As we know the Sage has spent a decade bemoaning the closing of local tax offices. That he’s been paid by the taxman’s union to say so is only an aside. But there’s good reason to get rid of such local offices:
Oliver Stanley was the most unpopular man in Weymouth when the Labour chancellor James Callaghan announced a swathe of new taxes after the 1964 general election. Overnight, the tax inspector found himself a pariah in the Dorset town. “We taxed everyone and everything that moved,” he recalled. “The grocer was enormously helpful to my wife, he kept bringing her groceries. Other people looked the other way when I passed.”
When the local tax inspector starts picking over the carcasses of those being taxed then the local tax inspector risks becoming something suitable for the crows to pick over.
Or, as we might put it, The Curajus State can only exist if those exacting to pay for it are not locally known.
When Stanley was awarded an honorary fellowship at Liverpool John Moores University in 2011, Professor Frank Sanderson said: “His view was that if people were attacked by confiscatory tax rates, they should be able to defend themselves.”
Exactly what the Sage insists should not be allowed of course.