So, I’ve got back into the paying part of The Times again:
Gross domestic product is the value of everything done by everyone in Britain in a year. In 2020-21, the government will take 34.3 per cent of this to spend via taxation. The richer pay more than the poorer, as should be the case, but there is no economic reason why the total should be this large. It doesn’t cost that much to run a country.
Taiwan and Singapore run entirely reasonable places to live on 10 to 20 per cent of their GDP. Perhaps more comparable are the US on 26 per cent and Ireland with 31 per cent. Then at the other end of the scale there’s Denmark on 51 per cent, or France, 48 per cent. Take your pick.