THE LAST DITCH An Englishman returned after twenty years abroad blogs about liberty in Britain
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September 2007

The Case Against Further Green Taxes

Link: The TaxPayers' Alliance - Economics 101: The Case Against Further Green Taxes - Report and Poll.

Homethumb_3The TaxPayers' Alliance is potentially the most important pressure group in British politics. We are on the cusp of losing our democracy. The State's employees, "benefits" recipients and employees of private sector companies dependent on Government contracts are already a large enough group to swing elections. They have a clear conflict of interest with taxpayers and, in a properly ordered democracy, would have no vote at all. In ours they often have the decisive one.

However, a small majority of the population still comprises productive taxpayers. The members of that majority still have some chance to seize the initiative. The TPA is therefore an organisation I would recommend every reader to support. It produces excellent research and is doing an important - and long-neglected - job. Both Parliament and Press are quicker to condemn the Government for failure to "act" on any given problem (however ineffectually) than to hold it accountable for the way it spends taxpayers' money.

The linked article will take you to a TPA report entitled "The Case Against Further Green Taxes." The report shows that every family in Britain pays £400 more in such taxes than is required to offset their "carbon footprint." More that twice the amount of tax "justified" by the claims of the climate change faithful is being raised.

Interestingly, a YouGov opinion poll commissioned by the TPA shows that the public understands this perfectly well. I think it is time we stopped taking the British electorate for fools. Many of them are, of course, but enough are not to make it worth soliciting their votes.

What a shame no major political party is doing so. To listen to the propaganda of all three of them, you would think the average British voter was a moron on the make. Say it ain't so.


An official's mind

Bia_logo I landed at Manchester Airport last night. For once, there were no queues at immigration, but the post and ribbon barriers that usually structure them were in place. An older businesswoman who had sat next to me on the plane from Frankfurt walked straight through, opening barriers as she went. We followed, pleased at avoiding the humiliation of walking pointlessly from side to side under the gaze of the petty officials.

The senior immigration officer (an officious Scot) looked angry, but said nothing. As I walked away after he had checked my passport, he barked at a junior colleague to "Put those barriers back! Someone [pointedly, as the "someone" in question was in earshot] has opened them." She scurried to comply.

How were those ribbons aiding Britain's security? Why could they not have been restored (the work of seconds) when there were actual queues?

I am glad I didn't join the State apparatus. I cannot imagine delighting in petty control of my fellow man.