Tobacco Duty is Theft

There is no doubt, by any standard that one might apply, that Tobacco Duty is theft on a grand scale. The magnitude of the theft is apparent when one thinks about the reasons for ‘tobacco duty’ in the first place. The “Duties” were imposed, in the first place and for the first reasons, to punish and impoverish the American Colonies. That is why such Duties were imposed in the first place. That is also true of alcohol duties. They were imposed to batter the economy of Portugal, in the first instance, because the Portuguese Aristocrats were being naughty.

These “Duties” have no rational sense.  They should have been got rid of decades ago.

The importance of this thought is that Politicians have been too stupid to see the reasoning.

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3 Responses to “Tobacco Duty is Theft”

  1. The Blocked Dwarf Says:

    You probably know this one already:1902 the German government imposed a tax on sparkling wine to help finance The Emperor’s new warships. Despite, after 1918, there no longer being an Emperor’s navy , the tax was only set aside in 1932…before being reintroduced in 1934 to finance the Chancellor’s new Uboots. It is, as far as I know, still going strong after 112 years …

    So every Frankfurt banker who opens a bottle of Sekt at lunchtime is paying a tax which lost it’s raison d’etre over a century ago.

    A politician voluntarily giving up a tax- that has to be about as probable as a junky giving up smack. If MPs had their way they’d still be taxing sunlight.

  2. The Blocked Dwarf Says:

    sorry , just checked, it was reintroduced in 1939 not 1934. So every bottle of sparkling wine sold in Germany is subject to a tax that was reimposed by Hitler. If that fact alone wasn’t justification enough for any sane person to reject it in perpetuity…

    • junican Says:

      I knew nothing about that, BD, but it smacks of ‘the template’ – find a reason to impose a tax and then keep the tax, even though the reason for it no longer exists. Fuel duty is especially abhorrent. As far as I am aware, it was introduced because, at the time, motors were considered to be ‘luxuries’. Now, it is nothing more that a huge millstone around the neck of Industry and Commerce.

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