Sunday, 1 April 2007

That Pencil Tax!

I was pleased to receive a letter today from the office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, indicating that HM Govt had 'no plans' to introduce a tax on pencils.

Those who have followed the intricacies of the debate will realise that it has been by no means a foregone conclusion that such an iniquitous tax might be implemented.

Let us, therefore, rejoice! The people have spoken. The HB11, and its slightly weaker brother, the HB5, is safe.

For once, the mighty bastion of the state has taken heed. Let that be a lesson to the Whitehall mandarins. What might seem (on paper) to be a wonderful idea can so easily become bogged in a mire of controversy.

You have been warned!

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