Gordon Brown, unlike his next-door neighbour, is an ideologue. Even his handouts are part of his social engineering project. He loves tax credits because they make more people pensioners of the state. Child tax credit now embraces more than six million families: parents with combined incomes as high as £66,000 a year are eligible. Almost one British adult in three now receives some kind of benefit.Sixty-six grand a year and on welfare! The world has truly gone mad. No doubt I'll eventually get my share: a bus pass, subsidised electricity and the state pension. But I'd much rather give them up in exchange for keeping more of my own money and making my own provisions. Am I the last person who thinks this way or am I being kept on as the taxpayer of last resort?
Monday 17 May 2004
Let's all go on welfare!
Now it's tax breaks for nannies. Why not simply cut taxes and let parents pay for their own nannies? Ah, but that wouldn't advance the project: