It would appear that a decision of the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, to pass a comment on the tax matters of the United Kingdom has outraged two of our finest among the political class.
Owen Paterson has reportedly stated: We decide the level of tax raised by politicians. It’s absolutely nothing to do with a foreign prime minister, while Steve Baker, also reportedly, stated: Of course we need to negotiate in an atmosphere of good faith, but the bottom line is, we’ll set our tax rates, thank you.
Since when did those in this country, who provide the tax revenues, have any say in the level of taxation they have to pay; and under pain of imprisonment if they do not? The levying of taxation is probably the biggest example of criminality perpetrated by government – ie, “stand and deliver”. Practice that outside of government and it is more than likely you will have free accommodation for a few years.
Consider: before employing someone to perform work for you, do you not ask for an estimate? So why do we continue to employ politicians to work for us without first getting an estimate?
At the end of the day the foregoing is about accountability – but are our politicians really accountable to anyone?
We are frequently informed by politicians that we, the electorate, can punish them by voting them out of office if we do not like their policies. Just where is the punishment in that? Yet again consider: they retire on pensions funded from the public purse and use their resumés and connections made during their political careers for their own financial advantage. That is punishment? It is unfortunately amusing that there appears to be so many examples of politicians doing better financially than when they were in office.
In concusion: less of the ‘We’, gentlemen, where the governance of this country is concerned – please?