Thursday, March 13, 2008

Not now...

Trying to get my head around some of the crap logic in yesterday's budget. The chancellor, on the wireless and everywhere else, justified the increased taxes on alcoholic drinks and tobacco by saying they would discourage binge drinking and also help people give up smoking. In the same breath he says that these rises have enabled him to fund the increase in cold weather payments for the elderly.

Riiiiiiiight. Run that by me again. You bang taxes up under the smokescreen that it's ostensibly good for us all because people will buy less of the societally* damaging booze and health damaging baccy. But if this works, your income then decreases. So how does a reduced income fund a rise? Errr...No. It doesn't work. In fact, like all politicians, you're a two-faced cnut. You know folk won't give these up so you make a token yet totally ineffectual nod towards social responsibility and make the increases affordable. 11p on fags instead of £1? No, those health platitudes count for nothing, you don't want people to give up but they might just cut down a bit and the 11p covers that. Then you punish poor sods like me, who like the odd pint now and then but are able to get home without getting into a fight or throwing up, by putting 4p on a pint. Kids don't drink Ol' Fester's Bowel Wrench, they like bottles of pretty coloured water containing rubbing alcohol and cans of cheap cider (as long as the name of the cider contains any two of the words "iced", "white", diamond" or "lightning". There's even a cheap one called "Ace", presumably an industry in-joke that has passed the legislators by. Indeed ).

To cap it all, you increase child benefit on the premise that it will help lift more children out of poverty. Noble. Call me cynical but somehow I just can't see the extra couple of quid a week going on fair trade organic lentils when 20 Royals have just gone up by 11p.

Wake me up after the next election.

* I haven't a clue if this is a real word. It should be.

7 Vegetable peelings:

Blogger Rol said...

I just realised that I don't even know who the Chancellor is nowadays. Bring back Gordon, that's what I say!

Oh. Right. Maybe not.

3:05 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, who IS the chancellor these days? I keep assuming that Gordon is still the Chancellor, he looks like one. He IS one. Glad I cleared that up. Politics can be confusing you know. They'll start telling us Gordon's Prime Minister next. HA, can you imagine? That'll be the day.

What did you say? Booze is going to be more expensive????


4:52 pm  
Blogger Malc said...

Yesterday's edition of The Scotsman pointed out that Alistair Darling's own figures predicted the duty rise on whisky would actually bring in less cash because of an anticipated fall in sales. Scotland is very upset - Brown's Poll Tax?

Darling and Brown are dull, small sherry types who have managed to betray every principle they ever had. So they're miserable and want us to be miserable too.

As for the TotalbastardwebroughtyouThatcher party kicking up a fuss about the price rises - didn't they put out a report recommending big hikes in duty to stop people drinking?

9:35 am  
Blogger Dave said...

As someone who doesn't drink or smoke, has a car with a low tax band, whose kids have grown up, and it will be a good few years yet until I get the heating allowance: this was a complete non-budget for me.

7:37 am  
Blogger Richard said...

On the contrary, Dave, you came out better than most.

7:33 pm  
Anonymous Steve Dix said...

Ah. I just got the picture at the top.

1:28 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

Well done, Steve. Everybody else has stayed silent giving the impression they got it too.

1:52 pm  

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