A Tale of two Countries.

Its staggering that a mere twenty quid is now being taken away, when seemingly half the country have converted themselves to ‘limited company’ and openly brag how little tax they pay. If that is the case they do not deserve the fruits of tax contribution ie hospitals, medical care, the legal system, etc.

I’m proud of the tax I pay, its a measure of my success. Pity Google and Amazon didn’t feel the same. Another loophole is the downright fiddle of the Chinese selling on ebay from a UK despatch point, charging VAT but as with a couple of duff recent purchases I’m having to send the returned item to China. This stinks! Means another ten or thirty quid down the drain.

Its hard to fathom at the Exchequer the Chancellor wandering around demanding the supplementary twenty quid is abolished. How mean and petty in the extreme, the poorer we are the more valuable a twenty quid note becomes. After covid, isolation, struggling, loss possibly of friends or loved ones the last thing the poor need is a kick in the teeth.

I personally for forty years have been of ‘sole trader status’ and am quite happy to pay my tax. Luckily in later life I am not poor, but in earlier decades the tax bill was always a burden, even when income was extremely modest. But one cuts ones cloth to suit ones purse and hence always muddled through. Now that I’m successful in later life in some ways I’m hardly interested, I do my best but the energy of early and middle life has gone, bereavement didn’t help either. I crave time to settle down with books, take notes, to learn, or to work in my garden but this life of mine hardly allows it. Cooking takes up time too, and all laundry by hand through choice, if it was good enough for my ancestors its good enough for me and anyway it really annoyed me the electric washer spent ages spinning laundry that I could as easily wring by hand and get onto the line in five minutes … job done!

For the poor and needy that withdrawl of £20 is tragic, contrast that with the horrendous expense of something like HS2 …a facility surely in these days of electronic communications is hardly needed, to hell with HS2 …. what we need is lorry drivers! Why with HS2 do they need to ‘save an hour’ on a journey … make me laugh please …. so what, the traveller can have a coffee n whatever once arrived? No-one in the arguament mentions anything of freight, we know it is all road bound. There is no valid arguament for HS2.

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