Monday, 7 October 2013

Which is the real version and which is the spoof?

From The Evening Standard:

Version A

Boris Johnson today called on the Government to give "telecommuters" a tax break on the cost of working from home.

The Mayor said employees should be able to deduct a share of the cost of telecommunication and council tax bills from their pre-tax income, saving them hundreds of pounds every year and helping to reduce overcrowding on London Transport.

David Cameron is set to announce help for "telecommuters" on Wednesday as part of his drive to encourage a flexible working hours culture. However, he is not expected to back Mr Johnson's proposal as the Treasury would lose out.


Version B

Boris Johnson today called on the Government to give "hard-working" commuters a tax break on the cost of their season ticket.

The Mayor said employees should be able to deduct the cost of their annual travel from their pre-tax income, saving them hundreds of pounds every year.

David Cameron is set to announce help for rail commuters on Wednesday as part of his drive to tackle the cost-of-living crisis. However, he is not expected to back Mr Johnson's proposal as the Treasury would lose out.

5 comments:

Lola said...

I made a comment on the thread on similar lines. Bojo's idea is utter fucking pants.

Mark Wadsworth said...

L, that's the point though, Version A is pants and Version B is pants and if you put both together they are two pairs of pants - even though they are equal and opposite.

Graeme said...

please guys just use the tax system to finance government rather than as a form of social control....please

The Stigler said...

Cameron is going to offer help to rail commuters as part of his drive to tackle the cost-of-living crisis?

What sort of economic fuckwittery is this going to be, I wonder?

And people wonder why I can't get too worked up about Ed Miliband beating him.

Bayard said...

It's their answer to the Speenhamland System, sorry, working families tax credits, except for the rich.