May as well join in the fun, given UKIP are going to be the story of the day.
Rather than drone on about what are fantastically boring local elections, except to comment that the Labour By-election winner in South Shields appears to have had a lobotomy which I fear is an increasing trend in the criteria for selecting prospective MP's, let's look at one of UKIP's ideas on tax...they have not got a settled policy as yet but this is what informs them:
1. Low rates of tax will generally raise more money than higher rates
2. The earnings of employed people are not a legitimate target for taxation
3. Every attempt to tax wages sets in motion a “shifting” process whereby the tax finishes up as a corporate impost anyway
4. You cannot “tax” the earnings of those who are paid out of taxes
5. Regeneration starts at the “margin”
6. Tax on corporate added value (by which they mean added value equates to turnover minus those costs which form part of their suppliers’ turnover).
UKIP are attacked for being all about common sense but having unviable policies and knowingly told they will struggle to implement anything.
However a tax system based on the above principles would be far and away better than what we have now. Just the simple idea of not putting employment taxes on state workers should save the Country a fortune in revenue collection costs.
UKIP has the added bonus of looking at things from a zero base, all the other parties have to look at the disaster that they have enacted and defend them, this prevents real radical reform by either Labour or Conservatives. Perhaps UKIP will produce eventually the thought leadership needed, even if they never achieve power.