Tonight at 1am we all have to put our clocks forward one hour to British Summer Time. It will be great to have those longer evenings in the garden and to know that summer is now just a matter of weeks away.
There is a new ICM poll reported tonight for tomorrow’s Sunday Telegraph showing a 13% Conservative lead – up 1% from the last Guardian ICM poll. The Lib Dem’s are down 2% which is more consistent with other recent polls:
Conservative 44% (up 2%)
Labour 31% (up 1%)
Lib Dem 18% (down 2%)
This would see a healthy Conservative overall majority of 84 seats, according to Martin Baxter’s Electoral Calculus site:
Conservative 367 seats
Labour 222 seats
Lib Dem 31 seats
I am something of a cynic about Government online systems and their efficiency but I have just renewed my Car Tax online. I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. Previously I had to find my car insurance certificate (usually no easy task), find a Post Office that does tax discs (not all do) and join the inevitably long queue.
This time around I followed the link provided on the renewal reminder to www.direct.gov.uk/taxdisc and followed the five steps. The system automatically checks your insurance details and MOT status, and if that is in order you pay with a debit or credit card and the process is finished. It couldn’t have been easier.
For once a Government agency seems to be providing an effective, user friendly means to interact online and I am impressed.
UPDATE: I am pleased to report that my new tax disc arrived today (Tues 31 Mar), in time to put in my car for the new tax period tomorrow. I remain impressed with the efficiency of the system.