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All 7 results for cuckoo speaker:Mr David Howell

European Union (11 Dec 1996)

Mr David Howell: ...sterling policy can be operated and that sterling will not be implicated in what others are up to, whether in the stability pact or under other arrangements, is nearing the land of the cloud cuckoo. There is no possibility of our not being implicated through the exercise of international capital markets in what happens to the euro. As I said, not only will it be extremely bad for us if a...

Orders of the Day — Debate on the Address: Foreign Affairs and Defence (17 Nov 1994)

Mr David Howell: ...the dynamic Asian economies. They are proceeding at such a pace that those people who think that we have dealt with the Japanese challenge and that they are over the hill anyway are living in cloud cuckoo land. We are about to be confronted by a rising economic and competitive power—a power based on high technology and quality—and, what is more, a rising political power, which is...

European Community (26 May 1988)

Mr David Howell: ...-worth of export earnings—to which my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister referred this afternoon—without a strong European currency system of which sterling is a part, is living in cloud-cuckoo-land. We have to face that realisation soon, because the two matters cannot be separated. Finally, let me deal with the larger question that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor and others...

Autumn Statement (14 Jan 1988)

Mr David Howell: ...and liquidity. That is the reality, and those who think that we are over the financial crisis and that there will be a calm phase when everything will gradually pull together are living in cloud cuckoo land. The dangers are as great as ever, if not more so. Our task in our part of the global economy is to do everything responsibly and to manage our small ship in the colossal storms that...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (3 May 1976)

Mr David Howell: .... I must say that this whole VAT high-rate situation is a banana-skin episode in fiscal legislation. We argued from the start that it was madness to put a high-rate tax on electric irons and cuckoo clocks. We argued that there was no such thing as a socially less desirable luxury good. However, the Ministers had received their instructions and they had to follow this nonsensical...

Orders of the Day — Personal Taxation (22 Mar 1976)

Mr David Howell: ...the way forward is a more cautious and less ambitious one, and that the idea of clearing the decks and producing a Utopian, radical new comprehensive-for-all-time taxation system belongs to cloud-cuckoo-land or to the land of Liberal manifestos. That does not mean to say that we are against more elaborate consultation on taxation reform. We have always taken the view that there should be...

Orders of the Day — Finance Bill (22 Jan 1975)

Mr David Howell: ...is proposed here. I do not know whether this was in the Government's mind, but the idea that donors would normally deduct from their chargeable gifts before payment seems to me to belong to cloud-cuckoo land like so much else of the tax. One has only to begin thinking about handing over a house and other things to realise the silliness of this proposition and the absurdities of the...


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