Colm O’Regan is a comedian, apparently. If his writing is anything to go by, he isn’t very good at it.
It’s been a taxing few days. Advisers who promote “aggressive tax avoidance” have been berated by the British government. Meanwhile a new report claims there could be $21tn (£13.5tn) stored away worldwide in offshore accounts.
My reaction to this story is twofold. Firstly, it is likely to be nonsense on stilts and secondly, even if it was true, then jolly good. After all, the less that government has, the less it can waste. Indeed, an aggressive reduction in the tax take will force them to cut their cloth – something which so far is woefully missing. Even the much complained about “cuts” of the current administration is nothing more than a slight reduction in the increase in spending.
No, what we need is a dramatic reduction in the role of the state and swingeing, slashing cuts in the amount of money they can extort from us. And, despite the government and the cretins over at UK Uncut trying to make it so, desiring that less of our money goes to these charlatans, wastrels and spendthrifts, is not immoral, far from it, it is a duty.
Anyway, O’Regan regales us with some supposedly amusing bollocks on how much a trillion is before telling us why the “rich” (i.e. someone who has more money than me) like to hoard their money. The final one is a corker.
Finally, it’s about trust. Wealth gives people confidence. Confidence makes them sure of their opinions, and one of their opinions is that they are much better at spending their money than the government is.
Er, that is because they are. All of us are better at spending our own money than the government. Government is a piss soaked, meths swilling gambling addict that throws it away on three legged gee-gees given half the chance. I wouldn’t give them a penny more than I absolutely have to. And, because it clearly needs repeating, tax avoidance – even the aggressive kind – is not illegal and is not immoral.