I am proud of the amount of tax I pay...
Then you are a fucking twat. Why the fuck are you "proud" of the tax you pay? Why are you proud of the fact that you hand over 45% of your salary and then it gets pissed up the wall?
I mean, the state is so fucking inefficient that every pound that the Treasury collects has the spending power of 30p by the time it emerges; of every pound that you pay, 30p goes to the good causes that you will no doubt point at. Are you proud of this fiscal efficiency?
Perhaps you are proud of the fact that you pay your tax? Why? You are compelled to pay. You pay your tax or you go to prison: what is there to be proud of in that?
If you were asked to cede, voluntarily, 45% of your wages and you did so, even though you knew it was going to be pissed up the wall, this would make you a fucking moron: what makes you proud in that scenario?
So, tell me, Giles, what is it—precisely—that makes you so proud of the amount of tax you pay?
I would address your bullshit in more detail, but I just recommend that you go and read the whole of Jackart's rather more nuanced post.