You cannot be indifferent on the key question in 21st century political economy | Tax Research UK

[Image: Toby Melville/Reuters].

[Image: Toby Melville/Reuters].

Bob Kerslake (Lord Kerslake) has almost hit a nail on the head in comments to the Guardian this morning when suggesting that if the NHS is to survive than an extra 3p on the basic rate of income tax is needed.

The question is a simple one. It is, for the economy as a whole, do we want more stuff (including useless savings for some) or do we want to have decent healthcare?

You could add education, a social safety net, housing, security and defence into that last issue, but they’re just elaboration.

We could all have sufficient or more in the UK.

And yet we don’t have that; not by a long way. And that’s because the market delivery mechanism we use, backed by a politics based on personal greed, deny us that chance.

You cannot be indifferent to this choice. This is the issue at the heart of 21st century political economics.

Source: Tax Research UK » You cannot be indifferent on the key question in 21st century political economy

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
(
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here:

SWAHTprint SWAHTeBook

6 thoughts on “You cannot be indifferent on the key question in 21st century political economy | Tax Research UK

  1. alistair lazenby

    I WILL PAY ON MY TAX OF £52 YEAR EVEN MORE AS LING AS CAMPAIGNER STOPS WHAT HE DOING TO THE NHS AND STOP ALL FOREIGNERS FROM RECEIVING MEDICAL TREATMENT. I PAY ABROAD FOR TREATMENT SO THEY SHOULD PAY HERE. ALSO REFUGEES THEY SHOULD PAY AS WELL . i’m 61 years old, i pay my bit to help all true brits no on else THAT IS FAR GRANDAD & GRANDMA THEIR CHILDREN AND ALL CHILDREN CHILDREN ON AND ON, BORN & BRED UK, WHO’ VE CONTRIBUTED

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      Foreign people coming here on holiday would indeed pay for treatment.
      Foreign people working here would indeed pay for treatment – in exactly the same way as anybody else working here – via their taxes.
      …And so on.

  2. Gary Burley

    if he can fund a £178 billion war, a £60 million present to himself of what a jet airplane actually costs to run, an £800 million tax gift to google, £95 billion in corporate welfare to his mates, gifts of all our public services also to his mates with no tax relief to us the ones paying for our robbed services, then he can bloody well shut up about the poor, the disabled, the mentally ill, the terminally ill and nurses and teaches being made to pay for everything. we already are. but it seems this bunch have robbed the safes and the tills, now they want our pocket change too

  3. jeffrey davies

    has above the peasants pay their taxes but those above like their offshore accounts isnt about time they were shown the door has coffeee amazon and the like can whizz back to usa taking mac d haswell they would allow the peasants to prosper without them

  4. Jonno R

    I may be proud to sacrifice myself by starving to death if it helped the economy and we lived in a Logans Run/Brave new world /solyent green society. But all the money and healthcare that has been taken from me by this government hasn’t helped at all. There have been no savings, just more waste. And just in case anyone gets any ideas, those books were written as warnings not models.

Comments are closed.