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Budget conspiracies: take your pick

BEHIND every leaf, runs an old Indian proverb, lies another leaf. Deep, huh? Actually, all it means is that, as we say in this part of the world, you should always look for the wheels within wheels. Take the Budget last week. On the face of it, the so-called granny tax (actually merely the phasing out of a differential between pensioners and the rest of us that will leave no-one worse off in cash terms) was a terrible howler, with George Osborne's attempts to present it as a 'simplification' measure merely compounding the blunder.
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There's A Staggering Conspiracy Behind The Rise Of Consumer Culture

Business & Finance : Business Insider: Clusterstock (2 years ago)

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Barack Obama's Claim That the Federal Budget Is Usefully Analogized to a Family Budget: For the Virtual Green Room

Business & Finance / Economics : Grasping Reality with Both Hands (3 years ago)

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Ancient Canyon Found Buried Deep in Tibet

News / International Affairs : World from Newser (7 hours ago)

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