Comments for http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml en-gb 30 Fri 29 Aug 2014 20:29:06 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml U14595260 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=96#comment27 Well, the above here shows you how hard the Ed Milliband - Vince Cable coaliton is going to find things if Vince wants to drag his colleagues with him after Clegg goes.The Lib Dems are just going to have to de-select maybe 25 of their MPs, and Cable come out against this year's cuts and PO privatisation for Red Ed to find their support any use at all - and the party potentially radical.Memo to PM staff:You can boil this one down to: Vince and Ed - the new axis of left politics? Sun 26 Sep 2010 21:42:24 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=92#comment26 Thanks, Tufty! Thu 03 Jun 2010 08:02:19 GMT+1 U14450706 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=89#comment25 25. Sid"there is no story"But there is history;-) Wed 02 Jun 2010 17:47:00 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=85#comment24 Yes, FF, I've noticed that too. I'd have thought that the facts as I laid them out above are quite clear and comprehensible to anyone who has half a mind to understand them. Why Mac can't say 'Aha, but what you missed out is this!' which would illuminate us all, I don't know. In stead we get 'you assert untruths as truths so often and so dully repetitively that it really is too much to expect anyone to correct you after the tenth time'. Which to me just means that he can't see anything wrong. That's probably why PM aren't pursuing this story - there is no story. Wed 02 Jun 2010 17:22:26 GMT+1 Fearless Fred http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=82#comment23 Sid (20) I notice that when confronted by the truth, EtE tends to bluster and avoid any facts that don't conform to his socialist ideal. It's also interesting to see that he has branded what Danny Alexander has done as a way of AVOIDING a compliance (his emphasis. As everyone knows, Tax avoidance is the legal use of the tax system rules to reduce the amount of tax paid (i.e. a perfectly legal thing to do). So he wants to excoriate Mr Alexander for doing something legal. D'oh! Wed 02 Jun 2010 08:05:54 GMT+1 Patrick Too http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=78#comment22 Blackberries? In June? Since when? Tue 01 Jun 2010 23:31:06 GMT+1 I_despise_racists http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=74#comment21 Tracey Emin's interesting tribute was spoiled for me only by the fact I couldn't make out the words she was saying, towards the end, in a particularly colourful sentence. Can we have a transcript, please? Tue 01 Jun 2010 23:05:25 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=71#comment20 Who is this S of whom you speak? Tue 01 Jun 2010 23:01:44 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=67#comment19 I reckon Mac must have been at school with the Barclay brothers. Otherwise why would he be promoting such a non-story? Tue 01 Jun 2010 22:58:34 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=64#comment18 S, you assert untruths as truths so often and so dully repetitively that it really is too much to expect anyone to correct you after the tenth timeDon't make Danny Boy's loopholing another such case Tue 01 Jun 2010 22:58:34 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=60#comment17 To invoke the 'time to sell' rules you need to fiphttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/8067929.stmThat is dishonest.It is to redesignate your property to avoid taxAlexander calls it a loophole - a way of AVOIDING a compliance.If Alexander's acccount does not correspond to the truth, given his commitment to proportional representation whilst he implements cuts of 6.2 billion which an absolute majority of the electorate disapprove of, we shuold not be surprised.. Tue 01 Jun 2010 22:56:10 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=57#comment16 Why is PM not reporting the further revelations of Parliamentary sleaze and the political progress of the sleazy. What has happened to PM's hallmark killer questioning of political dishonesty?Have you submitted what you know to the DPP, cos I think what you know adds up to illegal action by MPs? Tue 01 Jun 2010 22:03:34 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=53#comment15 Danny Alexander - the facts:Here are the facts as we know them:In 1999 – 2006 he and his wife owned one property (in London)In 2005 he became an MPIn 2006 he bought a house in his constituency. That house has been designated his main home for Parliamentary expense purposes.In 2007 they sold their property in London and bought another one. They haven’t paid capital gains tax on the sale.Capital Gains Tax rules says that you don’t have to pay Capital Gains Tax when you sell your main home. If that was all they said then they’d be an issue because it’d look like at the point of sale he was saying one home was his main home for tax purposes and another was his main home for expense purposes. And on those grounds Lib Dems should criticise him, because that’s what many of us have criticised other MPs for doing.But – and it’s a whopping big but – it’s not actually the truth.That’s because Capital Gains Tax rules say that if the property was your main home up to three years before you sold it, you don’t pay the tax. Three years before 2007 takes us to 2004. In 2004 there was just the one property owned and he wasn’t an MP.So Danny Alexander “essentially is being accused of not paying a tax when no tax was due”.Given these facts, one is curious as to why Mac is so keen to support the Telegraph's non-news story. Tue 01 Jun 2010 22:03:32 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=49#comment14 So, Mac is outed as a stringer for the Daily Mail and the Telegraph!!! Tue 01 Jun 2010 22:00:42 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=46#comment13 http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1282993/Treasury-minister-Danny-Alexander-wifes-62-freebie-trips-taxpayer.htmlWas Danny's wife travelling to London to work on the magazine Psychologies?If so, how could that be a 'spouse' expense? That is a travel to work expense by the editor of Psychologies.That, assuredly the tax payer does not have to pay Tue 01 Jun 2010 21:57:58 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=42#comment12 Meanwhile, Danny Alexander says this:My wife and I bought our property in Elspeth Road in 1999, we sold it and moved to the current property in June 2007.Until the spring of 2006 this was the only property we owned. I had rented a place in Aviemore until then, we subsequently bought a place there and moved into it.I have always listed London as my second home on the basis set out in the parliamentary rules as I spent more time in Scotland than I did in London.I sold the Elspeth Road flat in 2007 and moved to another flat but was advised that CGT was not payable because of the operation of final period relief, which exempts homes from CGT for 36 months after they stop being the main home. I paid all the taxes required but CGT was not payable on the disposal of my Elspeth Road flat.I have already publicly declared that I will pay Capital Gains Tax if the time comes for me to sell my second home. Tue 01 Jun 2010 21:54:54 GMT+1 GotToTheEnd http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=39#comment11 You were a bit early for this one http://news.stv.tv/politics/180671-vince-cable-and-nick-clegg-defence-danny-alexander-against-tax-claims/An hour and a half for you is a bit short notice to cover a news itemBut Eddie, PM hasn't carried any account of Danny-Boys shenanigans that is worthy of the nameDanny had two houses. He claimed the London house as his second home to the Parliamentary expenses authoritiesThen he sold it and told the tax authorities it was his first home so that he got three years free use of the money he should have paid in capital gains tax. It meant he didn't need to pay for that amount of the mortgage on his new home.The idea of the relief was to make it easier if you sold your first home and otherwise couldn't buy your new first home.He still had a first home - in ScotlandAlexander said he was using a loophole. That is a 'means of avoiding compliance'How exactly are the Lib Dem Con men Clegg and Cable calling this?In terms of the honesty of Lib Dem MPs with respect to expenses?In terms of asking such a loopholer to implement 6.2 billion of cuts that we, the people, voted against by an absolute majority - when these Lib Dem Con men uphold proportional representation?In terms of a new broom politics which leaves the same rubbish on the floor of the House and stains on the ornaments in the Cabinet?If Cable and Clegg are 'justifying' Alexander's loopholing, they are unworthy of office [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator] Tue 01 Jun 2010 21:39:31 GMT+1 lucien desgai http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=35#comment10 Well I just bought a new DAB/FM personal radio today. The DAB reception is perfect even on the move and compares very favourably with FM on the same unit. It's also better than my six year old personal DAB which it replaced so maybe receiver technology is improving. Tue 01 Jun 2010 20:51:30 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=32#comment9 oops http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1468772.stm typo Tue 01 Jun 2010 20:46:09 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=28#comment8 Or this in our race to digital superiority Tue 01 Jun 2010 20:44:29 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=24#comment7 Okay think on this Tue 01 Jun 2010 20:38:04 GMT+1 DiY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=21#comment6 5 - Ellis.I'm with you on this one.I have two cars and one van, none have DAB. (The van (VW van)is brand new!)I have three normal radios in the house, none are DAB.I have a high specification tuner as part of my Hi-Fi, not DAB. I have one radio in my workshop / garage, not DAB.I have two 'personal' radios I can use when out walking, not DAB.It's gonna cost me an arm and a leg to upgrade / replace so DAB is not my 'best friend!'I am quite happy with WFM, etc. it serves my need. Perhaps Dave and Nick can call a halt to this silly digital upheaval? Tue 01 Jun 2010 20:17:39 GMT+1 DiY http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=17#comment5 Good prog! Loved the World Cup Desk of Sport and look forwards to more of the same from SA.P Nutt. Tue 01 Jun 2010 17:55:24 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=14#comment4 4 - jonnie, No I can't ;-)A one man luddite campaign maybe but you've said yourself the British standard is inferior to the European one, which I might just go along with.My thought about recycling stands though and I'll back it up with evidence at a later date in a more appropriate thread. Tue 01 Jun 2010 17:20:04 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=10#comment3 Ellis, You just can't stop having a dig at DAB can you! However and for what it's worth the current offer (if you check around) isn't even worth it.It's only on selected models in selected stores and avarages out at only a five pound discount... Tue 01 Jun 2010 17:11:04 GMT+1 jonnie http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=7#comment2 Interesting report from Sue Lloyd-Roberts. She reminds me of a 50's reporter with that 'clipped accent' ;-) Tue 01 Jun 2010 17:08:50 GMT+1 Ellis P Otter http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=3#comment1 Excellent programme all round, well done Jo, Eddie et al. I wish Tracey Emin could temper her imagery a little; it spoiled a valuable and worthy tribute.One note of sourness, mind. Would you kindly stop trying to sell me snake oil in the form of DAB? The BBC make it even worse by promoting the "recyling" of our toxic electronic waste to Africa in the cause of charity. It is a sin! Tue 01 Jun 2010 17:08:32 GMT+1 Sid http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/pm/2010/06/pm_glass_box_108.shtml?page=0#comment0 Loved the desk of sport! Good prog all round. Tue 01 Jun 2010 17:01:41 GMT+1