Equalisation of the 'Age of Consent'
Chancellor Brown's pre-Budget Statement
Once more, Gordon Brown has proved his mastery of slick presentation to disguise the paucity of his ideas. The reduction of duty on ultra low-sulphur petrol sounds like a gimmick - it is apparently currently available mixed with older-style fuel so it is in practice impossible for the consumer to know what is being pumped into a car's tank. Similarly, the continuation of the winter fuel allowance for pensioners SOUNDS good, but of course some pensioners might prefer to choose for themselves how they wish to spend THEIR money - and of course those living in residential accommodation do not benefit from this anyway. With each budget, this Chancellor has increased the complexity of tax legislation, rather than its simplicity. One is forced to ask what is his motivation - one might be forgiven for wondering whether this is to confuse people and inhibit them from investigating whether there may be exemptions to which they are entitled, instead hoping that they will simply pay up. I hope enough of the British electorate can see through his manipulations to give the Labour government a major reality check at the next election.
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