Balance the books

IT seems to me that some joined-up thinking is required by our Chancellor. If, for example, cigarettes are increased in price where it makes them worth stealing, that will and does happen.

If the price was reduced to say £1.50 to £2 per pack of 20, but the strength reduced so that a person had to smoke ten or more to get the same ‘hit’, this could turn people off smoking and raise revenue.

Similarly beer and spirits’ strength could be reduced and supermarkets and off licences only allowed to sell the very lowest strength booze so to get a good pint or strong short, one would have to go to a pub.

It seems to me that, apart from income tax, VAT is the most hated tax. Many trades people will offer the alternative – pay by cheque or card and pay the VAT or pay cash and avoid VAT, bearing in mind a small firm may not be registered for VAT. So the higher the Chancellor pushes VAT the more the incentive to dodge paying it.

So, if VAT were to be reduced for things one has to buy such as white goods, furniture, etc, it could be increased on things not so necessary, such as cameras, mobile phones, jewellery and phones, etc. I can but hope that the chancellor reads this letter.

RA TILLY, Southampton.

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9:22pm Fri 1 Jun 12

loosehead says...

You aren't keeping up with EU law are you?
One of the reasons my company shut it's UK production facility was because the EU made all cigarettes be reduced to 8 tar strength with it reducing with following years,
BAT's main market for export from Southampton wanted High Tar Fags,
they fought to be able to produce what the customer wanted but Blair wouldn't back them.
Tobacco related tax comes to £75billion a year for the chancellor,of this £34billion goes to the health service.
Yet you hear Health experts going on about it costing them millions to treat tobacco related illnesses & crying out for more tax on it,
They are now doing the same with Alcohol so if No one drinks or smokes can the chancellor cut the Health budget by at least £34billion as we'd all be healthy & we wouldn't need so many doctors or Hospitals?
You aren't keeping up with EU law are you? One of the reasons my company shut it's UK production facility was because the EU made all cigarettes be reduced to 8 tar strength with it reducing with following years, BAT's main market for export from Southampton wanted High Tar Fags, they fought to be able to produce what the customer wanted but Blair wouldn't back them. Tobacco related tax comes to £75billion a year for the chancellor,of this £34billion goes to the health service. Yet you hear Health experts going on about it costing them millions to treat tobacco related illnesses & crying out for more tax on it, They are now doing the same with Alcohol so if No one drinks or smokes can the chancellor cut the Health budget by at least £34billion as we'd all be healthy & we wouldn't need so many doctors or Hospitals? loosehead

9:29am Tue 5 Jun 12

Linesman says...

"It seems to me that some joined-up thinking is required by our Chancellor."

That's an excellent idea, but I rather fancy that it is beyond his capability. If he had done some thinking, joined-up or otherwise, he would not have had to reverse some of his budget plans.

Like others in the Cabinet, he seems incapable of planning. He fails to consider what effects his actions produce.

Unfortunately, this is what happens when a person is put into a job for which they are unsuitable, but put there because of who they are, not for what they are capable of doing.
"It seems to me that some joined-up thinking is required by our Chancellor." That's an excellent idea, but I rather fancy that it is beyond his capability. If he had done some thinking, joined-up or otherwise, he would not have had to reverse some of his budget plans. Like others in the Cabinet, he seems incapable of planning. He fails to consider what effects his actions produce. Unfortunately, this is what happens when a person is put into a job for which they are unsuitable, but put there because of who they are, not for what they are capable of doing. Linesman

11:34am Tue 5 Jun 12

loosehead says...

Linesman wrote:
"It seems to me that some joined-up thinking is required by our Chancellor."

That's an excellent idea, but I rather fancy that it is beyond his capability. If he had done some thinking, joined-up or otherwise, he would not have had to reverse some of his budget plans.

Like others in the Cabinet, he seems incapable of planning. He fails to consider what effects his actions produce.

Unfortunately, this is what happens when a person is put into a job for which they are unsuitable, but put there because of who they are, not for what they are capable of doing.
At least he listens to all points of view & changes policy where they put up a good argument did Brown or Darling?
A company only producing for export just wanted to produce for export but had to shut?
Linesman do you listen to the other side of the argument withan open mind or just carry on with only your point of view?
[quote][p][bold]Linesman[/bold] wrote: "It seems to me that some joined-up thinking is required by our Chancellor." That's an excellent idea, but I rather fancy that it is beyond his capability. If he had done some thinking, joined-up or otherwise, he would not have had to reverse some of his budget plans. Like others in the Cabinet, he seems incapable of planning. He fails to consider what effects his actions produce. Unfortunately, this is what happens when a person is put into a job for which they are unsuitable, but put there because of who they are, not for what they are capable of doing.[/p][/quote]At least he listens to all points of view & changes policy where they put up a good argument did Brown or Darling? A company only producing for export just wanted to produce for export but had to shut? Linesman do you listen to the other side of the argument withan open mind or just carry on with only your point of view? loosehead

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