Originally Posted by gerryo777
That's your opinion, it's wrong, but it's your's.
This is a country where if you buy a car you pay VRT and then you pay VAT on top of that.
You buy fuel for the car and 65% of what you pay at the pumps goes in tax.
Every pint you drink, give 30% in tax.
Our VAT rate is 23%.
Remember that stamp duty was up to 9% on some houses.
Out of the cost of a house, up to 60% went to government in one tax or another.
The list of rip off stealth taxes is endless.
Well, I have a lot of sympathy with this but I am afraid that the situation is in large (altough not all) part due to the electorate.
When offered the chance, people voted for "low taxes" which the government interpreted as low personal income taxes. This was done largely by moving the tax burden over to duties, VAT etc (since the electorate certainly was not calling for cuts in government spending).
People did not though demand more efficient spending, cost control etc - had they done so, we'd be in better shape than we currently are.