Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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GORDON BROWN has made much of his targeted tax cuts. There has been rather less trumpeting of a disturbing new trend: targeted taxes, whereby small groups of society are singled out to pay ruinous levies in order to keep down taxes for the majority. Last week the floods minister Elliot Morley came up with a new plan for improving the country's lousy flood defences: he wants to allow local authorities to charge extra taxes on those poor folk whose homes happen to lie within flood-prone areas.

A neat solution, he no doubt believes: why shouldn't the people who benefit from a service be the ones who pay for it, so relieving other voters of the burden? What Mr Morley doesn't say is the reason why so many towns and villages are awash with water after that most unexpected of events - a day's rain. The government already gives money to local authorities to build flood defences; it is just that they have been in the habit of diverting this money into other projects. …

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