Budget 2021: Four things missing from Rishi Sunak
05/03/2021 | news | business | 713
Where was the help for the environment, social care, renters, and to cover the future costs of Covid?
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05/03/2021 11:11:34 73 14
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It's shocking that long overdue adult social care reform has been kicked into the long grass yet again - this year of all years. The government must get a handle on this.
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05/03/2021 11:19:43 22 30
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Hopefully it will. But there is a lot to 'get a handle on' at the moment.
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05/03/2021 11:37:21 1 15
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Were you a Covid Cultist demanding lock-down? IF so then every time you look in a mirror think about why no reform. You destroyed an economy and young lives with lock-downs as we & the rest of Europe are discovering.
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05/03/2021 11:48:17 5 5
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The test and trace system will have cost 37 billion by the end of this annual budget

The total amount of cuts to health and social care by the end of this year: 30 Billion

So they’ve cut the NHS and handed the money to a company run by a tory MP who is married to another tory…. Can any of the Tory sycophants defend this?
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05/03/2021 12:14:05 4 5
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Who says that it has been locked into the long grass. I would rather HMG took a considered approach to a thorny (& very expensive) problem than a knee jerk reaction. Let's get over the immediate crisis & see what happens once everyone is jabbed.
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05/03/2021 12:15:27 3 2
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"And so I am announcing now on the steps of Downing Street that we will fix the crisis in social care once and for all with a clear plan we have prepared. To give every older person the dignity and security they deserve. That is the work that begins immediately behind that black door". Boris Johnson, 24 July 2019.

"Clear plan", apparently. Already prepared. But not implemented.
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05/03/2021 12:27:18 1 1
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You're right, this is the real elephant in the room made more apparent by the c19 pandemic. Remains to be seen whether this government will try a cross party solution to solve it once and for all or once again duck the issue and kick it into the next parliament. IMO they need to ring fence a dedicated tax for it as per other countries; Issue is treasury won't agree to it. It tie's their hands.
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05/03/2021 12:50:58 3 1
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But Boris told us twice, firstly on being made party leader and after being elected PM that he had a plan to fix social care.

Can we now start to say with a very high dregree of certainty that he lied to his party and the electorate - there was never a plan?
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05/03/2021 16:22:00 0 0
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The Budget is not the right place for this.
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05/03/2021 11:13:51 21 8
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The two big shortfalls are Care in the community particularly joined up thinking around mental health and care post hospital. The rental trap is huge and so many are unable to get on the housing ladder. Young people have no hope at this time because they are trapped in rental costs. Offering a 95% mortgage is of little value is one cant save the 5% deposit. We are in danger of losing a generation
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05/03/2021 11:20:45 5 16
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I thought it was a pretty decent budget. But yes, we need house prices to fall and BTL to become an unattractive investment model.
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05/03/2021 11:35:39 0 5
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The minute the Covid Cult opted for lock-down was when we condemned a couple of Generations to save the very old and very ill, people that Pfizer pointed out died anyway which is why their vaccine didn't kill 33 Norwegians.
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05/03/2021 11:42:38 4 1
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Offering government guarantees for private mortgages is nothing more than corporate socialism.
Yet again the Tories are socialising corporate losses for companies.
The ordinary people who default on the mortgages will go bankrupt, but the companies will suffer no loses for reckless lending. It is asking for another banking crisis, no risks to the banks, the bailout is guaranteed.
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05/03/2021 16:36:49 0 0
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Blame those who had more children than their replacement value-2 children!
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05/03/2021 11:16:07 49 32
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Budget 2021: Four things missing from Rishi Sunak

Budget 2021: Four things that were in the budget

Tax rises

Massive public debt

Rising unemployment

And a pack of lies spun to look positive and optimistic.
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05/03/2021 11:23:50 28 36
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Massive poll lead for the Conservatives this morning. So not many voters agree with you.
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05/03/2021 16:43:39 0 0
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Would you have preferred a budget from a Socialist Corbyn/McDonnell government?
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05/03/2021 11:16:35 14 8
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One wonders why us patriotic pensioners will deserve an inflation plus triple lock pay rise when nurses will not. There are more pensioners than NHS staff.
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05/03/2021 11:23:01 5 9
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NHS staff are some of the best paid medical staff in the world. And they conveniently forget their incredibly generous pensions and their annual incremental pay rises when they are bleating.
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05/03/2021 11:33:58 2 5
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You mean the NHS are mercenaries not saints? They only do it for the money? Who'd have guessed
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Pip
05/03/2021 11:43:52 0 3
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What............?
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05/03/2021 12:28:32 1 1
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Inflation will be well north of 3% by September ,when they set the pension rises.
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05/03/2021 11:16:46 9 24
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When did the BBC become part of the official opposition?

The BBC should both criticise and support the govt, accordingly. It is all one way traffic. End the TV tax.
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05/03/2021 11:25:52 13 3
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Shooting the messenger is such a tedious and boring way of deflecting from a point. It's pretty much all you righties do nowadays.
The BBC is run by a Tory and show the corrupt, lying government in the best light that they can. Despite having a PM who's main pass time is rubbing a balloon on his hair and lobbing bungs to his chums. Removed
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05/03/2021 11:37:45 4 3
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The BBC is the most sycophantic TV outlet around, it like the rest of the right wing press skims over most of the government failures.
Indeed independent analysis has shown that the BBC shows significant bias towards the Tories, not against them.

But I suppose it serves it's purpose for Tory apologists to pretend otherwise as it prevents some from realising the bias is actually pro-Tory.
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05/03/2021 11:17:00 29 18
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No extra money for the NHS, Social Care, Education, these are all political choices.

Apparently though we can afford £37bn for failed Track and Trace, tax breaks for people to stick £20k p.a. into ISA's, no changes to CGT or IHT and increased spending on defence to bomb people. Not to mention triple lock for some benefits (biggest element) but not for all........
You are posting in the wrong HYS, though to be fair, the BBC hasn't opened up one on the EU's refusing to export vaccines to Oz, though they bought them. Well at least when I posted this no HYS. I can understand why, the EU is getting hammered on Euronews and they are usually even more Europhilic than the BBC. Removed
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05/03/2021 12:25:34 3 2
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A tax break to put £20k into an ISA? I've already paid 40% tax on that income, so why should I pay tax on it again?
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05/03/2021 11:17:03 120 25
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One of the biggest shortfalls was that the Chancellor did nothing to reign in the likes of Amazon which is now a monopoly in so many areas. They do not pay their fair share of tax and have worked so many loopholes with offshore funds etc. They should pay tax based on the revenue they earn within the UK. An online order in the UK should be classed as a UK transaction not Luxembourg.
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05/03/2021 11:19:52 70 16
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Amazon pay their taxes under the UK tax law. The Tories want a low tax low regulation economy. The lack of change in the budget just reinforces this.
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05/03/2021 11:26:28 11 5
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USA said no. Also there is no incentive for the UK to tax them as they will pass the cost to the consumer. Don't worry about Amazon worry about Rees moggs et al.
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05/03/2021 11:22:14 7 21
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Delusional nonsense.
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05/03/2021 11:29:16 20 2
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Read more widely - there is an active debate going on between all Western countries on a consistant tax regime for on-line sales - all countries (except the USA) have the same problem. Even the USA is considering breaking-up Amazon and other massive monopolies.
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05/03/2021 11:30:09 9 8
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Amazon and Luxembourg - but the EU doesn't believe it is a tax-haven.

https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/17/why-doesn-t-the-eu-consider-luxembourg-a-tax-haven
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05/03/2021 11:40:15 6 3
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05/03/2021 12:22:05 4 4
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Amazon has been going for 25+ years, no Chancellor has done anything.
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05/03/2021 15:40:52 3 1
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Agree entirely however it would be very foolish of us to take unilateral action. All countries need to agree the way forward and change in tax regimes that is the problem.
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05/03/2021 18:22:22 0 0
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You do realise that any tax on Amazon would mean higher costs for the consumer
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05/03/2021 18:36:14 0 0
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Don't forgot that they treat there employees poorly and if they didn't, they would be uneconomical and bankrupt.

Why do we support an industry that should of gone out of business years ago
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05/03/2021 18:43:10 0 0
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Amazon are just one example tax loop holes, the richest family in Scotland is alleged to have 4.32billion in off-shore accounts and the entire alcohol industry £ trillions. Meanwhile Diageo are about to cash in on free hydrogen energy, paid in part by UK taxpayer!
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05/03/2021 21:58:40 0 0
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Not often I agree with you, but you are spot on here.
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06/03/2021 02:41:01 1 0
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Plain wrong. To target Amazon. Vast numbers sell on line now. Many cheaper. I have had items I was looking for be offered for less from a German shop, another time from some Eastern European retailer. UK retail in shops have been ripping us off for generations while we had no other options. They want those greedy bad days back. Well they can forget it!
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05/03/2021 11:17:23 52 29
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Silent on the impacts of Barrier Brexit - the world's first 'lose-lose' FTA.
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05/03/2021 11:21:41 37 55
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Brexit is done. we will never rejoin the EU. Put your energy into backing Britain, if you live here and are British.
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05/03/2021 11:29:17 11 23
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Brexit is excellent and the EU is currently showing all the world why the UK is the place to do business NOT the EU. Vaccine exports anyone? Not in the EU, they weaponised vaccines upsetting US, Canada, Japan & now Oz. Good work Ursula. Europeans won't accept the AZ vaccine thanks to EU lies about it. What a debacle, lucky we are out, & now the EU are delaying the deal! Fox was right!
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05/03/2021 11:32:25 20 8
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Oh I don't know that it is lose-lose...

The EU gained £1.6T per year of financial services business on 1/1/21 with all the jobs, and taxes that generates. They have also seen trade move away from UK ports to bypass the blocks on reaching the EU and into EU ports, along with thousands of jobs that have relocated from the UK into the EU, so a definite win for the EU, just the UK that keeps losing.
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05/03/2021 11:26:41 8 18
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And oh yes, the EU is looking like it is going to disintegrate soon. It might go back to being a sensible trading arrangement then, rather than an out of control political monstrosity.
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05/03/2021 16:42:26 1 0
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Unending Remaoner whinges. The Brexit vote was nearly five yers ago.
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05/03/2021 11:18:44 40 24
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Surely the 'Truth' was missing from the budget, despite Rishi's claims of being honest.

When the IFS, The Resolution Foundation and the head of the Treasury's own independent forecasting body are questioning whether it's possible to deliver what Sunak says, you know he's fibbing.

Free-market think tanks and the Centre for Policy Studies are also attacking him.

Not such a good budget after all.
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05/03/2021 11:25:17 17 31
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80 seat majority. And looking to increase that at the next GE. You are in a small minority. Post as many times as you like online, but the truth is at the ballot box.
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05/03/2021 16:47:13 1 1
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Anti-Conservatives always claim to be more honest then everybody else, just as Remainers always claim to be more intelligent than Brexit voters.
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05/03/2021 11:17:03 120 25
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One of the biggest shortfalls was that the Chancellor did nothing to reign in the likes of Amazon which is now a monopoly in so many areas. They do not pay their fair share of tax and have worked so many loopholes with offshore funds etc. They should pay tax based on the revenue they earn within the UK. An online order in the UK should be classed as a UK transaction not Luxembourg.
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05/03/2021 11:19:52 70 16
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Amazon pay their taxes under the UK tax law. The Tories want a low tax low regulation economy. The lack of change in the budget just reinforces this.
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05/03/2021 11:23:08 10 6
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And 'the Law is an ass', I believe is the expression.
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05/03/2021 11:23:34 5 15
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Guess who works for Amazon
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05/03/2021 11:30:58 2 6
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05/03/2021 11:34:29 16 11
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Indeed, and Amazon are likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of changes announced in the budget. Meanwhile the NHS are getting an effective pay cut to pay for those give aways to the foreign tax dodging corporations.
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05/03/2021 12:26:50 7 3
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If we increased fuel duty and road tax for vans Amazon would have to pay a bit more to their subbies.
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05/03/2021 13:38:42 3 3
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Amazon, Uber, Deliveroo, Just Eat and similar are all margin hoovers - sucking gross profit from their 'partner' suppliers. We have a desperate need to increase our tax take so we must find a way to keep gross profit in the country. When you add the falling road fuel duty as electrification increases they must find an alternative way to tax deliveries. An online delivery tax has to come soon.
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06/03/2021 11:36:05 0 0
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Amazon provide a great service and goods at a knockdown price in many cases, what's not to like?
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05/03/2021 11:20:05 6 12
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Four things missing:
Increased VAT
Decreased benefits
Stopping furlough
Increased fuel tax
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05/03/2021 12:25:09 2 2
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Yes. In these so say green times it is bizarre that fuel duty has been frozen for a decade. Most would understand tuppence a litre on petrol and thruppence on diesel.
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05/03/2021 11:20:31 48 13
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A five year election cycle means short term thinking (or long term promises they know they're unlikely to have to keep).

It will never change unless decision making is handed to cross party teams, or experts (doctors running the NHS, teachers running schools) etc.
Very EU, forget democracy let the experts decide - look what that 'expert' Prof Ferguson has done - ironic he has predicted Armageddon thanks to a virus twice before and demanded lock-downs twice before. Now we have the data it seems even this virus was a con - how can you have more covid deaths than excess deaths while having the NHS closed for a year? Or is the NHS lethal? Removed
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05/03/2021 12:18:20 1 1
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Not cross party teams; subject experts.

When my car breaks down I don't call a democratic vote on which service to do and which parts to replace. I call an engineer and only instruct him "make the car work again".
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05/03/2021 12:20:15 2 1
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I agree. UK political decision-making became short-term in the 70's when governments might only last a few months. We have independent pay review bodies for public sector workers already.
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05/03/2021 13:48:07 1 1
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how can anybody sensibly think the NHS should be run by doctors or schools run by teachers?! Most of the very real problems in the public sector are directly because they are run by non professionals. Doctors should be seeing patients and teachers teaching. Proffesional managers should listen and understand before giving frontline workers the tools they need.
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05/03/2021 14:19:15 0 1
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Totally agree. So many decisions are now out with the term of a parliament in terms of its benefits that not government will do anything other than tinker. EG NHS, roads, railways, defence, environment. These are all long term projects 10 to 20 years so no one is going to really get hold of it. The structure of government is no longer fit for purpose in this modern world.
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05/03/2021 14:57:36 1 2
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And criminals running prisons also inmates running asylums I suppose.
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05/03/2021 16:40:31 0 0
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You are right. Our politics is too partisan for long term solutions. Each side wants to undermine the other.
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05/03/2021 11:20:52 10 8
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The realisation that we cannot subsidise everyone and everything appears very slow to dawn.
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05/03/2021 11:28:56 11 3
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The realisation that this government is only interested in subsidising Tory cronies and donors from big business appears even slower to dawn.
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DDC
05/03/2021 11:21:28 65 10
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If any Politician says they are being honest you really have to worry
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05/03/2021 11:46:02 42 40
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Really.

How many elections have the Evil Tories won recently?

The English public can't get enough of their dishonesty.
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05/03/2021 11:21:34 10 4
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Rishi Sunak missed a huge opportunity to have a Government Investment Bond similar to the Bonds we had in the previous World Wars. This would generate huge money to invest in jobs particularly in manufacturing and housing so we can address the huge housing problems we have. We need to refocus our economy as we are so reliant on services. We have a highly skilled work force so use and invest in it
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05/03/2021 11:28:07 10 2
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“We have a highly skilled work force”

The UK’s workforce is one of the lowest skilled and least productive of any developed nation

Even after the berxit and CV19 job losses, companies still cannot get employable staff
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05/03/2021 11:14:50 6 3
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What do people want more money and high taxes
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05/03/2021 11:27:38 18 2
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Works in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland...

Higher tax but a much higher standard of living to go with it.

If you prefer low tax and lower standard of living I'm sure you can move to Somalia easily enough and pay no tax at all.
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05/03/2021 11:16:05 12 23
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A good balanced budget, even it means I will pay more tax. What we don’t need is Labour demanding pubic sector pay rises when millions in the private sector have lost jobs and businesses are destroyed. I would gladly swap for a safe public sector job with a tidy safe pension!
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05/03/2021 11:24:12 13 5
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Crack on then Richard nowt stopping you, hope you get the PPE you need so you're not putting your life on the line
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05/03/2021 11:22:27 33 23
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one word to this gov - disgrace
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05/03/2021 11:26:56 14 21
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Best get use to it .
Torys are in for the next 20 years at least .if I were you I would find a new hobby
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05/03/2021 11:29:25 4 5
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I think you are confusing them with the CCP
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05/03/2021 11:22:34 61 17
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Isn’t the biggest issue that our nhs staff are getting naff all

How come Hmrc staff getting 3% backdated to June 2020 and then 5% from June 2021 and 5% from June 2022 - in excess of 13% over 3 years and not a single mention anywhere
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05/03/2021 11:35:12 32 11
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I wouldn’t mind if it were performance related by chasing those tax evaders hiding OUR money in offshore accounts.
It is worth remembering WE create the environment where THEY are able to make money which is for society at large??
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05/03/2021 11:28:32 7 12
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What about their automatic incremental rises, you know, the ones they try and keep quiet about to make out they are hard done by.
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05/03/2021 11:48:48 7 3
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The test and trace system will have cost 37 billion by the end of this annual budget

The total amount of cuts to health and social care by the end of this year: 30 Billion

So they’ve cut the NHS and handed the money to a company run by a tory MP who is married to another tory….
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05/03/2021 12:21:46 5 2
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Freedom. You are wrong. HMRC has had six years of pay freezes since 2011. The increases are to the pay bill, not pay rates.
Since abolishing increments in 2012 staff have been unable to move from tge minimum to the maximum of pay scales.
For instance one Executive Officer could be paid £28,000 and another £24,000 .
So the former now gets 1% and the latter 10% to help address the disparity.
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05/03/2021 12:27:42 3 4
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Nurses deserve an above-inflation increase - I think many of us support that claim.

However, the The Royal College of Nursing is proposing to strike over the issue. That is a very bad move and would lose a lot of the support that the public currently have for nurses.
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05/03/2021 13:08:25 5 2
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NHS staff just voted for a nice increase 2 years ago!
I'd rather see lower paid delivery drivers get an increase.
They've kept working, allowing us to stay at home more, and without the aid of PPE.
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05/03/2021 13:08:55 3 3
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The whole deal is worth 13% over 3 years, most of it is to fix problems caused by the last 10 years of pay cuts and pay progression stagnation. People should be paid the rate for the job, not languish for years on a progression system.

But isn't it typical of the Tory Bots to start the red herring and to pit pleb v pleb to shift the blame from the Tories onto other workers?!
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05/03/2021 14:01:49 1 2
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1% is the inflation component on top of which there will be individual performance, grade changes and promotion rises. So overall many in the NHS/public sector get substantially more. In comparison private sector does not pay inflation related rises, only performance or promotion related rises so not across the board. I hate the way news publishes this stuff - lack clarity.
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05/03/2021 11:19:52 70 16
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Amazon pay their taxes under the UK tax law. The Tories want a low tax low regulation economy. The lack of change in the budget just reinforces this.
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05/03/2021 11:23:08 10 6
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And 'the Law is an ass', I believe is the expression.
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05/03/2021 11:19:52 70 16
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Amazon pay their taxes under the UK tax law. The Tories want a low tax low regulation economy. The lack of change in the budget just reinforces this.
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05/03/2021 11:23:34 5 15
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Guess who works for Amazon
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05/03/2021 11:46:01 17 5
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He's not wrong, they are following the UK law, but its that law that is the problem and is something the tories aren't trying to rectify. which was a view re-inforced by this budget.
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05/03/2021 12:46:01 3 1
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Not me but I do understand the issue.
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05/03/2021 11:23:40 8 5
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Ok no where else to say this... but wouldn’t it be “nice” to be able to give nhs workers a bigger increase than the 1%, but there is so much less money going into the tax system. There are many others workers who have worked through this pandemic and in their own way have continued to pay taxes, add to the economy, support people working from home etc. They aren’t getting a pay increase! Fair?
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05/03/2021 11:28:17 2 2
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No money
Have it to Hmrc staff
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05/03/2021 11:33:28 2 1
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Yes, there are lots who probably deserve greater recognition for what they did, but reflecting on numbers, I'd say the NHS took by the biggest knock in terms of welfare and people who by doing there job won't be seeing the end of the pandemic...........?
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05/03/2021 11:16:05 12 23
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A good balanced budget, even it means I will pay more tax. What we don’t need is Labour demanding pubic sector pay rises when millions in the private sector have lost jobs and businesses are destroyed. I would gladly swap for a safe public sector job with a tidy safe pension!
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05/03/2021 11:24:12 13 5
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Crack on then Richard nowt stopping you, hope you get the PPE you need so you're not putting your life on the line
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Tom
05/03/2021 11:24:46 35 19
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What did you expect? He's a Tory and if you think this is bad, wait until he's Prime Minister.
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05/03/2021 11:27:57 8 29
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When he is Prime Minister, with an even bigger majority than Boris, and other parties become irrelevant.
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05/03/2021 16:51:01 0 1
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What I expect from Tories is fiscal competence, and an absence of class warfare, and this is what we have got.
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05/03/2021 11:24:53 47 31
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4 things that were missing from the budget:

1. Honesty
2. Probity
3. Fiscal competence
4. Respect for nurses, doctors and the people who have worked to keep the UK together.
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05/03/2021 11:27:27 4 30
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Rishi Sunak will be your Prime Minister one day. I hope you enjoy serving under him. :-)
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05/03/2021 16:49:44 0 0
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I can think of a few things that are missing from your comment, but I will mention just one - truth.
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05/03/2021 11:16:46 9 24
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When did the BBC become part of the official opposition?

The BBC should both criticise and support the govt, accordingly. It is all one way traffic. End the TV tax.
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05/03/2021 11:25:52 13 3
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Shooting the messenger is such a tedious and boring way of deflecting from a point. It's pretty much all you righties do nowadays.
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05/03/2021 11:25:59 29 10
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Social care.
Social care funding.
social care provision.
Closing tax loopholes.
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05/03/2021 12:14:58 1 9
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check your poll tax increases - thats funded locally
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05/03/2021 12:22:47 5 1
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Closing tax loopholes......?
You would struggle to find a Tory not offshoring or using “Trust funds “ to avoid tax.
Including of course our new hero of the hour ..step forward Rishi Sunak.
Trust funds exist to launder money or avoid tax.
There’s nothing quite as sad as watching taxpayers vote for tax dodgers to look after their money.
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05/03/2021 11:20:31 48 13
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A five year election cycle means short term thinking (or long term promises they know they're unlikely to have to keep).

It will never change unless decision making is handed to cross party teams, or experts (doctors running the NHS, teachers running schools) etc.
Very EU, forget democracy let the experts decide - look what that 'expert' Prof Ferguson has done - ironic he has predicted Armageddon thanks to a virus twice before and demanded lock-downs twice before. Now we have the data it seems even this virus was a con - how can you have more covid deaths than excess deaths while having the NHS closed for a year? Or is the NHS lethal? Removed
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05/03/2021 11:38:13 5 2
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Looks like you read Pravda too much and just spout lies and rubbish at will
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05/03/2021 11:43:47 1 9
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Also, not a single 'flu death this winter, according to PHE? Remarkable. And also totally unbelievable when the annual average is 5,000. How dumb do they think we are?
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05/03/2021 11:59:03 7 2
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The current approach means decisions are populist, and designed to keep the current party in power, favourably targeting those mostly likely to re-elect them.

It's the current short termism I view as most harmful.
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05/03/2021 11:17:03 120 25
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One of the biggest shortfalls was that the Chancellor did nothing to reign in the likes of Amazon which is now a monopoly in so many areas. They do not pay their fair share of tax and have worked so many loopholes with offshore funds etc. They should pay tax based on the revenue they earn within the UK. An online order in the UK should be classed as a UK transaction not Luxembourg.
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05/03/2021 11:26:28 11 5
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USA said no. Also there is no incentive for the UK to tax them as they will pass the cost to the consumer. Don't worry about Amazon worry about Rees moggs et al.
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05/03/2021 11:27:18 15 7
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Sadly after 40 plus years of grade inflation and almost mandatory uni admissions we don't have a highly skilled workforce just one that has a load of meaningless and unreal qualifications.
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05/03/2021 11:30:27 14 4
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meaningless and unreal qualifications. with those they could become the next PM
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05/03/2021 12:13:22 0 4
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And probably the only reason Labour get any votes at all. There are too many ill informed and lacking in life experience students nowl When people join the real world and take on responsibilities, they vote Conservative. :-)
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05/03/2021 11:14:50 6 3
bbc
What do people want more money and high taxes
????????????????
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05/03/2021 11:27:38 18 2
bbc
Works in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland...

Higher tax but a much higher standard of living to go with it.

If you prefer low tax and lower standard of living I'm sure you can move to Somalia easily enough and pay no tax at all.
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05/03/2021 11:31:57 5 1
bbc
But they're all Marxists/Commies according to the DM...........
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05/03/2021 11:27:43 37 18
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Oh and a fifth thing. No mention of all the extra spending needed to cover up brexit.

When he negotiated and signed his deal did he intend to renege on it or did he just not understand what his brexit it meant?
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05/03/2021 11:40:39 10 24
bbc
pet, even if was trillions the deed is done and time to move on.
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05/03/2021 16:45:18 0 0
bbc
Brexit will expand our economy, not reduce it. 62 new trade deals.
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05/03/2021 11:11:34 73 14
bbc
It's shocking that long overdue adult social care reform has been kicked into the long grass yet again - this year of all years. The government must get a handle on this.
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05/03/2021 11:19:43 22 30
bbc
Hopefully it will. But there is a lot to 'get a handle on' at the moment.
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05/03/2021 13:42:34 4 1
bbc
Yes Mr Sunak said it was best dealt with "cross party agreement". The Labour Party confirmed there had been no contact on the subject. So the current Tories aren't even interested in starting the conversation that might bring some solutions to the table.

I won't hold my breath.
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05/03/2021 16:38:03 0 0
bbc
Yeh like the flat boris and his misses live in £30.000 public money and a top up from the COVID contract pals
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05/03/2021 21:59:42 0 0
bbc
Yes my handle has come off my Bathroom door!
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05/03/2021 11:13:51 21 8
bbc
The two big shortfalls are Care in the community particularly joined up thinking around mental health and care post hospital. The rental trap is huge and so many are unable to get on the housing ladder. Young people have no hope at this time because they are trapped in rental costs. Offering a 95% mortgage is of little value is one cant save the 5% deposit. We are in danger of losing a generation
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05/03/2021 11:20:45 5 16
bbc
I thought it was a pretty decent budget. But yes, we need house prices to fall and BTL to become an unattractive investment model.
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05/03/2021 11:41:25 6 1
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It seems to me that BTL is there because interest rates are virtually nil, so that pension savings as income, are very low. If interest rates were something like 12%, which they have been in the past, BTL would not be so attractive, but mortgages would be very expensive. Swings and roundabouts.
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05/03/2021 23:54:32 0 0
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Well they’re your party of choice.
Share some of that grown up wisdom that you are so blessed with, with them why don’t you.
Well of course they don’t really know/ care who you are.
You are one single vote ,just like the rest of us.
Unfortunately for me ...you lot , Trump enthusiasts , Johnson apologists are in the ascendancy.
Decent politicians have been buried beneath the tidal wave of populism.
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05/03/2021 11:17:23 52 29
bbc
Silent on the impacts of Barrier Brexit - the world's first 'lose-lose' FTA.
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05/03/2021 11:21:41 37 55
bbc
Brexit is done. we will never rejoin the EU. Put your energy into backing Britain, if you live here and are British.
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05/03/2021 12:47:06 7 3
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They said we'd never leave. Brexiteers are a bit nervous about it since Bojo's deal is falling apart.
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05/03/2021 13:06:48 4 3
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We will, you'll just not be around to see it, tick tock
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05/03/2021 17:10:53 0 1
bbc
Unfunny tory clown.
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05/03/2021 22:07:54 0 1
bbc
What does that actually mean, we actually have virtually no Manufacturing Base, what are we to back? Services Coffee and Cakes Financial Gamblers in the City like Sunak, methinks we are on the steady track to a third world Economy, many of my Conservative friends are going to France to live. Like Lord Lawson and Boris's father.
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05/03/2021 11:17:03 120 25
bbc
One of the biggest shortfalls was that the Chancellor did nothing to reign in the likes of Amazon which is now a monopoly in so many areas. They do not pay their fair share of tax and have worked so many loopholes with offshore funds etc. They should pay tax based on the revenue they earn within the UK. An online order in the UK should be classed as a UK transaction not Luxembourg.
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05/03/2021 11:22:14 7 21
bbc
Delusional nonsense.
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05/03/2021 13:11:56 5 4
bbc
An entirely predictable comment from a deluded spouter of nonsense
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05/03/2021 11:16:35 14 8
bbc
One wonders why us patriotic pensioners will deserve an inflation plus triple lock pay rise when nurses will not. There are more pensioners than NHS staff.
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05/03/2021 11:23:01 5 9
bbc
NHS staff are some of the best paid medical staff in the world. And they conveniently forget their incredibly generous pensions and their annual incremental pay rises when they are bleating.
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05/03/2021 11:36:00 5 4
bbc
Really !
Amongst G20 this is not the Case

Which is why so many emigrate to Australia and Canada and USA
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05/03/2021 11:41:27 1 6
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Seem to have heard that their incredibly generous pensions have need drastically reduced, and many did not get increments during during austerity.
On the other hand pensioners have longer holidays, more property and cannot be made redundant.
One foolish argument deserves another.
Where do you stand on the triple lock?
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05/03/2021 11:44:42 6 3
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Absolute rubbish. I'm amazed you have a forelock left to tug.
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05/03/2021 11:16:07 49 32
bbc
Budget 2021: Four things missing from Rishi Sunak

Budget 2021: Four things that were in the budget

Tax rises

Massive public debt

Rising unemployment

And a pack of lies spun to look positive and optimistic.
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05/03/2021 11:23:50 28 36
bbc
Massive poll lead for the Conservatives this morning. So not many voters agree with you.
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05/03/2021 11:33:47 13 7
bbc
Only England gives the Evil Tories a majority.

And then the Evil Tories deliver misery to them again and again.

Go figure.

I blame the Super Rich owned Right Wing Hate Press daily promoting right wing tripe myself.

Then again for hundreds of years England though aristocratic rule by a few lords and grinding poverty for their many serfs was "normal life".
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05/03/2021 12:06:25 6 4
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Given the main demographic that the BBC appeals to there will be utter disbelief that the Conservatives remain so much more popular than Labour.
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05/03/2021 16:25:41 0 0
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That’s because there are a lot of selfish greedy herberts about who couldn’t give a flying duck at a ring donut about their fellow men and women, and you fit the bill perfectly.
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05/03/2021 16:48:03 0 0
bbc
Poll of the selfish, they are so pleased the debt has been kicked out of their park and into the wilderness for future gens to pick up
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05/03/2021 11:18:44 40 24
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Surely the 'Truth' was missing from the budget, despite Rishi's claims of being honest.

When the IFS, The Resolution Foundation and the head of the Treasury's own independent forecasting body are questioning whether it's possible to deliver what Sunak says, you know he's fibbing.

Free-market think tanks and the Centre for Policy Studies are also attacking him.

Not such a good budget after all.
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05/03/2021 11:25:17 17 31
bbc
80 seat majority. And looking to increase that at the next GE. You are in a small minority. Post as many times as you like online, but the truth is at the ballot box.
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05/03/2021 11:32:25 7 2
bbc
Basing your attack on me on an assumption.
You couldn't be more wrong.
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05/03/2021 11:59:26 10 2
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Unfortunately the First Past the Post voting system in the UK means that many people's votes don't count for much. The huge Tory majority in 2019 came from just 43.6% of the vote.
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05/03/2021 11:25:36 12 6
bbc
I have just received a letter from my local council about a 1.5% rent increase from 5 April. I would imagine this is the same for so many people. What difference does a 1% pay rise make for NHS staff?
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05/03/2021 11:31:09 8 4
bbc
It means for them the increase is only 0.5% on their rent. i.e. 1% less than someone who got no pay increase at all.
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05/03/2021 11:23:40 8 5
bbc
Ok no where else to say this... but wouldn’t it be “nice” to be able to give nhs workers a bigger increase than the 1%, but there is so much less money going into the tax system. There are many others workers who have worked through this pandemic and in their own way have continued to pay taxes, add to the economy, support people working from home etc. They aren’t getting a pay increase! Fair?
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05/03/2021 11:28:17 2 2
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No money
Have it to Hmrc staff
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05/03/2021 11:20:52 10 8
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The realisation that we cannot subsidise everyone and everything appears very slow to dawn.
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05/03/2021 11:28:56 11 3
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The realisation that this government is only interested in subsidising Tory cronies and donors from big business appears even slower to dawn.
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05/03/2021 11:16:46 9 24
bbc
When did the BBC become part of the official opposition?

The BBC should both criticise and support the govt, accordingly. It is all one way traffic. End the TV tax.
The BBC is run by a Tory and show the corrupt, lying government in the best light that they can. Despite having a PM who's main pass time is rubbing a balloon on his hair and lobbing bungs to his chums. Removed
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05/03/2021 11:17:03 120 25
bbc
One of the biggest shortfalls was that the Chancellor did nothing to reign in the likes of Amazon which is now a monopoly in so many areas. They do not pay their fair share of tax and have worked so many loopholes with offshore funds etc. They should pay tax based on the revenue they earn within the UK. An online order in the UK should be classed as a UK transaction not Luxembourg.
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05/03/2021 11:29:16 20 2
bbc
Read more widely - there is an active debate going on between all Western countries on a consistant tax regime for on-line sales - all countries (except the USA) have the same problem. Even the USA is considering breaking-up Amazon and other massive monopolies.
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05/03/2021 11:17:23 52 29
bbc
Silent on the impacts of Barrier Brexit - the world's first 'lose-lose' FTA.
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05/03/2021 11:29:17 11 23
bbc
Brexit is excellent and the EU is currently showing all the world why the UK is the place to do business NOT the EU. Vaccine exports anyone? Not in the EU, they weaponised vaccines upsetting US, Canada, Japan & now Oz. Good work Ursula. Europeans won't accept the AZ vaccine thanks to EU lies about it. What a debacle, lucky we are out, & now the EU are delaying the deal! Fox was right!
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05/03/2021 12:17:22 13 5
bbc
You have humiliated and slaughtered your own country

That is about as stupid as stupid gets
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05/03/2021 11:29:56 5 5
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And I need a new fence for my garden..... still, can't have everything.....
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05/03/2021 11:32:30 2 1
bbc
You can have a fence though.
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05/03/2021 11:52:36 2 1
bbc
Hence my fence was destroyed during a fencing duel with a fence whose defence was offensive.
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05/03/2021 11:29:59 19 9
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As expected the Tories asked to clap and eat out to spread it about but now they gave zilch to the NHS workers who have worked tirelessly through this pandemic. But ask Boris's mates how they are doing. All still the same with the UK. Divide the country and offer excuses. Makes British people feel warm and fuzzy inside. Until the house bubble bursts again
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05/03/2021 12:19:22 2 10
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Tories doing okay politically though. 13% poll lead over Labour, and rising further:

https://yougov.co.uk/topics/politics/articles-reports/2021/03/04/voting-intention-con-45-lab-32-3-4-mar?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=website_article&utm_campaign=voting_intention

To be fair, this is a fantastic performance under the circumstances. Unequivocal vindication.
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05/03/2021 11:17:03 120 25
bbc
One of the biggest shortfalls was that the Chancellor did nothing to reign in the likes of Amazon which is now a monopoly in so many areas. They do not pay their fair share of tax and have worked so many loopholes with offshore funds etc. They should pay tax based on the revenue they earn within the UK. An online order in the UK should be classed as a UK transaction not Luxembourg.
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05/03/2021 11:30:09 9 8
bbc
Amazon and Luxembourg - but the EU doesn't believe it is a tax-haven.

https://www.euronews.com/2021/02/17/why-doesn-t-the-eu-consider-luxembourg-a-tax-haven
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05/03/2021 11:30:20 7 16
bbc
Typical bbc always on the side of spending away taxes like they live on. Now running these areas wanting ever more money.

Let’s be clear and not emotional.

Public sector are exceptionally well paid and pensioned and do not 'deserve' a penny more, certainly not in the dire economic straights we are now in. If you want to pay them more donate your own excessive money to them directly.
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05/03/2021 11:34:37 11 7
bbc
The BBC is run by a Tory, so stop blaming them for trying to make the clown party look nearly sane, but nearly impossible given how dreadful the clueless, sleazy greedy Tory party are. It's an incredibly difficult job with out more Tory whinging
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05/03/2021 11:36:48 3 5
bbc
No, you are dead wrong. NHS staff are very poorly paid!
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05/03/2021 11:48:47 0 2
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Civil Service Admin Assistants had to be given a 7% rise to avoid being below minimum wage regulations.
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05/03/2021 11:27:18 15 7
bbc
Sadly after 40 plus years of grade inflation and almost mandatory uni admissions we don't have a highly skilled workforce just one that has a load of meaningless and unreal qualifications.
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05/03/2021 11:30:27 14 4
bbc
meaningless and unreal qualifications. with those they could become the next PM
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05/03/2021 11:19:52 70 16
bbc
Amazon pay their taxes under the UK tax law. The Tories want a low tax low regulation economy. The lack of change in the budget just reinforces this.
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05/03/2021 11:30:58 2 6
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05/03/2021 11:25:36 12 6
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I have just received a letter from my local council about a 1.5% rent increase from 5 April. I would imagine this is the same for so many people. What difference does a 1% pay rise make for NHS staff?
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05/03/2021 11:31:09 8 4
bbc
It means for them the increase is only 0.5% on their rent. i.e. 1% less than someone who got no pay increase at all.
So serve them a plate of faeces and tell them to eat up and be grateful as they could be getting nothing? Brother, you are a Tory's wet dream. Removed
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05/03/2021 11:31:39 59 25
bbc
Surely it’s 5 things the Chancellor omitted. How many billions is Brexit costing us? Or is that hidden in the billions elsewhere?
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05/03/2021 11:33:07 21 51
bbc
So last year...please move on
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05/03/2021 11:47:32 13 2
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That's easy. Sunak said Covid cost £297 billion in 20/21 but the small print shows borrowing increased by £483 billion. Last year he expected to borrow £35 billion and we took £6 billion of student loans on, so the difference of £155 billion is the Brexit cost.
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05/03/2021 16:41:25 0 1
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Remoaners never cease.
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05/03/2021 22:02:59 0 0
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Brexit at the moment is one cock up after another, it cannot be mended so we are now a full member of the Cock up club!
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05/03/2021 11:27:38 18 2
bbc
Works in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland...

Higher tax but a much higher standard of living to go with it.

If you prefer low tax and lower standard of living I'm sure you can move to Somalia easily enough and pay no tax at all.
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05/03/2021 11:31:57 5 1
bbc
But they're all Marxists/Commies according to the DM...........
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05/03/2021 11:39:30 6 1
bbc
DM probably think most Tories are Marxists to be honest.
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05/03/2021 11:17:23 52 29
bbc
Silent on the impacts of Barrier Brexit - the world's first 'lose-lose' FTA.
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05/03/2021 11:32:25 20 8
bbc
Oh I don't know that it is lose-lose...

The EU gained £1.6T per year of financial services business on 1/1/21 with all the jobs, and taxes that generates. They have also seen trade move away from UK ports to bypass the blocks on reaching the EU and into EU ports, along with thousands of jobs that have relocated from the UK into the EU, so a definite win for the EU, just the UK that keeps losing.
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05/03/2021 11:25:17 17 31
bbc
80 seat majority. And looking to increase that at the next GE. You are in a small minority. Post as many times as you like online, but the truth is at the ballot box.
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05/03/2021 11:32:25 7 2
bbc
Basing your attack on me on an assumption.
You couldn't be more wrong.
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05/03/2021 11:34:44 2 11
bbc
Massive pol lead for the Conservatives this morning. Rishi has done an excellent job. Labour only have one decent politician, their leader, who gets more Tory Lite every day.
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05/03/2021 11:29:56 5 5
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And I need a new fence for my garden..... still, can't have everything.....
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05/03/2021 11:32:30 2 1
bbc
You can have a fence though.
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05/03/2021 11:17:00 29 18
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No extra money for the NHS, Social Care, Education, these are all political choices.

Apparently though we can afford £37bn for failed Track and Trace, tax breaks for people to stick £20k p.a. into ISA's, no changes to CGT or IHT and increased spending on defence to bomb people. Not to mention triple lock for some benefits (biggest element) but not for all........
You are posting in the wrong HYS, though to be fair, the BBC hasn't opened up one on the EU's refusing to export vaccines to Oz, though they bought them. Well at least when I posted this no HYS. I can understand why, the EU is getting hammered on Euronews and they are usually even more Europhilic than the BBC. Removed
Politico is quite amusing too at the moment. Another broadly pro EU publication that is highlighting all the divisions and bickering in the EU. Removed
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05/03/2021 11:31:39 59 25
bbc
Surely it’s 5 things the Chancellor omitted. How many billions is Brexit costing us? Or is that hidden in the billions elsewhere?
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05/03/2021 11:33:07 21 51
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So last year...please move on
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05/03/2021 11:40:20 11 2
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Never
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05/03/2021 11:36:38 1 9
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I don't think their funding is exhausted yet.
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05/03/2021 12:38:10 8 3
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“So last year...please move on”

—-

So you think it only takes a year to come to terms with Brexit? Even JRM would disagree with you there.
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05/03/2021 16:16:35 1 0
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"So last year...please move on"

Brexit supporters spent 50 years not moving on!

And now that they got their way, they get narked every time one of the many downsides gets pointed out.
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05/03/2021 17:10:23 1 0
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Oh I don't think so.
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05/03/2021 23:29:40 1 0
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last year, and next and the year after...

Just wait for things to really kick off in/over NI ...

Johnson and Co either did not read the small print of the deal they signed or did not have a clue what they were actually signing off...

... or did not understand the politics of the province

Hope the troubles are confined to NI (bless them) and do not come to England again
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05/03/2021 11:23:40 8 5
bbc
Ok no where else to say this... but wouldn’t it be “nice” to be able to give nhs workers a bigger increase than the 1%, but there is so much less money going into the tax system. There are many others workers who have worked through this pandemic and in their own way have continued to pay taxes, add to the economy, support people working from home etc. They aren’t getting a pay increase! Fair?
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05/03/2021 11:33:28 2 1
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Yes, there are lots who probably deserve greater recognition for what they did, but reflecting on numbers, I'd say the NHS took by the biggest knock in terms of welfare and people who by doing there job won't be seeing the end of the pandemic...........?
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05/03/2021 11:41:59 0 3
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These are the same people who chose that occupation and care each for people with flu etc. Also how many within the nhs are the real front hero’s in the red zone areas caring, cleaning, supplying etc...plenty in nhs jumping on title of nhs employed who have contributed less than normal as clinics shut etc. But asking for more cash! Harsh but true many not redeployed to help out!
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05/03/2021 11:23:50 28 36
bbc
Massive poll lead for the Conservatives this morning. So not many voters agree with you.
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05/03/2021 11:33:47 13 7
bbc
Only England gives the Evil Tories a majority.

And then the Evil Tories deliver misery to them again and again.

Go figure.

I blame the Super Rich owned Right Wing Hate Press daily promoting right wing tripe myself.

Then again for hundreds of years England though aristocratic rule by a few lords and grinding poverty for their many serfs was "normal life".
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05/03/2021 11:53:52 6 9
bbc
Most voters seem to prefer 'evil' Tories to pointless Labour.
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05/03/2021 12:47:31 2 2
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Typo in above post. Its should have read "England thought"

Then again...was England really thinking?
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05/03/2021 12:48:00 2 5
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And there we have it... If in doubt, blame the right wing press (or the stupidity/gullibility of the voters, which amounts to the same thing)
Anything to avoid difficult question of how Labour can appeal to voters outside their core metropolitan, middle class & university town constituencies.

Lesson from the referendum; sneering at the voters may help you feel better but it never wins you votes.
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05/03/2021 11:16:35 14 8
bbc
One wonders why us patriotic pensioners will deserve an inflation plus triple lock pay rise when nurses will not. There are more pensioners than NHS staff.
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05/03/2021 11:33:58 2 5
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You mean the NHS are mercenaries not saints? They only do it for the money? Who'd have guessed
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05/03/2021 11:19:52 70 16
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Amazon pay their taxes under the UK tax law. The Tories want a low tax low regulation economy. The lack of change in the budget just reinforces this.
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05/03/2021 11:34:29 16 11
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Indeed, and Amazon are likely to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of changes announced in the budget. Meanwhile the NHS are getting an effective pay cut to pay for those give aways to the foreign tax dodging corporations.
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05/03/2021 18:26:42 0 0
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You do realise that if Amazon’s costs increase, the increase will be passed on in higher prices. How does that help any of us, paying more than we do now, and potentially having to cut back on purchases which in turn puts people out of work
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05/03/2021 11:30:20 7 16
bbc
Typical bbc always on the side of spending away taxes like they live on. Now running these areas wanting ever more money.

Let’s be clear and not emotional.

Public sector are exceptionally well paid and pensioned and do not 'deserve' a penny more, certainly not in the dire economic straights we are now in. If you want to pay them more donate your own excessive money to them directly.
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05/03/2021 11:34:37 11 7
bbc
The BBC is run by a Tory, so stop blaming them for trying to make the clown party look nearly sane, but nearly impossible given how dreadful the clueless, sleazy greedy Tory party are. It's an incredibly difficult job with out more Tory whinging
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05/03/2021 11:51:05 3 1
bbc
"sleazy greedy Tory Party"?

Well, I guess we now know you don't like the conservatives.
Thank you.
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05/03/2021 11:34:42 5 10
bbc
A populist budget for populist people.
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05/03/2021 11:36:08 2 4
bbc
Populist politicians = a politician doing what the voters want them to.
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05/03/2021 11:34:59 12 8
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More rubbish from a Toryboy. He is looked on as a future leader, how very sad for us. But ityno surprise when you look at the small gene pool provided by Brexiteers
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05/03/2021 11:22:34 61 17
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Isn’t the biggest issue that our nhs staff are getting naff all

How come Hmrc staff getting 3% backdated to June 2020 and then 5% from June 2021 and 5% from June 2022 - in excess of 13% over 3 years and not a single mention anywhere
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05/03/2021 11:35:12 32 11
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I wouldn’t mind if it were performance related by chasing those tax evaders hiding OUR money in offshore accounts.
It is worth remembering WE create the environment where THEY are able to make money which is for society at large??
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05/03/2021 11:45:52 5 1
bbc
There is no incentive related pay at Hmrc
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05/03/2021 11:35:24 13 11
bbc
The monies have to come form somewhere to fund everything.

As usual the handful of government haters on here throwing out the same tired old
soundbites, completely oblivious to the fact that the Left are disliked by the vast majority and the Tories will be in power for a long time.
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05/03/2021 11:42:01 6 4
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That's all well and good, but how about discussing the points made by the article instead of whining about other posters?
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05/03/2021 11:44:35 4 3
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What Planet are you on? Governments and banks simply print money. Tax and interest rates are tools to restrain inflation.
Sunak clearly does not want to restrain inflation.
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05/03/2021 12:01:34 4 4
bbc
As usual Tory fantasists pushing Tory fantasies.
The really funny thing in this case is that the argument they are pushing is exactly the opposite of the one they pushed in 2010 blaming Labour for the cost of bailing out banks...

The Tories have cut down forests of money trees, and seem to intend to cut down many more to fund handouts to Tory cronies...
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05/03/2021 11:13:51 21 8
bbc
The two big shortfalls are Care in the community particularly joined up thinking around mental health and care post hospital. The rental trap is huge and so many are unable to get on the housing ladder. Young people have no hope at this time because they are trapped in rental costs. Offering a 95% mortgage is of little value is one cant save the 5% deposit. We are in danger of losing a generation
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05/03/2021 11:35:39 0 5
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The minute the Covid Cult opted for lock-down was when we condemned a couple of Generations to save the very old and very ill, people that Pfizer pointed out died anyway which is why their vaccine didn't kill 33 Norwegians.
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05/03/2021 11:23:50 28 36
bbc
Massive poll lead for the Conservatives this morning. So not many voters agree with you.
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05/03/2021 11:35:44 5 6
bbc
Rishi Sunak missed out VAT, that during the Brexit debate the two major players, Michael Gove and Boris Johnson promised to scrap VAT on energy bills. They have broken their promise . Red wall left behind voters, deceived again.

https://www.dyballassociates.co.uk/no-plans-to-lower-vat-on-energy-bills-despite-brexit-promises-says-treasury
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05/03/2021 11:23:01 5 9
bbc
NHS staff are some of the best paid medical staff in the world. And they conveniently forget their incredibly generous pensions and their annual incremental pay rises when they are bleating.
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05/03/2021 11:36:00 5 4
bbc
Really !
Amongst G20 this is not the Case

Which is why so many emigrate to Australia and Canada and USA
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05/03/2021 11:40:43 2 4
bbc
Not many emigrate to the USA because they'd have to retrain for that. Australia they go for the weather and lifestyle. Could you tell me why so many medical staff from the EU and other parts of the world come here to work? Could it be that they earn far more here?
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05/03/2021 11:17:23 52 29
bbc
Silent on the impacts of Barrier Brexit - the world's first 'lose-lose' FTA.
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05/03/2021 11:26:41 8 18
bbc
And oh yes, the EU is looking like it is going to disintegrate soon. It might go back to being a sensible trading arrangement then, rather than an out of control political monstrosity.
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05/03/2021 11:48:48 16 7
bbc
Prediction of the EU's imminent demise #300,954.
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05/03/2021 11:22:27 33 23
bbc
one word to this gov - disgrace
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05/03/2021 11:26:56 14 21
bbc
Best get use to it .
Torys are in for the next 20 years at least .if I were you I would find a new hobby
??????????????
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05/03/2021 11:44:15 5 4
bbc
A thousand year Reich?
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05/03/2021 11:24:53 47 31
bbc
4 things that were missing from the budget:

1. Honesty
2. Probity
3. Fiscal competence
4. Respect for nurses, doctors and the people who have worked to keep the UK together.
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05/03/2021 11:27:27 4 30
bbc
Rishi Sunak will be your Prime Minister one day. I hope you enjoy serving under him. :-)
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05/03/2021 11:55:55 8 2
bbc
Who'da thunk it?
A Tanzanian Hindu and former Goldman Sachs banker from Winchester school, married to a billionaires daughter, becoming Prime Minister.
And they say there is no social mobility.
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05/03/2021 12:05:19 8 2
bbc
Unless a person works for the government then they wouldn't be "serving under the PM".

Although it's a very interesting glimpse into your mindset that you think us ordinary folk "serve" under our politicians. It's the mindset of the servile. No wonder you support the Tories, it must come naturally.
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05/03/2021 12:48:19 4 2
bbc
Best joke all day - like saying Christmas belongs to Santa Claus
361
05/03/2021 13:11:02 3 2
bbc
You really need to stop being so immature! It's quite pathetic!
550
05/03/2021 16:27:38 0 0
bbc
You sound like you would??
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Tom
05/03/2021 11:24:46 35 19
bbc
What did you expect? He's a Tory and if you think this is bad, wait until he's Prime Minister.
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05/03/2021 11:27:57 8 29
bbc
When he is Prime Minister, with an even bigger majority than Boris, and other parties become irrelevant.
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05/03/2021 11:52:53 6 3
bbc
You seriously misunderstand Britain, politics and the Tory party if you think that will happen.
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05/03/2021 12:29:59 7 4
bbc
Methinks you are a bit of a troll trying to wind folk up with your talk of a Tory one-party state. Run along now, the adults want to have a chat about serious things.
551
05/03/2021 16:29:32 0 0
bbc
Got a tattoo of him I bet, somewhere that Boris is... think about it.
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05/03/2021 19:14:37 1 0
bbc
Sun reader?
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05/03/2021 11:21:34 10 4
bbc
Rishi Sunak missed a huge opportunity to have a Government Investment Bond similar to the Bonds we had in the previous World Wars. This would generate huge money to invest in jobs particularly in manufacturing and housing so we can address the huge housing problems we have. We need to refocus our economy as we are so reliant on services. We have a highly skilled work force so use and invest in it
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05/03/2021 11:28:07 10 2
bbc
“We have a highly skilled work force”

The UK’s workforce is one of the lowest skilled and least productive of any developed nation

Even after the berxit and CV19 job losses, companies still cannot get employable staff
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sw
05/03/2021 11:52:58 1 1
bbc
There will be a need for seasonal farm workers again this year, as EU workers will not be coming here in the right numbers.
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05/03/2021 11:22:34 61 17
bbc
Isn’t the biggest issue that our nhs staff are getting naff all

How come Hmrc staff getting 3% backdated to June 2020 and then 5% from June 2021 and 5% from June 2022 - in excess of 13% over 3 years and not a single mention anywhere
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05/03/2021 11:28:32 7 12
bbc
What about their automatic incremental rises, you know, the ones they try and keep quiet about to make out they are hard done by.
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05/03/2021 11:46:23 6 3
bbc
Increments ceased a while ago
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05/03/2021 12:30:38 2 2
bbc
“What about their automatic incremental rises, you know, the ones they try and keep quiet about to make out they are hard done by.”

—-

How many times does it have to be explained that promotions in the public sector don’t get the full pay rise immediately. It is split into incremental steps.
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05/03/2021 11:36:35 7 13
bbc
oh yawn the same anti-tory rants regurgitated over and over.

one wonders how remoaners reconcile their complaints with the fact that voters keep voting for the tories.

capitalism has lifted more people out of poverty than any other economic system and no matter how you try, you can't alter that fact.
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05/03/2021 11:42:56 5 2
bbc
But the Tories must be opposed at every twist and turn. They are funded by the 1% entirely to serve their greedy interests.
To give the NHS a 3% pay rise would cost £775 million. But the party who just borrowed £700 billion says they can't afford it.
No. They continue their dogmatic attack on public services.
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05/03/2021 11:43:13 0 2
bbc
They might have a lot of user accounts. But they only have one vote. Actually probably not even that, because so many young people are not registered to vote to save on council tax etc.
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05/03/2021 11:30:20 7 16
bbc
Typical bbc always on the side of spending away taxes like they live on. Now running these areas wanting ever more money.

Let’s be clear and not emotional.

Public sector are exceptionally well paid and pensioned and do not 'deserve' a penny more, certainly not in the dire economic straights we are now in. If you want to pay them more donate your own excessive money to them directly.
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05/03/2021 11:36:48 3 5
bbc
No, you are dead wrong. NHS staff are very poorly paid!
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05/03/2021 11:42:37 2 3
bbc
Rubbish.
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05/03/2021 11:37:13 4 3
bbc
So in the private sector if you do really well or have a really difficult year you sometimes get a one off bonus. How about this for the NHS?. A one off payment of 10% this year in recognition of the tough times with Covid. A 10% bonus would be a relatively small impact on the coffers and not tie us all in to ongoing tax rises in future years.
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05/03/2021 11:40:59 2 1
bbc
On the news this morning 1% was said to be 500 million pounds. 10% - 5 billion pounds. That is not a small figure.
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05/03/2021 11:11:34 73 14
bbc
It's shocking that long overdue adult social care reform has been kicked into the long grass yet again - this year of all years. The government must get a handle on this.
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05/03/2021 11:37:21 1 15
bbc
Were you a Covid Cultist demanding lock-down? IF so then every time you look in a mirror think about why no reform. You destroyed an economy and young lives with lock-downs as we & the rest of Europe are discovering.
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05/03/2021 11:47:39 11 2
bbc
No. A virus which has killed 123,000 of your fellow Britons did that. Do grow up with your silly anti-lockdown Bolsonaroesque drivel.
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05/03/2021 12:06:38 4 3
bbc
The failure to address the problem of social care funding goes back way before the Covid crisis. Every government says they are going to solve it, But then they realise every realistic solution will be very unpopular and result in huge negative press (remember the media hysteria about the "dementia tax"??) so they give up and bury it again.
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05/03/2021 11:37:34 3 7
bbc
Is Sunak after a job with space X?
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05/03/2021 11:16:46 9 24
bbc
When did the BBC become part of the official opposition?

The BBC should both criticise and support the govt, accordingly. It is all one way traffic. End the TV tax.
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05/03/2021 11:37:45 4 3
bbc
The BBC is the most sycophantic TV outlet around, it like the rest of the right wing press skims over most of the government failures.
Indeed independent analysis has shown that the BBC shows significant bias towards the Tories, not against them.

But I suppose it serves it's purpose for Tory apologists to pretend otherwise as it prevents some from realising the bias is actually pro-Tory.
Very EU, forget democracy let the experts decide - look what that 'expert' Prof Ferguson has done - ironic he has predicted Armageddon thanks to a virus twice before and demanded lock-downs twice before. Now we have the data it seems even this virus was a con - how can you have more covid deaths than excess deaths while having the NHS closed for a year? Or is the NHS lethal? Removed
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05/03/2021 11:38:13 5 2
bbc
Looks like you read Pravda too much and just spout lies and rubbish at will
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05/03/2021 11:38:35 6 7
bbc
Realism

Maths

Contrition - 500 billion for 100,000 lives - it's just the worst decision in British history

Goodbye
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05/03/2021 12:34:17 0 1
bbc
so you dont think a life is worth £5,000?

and thats only the deaths
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05/03/2021 11:39:00 8 6
bbc
Stamp duty holiday for those who can afford a £600,000 house. Freezing the tax allowance for those on very low wages. Increasing the wealth divide.
526
05/03/2021 15:54:44 1 0
bbc
Obscene greed!
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05/03/2021 11:31:57 5 1
bbc
But they're all Marxists/Commies according to the DM...........
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05/03/2021 11:39:30 6 1
bbc
DM probably think most Tories are Marxists to be honest.
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05/03/2021 11:40:10 14 5
bbc
Can we also give praise to the private sector workers who have soldiered on through Covid 19. People like utility company workers, delivery drivers, shop workers etc. If more things were privatised we wouldn't have to pay as much tax as we do. Also, I never heard stories of public sector workers in non-critical roles being furloughed, did you?
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05/03/2021 11:55:43 7 3
bbc
If more things were privatised we would just have to pay far more for those same things to private companies to fund the profits of the shareholders and the fat wages of the Tory fat cat directors.

We have seen with the privatised utilities and the likes that the actual cost of services has not gone down, they have gone up, and in many cases gone up massively.
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05/03/2021 11:40:13 1 3
bbc
The four things missing.
A- A permanent 30% reduction in business rates.
B- Reducing Employer's Nics to 9%.
C-An online sales turover tax of 1 to 2%.
D- Extension of Council Tax bands to band Z.
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05/03/2021 11:17:03 120 25
bbc
One of the biggest shortfalls was that the Chancellor did nothing to reign in the likes of Amazon which is now a monopoly in so many areas. They do not pay their fair share of tax and have worked so many loopholes with offshore funds etc. They should pay tax based on the revenue they earn within the UK. An online order in the UK should be classed as a UK transaction not Luxembourg.
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05/03/2021 11:40:15 6 3
bbc
60
05/03/2021 11:33:07 21 51
bbc
So last year...please move on
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05/03/2021 11:40:20 11 2
bbc
Never
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05/03/2021 11:40:33 6 9
bbc
NHS staff are miffed about a 1% pay rise and yet their union has £35million to spend on industrial action.

Maybe they should reduce their union deductions a percentage or two.
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05/03/2021 11:42:23 7 2
bbc
Oooh wonder how right wing you are
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05/03/2021 11:52:45 2 1
bbc
So that they can be more easily walked over by right wing types who hate the very idea of a health service being available for poor people as well as for the rich?...

Nah I think perhaps what they really need is to get a whole lot more militant, being decent and caring is seen as weakness by the Tories, it's time to get militant.
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05/03/2021 13:06:53 0 1
bbc
With a loss of 220,000 NHS staff since Brexit ONS statistics, think you'd be better employed in asking how can we keep and recruit them under present conditions - you never know one day even you might need 'em
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05/03/2021 11:37:13 4 3
bbc
So in the private sector if you do really well or have a really difficult year you sometimes get a one off bonus. How about this for the NHS?. A one off payment of 10% this year in recognition of the tough times with Covid. A 10% bonus would be a relatively small impact on the coffers and not tie us all in to ongoing tax rises in future years.
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05/03/2021 11:40:59 2 1
bbc
On the news this morning 1% was said to be 500 million pounds. 10% - 5 billion pounds. That is not a small figure.
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05/03/2021 11:43:25 2 1
bbc
Less than stamp duty give away
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sw
05/03/2021 11:44:01 2 1
bbc
Peanuts in relation to HS2.
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05/03/2021 11:20:45 5 16
bbc
I thought it was a pretty decent budget. But yes, we need house prices to fall and BTL to become an unattractive investment model.
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sw
05/03/2021 11:41:25 6 1
bbc
It seems to me that BTL is there because interest rates are virtually nil, so that pension savings as income, are very low. If interest rates were something like 12%, which they have been in the past, BTL would not be so attractive, but mortgages would be very expensive. Swings and roundabouts.
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05/03/2021 11:50:57 2 6
bbc
Interest rates are ridiculous. They encourage debt and punish the sensible.
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05/03/2021 11:31:09 8 4
bbc
It means for them the increase is only 0.5% on their rent. i.e. 1% less than someone who got no pay increase at all.
So serve them a plate of faeces and tell them to eat up and be grateful as they could be getting nothing? Brother, you are a Tory's wet dream. Removed
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05/03/2021 11:23:01 5 9
bbc
NHS staff are some of the best paid medical staff in the world. And they conveniently forget their incredibly generous pensions and their annual incremental pay rises when they are bleating.
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05/03/2021 11:41:27 1 6
bbc
Seem to have heard that their incredibly generous pensions have need drastically reduced, and many did not get increments during during austerity.
On the other hand pensioners have longer holidays, more property and cannot be made redundant.
One foolish argument deserves another.
Where do you stand on the triple lock?
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05/03/2021 11:41:52 1 4
bbc
I think if I worked in the NHS I would take the 1% and run

We won't be able to afford any NHS in 10 years let alone several hundred BLM reporting managers

Those lovely pension promises are going to get ripped up by a future government - if I were the IMF I'd be saying - "what were you thinking you've know this was unsustanable for the 30 years and you did nothing"
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05/03/2021 11:49:14 3 1
bbc
The UK spends far less on the NHS than other developed countries do on their equivalent health systems. & this is despite the Tories having done their best to break the system by breaking it up into trusts and introducing the internal market to add administrative overhead.

So if we can't afford that we will never afford the alternative.
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Pip
05/03/2021 11:33:28 2 1
bbc
Yes, there are lots who probably deserve greater recognition for what they did, but reflecting on numbers, I'd say the NHS took by the biggest knock in terms of welfare and people who by doing there job won't be seeing the end of the pandemic...........?
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05/03/2021 11:41:59 0 3
bbc
These are the same people who chose that occupation and care each for people with flu etc. Also how many within the nhs are the real front hero’s in the red zone areas caring, cleaning, supplying etc...plenty in nhs jumping on title of nhs employed who have contributed less than normal as clinics shut etc. But asking for more cash! Harsh but true many not redeployed to help out!