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reply to post by WhiteAlice
good video, haven't seen it before, don't know how much more the people will take, not only here in the UK but the world.
reply to post by kathat
It's a joke that isn't funny , this coalition is going to do nothing . Dave Moron and his cronies didn't win the last election and yet they have cart blanch . They proved their worth and who they were supporting at the last budget , it wasn't the poor that's for sure
Critical services should be nationlised, energy, communication, transport et al. At least on the major backbones.
It's really kind of like being held hostage for the sake of profit.
Smart meters are inexplicably reporting double the energy usage
But experience tells us that once the tax breaks are there, they'll be lobbying like crazy to keep them in place and the taxpayers will be taxed more to make up the difference.
A couple of bribes.... sorry, campaign donations... and a couple of appointments of the right people,in the right places, and we can kiss the mythical tax revenues goodbye.
As for the Fracking sites in Oxfordshire, we all know that what Cameron says, and what actually happens are a gulf apart.
He would not allow this crap in his own backyard, spoiling the views from his country seat and lowering his property value, as well as that of all the other toffs residing in that locality.
reply to post by SprocketUK
I agree - we should renationalise Water and Power, with a possible view at the Railway as well. The French and Germans do it, despite EU rules, why can't we? Problem is, with the Tories it is unlikely to happen as they are very much into the whole "free market" thing, which is fine and usually works, but in certain examples of where there is a monopoly (Water) or market dominance by a cartel (Power), it doesn't.
The reason we nationalised was not really anything to do with "Thatcher", but rather as a result of EU law - she had no choice, really - but as with most things with the EU, the UK followed the rules while the French/Germans don't and we lose out.
It was a bit before my time
Oddly enough though, I have read of various EU bureaucrats who have admitted recently that perhaps de-regulation doesn't work in all markets and there should be a distinction between an "open market" and one for "universal services", such as rail, water, power etc..
A government with the balls to to grab the nettle should seriously look at taking these into public ownership, but not as they were in the past.
You can understand why the Government of the day wanted to offload these bloated industries as they had, for years, been used as a political tool to buy votes by providing jobs/pensions.
Actually his back yard isn't Oxfordshire that's his constituency . His family comes from Berkshire, it is well known where he stands on this . Cameron, being one of the millionaires I mention earlier in this post is probably heavily invested already in these energy companies and some of the fracking companies also . It is outrageous to even have these people in Government . Government should only be administrators and nothing more , they only have their rich mates interests at heart and NOT this countries , that is clear .
reply to post by Britguy
The tax breaks for fracking are to promote investment - once matured, they will be taxed like the Oil fields. Incidentally, the tax for those last year was lowered to promote some more investment, then when that comes on stream, it gets milked.
It is also arguable that lower taxes means more tax receipts - simple economics really. I can explain this reasoning if it seems counter-intuitive.
As for fracking in Cameron's yard, he says he is quite happy for it to go ahead and Oxfordshire has actually highlighted several possible sites already. I get some people want to hate on the Tories/PM/Politicians in general, but lets not make stuff up, shall we? There is plenty of legitimate reasons to dislike them without making false accusations as that just makes you look a bit daft.
As with the bit about privatisations, I am generally in agreement although I think some industries have faired better than others.