Blame Napoleon for income tax. It was first levied to fight him and was only supposed to be temporary – at least that’s what William Pitt the Younger promised back in 1798.
Needless to say Prime Minister Pitt broke his promise… some things never change.
So the tax is still with us, and it’s still paying for wars. Fortunately, it also foots the bill for more worthwhile stuff – such as the NHS, schools and pensions.
None of us loves paying it. But we do so because it’s right to contribute our fair share for decent public services.
As long as we know it’s being spent wisely. That’s why keeping 100 per cent of the income tax raised in Scotland – in Scotland – is a good move...
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