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The Daily Grind - Tax, Eastleigh By-Election, Horsemeat, Oscar Pistorius, Paul Gascoigne, Sinead O'Connor

Mouth Julia Freeman Woolpert

A collection of comments on just about anything.

UK - The Liberal Democrats apparently want to allow tax inspectors to gain entry to your homes to assess your jewellery and other valuables - and then send you a tax bill.

Another move, of course, in the 'war' to transfer wealth from those who work hard and pay tax to those who mostly haven't contributed anything into the coffers in the first place.

But if the Lib Dems are really serious about raising more tax, then a tax on stupid comments made by politicians and their like would surely bring in more money. Witness the hapless John O'Farrell, the Labour candidate in the Eastleigh by-election, who has apparently made clear his disappointment that former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wasn't murdered in the IRA bomb attack on the Grand Hotel in 1984. Pathetic.

Horsemeat - does anyone really care ? Frankly, we'd be better off not knowing what's in our food - because if we did, we'd probably end up starving to death. Clearly not everyone agrees. Horses for courses, and all that.

Oscar Pistorius - this really is a tragic story where, whatever the end result, there will be no winners.

Paul Gascoigne - you hope for the best, but expect the worse. Arsenal's Jack Wilshere is said to be a young Gascoigne, while Gascoigne is increasingly looking like an elderly George Best.

Sinead O’Connor told a British talk show host a few days back: 'I think I’m having a great time making music… so long as I just keep my mouth shut and behave myself'. Just a couple of days later, the redoubtable Ms O'Connor congratulated Pope Benedict for resigning, describing his decision as his 'greatest achievement'.

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