Brown takes question time online

Gordon Brown has taken Prime Minister's Questions online, through the magic of YouTube.

The scheme will see the Prime Minister answering video clip questions sent in to the Downing Street YouTube site by members of the public.

Though the Prime Minister doesn't make any promises on how often he will appear, he does claim it will be "a regular event", with questions for the first event accepted until 21 June.

Introducing the site, the Prime Minister says he is keen to answer questions on: "How globalisation is working, what's happening to climate change, how we can build the houses we we can do better with the health service and how we can do better with all the other public services the Government provides.

"I'm here to answer your questions. Politicians get a chance in prime ministers question time and other question times - I think it's time the public had a chance."

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Good old Gordon, but I doubt if he'll be remembered or anything other than his involvement in the worlds financial institutions melting down, and selling of $800,000,000 of gold 10 years ago, for $200 an ounce (a fith of what it's worth now! ) . Nu Labour "No more boom and Bust economics" He was right, technically it's been a massive implosion!

One word people... Prudence! :nuts:

I want to know the need for the goverment on taxing petrol so much and where every single sodding penny of the £1mil+ an hour he makes goes.

Tax isn't much (if any) higher than it has been in recent times, its a constant percentage of how much the actual petrol itself costs.


If tax = 10%, and petrol is £30 per barrel, the government takes £3, but if petrol is £300 a barrel, then the government takes £30 with no change in tax

The oil companies need to stop charging so much for oil, then we'll see prices come down much faster.

(El Sid said @ #1.2)
Tax isn't much (if any) higher than it has been in recent times, its a constant percentage of how much the actual petrol itself costs.

That's for the wholesale from the oil companies, this is about the price at the pump, i.e. retail. It's the duty on the petrol that hurts, and then, to add insult to injury, you're charged VAT on the whole thing, including the duty. Fair enough, production and supply costs have gone up, meaning there is an increase in the price to the petrol stations which they would need to increase their baseline price to ameliorate. However, that increase is then multiplied greatly due to the tax-on-tax methodology for someone wanting to fill their car. The petrol station may charge 0.5p more per litre, but that equates to a 2p increase for the motorist after tax.

Duty needs to be reduced.

Another question: why is the road tax not ring-fenced for road building / maintenance?