… a Liberal party has proposed a new set of taxes aimed at certain ‘rich’ activities that will raise billions of pounds. Dubbed the “Make ’em squeal tax”, it includes:
- a levy on monocles, classic cars and children called Tristan
- A polo tax
- stamp duty to be extended to transactions involving the exchange of eligible daughters for land and titles
- a penalty for shouting “Come on Tim!” at any sporting event whatsoever.
The money raised is going towards buying free books for sixth formers.
But the policy has been passionately condemned by those on the Left, who attack it as ‘a slap in the face of the poor’ and ‘just another example of how these neo-liberals types choose regressive policies at the drop of a hat’. They fail the test of fairness, says a blog, and will stop at nothing in their mad quest to get the Gini coefficient up to 1. Or even higher.
In a long policy report, some wonks have shown how more middle class kids get to sixth form. Devastating bar charts demonstrate how this give more money to those middle class people. And since they are middle class, that means, you know, wearing barbours, private school, obsessing about organic food, all that stuff that proper people loathe. Not the sort of b*****rds we should be helping, obviously.
The think tank calls on the Liberal party to abandon its poor-hating, rich-loving ways and instead use this money, that has just been found somehow let’s not ask how, on something really worthwhile, like the policies of another party altogether.
OK I may be exaggerating a little. But – as Alix is tweeting endlessly to Will – if you can choose which part of a policy proposal to leave out, anything can look regressive. I think we share similar objectives here. This policy may have its flaws: efficiency bought for political clarity, issues with undermining pension investing. But it doesn’t really deserve an attack from the point of view of unfairness.