Today is Cost of Government Day. Average taxpayers in Britain now have to work almost half the year – 176 days – to pay their share of the cost of running Gordon Brown’s administration. Every penny we have earned since January 1 has gone to feed the state leviathan. It is only from today that, at last, you have started working for yourselves and your families.
More than five months of our servitude – from New Year until May 14 – were spent working to pay taxes, such as income tax, national insurance, council tax, VAT and many others including the notorious “stealth” taxes. But all that effort was still not enough to feed the monster, and when he had run out of our money, the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, had to borrow – at £20? million an hour – to pay his bills.So for the past six weeks, day in, day out, we have been working to fund that borrowing.
I think we\’ve got enough government, don\’t you? In fact, rather more than we need.
In fact, if you look at it, we\’ve got Swedish levels of taxation without having anything like Swedish levels of services. Our rulers are, clearly, simply not competent to spend that much of our money. So, of course, they should stop spending so damn much of it.