I’m not in the habit of quoting Bertrand Russell, however, following the shambles in Somerset, I couldn’t help but recall the following quote:
“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.”
With this in mind, and given current situation in Somerset, is it not a good time to raise a big, but very simple, question: why exactly are we paying taxes?
Most people would understand that the basic logic behind taxation is that it funds services and infrastructure to allow society to function effectively. Be this in the form of roads, hospitals, schools or river dredging to ensure people’s private property is not damaged by avoidable floods.
But, if these services are not being supplied, how is taxation in any way justifiable?
Despite the scare mongering of the Left, and big government faux conservatives, these functions can be conducted without the need of the state. The state is there to serve the people, not the other way around.
As for the people of Somerset, any tax which they do pay is merely being used to fund an organisation which has been trying to create some kind of bird sanctuary out of their homes, regardless of the wishes of those that live in the affected area. Have we now, therefore, reached the point at which we can say that we have taxation without representation?
This isn’t the only area in which people are having taxes collected, and used against them. Just take a look at the vast number of hysterical left wing charities funded by taxpayers to lobby and campaign against the public’s wishes on a whole host of issues. Or how about the European Union full stop?
It must also surely be the case that the minute government pushes change on a population which requires manufacturing consent, then they have forfeited their right to tax those affected. If not, then what does this make of the people being taxed? Are they still actually citizens by dint of the ability to vote? Or are they now subjects given that any vote brings in a party which immediately enters a position of political consensus with the other parties to immediately ignore the concerns and wishes of these “citizens”.
As a result we have schools which fail to teach, hospitals which fail to provide adequate health care, border agencies which fail to manage the borders and numerous organisations which actively work against British people in conjunction with the EU and its democratic deficit.
So here I am, hanging a great big question mark on taxation.
What right does the government have to tax us?