Nationalising huge chunks of BT - and potentially Virgin Media, TalkTalk and Sky - to provide free broadband in a move experts believe will cost over £100billion. Rail companies, the Royal Mail, water firms, and the power grid would also be brought into public ownership. A massive increase in trade union power, including a return to collective bargaining, Workers will have to make up at least a third of the board on companies; Allowing 16-year-olds to vote and introducing automatic voter registration; Plans to snatch shares from big firms and crack down on excessive executive pay, with a £350,000 cap on salaries for top executives at firms with public sector contracts; Higher taxes for almost two million people earning more than £80,000 a year, stripping inheritance tax reliefs, abolish marriage tax allowance and a windfall tax on oil firms; A 5 per cent 'catch up' pay rise for all public sector workers, followed by guaranteed above … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn’s hard-Left spending splurge is ‘simply not credible’: IFS ridicules Labour leader’s claim he can raise £83BILLION in extra tax to fund ‘colossal’ giveaways JUST from the rich – warning EVERYONE will have to pay
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When she arrived with a bang in 2009, all burnt orange Mr Whippy quiff and ear-pricking falsetto, Jackson stood out in a sea of TV talent-show blandness. Her success was sudden and unexpected: second single In for the Kill’s metallic 80s electropop peaked at No 2 in the UK and was later remixed by Kanye West for its US release, while the follow-up Bulletproof landed her and La Roux’s silent second member Ben Langmaid their first UK No 1. The accompanying self-titled debut album topped 2m sales and won them a Grammy for best electronic/dance album. Just like La Roux’s music was a throwback to a different time, Jackson kept it similarly old school with the press, favouring sweary honesty over media-trained politeness. “I just wanted to get rid of all the crap you weren’t supposed to say in interviews,” the 31-year-old laughs, ruffling her loose, David-Bowie-circa-Low fringe. … [Read more...] about La Roux: ‘My label dropped me on New Year’s Day. I was like, yippee!’
Shark – born Amy Louise Billings – grew up on the Gold Coast, where she had a “really sad life”, she jokes, before correcting herself, “No, it was great, actually. Like, it was so relaxed, maybe too relaxed.” The small city is better known for its beaches, tourism and schoolies antics than its musical output. Shark took up guitar as a teenager after her brother started playing. Her stepfather dubbed her bedroom “the Batcave”, where Shark would spend hours practising. “I just had a real obsession with it,” she says. … [Read more...] about Amy Shark: ‘I had given up. I never thought I’d get to do this’
The sheer numbers drawn by the beautiful but relatively small medieval old town – encompassing Prague castle, the 600-year-old Charles bridge and a maze of ancient cobbled streets – has put a strain on resources and quality of life that many long-established residents find intolerable. … [Read more...] about Overtourism in Europe’s historic cities sparks backlash
On the tax side, he said he wanted to raise the 40% income tax threshold from £50,000 to £80,000 and to raise the level at which workers start paying national insurance contributions (NICs). But, as the Institute for Fiscal Studies thinktank has noted, these are expensive commitments. The income tax promise would cost £9bn a year; NICs changes could come with an £11bn price tag. Javid could go for broke and deliver these massive cuts in one go. More likely he will spread them over several years and make a start in the coming months. … [Read more...] about Boris Johnson says he’ll spend, but who will pay?