So, what will the Cummings budget look like?February 13, 2020 Tim WorstallYour Tax Money At Work28 CommentsNow Sajid’s gone….. previousSuch wondrous ignorancenextTop holiday tip – Barcelona in a ten days’ time 28 thoughts on “So, what will the Cummings budget look like?” Rowdy February 13, 2020 at 12:55 pm Sajid’s gone? What, loopy? Rowdy February 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm Oh, I see. Who the hell is Rishi Sunak? Any persons of non-colour left in government? Andrew M February 13, 2020 at 1:12 pm Are we getting the Cummings budget of Thatcherite Tory principles, low taxes, entrepreneurship, Schumpeterian creative destruction, etc? Or are we getting Boris’s shiny-trains and remain-in-power-at-any-cost budget of spending billions on loss-making rural buses and bungs for post-CAP farmers? Jussi February 13, 2020 at 1:16 pm I’d be happy if they didn’t touch the 25% tax-free pension lump sum, not asking much. Kevin B February 13, 2020 at 1:35 pm So as Boris’ new cabinet forms, the tenor of the ‘Conservative’ government that we so trustingly elected all those months ago also takes shape. So far it appears to be Leavers out, remainers in and is looking like a globalist, ultra green, tax and spend, anti-American, Europhile government with strong authoritarian tendencies. Still, at least it’s not Corbyn. (Just Corbynite.) Patrick February 13, 2020 at 1:53 pm For me Mansion Tax will be the canary-in-the-coalmine policy. It says ‘you don’t actually own anything because we can tax it away’. An attack on aspiration and property rights. If this survives we’ll know what to expect in future. 🙁 If it dies then the omens look a lot rosier. 🙂 Gamecock February 13, 2020 at 1:58 pm Enough talk. Make your placards. Hit the street. MARCH! Bloke in North Dorset February 13, 2020 at 2:02 pm “ Oh, I see. Who the hell is Rishi Sunak? Any persons of non-colour left in government?” I saw a link to an article about him on Twitter last year. After reading it I commented that he seemed “sound” ie free marketer ‘n all that. Someone who knew him reckoned he’ll say what needs to be saying and, I paraphrase, has a set of principles for all occasions. Looks like Boris is going for. “Yes” man. Tim the Coder February 13, 2020 at 2:21 pm So did Sajid get axed because of plans for mansion tax and pension raid, or because he objected to them? Time will tell. And the transport minister got axed for his extreme infection with The Green Madness: banning private cars 2 years earlier than last week’s madness. Gove the traitorous green idiot has survived, so it looks like Boris is infected too. Steve February 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm Saj always impressed me as a smart, switched-on, highly successful self-made man. I didn’t agree with him on some stuff (probably a lot of stuff if the budget rumours are true), but I respected him as being more than just another no-mark political bag-carrier. Oo the fuck is Sooty? Andrew C February 13, 2020 at 4:32 pm @Jussi Their whole approach on pensions will be interesting. Restricting tax relief to 20% would be idiotic and unless they include employers’ contributions makes no sense (it would be too easy to get round). BUT if they include employers’ contributions wait for the howls of protest from the public sector who are getting massively more than the employed private sector. The public sector don’t mind getting the equivalent of up to 35% of their salary (notionally) added to their (notional) pension pot. They won’t like it if a big chunk of that becomes an actual tax bill. Bloke in North Dorset February 13, 2020 at 4:35 pm I like Saj and would have coted for him as leader even though he voted Remain. At least Rishi Sunak voted leave. jgh February 13, 2020 at 7:02 pm If they are serious about proper property valuation taxation, then go ahead and do it, the current Council Tax system is a mess. Oh wait! That would mean local councils getting the money, can’t have that, has to all syphon into Whitehall. Itellyounothing February 13, 2020 at 7:43 pm Probably testing for angry howls to measure the political cost….. Itellyounothing February 13, 2020 at 7:50 pm On thinking about it, I reckon pensions tax relief is going to get dropped to make us grateful for some other tax rise. Or vice versa…… The idea of private pensions seems to be hated by government. Like it makes us plebs to free of them…… Titanic's deck chairs February 13, 2020 at 7:51 pm Owww, hey! Howwwreyoooo?! Pcar February 13, 2020 at 8:29 pm @TtC The Gove & Shapps car ban in 2032 not 2035 was front page of DE/DM today. Car firms saying ‘sod off you loons” @Steve February 13, 2020 at 2:46 pm ‘Sooty’? Have the hate police visited you yet? As for Javid, not trusted him since he sold his soul to Cameron/EU by becoming a Remainer @jgh Better: replace with “The Peoples Tax” (community charge) Pcar February 13, 2020 at 8:36 pm @Kevin B Sadly, I must agree Is Boris defaulting on Brexit? Friday’s Express caught up with Michel Barnier’s offer of an ‘ambitious’ free trade deal, covered in extreme and unprecedented demands for EU controls over UK trade and regulation that we’d reported on TCW here. As TCW commented, it was very concerning that Boris and Michael Gove both said that if the negotiations failed, then the UK was safe with the savage ‘Withdrawal Agreement’. Alarm bells should be ringing. On Sunday, Sherelle Jacobs of The Telegraph remarked that Barnier had morphed into snake-oil salesman mode and was selling a mess of regulation and control disguised by the name of a free trade agreement. She said that this was a sign of EU panic and lack of strategy, that the UK has the upper hand now. We probably would, if we had the guts to play that hand!. It wasn’t surprising to read that the public is not convinced that Boris is getting Brexit done as promised, probably because his actions are not matching his ebullient rhetoric. A poll reported in the Standard shows one in six say he has not got Brexit done, while the Express reported that confidence that he will manage it is wobbling. The Telegraph’s Juliet Samuel was one of the first to detect wobble. In her column last week, she rightly said that if he loses his bottle now, he will pay heavily later. Though she began the year confident of a new and better phase of Brexit and sees the EU’s latest spray of ludicrous demands as a sign of panic in a bad economic context, she detects drift and a reversion back to a kind of Tory autopilot by Boris – instead of acting for a positive Brexit and, for example, work at the Dover Calais customs facilitation. On Monday, Michael Gove ‘confirmed’ that post-Brexit trade barriers would be imposed and on cue the Food and Drink Federation raised concerns about the lack of time to deliver the plans, adding that ‘any additional friction into the UK-EU trading relationship will inevitably have a cost for businesses, consumers and shoppers’. Given Mr Gove’s record of inconsistency on the matter of customs barriers, it is at least questionable whether this is part of a stratagem to persuade the public to accept continuing closer alignment with the EU in order to alleviate the risk of the disruption that he appears to be threatening. The Independent’s ‘Project Fear’ headline suggests as much. What about, too, previous confirmations by customs experts that existing techniques and processes can ensure a frictionless borders – not as a backstop for Northern Ireland, but as a durable, long-term solution? How has work been progressing on these? All this leaves me worrying that, Whitehall is indeed anaesthetising Boris and Dominic Cummings into Brino – Brexit in name only. No one it seems is keeping Boris focused. The European Research Group appears to have disappeared into the deep freeze of Tory Party control. It is reported that peerages are to go to two arch-Remainers, Philip Hammond and Ken Clarke, the first being the one-man roadblock to Dover customs preparations. Boris is also rewarding Gavin Barwell, who continues to help the EU by warning Boris that it will ignore his World Trade Organisation plan B. Like Barwell a deep Remainer, Hammond can do damage from the Lords. Why is Boris taking this risk? To appease Sir Humphrey again? The last word goes to Harry Western who, writing in Briefings for Britain, says ‘On the terms being offered, the EU deal is not worth it.’ It has to be read as widely as possible. Send it to your MP Boris surrenders like May Is Boris about to wimp out on the BBC licence fee? It all began so well. On 14 December 14, less than 48 hours after his stunning election victory, Boris Johnson initiated moves to decriminalise non-payment of the coercive, regressive, household TV-signal receivability tax inaccurately known as the BBC ‘licence fee’ In the ensuing days, the announcement received widespread praise and approval from voters and commentariat alike, by no means all of them slavish Tory supporters or Boris-worshippers. A Savanta-ComRes poll found that BBC News was less trusted than ITV News on perceptions of impartiality and accuracy, that two-thirds of respondents believed the licence fee should be either scrapped or substantially reformed … Three days later, Morgan was back, this time with the revelation that the licence fee might not in fact be scrapped outright, but replaced by a tiered level of access in which viewers could choose the level of services they required. Significantly absent was any mention of nopayment being required from those who don’t wish to consume BBC output at all. Presumably, therefore, under this ‘tiered levels of access’ model, there would still be a minimum level payable anyway, so it would still be coercive. Since Johnson won the election, there have been a few disturbing hints that he might be resiling from some of the positions he previously appeared to espouse robustly. Immigration reduction, HS2 and Huawei all come to mind, and that’s before the tentative ‘squeeze the rich’ Budget proposals trailed and rightly excoriated this past weekend as disincentivising and un-conservative. Now it starts to look as if the Biased BBC and its iniquitous ‘licence fee’ might be going the same way. Is Boris about to wimp out on this one too? Trump promises, Trump delivers; Boris promises, Boris reneges – Boris is not Trump-like, he’s Blair-like Bloke in Germany February 13, 2020 at 8:51 pm “Any persons of non-colour left in government?” Indeed. Even Borisügülü has a drop of Ottoman in him. Stumpy February 13, 2020 at 9:42 pm I am going to go out on a limb here and suggest that the “Singapore Model” is now baked into the governments thinking. The E.U have probably forced the issue with their recent demands, but even the Free Ports proposal announced earlier in the week and the “free trade” reveal of last week gives a strong hint of the direction of travel. My guess would be that the announced infrastructure projects will be funded by borrowing (something Javid was dead-set against, thus he had to go). The government is gambling that they can pay back the borrowing through the proceeds of economic growth through an expanding economy based on free trade. Cummings, despises not only the EU but all supra-national bodies, he will make sure that there is no back-sliding by BJ during the EU negotiations. I’m not so sure that next months budget will give us the answer, but if the UK doesn’t ask for a negotiating extension with the EU before the June deadline, then we can be pretty confident that Singapore is desired economic destination. Edward Lud February 13, 2020 at 10:10 pm Maybe. Bit off, though, Kremlinology for English chaps. Don’t much care for generalised nationwide policy persiflage. Sounds to me like tit and dick soup. Not on. Just more ‘experts’ frotting themselves at my expense. The Meissen Bison February 13, 2020 at 11:01 pm m’Lud: tit and dick soup Do you have Ingrid’s recipe? Does it involve croutons? dearieme February 13, 2020 at 11:41 pm I was willing to give Boris the benefit of the doubt. HS2 killed that. Pcar February 14, 2020 at 12:56 am The Telegraph: What Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle tells us about his plans https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGG_jky_RB8 Other than spaffing other peoples money on his personal likes & obsessions, not a lot Although, in past, it has led to revolutions I’m wondering how long Cummings stays before he does a Steve Hilton and walks out Edward Lud February 14, 2020 at 7:27 am If it does, Mr B, then my lusty Grande horizontal has been keeping it from me! Mr Ecks February 14, 2020 at 7:45 pm If Cummings is a free market supporter WTF has the Marxist eco-shite “Shank’s Pony for the Plebs” and “Censor the Internet” come from then? If he supports such he is a chrome-domed cunt. If he don’t but Blojo does–in what wise is Cummings in charge, running the show or “triumphant”? John Galt February 14, 2020 at 8:09 pm Who the hell is Rishi Sunak? He’s Dominic Cummings new sock puppet. Sajid Javid wasn’t happy being CHINO (Chancellor in Name Only) and I suspect that Dirty Dom placed the bait necessary to force him to resign. Why? Because he wasn’t going to let Dirty Dom be the tail that wagged the Treasury dog. Good. I’m glad he’s decided to fuck off, he might have been a competent banker (whatever that means), but what we need right now is someone who is a true believer in whatever it is that The Cummings has planned. Is Rishi Sunak a true believer or just a token POC sock puppet who will do The Cummings business just to have “Chancellor of the Exchequer” on his business card and a distant shot at the top job when BoJo is done. After all, wasn’t John Major made in the same mold? Pcar February 15, 2020 at 1:05 am @John Galt Ah, John Major: he was meant to be a sock-puppet chancellor, then PM. Sadly, once he was PM (I campaigned, canvassed etc for him) he ripped of the mask and revealed his true socialist CM beliefs. Lamont managed to control his worst attributes, but when Clarkey replaced him it was full speed socialist tax, tax, tax and EU forever Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.