Money, money, money

Four headlines and four attempts for either the government or others to get hold of our money via the government.

BBC.

Eighteen Church of England bishops have signed an open letter, criticising the government’s proposed welfare changes.
In the letter, in The Observer, the bishops express concerns about plans to limit the amount any household can claim in benefits to £500 a week.

£500 a week? Dear Lord! What planet are they living on? As the only working person in my household I bring in just above that and work 4 on 4 off 12 hour shifts and these Bishops say that people who are on benefits should be able to claim more than someone on the average wage and who works for a living actually brings home. They just don’t get it do they? What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. Basic morality really though these Bishops seem to have forgotten that principle.

Telegraph.

The Prime Minister and his deputy, Nick Clegg, will unveil proposals to help first-time buyers of new homes by carrying part of the risk of their mortgages.
They also propose subsidising the construction of 16,000 homes by giving £400 million of taxpayers’ money to property developers.
In a further move, ministers are working on a scheme under which billions of pounds of money in pension funds will be used to finance the construction of power stations, wind turbines and roads.

Have these morons not heard of the federal mortgage protection agency that became known under the friendly acronym Fannie Mae? This was the organisation in the USA which did exactly the same thing that Cameron and Clegg are proposing to do, it went bankrupt and American taxpayers are having to pick up the results of that. As for the windfarm rubbish, I’m with Prince Philip on that one all the way.

Express.

FIRMS should get cash handouts from the Government for offering jobs to poorly-qualified British youngsters rather than migrants, the country’s top business leader said last night.
The astonishing suggestion by John Cridland, director-general of the Confederation Of British Industry, threatened to ignite a fresh “British jobs for British workers” discrimination row.
“If we gave employers £1,500 as a cash subsidy to take on a 16-year-old, they might take on a 16-year-old with lack of work experience and sometimes poor qualifications rather than a migrant worker or a mature worker who has got those skills,” he said in an interview on the eve of the CBI annual conference, which opens today in London amid growing calls for radical action by the Government to stimulate economic growth.

Or how abouts we actually come up with an education system that doesn’t deposit semi-literate 16 year olds out into the big wide world? Get rid of all the crap about racism, the environment, religion that kids have to go through and actually make the little buggers learn something. Set up apprenticeship schemes by all means but drop this get everyone into uni nonsense  only the top 10% should be going there and if they were it should be ok to make it free. Sort out the education system and the CBI should stop asking for our money.

Get us out of the EU and stop immigration… Sorted.

Mail.

Toll lanes to relieve the congested road network are to be built as part of a major Government drive to kickstart the economy.
Firms will be asked to construct dedicated ‘express lanes’ alongside busy sections of motorways and trunk roads.
Drivers using the lanes would be billed per journey, with the profits going to the private sector.

I can see why the Tories think this is a brilliant idea, they won’t have to pay for it or maintain it, the problem I foresee is road rage as those of us who cannot afford to pay up are stuck in congestion whilst those who can get pranged by others who resent the £50 billion in motoring taxes of which only £7 billion are spent on roads and don’t see why we don’t have the best roads in Europe for our hard earned cash being spent on things it’s not supposed to be.

 

And they wonder why we hate and despise them?

9 comments for “Money, money, money

  1. November 22, 2011 at 7:55 am

    With that last one in mind I just now (almost 8am UK time) had a quick google for webcams on the M6 and the M6 tollway. Guess which is busy and which is empty.

  2. ivan
    November 22, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Regarding the last one – it’s a damn good idea.

    Here in France we have a network of toll roads – péage – that parallel the main free highways. For going long distances the péage is the way to go – you miss out all the towns that are on the RN. The RNs and péage have comparable quality road surfaces, yet the choice, most people use the péage because it is convenient.

    For the second item about housing they should look at http://www.tempohousing.com/ as a way to provide more housing at an affordable price. People also need to learn that owning a house is not a way of making money.

    • November 22, 2011 at 11:15 am

      Hey, I’m not knocking toll roads. We’ve got Citylink and Eastlink here in Melbourne, both tolled, and reciprocal arrangements with other states (well NSW for sure and maybe others) so that e-tags work there too. And the Westgate Bridge was built with toll money from what I hear. But the UK has been ripping the arse out of motoring taxes for years and years, and when you’re paying £50billion a year for £7billion or so of value I think you’re entitled to feel like that nice shiny new road that’s a fiver to use has already been bought and paid for many times over.

  3. November 22, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    When will people realise that these toll roads/lanes are NOT a government initiative, they are an EU implementation.

    Cameron/Clegg don’t make ANY decisions, other than how and when the EU orders are implemented. We no longer have a National Government, just a Provincial Comptroller.

    The decision for those Toll lanes was made last year, not in Westminster, but in Brussels, and its only part of the EU orders.
    http://www.parker-joseph.com/pjcjournal/2010/08/21/eus-road-pricing-project-coming-to-the-uk/

  4. November 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    My weekly food bill is £17 a week. £500? I’d be on clover.

  5. November 23, 2011 at 5:59 am

    “They just don’t get it do they? “

    You know what else they don’t get? Worshippers.

    They might like to ponder if the two things are connected…

  6. Andrew Duffin
    November 23, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Why do I just KNOW that the toll lanes will be full of fat-cat public sector bosses, union leaders, corporate schmoozers, politicians, and all the rest of the ruling class leeches, NONE of whom will be paying the tolls out of their “own” money.

    Rope, Lamp-post, etc etc

  7. November 24, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I’m sorry, but I cannot believe all the comments on here about — of all things — toll roads, when the other articles refer to employment of British youth (badly needed) and ever more taxes going towards the building of new homes (probably miniature sized, which cannot accept a DHS sofa through the door). Reinstate proper apprenticeships and redecorate old houses (ask for the VAT on refurbishment to be abandoned!).

    And we wonder why Britain is the way it is?? Priorities, please, for our nation and our future.

  8. Paul Harrison
    November 24, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Toll roads will begin to come in – or some version – its inevitable. The reason is rather simple, as the government pushes the green message people will move over to “eco friendly” cars which use less fuel. Less fuel means less tax, and you cannot increase the tax on the fuel of choice for eco cars (electricity) as this penalises everyone else. The government has already suggested a big brother type GPS taxing of cars for those using roads at peak times (the biggest online petition in the UK got this idea kicked out) however they will need to come up with some strategy to make up the short fall and quick, as they are starting to back themselves into a corner, as it seems that their strongest argument recently for proposed increases in fuel duties has been that they are in some way a “green tax” – once people start using electric cars they won’t have that argument, especially with all those wind farms producing the power for them 🙄

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