Sunday, November 02, 2008

Quote of the Day

Apparently, Alastair Darling is going to waive VAT on some single produced by numpties from piss-poor programme, The X Factor.
A charity X Factor song raising money for injured service personnel received a financial boost from the government today.

Alistair Darling in effect axed VAT on the single, Hero, sung by the 12 X Factor finalists.

The chancellor said the Treasury would make a donation to the Help for Heroes campaign equivalent to the tax revenue collected on the song.

Note the words "in effect" because they are very important: VAT is an EU controlled tax and Darling has no more power to exempt the single from VAT than he does to fly to the moon and write "Gordon Brown is a lying cunt" in the dust.

Instead, he is collecting the VAT and passing the payment to the EU as usual. Then he is going to give the equivalent of the money raised to the charity. That money, of course, has been stolen from taxpayers: it's very easy to give away other people's money, isn't it?

Anyway, Trixy sums all of this up in two pithy sentences...
So really, what the Chancellor is doing here is trying to raise his own popularity by appearing to support troops injured by the war he voted for using money which isn't his and lying about where it's coming from.

Classy, Darling.

Quite. Why doesn't that badger-faced moron piss of back to his Scottish hideaway and drown himself in an uncaring ocean? After all, its icy embrace has killed men with rather more courage than Darling.

And what a way to honour the war dead: a bunch of no-talent cunts off a pathetic money-making TV show singing a cover of a song by a notoriously selfish American diva. Personally, I thought that the James song, Hey Ma, used in this very effective Help For Heroes video would be a rather better choice...

The lyrics of Hey Ma...
Now the towers have fallen
So much dust in the air
It affected your vision
Couldn't see yourself clear
From the fall came such choices
Even worse than the fall
There's this chain of consequences

Action cause and reaction
Never follows to plan
Black swans on your picnic table
Knocking over the jam
Please don't preach me forgiveness
You're hardwired for revenge
War is just about business

Hey ma, the boy's in body bags
Coming home in pieces
Hey ma, the boy's in body bags
Coming home in pieces
Hey ma, the boy's in body bags
Coming home in pieces
Coming home in pieces


The dead live on within us
(In the atoms we trust)
Keep your fingers crossed
We were choking on the smoke and the dust
And the lives that were lost
Scratch the surface of liberals
There's a beast underneath
Others hiding their Jekylls

Hey ma, the boy's in body bags
Coming home in pieces
Hey ma, the boy's in body bags
Coming home in pieces


I can feel the daylight
I can feel the daylight
Raining on me
Raining on me

Great video: great song. Better than the X Factor crap anyway...


Anonymous said...

I just love reading when someone says something along the lines of "We're going to scrap/delay/reduce/etc. VAT", A: Because I can think "You can't, you cunt, you're either lying arse or ignorant" (Both of which our elected politicians shouldn't be) and B: Because I can read the devil say it in a much more amusing way than I can.

Btw, since that walk outside parliament is coming up, can you post a full post with all the info amalgamated close to the day? Would be helpful :)

Miss Snuffleupagus said...

Your video is saying that it is no longer available...

Devil's Kitchen said...

It works for me, Snuffy...


johnny nunsuch said...

Alastair "Supermarionation" Darling like many politicians is a hypocritical cunt of the first order, giving someone else's money to a problem he helped create

But he is no worse then the rear echelon motherfuckers of previous wars

On further thought What if they gave a War and nobody came

Anonymous said...

What Mr darling is actually saying is that if i buy the record I'll pay for that and i'll pay the VAT AND I'll pay an additional amount of money that is equivalent to the vat ( through my taxes). In effect....double VAT on this dubious piece of musical accomplishment.

No, I won't bother thanks.
What I'll do is I'll make an equivalent donation to the Earl Haig Fund and cut out all these middle-men that are taking a cut or grand-standing for image reasons.

Chalcedon said...

A few hundred mastiff/cougar vehicles and a few hundred transport helicopters plus attack helicopter escourts might be rather useful too, as would level 5 dragonskin body armour for all front line troops. Just a thought, Darling. If social services can pay £170K per year to an Afghan family I expect that we can and should buy the best for our troops.

Trixy said...

Nice that the Treasury Press Office (for I suspect it was them) aren't aware of the two charities the single is in aid of.

Simple stuff, but it's worth getting your facts right, particularly if you're the Chancellor.

Philip Thomas said...

That James song and vid are incredible. Thanks for that.

Darling said: "I very much support the Help for Heroes campaign and I support too the efforts being made by the X Factor contestants, and in recognition of that I am proposing effectively to waive VAT on this sale of these singles."

Those are the efforts that inspired his magnanimity? Those guys? What about the soldiers getting fucking maimed and killed out there? The charity that supports them, sure applaud that, but what of the men and women that risk all for the realm? The X-factor contestants haven't made any efforts. They sing pap like that all the time; hell, they'd be singing even if there wasn't this charity to sing for. They're trying to be popstars after all. Singing on a guaranteed No. 1 song is a win-win for them: the X-factor winners get a higher profile and the losers are now recorded artists. I'm not saying they're doing it for selfish purposes but neither is it the height of sacrifice and selflessness. Nowhere in the article does Darling say his proposal is out of support for the soldiers fighting.

Between the lines is the chilling statement of how this government prioritises populist pandering over people's lives.

Benjamin Gray said...

They'd do better to keep the tax in place and ring-fence it for buying some decent kit for the military. If that were the case I'd buy an entire store's worth of CDs.

Anonymous said...

What the fuck?

Show me in the crapshoot of a budget that he gave in April the line that said "X-factor double VAT contribution".

Do these people understand what budget means? Certainly in the context of government, it is supposed to be the best guess at where each and every penny stolen from the citizens is going, so unless April's budget mentioned X-factor 2008, he should put our collective chequebooks away.

The treasury is not some giant piggy bank for politicians to raid whenever they feel the urge.