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A Budget Response - Showy Gimmicks vs Solid Foundations

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As expected in his pre-election showpiece this was a political budget from the most political of chancellors. One by one he attempted to deal with Labour's one-dimensional election attack lines whilst trumpeting whichever statistics he could find to claim positive performance for his now infamous Long-Term Economic Plan.

Despite the rhetoric however, it was a short-term budget from a Coalition that appear to be pulling in different directions, with consequent confusion and complexity. This was exacerbated by the showy gimmicks that provided Osborne with so called 'gags' at Labour's expense - kitchens and deeds of variation. 

Fundamentally however these exemptions and allowances add complexity, rather than simplicity to an already overburdened tax system and are almost certain to be the tax avoidance loopholes of the future.

Andy Halsall : Why it's good to be right - Making an impact.

We often talk about the progress the party is making and the things we want to change, but beyond some of our larger national successes we don't say as much as we could about when we do make an impact.  Its time to change that, so:

It is starting to feel like we are making real progress on some of our core issues - maybe not as much or as quickly as we might wish, but enough to show that we can be a real force for change, now!

In Manchester, we have been facing off with the Labour Party in elections for the best part of 4 years on a raft of local issues, including digital. It's significant, then, that this week Manchester Labour have decided that they finally want to follow our lead and push for 'Better Broadband' in the run up to the local elections!  Granted, they have been a bit slow off the mark and in the past have been dismissive of such issues, but we have shown them the way and they are now at least talking about it... and it is an important issue.

Fighting digital exclusion

The online revolution has transformed our lives forever. Never before have we had such an opportunity to share information, express our opinions and participate in new opportunities. The Pirate Party believes it's time to think about digital rights rather than digital privilege.

The online economy is now worth £82 billion a year. The Internet now contributes to over 20% of economic growth in the UK. It's used for everything from banking and shopping to accessing council services and applying for schools for our children; it is vital that all can participate on an equal footing.

Pirate Party slams Government broadband strategy

THE PIRATE PARTY has hit out at the Government, saying that its professed strategy to provide broadband for all is contradicted by its Digital Economy Act (DEA).

Pirate Party UK leader Loz Kaye told The INQUIRER, "The coalition can not on one hand call the Internet 'the fourth utility', and on the other support legislation like the Digital Economy Act which threatens to cut whole households from the web."

He added, "Digital exclusion will add another layer of poverty to already struggling neighbourhoods in the UK, and cement poor education outcomes."

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011 - 23:00