miss_s_b: (Mood: Facepalm)
[personal profile] miss_s_b
Frankly, I don't give a fart in a high wind about the top rate of tax. If they reckon they can get more out of rich folks by taxing them in other ways than income then they probaly know what they're doing, and I'm never going to be a top rate tax payer, so I don't really care. What I DO care about is how they've funded the various tax cuts, including, I notice, a nice big cut in corporation tax for all those big companies who donate to the Tory party:
Duty on all tobacco products to rise by 5% above inflation from 18:00 today - the equivalent of 37p on a packet of cigarettes.

No change to existing plans on alcohol duty. [this means that beer duty will still rise at above inflation rates and that the supermarkets will still be at a massively unfair advantage compared to pubs]

New duty on gaming machines at a standard rate of 20% and a lower rate for low-prize machines of 5% of net takings. [because pubs make a little bit of profit on bandits, and we must find some new way to squeeze an industry before it dies completely]
Also random new taxes on "black beer" and angostura bitters (because that's going to raise literally, PENCE< the amount of it we sell in this country)

...

I reckon it's time to start jobhunting, don't you? I don't think my job is going to exist much longer.

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 03:30 pm (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
I do inch into the top rate once a year when my annual bonus is paid (this Friday as it happens), and many of my colleagues are in the same boat. And you know what? When you have that much money sloshing into your account, 50% tax on the last little smidge is just dandy.

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
innerbrat: (full of shit)
From: [personal profile] innerbrat
But but but MORALITY TAX. We have to tax the smoking drinking riff raff, otherwise they'll NEVER LEARN.

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 04:53 pm (UTC)
lonemagpie: guy from the cover of sanctuary (Default)
From: [personal profile] lonemagpie
To be fair, the rise on a pint of beer is down to an automatic thing set up by Labour in 2008's budget...

And maybe it's different elsewhere (especially in cities) but I couldn't tell you the last time I saw a bandit in a pub - none of them here have them.

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 05:00 pm (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
Now you come to mention it, none of the three nearest pubs to my flat have a bandit. But they do already charge £4.60 a pint for some beers...

Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 08:21 am (UTC)
hollymath: (i love)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
One of the things I like about where I live is that the one time I randomly chose a pint of something that was about a fiver, the barman warned me of this and seemed to approve when I went for a two-quid pint of real ale instead.

Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 08:22 am (UTC)
hollymath: (Default)
From: [personal profile] hollymath
(and by "where I live" I mean "the city I live in"; this was in the northern quarter; otherwise we complain about the "pink pound" being added on in the Village and that still only brings the pints to £3.60 or so)

Date: Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 10:00 am (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
The pink pound seems to be a slightly UK thing. I lived smack in the middle of Bordeaux's gay quarter for a year and there was no appreciable mark-up in the bars as opposed to anywhere else in the city. I suppose that's 10 years ago, but even so...

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 11:10 pm (UTC)
chess: (Default)
From: [personal profile] chess
The pub next to us has a whole section of glowing blinking flashing money-extractors...

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
lonemagpie: guy from the cover of sanctuary (Default)
From: [personal profile] lonemagpie
£4.60? Holy fuck, is the bar at city-centre Hilton your local?

Date: Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 06:45 pm (UTC)
drunkwriter: Me in South Park form. (Default)
From: [personal profile] drunkwriter
No, the Red Lion in Barnes - that is for a pint of Asahi, but there's not much selection below £3.60.

I drink slow now.

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