Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Saffron Taxes


Following on from the BBC Countryfile  programme on saffron, I've bought 100 autumn crocus bulbs to plant later this month. They're rather strange in that the foliage comes up in spring and then dies back, but the flowers come up with no foliage in September. They're also rather poisonous and, if ingested, result in a slow death over a couple of days with symptoms similar to cholera. So, they can be used quite safely to poison people providing there's a convenient outbreak of cholera in the neighbourhood.


The usual answer to high net worth individuals getting tax breaks is that they create wealth and hence jobs. What's good for the goose is also good for the gander - ordinary people should then get more tax breaks, as they create demand for the products the rich make (in indeed they make any at all - and I'd question whether gambling on the international exchanges creates anything worthwhile, except tax, which is increasingly getting harder to recoup. There's also the argument that tax breaks for the ordinary person reduces the debt mountain, but that's probably just wishful thinking.


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