Didn\’t think I\’d see this:
I believe a large number value and want what the state supplies.
I believe a large number will be willing to pay for it.
I believe Labour has to give them that choice.
If you\’re to have a choice about whether you pay for state services then this inevitably means that state services cannot be paid for through the tax system. For the very point about tax is that you don\’t have a choice as to whether to pay it or not.
So, R. Murphy is arguing that tax should be abolished and state services organised upon a subscription basis. You want what the state provides you\’ve the choice of signing up and paying for it. And, obviously, the choice of not signing up, not paying for it and not getting it.
Amazing, Ritchie, even more neo-liberal than me! For I\’m just delighted with such a scheme in many areas but even I would insist that there are some things which only the State can do, things which can only be done if financed through compulsory taxation and which also, most crucially, must be done.