Posted by: bravo22c | 13/02/2010

Taxes paying for Politicians?

Not with my bleedin’ cash they ain’t! We are now informed by our lords and masters that the way to avoid any more scandals like the recent cash for honours nonsense is to fund political parties from general taxation. Let’s examine this proposition. At bottom it means that the government will confiscate a sum of money from me and give it to a political party which I might otherwise not support. It is a forced donation over which I will have no say. Since I must work to get this money, what is being proposed amounts to the imposition of forced labour on behalf of the largest party, with no say in how that party should represent me, or what policies I am prepared to support – unless that is, I happen to be a supporter of that party. It seems to me that this is in direct violation of the rule; ‘No taxation without representation,’ whcih, if I recall correctly, led to an insurrection by British citizens against the then government in the 1770’s and early 80’s, (1775 – 1783, to be exact.)

We in the United Kingdom, especially my England, have a large democratic deficit. We have MPs elected by a group of voters with no power to address the daily issues of concern to those voters, but with power to affect the lives of large numbers of people who have not voted for them – the Westminster MPs elected in Scottish constituencies. We also have electors who are taxed to subsidise other electors, but with no say in the conditions under whcih those taxes are used, or on what they are spent. The result? Better conditions for those who are subsidised than for those who are taxed. (Free tertiary education, better medical treatment etc. etc.)

And, finally, we have a completely unelected bureacracy who promulgate directives which our elected representatives are obliged to pass into legislation with no consultation of those who elect them. The servants of this bureacracy vote themselves privileges unavailable to the general public; engorged salaries and benefits, gentle taxation, luxury travel, special schools for their offspring. All of this is paid for with taxes on our purchasing power. How the money is spent, nobody knows – the EUs accounts have not been passed by the auditors for several years; Contrast this with what happens if an individual or a business fails to provide proper accounts to the tax authorities.

All in all, George the Third, Louis the Sixteenth, Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stail must be laughing madly in their graves.

By the way, we all know that Gordon Brown has never submitted himself to an English electorate don’t we?

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