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Rod Liddle: What I’d like to see in the Budget

13 March 2014

3:27 PM

13 March 2014

3:27 PM

  • A new National Minimum Wage of £8.80 per hour, both in London and beyond. Plenty of money set aside to police this arrangement.
  • Four per cent stamp duty for all homes over £250,000, two per cent for all those under. We need to dampen down the housing market which has again become absurd.
  • 60 per cent taxation on all incomes over £200,000.
  • Cap on CEO pay to no more than 12 times the pay of their lowest employee.
  • Re-nationalisation of the utilities and railways.
  • Cut in subsidy to local councils of 98 per cent and a cap on the amount of money they can raise in council tax. Just empty the bins and shut up. Oh, actually – yes. Empty the bin, singular. You want to sort out the rubbish, you do it.
  • Cancellation of all money paid by central government to the third sector. If we wish to donate, we will.
  • Duty on cigarettes and alcohol reduced to whatever it is in Moldova or Slovakia, whichever is lowest. I accept that this is a purely selfish aspiration.
  • An end to subsidies for windfarms. A budget of £1bn put aside for dismantling existing windfarms.
  • Remember the bonfire of the quangos? Wouldn’t have been able to barbecue a marshmallow on that one. Cull 80 per cent of all quangos randomly, by sticking a pin in a list. And see how we get on without them.
  • Overseas aid donations limited henceforth to countries which seem to like us, and support our aims. Whatever they are.

And that’s for starters……………


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