One thing that is really bothering me is that somehow the Government is finding more and more ways to spend money, whilst at the same time putting in place some huge cuts in certain areas (local Government for example).
Traditionally, tax rises on income tax and VAT were the way forward. For PR reasons, these have been dropped by Brown/Osborne and now they try it on with a variety of smaller taxes that they hope people miss; like Insurance premium tax or stamp duty.
Yet the national spend rises inexorably north, with the tax base stable or at least growing far more slowly than hoped.
Every budget becomes the same issue, where can they try and make the cuts that piss off the fewest special interest bodies, make a few giveaways to the Grey voters who vote Conservative and raise stealth taxes.
This, in reality, is in no way different from New Labour.
But we do have a problem, because the deficit is now stuck at far too high a rate for us to manage and with little clear idea as to how to get it down. Plus, because of the need for excessive taxation to tackle welfare and the NHS, there can be no real reform of pernicious taxation such as business rates. Instead we have the ludicrous Apprenticeship Levy to add to business burdens.
A brave Chancellor would harmonise capital gains taxes with income taxes and bring in larger sums as avoidance became less incentivised. A brave chancellor would put up income tax and reduce the complexity of the Brownian fiddling with the tax code.
Of course, we have no such thing, what a fix the Government has made for itself and yet come Wednesday it will all be; China slowdown, Brexit, Canine consumption of written commissions etc.