkind souls might suggest that if the party does not know what policies it will implement six weekes before an election they are unfit to govern by virtue of being a bunch of clueless incompetents.

GOOD MORNING BRITAIN TRANSCRIPT (key points)
The conversation has been steered by Piers Morgan to the number of times (12 according to his notes) Labour have promised to allocate this increased Capital Gains Tax revenue to specific projects:

Diane Abbott: I know you referenced that we’ve promised it, we’ve pledged it in to other areas – we’ve not pledged it in to other areas. We’ve always used it as an illustration of the type of Tory tax cut we’re going to reverse, but now as we roll out our manifesto, we’re specifically saying how we’re going to pay for the specific items in our manifesto.

Susanna Reid: This is the difference that you’re trying to make between a pledge and an illustration, because all your critics will say in August last year arts funding, Jeremy Corbyn promised money saying that that can be funded through a reversal of reductions in capital gains tax. On schools he would deal with the teacher shortage and rising class sizes by reversing the capital gains tax cut and on welfare John McDonnell, your shadow Chancellor, said that he would use the capital gains tax reversal to reverse the cuts in universal credits. So we’ve got to discount now all of those pledges and stick with this one. Is that the case?

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The inevitable outcome of politically correct thinking in politics

The Canadian Revenue Agency actually commented on this one.>

Something to ponder … but, worth a broad smile !
Amazing, but true, if you think about it! The importance of
accuracy in your tax return,

The CRA has returned the Tax Return to a man in Canada after he apparently answered
one of the questions.

In response to the question, ..”Do you have anyone dependent on you?”
The man wrote:

“2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million> crackheads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons plus 450 idiots in Parliament, thousands of ‘politicians’ and an entire group that call themselves ‘Senators’
The CRA stated that the response he gave was unacceptable.

The man’s response back to CRA was, … “Who did I leave out ?

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Labour Scourge Of Tax Avoiders Is A Tax Dodger? WTF is going on?

Margaret Hodge: Labour’s scourge of tax avoiders is outed as a tax avoider (image source)

Ho hum – one week to go to the election and no news worth reporting, we see pictures of Cameron, looking shiny, Miliband looking confused Clegg looking resigned and Nigel Farage holding a pint of beer.

But there is nothing worth talking about.

Yesterday Cameron announced a tax freeze on Income Tax, National Instrance and VAT. Miliband and Ed balls called it a gimmick (which it was)

A few days ago Miliband announced a reduction in Stamp Duty. Cameron, Osborne and Clegg called it a gimmick because that’s what it was.

Green candidates continued to talk bollocks, SNP candidates continued to talk about when Scotland rules the world and Russell Brand recommended that his followers (who are not voting if they take his recent advice) should support Labour.

UKIP candidates continued to talk about the issues most voters want candidates to talk about but their words of common sense were not reported in the media.

Oh and former Labour Minister and current chair of the Public Accounts committee, Margaret Hodge (nee Oppenheimer), who was Labour’s most vigorous critic of tax avoidance by the super rich was exposed as a tax cheat. A report in The Times which is behind a paywall so check it out second hand at IB Times) reveals that Hodge used the Lichtenstein Disclosure Facility (LDF) to transfer onshore 96,000 shares in a private steel­ trading business established by her father. The LDF is a controversial tax deal established in 2009 enabling the transfer of assets out of the Principality of Liechtenstein, a tiny European country with notably low tax rates, to the UK.

It was created as an incentive for those with undeclared income or unpaid taxes to repatriate their assets by offering preferentially time­-limited tax liabilities, substantially lower penalties and no threat of criminal prosecution.

The Stemcor shares Hodge received in this way in 2011, following the winding­ up of the Liechtenstein Trust, were worth about £1.5 million. Her shareholding was properly declared in the parliamentary register of members’ financial interests, but she has not spoken of offshore vehicles or the LDF.

As Hodge has singled out the LDF system for criticism while using it herself her attitude would seem a tad hypocritical to say the least. But then what else would we expect from a member of Labour, the party that claims it speaks for the working class while really representing the interests of lawyers, tax eaters and ‘the stinking rich’ (including Margaret Hodge (nee Oppenheim).

You will not get to know much about the dodgy tax affairs of Margaret Hodge from mainstream media of course, to report fully the dishonesty and hypocrisy of an elitist might open a massive can of worms.

EU Declares War On The Wurzels

Let’s be honest, The Worzels are Britain’s greatest band. And in a country that gave the world The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Ian Dury and the Blockheads, The Jam, Oasis, The Spice Girls and (ahem) Screaming Lord Stuch and the Savages, that probably makes them the greatest ban in The Universe.

They have done nothing to warrant this attack from the Brieaucratic Dictatorship in Brussels.

It is probably the most outrageous attack the Euronazis have launched against the British way of life yet. They are trying to stop The Worzels playing gigs (well we all know the Wurzels can’t work without a jar or two of cider. Join the resistance now.

EU Holds Cider Drinkers Over A Barrel

The latest diktat from the European Union is a sobering example of the Eurocrats’ willingness to drown small businesses in Britain in a sea of red tape. By introducing a tax on British cider producers, Brussels is not only attacking the manufacturers, but the majority of British adults who enjoy cider, as well as scrumpy.

Currently the British government exempts cider producers who manufacture less than 12,000 pints a year from paying tax, in order to boost the growth of small scale businesses in the industry. This amounts to around 80 percent of cider producers. However, the European Commission has now ruled this tax exemption is unlawful as all alcohol in the EU must be subjected to taxation. (News source)


Dink Up Thy Cider And Poorer We Will Be (image source)

Tony Benn’s inheritance tax dodge – another leftie hyocrite exposed

Pipe smoking, tax dodging Marxist Tony Benn

Remember the patron saint of loony lefties, Saint Anthony of Wedgewood – Benn, previously known as Viscount Stansgate? Agreeable sort of bloke, pip smokers, great speaker, utterly daft opinions as one would expect from an aristocrat who is so deluded he thinks he understands the working class?

Got him now? …………….. Yeah, he was the one who was ever so keen on redistributing wealth from the rich to the poor, evertbody’s wealth ……………….except his own it turns out.

One think all lefties have in common is their hypocrisy, or if you are one of those people who thinks psychobabble is intelligent, their cognitive dissonance.

You see for all his screeching about how the evil rich should be taxed to penury and legal tax avoidance techniques should be criminalized with the death penalty automatically imposed on anyone guilty of being accused, Benn was no slouch when it came to protecting his own modest fortune from the taxman.

Not that I would blame anyone for using legal means to minimise their tax liability, its the hypocrisy of the wealthy Labour supporters I can’t stand.

from Yahoo finance:

A stalwart of the left, Tony Benn was a critic of tax avoidance measures. As an owner of expensive properties in London and the south of England, it seemed inevitable after his death in March that his family would face a hefty inheritance tax bill.

But now publication of the details of his will coupled with records held by the Land Registry suggests he took practical steps more than a decade ago to reduce the impact of this tax on his heirs.

After the death of his wife in 2000 , the couple’s children appear to have taken on part ownership of the family home, a valuable property in Holland Park, west London. This suggests that some planning had taken place to ensure the children inherited directly from their mother, as opposed to the more normal course of events where the first spouse to die leaves everything to the other, who in turn bequeaths everything to the children on his or her own death.

This latter course is especially the norm when the surviving spouse continues to live on in the property. Mr Benn sold the house only in 2011.

How did the transfer of ownership cut the family’s tax bill?

Assuming the couple owned their assets in equal parts, by giving away her share of the property straight to her children or other heirs, rather than her husband, Mrs Benn would make use of her own, personal tax threshold. In 2000 this was £234,000 per person (today it is £325,000).

If she had simply bequeathed her share to her husband no tax would have been payable by him, as assets passing between married couples are exempt. But, crucially, he would have had more assets to bequeath to his children at his own future death and the benefit of his wife’s personal IHT allowance would have been lost. More tax in total would have been paid.

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BBC – National Treasure To Police State Thugs

Yesterday I blogged about the BBC and the nasty, evil suveillance tactics those radib Stalinists are using to track down licence dodger. Now British people will know the Television Licence has become the most pernicious and hated tax levied since Wat Tyler and his lads were forced to take up pitchforks and cudgels and march on London in protest at the poll tax. The switch from being a well loved national treasure happened since the BBC ceased to be a publicly funded television channel whose Royal Charter insisted it be politically impartial and instead became a branch of the Labour Party public relations office.

Apart from a few deluded lefties who would support the internment in gulags mental hospitals of anyone who disagrees with the cultural Marxism agenda and who try to insist the BBC is run by the Conservative Party (left wing paranoia is almost as funny as left wing out-of-touch-with-realityism),everyone knew the BBC had been using police state tactics of lying, threats and imposing draconian punishments on licence dodgers for years. I covered the big lie of the Television Detector Vans and their ‘secret technology’ yesterday.

Serendiptitiously the topic came up in a comment thread on an entirely unrelated article this morning. I have posted an extract from the comments covering the relevant points below, You can see the original article here:

The problem with Owen Jones…

BRETBART COMMENT THREAD:

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Axiom • 4 hours ago

I don’t really know who this Jones his, but if he is famous for appearing on the BBC’s political programmes I wouldn’t. I stopped watching any BBC political programme as the bias is so great to the left I burst a blood vessel in frustration. The sooner the BBC licence fee is scrapped the better.

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Will Axiom • 4 hours ago

BBC Licence fee you say? What’s that?
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Ripsnorter Will • 2 hours ago

Come here, Will my lad, make yourself comfortable on great granddad’s knee, don’t worry, we’ll leave the door open so great grandnan can still see us, and I’ll tell you about something from long, long, long ago when I was your age, it was called the BBC Licence Fee…
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Will Ripsnorter • 2 hours ago

Grandad, did they really have magic vans that could pinpoint your location and determine whether or not you were watching telly?
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Catweazle666 Will • an hour ago

“Grandad, did they really have magic vans…”

No.

They had dummy vans with false aerials on the roof that they used to con the credulous, and when they finally managed to obtain some that could pick up the scan frequency of the CRT coils they were not particularly accurate and arrived just in time to be thwarted by the new flat panel TVs which didn’t have CRTs.
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Only an authority loving, bourgeois middle class leftie could be unaware that the BBC admitted some time back they had been lying about the detector vans and the ‘secret technology’ was a bloke with a clipboard, a biro and a database report printout.

Facebook pays zero tax again as government announces clampdown on benefit fraud

Daily Stirrer finance expert looks at the latest tax avoidance scandal involving a billion dollar turnover corporation getting a free pass and a handout from the taxman on the same day as The Department Of Work and Pensions announces another crackdown on benefit fraud.

He wonders why the governments financial agencies are always to eager to go after small time tax avoidance (which is not actually illegal) and benefit fraud and yet year after year turn a blind eye to the blatant criminality of global corporations in their tax evasion techniques.

Corporate plundering of the UK purse has to stop – Facebook pays zero tax again