14 March 2008
The Green Tax Test

I see there is some uncertainty over whether the Chancellor’s “green” taxes are really green taxes - designed to prevent or mitigate environmental damage - or bad old non-green taxes dressed up in green clothes.

There is a simple enough test.  Will the money raised be used to compensate the victims or not?  Because if it is you’ve got yourself a green tax and if it isn’t you don’t.

OK, there may be no victims as yet (just when is Tuvalu going to sink under the waves for heaven’s sake?) but that’s no reason not to put the money into a fund for a non-rainy day. 

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  1. I think I read something about money from a plastic bag levy (God help us) going to “green charities”.  Who will then spend it on lobbying the government…

    My hope is that these green taxes are enough to make people warm and fuzzy inside and stop clamouring for more, and not enough to have any real effect on the environment, the economy, or anything else.

    Posted by Rob Fisher on 17 March 2008 at 03:13pm

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