Its time to settle up


images (148)With less than 100 days till the General Election and our only two main parties promising us austerity measures that will drain any colour left in the cheeks of our public services for the whole of the next Parliament, whilst at the same time blaming one another for the problems it is hard to know how to respond. Today we have heard that HMRC are chasing Gary Lineker for £1.3M and that Boots is being challenged for its apparent avoidance of around £1.21Bn of taxes. The truth behind these two allegations and many others being made on other days, plus the need for all of us to understand the real causes and culprits in the financial crisis which led to these challenges seems to call for an response by a body other than any of the democratically elected and supposedly accountable Political Parties. There is a link between these supposed tax avoiders and our Political Parties (apart from anything of a pecuniary nature); all of them are trading on past reputations that bear no relevance for any enquiry or investigation into these issues. As an Evertonian and someone who has an interest in the work of the Quakers, I am devastated that Lineker (once a hero) and Boots (once a Company run by Quakers) have ended up in the news for these reasons. I would like to know who I can trust on these matters, far more than I want to hear the provocative discourse by Miliband and Cameron in 3 TV debates. Perhaps even more importantly I would like those able to settle up financially and reduce the pressure on our nations finances to do so now. I think all of us should be able to vote with a better balance sheet than we have at the moment, and with an unbiased account of which of our candidates have been the most competent and incompetent. That is All!

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About ianchisnall

I have a passion to see public policy made accessible everyone who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as in policies on health services and strategic planning.
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