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Abolishing Tax Discs was Always a Mistake

In December 2013 George Osborne made a simple mistake when he abolished tax discs. He mistook the advantages of a digital, surveillant society with the ability to rely solely upon such. He vaunted an annual saving of £7 million, perhaps £10 million. The BBC reported last month that this has led to consequential losses of £110 million per annum.
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Betting on the Voice UK - A Fait Accompli?

With the Knockout Rounds about to start tonight on BBC1, it's still possible to bet on any of the 32 singers left in the competition. As these programmes are prerecorded, that means people are betting on contestants who have already been eliminated.
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"Regressive VED", George? We'd say so!

In this month's budget, George Osborne made radical changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), better known as Road Tax. In doing so, the link between vehicle carbon emissions and VED that was introduced in 2001 was effectively ended.
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Peter Kay's Car Share - A shot in the arm!

It's said that there's no such thing as bad publicity, so when I learned that Peter Kay's new series would centre on a company car share scheme, that had to be positive for the industry. We can expect all to be far from plain sailing, but that's the essence of comedy and no-one could claim that Fawlty Towers damaged the hotel industry or that The Office was bad news for paper merchants.
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Mobile Apps on the Roads – Disruption Uber Alles?

Mobile app provider Uber has hit the headlines on both sides of the Atlantic, causing taxi driver strikes in London and Paris and becoming the subject of lawsuit in Berlin, Brussels and San Francisco. With a valuation in the billions of dollars, Uber might not be a Sustainable Transport company in its own right. They certainly demonstrate the future of that industry lies in mobility.
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