‘Ridiculous’ tax on pensions and skips

Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information.  Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)
Public meeting with MP John Mann to discuss Bassetlaw Hospital clinical services review information. Mr Mann at the meeting. (w110115-1c)

With the Union Jack flying proudly and permanently from our town halls and two days holiday for many people we seem to have the weather for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

I am sure that the people of Bassetlaw will as ever make the most of this celebration and let us all share a few thanks to those who continue to work this long weekend in order that we can enjoy and relax.

It is perhaps more barbeque weather than pasty weather, but ever since I raised the pasty tax with George Osborne - and I was the first to do so - he has been back peddling towards this week’s U-turn. He turned down my invitation to stay in a caravan, but again has been forced to back down on the caravan tax.

I am now highlighting additional tax on pensions and the skip tax in order to get further retreats. The hitting of pensioners income is particularly ridiculous, and the skip tax is a straight forward tax on anyone bettering themselves and their community.

Now if you build an extension or replace old concrete drives then you will pay 20 times more in tax per tonne skipped. If the Community gets together to clear up a grot spot then this tax applies. It is a charter for illegal dumping and the police and Council are bound to spend a lot more time chasing fly-tippers.

Why can’t George Osborne and David Cameron see sense and spend some time in the real world in order to avoid such obvious consequences?

With Parliament on holiday, I am working away in my Worksop office, but I am surprised that so many Government Ministers are taking a sneaky holiday. The recession and the Euro crisis need Ministers at their post working out solutions.

George Osborne is backing the Germans in their solution of continuing to bail out Greece. I disagree. In my view Greece should leave the Euro and go back to their original currency. It will be worth very little, making our exports to Greece more expensive- but we do not export much to Greece. The bonus is that holidays in Greece and the Greek Islands would collapse in price, encouraging many more tourists. This will then help boost the Greek economy.

A country that fails to collect its taxes, borrows for everything it spends, fails to develop its industry and has no plan for recovery is doomed.

Devaluation is the only solution and I am therefore the first British MP to openly call for Greece to leave the Euro and for there to be no loans to Greece to maintain the fantasy that it can survive within the Eurozone.