Monday, July 21, 2008

Nick Clegg and taxation

I'm not keen on Nick Clegg. Given my current antipathy towards Labour, you would think that, recognising that there is really quite a large group of people who feel similarly, he would have the sense to look towards winning out votes. But not so.

The latest wheeze from this Cameron-lite insignificant nothingness is that he thinks taxation should be reduced. he makes the usual vacuous comments about how much scrapping ID cards would save - and , because he hasn't actually sat down and thought it through, then starts to go on about the savings which could be made through 'waste' reduction.

The Tories were always ranting on about this and they didn't appear to manage to do much about it for the 18 years they were in power. Its a smokescreen - and shows that, sadly, the LD's are really bereft of original and creative ideas. Yes - the taxation system is not progressive enough and, in particular is too high at its lowest end and too low at the higher end. But the idea that taxes overall could be cut without nit having a detrimental affect on services is moonshine. Clegg just isn't up top the job: he's a jumped up school prefect who seems to do little but try to sound like a weaker version of Cameron. Because that is actually what he is.

I won't vote for the sitting Labour MP in the constituency I will be voting in next time, so unless there's a Green or some sort of alternative candidate on the left to vote for this may be my first spoilt ballot paper.....

6 comments:

David Duff said...

I don't admire Nick Clegg very much either.

That *may* be the only thing in the entire universe upon which we agree.

I thought I would write it, though, because I am intrigued by the dire warning on the right-hand side of your blog and I wondered how it would go down!

I feel a tingling in the back of my neck!

Merseymike said...

Hello David: having read your blog, I think you could possibly be right in terms of points we are likely to agree on....

David Duff said...

Yes, but are you, from time to time, prepared to discuss them?

Merseymike said...

Depends, really. There are some issues which I make quite clear are not up for debate here - e.g. gay and lesbian equality, or supportive posts advocating conservative religionism, but other issues, yes, there have been contrary views expressed. I don't fit easily into pre-set boxes in terms of my views.

David Duff said...

Well, I shall just have to live dangerously, then, and take my chances. No problem with homosexuals - what people do in their bedrooms is of no interest to me. As for "conservative religionism", I am a confirmed agnostic, but I should warn you that when it comes to choosing between the wilder, eye-ball-swivelling 'Darwinistas' and the more extreme Evangelists, I find little to choose between them.

Anyway, we shall attempt conversation and see what happens!

Merseymike said...

Fair do's. I rather like Richard Dawkins, as he is amusing and reasonable, but the is a limit to how much one can be just 'against' something.

Be grateful if you could ration comments - in that the blog isn't a duel between protagonists and there is nothing more boring than an online tussle between two people which bores everyone else. And you won't get away with the sort of stuff you write on Susan Press's blog, but then, she comes from a different place to me.