Regular readers will know I hold no brief for the Conservatives, let alone any other party. And regular readers also know my view that the tax burden in this country is far too high because the administration cannot resist spending grotesque amounts of our money on non-essential wheezes that all too often deliver nothing close to taxpayer value. But while I resent the political class and much of what it stands for, I have a particular disdain for the useless hacks that pass for journalists in this country.
The fourth estate likes its storms in tea cups and the near saturation coverage in recent days of the limits on tax relief for charitable giving by wealthy people is the latest receptacle-centric tempest to catch the goldfish-like attention span of the news media.
Numbers have been chewed over. Philanthropists have been given unchallenged platforms from which to attack the budget measure. Labour has been given an open microphone to hurl invective at the coagulation administration. Fair enough, many might say.
But in all the column acres of newsprint and hours of pontificating on the airwaves, I have yet to hear one reporter explain to the public that wealthy people are not being stopped from giving money to charities. As much as I resent tax grabs, all the Conservatives and Limp Dims have done is say that wealthy people will not be able to reduce their tax burden quite so much simply by giving away shed loads of cash to various causes.
The whining and pontificating of charitable donors and spokesmen of various charities (faux and otherwise) whipped up by the media, is entirely self serving. These are the very same people the media has been attacking as fat cats and troughers for not paying their ‘fair share’ in tax. Yet the media now supports these people because they supposedly want to give away a fortune to good causes, but will now have to pay tax when doing so above certain levels – all because of the evil Tories and their Limp Dumb stooges apparently.
It really says something about how biased and useless our media is when they are too stupid or simply refuse to put the story into proper context for the public. What these wealthy donors are saying is they will not give as much money to charity because in doing so there isn’t as much in it for them. Read that again. These wealthy donors are apparently desperate to give money to good causes, but many will now not do so to the same extent because they will have to pay tax on some of what they earned.
The only rational conclusion that can be drawn from this wailing and gnashing of teeth is that the real motivation for many donors giving money to good causes was not a desire to do good, but a desire to cut the amount they pay in tax. Good for them, I say. If there is a loophole that enables someone to withhold some of their money from the kleptomanics in Whitehall, then they are entitled to use it. But they should be honest about their motivations and people should also understand the media is hiding the reality of these vested interest donations in order to service some other agenda.
This is just yet more evidence that we cannot trust anything the media says.