Azara Blog: TUC wants the 10p tax rate re-introduced

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Date published: 2008/04/12

The BBC says:

Trade unions are urging the government to introduce measures to compensate millions of low-paid workers affected by the abolition of the 10p tax rate.

The TUC says the impact of the changes on the low-paid, combined with generous tax breaks for the super rich, is causing "huge resentment".

It estimates it would cost £550m to help five million affected workers.

Well, when the TUC says "compensate" what they mean of course is that the 10p tax rate should not have been abolished, because any "compensation" would mean exactly that, unless for some reason they think the 10p tax rate should only apply to certain members of the public (the "millions of low-paid workers" who just happen to be TUC members).

And the "huge resentment" at the alleged "generous tax breaks for the super rich" is just there, if it really exists at all, because the TUC and others have come up with this straw man (that if only we soaked rich people even more than we already do, especially rich foreigners, then we would all be better off). Unfortunately the media, including the BBC, is only too happy to oblige to repeat this nonsense without any critical analysis.

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