I am stretching myself to two posts tonight.
Is it any wonder that ASH ET AL are quiet?
There is a ‘Consultation’ from the EU about ‘standardising’ tobacco excise taxes.
That does not surprise me in the least, since it has been logically on the cards for years and years.
But why should should ‘excise’ taxes exist in the first place? The reality is that there is no justification at all. But it is possible that such taxes are levied on any goods which are not considered to be essential, such as food, water, shelter, clothing, energy. Everything else could be classed as luxury. And that is what is wrong with our taxation system. Everything has become ephemeral and uncertain. Some goods attract excise duties, such a alcohol, petrol, tobacco, without reasonable justification.
It is the lack of justification which renders ‘Ministers’ to be puppets.
THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR PETROL DUTY TAXES!!!! None whatsoever.
OK, OK, OK.
What is important is for politicians to recognise and accept that such things, even though they might be important in revenue terms, are no longer justifiable or in the interests of the Nation.
And here is the crux – non-smokers, non-drinkers, etc, must pay their fair share of the costs of The Nation. For too long, the least wealthy people, those whose sole pleasures DO NOT include the Opera and the Concert but include a beer and a fag, have paid for the benefits of those who detest them.
Detest them? Well, Yes, non-smokers detest smokers, even though smokers pay exorbitant – really, really exorbitant – taxes.
I’m getting tired. My brain is feeling sad.
So what in the UK do we need? In my opinion, taxes are neutral in the sense that they are not ‘ring-fenced’.
Since the Brexit vote, everything is in a state of flux. ‘Flux’ means ‘flowing’. It is up to May and her cabinet to determine the THE REALITY.