Tuesday, February 20

But I won't hold my breath

Have just received my perennial shocker from HMRC: “Your Annual Tax Summary (How your income tax was spent in 2016-17)”. The amount of Gudgeon’s beer money spent educating other people’s children, subsidising their university fees, is eye-watering. It would also be a shocker if I could be bothered to calculate the additional amount the government extracts via excise duty, VAT and motoring taxes, to say nothing of stamp duty, local authority taxation, capital gains, insurance surcharges, etc. etc. I’d like to believe the countless graduates whose 2.1 in Creative Writing I helped fund and who are currently earning minimum wage in an Amazon warehouse will one day be contributing to my state pension.

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