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Priority 1 - There are very tough economic conditions in Europe and Globally and locally too. Guernsey Government must steer our economy through this and seek to maintain sustainable growth for the island's benefit into the future. Priority 2 - The government has a structural deficit which must be eradicated. These are both massively important issues that we as a small island have to confront with our limited resources. T&R's stated aim of the MITR abolition is REDISTRIBUTION (and on grounds of some fairness principle that turns out to be more complicated when examined closely). Therefore this T&R initiative will NOT reduce the deficit. And on the economy, there is every chance that this tax change will DAMAGE the economy. Why on earth is time being spent on this tax issue? - time spent (wasted?) on this by our politicians and civil servants cannot be spent on the far more pressing issues of the day, 2 of which are listed above (but there are others). Surely this MITR issue is well down the priority list? If T&R spend too long looking the wrong way, god help us. It might be a good political spat to see this one play out, but surely we should all be focusing on the real issues that affect us (now is not a good time to redistribute the deck chairs is it?) Please could T&R focus on the issues that matter for our economy first as that is what drives everything else whether we like it or not. And second to that, why not bear down on the deficit by sensible well thought through efficiency iniatives (of which there are many viable ones and a few arguably daft ones being pursued, but that is another story). There is much good work to be done, but spending valuable political, parliamentary and civil service time on this issue seems almost indefensible in the current circumstances.