Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Happy new year!

I've got my new year off to a cracking start. I'm now a member of the Inverse racing team - http://www.inverseracing.com/news/road-race-squad/womens-squad

Very excited about this, and have started my training this morning. Just did an hour on the road, not particularly fast (although did get to 30mph+ at a few spots), just to get back into the swing of it really. Despite the cold weather I felt much better than expected, just got to come up with a proper training plan for here and when I'm back at uni to make sure I can be competitive this season!

I'm afraid I'm now going to have to have a government related rant, yes, you guessed it - about fuel duty and VAT! I can appreciate that they need to make money from somewhere otherwise we're in big trouble. But increasing VAT and fuel duty means we're still in big trouble. Many people on a low or even average income rely on cars to get to jobs which are just about paying enough to support their families, to visit ageing families and to generally get around. People can cut down on driving, but probably not enough to make up for the double hit thats hit in the last 4 days.

An extra 2.5% VAT is also going to hit hard when people need new clothes, and even harder when bigger purchases are needed. At least VAT doesn't have to be paid on food, or at least not yet anyway...

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