Thursday, December 20, 2007
Tax As You Throw
Finally one of Nanny's little helpers has admitted what everyone else has known all along; namely that the "pay as you throw" charge is in fact a tax.
Cue the dramatic music!
Joan Ruddock, Nanny's Environment Minister, admission came after she had spent several minutes explaining to MPs of the Communities and Local Government select committee why pay-as-you-throw charges are not a tax.
Oh dear, if Nanny can't even make up her own mind about this tax...it augurs ill for its effective implementation.
Mind you we should not be too surprised at this dithering and confusion. The hallmark of the Brown "administration" is dithering and confusion; guaranteed to end in disaster.
The new tax will mean that families which fail to recycle enough rubbish will be charged extra by their council for having their bins emptied.
Ruddock said that the point of a rubbish incentive scheme was that those who failed to carry out the 'simple task' of meeting 'norms' for recycling would face charges.
"It is definitely not a tax."
Then, as if by magic, said:
"I have just been told that technically
these charges are regarded by the
Treasury as a form of tax.
I think I may have been mistaken."
It's enough to make you weep.
Do we pay these morons?
A number of councils (maybe 14) are going to test this new tax. Unfortunately, Ruddock wouldn't tell the committee which councils which have offered to take part in pay-as-you-throw trials.
Isn't that kind of slimy and dishonest?
What a shower!