Weekly Roundup, 24th October 2017

Weekly Roundup, 24th October 2017

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  1. Avatar Yvonne Bonifas says:

    Mike
    I’m going to take the bait and pick up on your view of people who say they would pay more tax for public services. I don’t think it is an unreasonable stance to say you would do this of every one else did the same. The idea of public services from taxation is about spreading risk. In my pre retirement life in social services I’ve found the better off to be very happy to accept those awful socialist free or subsidised services for them or their relatives when the need arises so a fair system of taxation where the better off pay a bit more to fund essential services doesnt seem unreasonable. I think most British people are willing to dig a bit deeper so long as the burden is fairly spread.

    • Mike Rawson Mike Rawson says:

      Hi Yvonne,

      It’s not bait, I’m just reporting on the gap between people’s stated intentions and their actions. I support your right to pay more, but I don’t want to. I want to pay less. My point is nobody volunteers to pay more, so it’s other peoples’ money that they want to spend.

      Spreading risk is fine for people who can’t take their own risk, but I can, and I have where possible. I think people should take responsibility for their own actions, and I only want to share risk with people that I choose to share risk with.

      If you say you will bail people out for failure, they will take you up on it. Tell them there’s less of a safety net and they will sort more things out for themselves. Check out Singapore and Hong Kong.

      I’ve already paid more tax than 99% of people ever will, so I agree that if I get the opportunity to get something back for it, I probably will.

      Fair is in the eye of the beholder. I don’t think fairness means successful people paying for the failures of others.

      Best,

      Mike

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