Wednesday 7 December 2016

This national nonsense of tax cuts for all needs to end

Published 29/09/2016 | 02:30

The ‘Two Ronnies’ sketch on lower, middle and upper-class workers is equally applicable here regarding who pays what in income tax
The ‘Two Ronnies’ sketch on lower, middle and upper-class workers is equally applicable here regarding who pays what in income tax

NOW class, let's get back to the basics. First, the annual Budget cannot be an annual exercise in tax cutting. Not unless you believe in a smaller state and, as we know, absolutely nobody believes in that.

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Second, if taxes cannot really be cut, anything which looks like a tax cut, isn't. It's just someone paying less tax because someone else is paying more. And absolutely nobody believes in paying more tax.

Those are the basics, and nothing could be simpler. So simple that, more and more, they appear to be forgotten. The Budget is now largely portrayed mainly as an occasion to reduce taxation, with discussion centred only on the hypothetical amounts involved.

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