Taxes on travel are making it difficult for any but the rich to be able to afford to move around. Whether you travel by car, train, bus, boat, or plane, the government are making it too expensive to move.
It's the big TRAVEL RIP-OFF!
Train and bus fares are taking a big slice out of the wages of commuters. For some, it's hardly worth going to work!
Petrol tax is currently an outrageous 57.95p per litre and the government are intending to use the budget to raise this to 60.95p per litre! Not surprisingly, instead of petrol being relatively cheap, the UK has the most expensive fuel in Europe, crippling our economy by making all goods stupidly expensive and preventing people from being able to go where they wish. Many are now calling for petrol tax to be abolished completely so that the private sector can boom and make the country successful again!
Flight taxes are an obscenity. Unethical and unfair - steadily making it impossible for any but the rich to be able to afford to enjoy an international holiday! In our view, this is an utter disgrace! Travel is one of life's greatest pleasures and both educational and a boost to health. In short, it's good for everyone! It's not the role of the government to stop everyone but the rich from being able to afford an international holiday!
We are supportive of a lot of what the government are trying to do, but we don't feel they are considering just how tough they are making life for people who don't earn over the average wage of £20,000 p.a.
According to reports on Twitter, the UK Government's increased spending and refusal to cut the wages of those earning £100,000+ in the public sector, has made the national debt even worse. It is now over £1,000,000,000,000 ONE TRILLION POUNDS DEBT!
Quite simply, the government have over-spent and given away billions to the banks.Now they are ruining the economy and robbing you of a holiday to pay for their mistakes - while greedy bankers continue to be paid vast sums in bonusses, evn though their banks are not even making a profit!
Please support our campaign to abolish all tax on travel.
The British people work hard and are industrious and successful - they don't need the travel tax boot of the state on their backs!
Nothing helps see a situation for what it is better than getting away and taking a break. The resulting view from the outside usually makes things clearer.
After a tough year of all manner of difficulties, including illness, injury, family bereavement, problems caused by the government, and a challenging economic climate - not to mention the constant rain, cloud, and dark days of the British winter - we really needed a holiday.
So it was great to be able to get away from it all and head off to the sunshine of a Caribbean Cruise with Social Group Holidays.
Landing in San Juan, Puerto Rico (think Majorca/Cuba/Miami), we soon found ourselves immersed in a local festival of flamboyant colour and passion, with stalls on the grass by the beautiful palm-fringed Condado beach, offering everything from mojito cocktails and tasty snacks (e.g. Caribbean Whole Roasted Pig) to live entertainment from a steel band and even a belly dancer!
Fun in the sun, and people making the most of being happy!
And no-one panicking about the collapse of the currency or the government imposing obscene levels of taxes guaranteed to destroy any chance of economic prosperity!
Yes, it's amazing how much better life can seem when you disconnect and escape being fed a constant diet of despair, fear, and panic by the media. It struck us at once how much less aware and how less worried the Americans we met seemed to be. Strange that, when the British have always prided themselves on how resilient we are.
Off then on the 18 storey cruise liner, 3200 passengers, 1200 staff/crew, with all you can eat for the duration, and different ports of call each day at exotic tropical islands off the coast of Venezuela. Beautiful white sand beaches, warm seas, wonderful snorkeling, blue skies, extravagant palm trees, and some exciting day excursions. But best of all, lots of good company and good times. And lots of smiles.
It does make a difference.
And isn't that the whole point. That life is very much a matter of perspective.
If you are in a room full of depressed people, the world outside seems a lot worse. If you are in a room full of happy people, the world outside doesn't seem so bad.
What do they say... "Absence makes the heart grow fonder"? If anything at all can make you appreciate home, it's being away from it for a while.
On a cruise ship in the southern Caribbean Sea, amidst 37 different nationalities, we met some very nice people from America, Canada, Puerto Rico, Russia, France, Germany, Romania, Denmark and all over the world! But there was always a special thrill to meet someone from back home in the UK and that special bond of being countrymen.
The one thing that really stood out for us was being reminded just how special our nation is and of the unique standing we have in the world.
Here's hoping the opening ceremony of the Summer 2012 Olympics in London is not a complete cringefest and instead manages to be a truly classy "Cool Britannia" affair that gets over to the world what a rich culture, past and present, we represent and embrace.
So keep smiling people! The darkest days of winter are now behind us and it will soon be spring.
Summer lies ahead.
So let's all try to have some OPTIMISM and do all we can to BRING BACK THE GOOD TIMES!
And please everyone... do all you can to defeat government plans to further increase taxation on travel and flights! Because, especially when times are tough, we all need to be able to take a holiday. And we can't allow them to take that away from us.
The Coalition Government's consultation on the reform of UK Air Passenger Duty is long overdue. We are very concerned about the damage this excessively high tax is doing. This tax adds hundreds of pounds to travel and makes holidays too expensive for many people. It is having the effect of imprisoning people inside the UK.
We don't believe it is the right of the UK Government to restrict basic freedom of movement. We don't think the UK Government were elected to stop ordinary people from being able to enjoy a holiday or visit a relative abroad.
This tax is clearly unfair and unethical. Many feel it is an infringement on our basic human rights.
There is also an economic aspect to this. High taxes do not help economic revival. High taxes cause economic stagnation. People need to feel they can afford to live again, and abolishing Air Passenger Duty and making holidays affordable again would help cheer people up and restore confidence.
Regional airports in the UK say they have suffered badly from a greater fall in passengers than in the congested south east. Fewer passengers in the regions mean fewer airport jobs at regional airports. The Prime Minister says he wants to “re-balance economic power across our regions”. He says that we must have a plan “to breathe economic life into the towns and cities outside the M25”.
Making flying unafforable for most people is a step backwards towards the Stone Age, and no Prime Minister who believes in basic freedoms and who wants to encourage economic prosperity can support this..
We hope the abolition of Air Passenger Duty happens soon, as this would certainly be a step back towards a feeling of normality in the UK.
This much hated tax also makes the UK an uncompetitive tourist destination for people visiting us from abroad, with Britain currently charging passengers the highest rate of aviation tax anywhere in Europe. This is undermining the Government’s aim of making the UK one of the top 5 tourist destinations. Other countries (e.g. Ireland) have already realised this tax on travel is a dreadful idea and scrapped their aviation taxes to boost inbound tourism.
Other countries, including some of our best friends such as the USA, Canada, Australia, Spain, and Greece, are very unhappy with the UK Government's gigantic tax on air travel, as it is stopping tourists from the UK from visiting their countries. Why, they say, should their citizens visit the UK (eg. for the Olympics) when the UK is doing all it can to stop our tourists visiting their countries with this discouraging tax ruining international travel?
We were recently offered flights from the UK to USA for just £1 via Virgin Atlantic, with the catch being there were around £400 of tax and charges to pay on top of that!
This can't be right!
It's only a few years back that flights to the States were around £200 - £300. With hundreds of pounds of tax deliberately added on to every flight by the UK Government, travel to America now costs £700 - £800 or more for an ordinary seat.
Clearly this is quite insane and wholly unacceptable.
We believe the Government should immediately abandon charging APD altogether, as it is clearly unethical. Stopping almost everyone on modest incomes from being able to afford a holiday or travel to visit a relative is a moral crime, and just makes it look to the rest of the world like we are still in the grip of crisis and not worth visiting or investing in.
The government imprisoning it's own population and ending anyone except the wealthy from being able to afford to take a holiday abroad will prove extremely unpopular. It's our view that any politicians which have robbed people of their holidays will be un-electable.
This excessive and unethical tax on air travel MUST be removed. The sooner the better!
FEELING DOWN WITH THE WINTER BLUES?
"Seasonally Adjusted Disorder" or S.A.D. syndrome is a cute way of describing people feeling miserable and down in winter.
Research has found the lack of sunshine has a detrimental effect on the body. The skin suffers from lack of exposure to UV radiation and the mind suffers by becoming less sharp, with feelings of fatigue and depression.
Suggestions for overcoming the WINTER BLUES include a diet which includes plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, keeping your spirits up, making sure you get some fresh air and "blow the cobwebs off" when it is sunny (even on cold days), doing some exercise, and plenty of good social contact.
Apparently social contact, having fun, chatting, laughing, and interacting with other people helps lift the spirit and stop people from feeling down.
A little of what you fancy is good for you - so indulge yourself - try to get out and have a good time!
The Social Group provides a great way to enjoy some good company and good times! Lots of fun, lots of laughs, and lots of trying to cheer everyone up! It can only be good for you!
WE ALL NEED SOME SUNSHINE!
Recent research has indicated that being in the sun for a time provides better immunity protection for your body than a Flu jab!
The easiest way to fix the winter blues and keep your spirits up is to fly off to warmer climes and take it easy in the sun for a week or so!
Next winter, come with THE SOCIAL GROUP on a beautiful Caribbean Cruise to the most wonderful tropical islands - with the ship giving you time in San Juan,
St. Maarten, St. Lucia, Grenada, Bonaire, & Aruba! Fly out to the Caribbean on 1st December with the rest of the group, with the ship sailing on 4th December for 7 nights. See lots of beautiful places, with plenty of good company!
TO BOOK NOW, CALL 08456 121 772!
SOCIAL GROUP HOLIDAYS
EASTER 2010 SOCIAL GROUP WEEKEND BREAK 4 day / 3 night hotel break - city & countryside
Social Group founder Andrew Haglington lives in the South West, but he
is Sheffield born and bred, and lived in his home city of Sheffield
This Easter, Andrew is offering you a unique insight into one of
Britain's main cities, with his expert local knowledge making a visit
here a unique experience.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside and with the Derbyshire Dales &
The Peak District National Park adjoining, Sheffield is officially the
"greenest city in Europe" - with more trees, parks, moors, and open
spaces than any other.
The city, famous for steel production, cutlery, and it's key role in
the industrial revolution has a proud heritage, with several top
museums and galleries. Things have moved on from the 'The Full Monty',
and with millions being spent on updating the city, Sheffield today is
vibrant and modern - with first rate sporting and leisure facilities,
with some of
the best shopping in Europe, and lots of bars, pubs, cafes, and
to choose from - all at reasonable prices!
Anyone into giant world-class indoor shopping centres won't want to
miss a Supertram ride to impressive Meadowhall. While Sheffield's
"Devonshire Quarter" of West Street and Division Street (located
between the city's two universities) has numerous unique local
boutiques, cafes, and bars you won't find anywhere else - and not a
chain store in sight!
Famous Sheffielders include Sean Bean, Michael Palin, Seb Coe, Jarvis
Cocker, The Human League, ABC, Arctic Monkeys, Joe Cocker, Marti Caine,
Joe Elliott, Brian Glover, Charlotte Hudson, Jayne Irving, Roy
Hattersley, David Blunkett, Gordon Banks, Naseem Hamed, Peter
Stringfellow, Neil Warnock - and of course, Andrew Haglington of The Social Group!
Sheffield is known for the friendliness of the locals and you'll be
assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay. Andrew will be
ensuring everyone gets to see some of the best the North of England has
As well as fun and friendly Sheffield itself, there will be
opportunities to travel out into the stunning countryside surrounding
Sheffield. As Andrew used to go hiking most weekends here, you can be
assured you'll see some of the very best places - including Burbage,
Stanage Edge, Hope Valley, Winnat's Pass Gorge, and Mam Tor 'the
At charming Castleton, full of jewellery shops specialising in the
unique Blue John semi-precious stone, as well as traditional tea rooms
and authentic pubs, you'll also be able to go walking, explore the
Norman Castle, or take a tour down one of four sets of astounding
underground show caves - Peak Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Blue John
Cavern, or Treak Cliff Cavern.
Want to go further afield? There are also options to visit either
historic York or enchanting Sherwood Forest, both within easy driving
As well as Andrew's local expertise and him being able to steer you in
the direction of whatever it is that will most interest you, when you
take part in something with The Social Group, we provide a ready-made
group of friends for you to enjoy it all with! This means it's ideal
if you are single and on your own - although, of course, couples are
also welcome too! The more the merrier!
For more details and great value prices for this NOT TO BE MISSED
unique weekend break experience in Northern England, please telephone
08456 121 770 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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