Tuesday, 24 July 2012

There IS Another Way

My, didn't David Gauke kick off a bit of a storm today?
Treasury minister David Gauke has said it is "morally wrong" to pay tradesmen such as plumbers, builders and cleaners in cash in the hope of avoiding tax.
The Devil's henchman, Counting Cats's SAoT and - with a terrific rant - Raedwald all pointed out the laughable situation where a politician can be so arrogant as to lecture us on morals. So there's not really much left to say.

Except ...
"Getting a discount with your plumber by paying cash in hand is something that is a big cost to the Revenue and means others have to pay more in tax."
Doesn't this perfectly exhibit the permanently closed mind of the modern MP? That their receipts being lessened automatically means that someone else has to pay more.

Here's an idea. How about - because, you see, we're all being told that we should live within financial constraints during a recession - how about, just for a fucking change, you spend less of our money rather than insisting others pay even more tax to prop up your monumentally disastrous waste?

The thought never entered the idiot's head, did it?

So addicted to our cash are these cretins; so accustomed to having their thieving fingers thrust into every conceivable transaction between any of us; so pompously 'entitled' to ripping us off hourly in umpteen different ways, that they can't contemplate living with the cash they do collect without putting the frighteners on someone else to replace what escapes them.

Morals? When government thieves from the dead, and still screws the country by spending what they haven't got, how on Earth can this guy speak of morals?


Smoking Scot said...

Correct. They don't get it.

Prior to the ban I was indifferent to the cash / discount aspect whenever I had the need of a tradesman.

Now I only ever use people who work for cash and prefer those who smoke. Same with the person who services my scooter. Same with taxi's where the fare is more than a couple of quid.

I'm far more interested in what the finance ministers' in some European countries plan on the price of tobacco than I am about Georgie and his suck up to the health lobby

At every opportunity I ALWAYS grab it to deny them tax revenue.

They get the message, but they haven't grasped the language. Yet.

c777 said...

Tax revolt?
No, too many on PAYE.
Too many Gov contractors.
No, we will just have to wait till the idiots destroy themselves or what's left of the economy anyhow.
They are at the moment having their best attempt yet.
This is going to get interesting as they say in China.
Winds of change and all that.

David said...

I bet they have wet dreams of a cashless society. 

Curmudgeon said...

I don't think I've ever actually asked for a cash discount as such. But many tradesmen have said they prefer cash, and I just pay that way because I think they might not do the job at all if I didn't.

Dick_Puddlecote said...

I can sympathise with that. ;)

Dick_Puddlecote said...

The government itself has set up the biggest incentive for cash payments with its VAT thresholds. There's a massive bar over which small traders can't cross and still be competitive. 

Problem is, instead of getting rid of VAT altogether, they'll more likely threaten everyone with being VAT registered rather than admitting that one of their taxes screws the level playing field. 

The ratchet only goes one way, as someone once sagely said. 

Tony said...

Great rant mate, and as I have said before you have a sublime way with words.

Absolutely nothing surprises me from these bastards, pot kettle black comes to mind with 99% of the cretins.

RB said...

Its not the cash payment that is itself a moral issue.  He is saying that the morality kicks in because of the loss to the Revenue.

So says a man who worked as a tax avoidance lawyer for those who could afford his advice and as far as I understand it his wife still works as such.

These people are beyond belief.  It is no wonder we detest them.

moonrakin said...

On the subject of thieving from the dead these bullying ghouls prefer no resistance from the targets of their extortion - and what better than prising the fillings or rings from a cadaver?

Their due diligence in pursuing Vodaphone shows them up for what they are ... 

Let's not get on to which parts of the animal kingdom they mimic..

We need a Kerry Packer or several to put these gits in their place 

h/t Cap'n Ranty

But then again, I suppose Al Hah-bi-bi-C would studiously bury any such "disrespect"