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50 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - John Stevenson: Proper... · 0 replies · +1 points

In 2017 the "garden tax" criticism was used by both the Conservatives and certain newspapers. This article suggests doing the exact thing the Conservative party criticised others for suggesting only a few years ago.

The solution to getting rid of both Council Tax and Stamp Duty (and others) is Land Value Tax, set locally by each authority, and not nationally as this article suggests.

50 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Instead of EU vaccine ... · 1 reply · +1 points

They probably are.

I've always been of the belief that Irish reunification and Scottish independence will be two of the consequences of Brexit. So far I have seen nothing to change that view, only to reinforce it.

50 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Instead of EU vaccine ... · 3 replies · +1 points

Indeed. One of the reasons I have always considered Brexit to be a bad idea given other commitments made previously.

50 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Instead of EU vaccine ... · 5 replies · +1 points

More like this when driving between Vancouver and Seattle:
https://www.google.com/maps/@49.0022103,-122.4853...

50 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Instead of EU vaccine ... · 8 replies · +1 points

Having crossed the USA/Canada land border on multiple occasions, one word I would not describe it as is invisible.

There are checkpoints, border guards etc., things that there are commitments not to introduce on the NI/Republic border.

50 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - WATCH: International T... · 0 replies · +1 points

Given that AZ's contract with the EU includes their two UK facilities as manufacturing locations for supply to the EU, it would seem extremely unlikely that the UK contract stipulates "all vaccines produced in GB are for GB use only" as I very much doubt AZ's lawyers would allow such contradictory agreements to be signed.

And of course, if the UK government has signed a contract which states "all vaccines produced in GB are for GB use only", that does leave Northern Ireland (which is not part of GB) a little bit stuffed.

51 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - 100,000 dead · 0 replies · +1 points

Trump never banned flights from China, only some people. Even at the height of the problems they were having there, there were still flights to New York from Shanghai on a regular basis.

51 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Bowie: That wee... · 0 replies · +1 points

We can but hope.

51 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Andrew Bowie: That wee... · 0 replies · +1 points

Your analysis is simplistic. The "UK taxpayer" subsidises some English regions more than it subsidises Scots, both per head and in total.

Net tax deficit per head in Scotland is £2,700. For the North West of England it is £2,743 per head. i.e. higher. Given that the population of the North West is about a third bigger, this amounts to a much larger "cash transfer/tax subsidy" to the North West (£20.14 billion) compared to Scotland's £14.75 billion.

(All figures taken from the ONS.)

52 weeks ago @ http://www.conservativ... - Johnson should be deep... · 2 replies · +1 points

Proportional Representation is not a bad idea for the millons of voters whose votes are rendered worthless by the current FPTP system and who get ignored by all the parties come election time because everyone knows the result in a particular constitiency is a done deal before the election is even called.

Let's be honest, the only people for whom PR is a bad idea is political parties who want to be able to win power on just 35.2% or 36.9% of the vote and who want to be able to ignore most of the country in doing so.

For clear evidence that this is the case, I recommend reading Tim Ross' book on the Conversative 2015 campaign. Decision #1 - ignore 550 of the 650 constituencies as irrelevant "done deals" that can't possibly affect the outcome and make no real effort in any of them.