Someone kindly reminded me that we have a budget in a couple of weeks.
Yes, the Festive Season is arriving.
Every year we have the same old crap – politicians claiming they can’t possibly say what is in the budget and then “leaking” possibilities to scare the shite out of us. They work on the principle that they “leak” a prospective tax hike of 60% so that when the budget announces a 50% tax hike we grovel on our knees in gratitude that it’s not 60%.
There are two thing in the budget which I can forecast with absolute certainty. The price of tobacco is going to go up considerably which will please the Man with a Van no end, which in turn will lead to further loss in revenues for the Tax Man. Like I care.
I can also predict that the budget will be designed with just one thing in mind. It won’t do anything for employment. It won’t do anything for the countless small businesses that are hanging on by a wing and a prayer. What it will do is bring a smile to our lords and masters in Brussels. It will be designed purely and simply to fit in with some arbitrary plan laid down by the “Troika” and will do fuck all for the people in Ireland except fleece them still further to the bone.
I very rarely make mistakes, but when I do, I own up.
I used to mutter about Bono and his mates in U2 taking their billions overseas to avoid Irish tax.
I was wrong.
Bono and his mates may be a talentless bunch of oiks but they are true patriots. For it has become the moral duty of all Irish people to avoid and evade tax at all costs.
If I were paying taxes towards my fellow Irishmen’s health, education and security I would have no problems. The fact that my taxes are going towards filling the coffers of German banks and employing unelected bureaucrats in Brussels makes the avoidance of tax a moral imperative.
So come the budget, I won’t be worrying about hikes in this, or increases in that. I will be noting all the taxes and working out ways and means of avoiding them, ignoring them or just plain refusing to pay them.
I know my patriotic duty.