Wednesday, March 21, 2007

A Tax Cut is a Tax Cut Except When It Isn't

Sometimes I question why I watch C4 news. I supposed it's because we watch the BBC Scotland News at 6.30 and then need a dose of national news; from 6 to 6.30 we watch the ITV Borders News; mostly because it's so awful it's hysterical. The best thing about it is to watch and see how long into each programme it is before they mention the Carlisle floods of 2005.

Anyway I digress, Jon Snow regularly irritates me with his smug line of questioning. Only one thing about him annoys me more - his safari type outfits when reporting from the front line of world news during a crisis.

During his budget round up with a rather long-faced Stephen Timms (physically not figuratively) from the Treasury, Lib Dem, Vincent Cable (who was predictable) and Theresa Villiers from the Conservatives (who was very good), Jon Snow kept pushing Theresa saying "Your leader thought it was a tax cutting budget, and he's wrong isn't he." Clearly the C4 news isn't the place to get into a debate over semantics but what Dave said in his speech in the House was. "You have finally given us a tax cut. You normally do that before a General Election but you are in such a deep hole you have had to do it before the leadership election"

It's true GB did give a tax cut, taxes come in many shapes and forms. He cut the tax of the basic rate of income from 22 to 20% - that is a tax cut. He clearly took them away elsewhere.

Bring back the news with men in dinner jackets reading it. Tell us the facts and then have a separate programme that is discussion/comment. The blurring of the lines is confusing the hell out of everyone. Hang on phone......Ah, right, so that's the idea then. Apparently I've got it all wrong, they're deliberately trying to confuse us. Seems like there's a book in there somewhere.

2 comments:

David Ross said...

I thought Jon Snow was 'the weakest link' last night. His attempts to be provocative were sapless. The star of the show was the "British Bulldog" Mr. Timms (figuratively not physically), defender of the faith, who seemed to reduce the others to a pack of submissive poodles.

Richard Havers said...

He certainly led with his chin!

Actually British Bulldog describes him perfectly. His argument was a bit, we're right you're wrong.