Britain Formally Proposes to Re-Institute Serfdom

This British proposal is one of the most audacious power grabs of this century:

The UK’s tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.

The CNBC article quotes a few critics of the proposal who quibble with whether such a takeover could be done efficiently.

How much hell will the British people raise over this attempt to turn them all into government dependents?


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7 Responses to Britain Formally Proposes to Re-Institute Serfdom

  1. Rogan September 20, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    This is crazy. I wonder if Britons will put up with this tyranny.

  2. Jim September 20, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I assume that this agency will get rebuffed. But the fact that they would float a trial balloon like this is stunning.

  3. Dirk W. Sabin September 21, 2010 at 9:08 am #

    Yes but these Authoritarians have our best interests at heart and after all, there is that truism to the effect that “taxes are what we pay for the benefits of civilization”…ripping whot and all that sort of rot.

  4. The Infamous Oregon Lawhobbit September 22, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    How much hell? As much damage as that bulldozer would suffer if I let it run straight over you.

    “All your stuff are belong to us.”

    Coming soon, I’m sure, to a nation near you.

  5. Jim September 22, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    And there is no William of Orange to ride to the rescue this time.

  6. Benjamin Cole September 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Did you write an editorial for the WSJ in 1984 to the effect that inflation was 4 percent and the Fed should ease up?
    Benjamin 213 259 5598

  7. Jim September 24, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I’ve made some mistakes in my time but never had anything that halfwitted.

    I’ve always been a ‘tight money’ kind of guy.