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Yikes!

Fairer taxes are needed say the Lib Dems. What I find a little concerning is that their proposed local income tax would cost easterbunny and me over one thousand pounds per year more than our current council tax arrangements.

And the useless swines still wouldn't collect our rubbish.
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The conservatives are at least saying where the money comes from, although I'm not convinced they can really cut that amount of money in a suitable amount of time without causing chaos. With the 'promise' of tax cuts as well, I'm just not confident of their maths. Not that I'm confident of anyone else's either ;0)

I'll probably vote lib dem although I'll hold out on final decisions until I've read all manifestos. My prime reasoning at this point is that I strongly disaprove of the conservative and labour campaign strategies of slagging off the opposition. I'm heartily sick of the whole thing already and it's only just begun. Hammersmith and Fulham is actually a swing with labour holding a very small majority and is going to be utterly over-run with discussion of closing Charring Cross. The spiel I got through from the new labour candidate made me want to slap her, we'll see what the others manage ;0)
I must at this point encourage you to vote Tory. Forgetting all policies this is because my mate Greg is managing Greg Hands' campaign and his future career prospects are hinging on his election. :)
The problem with the Lib Dems is that they really haven't (or at least hadn't last time I'd looked) really thought about some of what they intend. Going back a year, they said "abolish the DTI, save £7bn".

OK, DTI is indeed a department that costs £7bn. OF which about 6 is direct money going into science and technology development and exploitation. The rest of it is business support etc, which one could possibly lose, but frankly it's a good thing especally when one considers R&D and inward investment.

The actuall staffing costs of DTI are quite low, as there's only about 3000 of us (excluding agencies such as ACAS, Comnpanies House etc). If they abolished DTI, and did not transfer the work elsewhere (which would mean moving the people around and not having any discernable effect on overall numbers) there would be no consumer protection policy, no low pay unit, no employment relations policy, no competition policy, no equal opportunities policy, no energy policy, no overseas trade development...
My prime reasoning at this point is that I strongly disaprove of the conservative and labour campaign strategies of slagging off the opposition.

Yeah, I know what you mean. When I've watched the party political broadcasts in past elections, Labour say "Don't vote Conservative", the Conservatives say "Don't vote Labour", and the LibDems say "Do vote for us", so I figure that if I vote LibDem then I make everyone happy :)