Oh dear, is it that time of year again?
Yes folks, Budget Day is once more upon us.
Gordon "Smiler" Brown (known by his staff as Mr Potato Head) returns to the dispatch box this afternoon to increase our taxes, with the depressing regularity of an unloved season.
The quite astonishing thing is that Brown is now taxing us at levels that we have not experienced since Dennis Healy did in the dark days of the 1970's.
According to Ernst & Young, Smiler is raking in £1M per minute from us.
Peter Spencer, economic adviser to the Ernst & Young Item Club a forecasting group, said:
"It's an all-time high and we're entering uncharted waters.
We know higher taxes help explain what is happening on Britain's high streets."
Treasury figures show tax revenues will total £490BN this year, up from £271BN when Brown took office. The £219BN rise is equivalent to £9K for every household in Britain.
Yet where is the money going?
Is the health service any better?
Are schools producing well developed, literate, employable leavers?
Are pensioners receiving a decent pension?
Are are urban landscapes being redeveloped in a "human friendly" form?
Where the fuck is the money going Gordon?
Answer: it is paying the 7 million people who now work for Nanny. Unfortunately, whilst this may keep people off the unemployment register, it provides little added value to the economy or indeed to the well being of the nation.
Background reading: "The Road to Nowhere - The Delusion of the Burgeoning Public Sector".
Happy Budget Day folks!