Here's the comment, in all its mellifluous glory:
How about we ask everyone who works for the state to take an immediate six month leave of absence? If any of the rest of us notice that they're no longer working, within this six month period, plus that our lives are worse off as a result, then they can come back to work - they are all, of course, supposed to be there for our benefit. We then sack the other 85% and use the saved money to pay for them to do something useful in the private sector.If it's read by just one useless Marxoid state drone, causing them inner fury, it will have been worth the mental bit space. Pip pip!!
Posted by Jack Maturin on April 12, 2008 1:24 PM
UPDATE: I couldn't resist it. Some tax parasite on the same thread banged on about how public sector workers pay tax. I therefore had no choice but to fire this missive:
I think Jamie 10:30 is getting a little confused about public sector workers paying any form of tax. The way to spot it is to ask the following question: If everybody stopped paying taxes of any kind tomorrow, what would the subsequent gross wages be for any full-time public sector worker? If your answer is anything above nothing, you need to think it through again and ask yourself where any state wages would come from. This accounting sleight of hand, where state workers pay nominal amounts of tax, is a really clever way of fooling the rest of us that state workers do actually pay tax. If I wasn't being robbed in the process, I would have to admire its subtlety, where even people who should know better, such as senior civil servants, swan around under the erroneous assumption that they too are taxpayers. Unconsciously however I think most state workers know they don't pay any tax. That's why they're always clamouring for the rest of us to pay more. A tax rise for the private sector is nothing more than a wage rise for the public sector. No wonder state workers are so happy to vote for tax-raising political parties. Voting for other people's money to be painlessly stolen from others and then handed to you has been a sure-fire vote winner since Roman times.Just why do we post these comments to newspaper threads? What compulsion is it? I suppose we may be under the illusory spell of thinking that the 'great published writer' who wrote the original piece may be spending their entire time reading these comment threads to be overwhelmed with the logic of our wise positions, rather than drinking heavily in a London saloon bar trying to think up the next 2,000 words. Personally, I just love causing cognitive dissonance in the odd Marxist and potentially tipping a miniscule percentage of this tiny fraction towards the ideas of freedom, by spinning awkward ideas in their minds. Well okay, I might not be George Orwell, but I do like to keep the Austrian aspidistra flying.
Posted by Jack Maturin on April 12, 2008 4:06 PM