Some Subsidies Are More Equal Than Others…

Cheap TV licences will come to an end, under Labour plans – raising up to £1m a year for the region’s cash-starved police forces.

The Opposition vowed to make applicants for TVs pay the full processing costs, after growing protests that they are being subsidised by taxpayers.

Well, this won’t go down well with their voters, will it? Raising licencing costs for the poor, whose only pleasure in life is ‘Jeremy Kyle’? For shame!

Oh, wait, I might have mistyped

Yvette Cooper, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said: “When money is tight, we need to get the best out of every pound, challenge waste and find new savings.

“The police are already struggling to cope with growing crimes such as violent crime, child sex exploitation, online child abuse and online fraud, and prosecutions are falling as they can’t get cases to trial.”

And absolutely none of that is down to the fact they are spending all their time filling out paperwork for licensed gun owners, is it?

7 comments for “Some Subsidies Are More Equal Than Others…

  1. mona
    December 4, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    The BBC a propagandist corp funded by the taxpayer twice, once from our EU payments then from the licence payer, dont watch it and heal your mind.

    • December 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

      I mostly watch tv on demand from the US now, via tablet 🙂

  2. Andrew S. Mooney
    December 4, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    I wouldn’t go that far – Sloppy regulation of ownership of handguns and assault rifles (As in you could legally own an AK-47) did contribute to Dunblane and Hungerford respectively. You can shoot off £200 worth of ammunition in a weekend easily, and should we subsidise someone’s hobby out of tax money?

    The real scandal in the huntin’ shootin’ fishin’ world is the idea that Scottish highland hunting estates are completely exempt from business rates thanks to John Major. These are commercial operations that charge thousands of pounds a week for access, and yet if you or I own and let out a Holiday cottage for more than 140 days a year, you have to pay them

    Rent it out for less and you pay 90% of the standard rates of Council tax, which are even more!

    http://www.holidayhomeinformation.co.uk/uk/utilities-and-running-costs/council-tax-and-business-rates-on-a-holiday-let.html

    • Daedalus
      December 5, 2014 at 11:06 pm

      It was not sloppy regulation in either case. It was sloppy enforcement of the regulations that existed. And further, in both cases, other gun owners and the club’s raised issues about the suitability of both men to have firearm certificates. Also note the lack of any public enquiry in either case.
      As a law abiding citizen I handed in two semiautomatic rifles after Hungerford, one of which was a national competition winning rifle.
      Then after Dunblane I handed over 9 pistols of various calibres.
      Hasn’t stopped the shootins has it?

      • December 7, 2014 at 8:01 am

        “You can shoot off £200 worth of ammunition in a weekend easily, and should we subsidise someone’s hobby out of tax money?”

        I really can’t see what that has to do with the issue…

  3. December 4, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    What a great idea – that will show those black gangsters a thing or two! They won’t want to fork out for gun licenses AND ganja. No more gun crime, yippee!

  4. Tedioustantrums
    December 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

    It’s comforting to know that the police and crims both hold large arsenals of various gun types whilst we are not allowed to have them. Who are the most dangerous? The State or the crims?

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