Britain ‘raped’ by high taxes? Almost right, Ray, almost right…

My lack of output in recent weeks is due to a combination of the long working hours a newly self employed person needs to put in to keep clients happy, and a desire to use what time is left available to me to enjoy family and friends and not spend it in misery looking at the mess this country is in.

However, spotting the EU-loving  Daily Wail’s report of the comments made on radio by the actor, Ray Winstone, has given me enough of a push to have a little rant on here while reinforcing some points every reader has taken on board or urgently needs to.  As the Wail explains:

Actor Ray Winstone says he may quit the UK because it has been ‘raped’ by high taxes.

The former boxer, 56, said:  ‘I can see myself leaving. I love this country but I’ve had enough.’

The actor added: ‘I don’t see what we are being given back. I just see the country being raped.’

Winstone told talkSPORT Radio that the taxman was ‘taking too much in exchange for too little’.

He added: ‘There are more holes in the roads than a tennis racket, we can’t build hospitals and fire stations are closing.’

Confession time. Ray Winstone is one of my favourite actors.  Yes, the remake of The Sweeney was disappointing rubbish and a waste of Blu Ray disc, but Winstone can’t be blamed for that.  However, Ray isn’t quite right in his assessment. The UK isn’t being raped by high taxes.  High taxes are but one symptom of the systematic rape of our personal freedom, individual rights, resources, self determination and laws by the political class.

The taxman is only doing what he has been instructed to do by the largely worthless collective of power obsessed hypocrites who have an uncontrollable fetish for dictating how every aspect of our lives must be run.  It is they who determine what should be taken from producers to subsidise not just the needy and vulnerable who should be supported, but also the feckless, opportunists, grabbers and the other power crazed meglomaniacs higher up the political food chain in Brussels and the UN.

Politicians cannot secure the votes of enough of the self interested lumpen masses without some kind of bribe.  For decades the bribes have come in the form of welfare handouts. Vote for us and we will give you XYZ in return.  The taxman is only the collector.  Ray Winstone should have gone the whole way and laid the responsibility for the pain so many of us experience and the door of the political parasites for whom we are just a food source.

The mismanagement of this country’s welfare system has all but broken the UK economy.  The national debt is staggeringly huge and is still growing.  Paying back the debt, even if it were a realistic proposition – which it isn’t – is not enough.  The problem is structural so it won’t go away without significant and deep changes that would have to reshape the expectations people have.  Changes our parasitic political class will never make.

Promises have been made that cannot be kept because the price of the bribery exceeds the amount the producers can pay for.  It’s not just the needy and vulnerable who are getting handouts – arguably less than they should – but every Tomislaw, Dalmar and Harbijan who alights here to be given a roof over their head and have money put in their pocket paid for from the welfare fund contributions of British taxpayers.  Working people are getting tax credits and benefits – I kid you not, to compensate for the tax burden imposed by government in the first place – via an expensive and flawed system that bleeds money to which many are not entitled even under the rules.  And across the EU, British money taken by Brussels is doled out on projects and grants that do nothing to benefit the Britons who paid them.  All at the instruction of politicians and bureaucrats, and one rarely sees a poor one of those.

That, Ray Winstone, is the reason why the hospitals, schools and roads that used to be fairly well funded and maintained are falling into disrepair and providing ever worsening services.  The politicians have built up a welfare dependent client state so large, and so open to clients from around the world who have never contributed to it, it cannot be sustained.  From being a wealthy producer Britain has been reduced to the status of debtor nation.  It’s only getting worse, even under a government that pledge to reduce debt but hasn’t the guts to take the decisions needed to shrink the welfare state, the size and scope of government itself and enable a reduction in the tax take.

British voters are still needed by the political class, so we continue to get yet more completely unfunded promises being made to those people who feel the world owes them a living and vote in just enough numbers to keep the whole ponzi scheme rolling along, deepening our problems.  The only reason the UK economy hasn’t yet collapsed is that interest rates are so low.  If interest rates rise this country will not be able to afford to pay the spiralling debts and debt interest it is just about servicing today.

If the unions and taxpayers think this supposed ‘austerity’ is bad, they should wait to see what is in store when Britain runs out of other people’s money and can’t fund the NHS, welfare budget and all the organs of state interference in our lives upon which so many people have been conditioned to be reliant.  When that happens people really will understand the true meaning of the saying attributed to Gerald Ford and Barry Goldwater:

A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.

Sadly it will mean the effects and consequences will be far worse than they needed to be had action been taken sooner and the political class had put the interests of this country and its people before their own ambitions and self interest.

16 Responses to “Britain ‘raped’ by high taxes? Almost right, Ray, almost right…”


  1. 1 blackswansblog 10/03/2013 at 9:33 am

    You’re so right, unfortunately.

  2. 2 mark andrews 10/03/2013 at 9:46 am

    Sadly very very true

  3. 3 Dan 10/03/2013 at 10:48 am

    Best blog of all time

  4. 4 Tom 10/03/2013 at 10:51 am

    Patriotism is supporting your country all the time and supporting your government when it deserves it. — Mark Twain

  5. 5 Clarence 10/03/2013 at 11:57 am

    Milton Friedman: ““You cannot simultaneously have free immigration and a welfare state.”

    This cartoon gets it right: http://tinyurl.com/bmswbxv

  6. 6 maureen gannon 10/03/2013 at 12:03 pm

    I can only agree , I am glad that I am on the end run of my life rather than the begining ,and that my children have decided that the world is their oyster one has a fabulous life in Canada , where here she was working to support those that chose to lead a lifestyle that meant no work , the other has a house bought in France where when I am sure she will live when I have popped my clogs.
    Politicos of all colours have betrayed this once wonderful nation for their own selfish means . I just hope what goes around comes around to them.

  7. 7 Jeremy Bridges 10/03/2013 at 12:21 pm

    I too am at the end of my life and am filled with forboding not just for this Country, but for Europe as a whole. A German contributor to Telegraph blogs has repeatedly pointed out that Europe wide austerity – resulting massive unemplpyment- and the presence of some 60 million Muslims is inevitably leading to violent insurrection on an unparalled scale. God help us all,

  8. 8 James Murphy 10/03/2013 at 8:14 pm

    “The mismanagement of this country’s welfare system has all but broken the UK economy.” – This is economic illiteracy, I’m afraid. The corruption of the principle of sound money and the debasement of our currency is what has broken the economy. Yes, the welfare system is unaffordable with or without the current banking crisis, but it is certainly an irrelevance when it comes to the list of causes of the former. Wake up and smell the bitter Square Mile coffee, AM…

  9. 9 donwreford 11/03/2013 at 1:01 am

    Has any one seen any of the common wealth? if no one has received this wealth, where has the common wealth gone?

  10. 10 Big Al 11/03/2013 at 1:31 am

    Guys, love this blog apart from one issue. I’m middle-aged and unemployed, I’m a worker not a scrounger who has had a nervous breakdown, please believe me, the welfare state is pitiful when viewed as a reciever.

    A lot of blame is pointed towards immigration – please take the time to investigate the realities of immigration, most immigrants support themselves and their families, asylum seekers are banned from working and therefore HAVE to rely on benefits.

    Change the law, allow them to work and contribute and the percentage tbh is still very small.

    Tackle the farce of a taxation system avoidable by anyone who can afford an accountant.

  11. 11 mikebravo 12/03/2013 at 9:20 am

    Can’t believe the sarcasm and hatred towards his statement on the comments section of the tellytubbygraph, a supposedly conservative paper. Either the commenters are from cif or we are in a very bad way in this once great country.

  12. 12 Derek 13/03/2013 at 3:16 pm

    As more than one comment-er has stated, there are those of us advanced in years who can see, and compare within our lifetimes change as personally experienced. The young have what experience to judge by, or to look forward to? Those within my family in their twenties seem perplexed at my views, unprepared to do anything to understand, adjust or counter any threat to themselves, as they simply do not, or will not see it.

    But then, what did we – the older generation do when we were younger? Did we see what was coming? Could we have changed anything? We grew up in a recovery period from warfare. We got a job and got on with it without such information that is today widely available. Not so much heads in the sand as groping hopefully through a fog.

    Each successive generation has been encouraged to run before it can stand through high pressure education. It has had its formative years moulded by the long term plan combined with excessive greed for bigger, better, faster.

    The Global machine does not stop to consider mankind’s plight. It takes what it wants and disregards the rest. The ‘Lemmings’ are being ‘pushed’ off the cliff.

    Duck out. Leave little trace. Keep quiet. And if you have to speak, say No.

  13. 13 james higham 15/03/2013 at 5:13 pm

    The only reason the UK economy hasn’t yet collapsed is that interest rates are so low.

    And it doesn’t suit Them as yet.

  14. 14 John 16/03/2013 at 12:31 pm

    The reason the UK economy has not collapsed yet is that we have our own currency and it can devalue/be-devalued as it does, or as it is done to…
    So the government can print money as needed, at an inflationary cost (a shown in the “bank bail-outs”)

    However, coming to a high street near you: Soon.

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-15/17-signs-full-blown-economic-depression-raging-southern-europe

  15. 15 Jon 19/03/2013 at 5:37 pm

    So what is the plan ? Shall we all avoid our taxes earned from doing advertising for off-shore bookmakers by leaving the country?

  16. 16 Brian H 19/06/2013 at 8:02 pm

    You might be interested in my rephrasing of the Invisible Hand’s function: it says, “You WILL pay the real price.” And it has knuckle-dusters to enforce that, which can result in fatality.


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