Saturday, 17 March 2012

No tax, please, we're Tory stooges

There is a Budget coming up.  And Georgie boy wants to give yet more "incentives" to the people who got the country into its current mess, because they bankroll his party and they understand his lifestyle, prejudices and sit there applauding every time the distribution of prosperity becomes more skewed in favour of the parasite class.  Reliable stooges cram every media outlet discussing "enterprise", "freedom" and "progress" as though they can purely be defined in monetary terms.

The newspaper this week made sombre reading - news of a telephone conference between senior Ministers finalising the contents of the budget.  The guilty parties are the Chief Hamster, his faithful deputy poodle, Osborne and Beaker.  Osbrone's rodent-like features deserve a more damning comparison but I do quite like creatures with scaly tails so I'll let that one pass.  The Budget instead appears to focus on Alistair Darling's fiscally-inefficient but socially-just 50% marginal rate of income tax, not jobs, infrastructure or reforming a system that is riddled with anomalies, evasion opportnities and injustice.

Apologist lick-spittles for the super-rich drone on both about driving out good managers from the UK, and the relatively low yields from the top rate of tax.  In darker noments, given their performance, the former outcome does not appear to be such a disaster - these are the same people who laud "management education" that turns out semi-literate clones without an idea in their head, and with the sense of entitlement to the Kingdom of Heaven that has produced the current moral vacuum in society and politics.  Most good managers will be lucky to be on the higher rate tax band, many of the people above them have been promoted beyond their level of competence to get them out of the way of real people and real decisions.

At this point, if the complexty of sentence structure has not deterred the monomaniac neo-cons, the argument is that the tax is only yielding hundreds of millions not a couple of billions.  It is still, read my lips, yielding money for the Treasury and for the common good.  Instead, Osborne should focus on closing opportunities for avoidance and evasion - although I'm increasingly convinced that "we're all in this together" merely applies to those who employ accountants to dodge and fake their income, and the outcome he wants is for the rich to pay as little tax as possible. 

Clegg's increasingly-desperate silence (after a Party Conference memorable for his dismissal of party concerns over the NHS emasculation) demonstrates the extent to which the Coalition has neutered him and his pals.  The assimilation process is ongoing - I am reminded of the last scene in "Animal Farm" - and as each touchstone of Liberalism gets ignored, diluted and ridiculed he will increasingly resemble a pig rather than a human being.

The Coalition agreement was signed for a specific purpose and with a specific remit - going beyond that and then promoting socially-divisive, class-war politics is not what Liberal politics should be about.  I suspect many long-standing Liberal party members are suffering crises of conscience, not for signing up to the Coalition but for the abuse of trust that is ongoing.  When the Coalition runs out of policy this year, unless a hard bargain is driven, its worth and future is very much debateable.  Clegg and Beaker will close this down, but the country deserves better than people keen to hang onto Ministerial status without a clear direction to deliver what, we must not forget, nearly a quarter of those who voted actively supported. 

I shall watch the Budget with interest - a move towards higher tax thresholds in itself is not going to be enough to convince me that the spirit of Nigel Lawson is not stalking the land. 

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