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Apparently taxing everyone more makes us care more for each other

Let me do so now. We need to:

Care about our fellow human beings. Right now, we don’t.
Make financial services a servant and not a master.
Prioritise meeting the needs of all and not delivering the wants of a few.
Plan for our children’s and grandchildren’s survival.
Fund strong public services.
Take action to stop the massively destructive excess consumption of some that is destroying this planet for everyone else, which is also utterly distorting our economies.
Have a functioning democracy.
Stop fascism.
How do we do that? It’s not hard:

Tackle inequality by taxing the wealthy and their income fairly. I have shown this could raise £100bn a year.
Redistribute part of that gain to those in need.
Use the rest to fund essential public services.
Change savings incentives so that ISA and pension funds are available to fund the investment required for:
tackling climate change
updating infrastructure
building social housing
Reform our democracy.
It could be done. It would be utterly transformational. Stagnation would be a dim memory. We would even have a future.

Strange, really, as taxation levels are at 40 and 50 year highs but the complaint is that we don’t care for each other even so.

17 thoughts on “Apparently taxing everyone more makes us care more for each other”

  1. Strange, really, as taxation levels are at 40 and 50 year highs but the complaint is that we don’t care for each other even so.

    Strangely enough, the more I get taxed the more I hate those taxing me AND those leaches enjoying ciggies, alcohol, big-screen TV’s and take-aways off my taxes.

    Maybe there’s some kind of correlation between increased taxation and hatred?

  2. Have a functioning democracy

    The British people have voted for massively lower immigration at every general election for the past 13 years.

  3. ’Have a functioning democracy.
    Stop fascism.’

    But surely these two are incompatible – what if, in a functional democracy, the demos actually votes for fascism?

  4. Caring for each other is a personal moral thing, not for politicking. Directed caring by government isn’t caring at all.

  5. Let me do so now. We need to:

    Care about our fellow human beings. Right now, we don’t.

    Strangely I do care about my fellow human beings. I do care that they are being corralled into being forced to accept poverty and a far diminished horizon by fraudulent science. I do care that their hard earned property and earnings are being confiscated for various schemes of dubious merit under threat of incarceration. I am not sure if that’s the type of ‘caring’ he has in mind

    Make financial services a servant and not a master.

    Sounds not far from portraying a load of hook -nosed people hoovering people up a la cartoons in the German press in the 1930s. No wonder he felt comfortable going on a pro Hamas march

    Prioritise meeting the needs of all and not delivering the wants of a few.

    I’d make the point that this guy claims to be a ‘professor of economics’ only to realise he’s made a career out of fraudulent appeals to authority

    Plan for our children’s and grandchildren’s survival.

    He’ll steal all your money to prevent your children inheriting it but at least they’ll survive?

    Fund strong public services.

    Public expenditure is at an all time record and we have worse services arguably than in the Victorian era. Perhaps this mastermind could explain where the money has gone?

    Take action to stop the massively destructive excess consumption of some that is destroying this planet for everyone else, which is also utterly distorting our economies.

    What about meeting the needs of all? Did priorities change mid sentence?

    Have a functioning democracy.

    By locking people down for a case of the sniffles and preventing people travelling or consuming meat (as a starter for ten) in order to save the planet

    Stop fascism.

    By confiscating all your assets and having the state redistribute it to those ‘in need’ and regulate every aspect of your day to day existence to ‘save the planet’

    More to follow but it’s hardly groundbreaking stuff from him.

  6. “Fund strong public services.
    Take action to stop the massively destructive excess consumption of some that is destroying this planet”

    I love the way these two are right side by side. It makes me wonder if Spud is a parody. After all what are public services if not consumption?

  7. Bloke in North Dorset

    Julia,

    Have a functioning democracy.
    Stop fascism.’

    But surely these two are incompatible – what if, in a functional democracy, the demos actually votes for fascism?

    If he gets all his other wishes we’ll have voted for fascism.

  8. How do we do that? It’s not hard:

    The entirety of the UK government and Civil service only has to turn the machinery over to a retired Ely Accountant whose self-regard is only matched by his invincible ignorance and Hey,presto – problems all solved!

    Tackle inequality by taxing the wealthy and their income fairly. I have shown this could raise £100bn a year.

    It’ll be lucky if it raises £100bn Zimbabwean dollars and the proposals are worth one of their now retired trillion dollar notes

    Redistribute part of that gain to those in need.

    Including those already in receipt of unfunded, inflation linked final salary pension schemes like University lecturers, no doubt

    Use the rest to fund essential public services.

    But surely we can just print money to fund it – why the need for taxation? I thought both MMT and the publication ‘Money creation in the modern economy’ removed the need to fund money creation for public services?

    Change savings incentives so that ISA and pension funds are available to fund the investment required for:
    tackling climate change
    updating infrastructure
    building social housing

    A modern day Henry Ford of the Investing scene, ‘You can invest in anything you like so long as I like it’

    Reform our democracy.

    Prevent any impediments to me implementing my vision of the future

    It could be done. It would be utterly transformational. Stagnation would be a dim memory. We would even have a future.

    ‘The future’s so bright, we gotta wear shades’

    That’s my plan. I wonder what Wolf will have to say?

    That the author of such a planning needs sectioning for his own health as well as that of the wider community, I hope

  9. Steve @ 11.24, “ these policies mean that future immigration will be allowed only in strictly defined special cases. There will be no further large scale permanent immigration”.

    Conservative Party election manifesto 1970.

  10. Dennis, Neither Retired Nor From Wandsworth

    Have a functioning democracy

    Defined as having a democracy that votes in lockstep with Richard Murphy.

  11. Good comments, Van_P.

    “Defined as having a democracy that votes in lockstep with Richard Murphy.”

    Defined as plenty of voting, it seems to me. Rather than, you know, the people governing themselves. As PJ O’Rourke said, if everything was decided “democratically”, it’d be pizza for dinner every night.

  12. Have a functioning democracy
    Defined as having a democracy that votes in lockstep with Richard Murphy.

    That’s what all lefties mean by democracy. When democratic votes produce results that they don’t personally agree with (Trump, Boris, Brexit, Thatcher, …) just see how quickly they throw their toys out of the pram.

  13. End fascism – yeah right. If he was offered the position of reichs minister for tax he’d quickly be goosestepping up Ely high street

  14. So after years of gulling impressional charities out of money, sorry I mean years of meticulous study his grand plan boils down to 1) MOAR tax 2) stealing your pension.

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