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Rumour has it the Tories want fund the NHS through fuel and booze duties

Whatever happened to don't drink and drive..?

TL;DR: The government promised it'd add £20bn a year to the NHS budget, and now it's scrambling to find the money.

What it means: They've basically got three options: get it from somewhere else in the current budget, borrow, or raise taxes.

Rumour has it they're going for option 3, but in a targeted way, raising duties (instead of taxes as a whole) on fuel and alcohol. Duties are basically designated taxes on specific products, usually ones the government is trying to discourage people from using as much.

But people say this is the wrong idea. It's raising the cost of fuel for people already facing higher oil prices this year, and because the pound is worth less than usual at the moment, oil from abroad is more expensive to buy.

The government's just not sure what else to do. They don't think raising income tax would be popular, nor do they want to borrow more... nor is there any leeway anywhere else in the budget. Good luck with that one guys.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?