Sep 3

I'm On Holiday But You Need To Read This

I'm on holiday in the Highlands just now, but you need to read the article in the link and tell as many people as you can. It appears to confirm what many of us have suspected for a very long time.

 

Click here.

 

And yes, since you ask, I'm having a great time. The weather's good, the food is much better than it used to be, the roads are empty and I'm unemployed again so have time to enjoy it. 

 

And even better, I think I'm going back to a job near home next week :)

 

 

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Aug 27

DVLA Are Thieving Bastards

Yes, it's an angry headline. But that's OK, because I'm angry. You may not have heard - I hadn't until very recently - but DVLA are changing the way in which car tax is administered.

tax disc

 

To be fair to the thieving bastards I don't think that this is something they have thought up themselves. They are only an agency of the UK government so this is probably driven by some other money-grabbing department, probably HMRC.  

The paper tax disc (as shown above) is being abolished in October, to be replaced by a spy network of surveillance cameras both in fixed locations and mobile ones, especially in police cars.  

Today, when you buy a used car you drive it away and some time later, when the tax disc expires, you apply for a new one. Annoying, but simple. From 1st October this will no longer be the case. Whenever the original owner sells the car, the tax expires immediately. Any remaining tax can be refunded, but not for the period of the current month, which is lost. The new owner must tax the car before it can be driven again on public roads, but the tax must commence from the beginning of the month in which the car is next used. Therefore, DVLA get an extra month's tax that they wouldn't otherwise have had every time a car changes hands.

But that's OK because apparently this change "should 'save taxpayers £10 million' in the hunt for tax dodgers" . Really?

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Aug 19

In The Meantime...

I'm hoping that proper blogging will restart quite soon, but in the meantime here are a few photos that I hope may make you smile. Click on any photo to embiggerate.

 

Invisible

 What colour is Invisible?

 

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Apr 9

I Will Vote Yes To Independence Because I Love Britain

Well, yet another hiatus that lasted a little bit longer than expected. This one has included a change of client and job, a change of country (we're coming from the south of England again) a temporary change of home and a whole lot of collateral hassle.

However, things have now settled down again so I hope to become a bit more regular again, and pick up a couple of previous threads again, particularly our effort to have the Climate Secretary jailed for murder.

I've been spurred back into action by an article in the Guardian by The Right Honourable Sir Menzies Campbell CH CBE QC MP. It's a plea from whatever politicians have instead of a heart, hoping to persuade the Scottish electorate not to have the courage to take control of their own destiny again. Of course, being the Grauniad they call him simply Menzies Campbell, but we know who they mean.

 

Sir Ming Campbell MP 2008

He's wrong. Click through to see why...

 

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Feb 14

A Brief Hiatus

The last post but one turned out to be a little unkind. It transpired that Mr Davey had asked that nice Mr Holiland to reply to me again and the letter was waiting for me on my return. See it after the break.

 As well as that, Mr Salmond has sent me the full copy of "Scotland's Future" I asked him for, so I hope to restart my critique of that soon.

 

book and light

 

It'll something to do in the hotel in the evenings when I get back from advising on a project vital to Scotland's future government (yes, really).

 

Anyway, back to DECC...

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