Is this the start of a descent into pure madness. I have been excessively busy in the day job this week, which on balance is a good thing; but I note with dismay the ludicrous proposals coming out of the Lib Dem conference.
Clearly they need to win back their left of centre vote, however distant this maybe as a prospect they have to try. So they are trying with an all-out attack on the 'Wealthy' really using the language of the Occupy movement to appeal to their ex-student voters.
Sadly, all the ideas are dismally flawed, wealth taxes are a no, no economically and a certain way to enforce economic decline a la the 1960's and 1970's. Offering pensioners the right to give away money which they can do already under the law is also a little, well, ill-thought out?
But the attack must go on because it is crucial that the wealthy pay for the lack of real cuts to Government spending.
My main worry is that this is the start, the Tories are not happy at being labelled the party of the rich and labour in opposition have the freedom to suggest silly new taxes at will, confident that in 3 years time no one will remember what they were saying. So perhaps the Tories will play ball.
Attacking the rich does not really strike me as a sensible economic strategy, it smacks of desperation to avoid the hard truths about our economic prospects and entitlement culture, again just as in the 1970's when it was wage-bargaining union power and the competitive failings of the state owned industrial base.
One important lesson of the Internet age is the fast transmission of information, people, money - all is movable very easily and efforts to extract more from those who can move will work at the margins but be poisonous in the long-term. if it were a necessary cover for serious reform that would be one thing, but it does appear that it is this scenario in UK politics currently.