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Current Debate - Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

(+) Increased government revenue. Less cuts needed to front line public services. A progressive tax. (-) Will hit people in the pocket. Possibility of nudging up inflation. (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2011)

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Your Hobbies

(+) you decide (-) you decide (*) (On Ciao since: 08/2005)

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Current Debate - What are your thoughts on Ireland saying \'No\' to the Lisbon Treaty?

What are your thoughts on Ireland saying 'No' to the Lisbon Treaty?

(+) The treaty seems fairly uncontroversial. (-) We must respect the Irish opinion. (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2008)

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Should ALL drugs be legalised?

(+) People will take drugs anyway (-) it will mess you up in the long term (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2004)

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Should students really be paid just for showing up at college?

(+) Can help people stay in education (-) There will alway be those that can take advantage of the system, and those that just miss out (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2004)

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Did man land on the moon?

(+) The absurd hoax theory hasn't gained much traction anywhere (-) Some people nevertheless believe it, simply because "governments lie" (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2004)

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Current Debate - Halloween costumes ideas

Halloween costumes ideas

(+) Does not need to cost the earth and children can get involved in making outfits (-) I do not like Halloween!!! (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2013)

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Current Debate - Is an increasing population a good or bad thing for humanity?

Is an increasing population a good or bad thing for humanity?

(+) "Our children are our future" (-) More children, less future? (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2011)

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Current Debate - What Was The Best Christmas Present You Ever Got?

What Was The Best Christmas Present You Ever Got?

(+) Everything (-) Nothing (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2013)

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Your thoughts on the English riots

(+) None (-) People lost their homes and businesses; financial cost to the country (*) (On Ciao since: 08/2011)

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Current Debate - UK unemployment is on the rise again. How can it be tackled?

UK unemployment is on the rise again. How can it be tackled?

(+) You can gain more qualifications and some work experience (-) Job centre are no help and jobs are hard to find (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2011)

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Bombs over Baghdad

(+) They got the oil (-) We got Blair (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2009)

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Current Debate - If we were given a referendum on the European Union would you vote for the UK to stay in or come out?

If we were given a referendum on the European Union would you vote for the UK to stay in or come out?

(+) Free trade zone. Cooperation on matters of joint interest. (-) Single currency. Forcing of laws by EU. (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2012)

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Current Debate - Should social networks introduce a minimum age and passport verification?

Should social networks introduce a minimum age and passport verification?

(+) Gives the impression children are safer online. (-) Activities online compromised. Overall, an obsessive intrusion. (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2013)

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Current Debate - What is your view on the Wikileaks case and its controversial protagonist Julian Assange?

What is your view on the Wikileaks case and its controversial protagonist Julian Assange?

(+) Wikileaks have shown us the truth (-) The truth is not pleasant (*) (On Ciao since: 12/2010)

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Current Debate - Do you support the public sector strikes?

Do you support the public sector strikes?

(+) Hopefully some people might think about the value of our public services (-) Lots of people will lose their jobs through no fault of their own - no wonder they are fighting (*) (On Ciao since: 07/2011)

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Current Debate - Book or e-book? Where do you stand?

Book or e-book? Where do you stand?

(+) Stores loads of books and is light (-) No page numbering and the books are pricey. (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2011)

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Current Debate - Are Print Newspapers Dead?

Are Print Newspapers Dead?

(+) Free news (-) True news? (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2013)

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What is our country turning into?

(+) Good riddance (-) Riddance is about the only good (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2005)

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Should museums have free entry for all?

(+) free is good (-) But who pays for museums when its not raining ? (*) (On Ciao since: 04/2004)

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Current Debate - What are your favourite bank holiday activities?

What are your favourite bank holiday activities?

(+) "If all the year were playing holidays…" (-) "To sport would be as tedious as to work." (Henry IV pt 1) (*) (On Ciao since: 05/2011)

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Current Debate - What are your resolutions for 2012?

What are your resolutions for 2012?

(+) Works for me (*) (On Ciao since: 01/2012)

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Current Debate - UK Government Spending Review: How will the cuts in public spending affect you and do you think the Government is doing the right thing for the UK economy?

UK Government Spending Review: How will the cuts in public spending affect you and do you think the Government is doing the right thing for the UK economy?

(+) "Lord, make me good…" (-) "…but not yet." (St Augustine) (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2010)

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Current Debate - Is legal media downloading the way of the future?

Is legal media downloading the way of the future?

(+) Media is available to everyone with just the click of button (-) Leads to illegal downloading and hacking, costs more and requires more knowledge of technology (*) (On Ciao since: 10/2011)

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Current Debate - The Oscars 2009: How did you feel about this years winners?

The Oscars 2009: How did you feel about this years winners?

(+) Gorgeous Host, Great Awards Ceremony Awarding Everyone In The Film Industry (-) Long (*) (On Ciao since: 02/2009)

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Current Debate - Considering the UK\'s current economic status, what path should be taken: \'growth\' or \'austerity?\'

Considering the UK's current economic status, what path should be taken: 'growth' or 'austerity?'

(+) Everyone would prefer growth… (-) …but we're in no position to gamble on achieving it (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2012)

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Should the U.S. work more closely with international bodies and take fewer unilateral foreign policy and military decisions?

(+) You might sleep safe feeling protected by the US. (-) Motives are driven by self interest. (*) (On Ciao since: 06/2001)

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Current Debate - X-Factor 2009: Did the best acts go through? Who do you think will win and why?

X-Factor 2009: Did the best acts go through? Who do you think will win and why?

(+) Some great performers in the final, Simon Cowell when he is being honest (-) The twins, Danyl Johnson and the audience manipulation by the producers (*) (On Ciao since: 09/2009)

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Current Debate - The Catholic Church has again been the centre of abuse claims from around the world. Are these isolated cases or is there a deeper problem within the church?

The Catholic Church has again been the centre of abuse claims from around the world. Are these isolated cases or is there a deeper problem within the church?

(+) Abuse is less prevalent than in wider society. (-) The Church should operate to a much higher standard than society. (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2010)

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Where should children receive their sexual eductaion?

(+) A proper educatioin can make all the difference (-) You may well find it embarrassing (*) (On Ciao since: 03/2004)

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An unavoidable consequence of the UK's current fiscal position.

Advantages: Increased government revenue. Less cuts needed to front line public services. A progressive tax.
Disadvantages: Will hit people in the pocket. Possibility of nudging up inflation.

So the government has raised the level of Value Added Tax from 17.5% to 20%. Is this a good move to help the exchequer or a bad move that will risk plunging the country back into recession? I believe to try and answer this question fully we need to look a ...

pumfster 17.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

I'm Only a consumer - what do I know?

Advantages: 13bn generated in revenue
Disadvantages: Impact to the poor, reduced consumer spending, increased inflation

The political headlines have been all over the rise in VAT since the beginning of January, and I find it difficult to decide if the decision was right or wrong as there are arguments on both sides of the coin. I don’t have a huge amount of interest in po ...

stillclueless 26.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

With 6 billion a year VAT fraud whats the point?

Advantages: Everyone pays it
Disadvantages: Too vulnerable to international fraud

So there it is guys, Zimbabwe’s inflation level lower than Britain’s this month, very worrying indeed. In fact it was the highest ever inflation rise in the U.K for a 4 week period, and that’s without the recent VAT and Fuel rise on top. I expect that rec ...

thedevilinme 28.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

Sh** sh** sh**

Advantages: none
Disadvantages: none

When you vote in a shower of incompetents with little experience of government or indeed life then you have to expect cock-ups and lies. We’ve had both in the sort spell we have been privileged to have such a pretty hung parliament. For me just looking a ...

donf18 17.01.2011 · Read full review
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Review of Do you believe that the VAT increase is the right decision? How will affect your buying habits?

Money, money, money.

Advantages: More money for the Government.
Disadvantages: More people may get in a mess.

OK, so the VAT levels have now gone up. Prices have either staretd to go up, or will be very soon at least in shops and other such places where we buy goods. But is it a good thing, and will it affect my own spending habits? On both counts, I would just l ...

dynamicnurse 17.01.2011 · Read full review
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