One particularly pithy line struck me as very neatly encapsulating something that I have been railing about for years.
It is madness to claim that people so poor that they need welfare payments are at the same time sufficiently well-off to pay income tax.
I like that line, and I suspect that I shall refer to quite often.
Anyway, do go and read the whole post: apart from being absolutely spot-on, it's rather well-written—direct, punchy, true and approximately 80 trillion miles from Call Me Spam's limp-wristed, touchy-feely eco-wibble.
Pater Devil speaks of Tebbit as "the best Prime Minister we never had" (often followed by a systematic cursing of the IRA); maybe the fact that Lord T has grasped this new media lark will encourage the Pater to engage with the world of the splenetic online rant...
UPDATE: some idiot commenter named London Gas (no link, so: Jan 13th, 2010 at 1:54 pm) has raised some objections at Lord T's post.
Your analysis is lacking some vigour. I earn a lot, my wife holds a noble position but earns little. We can claim no benefits. With a higher tax threshold we will gain under a scheme you are designing to help the poorest. How can that be right?
As you know, I like to be polite when guesting at other people's blogs, which is the only thing accounting for the restrained nature of my reply (Jan 13th, 2010 at 2:09 pm).
You do know that the Treasury takes voluntary tax donations too, don't you? You could simply send the money that you gain to: The Treasury, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ. I am sure that you will feel much better for doing so, since you will be able to help the poor.
Alternatively, and as a better option, you could give what you gain to some charities that help the poor (you could even give some time too).
You do know, don't you, that you are allowed to help your fellow man without having to ask permission of the state; nor does the state have a monopoly on helping the poor.
Indeed, that is the point of Norm's excellent article: the state is actively, deliberately and perniciously harming the poor through the deliberately low Personal Tax Allowances of income tax and NI. Lord T would like to change that—as would I.
Are you really asking us to believe, because you might gain a little (which you could, as I have said, give away to the poor), that you support taxing people who don't even earn the National Minimum Wage?
Are you really supporting the current system under which the poor have their money extorted from them by the state, and must then become supplicants to that very same state in order to beg for some of it back?
I find that a very surprising attitude.
I find London Gas's argument pretty repulsive—although it's hardly without precedent. His point boils down to "you can't stop shafting the poor because I might then be better off, even though—if I actually gave a shit in the way I pretend to—I could give any gains away to those self-same poor."
What a total fucknuts.