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Day 1,879, 17:29 Published in United Kingdom United Kingdom by Alphabethis

I don't have the time to mimick the good structure of Huey's
articles. Anyway, I wanted to write these lines with my feelings and
acts in parliament.

Basically, parliament is boring. Certainly, we vote. Mostly, we vote
MPP's and all of them got a "Yes". Why? Because, as a matter of fact,
we don't change foreign policy from Parliament, and Foreign Affairs
are settled for a long time.

The next thing we vote more is taxes. Personally, I vote always for
lower import taxes and higher VAT taxes. It's true we need revenue, so
TAX is the way to go, and low import taxes , specially of weapons and
food, help to get money to the government, which is earned by
blackmarket guys if we have high import taxes.

Then, the other "votings", such having a king, using a forum,... I
tend to vote "openess": no masters (king), no special treatment for
the Legion ( all are official or none), investment for poor

And that's all. My line is quite near to the party, but not exact,
since New Era wants low taxes in everything, even VAT. As you see,
we are really open minded.

Don Dapper's British army:


Sir Winston's:


Grampa Alfagrem
Grampa Alfagrem Day 1,880, 02:31

Low import taxes are only an advantage for non-eUK sellers.

The base price of Q7 tanks with WRM at £0.04 is £8 on 60% bonus
The base price of Q7 tanks with WRM at £0.04 is £6.4 on 100% bonus

UK company sells Q7 tanks for £8 or £9.2 with 15% VAT.
Foreign company selling for £6.4 would end up at nearer £13.70 with 15% VAT and 99% Import

The overseas companies therefore are shut-out of the market alowing eUK companies a profit margin of £4 per tank before overseas stuff becomes competitive again.

Of course there is nothing stopping you average eUKer (or even the gov.) from hopping to Brittany or Aquitane, buying tanks on those marketsfor under £10, returning home and then selling those tanks for £11.5 or £12 thus establishing a price cap on the market allowing eUK companies a profit margin of £2 or £2.5 per tank and potentially another revenue stream for the gov if their heap of tanks are bought up.

Grampa Alfagrem
Grampa Alfagrem Day 1,880, 02:43

Income tax is negligible as a revenue earner and it's only function is establishing a disparity between min. wage workers, Private workers and paid commune workers.

@5% the High earner pays £3.25 a day, Min wage slave pays £0.025 (£3.225 difference)
@1% the High earner pays £0.65 a day, Min wage slave pays £0.005 (£0.645 difference)

The governement could of course carry on penalizing those who work in companies that promote the idea of offering out spending cash for independent spending, hoarding, investment. However, if this appeared to be the course of action likely to be carried out over many months then those companies can cut back to min. wage (offering other incentives) which means less of that negligible revenue, less market spending (so again less revenue) and slower player advancement.

Grampa Alfagrem
Grampa Alfagrem Day 1,880, 02:50

VAT is ofc the great leveller and source of our wealth.

The varying opinions on what its level should be is really a debate about governement spending.

The 'small government' people will argue that all we need are the 5 MPPS with fellow TWO members, others will then tack on CoT MPPS as essential and others will argue for the Baltics and other old allies too.

Then you have to consider the 'socialists' who want gov programs for New guys (NHS), Fighters(CtA) a national MU and other such welfare and within that group you have those who feel the current programs work and those that do not. Not forgetting of course the 'privatisation' groups who feel that private groups offer better support programs and engagement to those that want to be engaged with and that excessive taxation merely drives away the 2-click population and those that may become more active players.

Huey George
Huey George Day 1,880, 05:34

An honest assessment of your time in Parliament so far. A good update, Alphabethis, voted \o/

Gmarsanu Day 1,880, 06:16

SUB 67
please VOTE AND SUB my newspaper!
good luck!!

myheadstone Day 1,880, 10:52

interesting views, Huey has set the bar very high with his articles, it is always good to read other peoples views in parliament, as someone who hasn't been there, it's always good to see how people who have been or who are in parliament view their time. For your effort i have Voted and subbed.

Alphabethis Day 1,880, 15:32

thanks Huey.

Alphabethis Day 1,880, 15:36

@alfagrem, the question is that "somehow", in spite of different bonuses and wars, ALL countries have VERY similar prices, and high import taxes, SO, I suspect another force that makes prices be the same.

Grampa Alfagrem
Grampa Alfagrem Day 1,881, 02:28

It's a world market and thus "Of course there is nothing stopping you average eUKer (or even the gov.) from hopping to Brittany or Aquitane, buying........" keeps prices roughly in line around the world.

The only thing you can control is the ease of access to your own markets by external sellers and I'd rather that profits from the eUK market stay in eUKers hands.

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