Posts Tagged ‘Ben Gummer’
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!
Major Ipswich Tory Donor
Education secretary Michael Gove has chosen Ipswich MP Ben Gummer as his parliamentary aide.
In an unusual guest post a Mr Cthulhu comments,
““Ph’nglui mglw’nafh Cthulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn.”
Which roughly translated means, “The mussel crop in Ipswich Docks promises to be rich this year”.
Mr Cthulhu adds, “An excellent choice. That is not dead which can eternal lie, And with strange aeons even death may die.”
Ben says, “I have perter bum than Coatesey”.
Tendance Coatesy presents the ‘Alternative View’ by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer.
“I would like to thank my good friend Andrew Coates for giving me this space to express myself.
God (and he alone) knows it’s hard to get an airing in the Bolshevik local press.
Well there’s been a lot of controversy in Ipswich about Zionism.
Plucky leading local Conservative Kevin Kevin Algar has rightly brought the ‘Zionist domination of the media’ to our attention.
His views on the ‘Zionist’ threat are not alone!
On another side we are pleased to announce that, as part of our equal opportunities programme, that we now employ a Mz Toolidays as our charlady.
She has an excellent background, Green Party, Labour Party and the Sparticist League.
And , forgive me for mentioning this Andy, my bottom is a lot perter than yours!”
Important Update: I am offended. I am offended that Comrade Coates didn’t have the courtesy to give me a ping back like this one. If he’s going to insult me, he can at least draw the insult to my attention.
Ben Gummer: Minimum Drink Price Increases Choice.
Tendance Coatesy publishes this right to reply on alcohol minimum pricing by Ben Gummer M.P. (Con) Ipswich, Mayor of Ipswich, Cabinet Minister for Ipswich, Editor, Evening Star (Ipswich) and (Honorary) President of the St Jude’s Junior League of Moderate and Well-Behaved Drinkers (Ipswich).
“It’s been a hectic time in town lately. My new Waitrose and John Lewis stores have opened. I am building 2,000 new homes on the outskirts of Ipswich. I set up a new Christmas Tree on the Corn Hill.
It’s boost, boost, boost for Ipswich!
Further across the County I’ve been welcoming SERCO’s takeover of Suffolk Community Services.
Their bold plan to make 100 “full time equivalent” posts go, including community nurses and physiotherapists, is all about improving our health service.
What could me more appropriate than that a company that runs Detention Centres, Prisons and is involved in the Defence Industry, should be running Suffolk NHS?
Now my government is extending choice to drinkers.
The 45p minimum would mean a can of strong lager could not be sold for less than about £1.56 and a bottle of wine below £4.22.
This will open up the opportunity for people to explore the world of other drinks, such as vintage wine, not affected by the changes.
A bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild ’82 may cost £5.736,22 but there are plenty of bargains out there at less than a £100!
Some may say that this kind of drink is only for the wealthy.
For the less well-off Sainsbury’s does a perfectly acceptable ‘Basics’ 4 pack of bitter (2% alcohol) for only a £1.00. Its price will not rise.
My good friend Andrew Coates knows I’ve read Chomsky.
What does he think of this action by the European oligarchs?
Putting a minimum price of alcohol is illegal, the European Commission has warned David Cameron.
The nine-page letter from Brussels to the Prime Minister says the scheme would break laws governing the free movement of goods.
The Home Office proposal is to ban the sale of alcohol for less than 45p per unit in an effort to target heavy drinkers.