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magictime last won the day on February 25 2017

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  1. magictime

    So when were the 'good old days'?

    Oh... I'd rather hoped The Swinging Saucissons were some sort of light jazz ensemble who dropped their clarinets and picked up windlasses at the sound of a boat approaching.
  2. magictime

    So when were the 'good old days'?

    The mind boggles.
  3. magictime

    So when were the 'good old days'?

    I should of thought've that.
  4. magictime

    So when were the 'good old days'?

    Real men don't worry about apostrophe's, their to busy sinking pint's.
  5. magictime

    Making life better by water

    Weird. Developers clearly think canalside homes are desirable, or they wouldn't be building so many and making such a feature of balconies and gardens overlooking the water. And I've cruised past an awful lot of houses whose owners are very much making the most of the setting with decked seating areas etc.
  6. magictime

    Crt funding

    No, because to my mind a better-functioning society would be more equal - the bottom 99% taking a higher proportion of national income, and the top 1% a lower proportion. In which case, of course, all else being equal, the bottom 99% would also pay a higher proportion of the total tax take and the top 1% a lower proportion.
  7. magictime

    Crt funding

    Well, at 20%, 40% and 45% on different parts of their income, I think. Anyway, the point I was trying to make wasn't really about the specifics of the tax system. David Mack had countered Detling's claim about rich people avoiding tax by pointing out that the top 1% of earners pay 25% of tax; and I was pointing out that that doesn't prove anything about the proportion of their income they actually pay in tax (after any avoidance etc.), since even if they only paid 20%, they'd still pay a large proportion of the overall tax take just because their incomes are so high.
  8. magictime

    So when were the 'good old days'?

    I'm here oop north as well - I think you were helping with some of the locks at Bingley Five Rise last week as we were coming up, in fact (thanks!) - so of course I recognise some of those issues and the inconvenience they cause. We had to head the long way round last year because of the Marple stoppage, for instance, and yes, that swing bridge is a particular favourite of my wife! But are things actually getting worse, in general, and if so when did this trend begin after the decades of restoration and improvement that started in the late 60s? That's my question, and that's why I used the phrase 'the good old days'. (If things are worse now - enough that people who used to enjoy boating now feel it may be time to leave the water - they must have been significantly better at some point in the past.)
  9. magictime

    Crt funding

    To be fair, 'the better off half of us' consists mainly of people earning, say, £15k to £45k a year - probably not what Detling has in mind when he talks about people who can afford 'clever accountants'. And the point about the top 1% of earners paying 25% of tax is sometimes overegged too. Just to illustrate, if you picture 99 average earners paying 20% tax on £9k of income (£21k minus a personal allowance of £12k), that's 99 times £1800 = £178.2k. The average earner in the top 1% earns about £267k, so if they paid tax at the same 20% rate, that'd be £53.4k - 23% of the £231.6k total. If their income then rises faster than average earners', they'll be paying an ever-higher proportion of the total tax take. But this is hardly a picture of a progressive society in which the highest earners generously pay (more than?) their fair share.
  10. magictime

    So when were the 'good old days'?

    Thanks all! Looks like it not just me, then, who doesn't really recognise this image of a system going to rack and ruin, where boats are in danger of becoming an endangered species. IMHO it's a bloody miracle that any of this 250-year-old haulage system survived the growth of the railway and then the road networks to be available for use by leisure and liveaboard boaters today. When you consider that 60 years ago the network really was facing total dereliction and abandonment, with major routes like the K&A and Rochdale out of use, I find it pretty hard to see what we have today as anything but a thriving and even improving system. But of course it could be that I'm taking too long-term a view there, that in fact we passed some sort of tipping point five or ten or twenty years ago, and that the canals will shortly be facing oblivion again. Which is why I was curious to see what people might say to back up the idea that 'things aren't what they used to be'.
  11. Doom and gloom seemingly abound on the forum at the minute. Some members seem to think things are getting so bad out there, in terms of maintenance in particular, that the waterways as we know them will cease to exist before long. One or two seem to have given up on boating in despair. This always leaves me a bit mystified, though, as to when things started to tail off. I mean, from what I understand, the canals were in a shocking state by the 60s, then slowly improving through the 70s and 80s as leisure boating took off... then what? Were the early 00s the high point, the time of the opening of the Rochdale, Huddersfield Narrow, and Ribble Link? Or had the rot set in by then? Are things actually worse now than fifteen years ago, say, in terms of the number and seriousness of infrastructure failures in a typical year? Anyone got any figures?
  12. magictime

    London Boaters - Government Review

    Maybe the idea is just that it's "reasonable in the circumstances" to stay longer than 14 days in one spot if you've paid CRT for a winter mooring there? I mean, surely that's how the situation would be viewed if a CCer paid to moor in a private marina for a month or three? I've never heard it suggested that staying on a paid-for mooring for longer than 14 days is illegal if you happen to be licensed as having 'no home mooring'.
  13. magictime

    Crt funding

    Picture a hotel bar packed with 2 guests and 200 members of the public, each nursing a drink worth £3. The members of the public spend more than enough money to pay the bar staff, keep the furnishings in good order etc. But the guests - let's call them Mr and Mrs Melly - are not happy. "It's an outrage!' fumes Mrs Melly. "Look at all these people wearing out the carpet and hogging the tables! We're all using the same facility, we've all spent the same £3 on drinks, and yet the management expect the two of us to pay an extra fee just for the use of our private room upstairs and the guests' spa and gym facilities!" Not very persuasive, is it?
  14. magictime

    Crt funding

    Okay, in back-of-a-fag-packet terms then: Taxpayer/government funding of the waterways is about £50 million a year - roughly £1 per taxpayer. There are about 3.5 million regular cyclists in the UK, so that's about £3.5 million in tax they contribute to CRT each year. I'd hazard a guess that that's more than enough to keep the towpaths in tippy-top condition. Meanwhile there are about 35,000 licence-paying boaters contributing about £35,000 in tax. About one percent of the contribution from cyclists - simply because cyclists outnumber them by 100 to 1 - and an absolute drop in the ocean in terms of maintaining all the infrastructure they rely on but cyclists don't. Doesn't seem particularly unreasonable to me that boaters are asked to pay an additional fee while cyclists aren't.
  15. magictime

    Crt funding

    No problem, we've all written things online that have come across differently from what we intended.

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