February 05, 2007

The Death Tax

The Daily Express have a petition asking the Prime minister to abolish the death tax, and as somebody of a fairly Libertarian bent the abolition of any tax is a good thing since it means the government stealing less from us. On the other hand there are some arguments for an inheritance tax. It be seen as a tax on a transfer from the dead to the living rather than on wealth (and in other ways not), and it could be argued that it reduces the advantages given by the lottery of life so that everybody has to succeed on your own merits.

But it is also bullying the bereaved so as to steal from the dead. It's legal grave robbing. It's bureaucratic tomb raiding. It's Sir humphrey, in hot pants.

Please go and sign it.


Blogger Gavin Ayling said...

I never thought it would get to Humphrey in hotpants!

9:11 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, I think its a good idea.

However, I would support the raising of the threshold given the increase in property prices in recent years and band it so the uber-rich pick up the tap more (including Royals)

9:54 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Minor point of pedantry: the photo shows Jim Hacker, the incompetent and vacillating Minister of Administrative Affairs, not Sir Humphrey, the department's scheming Permanent Secretary.

Oddly, I rather doubt that Sir Humphrey would have been a supporter of IHT as I suspect he has quite a pot to hoard and he is a serious elitist, though you would never get him to admit as much...

2:59 pm  
Blogger chris said...

Ooops, but if you don't mention that too loud I won't say anything about all those poor innocent split infinitives.

11:41 am  

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