This is actually rather fun.
By that I mean Labour needs to begin talking about taxes as if they are a good thing–because that is true. Tax is what pays for so many things in life that we too easily takefor granted but which are essential to us all, like the NHS, education, pensions, socialwelfare, social housing, law and order, job creation, the fire service, defence and somuch more. These are things to celebrate. And in that case we should celebrate the taxthat pays for them and make clear that Labour does not apologise for tax: it thinks it isa good thing.
It\’s just so strange that an accountant cannot get costs and benefits right.
Sure, (some) of the things we get from the spending of taxes are just lovely to have. But the taxes that have to be charged are clearly a cost.
There is always thus a tension between the cost of the taxers that have to be raised and the benefits of the things that we get from the spending of the taxes that have been raised. Stating that tax, in and of itself, is a good thing is to ignore this really rather important distinction. A distinction that you\’d expect an accountant to really rather grasp.
Another way of putting it is that everyone, including Ritchie, agrees that some things that tax money are spent on are not worth the pain of the taxes raised to provide the money to spend. Take profits to people building PFI schemes for example: Ritchie is spitting with rage about that. He doesn\’t think that that what we get from such PFI profits is worth the cash being handed over. That is, that the costs of collecting the tax are not worth the benefits we get from the tax being spent.
I think the same about subsidies to luvvies: no doubt you\’ve your own pet hates as well.
But this is just a lovely typo:
That might seem like a statement of the obvious, but it is a philosophy very different from that promoted by thinking over the last thirty or so years.
All those people who have been thinking for 30 years. Obviously wrong, the lot of them. What he means of course is \”promoted by the thinking of the last thrity years\” (ie, the bastard neo-liberals) but that\’s not actually quite what he says.