Tonight, I tried a thingy made partially with my home-grown stuff. I mixed it with ‘commercial’ stuff. I hope that readers will understand that when I say ‘commercial stuff’ I mean any source whatsoever of ‘stuff’. However, I must point out that ‘stuff’ does not mean ‘weed’ or any other forbidden commodity.
I had not intended to use any part of my stuff until all had been gathered in and processed since my intention is to chuck everything into a tub and mix everything up. The reason for that is that leaves taken from different parts of plants have different strengths of sugars and nico***e. But I weakened tonight. Some of the stuff has been stored now for a couple of months. It smells EXTREMELY sweet. So I took a little and made five thingies by mixing it with commercial stuff. I only mixed in about 10% of my own. What I was interested in was whether or not there would be a stink when I lit one. There was no stink. Bearing in mind that I only mixed about 10% of my own to 90% of commercial, not much difference would be observed, but I was pleased to note that the taste was quite satisfactory. Tomorrow, I intend to make another five thingies with a stronger mix. Hopefully. after that, I shall be able to resist temptation.
The above illustrates the point of this post.
I wish to be self-sufficient, and I think that I have a human right to try my best to be so. The Revenue say that I must pay duty on my produce, despite the fact that my efforts are just a hobby, if I create ONE thingy, then I am obliged to pay duty, or so they say. But, for some unfathomable reason, that principle does not apply to making wine or beer or pies or anything else whatsoever.
I do not believe it. I think that the Revenue is lying. I have searched for legal cases where a person has been ‘done’ for not paying duty, and can find nothing at all. (But that does not mean that there have not been such events) The Revenue statement seems to be based upon a particularly unusual tiny phrase in the legislation. That phrase is ‘upon consumption’. It seems that the Revenue have taken that phrase absolutely literally – if you make a thingy with stuff, then you must pay duty on the thingy. But the utter nonsense of such a requirement is amply illustrated by my opening paragraphs – the mixing of roughly 10% of my home-grown, to say nothing of the silliness of demanding duty on one thingy.
There MUST be a human right to be as self-sufficient as possible. It is not conceivable that a human being MUST pay to buy things which he can make himself, or to pay tax on produce which he has made the effort to produce purely for his own enjoyment.
If the Government wish to ban people from doing what is desirable to be self-sufficient, then it can do so. But, even then, there are human rights which it must deny.