"The question between now and the next election is whether Gordon Brown will go on shovelling more money to the grossly rich in the futile hope of appeasing them"
A delightful potted version of Polly\’s world view. Brown isn\’t shovelling more money to the grossly rich: he\’s not taking as much of it as Polly would like.
There\’s a rather crucial difference between not taxing someone and actually handing tax money over to them.
To equate the two, to say that not taxing someone is the same as handing them money is to make the assumption that it all belongs to the State and we only get to keep whatever the State doesn\’t need.
Polly might well think that way but most of us don\’t. Tax is a necessary evil, something we hand over to pay for the things that must be done both collectively and with the coercive powers of said State. It isn\’t the State\’s by right, we being allowed to keep whatever crumbs it allows us.