cumulus
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Conservatives Agree To Higher Taxes On Domestics.

Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:58 pm

If they get back in, they seem to agree to another £29.00 on domestic routes to "benefit" the enviroment.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/6992299.stm
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Baron52ta
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RE: Conservatives Agree To Higher Taxes On Domestics.

Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:27 pm

Was that not why our tickets went up in Feb under Bliar for green issues which Gordon said the heck with it but charged it anyway.Nobody argued then so the conservatives are just thinking why not them too
 
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RE: Conservatives Agree To Higher Taxes On Domestics.

Thu Sep 13, 2007 4:47 pm

This Zac Goldsmith was being interviewed on GMTV this morning, it really made my blood boil. Had this been suggested 12 months ago I probably would have said OK, but as said above a CO2 tax for shorthall (£20?) and a £40 (?) tax for longhaul flights was introduced only last February, now they want to add another tax!! Pehaps first they should measure the impact the first tax has had on domestic flights before introducing another, i.e. if passenger numbers haven't reduced, then what's the point!
 
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RE: Conservatives Agree To Higher Taxes On Domestics.

Thu Sep 13, 2007 10:31 pm

As far as I know, they are not allowed to impose VAT on any flights other than domestic, so the short haul European flights VAT idea won't be going anywhere.

However, as the supposed party of low taxation, this looks like an own goal. I have serious doubts that the Tories will return to power with Cameron as leader, but that's for Non Av really!
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RE: Conservatives Agree To Higher Taxes On Domestics.

Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:49 am

So the Tories propose to add another GBP 29 tax on UK flights in an attempt to persuade people to take the "greener" train or road?

Train fares in the UK are notoriously expensive. A quick search for travel tomorrow between London and Glasgow shows return rail fares starting at GBP 98.20 to GBP 361.00, and flights (including taxes) from GBP 70.26 (FR) to GBP 408.00 (BA). Apart from the fact that the train takes longer (even allowing a journey to STN and from PIK), the railways could not possibly cope with the extra traffic if all air passengers were to transfer. It would require a massive investment to enable the railways to be improved to allow sufficient trains to cater for the additional demand, and in all probability such investment could only be privately funded and the cost recovered by private rail operating companies by even higher rail fares (just like Eurostar).

If the train is too expensive, and air fares taxed beyond economic sense, the alternative would be to drive there. Are the roads not already congested enough? The additional traffic would result in even more congestion and grid-lock, so even more cars stuck in the traffic jams would simply add to carbon emissions, not reduce them.

The Tories are simply spinning this to try and win votes. Likewise Cameron is trying to be portrayed as a film star, just like Blair, rather than a politician who is led by his beliefs, to persuade people to vote for him. What hope do we have of seeing another party other than Labour in power, but this is for non-aviation.
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