Civil war is a strong term to use. I suspect John Lichfield knows that. I presume he uses it wisely as a result. And where France goes, who knows who might follow?
I have a concern. As Lichfield notes, France rioted 50 year’s ago and rising prosperity deflected the anger. Now no one thinks that will happen. All increases in prosperity go to a tiny handful in society. People are oppressed, and they know it.
We need to be clear about the cause of the oppression. The superficial anger is in tax. I am well aware of it. But the cause is inability to make ends meet.
We cannot do without tax.
And we need green taxes.
So the problem has to be tackled another way.
The problem is excess rents.
And maybe excess interest costs.
And a lack of a living wage.
The problem is not tax.
The problem is the failure of a society where enough is made for all to make sure all can partake.
No, really, the problem is not tax. In France. Where tax as a percentage of GDP is 45.3%, compared with the OECD average of 34.3% (which is pretty much where the UK is).
No, tax definitely isn’t the French problem.