Budget Resolutions and Economic Situation

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th April 1970.

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Even more advantageous is the fact that everyone will have to pay the tax, however small their incomes. Now, there are millions of patriotic citizens in this country who are below the levels of income tax, and so are denied the privilege of contributing in an appropriate way to the cost, for example, of the Armed Forces, which are there to protect them and their possessions. This makes these worthy but impecunious citizens very unhappy. Moreover, they receive from the State more in benefits and subsidies than they pay in taxes on their beer, tobacco and the like. This, if allowed to continue unchecked, can result in the growth of a widespread feeling of guilt. So I propose to restore their happiness and secure their psychological wellbeing by imposing this all-embracing tax.