Sunday, April 20, 2008

Great Knowle biodiversity asset

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Great article about Arnos Vale Cemetry in the local paper ('New life among the gravestones', Bristol Evening Post, Saturday 19 April). What an asset to the biodiversity of Bristol (and Knowle!) this site is. Excellent work by Mary Wood and the Friends of Arnos Vale Cemetry, Arnos Vale Trust and others in the Wildlife Trust and at the City Council.

Want to know more? Contact Sarah van der Meer, telephone 07814 337766 or at and Mary Wood, telephone 0117 972 1079 (evenings only) or at

Gross unfairness in removing the 10p tax band: a tax grab from poorer people to give to richer people!!

Labour's Chancellor Alistair Darling said today that it would be irresponsible to unravel or rewrite the budget, in response to what I see as very valid criticism from many in his own party and beyond due to the removal of the 10p tax band. Yet this is exactly what Labour have done: they brought in the 10p tax band and have now removed it! Is this not unravelling and rewriting??

Its clearly unfair and unjust to tax the lowest earners more to pay for a tax cut for higher earners . This disadvantages millions of people who are already likely to be disadvantaged by being on a low income. Good on those 'rebel' Labour MPs (might be more accurate to say real Labour MPs) and others who are opposing this and fighting for a reversal of the policy and/or some package which compensates people. If anyone is to pay more in income tax it should be people earning more than £50,000 per yr.