Philip Johnston, Daily Telegraph, writes on George Osborne’s ‘move’ to unleash HM Revenue & Customs to hunt down the evaders and avoiders of tax, commenting at the end that there is, needless to say, an alternative: the Government could try spending less. Politicians do not, by nature, spend less – especially when it comes to their own comforts – and will only so do if they are constrained by force – which is why this idea is so attractive and one which is incorporated in this.
Year after year, during the month of March, we see the government of the day ‘asking’ Parliament for approval of the money it, the government, wishes to spend – yet what money does parliament ‘have’? Does not logic dictate that if approval is to be sought, it should be sought from those who are providing that money?
If the government of the day did have to ask those that actually provide the money they seek, no doubt Overseas Aid would be an expense of the past – and the Expenses Scandal would no doubt never have occurred.
Just another thought……..