Quite agree with Wrexview on general principles. The Business rates matter is hugely important in a town like Wrexham because if the Public Sector jobs are being squeezed then small businesses have to take up the slack. Business rates are a front loaded tax, paid irrespective of profitability and prevent people with good ideas opening a business or expanding the same. If there are to be taxes on businesses, at least tax profits
There are 2 issues in play here, the freedom of the press and potential criminal acts undertaken to source the information to construct a press viewpoint. Whilst the law should be thrown at people who break laws in order to source information, the Government needs to tread very carefully around the subject of controlling the press. History was not very kind to the Prime Minister, Lord Liverpool, and his Home Secretary, Lord Sidmouth, when they produced a series of press muzzling Acts in the early 1800’s and Shami Chakrabarti has already criticised possible legislation as perhaps being ‘illegal’. Governments need to tread very carefully when they act in this area because British people have fought for centuries for the right to express opinion.
It does seem ironic that the British public ‘trust’ Governments to act as a backstop in this area
The Council is elected…..therefore it is democratic.
Whoever was in office would make cut backs. The key is to try and find an optimal way forward
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