Wee Wully

Hutton:

Over the years I have had many heated arguments with "tax planners". Always it gets to the same core point: the state has no right to have my cash. Big Government is a moral bad and, worse, will necessarily squander my money on ill-conceived projects creating welfare dependency – for that is what governments do. I can spend my money better than it can. I am the buccaneering libertarian fighting an important moral battle in avoiding tax.

It is this ideology, generated and fanned by American neoconservatives, that the tax avoider tells him or herself as they purchase or devise the latest scheme.

When someone cannot tell the difference between neoconservatives and neoliberals then you know that whatever else they\’ve got to say can safely be ignored.

5 comments on “Wee Wully

  1. “…the state has no right to have my cash. Big Government is a moral bad and, worse, will necessarily squander my money on ill-conceived projects creating welfare dependency – for that is what governments do. I can spend my money better than it can.”

    If you remove the underlying irony of that statement, it pretty well sums up my position as well as that of most right-thinking people.

    Thanks Will.

  2. If he really believed the state was better at spending money than himself wouldn’t he hand over all his cash and assets at his nearest Tax Office and then hand himself over to the state to be housed and cared for.

  3. As J Webb says, Hutton expresses perfectly my position and that of anyone with the courage and will to look after himself; anyone, that is, who does not believe that the world owes him a living. I do not pay a penny more in tax than I have to and I do not believe Will Hutton does either. That does not make either of us immoral.

  4. Will says “Big Government is a moral bad and, worse, will necessarily squander my money on ill-conceived projects…”

    Kit asks “If he really believed the state was better at spending money than himself wouldn’t he hand over all his cash and assets at his nearest Tax Office and then hand himself over to the state to be housed and cared for?”

    Mark Wadsworth adds “According to Will’s Wiki biog, he is currently Chief Executive of The Work Foundation.

    Like all self-respecting quango’s, The Work Foundation is registered as a charity and it burns its way through £5 million of taxpayers’ finest every year. It describes its income as ‘consultancy’ in its accounts, but of course it’s only government departments like DBERR, The British Library, the BBC, the DCMS, and Channel 4.”

    So Will H is himself a welfare dependent wholly reliant on the state. Hardly surprising that he takes the view he does.

  5. Well it is difficult nowadays to tell the differences between Labour and the Tories so why should any other parties be any different. I myself am now totally confused between left and right (in politics), Fascism and Socialism and Conservative and … well the list goes on.

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