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Category Archives: Capitalism – the End

How much will it cost you to vote Green in May 2015?

by Marrick on January 21, 2015

I’ve just had a read of the Green manifesto. It’s just a trite wish list, full of contradictions and non sequiturs. Most of it reads well and gets nods of approval from any right (as in left) thinking person, but behind their policies hides a basic truth – going Green will cost a lot. And […]

Are there parallels between Thatcher and Cameron?

by Marrick on April 8, 2013

“Thatcher is dead, long live Thatcherism” is the toast in a thousand London clubs as hard faced bankers get all dewy-eyed and sentimental about the late Tory leader and the most divisive Prime Minister of the second half of the twentieth century. In common with her acolytes, Cameron and Osborne, Thatcher was quick to give […]

Why Orange’s price hike isn’t as fair as it seems

by Marrick on March 11, 2013

I’ve just had notification from Orange that my two accounts with them (mine and my son’s) are going up from April “because of inflation” by just over 3%. On the surface this seems fine – that’s roughly the rate of inflation, but if you consider that a large element of the bill goes to paying […]

Direct Democracy: you makes your choice and you pays your money…

by Marrick on June 7, 2012

Direct democracy. What a wonderful phrase. Just roll it around on your tongue for a little while and savour the warm, juicy flavours of the brew. Direct democracy. Mmmm, if Nescafé could capture that aroma, they’d make a mint. So, what is this heady mixture? Here’s what Wikipedia says: Direct democracy (or pure democracy) is […]

I take it all back

by Marrick on May 29, 2012

The coalition aren’t a bunch of spineless, incompetent, economic illiterates, with all the compassion of a gang of hungry spiders. They’re lovely. Cuddly, in fact. Here’s why: The government is to reverse its plans to impose VAT on Cornish pasties, the BBC has learned. Ministers have also reduced the intended 20% charge which was due […]

The recession: it could have been worse says ONS

by Marrick on May 25, 2012

Yesterday’s revelation by the Office for National Statistics that Britain was indeed back in recession, confirmed the announcement made earlier this month that growth had stalled and gone into reverse, but added the sting in the tail that things are worse than previously thought. It might seem that the jump from two tenths of a […]

Banks eh? Doncha just love ‘em?

by Marrick on May 2, 2012

This week, Halifax##Q##s standard variable rate (SVR) increases from 3.5% to 3.99%, hitting 850,000 customers. Co-op SVR##Q##s up 0.5% points to 4.74% and Clydesdale/Yorkshire from 4.59% to 4.95%. RBS##Q##s One account jumps 0.25% points to 4%. Did I miss something? Has the bank rate jumped? No? So how come they##Q##re blaming the "increased cost of […]

Do millionaires pay enough tax?

by Marrick on April 23, 2012

The Office for National Statistics have issued some "facts". Their spin is that "while some multi-millionaires pay less tax than the rest of us, it seems most cough up their share." Official government figures show that 72% of those who earned £10m-plus in 010/11 paid tax at a rate of 40%. 12% paid tax at […]

Why has Labour taken a significant lead in the polls and can they sustain it?

by Marrick on March 28, 2012

Has Ed got it right? Can the man who the Conservative media are at great pains to paint as a poor leader be manoeuvring Labour into a winning position? Or are the Tories shooting themselves in the foot now, then hoping they can reap the benefits later?  As of today Labour are ten points clear […]

So, why are the Tories setting a minimum alcohol price?

by Marrick on March 23, 2012

An interesting proposal, this one: the idea that setting the price of a unit of alcohol at 40p per unit will somehow deter the binge drinkers is completely risible. And the evidence that pricing affects consumption is not unchallenged, unless it reaches the point where it is no longer affordable. So, what is the real […]