I sent my last invoice for this tax year in January. I haven't done the calculations yet, and there was a hefty whack of expenditure for that big project, but any more income risks skirting the edge of the 40% tax bracket this year. I refuse to work for half pay. Less than half, once you add in NI and all the other sneaky taxes. I'll take on more work but there'll be no more invoicing before April.
I don't need all that much money really. I have no interest in big cars or yachts or mansions or huge plasma TVs and am not in the least interested in keeping up with the debt-laden neighbours. My only debt is my mortgage and if I ever had a half-decent win on the lottery, that would be paid off just before I descended into an alcohol-fuelled coma while kippering myself with fine Virgina smoke.
Next year I'll have to cut back more. Those small-business-friendly Torydems have decided to lower the threshold at which they can make me work for peanuts and I refuse to comply. There has only ever been one year in which I paid tax at 40%, and that was the year I was made redundant. Never again. This small business will contribute less to the economy next year. I will also spend less. It won't help the Government one bit and that is just fine with me. They hate smokers. They hate drinkers too. They really can't expect any other reaction.
Scottish Parliament elections are coming up. I'll be campaigning against all the main parties. It's only fair. They spend most of their time campaigning against me. I will definitely vote even though whoever I choose will stand no chance of winning. I might be the only one who votes for them. So why bother?
My vote will cut the winner's vote share by one. It might even cut their majority by one. A small and insignificant protest if I'm the only one doing it but then, I might not be. Not if I can get word around. Oh, I am under no illusions. I don't expect the SNP to lose here, I don't expect anyone but the Triad (which in Scotland is SNP, Labour and Lib Dem because the Tories have pretty much given up here) to send a drone to Holyrood but I am going to vote anyway. It's the only recourse available. They listen to nothing else.
Labour hold the estates of Aberdeen, a wonderful irony because they hold parts like Northfield and Tillydrone which are shellsuit and Burberry zones. Here's a tribute to the inclusiveness of Labour voters. In Tillydrone (I'm not making that name up) last year, a Polish man was attacked. He had a pool cue/broom handle (reports are unclear) rammed up his backside to the extent that X-rays showed the tip of it in his chest. Homophobic or racist or both? No idea, the story just faded away after a few days, because for Tillydrone that wasn't big news. Besides, Polish folk are white and there was no indication the victim was gay. If he had been, there would have been far more coverage. As far as I know he survived. As far as I know, the homogenous shellsuit men have not been caught, but then even if they were, they'd probably get an ASBO.
Labour couldn't let their voters go to prison because once in there, they couldn't vote Labour. Once the EU win the prisoners' votes 'debate', there's no more reason for anyone, not even Labour, to keep them free any more. The chavs can vote from the stripey hole, and will probably be compelled to do so.
There are a lot of Poles here. Supermarkets stock Polish food. I don't mind at all because I like to sample a wide range of foods, and Polish bus drivers laugh at snow. You have to get to work when there's two feet of snow? Make sure the bus driver is Polish. Two feet is just a sprinkling to these guys.
Labour's support comes from those who don't know what the word means. People who work vote anything but Labour. Anyone trying to improve their lives by voting socialist should be sectioned unless they plan to improve it at someone else's expense. Then they should be shot.
Aside from politics, I'm still waiting for the crocus pentacle to rise in my lawn. No sign yet although the lawn is showing signs of - putting it mildly - distress from the severe temperatures of global warming. I'll likely be in the queue for grass seed later this year. No sign even of the snowdrops so far. I think I'm going to have a wrecked garden again.
Well, back to that zombie tale. I'll put up a few snippets as it goes.