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August 13, 2007

How Long Before We're Like This?


Italians do not pay taxes because they despise the politicians who would spend their earnings.

Or are we already?

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I was watching a program some time ago about Nero rebuilding Rome after the fire and when he ran out of existing funds he wanted to raise a tax. He went to all the heads of noble and wealthy families in the empire and gave them a choice - sign all your wealth over to the state in your will and then go commit suicide or we kill you and all your family now and take everything anyway. It seems to have worked. For a while.

Posted by: Jock | Aug 13, 2007 11:30:33 AM

I'm a bit confused here because you seem to be referring to British taxpayers as "we"?

Tim adds: As before, I am a UK taxpayer. Income arising and all that.

Posted by: dsquared | Aug 13, 2007 12:13:23 PM

"It seems to have worked. For a while."

Augustus used that technique too. Used sparingly it seems to have worked for quite a while. Better keep it quiet: you never know who is reading this blog.

Posted by: Kay Tie | Aug 13, 2007 12:25:23 PM

Do you really believe what italians say about this (or any other) matter ? Come on, they just don´t want to pay and that's the best excuse they came with.

Posted by: ortega | Aug 13, 2007 6:31:03 PM