I published a post yesterday which touched on the importance of telling stories.
As with all good stories, people suspend their disbelief when it is something they want to hear. So we accept that the Gruffalo doesn’t eat the mouse on sight, as he has eaten thousands of mice before, and decides to strike up a conversation with it. We learn as infants to stop questioning.
Or, at least, my children did. To question the tenets upon which the Gruffalo is based (that the Gruffalo is a sadistic neoliberal who toys with all of his prey) was sophistry and such comments were routinely moderated at story time.
Yes, people will ignore almost any sized plot hole provided that they like the overall story. So you see that it is important for Justice for Taxes to link tax to everything and anything that people like, regardless of how tenuous it may seem. The important point is that people like the story, not that it makes sense. It only needs to seem like it might make sense.
So, without further ado, I announce my Christmas lecture:
Tax is for life, not just for Christmas
The one and only Murphy Richard, President of Researches for Taxes UK
Apparently the allocated room number depends on the speaker and is some sort of in-joke with the Business School staff.
The theme of my lecture is that, rather like a dog, people commonly associate Christmas with taxation. It is probably because Christmas is a time for giving rather than receiving. Which is something that The State loves to hear from its citizens.
But my deliberately provocative point is that we should also think about taxation the rest of the year too.
As with a dog, being responsible for taxation requires year-long care. It involves administering worming tablets, vaccinations, sticking a microchip in the neck and carrying plastic bags in your pocket at all times. It means going out in the cold for long walks in the pouring rain, sometimes shouting its name, giving up and finding it waiting on the doorstep for you wagging its tail. Sometimes taxation will steal your roast dinner from the kitchen work surface whilst your back is turned and you will have to have a cup-a-soup instead.
The only difference I can think of is that we shouldn’t have taxation put down when it becomes too burdensome to look after. And we shouldn’t leave it in kennels in the UK when we go abroad. You should get a pet passport for your UK tax liability and take it with you wherever you go.
It is another one of my powerful metaphors that makes the point readily understandable and accessible to all. Rather like a Venn diagram would.