Month: October 2017

Foreign Drivers Rack up Over £1m in Parking Fines

Foreign drivers owe Westminster City Council more than a million pounds in parking fines – with France, Qatar, the UAE and Romania among the worst and repeat offenders. The council released its annual “top ten” figures which reveal the most prolific parking offenders from across the globe in 2016/17. French motorists are by far the most common parking offenders, being fined a total of £356,000 and drivers from across the Channel have already racked up £111,570 proving last year was no fluke. Qatar (£191,105) and the United Arab Emirates (£116,030) are in second and third place respectively. No surprise here as this is supercar boy racer territory. Romania has climbed up Westminster’s most-ticketed board to claim fourth place with nationals owing the council £114,235. Meanwhile, its neighbours in Bulgaria claimed seventh place in the table, after accruing £77,585 in unpaid fines. Germany made it to fifth place, with a total of £103,375 in fines while Belgium follows in sixth place (£84,160). Saudi Arabia has made the top ten for the first time pulling up in eighth place, with fines totalling £64,065. …

PM Sees Funny Side of Car-Crash Speech

Prime Minister Theresa May’s tweet simply titled *coughs*, after her headline speech at the Tory autumn conference resembled a pharmacy counter with a half-eaten pack of Strepsils strawberry lozenges, a bottle of Olbas oil, Covonia cough syrup, a box of Ultra Chloraseptic Anaesthetic throat spray and a glass of water. Alongside her prime ministerial red box was the copy of her speech from hell through which she coughed and spluttered. Throw in a prankster who handed her a P45 form, the party’s confab slogan peeling off the wall and there was enough material for hours of comedy sketches. *coughs* pic.twitter.com/1b6CoW5Mrz — Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 4, 2017 May had wanted to use the Conservative Party’s annual conference to bring her divided party together and pitch herself as the only person able to deliver Brexit and keep opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn out of power. She started by apologising for calling a snap June election which stripped her party of its majority in parliament, then pitched a revitalised ‘British Dream’ for which she proposed fixing broken …

Super-rich ‘Happy to Pay Voluntary Mansion Tax’

A London council plans to launch a revolutionary voluntary “mansion tax” on high-value properties which its leader says the rich are happy to pay. The tax would be for owners of properties worth more than £10m, like the One Hyde Park luxury apartments which heralded the prime central London high-end property boom. Nickie Aiken, leader of Westminster Council, is confident Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) would pay the optional charge. “This scheme might have its cynics, but I have spoken to very wealthy people who want to help the borough more,” she said. She explained proceeds could be used to freeze council tax for other council tax payers. The tax would collect a voluntary supplement of £1,376 a year from the estimated 2,000 owners of £10m-plus properties in band H, doubling what they already pay in council tax. The scheme would raise an extra £2.75m a year if they all fulfilled their promise made the payment. It will come into force from next April and the voluntary contribution will be collectable alongside ordinary council tax. …