Can we not educate the idiots? It's got to be a better long term solution. I'm all for teaching people that there's a better way, especially if it saves me money, I don't buy alcohol often, mainly because i'm not paid enough! So i'd rather not have to go without a little more often just so we can pump the stomachs of morons and patch up those getting into fights.
TomDrummer (19th March 2014)
Perhaps bars and pubs should actually be made to enforce the law by which they're not allowed to serve alcohol to someone who is intoxicated?
I have no real hopes for this budget, it's being produced by someone so detached from how the rest of us live that he has no idea what his policies do to us. Same with most of them in all the other departments too the old Eton chums never done a hard days work in their lives and never got a job without family stepping in (yes im looking at you Cameron) and that's across all the parties not just Tory bashing.
I'd like them to scrap the social housing rent escalator as each year the rent goes up by RPI + 0.5% + £2 per week which isn't great for those that pay their rent but the other year when inflation was at 5% we got slapped silly and bearing in mind how many people in social housing are claiming housing benefit it's just a scheme for them to hammer the government for more money, cap it to 1% until the economy recovers same as my wage rises are capped to 1%
Any tax cuts are just going to be a sweetener for the upcoming election trying to bribe their way back in. How many promises were broken this time?
No plans to increase VAT
No intention of shutting Surestart centres
There's a lot of them, that's if you can find them after Camerons little "tidy up" on their website LOL.
Anyway I shall stop there before I need to drag the soapbox out. I'll be voting Labour next time round, not because they're the answer but because they're the only party with a chance of keeping the damn tories out.
I'm not necessarily disagreeing with you @nephilim, but I've observed very different attitudes to alcohol/binge-drinking in different places and I don't think that just making a drink unaffordable will solve the problem. I can only think that would lead to either a black market trade in imported drinks, perhaps cause more people to take up recreational drugs, or possibly worse - dodgy home-brewed moonshine with anti-freeze in it. (I'm being facetious about anti-freeze, but you get the point).
@JJonas simple solution, start charging repeat offenders for their medical care. We all have a medical record, it'd be easy to see if people ended up in hospital due to excessive drinking more than a couple of times in a year. Saddle them with a bill and see what happens.
Last edited by ICTDirect_Dave; 19th March 2014 at 01:07 PM.
Tax on sugar and its content on foods I would very much welcome, Its pretty much everywhere with everything these days and alarming, more alarming again what companies do with lobbying to prevent legislations going through.
I would like to see a £1 at least added in tax on things like chewing gum to fund cleaning of streets better too, where I live the pavements need blasting big time.
I would also like to see things like Council Tax having optional elements to them allowing you to opt out of services that you dont use ! thats not going to happen ever though in reality.
Wow...taking under 21s out of the tax bracket regardless of earnings...that's brave! Some bankers at 21 pull in 6 figure salaries!
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