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Labour’s Land Value Tax would be excruciating for London

On page 86 of its manifesto Labour raises the prospect of a Land Value Tax (LVT): A Labour government will give local government extra funding next year. We will initiate a review into reforming council tax and business rates and … Continue reading

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The Royal College of Surgeons is an unreliable witness

I don’t blog so much nowadays – trying to get on with the rest of my life. But, a story I heard on the BBC Radio 4 Today programme this morning piqued my interest. A 24% increase in dental extractions … Continue reading

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The EU’s poor record on free trade agreements

I quite often listen to James O’Brien on LBC. He can be quite entertaining in spite of his reflex leftism. This morning I heard O’Brien roasting some bloke on Brexit and talking about the EU having 50 free trade agreements … Continue reading

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Labour pushed up rail fares much faster than now

For the last couple of days Labour and its fellow travellers in ostensibly neutral campaign groups such as Campaign for Better Transport have been complaining loudly about rail fare rises in line with longstanding government policy. In particular Labour is … Continue reading

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Brexit fun and games in Ealing last night

Rather than doing something useful our councillors are discussing this tosh tonight https://t.co/a4bTBMPCJi pic.twitter.com/NVqc7zhRPe — Phil Taylor (@philjvtaylor) December 20, 2016 I was unimpressed by the Ealing councillors choosing to spend their time debating Brexit at the year’s last full … Continue reading

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Onkar Sahota’s £7 million property portfolio

Labour Assembly Member Onkar Sahota defended himself and his 11 properties at the CCA Hustings last week by saying that he had “worked hard to get them”. I am sure he did, or at least his tenants did. .@DrOnkarSahota finished by … Continue reading

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Gazette falls for bogus Ealing Hospital petition

The Ealing Gazette’s front page today talks about “the Government” rejecting a debate on a petition on Ealing Hospital. In fact the petition was rejected by a committee of the House of Commons chaired by a Labour MP, Helen Jones. … Continue reading

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Don’t throw stones Dr Sahota – your record on transparency is awful

Yesterday it was unwise of Labour AM Onkar Sahota to comment on the transparency of someone else’s affairs when his own are so opaque. He tweeted this headline from the Guardian: Fund run by David Cameron’s father avoided paying tax … Continue reading

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Sahota throws his Dad under the bus – not the one driven by Sadiq Kahn’s Dad

To throw someone under the bus is an American expression that my wife uses quite often. It seems that Labour AM Onkar Sahota is quite happy to throw his Dad under the bus in his attempts to appear prolier than … Continue reading

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Onkar Sahota is feeling a bit put upon – as well he might

Clearly London Assembly Member Onkar Sahota is feeling a bit put upon having just issued this somewhat rambling and ill-judged statement: Statement published in Ealing Labour: Thank you to all those who have sent messages of support and solidarity. I … Continue reading

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