Increase import tax on food items

We all know about the decline in our own farming. There are many programmes on television now showing us how and where our food is produced and we all want to reduce our food air miles.

With companies like Mc Donalds importing their chicken from south America because it is cheaper, surely it would be of benifit to increase import tax on such products so that our farmers could supply firms like these.

Buying food items out of season, as we all know, is now a way of life, and I dont think we would be able to change the mindset of the general public, but making out of season imported food items more expensive, then we may start to change the buying habits of a lot of people looking for cheaper produce at that time of year. Which will be non imported british grown food.

It may well be impractical to increase import tax on all food items, but surely we could start with the food items we know we can produce well in this country. Cows, sheep,pigs and chicken. The government should make it impossible for a person to buy a lamb cheaper from New Zealand than from Wales.

Finally, with UK farmers employimg more staff and making more money for themselves, this would increase the amount of income tax paid, which also helps the british economy.

Its all very well and good buying meat, fruit and vegetables from overseas, but it shouldnt be so cheap to do so.

Why is this idea important?

We all know about the decline in our own farming. There are many programmes on television now showing us how and where our food is produced and we all want to reduce our food air miles.

With companies like Mc Donalds importing their chicken from south America because it is cheaper, surely it would be of benifit to increase import tax on such products so that our farmers could supply firms like these.

Buying food items out of season, as we all know, is now a way of life, and I dont think we would be able to change the mindset of the general public, but making out of season imported food items more expensive, then we may start to change the buying habits of a lot of people looking for cheaper produce at that time of year. Which will be non imported british grown food.

It may well be impractical to increase import tax on all food items, but surely we could start with the food items we know we can produce well in this country. Cows, sheep,pigs and chicken. The government should make it impossible for a person to buy a lamb cheaper from New Zealand than from Wales.

Finally, with UK farmers employimg more staff and making more money for themselves, this would increase the amount of income tax paid, which also helps the british economy.

Its all very well and good buying meat, fruit and vegetables from overseas, but it shouldnt be so cheap to do so.

Remove/reduce customs charges/VAT for imported toys, art and items not available in the EU.

I buy resin ball jointed dolls from outside the EU, they are handmade and different from bog standard toys on the high street, and NOBODY in the EU makes them so I am forced to buy them from Asia or America. Each doll costs upwards of £100 so  when they arrive in the UK I am smashed with VAT/customs charges etc. I think this is grossly unfair, and there are many, many more people like me! America doesn't put VAT on toys so why do we? When VAT goes up again I will most likely stop buying the dolls because I can't afford the extra VAT/customs charges – so global businesses are damaged and the UK taxman is left with nothing anyway! If you won't remove the VAT, then can you raise the value that gets taxed, so ordinary people can also enjoy having nice things? Example, instead of a measly £36 limit, raise it to £200!

Why is this idea important?

I buy resin ball jointed dolls from outside the EU, they are handmade and different from bog standard toys on the high street, and NOBODY in the EU makes them so I am forced to buy them from Asia or America. Each doll costs upwards of £100 so  when they arrive in the UK I am smashed with VAT/customs charges etc. I think this is grossly unfair, and there are many, many more people like me! America doesn't put VAT on toys so why do we? When VAT goes up again I will most likely stop buying the dolls because I can't afford the extra VAT/customs charges – so global businesses are damaged and the UK taxman is left with nothing anyway! If you won't remove the VAT, then can you raise the value that gets taxed, so ordinary people can also enjoy having nice things? Example, instead of a measly £36 limit, raise it to £200!

Increase taxes on imported food funding tax breaks for local produce

There should be a new tax levied onto all foodstuffs imported into the country, designed to be high enough to force the price to be increased in supermarkets and shops.

In conjunction, this could fund a tax break for all locally produced foods, making these foods cheaper to produce, stimulating local economies and farms and reducing the pollution caused by the massive container ships delivering food to this country that we can quite happily produce ourselves if we had the right incentive to do so.

This tax could also fund important technologies such as large greenhouse networks, producing fresh fruits that might not ordinarily be produced in the UK.

Why is this idea important?

There should be a new tax levied onto all foodstuffs imported into the country, designed to be high enough to force the price to be increased in supermarkets and shops.

In conjunction, this could fund a tax break for all locally produced foods, making these foods cheaper to produce, stimulating local economies and farms and reducing the pollution caused by the massive container ships delivering food to this country that we can quite happily produce ourselves if we had the right incentive to do so.

This tax could also fund important technologies such as large greenhouse networks, producing fresh fruits that might not ordinarily be produced in the UK.

Fair Treatment for Israel

Especially towards the end of the last administration the sovereign nation of Israel has received unfair treatment. My idea would be to reversal thre o of the policies and treat the sovereign country like any other country. The first policy to stop the use of the term, "occupied terroritory" for the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel did not enter Gaza or the West Bank in the same manner that Sadaam Hussein enterd Kuwait or the Russian entered Afghanistan. Instead the West Bank and Gaza came into being as terrority, rightfully caputred during the Six Day, in which Egypt, Jordan, and Syria tried to destroy Israel. As a result of the war the terrorities became a part of Israel. This means Israel has a right to the land just like the US has a right to the land caputured from the Native Americans.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/middle_east/03/v3_israel_palestinians/maps/html/six_day_war.stm

Second reversal would be to seek the reversal of the labelling of products that come from Israel. It serves no purpose other than to inflame feeling on the subject and it works contrary to public policy. Furthermore it seeks to further divide the public and as a consumer it will make me seek out products from Israel so that I can support the country.  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/3371576/Britain-seeks-block-on-EU-imports-from-Israeli-settlements.html

http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/food/pdf/labelling-palestine.pdf

Third would the removing the of war crime warrants and fear of being prosecuted for war crimes for Israeli diplomats entering the UK.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6977002.ece

http://www.haaretz.com/news/dichter-cancels-u-k-trip-over-fears-of-war-crimes-arrest1.234670

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5908235.ece

Why is this idea important?

Especially towards the end of the last administration the sovereign nation of Israel has received unfair treatment. My idea would be to reversal thre o of the policies and treat the sovereign country like any other country. The first policy to stop the use of the term, "occupied terroritory" for the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Israel did not enter Gaza or the West Bank in the same manner that Sadaam Hussein enterd Kuwait or the Russian entered Afghanistan. Instead the West Bank and Gaza came into being as terrority, rightfully caputred during the Six Day, in which Egypt, Jordan, and Syria tried to destroy Israel. As a result of the war the terrorities became a part of Israel. This means Israel has a right to the land just like the US has a right to the land caputured from the Native Americans.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/middle_east/03/v3_israel_palestinians/maps/html/six_day_war.stm

Second reversal would be to seek the reversal of the labelling of products that come from Israel. It serves no purpose other than to inflame feeling on the subject and it works contrary to public policy. Furthermore it seeks to further divide the public and as a consumer it will make me seek out products from Israel so that I can support the country.  

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/3371576/Britain-seeks-block-on-EU-imports-from-Israeli-settlements.html

http://www.defra.gov.uk/foodfarm/food/pdf/labelling-palestine.pdf

Third would the removing the of war crime warrants and fear of being prosecuted for war crimes for Israeli diplomats entering the UK.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6977002.ece

http://www.haaretz.com/news/dichter-cancels-u-k-trip-over-fears-of-war-crimes-arrest1.234670

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article5908235.ece