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Some dismiss it as Project Fear. Let's be generous and call it ignorance but the leaders of Leave should know better.

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The words of Kenneth Livingstone,

Spoken on his mobile phone,

Were surely never un-intended

To get him publicly suspended?



Ken Livingstone isn't that bright,

He prefers to pick a fight.

But lacking martial where-with-all,

His mouth ends up against the wall!

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Somebody appears to have trawled the Archers archive very effectively to round up the veritable stream of ancient names thrust into the bosom of Ambridge long after they were written out: Fairbrother, Grundy (Alfonso), now Tregorran.

Can I draw the writers' attention to possibly the most famous name in the series other than Archer: Gabriel.

Walter and Nelson are both dead (though you can never be sure with Nelson) but his illegitimate daughter Rosemany Tarrant could be just the kind of insider in the police force who could "advise" on Helen's dilemma.

It was Nigel Pargeter who used to be in touch with her but with him dead, maybe Elizabeth could be persuaded to trawl through his filofax.

She would be 49, no doubt a Chief Inspector or Superintendent and possibly about to retire. She could find her way back into owning Blossom Hill Cottage and become a latter-day Miss Marple, peering out from under cascades of roses, drawing on the Gabriel instinct for survival in a harsh, if pure scented, world.

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The idea that we should all be forced to make our tax returns public is horrifying, not because of the breach of privacy involved but because we would rapidly became numbers rather than people.

David Cameron has, once again, through a hasty decision, left the country with a national mess to clear up all because he was too weak to stand up to the press and the public.

The way to make the tax system acceptable is simple: legislate, clearly what the various levels and forms of tax should be in a law which a bright 15 year old could follow; take the adversarial relationship between the individual and the HMRC out in the same new law; apply a new tax, let's call it SuperVAT, of 100% on all fees paid to tax consultants who advise on ways round any loopholes they can devise, then legislate them out of existence within two years.

Politicians should not be having personal abuse fests over each other's income. The rich would benefit from some financially costly common sense: at the moment, we're heading for wealth taxes some day.

That would be undesirable. The reason is that provided that wealth is accumulated from properly and clearly taxed sources it should remain the impulse behind entrepreneurs like Branson, Gupta, et al.

There is no point in trying to create entrepreneurs with the education system while taking it away with multiple layers of complex tax laws for which, since they are clever folks, they will find an answer. From abroad.

Trying to suggest that wealth is a sin or that legal tax planning is immoral is stupid. The fault is in our silly legislators who are scared of putting a proper system in place. Start giving us sensible laws or make way for legislators who will do so.


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Gunnlaugsson - nul points

Cameron - nul points

Osborne - nul points

Trump - nul points

Corbyn - un point

Sajiv Javid - deux points

V. Putin - trois points

Nigel Farage - quatre points

Many Clouds - cinq points

Bruce Springsteen- six points

Ronnie Corbett - sept points

Zaha Hadid - huit points

Aung San Suu Kyi - neuf points

Le Pape - dix points

Archbishop Welby - onze points

Mr. Asad Shah - douze points

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Keep banging the metal fences and telling the rest of the world you're not prepared to live in a country ruled by crooks.

Throw the lot of them out and elect a new parliament which will change the constitution.

Do it for yourselves but do it as an example to the rest of us how to behave properly.


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Port Talbot Steel - nationalise it, spend on it, bring back British Steel.

British Virgin Islands - re-colonise them, bring back empire, ...

Glastonbury - bomb it with love :)

EU referendum - yeah, cool, next ;}

The Tories - don't hassle me, OK?


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