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Campaign Diary 5th September 2007

Interactive forum for TPA Supporters in St. AlbansTPA organiser Martin Thornhill has set up a yahoo group to help St. Albans TaxPayers’ Alliance activists and supporters coordinate campaigns and get in touch, share ideas and debate the issues.  Go to http://uk.groups.yahoo.com/group/stalbanstaxpayersalliance/ and join in.  We’re an interactive, grassroots campaign where... Read more...

If ever you have half a million spare...

Even though we got today’s non-job from a supporter’s research into their local council, we have gone through the Guardian Society jobs pages and, naturally, found some startling adverts for local government jobs.Since I’ve been trawling through the Guardian jobs pages, I’ve seen the odd job over £100,000 (remember this... Read more...

Non-job of the week

This week’s non-job has been fed to us by a supporter, Donald Grant.  Epping Forest District Council is advertising for an ‘overpayments officer’.  Mr. Grant made an interesting comment in the email he sent us: ‘why don’t they just get it right in the first place?’  It’s one thing that... Read more...

Latest from the TPA...

CAMPAIGN UPDATE4 September 2007New Research The Case Against Further Green Taxes The TaxPayers’ Alliance has released the first audit of environmental taxation in the UK alongside a new YouGov poll of more than 2,000 adults commissioned into public attitudes towards green taxes.  The report applies the conclusions of the most... Read more...

Fighting talk from TPA Derby Organiser

Derby TaxPayers’ Alliance Organiser Dave Black has taken the fight to Derby councillors over their incompetent management of Derby council.  In a letter to Derby newspapers he slates the council’s “barefaced effrontery” in claiming “they are improving services, when the most comprehensive cuts for a decade are ruthlessly imposed”.  Again... Read more...

TPA fisk of George Osborne in the Times today

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne writes an op-ed in the Times today in which he sets out overall Tory spending plans for the next three years.  Below is a fisk of his article setting out the strengths and weaknesses in his arguments. "Tories cutting services? That’s a pack of lies The... Read more...

Campaign news from Kent

Our New Romney organiser, Councillor Wendy Nevard, has been a real gem in our campaign to expose local government waste.  She bravely stood up to councillors and officers willing to waste £10,000 of taxpayers’ money on goalposts and has kept us busy with news of constant local government waste down... Read more...

The costs of the EU

The Bruges Group has published a report exposing how the EU takes £1,000 from every British man, woman and child a year.  UK Independence Party MEP Gerard Batten, who authors the report, unravels the damaging costs the EU is imposing on British business and taxpayers.This report highlights how over-regulation costs... Read more...

The Case Against Further Green Taxes - Report and Poll

GOVERNMENT RAISING £10 BILLION MORE FROM GREEN TAXES THAN REQUIRED TO COVER COST OF UK’S CARBON FOOTPRINT EVERY UK HOUSEHOLD ALREADY OVER-PAYING GREEN TAXES TO THE TUNE OF MORE THAN £400 A YEAR NEW POLL SHOWS BIG MAJORITY BELIEVE POLITICIANS ARE USING GREEN TAXES AS A REVENUE RAISING MEASURE FIRST... Read more...

Spending Without Result

Special plugholes for public spending surges Education, education, education.And as everyone should have understood, that was going to cost money, money, money.Since Labour came to power, spending on Britain's state schools has more than doubled. Last year they spent £44.7bn, up from £22.2bn in 1996-97 (see here and prior PESAs).... Read more...

Government manslaughter

The Express today (not online) reports that the Government has been accussed of corporate manslaughter over its failure to provide the armed forces with properly armoured vehicles for patrolling in Afghanistan.  The number of deaths through negligence in the public sector is truly staggering, our high hospital infection rates alone... Read more...

Three Rs sink to 7-year low

National test results have revealed that standards of reading, writing and maths among seven-year-olds have fallen to their 2000 level, despite huge state spending on early education schemes, the Mail reports: "Almost half of boys - nearly 140,000 - will start the next phase of primary school next week without... Read more...

Another Bonus Farce

No wonder he's laughing As regular BOM readers will know, the Learning and Skills Council is a complete and utter waste of money.It presides over the nationalised "skills industry", an underperforming quagmire of 500 separate organisations and bureaucracies which costs us over £10bn pa (see previous blogs here - including... Read more...

Council chief gets £170k whilst pensioners lose hot dinners

Worcestershire County Council seems a little confused over what constitutes value for money in recent months. The council have reportedly recruited an extra 1200 staff since 2000 and now have more council workers than when they were a joint county with Hereford. What is more they are now looking into... Read more...

Campaign Diary 30th August 2007

Today has been a day of branch building, making calls to activists and sending letters to supporters.  If you’re on our list in Guildford, Godalming, St. Albans, Potters Bar and Hatfield, then expect a letter, email or call from me sometime soon attempting to enlist you to the frontline battle... Read more...

Politics Of Envy Meets Winter Of Discontent

How come he's got such a big lyre? It's not fair The media has been crammed with politics of envy stories this week.Those egregious investment bankers, private equity gangsters, and hedge fund cowboys in the City have apparently helped themselves to £14bn! Just like that. Even though everyone knows they... Read more...

The Conservative strategy on the NHS

Louise Bagshawe, a Conservative candidate, argues on ConservativeHome in favour of the current Conservative strategy on the NHS.  Essentially, she argues that the "Stop Brown's NHS Cuts" campaign has been a political success and is highlighting an important issue.The problem is that, whatever the short-term results of the "Stop Brown’s... Read more...

Lower city bonuses mean lower tax revenues

The Telegraph reports today:"Alistair Darling could face a multi-billion pound tax shortfall in the coming year as the City's market misery takes its toll on bonuses and bank profits."The Treasury could miss out on as much as £2bn in tax revenues if the coming round of City bonuses disappoints, according... Read more...

Corporation Tax Too Complex For HMRC

The long view- lower tax rates have not cut revenue Yesterday's FT story on Corporation Tax got a deal of coverage. As you will recall, it said that one-third of Britain's 700 biggest companies pay no CT.On the face of it, that's surprising because almost all of those companies will... Read more...

Shropshire road pricing coalition

West Midlands TaxPayers’ Alliance supporter and author of the 1.8 million signature Downing Street website petition against road pricing, Peter Roberts, has become involved as secretary of a new coalition to campaign against proposals for congestion charging in Shrewsbury town centre (Birmingham Post).Led by Daniel Kawczynski MP, the local coalition... Read more...

Non-job of the week

This week’s non-job is rather sobering.  Given the anarchy sweeping the UK, with gangs attacking children and other innocents, the political classes recognise the crisis on our streets.  Calls for more police are one thing.  People recognise that police on the beat cut crime.  A police presence makes our most... Read more...

Direct evidence that science exams are being made easier

The Times has uncovered clear evidence that exams are not just becoming easier but that there is a conscious effort going on to make them easier: "Examiners will have to set easier questions in some GCSE science papers, under new rules seen by The Times. A document prepared by the... Read more...

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