Why April is a big month for your finances
01/04/2021 | news | business | 347
Lots of changes to household bills, tax and other elements of finances take place in the course of a week.
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01/04/2021 09:44:39 26 4
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Well it is the end of the financial year...
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01/04/2021 09:48:53 27 0
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Or is it the start?
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01/04/2021 12:59:30 0 0
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and spirits are in the sky
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01/04/2021 09:50:42 19 21
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The only people that will be any richer are the super rich, tax accounts and hedge fund managers. The rest of us won't feel any benefits especially as household bills are due to rise along with Council Tax. The prices have also gone up at the Pumps with Petrol now back to around £1.20 per litre and thanks to Brexit, prices have started to rise in the shops as well
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01/04/2021 09:57:09 6 13
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"Why April is a big month for your finances"

Really?

Low wages will go up by a very small amount and some household bills will go up too.

So it means very little to the less well off.

Just how the Evil Tories like it then.
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01/04/2021 10:30:10 5 7
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You sound like you are a Labour voter. Ever wondered why all of the oppressed, poor, downtrodden "99%" still vote Tory or don't vote for other parties? You be like:
"You're evil fascist scum if you vote Tory."
And then:
"Please vote for my Labour party."
And I be like:
"Not now I won't. And that's before we get into the worry of having Dianne Abbott and Annaliese Dodds in charge of ANYTHING."
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01/04/2021 11:37:30 1 1
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So there were no rich people under Labour then? What a load of nonsense.
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01/04/2021 09:44:49 7 15
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It again looks like the rich people are hammered the hardest.
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01/04/2021 09:57:45 0 11
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The TV license is £1.50? really?
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01/04/2021 10:08:03 5 5
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Far too expensive. Really.
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01/04/2021 19:53:38 0 0
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The cost of a standard colour TV licence will rise £1.50 to £159. Some streaming services have also raised prices.

hope this helps you.
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01/04/2021 10:00:16 15 19
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Pensioners get their 2.5% annual rise, no questions asked, plus other benefit increases. NHS staff get what's essentially a cost of living pay cut, a miserly 1% (below inflation).

The Tories are more concerned about their voting base rather than doing the right thing.
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01/04/2021 10:05:10 5 2
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I thought the Tories wanted to end the triple lock now that it’s done it’s job to catch up pensions with wage growth to the extent that state pensions are growing faster than average earnings. It was Labour that vociferously objected and turned public opinion against removing it
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01/04/2021 10:10:34 6 3
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I must agree with you. Obviously older people must be cared for, but rewarding them better than active working people, who are running the economy today, erodes the welfare of everyone.
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01/04/2021 10:15:38 8 3
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CPI is less than 1%, so it is a real pay rise, not a pay cut.

The NHS have had a 12% rise over the preceding three years, so have done pretty well in the scheme of things.

To expect more in the face of an economic pandemic is unrealistic.
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01/04/2021 10:25:39 5 3
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The 1% is for each pay band. NHS staff also get payrises based on time served. And payrises based on promotions. And they got significant rises in prior years. And the tax free allowance went up slightly too. Pensioners only get 2.5% with no opportunity for any other rises.
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01/04/2021 11:07:48 3 2
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The working pensioners have paid all they're lives and they're still one of the worst off in Europe. You'll be old one day and never forget it. Unless your one of the millions on UC
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01/04/2021 09:44:39 26 4
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Well it is the end of the financial year...
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01/04/2021 09:48:53 27 0
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Or is it the start?
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01/04/2021 10:16:43 3 0
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You're a glass half full kind of guy (apologies for gendering you).
So who are the April fools? Boris, Rishi, Jacob, Dominic, Pritti .................... Removed
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01/04/2021 10:04:10 3 6
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Hoho, take a look at the first pic, a typical miserable day for most brits ?
Better than a typical miserable day for most Uyghurs though, hey SSS? Removed
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01/04/2021 10:00:16 15 19
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Pensioners get their 2.5% annual rise, no questions asked, plus other benefit increases. NHS staff get what's essentially a cost of living pay cut, a miserly 1% (below inflation).

The Tories are more concerned about their voting base rather than doing the right thing.
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01/04/2021 10:05:10 5 2
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I thought the Tories wanted to end the triple lock now that it’s done it’s job to catch up pensions with wage growth to the extent that state pensions are growing faster than average earnings. It was Labour that vociferously objected and turned public opinion against removing it
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01/04/2021 11:33:23 2 0
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Labour will scream about whatever gets them the headlines on the day.
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01/04/2021 10:05:24 2 2
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First we had Truth - now it is "My" truth

We had Inflation - now it is "My" inflation

It is so personal these days.

At least we are all in it together.
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01/04/2021 10:06:33 23 3
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Changes for some people. Some will be worse off and some will be better off.
But it should be no surprise for anyone. The new tax year is a fixture in the calendar every April.
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01/04/2021 10:07:28 1 13
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I usually find December a ‘bigger’ month, or August, or January with its tax deadline, or whenever an unexpected bill crops up. So why has April got to be an especially ‘big’ month? Media headline froth and another non-story? How much money does the BBC spend each year sending out multiple menacing licence reminders to octagenarians?
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01/04/2021 09:57:45 0 11
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The TV license is £1.50? really?
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01/04/2021 10:08:03 5 5
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Far too expensive. Really.
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01/04/2021 10:09:00 50 32
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The rich get richer and the poor get poorer .. mind you they probably voted for it ..
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01/04/2021 10:12:24 69 18
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As it always will be - those who work hard, work smart, defer gratification will continue to do better than those who don't.
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01/04/2021 11:16:01 2 1
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Yes we did, and will do again
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01/04/2021 16:47:07 1 1
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No one votes for the EU and Labour didn't get in, fortunately, though the Tories with covid-lockdown etc are hard to distinguish from Labour policies.
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01/04/2021 10:09:17 6 5
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Its not a big month for my finances.
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01/04/2021 10:00:16 15 19
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Pensioners get their 2.5% annual rise, no questions asked, plus other benefit increases. NHS staff get what's essentially a cost of living pay cut, a miserly 1% (below inflation).

The Tories are more concerned about their voting base rather than doing the right thing.
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01/04/2021 10:10:34 6 3
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I must agree with you. Obviously older people must be cared for, but rewarding them better than active working people, who are running the economy today, erodes the welfare of everyone.
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01/04/2021 10:09:00 50 32
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The rich get richer and the poor get poorer .. mind you they probably voted for it ..
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01/04/2021 10:12:24 69 18
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As it always will be - those who work hard, work smart, defer gratification will continue to do better than those who don't.
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01/04/2021 10:44:51 11 8
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It's not always about virtue. Plenty of people work hard and defer gratification, earn minimum wage and need their income topping up with benefits to get by. And as a society we need those minimum wage jobs to be done.
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01/04/2021 11:32:12 7 3
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No. It's systematic something or other. The Coates family saw the opportunity and went for it. Fair play to them.
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01/04/2021 18:03:21 3 2
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What a load of rubbish. If this pandemic has shown us anything it's that the key workers were more often than not the worst paid jobs.
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01/04/2021 20:56:28 2 1
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Who makes the laws to ensure the poor can’t progress?
The poor?
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02/04/2021 01:24:08 1 0
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Not spending is key to a content life. The gullible ape the better off. You describe it as delayed gratification. But actually you just learn it is not gratifying to throw money away and have nothing to show for it a decade later. Services, holidays, drinking, eating out, overheated homes, fashion, cosmetics, sports/entertainment fees. Sucker bait.
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01/04/2021 10:00:16 15 19
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Pensioners get their 2.5% annual rise, no questions asked, plus other benefit increases. NHS staff get what's essentially a cost of living pay cut, a miserly 1% (below inflation).

The Tories are more concerned about their voting base rather than doing the right thing.
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01/04/2021 10:15:38 8 3
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CPI is less than 1%, so it is a real pay rise, not a pay cut.

The NHS have had a 12% rise over the preceding three years, so have done pretty well in the scheme of things.

To expect more in the face of an economic pandemic is unrealistic.
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01/04/2021 09:48:53 27 0
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Or is it the start?
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01/04/2021 10:16:43 3 0
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You're a glass half full kind of guy (apologies for gendering you).
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01/04/2021 10:23:15 30 8
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Looks good. £350 a year rise in the minimum wage. Bills rising by about £200 a year maximum but of course everyone on the minimum wage will already be shopping around for utilities etc so they will see lower increases in bills. I just reduced my broadband bill be £10 a month, and mobile by £3 a month so thats £150 less going out as well.
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01/04/2021 10:53:12 18 38
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Minimum wage would be a nice concept if it was actually enforced...
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01/04/2021 12:51:20 3 2
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The price of petrol is rising fast where I come from - £1.28 a litre.
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01/04/2021 18:51:05 2 0
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And £20,000 more for the price of an average home.
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02/04/2021 15:01:23 0 0
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Well done for your financial competence and your positive outlook.
Still waiting for the BBC headline that U.K. manufacturing has hit a ten year high. It is not easy to work out why the BBC is a waste of space nowadays because if you want to find out what’s happening look elsewhere . I guess we won’t see a headline either that the Euro is struggling against Sterling. Removed
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01/04/2021 10:42:43 2 4
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There's a very simple reason why the Beeb can't report the manufacturing figures. The government have no 'bad' news to bury. When there's a piece of legislation they want out under the radar, they'll make a big song'n'dance with ex-Beebite, Allegra Stratton trumpeting the strength of the UK economy. MiniTrue only let you 'think' the Beeb is lefty because it suits them to have you hate it!
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01/04/2021 10:57:37 1 2
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In 2015, the GBP/EUR rate was regularly over 1.40. It's now at 1.17. So the pound isn't doing that well against the Euro at the moment.
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01/04/2021 11:17:25 0 0
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UK manufacturing hasn't hit a ten year high. Growth has from a very suppresed level due to Covid.
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01/04/2021 11:21:18 2 0
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Whatever the BBC report you can be sure the BBC-haters will be ready to condemn.

No other media is brave enough to stand up to criticism by having an HYS like this.
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01/04/2021 11:25:49 0 0
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I guess the "Educational Grants" are still coming this way?? BBC started fighting the Second Referendum the morning after the first one!
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01/04/2021 10:00:16 15 19
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Pensioners get their 2.5% annual rise, no questions asked, plus other benefit increases. NHS staff get what's essentially a cost of living pay cut, a miserly 1% (below inflation).

The Tories are more concerned about their voting base rather than doing the right thing.
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01/04/2021 10:25:39 5 3
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The 1% is for each pay band. NHS staff also get payrises based on time served. And payrises based on promotions. And they got significant rises in prior years. And the tax free allowance went up slightly too. Pensioners only get 2.5% with no opportunity for any other rises.
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01/04/2021 10:26:56 9 20
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An extra £1.50 for the TV license - great, given that I haven't watched BBC tv or listened to BBC radio in over ten years, money for nothing literally.

(and yes, I am aware that I use the BBC website, but I use plenty of other websites and none of them charge me £150+ a year for the privilege)
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01/04/2021 10:32:27 8 4
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You're on the BBC website ?
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01/04/2021 10:30:09 0 3
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Totally correct
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01/04/2021 10:38:53 7 0
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If you don't watch telly, you don't need a licence, so why are you paying for one?
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01/04/2021 10:55:27 4 1
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Cledus - you are a hypocrite. and the worst kind. You abuse the BBC and happily use their services, expecting it all to be free. If you hate paying the fee, get rid of your TV and just watch services online via your laptop. And get off the BBC website. Leave that for those of us who pay for it
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01/04/2021 11:53:27 0 1
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The licence fee isn't for the BBC, it is for using any provider's live TV broadcasts. Nor does in to go the BBC - it goes straight into HM Treasury's general hopper.
It is simply a selective tax.
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01/04/2021 21:03:41 0 0
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Err they do, but obviously it’s beyond your cognitive skills.
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01/04/2021 09:57:09 6 13
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"Why April is a big month for your finances"

Really?

Low wages will go up by a very small amount and some household bills will go up too.

So it means very little to the less well off.

Just how the Evil Tories like it then.
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01/04/2021 10:30:10 5 7
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You sound like you are a Labour voter. Ever wondered why all of the oppressed, poor, downtrodden "99%" still vote Tory or don't vote for other parties? You be like:
"You're evil fascist scum if you vote Tory."
And then:
"Please vote for my Labour party."
And I be like:
"Not now I won't. And that's before we get into the worry of having Dianne Abbott and Annaliese Dodds in charge of ANYTHING."
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01/04/2021 11:15:55 1 2
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I feel sorry for Annaliese Dodds, she looks so much like a petrified rabbit caught in headlights everytime she has an interview... NB: feeling sorry for someone is not a reason to vote for them... not by a very, very long shot.
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01/04/2021 11:28:31 1 1
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"Ever wondered why all of the oppressed, poor, downtrodden "99%" still vote Tory or don't vote for other parties?"

That's simply not true.

You obviously don't do facts either.
ANY COMMENT ON MANUFACTURING GROWTH??????? No HYS. ?????? Here is why. Highest in 10 years. GOOD NEWS wint appear on BBC Removed
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01/04/2021 11:14:04 4 0
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What does wint mean?
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01/04/2021 11:35:31 0 0
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I think you'll find that manufacturing growth was strong globally, not just the UK. And I don't remember the chancellor or the PMINO shouting it from the rooftops.
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01/04/2021 10:26:56 9 20
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An extra £1.50 for the TV license - great, given that I haven't watched BBC tv or listened to BBC radio in over ten years, money for nothing literally.

(and yes, I am aware that I use the BBC website, but I use plenty of other websites and none of them charge me £150+ a year for the privilege)
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01/04/2021 10:32:27 8 4
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You're on the BBC website ?
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01/04/2021 10:38:25 2 3
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Yes, I said that in my comment - I use many websites, but don't pay £150+ a year for any of the rest of them.
Still waiting for the BBC headline that U.K. manufacturing has hit a ten year high. It is not easy to work out why the BBC is a waste of space nowadays because if you want to find out what’s happening look elsewhere . I guess we won’t see a headline either that the Euro is struggling against Sterling. Removed
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01/04/2021 10:26:56 9 20
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An extra £1.50 for the TV license - great, given that I haven't watched BBC tv or listened to BBC radio in over ten years, money for nothing literally.

(and yes, I am aware that I use the BBC website, but I use plenty of other websites and none of them charge me £150+ a year for the privilege)
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01/04/2021 10:30:09 0 3
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Totally correct
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01/04/2021 10:37:22 51 41
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Its always people who work, will pay more, yet those on state benefits, will get everything they need, for example tv licence, they wont have to pay, what a system we live in that rewards those who dont work, and penalise those people who do
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01/04/2021 10:42:40 61 11
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Free TV licences are only for those aged over 75 who receive pension credit. Everyone else pays. At least make sure that what you say is true, before you mouth off.
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01/04/2021 11:03:27 7 4
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Correct. I've received nothing in covid, yet self employed pay less national insurance have grants and loans yet I've got to pay more tax & NI. People who have hand outs during covid should be paying more tax & NI not the Poeple who've got nothing.
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01/04/2021 11:04:54 7 0
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There are disabled people who can't work. Yes, there are imposters but we have to live with these folks! Cheats et all. I just hope the cheats are proud of what they do.
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01/04/2021 11:18:47 16 1
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HOGWASH
I'm on benefit due to illness & pay the FULL TV License.
I do get a reduction (not all of it) on my council tax but no other assistance.
I still have a full mortgage to pay.
My weekly benefit has just risen from £103.90 to the grand sum of £104.40 a week!

Stop taking the outlier cases made up in the Daily Fail as fact. Actually look up what the benefits in this country are...
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01/04/2021 12:21:22 7 1
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A person not working claiming universal credit gets £409 per month, as many people who have never claimed before found out during Covid. Don’t think you get a life of luxury on that.
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01/04/2021 12:23:40 15 1
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According to the ONS only 5% of adults are unemployed.

So only 5% of adults choose unemployment and benefits as a "lifestyle choice".

Despite "getting everything they need"

Why is that? Are 95% of adults stupid and missing out?

Or is unemployment actually a miserable experience and you are just re-cycling Right Wing Hate Media tripe?
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01/04/2021 12:24:45 4 0
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System was originally designed to help those that have fallen on bad times as a safety net?However in recent times alot(but not all as you mention) who are in receipt of WTC or CTC are actually working?The problem is BIG BUSINESS(BB)
suppress wages soo much people need help to afford to live?TaxCredits would NOT exist IF BB paid a wage 1 can live on!So in reality the State actually subsidises BB!
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01/04/2021 12:47:04 3 3
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Sky TV , regular Costa coffees, latest iphone on a hefty monthly contract.......
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01/04/2021 16:40:43 5 3
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After working for 33 years, and bringing up children on my own , I ve just been advised my civil service pension will be £900 per month . Out of which I will have to pay everything . I know people who claim UC and PIP ( somehow all their children have a disability) never worked and receive around £2000 in benefits each month How is this fair ?
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01/04/2021 10:32:27 8 4
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You're on the BBC website ?
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01/04/2021 10:38:25 2 3
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Yes, I said that in my comment - I use many websites, but don't pay £150+ a year for any of the rest of them.
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01/04/2021 10:26:56 9 20
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An extra £1.50 for the TV license - great, given that I haven't watched BBC tv or listened to BBC radio in over ten years, money for nothing literally.

(and yes, I am aware that I use the BBC website, but I use plenty of other websites and none of them charge me £150+ a year for the privilege)
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01/04/2021 10:38:53 7 0
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If you don't watch telly, you don't need a licence, so why are you paying for one?
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01/04/2021 10:41:42 0 0
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I watch formula one on now tv - because that's live television, I need to pay for a television license. That is literally the only live television that I watch, we don't even have an aerial or sky dish.
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01/04/2021 10:40:57 10 12
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....And in other economic news the amount of tax paid if you are earning £1 billion or more will stay static at 0%. You will be exprected however to pay an appreciable fee (see small print) to the Conservative Party.

This is of course tax deductable.
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01/04/2021 11:04:25 6 6
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Fake news.
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01/04/2021 11:44:48 0 0
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as if labour dont have millionaire donors.
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01/04/2021 10:41:18 49 21
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State pension increase in one hand - council tax & energy prices take care of this - yet one person can earn > £400m in one year - the country has gone mad
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01/04/2021 10:48:54 130 27
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If the Denise Coates headline read "Citizen pays £211m in tax and then donates £85m" you might get another response.

There will always be jealousy from those who don't earn a lot towards those who do (and presumably she has created thousands of jobs for people). Plus she pays her tax in the UK (you could build a hospital or school with her annual tax). Good on ya Ms Coates
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01/04/2021 10:52:44 18 2
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The difference is that UK citizens give her that >£400 quite willingly and without thinking!

This article should also make people think about their discretionary spending. Many have saved during lockdown, realising just how much goes out of their pocket in a "normal" day! I smile when the betting companies urge people to set limits - it means decide how much you are going to lose!
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01/04/2021 12:12:32 4 10
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this happens because its allowed to happen Big Business makes Policy not Governments!
These people are deemed Wealth creators & the SYSTEM is all rigged to retsin the satus quo!
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01/04/2021 12:40:05 6 7
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They have EARNT it ..........
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01/04/2021 15:32:54 0 0
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no the people who bet are mad
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01/04/2021 16:57:24 1 0
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My pension rise will not cover my weekly energy payment
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01/04/2021 10:38:53 7 0
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If you don't watch telly, you don't need a licence, so why are you paying for one?
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01/04/2021 10:41:42 0 0
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I watch formula one on now tv - because that's live television, I need to pay for a television license. That is literally the only live television that I watch, we don't even have an aerial or sky dish.
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01/04/2021 10:37:22 51 41
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Its always people who work, will pay more, yet those on state benefits, will get everything they need, for example tv licence, they wont have to pay, what a system we live in that rewards those who dont work, and penalise those people who do
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01/04/2021 10:42:40 61 11
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Free TV licences are only for those aged over 75 who receive pension credit. Everyone else pays. At least make sure that what you say is true, before you mouth off.
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01/04/2021 10:53:29 12 6
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The point made is a valid one - income tax is a progressive tax. Annual allowances mean the lowest earning pay literally zero tax, and tax burden rise substantially over income of £50k.

His only controversial comment is in relation to those who don't work. There are sadly lots of people who play the system, don't work (or rather don't declare their income) and try to claim benefits
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01/04/2021 11:20:29 3 6
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What is pension credit then, that is another perk of being state supported
Still waiting for the BBC headline that U.K. manufacturing has hit a ten year high. It is not easy to work out why the BBC is a waste of space nowadays because if you want to find out what’s happening look elsewhere . I guess we won’t see a headline either that the Euro is struggling against Sterling. Removed
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01/04/2021 10:42:43 2 4
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There's a very simple reason why the Beeb can't report the manufacturing figures. The government have no 'bad' news to bury. When there's a piece of legislation they want out under the radar, they'll make a big song'n'dance with ex-Beebite, Allegra Stratton trumpeting the strength of the UK economy. MiniTrue only let you 'think' the Beeb is lefty because it suits them to have you hate it!
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01/04/2021 10:33:57 7 7
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All with no payrises - no wonder millions are struggling.
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01/04/2021 11:08:52 6 2
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Best we all start watering the money tree that just gives and gives.
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01/04/2021 13:00:11 1 0
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struggling to cancel their Sky TV packages, change their iPhone for a cheaper phone, walk more rather than have that car sat there, holiday in the UK rather than abroad ...........
Many people are truly struggling which is terrible but there are millions who are living above their means
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01/04/2021 10:12:24 69 18
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As it always will be - those who work hard, work smart, defer gratification will continue to do better than those who don't.
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01/04/2021 10:44:51 11 8
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It's not always about virtue. Plenty of people work hard and defer gratification, earn minimum wage and need their income topping up with benefits to get by. And as a society we need those minimum wage jobs to be done.
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01/04/2021 11:10:07 21 8
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No, plenty of people don't. They procreate before they are financially stable in the expectation that others will pay for them, they don't save and invest, they buy the next shiny thing when it comes out.
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01/04/2021 10:45:48 7 14
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Once our beloved Queen passes away, we will be rid of Scotland. Her Madge is one of the few people that like the place, Scottish ancestry I think. Then we can focus our spending on our last remaining Isles. Future tax rises will be unnecessary ??
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01/04/2021 10:49:17 11 5
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If you think that the expenses of Covid plus Brexit will be met by the little extra Scotland gets you are living in cloud cuckoo land.
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01/04/2021 10:53:19 5 0
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What has the Queen's passing got to do with this? Staggeringly stupid comment.
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01/04/2021 10:54:58 2 1
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I can see it - you standing to attention, saluting a big Boris flag, singing "Rule Britannia!"
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01/04/2021 10:55:29 3 4
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Beloved Queen? you speak for yourself, they are the biggest benefit scroungers and they couldn't care less about you or me. Different coloured blood you see.
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01/04/2021 11:25:02 3 0
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The queen has German ancestry and Philip Greek!
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01/04/2021 13:21:33 2 0
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Without seeking to irritate you further, and purely for information (and please do check the details if you wish about taxation bands) but I pay approx £2000 more in income tax living in Scotland than I would on the same salary in England. So please do note, the the apparent 'no increase' above is based on higher rate tax payers in Scotland mostly shouldering the extra burden rather than you.
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01/04/2021 10:46:51 10 11
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With all the extra bills and little or no pay rise this is the start of paying for Covid and Brexit.
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01/04/2021 10:41:18 49 21
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State pension increase in one hand - council tax & energy prices take care of this - yet one person can earn > £400m in one year - the country has gone mad
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01/04/2021 10:48:54 130 27
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If the Denise Coates headline read "Citizen pays £211m in tax and then donates £85m" you might get another response.

There will always be jealousy from those who don't earn a lot towards those who do (and presumably she has created thousands of jobs for people). Plus she pays her tax in the UK (you could build a hospital or school with her annual tax). Good on ya Ms Coates
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01/04/2021 11:13:41 8 2
bbc
Well said - better as pay - at income tax rates, than dividend at dividend rates.
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01/04/2021 11:30:06 26 2
bbc
Voluntarily pays tax at that. Would take a hell of a lot of people on minimum wage to contribute that amount of money. We need MORE people like Denise Coates. Well run firm paying it's taxes and staying loyal to the area it came from.
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01/04/2021 13:47:14 14 2
bbc
My issue with her is not that she earns 400m a year, or how much tax she pays, which I'm sure is within legal bounds. My issue is the business area, and how it exploits some vulnerable people. The number of glamorous gambling adverts that I see on ITV (and ITV hub) horrifies me, especially when we see articles in the news about people whose lives are destroyed by gambling addiction.
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01/04/2021 14:23:09 0 1
bbc
Might I suggest the word `earn' is open to interpretation. This is not `earning' in the sense of doing a day's work either manually or otherwise, but deriving an income from investments made over time. Income tax was designed for this reason but has since become applied to anyone who works for a wage. It is legitimate to tax income but wrong to tax work.
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01/04/2021 15:33:53 4 0
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also she kept all staff on and did not use furlough
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01/04/2021 17:17:04 1 0
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No because nothing was created. Betting just moves money it doesn't add value. So no extra tax if she was employed or not
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01/04/2021 17:21:43 3 0
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This is not the politics of envy, or jealousy.

The Persimmon boss had a £75m bonus for just one year. A nurse on £26k would take 2,884 years to earn that amount.

Do you see the disparity ?

We have 20% of the UK in poverty, many workers needing in work benefits, millions using foodbanks, and parents unable to feed their kids.

It never used to be like this, and it is getting worse.
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01/04/2021 18:00:40 2 0
bbc
Yeah good on her for paying her staff a pittance while she rakes it in. Those staff some of whom will need state benefits to get by, so effectively we are subsidising a billionaire.
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01/04/2021 18:37:57 0 0
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at least she pays taxes
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01/04/2021 18:50:05 1 0
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Let's hope her charity donations include gambling addiction.
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01/04/2021 19:27:02 0 0
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Not such good news for the addicts and the cost that comes with that ?????
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01/04/2021 20:51:23 0 0
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Explain “jealousy”, define greed.
Then justify.
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02/04/2021 23:39:12 0 0
bbc
She pays that amount in tax. Get wise.
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01/04/2021 10:45:48 7 14
bbc
Once our beloved Queen passes away, we will be rid of Scotland. Her Madge is one of the few people that like the place, Scottish ancestry I think. Then we can focus our spending on our last remaining Isles. Future tax rises will be unnecessary ??
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01/04/2021 10:49:17 11 5
bbc
If you think that the expenses of Covid plus Brexit will be met by the little extra Scotland gets you are living in cloud cuckoo land.
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01/04/2021 10:41:18 49 21
bbc
State pension increase in one hand - council tax & energy prices take care of this - yet one person can earn > £400m in one year - the country has gone mad
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01/04/2021 10:52:44 18 2
bbc
The difference is that UK citizens give her that >£400 quite willingly and without thinking!

This article should also make people think about their discretionary spending. Many have saved during lockdown, realising just how much goes out of their pocket in a "normal" day! I smile when the betting companies urge people to set limits - it means decide how much you are going to lose!
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01/04/2021 11:28:22 16 4
bbc
So all other companies receive their income by gunpoint? (Other than the BBC of course). Her numbers are bigger because from what I know, Bet 365 expanded off it's own back not huge amounts of debt. They've also stayed loyal to Stoke unlike Labour who were quite happy to ignore it.
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01/04/2021 10:23:15 30 8
bbc
Looks good. £350 a year rise in the minimum wage. Bills rising by about £200 a year maximum but of course everyone on the minimum wage will already be shopping around for utilities etc so they will see lower increases in bills. I just reduced my broadband bill be £10 a month, and mobile by £3 a month so thats £150 less going out as well.
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01/04/2021 10:53:12 18 38
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Minimum wage would be a nice concept if it was actually enforced...
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01/04/2021 13:13:25 7 3
bbc
It is enforced, but if you admitted that, you'd have nothing to moan about, would you?
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01/04/2021 10:45:48 7 14
bbc
Once our beloved Queen passes away, we will be rid of Scotland. Her Madge is one of the few people that like the place, Scottish ancestry I think. Then we can focus our spending on our last remaining Isles. Future tax rises will be unnecessary ??
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01/04/2021 10:53:19 5 0
bbc
What has the Queen's passing got to do with this? Staggeringly stupid comment.
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01/04/2021 11:37:16 0 2
bbc
I think the English see the Scots as ungrateful, but the Queen doesn't, mainly because she likes Balmoral. Once she has popped her clogs, time to unshackle Scotland ??
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01/04/2021 10:42:40 61 11
bbc
Free TV licences are only for those aged over 75 who receive pension credit. Everyone else pays. At least make sure that what you say is true, before you mouth off.
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01/04/2021 10:53:29 12 6
bbc
The point made is a valid one - income tax is a progressive tax. Annual allowances mean the lowest earning pay literally zero tax, and tax burden rise substantially over income of £50k.

His only controversial comment is in relation to those who don't work. There are sadly lots of people who play the system, don't work (or rather don't declare their income) and try to claim benefits
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01/04/2021 18:06:28 2 2
bbc
So were is your backup to substantiate your too many play the system claim? Guess you were unaware that more benefits paid to people in work that out of it. Don't let fact get in the way of your rant.
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01/04/2021 10:54:45 4 4
bbc
Considering the financial plight the country is in it's no so bad really. Plus minimum wages have gone up which will help to even things out for those at the lower end of the scale. Minimum wage has gone up by a higher amount each year than my salary for years now!

However as wages are most businesses major outlay as they go up so will prices of goods and services so it is to be expected.
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01/04/2021 12:06:02 1 5
bbc
Are you daft?Theres no such thing as paying back the National debt it can& never will be paid off?Its simply all just paper cash printed by BankOfEng who gives it to Govt who give it to their Chums simlpe as that!UK has been printing cash since Gold Standard was removed by Nixon in 70s!Its 1 giant FIAT Currency PONZI Scheme!
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01/04/2021 10:45:48 7 14
bbc
Once our beloved Queen passes away, we will be rid of Scotland. Her Madge is one of the few people that like the place, Scottish ancestry I think. Then we can focus our spending on our last remaining Isles. Future tax rises will be unnecessary ??
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01/04/2021 10:54:58 2 1
bbc
I can see it - you standing to attention, saluting a big Boris flag, singing "Rule Britannia!"
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01/04/2021 11:52:25 0 1
bbc
Why? I want Scotland to belong to the Scottish Nationalist. It's their country, they know how to run it best??
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01/04/2021 10:26:56 9 20
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An extra £1.50 for the TV license - great, given that I haven't watched BBC tv or listened to BBC radio in over ten years, money for nothing literally.

(and yes, I am aware that I use the BBC website, but I use plenty of other websites and none of them charge me £150+ a year for the privilege)
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01/04/2021 10:55:27 4 1
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Cledus - you are a hypocrite. and the worst kind. You abuse the BBC and happily use their services, expecting it all to be free. If you hate paying the fee, get rid of your TV and just watch services online via your laptop. And get off the BBC website. Leave that for those of us who pay for it
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01/04/2021 11:29:03 1 0
bbc
I'm sorry, that's a really ill-thought out response and rather impolite.

I do not abuse the BBC, and I use one of their services (this website, which I have paid for). I watch any television online, primarily VOD, and pay for each of those accordingly

Why do you feel that it's hypocritical to object to paying for services that I have no need for just to access third party services?
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01/04/2021 10:45:48 7 14
bbc
Once our beloved Queen passes away, we will be rid of Scotland. Her Madge is one of the few people that like the place, Scottish ancestry I think. Then we can focus our spending on our last remaining Isles. Future tax rises will be unnecessary ??
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Gio
01/04/2021 10:55:29 3 4
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Beloved Queen? you speak for yourself, they are the biggest benefit scroungers and they couldn't care less about you or me. Different coloured blood you see.
Still waiting for the BBC headline that U.K. manufacturing has hit a ten year high. It is not easy to work out why the BBC is a waste of space nowadays because if you want to find out what’s happening look elsewhere . I guess we won’t see a headline either that the Euro is struggling against Sterling. Removed
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01/04/2021 10:57:37 1 2
bbc
In 2015, the GBP/EUR rate was regularly over 1.40. It's now at 1.17. So the pound isn't doing that well against the Euro at the moment.
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01/04/2021 10:37:22 51 41
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Its always people who work, will pay more, yet those on state benefits, will get everything they need, for example tv licence, they wont have to pay, what a system we live in that rewards those who dont work, and penalise those people who do
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01/04/2021 11:03:27 7 4
bbc
Correct. I've received nothing in covid, yet self employed pay less national insurance have grants and loans yet I've got to pay more tax & NI. People who have hand outs during covid should be paying more tax & NI not the Poeple who've got nothing.
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01/04/2021 11:06:55 10 0
bbc
Indeed, it would be pretty simple to add a "covid tax code" to those who have benefited from furlough, self-employed, UC bonus etc money - say 5% extra tax for the next 5 years. I imagine those who received the largesse that saved their bacon would be happy to pay some back.
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01/04/2021 12:16:34 3 5
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It's terrible that you've had no support during Covid. I'm self-employed and have been grateful for the SEISS grant - but if I'm to pay more tax & NI in future, I'll expect sickness and holiday pay in return.
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01/04/2021 18:34:05 2 0
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I’m self employed. As is my husband. Yes we pay less NI however if we are ill we don’t qualify for any sickness benefits. And we didn’t get anything to see us through any lockdown. We’ve lived on our savings.
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01/04/2021 10:40:57 10 12
bbc
....And in other economic news the amount of tax paid if you are earning £1 billion or more will stay static at 0%. You will be exprected however to pay an appreciable fee (see small print) to the Conservative Party.

This is of course tax deductable.
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01/04/2021 11:04:25 6 6
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Fake news.
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01/04/2021 10:37:22 51 41
bbc
Its always people who work, will pay more, yet those on state benefits, will get everything they need, for example tv licence, they wont have to pay, what a system we live in that rewards those who dont work, and penalise those people who do
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01/04/2021 11:04:54 7 0
bbc
There are disabled people who can't work. Yes, there are imposters but we have to live with these folks! Cheats et all. I just hope the cheats are proud of what they do.
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01/04/2021 11:03:27 7 4
bbc
Correct. I've received nothing in covid, yet self employed pay less national insurance have grants and loans yet I've got to pay more tax & NI. People who have hand outs during covid should be paying more tax & NI not the Poeple who've got nothing.
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01/04/2021 11:06:55 10 0
bbc
Indeed, it would be pretty simple to add a "covid tax code" to those who have benefited from furlough, self-employed, UC bonus etc money - say 5% extra tax for the next 5 years. I imagine those who received the largesse that saved their bacon would be happy to pay some back.
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01/04/2021 12:16:05 6 4
bbc
Furlough cash was paid to employers to save jobs, many employees who were furloughed had a 20% pay cut, so why should they have to pay extra tax?
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01/04/2021 10:00:16 15 19
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Pensioners get their 2.5% annual rise, no questions asked, plus other benefit increases. NHS staff get what's essentially a cost of living pay cut, a miserly 1% (below inflation).

The Tories are more concerned about their voting base rather than doing the right thing.
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01/04/2021 11:07:48 3 2
bbc
The working pensioners have paid all they're lives and they're still one of the worst off in Europe. You'll be old one day and never forget it. Unless your one of the millions on UC
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01/04/2021 10:33:57 7 7
bbc
All with no payrises - no wonder millions are struggling.
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01/04/2021 11:08:52 6 2
bbc
Best we all start watering the money tree that just gives and gives.
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01/04/2021 12:10:36 0 1
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Boris & his Chums av been its called BankOfEng its all monopoly cash FIAT currency printed by CentralBank who give it Bojo&Chums who then line the pockets of their Spiv Chums in Business & then tell the nation we have to pay it back its all a myth-why cant people just get this!FIAT currencies have been printed since Nixon pulled out Gold Standard in 70s!
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01/04/2021 10:44:51 11 8
bbc
It's not always about virtue. Plenty of people work hard and defer gratification, earn minimum wage and need their income topping up with benefits to get by. And as a society we need those minimum wage jobs to be done.
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01/04/2021 11:10:07 21 8
bbc
No, plenty of people don't. They procreate before they are financially stable in the expectation that others will pay for them, they don't save and invest, they buy the next shiny thing when it comes out.
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01/04/2021 10:47:31 10 5
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I am 76 and my 2021 Basic pension is forecast at £137.60 !
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01/04/2021 11:17:57 12 7
bbc
Woohoo! Let the good times roll, hey Bill?

Actually, most of us have just had a really cr*p year, and are also looking at a truly skint 2021, so if it is enough to just about scrape by, you're doing better than many. Silver lining and all that.
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01/04/2021 11:49:51 7 0
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What about your private pension?
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01/04/2021 12:57:17 4 0
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Should have paid more in whilst you were working ........
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01/04/2021 13:24:57 5 0
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As a 70 year old I find that hard to believe, unless you paid very little in the way of contributions.
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01/04/2021 13:40:32 4 0
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Everyone's basic pension is $137.60. You have missed out all the other bits. In my case, because I have never been unemployed, is £252. Can we have the whole story please?
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01/04/2021 10:48:54 130 27
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If the Denise Coates headline read "Citizen pays £211m in tax and then donates £85m" you might get another response.

There will always be jealousy from those who don't earn a lot towards those who do (and presumably she has created thousands of jobs for people). Plus she pays her tax in the UK (you could build a hospital or school with her annual tax). Good on ya Ms Coates
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01/04/2021 11:13:41 8 2
bbc
Well said - better as pay - at income tax rates, than dividend at dividend rates.
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01/04/2021 11:29:07 3 3
bbc
You think dividend rates are lower?
ANY COMMENT ON MANUFACTURING GROWTH??????? No HYS. ?????? Here is why. Highest in 10 years. GOOD NEWS wint appear on BBC Removed
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01/04/2021 11:14:04 4 0
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What does wint mean?
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01/04/2021 10:30:10 5 7
bbc
You sound like you are a Labour voter. Ever wondered why all of the oppressed, poor, downtrodden "99%" still vote Tory or don't vote for other parties? You be like:
"You're evil fascist scum if you vote Tory."
And then:
"Please vote for my Labour party."
And I be like:
"Not now I won't. And that's before we get into the worry of having Dianne Abbott and Annaliese Dodds in charge of ANYTHING."
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01/04/2021 11:15:55 1 2
bbc
I feel sorry for Annaliese Dodds, she looks so much like a petrified rabbit caught in headlights everytime she has an interview... NB: feeling sorry for someone is not a reason to vote for them... not by a very, very long shot.
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01/04/2021 11:57:08 1 1
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Whereas Sunak is very quickly building the mountain of public debt even higher.

Its the public who have to service that debt via their taxes I feel sorry for.
Still waiting for the BBC headline that U.K. manufacturing has hit a ten year high. It is not easy to work out why the BBC is a waste of space nowadays because if you want to find out what’s happening look elsewhere . I guess we won’t see a headline either that the Euro is struggling against Sterling. Removed
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01/04/2021 11:17:25 0 0
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UK manufacturing hasn't hit a ten year high. Growth has from a very suppresed level due to Covid.
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01/04/2021 10:47:31 10 5
bbc
I am 76 and my 2021 Basic pension is forecast at £137.60 !
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01/04/2021 11:17:57 12 7
bbc
Woohoo! Let the good times roll, hey Bill?

Actually, most of us have just had a really cr*p year, and are also looking at a truly skint 2021, so if it is enough to just about scrape by, you're doing better than many. Silver lining and all that.
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mc
01/04/2021 11:45:26 1 2
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whilst my self employed neighbour earning cash in hand and furlough, just bought a4x4 range rover new among other things
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02/04/2021 18:02:47 0 0
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How rude u have no idea how long that gent has worked and paid taxes for.
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01/04/2021 10:37:22 51 41
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Its always people who work, will pay more, yet those on state benefits, will get everything they need, for example tv licence, they wont have to pay, what a system we live in that rewards those who dont work, and penalise those people who do
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01/04/2021 11:18:47 16 1
bbc
HOGWASH
I'm on benefit due to illness & pay the FULL TV License.
I do get a reduction (not all of it) on my council tax but no other assistance.
I still have a full mortgage to pay.
My weekly benefit has just risen from £103.90 to the grand sum of £104.40 a week!

Stop taking the outlier cases made up in the Daily Fail as fact. Actually look up what the benefits in this country are...
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01/04/2021 18:08:29 1 0
bbc
Well said, unfortunately there are a lot of ignorant people out there.
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01/04/2021 10:04:10 3 6
bbc
Hoho, take a look at the first pic, a typical miserable day for most brits ?
Better than a typical miserable day for most Uyghurs though, hey SSS? Removed
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01/04/2021 10:42:40 61 11
bbc
Free TV licences are only for those aged over 75 who receive pension credit. Everyone else pays. At least make sure that what you say is true, before you mouth off.
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01/04/2021 11:20:29 3 6
bbc
What is pension credit then, that is another perk of being state supported
Still waiting for the BBC headline that U.K. manufacturing has hit a ten year high. It is not easy to work out why the BBC is a waste of space nowadays because if you want to find out what’s happening look elsewhere . I guess we won’t see a headline either that the Euro is struggling against Sterling. Removed
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01/04/2021 11:21:18 2 0
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Whatever the BBC report you can be sure the BBC-haters will be ready to condemn.

No other media is brave enough to stand up to criticism by having an HYS like this.
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01/04/2021 10:45:48 7 14
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Once our beloved Queen passes away, we will be rid of Scotland. Her Madge is one of the few people that like the place, Scottish ancestry I think. Then we can focus our spending on our last remaining Isles. Future tax rises will be unnecessary ??
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01/04/2021 11:25:02 3 0
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The queen has German ancestry and Philip Greek!
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01/04/2021 11:43:06 0 0
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But Philip is not a proper Greek.
Still waiting for the BBC headline that U.K. manufacturing has hit a ten year high. It is not easy to work out why the BBC is a waste of space nowadays because if you want to find out what’s happening look elsewhere . I guess we won’t see a headline either that the Euro is struggling against Sterling. Removed
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01/04/2021 11:25:49 0 0
bbc
I guess the "Educational Grants" are still coming this way?? BBC started fighting the Second Referendum the morning after the first one!
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01/04/2021 11:27:11 5 5
bbc
I dont think 2.2% wage increase is enough, its about time the wages should be increase higher then the actual bills, and not struggle anymore
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01/04/2021 12:56:52 0 0
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If it goes up significantly you will suffer more ......... because cost of living goes sky high and prices will rise way more .........
That said minimum wage is still important........
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01/04/2021 10:52:44 18 2
bbc
The difference is that UK citizens give her that >£400 quite willingly and without thinking!

This article should also make people think about their discretionary spending. Many have saved during lockdown, realising just how much goes out of their pocket in a "normal" day! I smile when the betting companies urge people to set limits - it means decide how much you are going to lose!
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01/04/2021 11:28:22 16 4
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So all other companies receive their income by gunpoint? (Other than the BBC of course). Her numbers are bigger because from what I know, Bet 365 expanded off it's own back not huge amounts of debt. They've also stayed loyal to Stoke unlike Labour who were quite happy to ignore it.
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01/04/2021 10:30:10 5 7
bbc
You sound like you are a Labour voter. Ever wondered why all of the oppressed, poor, downtrodden "99%" still vote Tory or don't vote for other parties? You be like:
"You're evil fascist scum if you vote Tory."
And then:
"Please vote for my Labour party."
And I be like:
"Not now I won't. And that's before we get into the worry of having Dianne Abbott and Annaliese Dodds in charge of ANYTHING."
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01/04/2021 11:28:31 1 1
bbc
"Ever wondered why all of the oppressed, poor, downtrodden "99%" still vote Tory or don't vote for other parties?"

That's simply not true.

You obviously don't do facts either.
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01/04/2021 10:55:27 4 1
bbc
Cledus - you are a hypocrite. and the worst kind. You abuse the BBC and happily use their services, expecting it all to be free. If you hate paying the fee, get rid of your TV and just watch services online via your laptop. And get off the BBC website. Leave that for those of us who pay for it
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01/04/2021 11:29:03 1 0
bbc
I'm sorry, that's a really ill-thought out response and rather impolite.

I do not abuse the BBC, and I use one of their services (this website, which I have paid for). I watch any television online, primarily VOD, and pay for each of those accordingly

Why do you feel that it's hypocritical to object to paying for services that I have no need for just to access third party services?
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01/04/2021 11:34:57 2 0
bbc
I also don't watch TV for the simple reason that I don't have one after getting rid of it years ago due to it only being used as decorative statuary rather than actually being switched on. We watch the GP highlights for free online, & I have no qualms about using the BBC website for free all the time they let me. If it's available then why shouldn't I? No one needs a TV.
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01/04/2021 11:13:41 8 2
bbc
Well said - better as pay - at income tax rates, than dividend at dividend rates.
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01/04/2021 11:29:07 3 3
bbc
You think dividend rates are lower?
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01/04/2021 12:40:46 10 3
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Dividend tax rates are lower than Income tax rates (32.5% v 50%)
And if she took her income in dividends, she would avoid paying both employees and employers national insurance contributions
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01/04/2021 10:48:54 130 27
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If the Denise Coates headline read "Citizen pays £211m in tax and then donates £85m" you might get another response.

There will always be jealousy from those who don't earn a lot towards those who do (and presumably she has created thousands of jobs for people). Plus she pays her tax in the UK (you could build a hospital or school with her annual tax). Good on ya Ms Coates
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01/04/2021 11:30:06 26 2
bbc
Voluntarily pays tax at that. Would take a hell of a lot of people on minimum wage to contribute that amount of money. We need MORE people like Denise Coates. Well run firm paying it's taxes and staying loyal to the area it came from.
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01/04/2021 11:30:27 19 14
bbc
So all my bills go up, but because I am a teacher there is no pay rise, this is of course typical, so I am as usual worse off. Gee thanks world
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01/04/2021 11:43:39 22 18
bbc
A teacher or a political activist like those in Pimlico at the moment? It's hard to tell in this day and age.
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01/04/2021 11:44:26 7 3
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However, you actually have a job, so there is a silver lining.
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01/04/2021 12:01:14 3 1
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Yes without fail April every year signals the charge for Businesses & Councils to plunder our wages which lets face it dont keep pace with Standard of Living!My wifes a Nurse & b4 misely 1% her pay had been frozen for 5yrs or more-I got a £0.15pphr pay rise 1st 1 in 4yrs?Yet these Private comps & Local Govt just keep stripping away any gains straight from us to them!Inflation is about to rise too
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mc
01/04/2021 11:43:49 3 5
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you had a year off and saved money working from home-some of us did not have either luxery and on your salaries ,twice the average
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01/04/2021 12:52:57 3 1
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Be thankful you have a profession and a job !! Many people have lost the lot over the last year ........ I have been making a loss right up until this month, the only thing that has kept me going is this fact ......... be thankful !
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01/04/2021 13:22:28 5 1
bbc
Not the only one not to get a payrise. Lots of industries have frozen any rises above minimum wage and all our bills are rising too. Be grateful you still have employment.
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01/04/2021 13:33:03 3 4
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"Gee thanks world" = not taking personal responsibility and instead seeing oneself as a (perpetual) victim. Fits pretty well with the grievance and victimhood culture that has developed across the West amongst certain groups.
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01/04/2021 15:42:37 1 0
bbc
save money dont pay ypur union leaders 3 or 4 times your salary
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01/04/2021 16:54:15 1 0
bbc
IF your pension is anything like my Wife's Teacher's pension, don't worry, the future's bright.
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01/04/2021 10:09:00 50 32
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The rich get richer and the poor get poorer .. mind you they probably voted for it ..
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01/04/2021 11:16:01 2 1
bbc
Yes we did, and will do again
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01/04/2021 10:12:24 69 18
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As it always will be - those who work hard, work smart, defer gratification will continue to do better than those who don't.
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01/04/2021 11:32:12 7 3
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No. It's systematic something or other. The Coates family saw the opportunity and went for it. Fair play to them.
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01/04/2021 10:05:10 5 2
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I thought the Tories wanted to end the triple lock now that it’s done it’s job to catch up pensions with wage growth to the extent that state pensions are growing faster than average earnings. It was Labour that vociferously objected and turned public opinion against removing it
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01/04/2021 11:33:23 2 0
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Labour will scream about whatever gets them the headlines on the day.
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01/04/2021 11:29:03 1 0
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I'm sorry, that's a really ill-thought out response and rather impolite.

I do not abuse the BBC, and I use one of their services (this website, which I have paid for). I watch any television online, primarily VOD, and pay for each of those accordingly

Why do you feel that it's hypocritical to object to paying for services that I have no need for just to access third party services?
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01/04/2021 11:34:57 2 0
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I also don't watch TV for the simple reason that I don't have one after getting rid of it years ago due to it only being used as decorative statuary rather than actually being switched on. We watch the GP highlights for free online, & I have no qualms about using the BBC website for free all the time they let me. If it's available then why shouldn't I? No one needs a TV.
ANY COMMENT ON MANUFACTURING GROWTH??????? No HYS. ?????? Here is why. Highest in 10 years. GOOD NEWS wint appear on BBC Removed
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01/04/2021 11:35:31 0 0
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I think you'll find that manufacturing growth was strong globally, not just the UK. And I don't remember the chancellor or the PMINO shouting it from the rooftops.
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01/04/2021 11:36:15 19 19
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Meanwhile the Boss of BET365 gets a payrise taking her salary to £469 million, or £1.2million every single day of the year.

She is reward after one year under COVID with £469m, whilst it is left to all of use to foot the bill for those that fall onto bad times due gambling on BET365.

Im all for pay rises and people striving but not at that extreme given the widespread misery gambling can create.
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01/04/2021 11:49:04 13 10
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Is a business, just like any other. People make choices, and some of those choices involve gambling. Whilst I don't think anyone needs or deserves that sort of salary, I'm a lefty who thinks that a couple of millions a year is quite enough, so my opinion doesn't matter.
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01/04/2021 11:57:22 8 2
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If people do not like the amount of money she is getting stop betting with 365 instead of moaning about it.
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01/04/2021 12:39:13 13 0
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She'll pay half that money to the government in tax and NI contributions. Her company has also supported hundreds, if not thousands of jobs through the pandemic and all without making use of the furlough scheme. AND then donates £85M to charity too. Good for her
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01/04/2021 12:44:55 4 1
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She can only get that money if people are prepared to spend it !! its not coming from thin air ........ the people have the power to determine the profit ....
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01/04/2021 13:26:12 9 0
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At least she lives in this country and pays tax, unlike those that live in Monaco and other low tax countries.
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01/04/2021 15:40:35 6 0
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she paid 200 million in tax, gave 85 million to charity and kept all her staff on full pay ,no furlough, ill let you work out who made her that money ,and its not people in work or own their own houses
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01/04/2021 16:50:06 2 1
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Try finding out how much tax she pays. More than all the Left Whingers on here and every Labour Party member combined I bet - (but not with BET365) ;-)
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01/04/2021 19:01:20 1 0
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The report also said that BET365s profit dropped 74% last year to 194.7m.

421m salary & 48m dividend paid to boss, presumably why the profit dropped.

The real story is how much is gambled! Never could see the attraction in paying someone for the privilege of taking your money. Gullible comes to mind. If you don't want the money give it to a good cause.
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02/04/2021 18:07:49 0 0
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Ah so not a word of blame for people being stupid enough to gamble beyond their means. This country has apparently adopted a big time victim complex..drink too much?? alcohol peddlers fault....get into debt..credit companies fault...fat kids..chocolate too near the supermarket tills etc etc etc.
People need to take responsibility for themselves!!
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01/04/2021 10:53:19 5 0
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What has the Queen's passing got to do with this? Staggeringly stupid comment.
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01/04/2021 11:37:16 0 2
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I think the English see the Scots as ungrateful, but the Queen doesn't, mainly because she likes Balmoral. Once she has popped her clogs, time to unshackle Scotland ??
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01/04/2021 17:21:03 0 0
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It doesn’t work that way.
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01/04/2021 09:57:09 6 13
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"Why April is a big month for your finances"

Really?

Low wages will go up by a very small amount and some household bills will go up too.

So it means very little to the less well off.

Just how the Evil Tories like it then.
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01/04/2021 11:37:30 1 1
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So there were no rich people under Labour then? What a load of nonsense.
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01/04/2021 12:14:43 1 1
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There were rich people under Labour.

But New Labour re-instated the minimum wage to give some help to the lowest paid workers. The Evil Tories were against that.

And Old Labour created the NHS so that poor people did not die of curable illnesses - something which had previously been acceptable to the Evil Tories.
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01/04/2021 11:38:12 7 10
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WHEN WILL COUNCIL TAX AMOUNTS ACTUALLY BE COMMESURATE WITH PROPERTY AND LAND SIZES.
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01/04/2021 11:42:14 16 0
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Why should they be? It is supposed to cover services, not just an easy way to get money.
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01/04/2021 12:04:08 2 0
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Please stop shouting
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01/04/2021 12:48:36 1 0
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If you think about it Lord Bigwallett in his mansion doesnt use the public library or many other public services, doesnt utilise street lighting etc etc .......

There is actually an argument they should pay less ! But keep that quiet!
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01/04/2021 13:25:45 0 0
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Agreed.
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01/04/2021 11:38:12 7 10
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WHEN WILL COUNCIL TAX AMOUNTS ACTUALLY BE COMMESURATE WITH PROPERTY AND LAND SIZES.
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01/04/2021 11:42:14 16 0
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Why should they be? It is supposed to cover services, not just an easy way to get money.
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01/04/2021 12:11:10 1 1
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Except that too many councils seem to see council tax as an easy way to fund vanity projects.
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01/04/2021 12:39:51 0 2
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Absolute rubbish, council tax is a tax on ownership and nothing to do with services. If it were you would not have to pay again to dump your rubbish, park your car etc
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01/04/2021 13:26:03 1 0
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Agreed!
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01/04/2021 11:25:02 3 0
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The queen has German ancestry and Philip Greek!
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01/04/2021 11:43:06 0 0
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But Philip is not a proper Greek.
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01/04/2021 11:30:27 19 14
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So all my bills go up, but because I am a teacher there is no pay rise, this is of course typical, so I am as usual worse off. Gee thanks world
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01/04/2021 11:43:39 22 18
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A teacher or a political activist like those in Pimlico at the moment? It's hard to tell in this day and age.
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01/04/2021 11:49:19 4 1
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Why can't someone be both?
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01/04/2021 11:44:19 5 6
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The National Living Wage increases today - but not for those on furlough.

People on furlough did not choose to be there, nor did their employers.

Not raising the national living wage for them is a despicable decision by this government.
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01/04/2021 11:30:27 19 14
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So all my bills go up, but because I am a teacher there is no pay rise, this is of course typical, so I am as usual worse off. Gee thanks world
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01/04/2021 11:44:26 7 3
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However, you actually have a job, so there is a silver lining.
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01/04/2021 14:08:09 2 0
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It's always really patronising when, during a recession, people are told "you're lucky to have a job".

It's a shame you wrote that, because I normally mark up your posts.
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01/04/2021 10:40:57 10 12
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....And in other economic news the amount of tax paid if you are earning £1 billion or more will stay static at 0%. You will be exprected however to pay an appreciable fee (see small print) to the Conservative Party.

This is of course tax deductable.
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01/04/2021 11:44:48 0 0
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as if labour dont have millionaire donors.
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01/04/2021 11:36:15 19 19
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Meanwhile the Boss of BET365 gets a payrise taking her salary to £469 million, or £1.2million every single day of the year.

She is reward after one year under COVID with £469m, whilst it is left to all of use to foot the bill for those that fall onto bad times due gambling on BET365.

Im all for pay rises and people striving but not at that extreme given the widespread misery gambling can create.
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01/04/2021 11:49:04 13 10
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Is a business, just like any other. People make choices, and some of those choices involve gambling. Whilst I don't think anyone needs or deserves that sort of salary, I'm a lefty who thinks that a couple of millions a year is quite enough, so my opinion doesn't matter.
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01/04/2021 12:05:00 8 4
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Nobody forces anybody to gamble, or drink, or use drugs, or any other self-destructive behaviour
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01/04/2021 13:35:30 3 2
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And we know how much the left hates success.
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01/04/2021 16:51:05 3 0
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Given she pays far more than 'a couple of millions in tax' - your opinion isn't worth posting.
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01/04/2021 11:49:10 4 4
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Here's an idea! stop me if it's too radical.
get the kids that have clearly nothing better to do than gather in parks and cause mayhem.
Get the kids that choose to stay at home and play games all day or live off the bank of mum and dad.
Get these little ***** out to work and do their bit for society and start paying back for their free education, their free health care and we can all retire at 65
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01/04/2021 11:50:51 3 9
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Whilst we're at it, stop paying pensions to people at a rate that is higher than the contributions they made.
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01/04/2021 11:43:39 22 18
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A teacher or a political activist like those in Pimlico at the moment? It's hard to tell in this day and age.
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01/04/2021 11:49:19 4 1
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Why can't someone be both?
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01/04/2021 10:47:31 10 5
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I am 76 and my 2021 Basic pension is forecast at £137.60 !
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01/04/2021 11:49:51 7 0
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What about your private pension?
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01/04/2021 11:49:10 4 4
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Here's an idea! stop me if it's too radical.
get the kids that have clearly nothing better to do than gather in parks and cause mayhem.
Get the kids that choose to stay at home and play games all day or live off the bank of mum and dad.
Get these little ***** out to work and do their bit for society and start paying back for their free education, their free health care and we can all retire at 65
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01/04/2021 11:50:51 3 9
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Whilst we're at it, stop paying pensions to people at a rate that is higher than the contributions they made.
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01/04/2021 10:54:58 2 1
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I can see it - you standing to attention, saluting a big Boris flag, singing "Rule Britannia!"
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01/04/2021 11:52:25 0 1
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Why? I want Scotland to belong to the Scottish Nationalist. It's their country, they know how to run it best??
SNP terrorist sympathiser's, nasty party, divisive, can't think of enough bad things to say about them Removed
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01/04/2021 10:26:56 9 20
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An extra £1.50 for the TV license - great, given that I haven't watched BBC tv or listened to BBC radio in over ten years, money for nothing literally.

(and yes, I am aware that I use the BBC website, but I use plenty of other websites and none of them charge me £150+ a year for the privilege)
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01/04/2021 11:53:27 0 1
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The licence fee isn't for the BBC, it is for using any provider's live TV broadcasts. Nor does in to go the BBC - it goes straight into HM Treasury's general hopper.
It is simply a selective tax.
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01/04/2021 21:04:27 0 0
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Wow Total ignorance personified.