Tax: the price we pay for living in a civilised society? Or, as Peter Hitchens puts it in The Mail on Sunday, the “price we pay for handing over too many of our responsibilities to the state”? The answer is that it should be mostly the first, but that in much of the West, it is fast becoming the second.
It is also hard to argue with Hitchens’ insistence that the “current frenzy against tax avoidance is churned up by a government that cannot control its borrowing and so is frantic to grab all the money it can get”.
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