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The Bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-21 09:59
Subject: The upside of total government oversight ...
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... is that it's very easy to renew one's road tax disc.

Of course, making it easier to pay tax is a prime motive for computerisation of absolutely all records.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2007-09-21 09:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm minded of a quote from John Brunner's "Shockwave Rider":

The same system which makes it more difficult for you to cheat on your income tax also means that blood of the right group is already in the ambulance which picks you up from the traffic accident. Well?

The book is at home, of course, so that probably isn't word-for-word.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-21 09:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Damn, I do miss Brunner. Nice guy, and very underrated in my opinion.
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Ian
User: liasbluestone
Date: 2007-09-21 13:51 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
You knew him? (That shouldn't surprise me, I know.)
Definitely a damn fine writer, if not always an easy read.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2007-09-21 17:07 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I won't say I knew him, but I did sit and chat to him over a drink once, and saw him reasonably frequently at conventions.
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All Over The Map
User: jemck
Date: 2007-09-21 10:30 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yes, did self and husband's car tax this way this week. Tax disc arrived in today's post. Excellent. Much better than spending minimum half an hour in the queue at the Post Office given all local sub-post offices have been shut and so queues there are insane.

Downsides - makes it very easy for husband to hand off the task to me pleading pressure of work and I was already sitting at the computer...

Also, got charged an extra few quid for using a credit card - not for debit cards but mine only goes up to £100 and paying for twelve months for anything bigger than a go-cart costs more than that. Humph.
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Tim Illingworth
User: timill
Date: 2007-09-21 11:33 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yup - did that last night, with no need to worry bout finding the documents and queuing at the PO.

It's nice living in the future sometimes...
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