Take with one hand, give back with the other

In Sundays Guardian, a so-called defence of income tax.

The Lib Dem counter-proposal is for a costly fresh hike in allowances. Spreading jam thinly among almost everyone in work, this was always a woeful way to compensate low-earners for cuts to housing, childcare and tax credits.

A fine example of some of the bullshit that is taxation and benefits in the UK. Taxing very low earners less or not at all is attacked because... better to tax them and hand it back in credit. Gee, thanks Mr Government for your kindness, we don't know what we'd do without you.

If someone can't support themselves without assistance from the state, I don't care how much assistance is provided, it's abhorrent that the state be taking anything of what they've managed to earn off their own back.

There but for the grace of God go I.