Monday 18th March 2013 - Bedroom Tax

A colleague was telling me how she’d gone off her husband; she said that this was due to his countless number of affairs he had had, and she felt she couldn’t trust him anymore, she no longer shared a bed with him and he slept in the spare room.  One night, he came home drunk, and feeling amorous.  It seems he’d forgotten where he was, because she woke up to him stark naked, stood over her, with his wallet in his hand, placing monetary notes on her bedside table, Oops…  I guess this is a different type of Bedroom Tax altogether.
 
Thousands of protesters are up in arms about the new Bedroom Tax scheme which is something that the government wishes to introduce which will cut people benefits in half for those who have a spare room.  Under the governments welfare reform, those living in council or housing association property who have a spare room will end up paying about £728 extra a year.
 
This new scheme which is due to take effect next month is going to affect a lot of vulnerable people.  It’s a struggle for folk as it is, without having to pay if they have a spare room; just another way to rob from the poor to give to the rich.  Have they considered all of the properties that have been stood empty for years, council properties with no one residing in them?  These things just don’t add up.   
 
Labour are calling for Mansion tax if introduced, The Queen and other very rich people will be exempt, the government is definitely not for the poor, it really is a case of the rich are getting richer, and the poor are getting poorer but I guess this is the way of the world.
 
People have gone on marches regarding this levy; it’s good to see that not everyone takes things lying down.  We should stand up for what we believe in and not just except everything that the government throws our way.
 
Trust the government to take all the fun from out of the bedroom…

Tuesday 19th March 2013 - Everybody bailout

Why is it that banks always send me friendly bumph through the post about loans, credit cards etc, yet when I spend the money and can’t pay it back to the time scale they require, they start to get nasty and make steps to shut me down.   
 
I guess my plight is not as bad as the people in Cyprus, where the banks are closed because the President has delayed a parliamentary vote on regarding a tax on people’s savings.  This is giving them time to negotiate bailout terms with the European Union (EU) as well as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) all this is prevent the country from exiting the single currency.
 
The President, Nicos Anatasiade, was in talks with MP’s to create a package to take to the IMF and EU. A deal has been made s that those with less than £100,000 in the bank then a tax of 6.75% would be imposed, and for those with a lot more in would be taxed 9.9%.  The opposition have pointed out that they will vote against this deal which could cause Cyprus to default on the countries debt which would inevitably lead to them leaving the Euro.
 
Over the years people have fought for certain freedoms, we are supposed to be living in the 21st century, and yet what we think is actually ours, isn’t. This is why we shouldn’t put our hope in the monetary system because it will only fail us.  Governments around the world seem to make up their own rules and unfortunately it’s allowed to happen.  
 
People are clambering to get their hard earned cash while bankers with a capital (W) are still receiving ridiculously high bonuses…  Go figure.

Wednesday 20th March 2013 - Budget and Scarper 

My boss called a staff meeting to tell us that unfortunately our pay increase would be frozen until 2016, now after tables were overturned and a few things smashed up and I was restrained, my boss felt it was safe enough to come out of his office and continue the meeting.  I bet his bonus is safe though eh…
 
It’s the time of year again when George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, raises the significant case outside Downing Street to let ‘we’ the people know that once again we are going to be bent unceremoniously over a barrel, I’m yet to meet one person who has said that the budget has really benefited them and changed their lives, unless it’s for the worst.  
 
Let’s face it, the only people who benefit from all of the cuts and political bull faeces are those that tell us it’s for our benefit.  If this was the case then why is everyone in such poor situations, why are words like triple dip recession being bandied around?  
 
This triple dip recession isn’t going to stop the people who are making all of these cuts lose any sleep at night, they will never worry how to pay their next bill or where the money will come from to pay for their children’s school uniform and we all know that Eton’s school uniform isn’t cheap (not that I’m a hater or anything.)  
 
It makes me laugh how the chancellor openly patronises us by saying he is going to raise the income tax threshold from £8,105 to £10,000 by April 2014 for all of us hard workers out there.  Chancellor, we salute you albeit with two fingers, because we are all sat here wondering in what way will we suffer.  What impossible tricks will we have to perform in order for them to recoup their losses?  You can rest assured we will have to pay.  
 
I don’t know about you but I feel positively violated from the amount of times I feel I’ve been shafted by this government, but things can only get better right.  1p off beer woo hoo…  Chancellor you are really spoiling us.  [Budget details]

Thursday 21st March 2013 - Barclay’s hierarchy is the new black

My bank statements have been quite colourful for years to the point where red is now my favourite colour and my favourite letters in the alphabet are OD (for those of you who have never seen these two letters on their bank statements they stand for ‘over drawn’) and is never a good sign.
 
Barclays top bosses were on to a winner and I’m sure the only colour on their bank statements is black after nine of them received a massive £40m in shares yesterday, while the rest of us were left counting our pennies after the Chancellor sealed our economical fate on the same day all that was missing to top things of would have been to find a horses head in our beds, but even that is now not to be wasted…  But let’s not even go there eh…
 
Majority of the hand out went to the aptly named Rich Ricci who received the most which was £17.6m in shares which he has sold to generate cash. I won’t even ask how they sleep at night because I can imagine the answer will be very comfortably.  
 
The timing as off for the announcement of these shares or was it planned beautifully to coincide with the budget? These shares and monetary bonuses are all earned from our interests and these so called banking bosses lack of interest in our interests.  Do you follow me?  
 
If you are in with those whose palms are permanently greasy then you will always be on that slippery slope.  It has been said that money (metaphorically) makes the world go round but the love of it is the root of all evil.  People have killed for the lack of it they have also killed because they have a lot of it yet they want more. 
 
Bring back the bartering system that’s what I say when money was brought into play the way of the world changed. To some it bring status, to others it brings worry, for me if I didn’t need to eat I’d see it as another handy bit of paper to wipe my backside on and you can bank on that…
 
Find out more about the history of money here.

Friday 22nd March 2013 - Thou shalt not covet…

We should never covet what other people have we should keep persevering with what we have and what is ours rather than constantly looking over our shoulders at what isn’t.  
 
I am just one persons opinion, think for yourselves and spread the love.
 
Citizen Jane 

Article by Citizen Jane / 22nd March 2013

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