Congratulations, You're Buying A Porsche!

Well, actually, it's not for you. And you're helping buy six.

Oh, and did I mention you're also paying for 16 Jags, 144 Mercedes and 273 BMWs?

Don't worry, our Labour government just KNEW you'd want to contribute; so they've already docked your pay (through PAYE) to help impoverished Porsche owners.

And to think that people say our beloved leader, Gordon Brown, is out of touch!

The Car Scrappage scheme is a success! And I for one intend to congratulate our office cleaner on her selfless decision to help downtrodden Porsche buyers.

Table: Total vehicle registrations by brand through the scrappage incentive scheme.


Marque Year-to-date             
ABARTH 12
ALFA ROMEO 155
AUDI 31
BMW 273
CHEVROLET 3
CITRO√čN 834
DAIHATSU 134
FIAT 2,194
FORD 4,299
HONDA 1,342
HYUNDAI 4,664
ISUZU 12
JAGUAR 16
KIA 2,789
LAND ROVER 50
LEXUS 13
MAZDA 639
MERCEDES 144
MG 2
MINI 382
MITSUBISHI 420
NISSAN 2,036
PERODUA 22
PEUGEOT 1,963
PORSCHE 6
PROTON 27
RENAULT 275
SEAT 83
SKODA 122
SMART 92
SUBARU 30
SUZUKI 1,066

TOYOTA

4,468
VAUXHALL 842
VOLKSWAGEN 356
Total 29,796


Source: the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, July 6th 2009 press release (MS Word format)

July 6, 2009 in Government Waste, Tax, Unintended Consequences | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Tax Freedom Day 2006

Graph showing the year slit into Tax and Income, proportional to the total taxes paid by the average tax payer

Having been the government's unpaid slave in January, February, March etc, you can now, finally, start working for your own benefit.

But then again, if you had any living expenses in January, February, March etc, you'll probably still working to pay the costs of paying the government. Given the proportion of salary usually spent on transport and other work-related expenses, you'll probably a slave to the government for half the year.

You don't mind spending 20+ years of your life working as an unpaid slave, working to buy the votes of the feckless, lazy and irresponsible do you?

The politicians who produce nothing, steal your money and spend it bribing voters are entirely unselfish. In fact, the BBC tells me they are morally virtuous.

Just look at the calibre of our politicians. Just look at them. Is keeping each of these individuals in jobs worth a billion pounds PER PERSON, PER YEAR?

Where the hell is Guy Fawkes when you need him?

June 3, 2006 in Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Happy Independence Day!

Americanflag As a Brit, I'm sick of ever rising British taxes and meddling British governments.

So too was America, on July 4th 1776. They revolted, and they've never looked back.

To my friends across the Atlantic, Happy Independence Day. You lucky, lucky bastards.

Some of us here in Britain are still waiting for our revolution.

Of course, if the revolution does finally arrive, British government collaborators* will be the first to be shot.

Tragically, my dear brother will be among them. Still such things can't be helped.

Progress is never without cost...

* British government collaborators prefer to be called 'civil servant's by their slaves

July 4, 2005 in Tax | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack