I used to have a little admiration for Professor John Fitzgerald.
I don’t know why. He just seemed like a nice bloke with a cheerful countenance and a bit of humour.
That has changed recently.
I have discovered he’s a cunt.
For a start he has become one of those Climate Change fanatics and occasionally he crops up warning us about all those tragedies the are supposed to fall on us but never do.
What boiled my piss though is a piece he did about our forthcoming budget showing how he loves the idea of taxation.
First of all, what is tax? It is nothing short of the gubmint dipping their hands in our pockets and taking as much as they like from us. They take a slice of our earnings. They take a slice of nearly every purchase we make. Now the take an annual chunk out of our accounts purely on the excuse that we own a house. They take a chunk of any inheritance so even death doesn’t stop them robbing us.
Then they got the idea of robbing us as a form of punishment. If we do something wrong we have to pay them. But now we have to pay them if they consider we are doing something wrong – the so called “sin tax”.
Fitzgerald is obviously a great fan of sin tax.
Mr Fitzgerald said carbon tax moves people from dirtier fuels to cleaner energy.
“The dirtier fuels pay more carbon tax,” he said.
So he wants to slam up the price of my heating oil and petrol? And how exactly is that supposed to “move” me? Am I supposed to abandon the home heating system that cost me thousands to install and is extremely efficient? What do I replace it with? An electric system that relies on the fucking wind? And I presume I am supposed to bring my relatively new and expensive car down to the scrapyard and then pay an exorbitant price for a car that won’t even bring me on a long journey?
He reiterated the need to cut overall cattle numbers by 500,000, adding that farmers could make as much money by switching from beef to trees.
Fucking brilliant! Kill half a million cattle and replace them with trees? I can just see the poor farmer sitting watching those saplings grow and dreaming of the money he is going to make in a few decades time. Or does Fitzgerald think we can somehow make milk from tree sap and steaks out of wood. Maybe he is confusing steaks with stakes?
Mr Fitzgerald said he supports a congestion charge in larger cities. A congestion charge levies a charge on private cars coming into the cities. He warned also that subsidies may not be the most effective way to encourage people to buy electric cars.
For “congestion charge” read “tax”. And God forbid the gubmint should give anything back to the peasants.
“If they charge us more to buy a fossil fuel car, ramping it up over the decade, that is more effective. Raising tax on fossil fuel cars is where I’d begin.”
Of course it is. More and more tax.
He added that there may be a need to limit data centres,
Good grief! A sensible suggestion at last. After all there will be fuck all electricity left after we have sucked the grid dry with our electric heaters and our electric cookers and our electric cars and our electric everything else.