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Last Known Sighting of Ben: I Make Fun Stuff !
Popular Ipswich MP, Ben Gummer (Unofficial Minister for Ipswich, Honorary Mayor of Ipswich, Acting Editor, Ipswich Star, Benefactor of the Shrine of Lady Lane), has been less than visible lately.
His last major political achievement was this, “February 2014 BISHOP’S HILL LIGHTS STOPPED.”
Sadly the sprightly Latin scholar, and author of the definitive guide to the Black Death (1), does not appear to have benefited from the recent Cabinet Reshuffle.
His position as Michael Gove’s PPS has, well, lapsed.
For all his prestigious unofficial and honorary posts, Ben did not figure in the roll of honour that was at the command of Leader David Cameron.
Rumours that Ben is seeking a bolt-hole in the West County have flourished in the absence of any more definitive news.
We hope to be informed of developments on this front.
The fate of the Gummer dynasty is in the balance.
(1) Fittingly the last outbreak of bubonic plague in England occurred on the nearby Shotley Peninsula in 1910 (Here).
Gummer: “Passionate about Chewing Gum Mess”
Ben Gummer, Ipswich MP (Con.) Chief Executive, Ipswich Hospital, Mayor of Ipswich, Minister for Ipswich, and National Secretary of the Union of Stockjobbers presents his monthly Alternative View on Tendance Coatesy.
“It’s been a busy week.
Assisting my good friend Jorge (‘Francis’) at the consecration of Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, I remarked that Britain is a Christian country. The policies of my government should make us not afraid to say so.
I am passionate about Ipswich Hospital and the National Health Service.
My sponsorship of a pilgrimage to Lady Lane (Ipswich) for those about to take an ATOS Work Capability Assessment shows that local grass-roots action can make a difference.
Hundreds of disabled and sick people are now capable of work!
Which brings me to ‘workfare’.
Why the unemployed cannot volunteer to scrub Ipswich pavements clean (after the mess Ipswich Labour Borough Council has left them in) is beyond me.
Only last week the heel of my brogues got covered with chewing gum in Tavern Street.
The much loved statue of internationality famous Prince Alexander Sergeevich Obolensky looks as if could do with a spring clean as well!
My Hospital lacks auxiliary staff and we still have vacancies for medics.
The out-of-work could do a good job if they worked for their benefits on the wards!
We need less “Earnings Tax” and more elbow grease from those who don’t earn their sausage in return for their generous benefits.
My Cabinet’s Help to Work plans are another boost for Ipswich.
I am passionate about getting this country back to work!
Ben Gummer’s Political Programme.
Ipswich Tory MP Ben Gummer is famous for a number of things.
- He has ” suggested shaking up local government so that councillors solely representing local businesses could be elected to town halls.Mr Gummer acknowledged the idea “had no hope of getting into a manifesto” but pointed to the City of London, as a model for how his idea works in practice.The City is governed by the Corporation of London, which is the oldest local authority in England having been founded in medieval times.Elections there give votes to both firms and residents. (BBC 2012)
- For his book, The Scourging Angel: The Black Death in the British Isles. Gummer suggested that the Catholic Church played a noble role in comforting the sick and helping stem the worst effects of the plague. This may or may not be taken as seriously. We note that his Catholicism has not helped him take a stand against the misery that “welfare reform” has brought to many of his constituents. Or to help the present-day unwell fight off the ATOS pandemic.
- Being a Toady, a founder indeed, of the Royal Guild of Toadies. This has earned him the position of adviser to Michael Gove.
Today we learn this,
Ben Gummer, MP for Ipswich, is bringing forward a 10-minute rule bill this week that proposes changing the name as the first step towards merging it with income tax.
It is highly unlikely to make it into law through this route but George Osborne, the chancellor, is said to be attracted to the idea.
Gummer has been campaigning on tax transparency as a merger of income tax and NICs could make it clearer to people how much they are paying to the exchequer out of their earnings.
National insurance, first introduced in 1911, is levied on employers and employees to pay for certain benefits such as the state pension. It works out at around 12% per year, plus an extra 2% for earnings above £41,450.
Ipswich Spy notes that renaming National Insurance is a demand of the hard-right Tax Payers’ Alliance*.
Gummer states that “Taxpayers are consumers”, including no doubt employers.
Nobody should be in any doubt as to which ‘consumers’ he is most interested in.
A recent post (14th February) on his Blog shows where he stands, “ANGLIAN WATER SHOWS WHY PRIVATIZATION CAN WORK.”
Now he wants to get people aligned with the bosses to complain about the level of tax, that is the “earnings tax”.
Gummer’s support for the City of London and hard-right free-market ideas are no secret.
Perhaps Georgi Dimitrov was thinking of the likes of Gummer when he talked of “of the most reactionary, most chauvinistic and most imperialist elements of finance capital.”
*The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) has called for National Insurance (NI) to be scrapped to make the tax system simpler and more transparent. The need for tax reform has never been more pressing, particularly in light of this week’s revelations about HMRC errors.
The campaign group says National Insurance serves no purpose and has set out a package of measures to merge both employers’ and employees’ contributions with Income Tax. The call comes as part of the Treasury’s call for feedback as part of its consideration of the integration of the operation of the income tax and National Insurance contributions system……
The move could significantly reduce the burden on businesses of complying with these taxes, as well as making it easier for people to see exactly how much tax they are paying on their earnings. Here.
The Spectator underlines our point.
After describing the Ipswich Toad Eater’s proposal
That’s all very noble in itself. But there’s another point, which Gummer isn’t focusing on, but which is politically handy to his party. Labour wants a greater emphasis on raising taxes after 2015 than the Conservatives do. But because tax rises aren’t very popular, the best way to do this beyond some symbolic taxes such as raising the top rate back to 50p (if that raises anything more at all) and introducing a mansion tax would be to focus on the mysterious National Insurance. But if National Insurance became an Earnings Tax and it was clearer to the electorate what it is, then the Tories wouldn’t need to work quite so hard on their ‘stealth tax’/’jobs tax’ campaigns as they have before.
Dapper gent Ben Gummer (MP Ipswich) and special adviser to Michel Gove) says,
“Father Ted is unpatriotic and Catholicphobic’ .
I do not say this out of party interest.
On my annual pilgrimage to Lady Lane I have heard the taunts of guttersnipes against Our Blessed Lady.
Craggy, so-called Island, is clearly Ipswich in disguise.
Father Jack Hackett is an unwelcome caricature of respected local liberal Andrew Cann.
A ban is called for, forthwith!