Comment by Richard Tebboth on May 18 2009, 21:48
Dave, as I have already urged you:
It is surely time for you to deliver the same explicit message to Mr Brown as that of Oliver Cromwell to the rump Parliament in April 1653:
“You have sat for too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!”
Furthermore: "Mr & Mrs Taxpayer have to purchase & maintain their home and pay their living expenses from their taxed income.
Parliamentarians should do the same.
Mr & Mrs Taxpayer mostly have to fund their retirement income through money purchase (defined contribution) schemes.
Parliamentarians (and other public sector employees) should do the same.
Those MPs who need to stay in London on parliamentary business (200 nights p.a.?) should be accommodated in adequate hotel rooms.
End of story."
Luke 16:10: "He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much."
Leadership by example, leadership by example,
leadership by example.
"What I tell you three times is true"
Finally an email:-
From: Richard Tebboth
To Darling Alistair, Peter Mandelson
Dear Alistair & Peter
I was intending to order a car under the scheme which you announced in the budget speech over three weeks ago.
Presumably a little preparation went into your announcement particularly as it was widely anticipated and imitative of other policies in France, Germany...
It is therefore somewhat annoying to discover that my selected supplier informs me that they await input from the government before they can proceed.
My supplier is not unique:-
"Under the scheme, the government will subsidise £1,000 while the motor industry will provide at least a similar discount.
However, Honda says it is seeking clarity on the contribution from industry, as well as on a couple of other "administrative points".
A Honda spokesman said: "Relating to the £1,000 contribution - the original request was for a contribution of £1,000 from the industry.
"We were looking at splitting that between the manufacturer and our dealers but we're being told that we can't do that."
He added that they were being told that manufacturers alone would have to make up the payment, and Honda was challenging that.
A spokesman for Ford said: "Based on details which have only become apparent late in these negotiations [between the government and manufacturers], Ford is working to resolve some outstanding administrative issues."
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said it was seeking to clarify the exact tax position."
A well known phrase including the words "piss-up" and "brewery" springs to mind.
Of course, Alistair's immediate neighbour could call an immediate general election and pass on this and less pressing economic issues to a government of whatever complexion the British electorate deems capable of managing them.
Yours very sincerely,