James Mawdsley, former Conservative parliamentary candidate, author of the book The Heart Must Break about fighting for democracy in Burma, and Catholic blog Ecce Mater Tua, makes the case for a flat tax.
When it comes to solving poverty, love, friendship or education are better gifts than money. But that in no way justifies a government pole-axing the poor with punitive taxes—which is exactly what is happening in Britain today. You’re damned if you drive (stung by rocketing petrol prices) and you’re damned if you leave your car idle (because after spending so much on road tax, car insurance, M.O.T. etc it seems like madness not to use the car!).
As the financial pressures are becoming acute for millions, unbearable even, many see this as a wake-up call for how we treat the environment; or how materialistic we are; or how oil-dependent we are on oppressive regimes. Well can I add one more to the list: how unjust our tax system has become. It is time to face up to two massive problems—injustices—in our tax system.
1) tax evasion by the super-rich
2) complexity in the system...