Tee Hee

Here’s another idea: we need a higher rate of VAT on products that are bought to indicate social status, and which contribute to global warming.

What am I talking about? Let’s start with cars with an engine capacity above 1.6 litres (and maybe I am being generous when suggesting that). Or which cost, say, more than £20,000 at present. I cannot see why any such vehicle is necessary. They are, I suggest, just conspicuous consumption, and as a result are not designed to last, which is precisely why they need to be taxed more to save the environment.

A Rolls Royce lasts less time than an Austin Allegro then, eh?

After which there are phones costing more than £300, which are nothing more than jewellery, but which are deeply wasteful by encouraging massive environmental waste as they are simply fashion items, designed to be replaced at a rapid rate.

And entirely missing the point of Veblen Goods. Sure, they indicate social status. Make them more expensive and they become even more of a Veblen Good. Twat.

26 comments on “Tee Hee

  1. Cars above £20k and phones above £300.

    Says all you need to know about Spud’s tiny, envious, spite filled mind.

  2. Second hand phones end up in third-world countries where the only Internet is mobile and they are used for both economic and social benefit. In a way its a better for them than giving money to NGOs.

  3. Sorry, what?

    Personally, I like my cheap droids but one thing about expensive iPhones is that because they cost so much, people tend to repair them to extend the life, where I’ll look at £100 repair vs £150 for a phone and bin it.

  4. My conspicuous consumption keeps the world turning, to say nothing of the VAT and Excise duties I’m obliged to cough up.

  5. We have a higher rate of VAT on luxuries. It’s 20%. There’s a lower rate of zero on real necessities, like food and kids clothes.

    What a twatt …

  6. “I see no reason why anyone should be allowed”

    Totalitarian statist.

    I’m going down to Aiken today in my 526 hp car, to support golf course employees by playing a round. My balls cost way more than they should.

    Bill Clinton notoriously demanded a luxury tax, which killed luxury businesses, like yacht building.

    Murphy should wander the streets of London, looking for people having fun, then demand a tax on them. “A pox on you” to be replaced with “A tax on you.”

  7. Five minutes ago the potato was arguing for VAT on food. Previously he was declaring that taxes were only there to suck up inflation. So per the potato raising food prices by 20% will actually reduce inflation. Obviously to anyone who’s not a starch based life form, 20% VAT on food is going to increase inflation . His remedy then would be to increase taxes. Moron.

  8. I notice in his latest rant he’s back to his old thing of monitoring peoples bank accounts to tax excessive consumption. What a control freak. He would have been right at home in the Stasi.

  9. A progressive income tax is effectively a luxury tax. We’re taxed at 0% on that first £12,500 of essentials, 20% on the next tranche (which is less essential), and 40%+ on things which are relative luxuries.

  10. How about a higher rate of VAT on hot drinks and hot food?
    They contribute more to global warming. Water when in gaseous form is a warming gas.

  11. Hasn’t he previously claimed he uses a MacBook? If you looking for symbols of conspicuous consumption that’s an obvious one

  12. When you can devote an entire room in your house to a model train set, you can fvck right off when it comes to criticism of others and their consumption choices

  13. After which there are phones costing more than £300, which are nothing more than jewellery, but which are deeply wasteful by encouraging massive environmental waste as they are simply fashion items, designed to be replaced at a rapid rate.

    Yes, my iphone is at least 3 years old and I see no reason to junk it and replace it. Just think about it for even a moment (so doing something he never does) – the more expensive something is, the more you don’t want to chuck it away and replace it. It is SO FUCKING OBVIOUS that only someone hiding behind a huge cloud of ignorance and stupidity could miss it.

    Murphy should wander the streets of London, looking for people having fun, then demand a tax on them.

    Please, please can he do this. There are several vibrant boroughs I can recommend he starts with.

    He would have been right at home in the Stasi.

    Him and half of Twitter. Nature will deal out a certain percentage of nasty control freaks every generation, only the uniform they wear changes.

  14. But anyway, an iPhone doesn’t use more resources than a cheap phone. The extra cost isn’t because they use more material to build.

    And the difference between cars in size is minimal, and mostly in materials that can be recycled (steel, aluminium). But cheap cars have four seats too, made of plastic, not leather, so not as green. Trabants, under his scheme, are good. Well made cars like mine that have done 250,000 km with little fixing are bad.

  15. What’s the betting that the ex Mrs Murphy drives around in a car bigger than 1600cc and costs more than £20,000 rather than drive round in the crappy berlingo he had? No doubt she’s also got an expensive I phone and spends the maintenance money on excessive consumption. No wonder he wants to control everyones bank accounts.

  16. @ moqifen
    Mantenance money? Only if she’s on long-term sick leave as good GPs not only earn more than Murphy (not difficult) but even get paid more than he does.

  17. “Motorola made history when the FCC approved the 8000X, the world’s first commercial portable cell phone. It cost consumers a whopping $3,995 at the time.”

    ‘Luxury’ goods of course being a stepping stone to cheap, mass-produced versions that improve the lot of the huddled masses.

    If they’d stuck a higher VAT on the 8000X (30%, more? Who knows, since it sounds very much like Richie doesn’t want these products sold at all) it might not have been economic for years later. We’d probably still be playing Snake on flip-phones at this point.

  18. Circa 1989, I had a clunky cell phone. Cost the company $1,200. My employees had a bag phone they shared, whoever was on call. I was pissed because I couldn’t get a flip phone. It was $2,500. One guy at HQ had one.

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