The lifetime risk of breast cancer for a woman drinking one bottle of wine each week rises by 10%, but breast cancer is a lot more common than liver disease, and one in 100 women drinking at this level will develop breast cancer as a result.
This is the level of drinking that the prodnoses are talking about. A bottle of wine a week.
The Home Office proposed a measured alcohol strategy, centred on a minimum unit price, and personally supported by David Cameron, and no one seems to understand why it was dropped
Because it’s illegal under EU law you dimwit. It’s also damn stupid. Why do you want to fatten the profit margins of the suppliers? If you want to make booze more expensive then raise the tax levels!
After ore is pried from the ground and unwanted minerals are sifted away to make a concentrate of minerals, complex acid and chemical treatments are required to separate individual rare earths into quantities that are useful. Many of the 17 rare earths share such similar physical properties that separating individual elements can require several months and 1,000 chemical treatments.
Grr. No, many of them share such similar chemical properties that we have to use physical differences to separate them.
The Big Six energy firms have been asked to freeze prices by the Government until the middle of 2015, it was reported last night.
The Government is calling for energy firms to commit to an immediate freeze on prices as part of a deal that could cut bills for families across the country.
The country is looking for £100 billion to be invested in the energy generation and distribution system over the next couple of decades. And the idiots are calling for price freezes?
At the ASI.
Not a good way to deal with the failures of the planning system.
So as I said I was invited to be on a panel with Ritchie and Prem Sikka on the subject of tax justice. I said yes, why not, should be fun. And so I was duly invited.
Just got the email disinviting me. Apparently some of the organisers of the conference did not think that my views would add much light to anything, only a certain amount of heat.
So, better cancel those supporters’ buses I hired to bring in the righteous to confer with the bien pensants then, eh?
” the concern was not at all about you personally; it was about the explosive chemistry which might have resulted from having you on a panel with Richard and Prem”
Ed Miliband will on Tuesday declare the cost of living crisis has become the preeminent issue facing Britain, as he sets out plans for employers to receive a tax rebate if they choose to pay a worker the living wage, which is now worth £7.65 an hour, £1.34 higher than the minimum wage.
The rebate is designed to incentivise a high wage and high skill economy and would last for a year at a minimum. In a speech, Miliband will claim the policy symbolises the choice facing the country at the next election between Labour committed to tackling low living standards and the Conservatives committed to broken markets.
That living wage comes out to a shade under 15 grand a year. Out of which the government takes a couple of thousand pounds to pay for things like the salary of the Leader of the Opposition.
Yes, indeed, Ed Miliboy gets paid from the crusts stolen from the mouths of poor babes in arms.
And if you think that the working poor don’t have enough money at the end of the day then there’s really a very simple solution. Stop fucking nicking it off them in tax.
However, research has shown employers paying the living wage secure a more productive workforce with lower absenteeism and turn-over. Dominic Johnson, employee relations director at Barclays, said on Monday that paying the rate had improved retention rates for its cleaners. “Early research on the impact of the living wage for cleaners on Barclays’ contracts shows our suppliers have a 92% retention rate versus an industry average of 35%,” he said.
Dear God Barclay’s employs some ignorant cunts. Yes, of course you have a greater retention rate. You’re paying more than everyone else. When everyone is paying the same as you then you’ll have the same retention rate as everyone else. Doesn’t anyone at all recall the story of Henry Ford and his $5 a day?
At the ASI.
Maybe Marx was just a little bit right.
In a long and sometimes heated session, HMRC was accused of having a “supine attitude” to international tax collection. Ms Hodge said the existence of a £35bn tax gap – the difference between the total amount owed to HMRC and the figure collected – suggested the body was “institutionally incapable”. She argued that if the tax legally avoided by international companies “such as Google, Amazon and Starbucks” were included, the tax gap would be far larger.
The tax officials repeatedly explained that HMRC could only collect what was legally due. “Our tax gap is a complete measure of what tax we’re owed under rules currently in place,” said Mr Harra.
Mr Troup added: “Our job is to collect tax [and we follow] the law as it stands.”
Quite. The Google, Amazon stuff is not tax avoidance. So it cannot be included in an estimate of tax avoidance.
Seems clear enough to me.
TheMoneyIllusion.com officially endorses the Free Democrats in tomorrow’s election. If only America had a parliamentary system where the swing party was always a socially liberal and fiscally conservative group. I could actually vote for someone without holding my nose.
Grand Theft Auto V Is Fastest Selling Entertainment Property Ever, Which Makes Willy Hutton Look Pretty Foolish
Although as I point out, Will Hutton makes Will Hutton look pretty foolish.
Enforced servitude is something this country stamped out a long time ago – although we kept the vile principle of national service long after we freed our slaves and stopped other people trading in them. The state, however, seems to think that slavery to the state is, somehow acceptable – or, at least, this particular state apparatchik does. It is not. It never will be and it should be opposed vigorously.
I own me.
Nowt else to say about the fat fucker’s idea, is there?
*Both sides and the middle.
Scientists believe they have achieved the ‘holy grail’ of the green economy by designing a hydrogen production plant that can split water with sunlight.
The University of Colorado at Boulder envisages an array of mirrors that would focus sunlight onto a central tower several hundred feet tall.
The tower would heat up to around 1,350 °C – enough to liberate hydrogen from steam with the help of a metal oxide compound.
Reforming steam with an iron/cobalt oxide catalyst to produce hydrogen isn\’t new, no. I think I\’m right in saying that hydrogen is generated in steel furnaces as any residual water passes over the iron oxide that is the ore in fact. Nor is using sunlight to heat water all that amazingly new. Combining the two is interesting but it ain\’t a Holy Grail of anything at all. For this reason:
Commercialisation of such a solar-thermal reactor is only likely to happen when the economic conditions are right, claims Professor Weimer.
‘There would have to be a substantial monetary penalty for putting carbon into the atmosphere, or the price of fossil fuels would have to go way up,’ he added.
It ain\’t economic.
And we\’ve many ways of producing energy, of storing energy (which is what this is, a storage method, not a production method), that are not economic. Even if we look to the hydrogen economy we\’ve got ways of doing this that are not economic. For example, take the electricity from either solar or wind power and electrolyse water to release the H2. That might be better or worse than this method but they\’re both still uneconomic.
What we\’re looking for of course is something that is economic. And what we\’d really like is something that is cheaper, unsubsidised, without a carbon tax, than fossil fuels at which point the entire climate change problem goes away. That would be the Holy Grail….
This is because British law allows relief on a quarter of the money spent on items including debt interest payment, spectrum purchases and installing equipment such as masts and radios. The relief is equal to the tax rate – an average of 25% in recent years.
Hang on, you buy something to make the business work. This is a cost. If it\’s something that makes the business work for a long time then you get a piece, not all of it, as a cost each year. That cost is obviously deducted from your income before calculating tax. Because profit, the thing being taxed, is income minus costs.
It\’s not just the alarmingly cack handed way in which they\’re describing this process: they really do seem to be arguing that you cannot deduct the costs of doing business before you calculate your profit.
Ah, Prem Sikka is involved: we know that it won\’t make sense then.
But critics say that its ability to send large sums abroad while making no corporation tax contribution to the Exchequer highlights the unfairness of British laws.
Cash made here should be taxed here. A fair enough idea in isolation. And then in the companion piece we have:
Vodafone has ceded just £156m in UK corporation tax, but paid £6.7bn to other countries during the past three years.
And, err, profits made elsewhere should be taxed here? Again, fair enough in isolation, but you really cannot go around believing both.
If you comment here then you won\’t be allowed to comment there.
I want to note that several commentators who fall foul of the ban on those who openly support the policy of blogs where abuse is commonplace have placed abusive comment on this thread, as might be expected.
Their comments have been deleted.
One also suggested I wished to create an echo chamber – which is exactly, of course, what right wing think tanks set out to do
Yes, that combination of right wing think tanks and promoting a culture of abuse does indeed mean here.
Participating in web sites that approve abusive language and an aggressive tone, frequently laden with sexual innuendo and all with clear intent to oppress those calling for greater equality in society, which comment carries with it the clear message that violence in pursuit of greed and manipulation to secure advantage is acceptable, means a commentator is not welcome here, ever.
Apparently either disagreeing with someone or pointing out their errors is oppressing them these days.
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We\’re getting a certain amount of whining from the TUC (and also from the AFL-CIO over the Pond) that wages have been growing more slowly than productivity in recent years. And that this is the real, underlying, cause of our economic woes.
German wages grew more slowly than productivity over the last decade, helped along by Gerhard Schröder\’s labor reforms in 2003-05. This meant Germans consumed vastly less than they produced, fueling an export boom and keeping unemployment low.
Does Germany have different laws of economics then?
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In the past century, the Earth\’s temperature has risen by 6C.
We\’ve all boiled already then.
North Cyprus doesn\’t have a banking problem.
The rest of Cyprus has a very large banking problem.
North Cyprus isn\’t in the euro.
The rest of Cyprus is in the euro. And the EU.
Sounds like we\’ve found our natural experiment to judge the effect of being in the EU/euro. It\’s not an experiment that leaves the EU/euro looking good really, is it?