Isn't it time the 'nanny state' (Apologies to the Daily Mail) stopped treating everyone like schoolkids. Lets hike up the price of alcohol for all to stop a few idiots. I remember being at school when the whole class was kept in because no-one would admit to the misdemeanor. Why not punish more severly the wrongdoers or is that too radical ?
First an all out attack on smokers, who by the way put more into the state by way of tax in general, than they take out through healthcare. Then a blitz on binge drinking, of which I'm in favour but not at the expense of everyone else!A tax on fatty foods has been proposed, even higher parking fees to quote "encourage motorists to walk more"
Whilst all this concern from a government about the nations health may well be laudable most of the lifestyle choices are a result of socio-economic conditions . There is an almost perfect correlation between poverty and poor health areas. The government would therefore be better off employing resources to alleviate the poverty and improve health with real money and education.
If you've got 50p in change in your pocket you're probably richer than the United States. Europe too is in crisis:Greece,Portugal,Ireland,UK now Italy; the world is in a financial spin. Well so some would say!.Can't we find the guy who everyone owes all this money to and kill him?
Seriously though is it real or just figures on a computer screen somewhere. There appears to money for the Olympics, billions of it,money to bomb people out of their homes in far off lands, money to send to the other side of the world so foreign governments can misappropriate it - or worse still buy arms from us to kill their own people.There's money for bankers bonuses but not for the sick & the lame.And there's road works EVERYWHERE !!
Outside of the Olympic obsessed capital there is another world where pubs, factories and shops close down every day, perhaps there is a case for a separate government for London as in the old city state of Venice. at least that way politicians would have to bother themselves with the riff-raff out in the sticks. Plus we wouldn't have to listen to all the claptrap about how well everything is going, how full the restaurants are and the booming City economy. There is life outside London..and I for one don't give a damn about rich athletes, poverty stricken bankers and politicians who think the world ends at Watford
So the Lib Dems have decided to save us all some money by not re-evaluating our houses, Gee thanks , shame no one was interested in saving us money when Council Tax was rising year on year alongside a decline in services. Is there any rules about what councils have to spend our money on , apart from salaries & pensions of their staff of course ( Something else which seems to rise year on year despite the recession) .
Refuse collection is now fortnightly or when they feel like it. recycling is token many different systems,colours and boxes, none of which integrate or make any sense.There is even talk about fines for not putting the right rubbish in the right box, despite the fact that in most cases I suspect they all get dumped in the same hole in the ground somewhere.
Street lights may be turned off to save money, muggings may increase but that's a different budget so it wont matter. Old peoples homes are closed, Children's playgrounds are left devoid of equipment or are ploughed up altogether to build more houses to collect more council tax. This insidious tax has inexorably increased in direct proportion to the decline in facilities that it is supposed to pay for. With most ordinary workers wages frozen or in many cases reduced how can any increase in council tax be justified ?s So Mr Cameron don't pretend you are doing me a favour by not revaluing my property . Could it be your mate live in well undervalued residences I wonder , or am just an old cynic ?
Unfortunately I live in this small backwater of England that God forgot. My pet hates are sandal wearing yoghurt knitters who have transformed our once great country.( You can now be fined more for smoking or speeding than burglary. ) It's not the criminals fault of course his mummy wouldn't let him have an ice cream when he was two.
My other 'hate' is the automated answer phone systems installed everywhere now while your call is routed through Outer Mongolia. Press '1' to be keep hanging on for ages Press '2' to hear yet another tinny rendition of Greensleeves.Press '3' to be told that you've been phoning the wrong number for the last 30 minutes or Press '5' to be plunged into a telephonic abyss.