Mr Cameron yesterday claimed that the alternative was to “put up taxes”. He told Sky News: “We have a choice here. If we don’t collect taxes properly and make sure people pay their taxes properly we look at the problems of having to raise tax rates. I don’t want to do that, so I support the changes the Chancellor set out in the Budget which is to really say that not paying your taxes is not acceptable.
“It is very clear that they can only do this if there is a debt of over £1,000, they can only do it if there’s £5,000 or more in the account after this has been completed. The general principle – do we want to pursue every avenue of making people pay their taxes they are meant to pay before we put up taxes, because that’s the alternative – absolutely, yes we do.”
No, you don’t have to. Currently all HMRC has to do is toddle along to a magistrate and they can get an order allowing them to take such cash. The errant taxpayer being charged the costs of gaining such an order of course.
That’s a perfectly reasonable method of collecting the tax due. Allowing the State to simply dip into an account without a court order is such a vile breach of civil liberties that you should be ashamed of even thinking about enacting it.
The next time I’m suffering from some vile intestinal complaint I shall make sure not to wash for a few days: to prepare for your puckering up to kiss my freckled arse over this.
Damn, what’s the point of having conservatives is they pull shit like this?