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Caroline Pidgeon AM writes… Why subsidising gun owners must come to an end

Today is the “Glorious Twelfth” which is the start of the shooting season, especially of Grouse.

I would suggest today, of all days, is a good day to look at the issue of why people who own guns are actually subsidised by the taxpayer.

From the outset, let me put a few points on record, on what I know is an incredibly emotive issue.

Firstly, I don’t shoot or have any desire to do so, but secondly I understand just how important shooting is throughout the UK for some people, with a recent report suggesting that at least 600,000 people in the UK shoot live quarry, clay pigeons or targets.

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Caroline Pidgeon AM challenges London Mayor over unpaid congestion charges

Caroline PidgeonCaroline Pidgeon AM, Leader of the Liberal Democrats on the London Assembly, has challenged the London Mayor over congestion charges that have been evaded by embassies in the capital.

In answer to Caroline’s written question the Mayor admitted that embassies currently owe around £68 million. By the end of the year they will owe the equivalent to almost £10 to every Londoner.

The majority of embassies have some charges to pay. Two years ago the Liberal Democrat group studied the data gleaned through a Freedom of Information request and found that about a quarter of all embassies in London refuse to pay any charges at all. These persistent evaders include some of the richest countries in the world – US, Russia, Japan and Germany.  To date the American Embassy owes over £7 million in unpaid charges

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  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 29th Jan - 10:04am
    Or we could just call him William Wallace, and stop pandering to this hierarchical nonsense. Unfortunately calling him "Lord William Wallace" makes sense because that...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 29th Jan - 9:57am
    DPR is a fundamentally wrong-headed solution, for reasons that have been exhaustively discussed before on this site. In a nutshell: *Not all votes are party-based...
  • User AvatarCaron Lindsay 29th Jan - 9:56am
    Honestly, are we really so parochial that accents actually matter that much? One of the people in all 3 broadcasts with an English accent lives...
  • User AvatarLibCync 29th Jan - 9:48am
    Agree with a couple of points above. What is with the 45 seconds of nothing to start with? I would have already switched over! Who...
  • User AvatarJane Ann Liston 29th Jan - 9:40am
    Can we possibly get his title right? If he were Lord William Wallace he wouldn't be a peer, as the use of the Christian name...
  • User AvatarStephen Johnson 29th Jan - 9:37am
    Adrian, thanks for your comments. I think your basic premise that we have to put forward an easy pathway to PR, one that can be...