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Jeremy Vine Show Wednesday 14th May

 
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 10:06 am    Post subject: Jeremy Vine Show Wednesday 14th May Reply with quote

Jeremy's topics for today are :-

TAX COMPENSATION - The government will compensate those who lost out when the 10p tax rate was scrapped but the deal will cost 2.7b. Do you welcome the U-turn?

BETA BLOCKERS - A study has suggested that the use of beta blocker drugs before surgery may be counter-productive. Do you use Beta Blockers? Are you addicted to them to beat stress?

MIXED SEX WARDS - As the Healthcare Commission releases its survey of what patients think of the NHS, we ask whether mixed sex wards are all that bad. Tell us your experience if you've stayed on one.

FEED THE BIRDS! BUT NOT WITH BREAD - The RSPB says we should feed the birds with cake or cheese instead of bread.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the 1970s, when I was a junior manager in the NHS, received wisdom was that mixed-sex wards were good for patient morale. By the 1990s they had become regarded as evil. Is it a case of what goes round comes round?

Ian.
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 2:50 pm    Post subject: Tax Compensation Reply with quote

While a U-turn on this issue is most welcome, I fear that it won't go all the way in making amends. As I understand it, some folk will be better off than before while some will not be compensated - trust politicians to make a right "bugger's muddle" of it!

The simplest option is to re-introduce the 10p tax threshold as it was before. To balance the books they should make an all out assault on the billions wasted and squandered on bureacracy and non-jobs. Billions could also be saved if we weren't fighting wars on two fronts. What a mess!!

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re instating the 10p band was the obvious thing to do but of course that would be too easy for them.

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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2008 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

FEED THE BIRDS! BUT NOT WITH BREAD - The RSPB says we should feed the birds with cake or cheese instead of bread.

I missed most of the show today but caught a little of the bird feeding section and I had to smile at the comments..

I've developed a real fascination with birds over the last 10 years or so, particularly Starlings and of course Blackbirds too. They're real little characters if watched for a while.

We tend to always have excess food and of course many scraps returning from the tables, so everyday I take the time to seperate all the veg from the meat and divide the leftovers between my dogs and the birds.
But a few years ago, and much to my surprise, I found that Starlings and Pigeons love mashed potato and even more - chips! ( cut up into little pieces of course... ) they also have a liking for roast parsnip and baked beans! but not sweet corn.

But the thing which gives me the most pleasure is placing a whole sponge pudding or fruit pie ( about 12" diameter) on the grass.
You can practically see their excitement as they surround the food and consume the lot - including icing, cream and jam!!

So yes, I can confirm most birds prefer cake! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri May 16, 2008 6:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
Re instating the 10p band was the obvious thing to do but of course that would be too easy for them.

H


And of course losing quite a bit of face in the process, Helen. Funny how unpopular/unworkable policy decisions are never reversed, they're just fiddled with - usually creating more mess and bureaucracy.

Not introduced until September or November (I forget which), and backdated - but the Treasury still manage to hang onto the money until then. The cost won't be much of an overall dent in UKplc's finances given the announcement today as to how much the Treasury have raked in regarding fuel duty and North Sea Oil tax over the last few months - a full year's revenue in less than six months.
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