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Surely there is a good idea to use the tax system to give incentives to companies to move to high unemployment areas? And at the same time, give extra incentives for companies to export more goods to new markets.
First of all, if a company opens up a factory in an unemployment black spot, as designated by the Board of Trade, a series of incentives could be given. First of all, lower rates of Corporation Tax could be levied for the first ten years. And also Capital Gains taxes could be reduced for the same period.
In addition, a totally free “Employers Contribution” to National Insurance could be made for each employee who has (a) lived in the local area for a year or so, and (b) has been unemployed for over six months. And this should continue for the first five years.
Incentives for exporting to new markets are not quite so easy to assess. It is an expensive business travelling to, and opening up, new markets in countries you haven’t traded with before. I suggest that all sales to new markets have the entire gross profit for that market, taken out of the tax equation for the first five years.
I know that these lengthy terms are over the life of the Government’s term of five years but there is a precedent for politicians biding future Governments into decisions made on long tern projects. I am referring to signing treaties taking us further into the European Union.
I recently acquired an HTC Desire, (an Android smart phone). I believe Android are now currently outselling iPhones in the USA and they will soon be outselling them worldwide if not already.
I have to admit, owning an HTC Desire – (I got it on a Virgin contract and paid £149.99 down, and £25 a month for two years). For this I get a £450 mobile phone, 600 calls included every month, and 3,000 texts thrown in. In addition, I am allowed a Gigybyte of Internet 3g and, quite frankly, I can have this on 24 hours a day and never use more than half that amount! As for the 600 calls, friends are getting a little upset with me as I have Scottish blood in my veins and phone everyone and their dawg trying to use up my allotted 600 minutes!
There is a Market place app that takes me to a website with tens of thousands of free apps (applications) and a few you have to pay for. Most of these are around a pound or two and some of them are very good. I currently have 53 apps on my phone and some of them make my life a lot easier.
London journey, for instance cost under £2 and lets me see the service updates on all lines, real live times of trains due in at any underground station I click on, a route planner that has so many options I haven’t room to mention them all here. This app gets me around London using tube, bus, trams, British Rail, riverboat and Docklands railway. It gives me times, locations (on Google Maps), of each change within the journey and estimated total length of journey.
I have another British Rail app which gives me live information of any train arriving at any station within the UK. Another app that gives me arrival and departure times of any plane at any London airport (including Luton and Stanstead) with live updates. I have an app that turns my camera into a scanner and, in a store, I can scan the barcode on a product and get a list of all stores nearby and the price they are selling the same product, together with prices on the Internet. This has almost saved me the two year cost of the phone already!
Apart from Facebook, Twitter and Google Talk apps, there is one that will tell me of each different kind of bar or club local to my localised position (it uses the mobile’s triangular positions from the aerials rather than wasting battery using the inbuilt GPS.
I can look at the video programs I have downloaded from YouTube and they are brilliant in the heavy pixelated screen. In addition, another app shows me what is on TV for the day on each of about 60 programs, another tab shows the films for the day and a third any sports showing that day.
I have a terrific program that I jot down my expenses and income in, and it has a little window telling me how much I must have in my wallet and pocket. I am always losing some money! A further app is a note taker for writing and storing notes.
One brilliant phone app that shows all my callers photographs so I can choose who I want to phone without having to peer at small print. Ideal places I want to go back to can be photographed and are stored in an app, together with the latitude and longitude, a map, and notes.
A WordPress blog program so I can blog on the move, A full dictionary and thesaurus, an app where I can check with Google Analytics how many visitors I am getting on my websites. I also have an app for the Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, News24 (a South African newspaper) and “AG Newspapers UK”, This one app has most UK papers and many others from around the world, 33 to be exact, and all but six of them are in English! The Times may be out of luck when they start charging for Internet use!
I have a backup program which backs up applications to the SDcard or Online, and backs up the Sdcard on line as well. This can be very useful if the Sdcard gets damaged, or one has to load new Firmware onto the phone and lose all the programs. It can take hours to reload them all, although Marketplace does keep a record of those you paid for so you don’t have to buy them again.
As I said most apps are between £1 and £2 but there is a superb SatNav app for between £25 And £35 depending on what maps you require. This can be put in a holder in your car and will show you where you are going with voice instructions and I am told it is far better than TomTom. I will be evaluating this in due course. They now have the full street maps for South Africa so, if you are off to see the World Cup…
We’ll end here although I do have a lot more apps, and there are thousands on the website. When people download an app they can give up to five stars for the worth of the program whether free or not, and when you see half a dozen similar apps, a quick look at the star ratings and comments will steer you towards the best app.
I just had another look through the list of apps on my phone and there are so many more I can talk about. But I’ll just mention one, there is an app that tells you about every gadget in the market as soon as it comes out. This app may be free, but if you read it, it could seriously damage your wealth. Ask my wife…
This whole hoohah about where Robin Hood came from is a load of codswallop.
Those of us in the know can tell you he was a fully fledged albino Zulu warrior!
– A series of defence contracts signed shortly before the election, including a £13 billion tanker aircraft programme whose cost has “astonished and baffled” ministers.
– £420m of school building contracts, many targeting Labour marginals, signed off by Ed Balls, the former schools secretary, weeks before the general election was called.
– The troubled £1.2 billion “e-borders” IT project for the immigration service, which, sources say, is running even later and more over-budget than Labour ministers had admitted.
– A crisis in the student loans company where extra cash may be needed to prevent a repeat of last year’s failure to process tens of thousands of claims on time.
– The multi-billion-pound cost of decommissioning old nuclear power plants, which ministers claim has not been properly accounted for in Whitehall budgets.
– A £600m computer contract for the new personal pensions account scheme rushed through by Labour this year, which will still cost at least £25m even if it is cancelled.
Jack Straw, who is presumably free to speak the truth because he is past all personal ambition, put it most explicitly last week. In order to recover, he said, Labour would have to get back the votes of “decent, hard-working families” who felt that “we had not been listening enough on issues such as immigration, benefits and fairness”.
Every word of this statement is significant. “Decent” implies not feckless or irresponsible. “Hard-working” means not choosing benefit dependency as a way of life. “Families” suggests people who are maintaining more or less stable relationships in which to raise children. In other words, Mr Straw is acknowledging that Labour had come to be associated with the interests of people who were irresponsible, not hard-working and had no commitment to family life in any sustainable form.
OH has links in his article to his source material
by Meshack Mabogoane
THIS month is the centenary of the South African state, whose founders would have marvelled at their creation — the foremost in Africa and a world-class entity, which is now being undermined.
An inspired act of courage, vision and determination, it brought together diverse peoples when Europe’s overarching multinational entities were disintegrating into separate nation states.
Former colonies, republics and kingdoms were forged into a unitary and variegated state, the first — and still the only modern state — founded by natives on a continent whose other states were created outside by foreigners.
The founders — Louis Botha, Barry Hertzog, and Jan Smuts — were war-seasoned generals, who had led a genuine anti-imperialist struggle in a true people’s war. These great men laid the foundations and frameworks that have enabled the evolution of a complex and dynamic country with a thriving economy and vibrant society.
The generals had valiantly fought with their troops within the country, which stands in contrast to the history of another liberation movement — the African National Congress (ANC), which was led by a globe- trotting former lawyer who now, appropriately, has an airport named after him. He lacked military courage, unlike his legal partner, who trained and then returned to fight — but was betrayed and islanded.
The forces under the exilic former lawyer “fought” away from the country, hurling spears from afar, a tactic Shaka discarded with contempt as cowardice. The hurlers returned to stab an unsuspecting nation in the back, typical of cowards.
Without these founders — Botha, Smuts, Hertzog — and their successors, SA would not have existed and developed. Their outstanding statecraft, which has still to be emulated in sub-Saharan Africa, is now being destroyed by un patriotic elements.
Even black and other movements owe their existence to the creation of the state by these men. Black people benefited from these inheritances without the commensurate initiatives of blood and sweat, hence their estrangement and nonappreciation.
Undoubtedly, racial inequity existed and full democracy was absent. But social, health and material provisions — the best in Africa — existed for black people. Long before 1994, blacks had voted directly, at least, for urban and rural councils and executives — izibonda and bungas. Now all races don’t even vote for central and provincial legislators but for mere party representatives.
If apparent or real oppression and the absence of liberal democracy are criteria for condemnation, the worst is elsewhere. The US was founded by only the Virginia aristocracy; most whites were not enfranchised and blacks were enslaved; however, its history and founders are acknowledged.
Democracy never existed in the Soviet Union and there is still none in China. But everyone is indifferent to this, including the ANC, its proteges and friends now selling the economy to imperialistic Beijing as it monkeys around in international relations.
Racism raised its head elsewhere: Jim Crow and lynching for blacks in the US; from pogroms to the Holocaust for European Jewry. Providence and goodwill mercifully saved SA from terrible racist manifestations, but the current regime’s evil racial programme is catastrophic.
The centenary of Africa’s greatest state is eclipsed by a sports jamboree; Blatter overshadows Botha. A fake “patriotism” is being whipped up to opiate the masses. National challenges and historic events are ignored, much befitting a banana republic in crisis.
The early statesmen tackled a complicated state energetically and responsibly with creative initiatives, however controversial some were, unlike the current impotent and parasitic incumbents, who are short on substantive initiatives and solid responsibility.
This month, let us salute Botha, Hertzog and Smuts for their creative genius and their great legacy — as meanwhile, inveterate non-white elites and their non-black fellow travellers insidiously manipulate this highly centralised state in a manner that is unsuitable for such a diverse society.
– Mabogoane is a freelance writer.
Taken from the South African publication, Business Day.
Excuse the post below, I am having problems embedding videos. What used to work with WordPress seems to have changed.
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Mr President, the Prime Minister has received some criticism this afternoon for his comment British jobs for British workers, but you can brush that aside, because from the moment he said it I do not think anybody seriously thought that he would ever, as a British Prime Minister, put the interests of British workers above that of his European dream.
My goodness me, you showed that this afternoon, Prime Minister.
It is just a pity that, apart from UKIP, virtually nobody seems to have bothered to turn up to listen to you. You are very popular here. You are very popular indeed because within a few days of the Irish saying no to the Lisbon Treaty, you had rammed that Treaty through the British Parliament, breaking a specific manifesto pledge that you would give the British people a referendum on the Constitutional Treaty.
Shame on you, Prime Minister, for doing that. You have devalued democracy in our country; you have devalued the trust that voters put in you as a British Prime Minister. Of course, we know the reason why. The reason why is that we would have voted no. You said in your speech that none but those on the extremes oppose European Union. Well, that may be right amongst professional career politicians, but a clear majority of the British people want us to have friendship and free trade with the European Union, but do not want to be members of this political Union.
You cannot continue to build this European Union against public opinion. If you do it against the will of the people, you are storing up enormous social and political problems for the future. Please let the peoples of Europe decide their destiny. Do not have it done in parliaments like this and parliaments like Westminster. It will not work!
As far as the economy is concerned, you have told us that somehow you are the economic guru; you are the man who can save the world. Well, I remember very well your first big act as Chancellor when you sold 400 metric tonnes of gold on the worlds exchanges at USD 275 an ounce. At today’s valuation, that would be USD 10 billion higher.
It was not just the fact that you got it wrong, because we can all get it wrong. It was the fact that you announced in advance how much you were going to sell and on what day you were going to sell it. It was an error so basic that the average A-level economics student even in these educationally devalued times would not have done this.
To add to that, you have destroyed our private pension system, and you took away from the Bank of England its ability to regulate the banks and gave it to the tick-box bureaucrats of the FSA in Canary Wharf.
We have not heard an apology. Your Government has apologized for the Amritsar massacre; you have apologized for slavery; you have apologized for virtually everything. Will you please apologize for what you did as British Chancellor, and then perhaps we might just listen to you?