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'Green taxes' are voluntary!

Posted by Graham Thompson — 4 August 2014 at 4:02pm - Comments
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It's OK George, it's just the green ones.

There’s been a lot of misleading nonsense in parts of the UK press about energy bills. The Mail, in particular, have reprinted numbers which the Press Complaints Commission had already forced them to correct, then been forced to correct them again, then printed them again. Honestly. I mean, not honestly, completely dishonestly and with intent to mislead, I would imagine, but they really did that.

Reverse the decline in green taxes

Posted by John Sauven — 28 October 2009 at 1:07pm - Comments

Originally published on Comment is Free, John sets out how we could use the levers of the economy to shape a greener future.

Talk is cheap, and valued accordingly. At some point ministers will need to translate their climate rhetoric into the language of real change – money. Since 1997 the proportion of government revenues derived from green taxes has actually fallen. The cost of motoring (despite the tabloid headlines) has fallen by 13 per cent in real terms since 1997, while bus and coach fares have increased by 17 per cent above inflation.

For most of us, political speeches are a dull drone in the background while the message that always comes through loud and clear is spelt out in pounds and pence. If we're serious about confronting climate change – and everyone actively involved in the debate claims to be – then some taxes are going to have to rise.

We need to dramatically change the way we live

Posted by John — 13 September 2007 at 12:26pm - Comments

The Quality of Life Report is generating – perhaps predictably – a typically robust response from the right. Commentators are reaching for their keyboards to condemn detailed policy announcements on green taxes, aviation, energy efficiency, waste and planning, within seconds of the report being leaked last night. But very few are attempting to look at the underlying points made by the report and the message it sends about the future direction of our society.

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