F0ul Thoughts

Mild mannered on the outside, Free thinker on the inside

Robin Hood Tax and other fairytails!

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I watched BBC Breakfast this morning, and got annoyed, again!

The Robin Hood Tax is coming, and its being supported by the innumerate of this world! You can read about the scheme here, but the point that I noticed almost instantly was the word tax!

Basically, the great and the good of the world of showbiz and all the other tax funded organisations that call themselves charities are supporting this.  While its easy to point out that adding any tax to anything means that prices change to compensate.  What these fools don’t see is that the eventual losers will be the general public.  We always do!!

Rather than go into the complex world of international banking to prove my point, lets look at a better alternative.

The Robin Hood Celebrity Tax!

Basically, anyone who earns more than £50k a year and could be described as a celebrity or a tv personality by a reasonable person would have to pay a tiny slither of a tax on every contract they or their agent makes.

What happens?

Well, celebrities would suddenly become actors and models again.  They would shun their celebrity status and the employment of photographers, make up artists, PR execs, Showbiz agents, ghost writers,  celebrity magazine editors, gossip columnists etc would be in the balance.  Their income would normally come out of the vast figures paid to these celebrities.

The common view though is that the general public wouldn’t suffer because its a victimless tax!

What would happen is that these celebrities would move out of the UK, maybe to Switzerland or maybe to Monaco.  They would pop back to the UK to carry on being seen in the right places, but it would be rare!  More importantly, their tax income would now reside in their new country of residence.

That would mean that while the initial tax will have brought in a little bit, its cost to society would be a much bigger bit – general loser?

You, Mr and Mrs Public!


Written by f0ul

February 10, 2010 at 10:27 am

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  1. You should start a website for the Robin Hood Celebrity Tax. I could live with those particular consequences! Get rid of Curtis!

    John Wilding

    February 14, 2010 at 10:26 am

    • There seems to be a rash of champagne celebs who support socialism but are unwilling to actually live the lifestyle themselves! It would be nice just to see them come out against being taxed to death for the ‘common good’!

      Thanks for visiting! 🙂


      February 15, 2010 at 10:33 am

  2. you’re not as intelligent as you think


    February 17, 2010 at 10:13 am

    • Nice comment Dave, but how do you know what my expectation of my own intelligence is?

      Are you saying that while I may think I am in the Einstein Club, I shouldn’t be looking down on my Mensa colleagues?

      Or are you implying that I am running at the level of a root vegetable, or maybe even as low as a socialist celebrity?

      Really good comments take people somewhere interesting, yours is mostly noise which might suggest a trip to a barn full of sloth like cows is over due!!


      February 18, 2010 at 11:09 am

  3. […] found something strange happened. A few days ago I posted a story about the Robin Hood Tax, and I linked to the actual campaign. Stupidly enough, they had set up a posting of their ping […]

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