Some Right-Thinking Thoughts On Tax-Credits

by richardhutton


As a self-made success story, I naturally take little interest in politics – I find that a skim-read of the more right-thinking news publications every morning is all that one needs to keep abreast of the important topics in life; moreover, that decisions of consequence are best entrusted to our elected officials, who will decide things for us appropriately.

I was perturbed therefore to hear that people are questioning the sound financial judgment of our country’s Chancellor, Mr George Osborne; as he begins the latest round of generously reducing incomes for those who happen not to have be born with the having-money gene. They are quite wrong to object, of course.

Incentivising people to pull themselves up by the bootstraps – that is to say, decreasing their incomes – is merely one part of the government’s overall schema: the Conservatives are determined to live up to their self-description, as the party of equality – on the one hand, through the egalitarian approach of ensuring that poverty and neglect apply to families of all kinds, throughout the entire country; on the other, by making torture chambers wheelchair-friendly.

However, some members of the otherwise silent majority have expressed unease. Many have questioned whether it is indeed the best course of action to reduce the incomes of those who already have-not, merely to furnish the pockets of those who – solely by virtue of pluck, a bit of gumption, some elbow-polish, and the inheritance of a generous trust fund – happen to have made something of themselves in life. I say that this is a self-answering question.

Yes, reducing peoples’ incomes is cruel and unfair – and will be very bad for them – but we should do it anyway. The reason for this is really quite simple. Money should never be given to the poor – as too much of it discourages the true spirit of self-reliance and enterprise, which has made our country what it is today. By contrast, what Mr Osborne et al know is that money should only ever be given to the wealthy – as too little of it discourages the true spirit of enterprise, and self-reliance, which has made our country what it is today.

No doubt the leftists will gainsay at this point; and mention ‘hunger’ this, and ‘homeless’ that – but to my mind, such people are not sober. What they fail to understand is that we live in straitened times, and belts must be tightened. Specifically, those which adorn other peoples’ trousers, rather than those of their betters. The decent among us must therefore surely stand and applaud Messers Osborne and Cameron today; and applaud all the harder, when they state that “the only solution to poverty is to privatise it forthwith”.