Do the maths

First published in Letters

WHAT ARE we to make of Tories’ claims that for the first time in four wages are now rising faster than inflation, with wages rising by 1.7per cent and inflation at 1.6per cent? Sadly, a closer look reveals the stark truth: once you take out the lucky four per cent of people who saw a real rise income, due mostly to bonuses bounces (bankers), we see that the remaining 96per cent of people who did got a pay rise saw their pay increase by 1.4 per cent., these figures speak for themselves.

The reality is that most of us are still a whopping £40 a week worse off and need an eight per cent increase to eliminate the gap between the cost of living and wages. It’s little wonder that the working poor are turning to foodbanks and payday lenders in an effort to make ends meet.

Nigel Dix Montclaire Avenue, Blackwood

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2:35pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Good Job No Kids says...

I'm averaging 10% increase per annum in the last 2 years so don't judge everyone by your own standards.
The same is true for many of my colleagues?
I'm averaging 10% increase per annum in the last 2 years so don't judge everyone by your own standards. The same is true for many of my colleagues? Good Job No Kids
  • Score: 1

3:56pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Remind me again what the average Council Tax rise in the People's Republic of Wales was? You have a nerve banging on about the cost of living when your party raised taxes massively on working people when in office and are still raising the ones you control now.
Remind me again what the average Council Tax rise in the People's Republic of Wales was? You have a nerve banging on about the cost of living when your party raised taxes massively on working people when in office and are still raising the ones you control now. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 2

4:34pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

Not even creative BS is it ? Just adopt the policy of assuming whenever they speak it is all lies, that's what most of us do.
Not even creative BS is it ? Just adopt the policy of assuming whenever they speak it is all lies, that's what most of us do. Mervyn James
  • Score: 3

11:03pm Tue 22 Apr 14

pwlldu says...

Labour ruined Wales but still the people vote for the donkey candidates.
Labour ruined Wales but still the people vote for the donkey candidates. pwlldu
  • Score: 2

10:14am Wed 23 Apr 14

choudhry says...

Cllr Dix wants to be the next AM MP for Islwyn, his "leaked" email made it almost impossible for Gwyn Price to continue and he hoped Gez Kirby would be sidelined.

To this end Dix will say and do anything, If it appeals to the Labour party he will write it, he will never however admit when he is wrong, Morrison s, the economy, Labour bankrupting the country, his refusal to explain Labour's complicity in the senior managers pay awards, Labour only set up the committee on 26th June 2012, yet its all Plaids fault.

Dix is a man of straw, no regard for Blackwood or its people, just his perceived career.
Cllr Dix wants to be the next AM MP for Islwyn, his "leaked" email made it almost impossible for Gwyn Price to continue and he hoped Gez Kirby would be sidelined. To this end Dix will say and do anything, If it appeals to the Labour party he will write it, he will never however admit when he is wrong, Morrison s, the economy, Labour bankrupting the country, his refusal to explain Labour's complicity in the senior managers pay awards, Labour only set up the committee on 26th June 2012, yet its all Plaids fault. Dix is a man of straw, no regard for Blackwood or its people, just his perceived career. choudhry
  • Score: 5

1:55pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Nig says...

choudhry wrote:
Cllr Dix wants to be the next AM MP for Islwyn, his "leaked" email made it almost impossible for Gwyn Price to continue and he hoped Gez Kirby would be sidelined.

To this end Dix will say and do anything, If it appeals to the Labour party he will write it, he will never however admit when he is wrong, Morrison s, the economy, Labour bankrupting the country, his refusal to explain Labour's complicity in the senior managers pay awards, Labour only set up the committee on 26th June 2012, yet its all Plaids fault.

Dix is a man of straw, no regard for Blackwood or its people, just his perceived career.
sorry you are wrong ! not interested in ether potions , you should not judge others by your own low standards . Morrison went to Bargoed , but I ensured that others did come to the retail park creating jobs, Plaid wanted it bulldozed in to the ground . Its the bankers who bankrupted the country in a global credit crunch. Osborne has failed to eliminate the defect in this parliament as promised and borrowed Twice that of the last labour government, only Japan has a higher defect ,all our major competitors France, Germany, Italy have higher productivity and lower Debt. I always put Blackwood first .
[quote][p][bold]choudhry[/bold] wrote: Cllr Dix wants to be the next AM MP for Islwyn, his "leaked" email made it almost impossible for Gwyn Price to continue and he hoped Gez Kirby would be sidelined. To this end Dix will say and do anything, If it appeals to the Labour party he will write it, he will never however admit when he is wrong, Morrison s, the economy, Labour bankrupting the country, his refusal to explain Labour's complicity in the senior managers pay awards, Labour only set up the committee on 26th June 2012, yet its all Plaids fault. Dix is a man of straw, no regard for Blackwood or its people, just his perceived career.[/p][/quote]sorry you are wrong ! not interested in ether potions , you should not judge others by your own low standards . Morrison went to Bargoed , but I ensured that others did come to the retail park creating jobs, Plaid wanted it bulldozed in to the ground . Its the bankers who bankrupted the country in a global credit crunch. Osborne has failed to eliminate the defect in this parliament as promised and borrowed Twice that of the last labour government, only Japan has a higher defect ,all our major competitors France, Germany, Italy have higher productivity and lower Debt. I always put Blackwood first . Nig
  • Score: -5

2:00pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Nig says...

Llanmartinangel wrote:
Remind me again what the average Council Tax rise in the People's Republic of Wales was? You have a nerve banging on about the cost of living when your party raised taxes massively on working people when in office and are still raising the ones you control now.
C.B.CC was the second lowest increase in Wales , the Tories have pushed millions in to abject poverty in low wage, food bank Britain , increased VAT by 2.5%, slashed tax credits and cut taxes for the richest by a whopping £150 thousand a year . you have check old bean
[quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Remind me again what the average Council Tax rise in the People's Republic of Wales was? You have a nerve banging on about the cost of living when your party raised taxes massively on working people when in office and are still raising the ones you control now.[/p][/quote]C.B.CC was the second lowest increase in Wales , the Tories have pushed millions in to abject poverty in low wage, food bank Britain , increased VAT by 2.5%, slashed tax credits and cut taxes for the richest by a whopping £150 thousand a year . you have check old bean Nig
  • Score: -4

2:01pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Nig says...

pwlldu wrote:
Labour ruined Wales but still the people vote for the donkey candidates.
oh grow up
[quote][p][bold]pwlldu[/bold] wrote: Labour ruined Wales but still the people vote for the donkey candidates.[/p][/quote]oh grow up Nig
  • Score: -5

6:00pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Llanmartinangel says...

Nig wrote:
Llanmartinangel wrote:
Remind me again what the average Council Tax rise in the People's Republic of Wales was? You have a nerve banging on about the cost of living when your party raised taxes massively on working people when in office and are still raising the ones you control now.
C.B.CC was the second lowest increase in Wales , the Tories have pushed millions in to abject poverty in low wage, food bank Britain , increased VAT by 2.5%, slashed tax credits and cut taxes for the richest by a whopping £150 thousand a year . you have check old bean
Your letter was about the cost of living. So answer the question. How far above inflation was your council tax rise?
[quote][p][bold]Nig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Llanmartinangel[/bold] wrote: Remind me again what the average Council Tax rise in the People's Republic of Wales was? You have a nerve banging on about the cost of living when your party raised taxes massively on working people when in office and are still raising the ones you control now.[/p][/quote]C.B.CC was the second lowest increase in Wales , the Tories have pushed millions in to abject poverty in low wage, food bank Britain , increased VAT by 2.5%, slashed tax credits and cut taxes for the richest by a whopping £150 thousand a year . you have check old bean[/p][/quote]Your letter was about the cost of living. So answer the question. How far above inflation was your council tax rise? Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 4

6:02pm Wed 23 Apr 14

choudhry says...

Cllr Dix is so wrong on so many levels, What happened to the 115,000,000 the bad old tories gave to the WAG to avoid council tax rises in Wales?

Other priorities dear Cllr Dix, an airport, the Welsh language, and of course Silk.

Labour will bankrupt Wales, just as they did the UK when Blair and Brown lied to the nation, they promised education, education education. We got WAR,WAR,WAR, Labour sold out to the American military petro chemical interests. and hundreds of thousands paid the cost.

Just as we in Caerphilly are paying the cost of Labour selling out to the senior managers of Caerphilly, the forty thieves as many call them.

What are the fifty Labour sheep going to do about the fact, Osullivan waited for Labour to gain power before stealing from the people of Caerphilly, he has the same contempt for Labour councilors as the rest of us. You can't build a socialist dream on money grubbing sheeples even Dix should know that.
Cllr Dix is so wrong on so many levels, What happened to the 115,000,000 the bad old tories gave to the WAG to avoid council tax rises in Wales? Other priorities dear Cllr Dix, an airport, the Welsh language, and of course Silk. Labour will bankrupt Wales, just as they did the UK when Blair and Brown lied to the nation, they promised education, education education. We got WAR,WAR,WAR, Labour sold out to the American military petro chemical interests. and hundreds of thousands paid the cost. Just as we in Caerphilly are paying the cost of Labour selling out to the senior managers of Caerphilly, the forty thieves as many call them. What are the fifty Labour sheep going to do about the fact, Osullivan waited for Labour to gain power before stealing from the people of Caerphilly, he has the same contempt for Labour councilors as the rest of us. You can't build a socialist dream on money grubbing sheeples even Dix should know that. choudhry
  • Score: 5

6:51pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Mervyn James says...

pwlldu wrote:
Labour ruined Wales but still the people vote for the donkey candidates.
Better a donkey than a troop of *****les
[quote][p][bold]pwlldu[/bold] wrote: Labour ruined Wales but still the people vote for the donkey candidates.[/p][/quote]Better a donkey than a troop of *****les Mervyn James
  • Score: -4

8:58am Thu 24 Apr 14

choudhry says...

Cllr Dix and his boy make the clear claim that employing Osullivan is the crime not the theft! But the
Labour cabinet set up the pay review body
Four Labour cabinet members sat on the body and one Plaid
Not one of the four asked Osullivan, Barnet or Perkins to leave
All were complicit in the theft
None have resigned
If the senior managers are found guilty, the cabinet will have to be charged with conspiracy and complicity to defraud.
Finally my last word, can I thank Dix and his boy for the opportunity to expose the incompetence and corruption perpetrated by Labour on the public of Caerphilly.

No further comments will be offered.
Cllr Dix and his boy make the clear claim that employing Osullivan is the crime not the theft! But the Labour cabinet set up the pay review body Four Labour cabinet members sat on the body and one Plaid Not one of the four asked Osullivan, Barnet or Perkins to leave All were complicit in the theft None have resigned If the senior managers are found guilty, the cabinet will have to be charged with conspiracy and complicity to defraud. Finally my last word, can I thank Dix and his boy for the opportunity to expose the incompetence and corruption perpetrated by Labour on the public of Caerphilly. No further comments will be offered. choudhry
  • Score: 5

7:20pm Thu 24 Apr 14

blackandamber says...

I'm not worse off.
I'm not worse off. blackandamber
  • Score: 1

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