Thursday, September 24, 2009
Spies 'R Us - Snooping Councils
As you are doubtless aware Nanny is drawing up plans to upwardly revise her much loathed council tax charges, by increasing the valuations of properties and the tax charges thereon.
In order to up the value of the properties, aside from taking into account house price increases etc, Nanny intends to delve more deeply into the actually property itself wrt eg; extensions, size of gardens, swimming pools, views (yes, really, views!), en suite bathrooms etc etc.
She could of course send her inspectors around to every house in the land, and demand entry for a full top to tail inspection. However this would be a tad problematic:
1 It would be very expensive
2 It would take an inordinate amount of time
3 Most people, with any brains, would tell the inspectors to Fark Orf (even if they had been granted a statutory right of entry).
Therefore Nanny is going to use another method; she will spy on us.
Her council tax inspectors have been given a "snoopers handbook" which will enable them to detect even the most discreet of home improvements.
The manual trains Nanny's Tax Snoopers (NTS) to follow up leads from "informants" by photographing properties, examining estate agents' details and room-by-room inspections.
Nanny, as you can see, is up to her nasty old trick of using people to spy and inform on each other.
Sadly there are sick, twisted individuals with nothing better to do in their lives who will happily trot along to Nanny's spy headquarters (ie the local council) and dump on their friends and neighbours.
Once the details have been amassed, Nanny will create a database (oh how she loves these databases - such a pity that none of them will ever work!) of all the 23million homes in England. She will then assign each one of them a one of 100 "dwelling house codes", which will be used as the basis for council tax revaluations.
I dare say that I am one of the few people in the country who actually believes that the poll tax was the best method for raising local revenue to cover the cost of local services.
- It was charged on a per adult basis (subject to various rebates),
- It focused everyone's attention on the true cost of local services home,
- It made people realise that their never ceasing demands for "better" services had consequences (ie a cost that they had to pay for), and
- It was extremely difficult to evade.
I guess that's why it was so unpopular!
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