Saturday, October 31, 2009

It’s nothing to do with environment, says Darling

Flight taxes hiked to bail out banks

"Flight taxes are being raised to help bail out the banks, Alistair Darling admitted yesterday. In an extraordinary intervention, the Chancellor said the higher air passenger duty being introduced tomorrow was needed to plug gaps in the national finances. He made no attempt to justify the move - which will add £340 to the ticket for a family of four flying long haul - on environmental grounds, the official reason for the tax". Redundancies at BA next?

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9 thoughts on “It’s nothing to do with environment, says Darling

  • stillthinking says:

    This kind of reminds me of the crooked inflation measurements, given that people do go on holiday and they do buy euros/whatever to spend on holiday, the price of euros or the strength of sterling should be part of the basket of goods, and with an appropriate weighting given that holidays are usually fairly expensive.

    Given current taxation in the UK is high, I don’t see any way to raise funds without damping down economic activity. People go on fewer flights, fewer people need to work in the airline industry, possibly less taxation is raised overall. Still seeking to maintain the client state for the election…

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  • Well we have alot to pay back – this is only the start.

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  • “It’s nothing to do with environment, says Darling.”

    Global warming never was.

    “Flight taxes are being raised to help bail out the banks.” and the rest!

    Tell me, one of the few so called nutters something I don’t already know. I love these moments, even when I know it annoys the hell out of

    the O so rational.

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  • No inflation here then.

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  • Hope this new sentiment of ‘truth’ will continue forever – not just with Ohmy Darling but also with all other politicians.

    A breath of fresh air!

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  • Falling pound crap savings rate and now expensive flights.

    Does anyone get the feeling of a UK financial hijacking. Of course not, It’s all quiet alright dear!

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  • Paraphrasing Darling’s words, “Don’t shoot the messenger, shoot the sender”. And he’s right.

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  • Enough Already says:

    God,I hope no redundancies at BA – 2 of my family work there. Everyone who isn’t a gullable baffoon knows this is just a desparate tax-raising scam, made worse by hitting an industry already taking the brunt of ‘globalisation’ policies. Now that Darling has admitted the scam, I am going to sue the government.

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  • re – dampening economic activity by raising taxes; do trapped badgers bite off their own legs to free themselves?

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