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Month: March 2009

World economy ‘not worth saving’

With almost half the World living on less than $2.50 a day (source: World Bank), and that’s 3 billion people, we must be able to come up with a better system.

It shocked me too. And 80% of the population lives on less than $10.

So, here we are saving a wealthy minority, who are in the position they are purely as a result of their greed and stupidity, at the expense of the majority.

It’s no wonder we have disillusioned youth, rising crime and an increasingly militant population. Returns from savings are down, fewer people are saving as a result; returns from pensions are down; the World is grinding to a halt. It’s long past the time for change.

A long time ago people lived by simpler rules and they are just as important today. That’s not to say that we can’t have the benefits of technology, we just need to reach a better compromise. For example, everyone in the World should have access to clean water, shelter and food. Making this happen should be the priority of us all. When this is in place is the time to look at luxuries.

Unless we get our collective heads around the idea that we can’t have what we want all the time, irrespective of who pays and how, then we probably have no future at all.

Taxes going up

Yes, it’s official, taxes are set to rise. Government is irrelevant in this, it’s unavoidable. Why? Those things that are bad for you are to be taxed more highly to offset the cost of treatment and to encourage people to reduce consumption. This assertion is exemplified by the Scottish GP who is calling for a tax on chocolate to combat obesity. Will this have any effect? Probably, yes. But, there will be negative implications for all of us.

Firstly, many of us are not obese even though we do like our chocolate. We’ll still have to pay the higher tax. Secondly, if it does work, consumption will go down and that could affect manufacturing which in turn leads to labour shedding and further tax increases to pay benefits. When we dabble in complex things unexpected results can, and do, occur and there’s little more complex than our financial systems.

Taxes are going up on acohol partly due to reduced revenues which are blamed on the number of pubs closing which is partly due to the smoking ban. The credit crunch has played a part too as more people have to stick to a lower budget and it’s cheaper to stay in, especially when alcohol is so cheap in the supermarkets.

But wait, what about the missed opportunities? Chocolate is not the only thing responsible for obesity, what about kebabs, McDonalds and sitting on your arse in front of the TV? Can’t we tax them too? I don’t see why not. We get taxed when we park at the local shops so why not get taxed when we park at home? That’s a fairer system, everyone taxed equally whether they stay in or go out!

Oh, tax sports equipment too as all the injuries treated by the NHS are self-inflicted so sports players should make a greater contribution. So what can we do? Actually, nothing, taxes are going up. Period.

Taxes are already going up, local authorities charge for parking in city centres, that’s more tax. Where there’s free parking now it will cost tomorrow. More tax. Taxes are going up on things that are bad for you, more tax. And we’ll all live longer as a result. So we’ll draw our pension for longer and that means tax will have to go up to pay for it.

It doesn’t matter what you do, taxes are going up, it’s inevitable!

Opportunity to be on 10 Years Younger

There I was thinking “I haven’t had much to say for a bit…” when this drops in! It looks like a great opportunity so go on, have a go 🙂

My name is Joe Newell and I am an assistant producer working for Maverick Television. I am currently working on the long-running Channel 4 programme 10 Years Younger and we are now looking for participants to take part in the latest series. I stumbled across your website and thought I would get in touch to see if there might be any way I could possibly pass on the following message to anyone who uses your website regularly?

Channel 4 and Maverick Television are looking for lively new applicants who are over the age of 60 to take part in the new series of ‘10 Years Younger’.

We’re hoping to find people who do not want to give in to their pensioner years and are keen for the 10YY team to help them roll back the years!

By updating wardrobes, hair styles and armed with the most modern surgical and non surgical age-defying techniques, the 10 Years Younger expert team lead by presenter Myleene Klass are the team to fight the signs of ageing!

If you’d like to be considered to take part please email: or call 0121 224 8381 for more details.

If you have any questions please feel free to call me on 0121 2248349

Kind Regards

Joe Newell