Comments for en-gb 30 Thu 18 Dec 2014 01:53:02 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at U14519596 U. S. NEWS One in Seven Americans Living in PovertySix in seven living in denial. More Losing Their Homes, Smoking Pot, Taking EcstasyIn that order.REMINDER Don't drink and tweet. Mon 20 Sep 2010 10:34:01 GMT+1 Big Sister Sid, I don't want the MPs expenses scandal reopened - I gave that as an example. This point with regard to CGT is used by many as a way to make a non taxable gain. It doesn't do the property market any favours, either. Mon 20 Sep 2010 10:20:22 GMT+1 Sindy 56. JesseBigg"• Mary Ann Sieghart in the Independent says Clegg wields disproportionate influence over the government." Mon 20 Sep 2010 10:17:52 GMT+1 MoC Anne P - but didn't the Finns have outrageous consummption of sat fat whereas the Dutch are more balanced in their fat consumption? Good genes too, no doubt. Mon 20 Sep 2010 10:08:31 GMT+1 Sindy 59. Anne PHere's an old article about it:"International studies have found the Dutch to be the world's tallest people, usually ascribing that to wealth, nutrition, genetics, and the country's universal health care system." Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:59:13 GMT+1 Sindy 53. Big SisterI'm sure you do know quite a bit about this. However, it seems to me that threr are two distinct issues here - the law as it applies to CGT, and the mess that was MPs' expenses. It also seems to me that it may be relevant in the context of tackling tax evasion and avoidance to comment specifically on the CGT aspect, but that it is not particularly relevant to re-open discussion of MPs' tax affairs. That's all. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:57:55 GMT+1 Anne P MOC 55 - I would doubt it. Compare with the successful campaign in Finland from the 1970's to improve cardiovascular health by reducing dairy consumption (sorry I can't quickly find a good reference). Suspect general good health and genes have more to do with it, always assuming that they are not eating large amount of meat full of growth promoters! Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:54:20 GMT+1 Sindy 56. JesseBigg"And I'm afraid that the Lib-dems have become a party of bystanders."You haven't been watching the news ... Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:49:57 GMT+1 Sindy Never heard of this before: 'Last 'sin-eater' celebrated with church service' Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:47:48 GMT+1 JesseBigg That anecdote re George Best, (Where's it all gone wrong, George?) on this morning's Radio 4, in an attempt to bolster Nick Clegg's weak position, missed the point. George Best's career by then wasn't still on the up, it was on the down.And I'm afraid that the Lib-dems have become a party of bystanders. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:46:28 GMT+1 MoC Sid@50 - I have for a long time believed that Dutch height and general healthiness is related to their high consumption of dairy products. I wonder if the scientifically dubious advice on lowering fat intake has affected them -or whether their average is just approaching diminishing returns? Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:45:49 GMT+1 IMOORE 47/I believe a right wing party that doesn't like immigrants got a lot of support. Not the sort of thing the BBC likes to publicise. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:45:20 GMT+1 Big Sister But it is how that tax law is interpreted, Sid - and there are cases where it is deliberately misinterpreted for personal gain. I do know quite a bit about this issue. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:44:26 GMT+1 Sindy 51. Big SisterIt's not a tax loophole, it's tax law. No one can be guilty of obeying tax law. Other issues may be relevant, but not the CGT one. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:42:08 GMT+1 Big Sister Sid, Mr. Alexander made a speech which is relevant to this story. The matter may well be settled in his particular case, but this is a standard tax loophole. Other MPs, during the expenses scandal, have already been shown to be guilty of employing this tax loophole. I would like to hear Mr Alexander's thoughts on the matter. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:38:19 GMT+1 Sindy Did you know that people in Holland have stopped getting taller? (Not the ones who are still growing, obviously - but their overall eventual height has stopped increasing.) Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:37:31 GMT+1 Sindy 46. Big SisterBig Sister - I did not intent to imply anything, merely to give Danny Alexander's response to questions about CGT, expenses and his home. As far as I'm aware, the 'allegations' have been dealt with - otherwise presumably the Daily Mail would still be making a hoohah - in which case I wonder why people are bringing the issue up again. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:36:03 GMT+1 Anne P Audited accounts for Derby City Council apparently show that more than half the money owed to it is due from government departments - £26.5m of nearly £50m.Can PM investigate whether local authorities generally suffer from late or overdue payments from central government. Is this part of a more general problem of centralisation that over the last twenty years or so has seen local authorities deprived of power to act locally because funding is controlled and dictated centrally? For example I understand local authorities have no great interest in collecting business rates as the money goes direct to Westminster. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:33:33 GMT+1 Patrick Too Unable to sleep last night I was watching Russia Today on Freeview. They told me there was an election in Sweden! I don't recall hearing ought from the BBC about this - So C'mon PM - You're usually good at this sort of thing - even if you do just nick it from the World Service. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:30:43 GMT+1 Big Sister Sid (30): Thank you for posting that - however, you seem to imply that I have implied he is avoiding payment of CGT. I am not best placed to comment on that, but we do know that this has been an issue for some MPs and is, for some, a tax loophole. Mr. Alexander, given the allegations that were made about him and his speech yesterday, would probably want to comment on this for himself. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:29:34 GMT+1 Sindy 41. GalahadI don't necessarily approve of the way things are. I'm just answering a few questions that people have asked (most of them correctly). Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:25:01 GMT+1 Sindy 39. davmcnNo idea. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:23:20 GMT+1 davmcn IM 11, I find it peculiar as well. I've lived in GB for 26 years, but because I'm a US citizen and not British, I can't vote for anything. I can, however, vote for a Lib Dem to be a candidate for Parliament because I'm a member of the party. I voted for Chris Huhne because I like his neckties. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:21:13 GMT+1 CarolineOfBrunswick (who are resident in Republic of Ireland, obviously) Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:21:01 GMT+1 Galahad Sid: Reasons for allowing Irish people to vote in British election:28. Argument # 1:"...Irish are in the EU and in the Commonwealth."No they're not. They left the Commonwealth in 1949-------------------------------------------------------------------31. Argument # 2:Citizenship in Ireland is very complex, with many Irish people holding either British citizenship or dual Irish/British citizenship.Fine. So allow those who hold British citizenship to vote in British elections, rather than extending this right to all Irish people. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:20:34 GMT+1 CarolineOfBrunswick It looks like British citizens can vote in Irish elections (but not referenda), and anyone can vote in local elections. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:19:24 GMT+1 davmcn Sid 9, So why only local elections and not for MPs? Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:16:27 GMT+1 MoC PM - it would be informative to have an in-depth interview with Charlie Kennedy if he is amenable. Pantsdown and Hughes obfuscate and try to give coded messages. Charles, in my experience, is both more eloquent and more straightforward. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:15:32 GMT+1 Sindy 11. IMOORE"No, if they aren't citizens of the country they shouldn't be allowed a say in how the Country is run. "They don't have a say in how the country is run - they can only vote in local elections (EU citizens, that is). Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:15:09 GMT+1 Looternite Er... drifted away from the question "Are these arrangements reciprocal"?Maybe PM can use their powers of investigation and find out. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:15:06 GMT+1 davmcn Ln 8, You don't seem to understand politics, do you? Put someone in power and they don't have to answer questions. I refer you to Brown, Blair, etc. Frustrating, innit? Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:15:01 GMT+1 DiY "Welcome aboard the 9.30 Loo free service to Brighton" Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:12:56 GMT+1 davmcn IM 6, Not the Pope, is it? Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:12:16 GMT+1 davmcn fJd 3, My father drove a classic Dodge. Not classic at the time, though... Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:10:13 GMT+1 Sindy 29. Galahad"Irish citizens in the UK have a status almost equivalent to British citizens. They can vote in all elections and even stand for Parliament. As well as this, some people born in the Republic of Ireland before 1949, but after 3 March 1922, are British subjects. British citizens have similar rights to Irish citizens in the Republic of Ireland and can vote in all elections apart from presidential elections and referendums. Under the Irish nationality law anyone born on the island of Ireland to a British or Irish parent can have Irish citizenship and so most children born in Northern Ireland can have a British or an Irish passport (or both). Before 2002, there was no requirement for one parent to be a British or Irish citizen and so all persons born on the island of Ireland before then are entitled to be Irish citizens." Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:09:50 GMT+1 Sindy For people with short memories:This is Danny Alexander’s full statement: 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. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:06:13 GMT+1 Galahad 25 / 26Lists of current Commonwealth members identify 53 countries.Ireland has not been a member of the Commonwealth since 1949, so should not receive any consideration not also given to every other n0n-Commonwealth nation. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:04:31 GMT+1 Sindy 26. GalahadThe Canadians are not in the EU.The Cypriots, Maltese and Irish are in the EU and in the Commonwealth. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:02:10 GMT+1 Big Sister Danny Alexander has announced the coalition's intention to clamp down on tax avoidance and evasion. Would PM like to put to him whether this will include tackling the issue of nominating a second home as the main residence in order to avoid the payment of Capital Gains Tax upon the sale of said property?I believe Mr. Alexander may well be able to provide some personal insights on this matter as well as elaborating further on his future strategy. Mon 20 Sep 2010 09:01:03 GMT+1 Galahad 25. Sid:"The apparently arbitrary selection of Cypriots, Maltese and Irish"It's because they're in the Commonwealth.The list of non-British people allowed to vote is: "Citizens of Commonwealth countries, Cyprus, Malta and the Republic of Ireland". Thus Cypriots, Maltese and Irish people are differentiated from "Commonwealth Citizens".If voting rights are given "because they're in the Commonwealth", why aren't Canadians individually listed? Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:57:26 GMT+1 Sindy 12. Galahad"The apparently arbitrary selection of Cypriots, Maltese and Irish"It's because they're in the Commonwealth. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:50:40 GMT+1 Sindy Here is one non-citizen's view. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:49:00 GMT+1 Sindy 17. Galahad"many engaged and politically active people are defined as 'uninterested'."I doubt it. These arrangements are described on the voter registration forms we all get. If you can't be bothered to read (and remember) the bit that says 'Who can register to vote?', then it seems unlikely that you're all that engaged or active. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:46:33 GMT+1 Sindy 16. LooterniteRe EU voting rights - yes. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:43:24 GMT+1 MoC To add to my 20: and maybe we should also demand that to be eligible to vote (or stand for parliament) they have never accepted money from known tax-avoiders ... after all, that's akin to fencing, isn't it? Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:35:52 GMT+1 MoC Galahad@12 - "resident and pay taxes". I agree and I'd like to refine further: "resident and pay all taxes without attempting to avoid or evade". Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:29:08 GMT+1 Alan_N 17 - Or perhaps just uninformed. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:27:39 GMT+1 Alan_N Can you get Mr Butt from the Pakistan Cricket Board on the programme? His interview with Justin Webb on Today this morning was an absolute hoot! Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:26:24 GMT+1 Galahad 15. Sid"...these arrangements have long been known to anyone who is interested in our democracy."I love your definition of people 'who are interested in our democracy'. A definition which I suspect would mean that many engaged and politically active people are defined as 'uninterested'. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:25:17 GMT+1 Looternite 15. SidAs someone who has obviously taken more interest in our democracy than others here. Perhaps you can enlighten us "Are these arrangements reciprocal"? Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:24:24 GMT+1 Sindy 13. Looternite"You raise an interesting issue"It's not all that interesting, as these arrangements have long been known to anyone who is interested in our democracy. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:18:55 GMT+1 Galahad 13. LooterniteAnd could the entire British population register as being resident in a holiday home in Malta and take over their electoral system? Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:18:38 GMT+1 Looternite 4. GalahadYou raise an interesting issue: "Are these arrangements reciprocal?".Do these people have votes in more than one country? Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:16:35 GMT+1 Galahad 9. Sid:I would argue that only citizens should vote in elections - or, at the least, only people who are resident AND British tax payers."No representation without taxation" (to almost coin a well-known phrase)The apparently arbitrary selection of Cypriots, Maltese and Irish as being eligible to vote here if resident gives me the impression of an inappropriate political fix for some historical and no longer relevant problem. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:13:57 GMT+1 IMOORE 9/No, if they aren't citizens of the country they shouldn't be allowed a say in how the Country is run. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:11:54 GMT+1 Galahad Following the visit to the UK by His Holiness the Pope, I am pleased to announce brief forthcoming visits by both the Invisible Pink Unicorn: the Flying Spaghetti Monster: is expected that a well-wisher will line roads throughout the nation to celebrate these events.I trust that PM will demonstrate its religious impartiality by covering these faiths during the forthcoming week?Many thanks. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:07:20 GMT+1 Sindy 4. GalahadThey can only register if they live here. And if they live here, it's only fair that they have a say in how they're governed, isn't it? Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:05:21 GMT+1 Looternite 1. MadnessOfCrowdsHear, Hear, Science programmes are usually well made it is the reporting by the news programmes that the tabloid like distortions occur.2. MadnessOfCrowdsHear, Hear, once again you have said what I think.3 funnyJoeDunnWell said my friend. Ashdown was so woolly and again ConDems are getting away with not answering questions.I watched a programme last night on BBC 4 made by Jack Ashley in 1963 and I urge all Lib/Dems to watch it before they sell out their last principles.'t betray the unemployed who are considered "a price worth paying" by the Tories. Mon 20 Sep 2010 08:02:26 GMT+1 Galahad Headline from the BBC website, 18/09/2010:“5 live in the North East”Is this perceived under-population the cause of the lack of interest in the region from the media and government? Mon 20 Sep 2010 07:59:49 GMT+1 IMOORE "A space probe launched 30 years ago has come under the influence of a force that has baffled scientists and could rewrite the laws of physics." heard of this effect a few years ago, it now seems to have been confirmed by other space probes that have come under the same effect as Pioneer. Mon 20 Sep 2010 07:58:50 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn # 4Could it be that the politians know that the British voter will not bother to vote anymore so they have to go elsewhere seeking meaning for their existence? Mon 20 Sep 2010 07:55:18 GMT+1 Galahad I’ve recently received my annual registration form for the register of electors.It states that in addition to British citizens, citizens of Commonwealth countries and of any of the EU member states may register to vote in British local government elections. Citizens of Commonwealth countries, Cyprus, Malta and the Republic of Ireland may also register to vote in British national elections.Why is this?Are these arrangements reciprocal?Are they understood and accepted by most British voters?I’d be very pleased if PM could discuss the issues involved. Mon 20 Sep 2010 07:51:12 GMT+1 funnyJoedunn Classic dodge by paddy Ashdown when pressed on tax evasion on the Today program. Not only has the record worn out but the needle needs changing too.The Only Lib/Dem answer to the question of the disparity of wealth and opportunity, the question of Tax fraud and evasion is to take a look at the the people who have been taken out of tax among the poverty wage earners. Well, if you are only being given five crumbs for your labour, another crumb adds up to six crumbs. But its still crumbs. And it dosen't do anything for the sick, disabled, or tackle the open prejudice among employers about whom they employ.They keep telling us to wait and see over the how the spending cuts pan out when the rich, tax avoiders, and fraudsters are questioned and what they intend to do about it. Yet, when welfare to the poorest is the subject they seem to have already made up their minds what they intend to do. So much for fairness minded attitudes.As I pointed out on another thread, Andrew Neil on his lunch-time program last week pointed out, he has rich well off friends living in the best parts of London who save up their child benefit in an account that they then use to buy things from Harrods. Is this the way tax payers money should be used?Meanwhile, Cameron wants to limit the tenancy of people who live in council dwellings. Why? Mon 20 Sep 2010 07:42:04 GMT+1 MoC Looks like Gove is being given a second-chance. Second-chance Gove. Only one relevant question for him and the ConDem's educations policy: do you or do you not think that ALL children are entitled to the excellent quality of education provided by Eton? Then a supplementary: if not, why not? If yes, what exactly will you do to make that happen in this parliament? Mon 20 Sep 2010 07:41:59 GMT+1 MoC Good to see Steve Jones (the prof one) appointed to look at "impartiality and accuracy in the BBC's coverage of science". He is an estimable scientist with his feet firmly on the ground. I hope the scope covers news programmes like Today and PM and not just 'science' programmes and reviews BBC interviewers' (in)ability to critically evaluate non-science when it is presented to them by politicians and other snake oil salesmen. Mon 20 Sep 2010 07:26:51 GMT+1