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  1. This is not a new take on life. I direct you to the positive thread.
  2. It's an imperfect market with not much choice in routes. I have managed not to fly Ryanair so far in my life, though and intend to keep it that way. Easyjet are trying to improve by allocating seats now - much better and should have done it years ago.
  3. I am not bad at it, actually. Open loop thinking does fail here though. My point, which in your zeal you missed, was that I don't think it's proved that the shift was one off. There was evidently a behavioural change - which is the point. HMRC are predisposed to take more tax like a dog is predisposed to chase rabbits. Masters are all very well....
  4. It is only one billion if you really want to believe it. They openly admit that could be negative. Given the source - it's likely that they err on the side of taking more tax. The 'one off' tax shift'? - I don't really think that has been proved either. Again, you must be predisposed to belief. Should we not be sure about this stuff before robbing people, or does green eye really have the moral high ground?
  5. It is for the 'open loop' thinkers. No concept of feedback, you see.
  6. So, I have read plenty of gush from the blatantly jealous who want anybody better off then them to leave the country. There has been no shortage of pedants who cannot handle a counter intuitive idea and so retreat into the detail. The reason for increasing the tax rate was to increase the tax take. There has been no evidence forthcoming that this has worked and the indications are quite the opposite. This means that either the instigators were plain stupid or they were manipulating the base instincts of voters. No prizes.....
  7. Sounds about right. The jealous and feckless do not consider that to be important. For them, it' all about justifying stealing other people's money and labelling it fair.
  8. That's a particularly stupid comment given the alternative. We have been failed by the political classes, certainly. As for road tolls - I am not sure why the shift between swings and roundabouts is proposed.
  9. Osborne is nothing but a gatekeeper for the wealthy and influential. His attention is fixed on this task. As for the mansion tax as an idea - it is typical of the Lib Dem's approach to politics. They have mad ideas like making everybody fart at the same time every day without a single thought about the practicality or consequences of their ideals. Their culture has genetically mutated. The chromasone that deals with how to actually do stuff switched. Instead, it made the men wear socks with their sandals and gave the women chest hair. Cabinet meetings must be a hoot.
  10. There is no evidence for this whatsoever. In fact, if you stupidly apply linear thinking to a non-linear problem as seems to be the fashion on this board, the precedent has already been quoted in this thread - farming in 1900 was 40% which dropped to 2%. That should be a net increase of 38% unemployment by your thinking. Automation has changed things drastically many times in the past and will again. The control freaks will always wring their hands wanting something to be done about the advancing spectre which they see and understand so clearly. In my view it's sane to allow the unexpecte
  11. Ubi est voluntate possibilitatem existit Unfortunately, there is no will among the political clans to avoid a decline into third world status. Even third world politicians get to have their fun - and the ride downhill is so gentle you hardly notice. The last thing politicians want is a lot of gear heads getting involved and making things happen.
  12. There are 400k French people in London. Mr Bridger would drive them into the sea.
  13. I do agree - and many don't. There is a romantic attitude to tax among the hard of thinking as recently seen with the Jimmy Carr case. Mumsnet provides the moral compass and the Guardian follows: http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/23/tax-avoiders-may-be-named-and-shamed Paying your builder in cash - is it illegal? No. It is illegal for the builder to not pay tax, and immoral, but that is for him to deal with. Off the cuff moralising by politicians - who have spent their right to moralise for at least a century - is morally dubious.
  14. Blimey - even the HMRC would have a good hoot at that one. Statutory interpretation and judges? It doesn't apply to everything else. It doesn't apply to the calculation of Euler buckling loads either. You are making the common contemporary mistake of believing that the answer to everything is to bring in a consultant from Mumsnet. You might want to have a few more minutes to think about that one. I do agree with your last point. The fish did start rotting from the head down. I rather like that proverb. It started with the Alf Garnet character - "Stands to reason, dunnit" . I
  15. Who do you think you are to get up on your hind legs and start defining what was or was not intended by any given tax laws? The courts are there to do that and to define what is and is not legal avoidance as opposed to illegal evasion. If you don't like some of the avoidance - too bad. I don't like tax credits very much or anything else complicated, but I accept that they are legal and above board. I also accept that at the time of his public hanging, Jimmy Carr's avoidance was legal. Yes I do avoid taxes, and completely legally, so in your wonky world, I am a VI, as are ISA holders and
  16. I agree, and we do actually have a stupid tax system, so making the best of it by avoiding as much as possible is fine legally and morally. The morals of voting for politicians who promise complexity (Blair, Brown et al) and then whinging on here when it goes wrong are dubious.
  17. I disagree. When we abandon the law in favour of sanctimonious emotional arguments, we are all screwed. Life is morally ambiguous.
  18. Nothing to do with semantics at all. The law says that, exceptions like ISA's aside, you pay tax on interest from your savings. Whether you personally think that is right, wrong, the same as or different from anything else has absolutely no relevance whatsoever. It is morally right to avoid paying the tax by choosing an ISA as it is morally right for Jimmy Carr to choose to use a legal tax loophole. The hypocrisy flowing from the press, the Prime Minister and some of the more romantic and emotional contributions on this thread are astonishing.
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