Monday, January 15, 2007

Tories get settled in with the big government ideas.

Looks like the Tories are really getting into this big government and taxation in a big way. They have grasped the nettle and decided that more is better and it's the way forward. One of their advisory group has come out with a new way to tax via permits for fatty foods and alcohol. Read here.

They are of course proposing this as part of a programme called Social Responsibility. It is supposed to be so that suppliers can be made accountable for the impact of their products on society.

The bit I found hilarious was that companies that act responsibly could be rewarded by having less government regulation. If you believe that you will believe anything. It will be another bureaucratic process put in place to extract the maximum from the suppliers who will have to pass it on as higher prices. They will still sell the same things, we will still get fatter and the government gets more loot in another stealth tax.

It's worse than Sweden. I know they have high taxes but at least they are educating their kids and have several programmes going where some of the money gets back to the public. In the UK it just seems to go in a black hole funding bureaucrats.


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