My argument is that tax avoidance is seeking to get round the law. In my view tax avoidance is not and cannot be about doing things that are very clearly legally permitted, and even encouraged by parliament.
That\’s all of his arguments against tax \”avoidance\” exploded then for tax avoidance is clearly, by definition, what is allowed by law.
End of that campaign then.
And then we get an attempt at logic:
That’s astonishing stuff, and explanation for why every sane person must still have some reasonable worries about what a Labour government might, or might not do. What he’s saying – what a former senior Labour official is saying – is that tax is a ‘necessary evil’. It clearly follows that he thinks that state services fall into the same category. After all, they’re paid for with tax. That means he obviously health, education, law and order, defence, and the whole infrastructure of the state that make life possible in this country is to be despised. And wealth redistribution, and the correction of market failures, which are other major reasons for taxing, are also evil.
Err, no. That does not \”clearly follow\”. To insist that it does is to (somewhere between hilariously and idiotically) believe that there are not costs and benefits to all things.
Certainly some government (leave aside the contentious question of how much for a moment) is a benefit. Tax is a cost of gaining that benefit.
A loaf of bread is a benefit, one that comes with hte cost that someone must toil in the fields to grow the wheat. That the toil is a cost does not mean that the bread is undersirable.
Or perhaps we might talk about children: few enjoy the broken nights or ths shitty nappies, regarding them as a cost to gain the benefits of those children. That children come with costs does not mean that children are regarded solely as a cost, does it? Or even the case of not children: very few indeed would argue that abortion, in and of itself as abortion alone, is a benefit. Rather that it\’s a cost which allows the benefit of a child free life.
And so it is with tax and government. Some part of government are very definitely benefits. And tax is the cost, the necessary evil, that we must bear in order to get those benefits.
I mean seriously, ignoring the existence of costs and benefits, of trade offs. Where did this man learn his economics?