Tax and Marriage

Andy Burnham, the slimy little creep that tried so desperately to convince us that identity cards are a spiffing thing, has opened his mouth again:

The tax system should reward married couples, a cabinet minister has said.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Andy Burnham told the Daily Telegraph: “It’s not wrong that the tax system should recognise commitment and marriage.”

No, it should not. People’s private lives and marriage status is none of the government’s damned business. It is not up to government to encourage or otherwise promote one type of lifestyle over another – because it is none of their fucking business.

He did not advocate specific changes to the tax system, but said there was a “moral case” for using tax to promote the traditional family unit.

No, there is not. Marriage has nothing to do with morality – it is a voluntary contract between two people and it is none of the government’s fucking business. Did I say that already? Oh, yes, so I did. One day the odious fuckers will realise that our lives are none of their fucking business and will learn to keep their noses out. Unfortunately, the only way of persuading them is likely to be with a length of rope and a lamp post.

Mr Burnham, who is married with three children, said: “I don’t seek to preach to anybody…”

Then shut the fuck up. Ah, but of course, he is a politician, and this is a concept he will be unable to comprehend. Time for the rope and lamp post treatment methinks. One has to ask, though, what did the rope do to deserve this?


  1. Yup. Jock Coats explained on his blog recently why this is all crap and fluff, if we had a Citizen’s Income-style welfare system and Land Value Tax, then people who live together (whether because they are married, or whether they are just sharing a home) are automatically better off. There is no need for any measures.

  2. Yes, I could go along with that. What bothers me about Burnham’s comments has nothing to do with taxation, nor which party first came up with the idea; it is his assumption that how we choose to live our lives is the business of politicians and that they have the right to manipulate or control us. These people have ideas way above their station. And that station is beneath our feet.

  3. I’m halfway with you here. The government should indeed stay out of people’s lives but this is not the current reality, with the RDAs ready to bring in in 2010 and Brown the ubermeister. Marriage is one insitution mooted to go. Someone has to stand up for it. Maybe that’s us.

    By the way, have you considered changing the arithmetical verification sum, LR? I’ve almost worked out the answer now.

  4. I am all in favour of marriage – I am married. I have no problem with anyone defending it. What I have a problem with is social engineering by politicians. And, frankly, politicians are the last people to lecture us on morality. Actually, they are the last people to lecture us about anything, given that they are the lowest form of life on the planet.

    Only just worked out the sum? Dear, oh dear… I settled on that because folk complained that it was too difficult before… 😀

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