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Barry George did not murder Dando - some of us knew it all the time

Friday, 01 August 2008 16:27

It just goes to prove the old adage that if you look hard enough for something you will always find it. In this case it looks like the forensic lads looked and looked, found a minute particle of something or other, applied all their mega-expensive superduper equipement to it and decided that it was a particle or something that could have only come from a gun.

Now after millions spent on trials etc the winner will be Barry George who will be looking at a rather handsome payout which will probably keep him in the style he would like to become used to.

So, who will be facing the sack in the police, crown prosecution service or government?

 

Today 10p tax and car tax, tomorrow pensions

Friday, 11 July 2008 11:10

"The majority of drivers will benefit"

That's what Gordon Brown said about the changes to car tax (VED), but he did not tell the truth, because just like the 10p tax rate fiasco he misled the House of Commons and the country.

The fallout from the 10p tax disaster is massive, the poorest people are still losing out yet the middle-income earners will be better off. This is Gordon Brown bleeding the lowers income families to help the better off. No longer can labour say that they are the party that helps the most needy in our society.

Looking forward what do we see?

There is a bigger revolt coming. The hike in the pensions age.

Things are already in motion, the laws have been passed and the systems are being put in place. The pension age is going up to 68.

Let me repeat that - the pension age is going up to 68.

That is for men and women - wake up 50% of the population, if you are female then you are going to work another 8 years before you get your pension. If there is all the fuss and commons revolt that there has been over the 10p tax abolition and the car tax increases what will happen when the pension age rises?

One thing you can be sure of - Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling and Tony Bliar will not be there to pick up the pieces, the revolt will come, but they will all be living the cushy life on their amazing book deals and lecture tours while the women of Britain will still be slaving away. 

 

EU to force airlines to show real prices

Wednesday, 09 July 2008 11:20

A move that will be welcomed by everyone who has ever seen a 1c or 1p fare advertised only to find that the true price when all the taxes and charges are added on is ₤99 or €125. There are few things that are as misleading as airfares when it comes to prices that are advertised and prices that you actually end up paying.

Now the EU needs to tackle the much more difficult issues of unfair terms and conditions that airlines impose on their customers. When you book a cheap flight you have to agree to the airlines terms and conditions. You don't have any choice about this. You have to give up a lot of rights.

For example, if you want a refund then you will find that there is an administration charge that is more than the cost of the flight plus all the other charges. This is clearly an unfair condition but you can't challenge it or not accept it if you want to travel.

Some of the budget airlines are unfair in the way that they close their check-in facility a long way in advance of the flight. Turn up a minute later and you will not be able to travel or you will have to book another ticket for which you will pay a totally unreasonable price.

   

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