The Nether Regions

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Taxing questions

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Welcome to the aptly named town of Mytholmroyd, near Halifax, where primary school playground myths and irrational schoolgirl fears about taxation are worthy of news coverage.

Halifax Courier, 9 July 2010 (story):

Nine-year-old Anna’s second letter to PM

A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl is penning a scathing second letter to the Prime Minister after he dodged her question on taxes.

Anna Carnochan, from Mytholmroyd, was less than impressed with David Cameron’s response after she wrote to him about her fears that he was about to tax toys. Mr Cameron’s reply thanked her for her letter and wished her well – but skirted the issue in true politician style.

Anna said: “He didn’t answer my questions. But I’m going to write again and say you didn’t answer my questions and please answer.”

Anna put pen to paper after a friend told her there were plans to tax toys.

“She said they were going to put taxes on toys and seeing as it’s not Christmas or my birthday, and I only get £2 a week, it’s hard to save,” she said.

On one hand, it’s easy to sympathise with Anna’s fears because she probably knows the Tories despise ordinary people and adore regressive tax measures which punish the most needy in society. On the other hand, it appears she is disturbingly monarchist and driven only by downright selfishness. I just don’t know what to think anymore.

Her letter, which was read out in a school assembly, said: “Dear Mr Cameron, I’m not glad we have to pay our taxes out of toys because children my age, 9, have to pay out of our pocket money.

“I have thought of two ways of solving this problem: Get all rich people to pay triple what we have – except the Queen – and only pay taxes on food and grown-uppy things. From Anna Carnochan. PS: Please do not make us pay taxes on sweets and chocolates.”

Is this what we mean when we say we want our young people to engage with politics? Bollocks to that.


Written by Paddy

August 2, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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  1. I bet she still has more influence on coalition policy than the Lib Dems…


    August 5, 2010 at 10:32 am

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