Do these people ever think before they speak?Take the latest statement from Peter Hain who obviously thinks that in his bid for the Labour deputy role has to just make some sound bites for telly. Read here.
He has clearly come out with this proposal whilst talking to the 5 year old creator of the Olympic Logo. I can imagine it now. The 5 year old whispers to his mates. 'Watch how gullible these people are?' Turns to Peter Hain and suggested that because buying houses is so expensive that if the someone else paid the stamp duty instead then this would help those without houses to afford them. It's unfair that the buyers get away without paying anything. Peter's face goes blank as neurons start firing and slowly but surely the brain comes up to it's maximum potential. Needles move and the IQ digits increase until they peak, after thirty seconds, at 10% of the normal human level, about average for a politician but, precisely, half that of a total idiot. The brain processes the information. When I bought my house it was cost of house plus stamp duty. If the seller had paid I would have paid cost of house. The neurons are at full power now, well full for a politician, all the kids he is sitting with are running well about that. Move stamp duty and the buyer pays less. Yet, we still get our bit for doing nothing. And we can employ a few people to manage this process. How can we lose? Eventually, he comes to the conclusion there is no downside. His face beams and he looks at the laughing child next to him. 'You've just given me an idea' he says. The 5 year old hands him and invoice and says 'Can I have your autograph please. I want to be just like you when I grow up.' All the kids fall about but he just guesses they have seen something funny. A warning thought flickers across his mind. Too late. The neurons power down for a hard earned rest. Power down complete in 0.001 seconds. They needed a rest. He signs the paper. Another consultancy fee generated.
So out he trots with his idea in front of the media. Something that will actually increase the cost for the buyer because as sure as politicians are totally useless thieving b4$^47ds then you can be sure when things are totalled the costs will be rounded up and charges made for handling this chore by the seller. This will never get off the ground. But he could well have shown enough stupidity to get a high profile role in the government.