Not too sure about the VAT hike though; then again it's only 2.5%. Labour spokesweasels seemed to take this as their only line of attack I've read so far.
* books, newspapers and magazines
* young children's clothing and footwear
* special exempt items - for example equipment for disabled people
Unclear if special rated VAT items like electricity (5% VAT) is going to change as part of this though. Then again seeing as the 5% was levied by Tory Ken "Baron von Greenback" Clarke, they've got form on VAT rises on essentials.
Failure to cut NHS spending was a FAIL, as was overseas aid spending. I have still yet to understand why we're giving India and China aid money.
Cameron needs to grow a pair and renegotiate our discount to the EU, seeing as Sarkozy has reneged on changes to the CAP that Tony "Liar" Blair "negotiated" away.
Aside from that a lot of the cuts don't affect me. I get no tax credits, Child benefit is such a small part of income that no increase isn't going to matter anyway.
Any shares I still hold are protected in a employees share program that I've held for > 5 years so aren't CGT liable, and the rest are in the toilet (thanks ObamaMessiah you cunt) so I won't be selling them anytime soon.
Middle England will bear the squeeze the hardest I think, which is part of the Coalition of Circumstance's (or at least the Tories) longer term plan to wean them from the delusion that surrendering your income for the government to give back to you is a good thing. Laying the groundwork for reducing overall taxation once the crisis engineered by Labour has passed.
The real squeeze is going to go down in the Autumn review, I think.
Apologies for lack of further analysis, but there is a World Cup on, a massive do or die client deadline (stopped work 2am this morning), a SHED OF POWAH to be finished and a daughter unit to be fussed over.
I have linked to them before, but Valour are really rather good. Follow that link and listen to RaveDead - a little Disturbed sounding IMHO; but good melodies, excellent guitaring and their drummer manages to mix traditional style drumming with some seriously brutal double bass action.
Well, unless Capello and his merry band of unmotivated, uncoordinated showponies pull their fingers out tonight we'll be out.
One of the few upsides of being a Newcastle fan is you get used to the taste of defeat often enough it doesn't hurt so much after a while.
But Capello, go 4-3-3 from the start and let the Potato Boy actually score a goal, perhaps?
Come, on Engerlandland!
UPDATED: Added ObamaMessiah link.
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