There are complaints in the rightwing press that the British “tax burden” has reached the highest level as a proportion of GDP since the second world war. Yet it is well below that of most European countries, which are generally acknowledged to enjoy higher standards of living and public infrastructure than we do. (“You get what you pay for.”)
The Italian tax burden is higher than the UK. So is the Spanish, the Portuguese. There are very, very, few who would suggest that living in those countries, on local wages, provides a higher standard of living than being in Britain on local to Britain wages.