Wednesday, 30 April 2008
The great strategist?
In Apocalypse Now, when Marlon Brandon asks 'Are my methods unsound?' Martin Sheen replies rather haltingly, "I don't see any method at all"
Lots of workers are getting their monthly pay packets today. Most of the retail and hospitality industry are on monthly pay. Monthly LOW pay at that. Often single and without children so the last minute fudge fix isn't coming to rescue them from what many will experience for the first time.
A tax increase. A shrinking of wages for people who in no way consider themselves rich.
Many of these young people will be first time voters. First time voters who parties are desperate to court, for the same reason the banks like student accounts. Free railcard today for you, bank account for thirty years for me. Vote for me today and set that precedent.
So why on earth, on almost polling day, would you remind them all, as they queue up to dispute their wages with their managers, that the government has taken a bit from them.
Is this the great strategy that was being talked of not so long ago?
The form V5c [ the car tax reminder to the non bureaucratic] has been being sent out to every car owner who needs a new licence with the incorrect fee. This has happened for March and April and for anyone wanting a new licence in May.
The fee is some £5.00 - £ 10.00 higher than the printed one. So each person re-taxing their vehicle is reminded some 6 weeks AFTER the budget that taxes were put up. Doubly hurting as it wasn't widely reported that EXISTING car duty had risen, when the talk was all about an increased tax on new cars.
Most people relicence their car on.. yes that's right, the 1st of the month. What's the reminder car owners are going to have as they enter the polling booth.. I have less money / I pay more tax. Is any of this this a winning political strategy?
hmm .. I don't see ... Any method.. .. at all.
Posted by Bill Quango MP