PRIME Minister David Cameron was recently asked in the House of Commons whose side he was on with regards to the 50p higher rate of taxation?

It appears from his answer after having yet another childish jibe at the Labour opposition bench that the 45p higher tax bracket, even though it has been reduced, will, Mr Cameron says, mean that the wealthy in this country will be paying more in income tax every year throughout the years of this Government. The Prime minister stated more would be collected than in the years of the last Labour Government.

If this is then so, and I believe it to be possible, why then are the Conservative Government not reducing the tax of our petrol and diesel as it would bring in more revenue than it does now.

More motorists would be using their vehicles a lot more, even for pleasure rather than just going to and from work. Haulage companies would benefit too as many owner drivers are either considering throwing in the towel or have done already.

While this Government and Mr Cameron’s thinking is with this point of view, why not reduce the tax on alcohol and save many of our British pubs too as there are between 18 and 30 closing every week in the UK.

Sadly this leads on to putting up the price of alcohol just to stop the binge drinking by the inane few. Many of us responsible folk enjoy a drink at home, mainly because we can’t afford to go to the pub anymore due to the prices. Why is that? It’s due to taxation yet again!

Now rather than punish the idiots who are binge drinking, they choose yet again to punish us the ordinary folk.

The police need to be told by the Home Secretary to arrest all drunk and disorderly people on Friday and Saturday nights. Put them in the cells until Monday morning, then put them up in court and make these people think and bring them back into reality. This will happen after receiving a harsh punishment.

Anyone who is injured due to alcohol or fighting should be sent the bill for the time and medical attention they have used.

I realise this is very controversial but a casualty department is a busy place without being inundated with people full of drink and cut faces, being sick everywhere.

At least these ideas do not punish the responsible people of the United Kingdom, as Mr Cameron and his cabinet wish too.

There are two other things this Government could do with no cost involved at all to curb this binge drinking. Go back to regular hours for pubs and stop this open all hours. This venture has definitely failed. Revoke all supermarkets selling alcohol and go back to the old ways of having responsible off licences.

If this Government is, as it says, going to employ more tax officers that is great news.

But if, as we all know, they will not drop the taxation on beers wines and spirits then yet another issue is raised.

The criminal fraternity will be working extremely hard to supply the man on the street and small businesses and even some dubious landlords. With all the intelligence there is in this Government, one wonders where their common sense and decency to the law-abiding public is.

Keith bagot


These taxing times

LAST week my daughter in Australia sent her 10-year-old niece (my granddaughter) a birthday present. It was valued at 80 Australian dollars (about £60).

The Post Office informed us that the parcel could not be delivered until customs charges had been paid.

This was in the form of £10.31 in VAT. Not to be outdone, the Royal Mail charged an £8 handling fee.

So, in order to be able to collect my granddaughter’s birthday present, I had to pay a total of £18.31.

Fortunately I could afford it but in these cash-strapped times there are many who would not have been able to pay that amount and the parcel would have been returned at extra expense to Australia.

Does the Chancellor really need to tax the birthday presents of 10-year-olds?

Andrew Brons

MEP Yorkshire and the Humber

Kirklees College delay

I CAN’T be the only one feeling a grim satisfaction at the delays to Kirklees College’s Waterfront building. Serves them right for foisting this egregious building on the town.

Just wait until opening day when all the lecturers and students roll up to find no on-site parking and the surrounding area chock-full of town centre workers’ cars.

Richard Huddleston

West Slaithwaite

Late night charity

MY door was knocked on at 7.30pm by a charity worker.

This was well after dark and he was working in a team of three. I told them not to bother the house opposite in our courtyard. They got stroppy and said ‘why not?’. They said they were licensed to do this until 9pm.

The houses opposite have one infirm old lady who has had a recent fall and a family with an infant. I explained that I live here and they don’t.

Unfortunately, I did not get their organisation. They took the hint. Can it be right that in winter these charity workers who claim out loud that ‘we are saving lives’ selling sponges and dusters are allowed to knock on doors after dark?

Nick Swift


Leveson gets it right

OVER the last few years we have seen the best – and worst – of the British press.

Yes, the press hacked Millie Dowler’s phone and subjected Chris Jeffries to an unwarranted character assassination.

The same press also exposed the MPs expenses scandal and cricket match fixing.

I do not envy Lord Leveson’s task of drafting recommendations that protect the individual while defending legitimate investigative journalism.

On balance, I think he has got it right.

John Oyston


A lovely concert

HAVING read the report by David Heathcote of the Messiah concert given by Huddersfield Voices on December 4 I would like to offer my feelings.

I thoroughly enjoyed the choir’s singing strength, starting with the Christmas Hymn to the final Amen.

The mainly negative report in yesterday’s Examiner has a detrimental effect and certainly would keep an audience away from an annual enjoyable event.

It would be far better to give encouragement to an enthusiastic and talented group of people who enjoy choral singing.

Mavis Beaumont