Re: Inheritance conumdrum
> *except what they generously contribute as excise on booze and fags
Harsh. They also pay VAT on a lot of other things. They pay the same amount of VAT on clothes because they have to - try walking about without any clothes on and see how how much of a "non-essential luxury" that tax is levied on.
They pay VAT on women's sanitary products - rich women are unlikely to have more periods so that's just as regressive.
They pay VAT (twice!) and Green-based excise duty on fuel so that they can get to their shitty low-paid jobs and be sneered at by people who live closer and ride super-expensive tax-free bikes. They might also pay VAT on car parking in order to stay in their shitty low-paid jobs because they can't afford to live near where they work.
The system is rigged and you can sneer about booze and fags all you like but as long as the new lycra-clad middle classes keep on claiming their pensions and draining the NHS for thirty years past retirement, the problem is not the poor.