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Monday, August 28, 2006

Taxes Aren't Good Reason to Flee Britain

Interesting article today on The Guardian:  There Are Good Reasons to Leave Britain, But Tax Isn't One, by Max Hastings:

An astonishing number of us profess to think that we might live more happily somewhere else. A prominent weekend poll asserted that one in five British people is thinking of emigrating, because taxes are too high and our political leadership is allegedly bankrupt....

Taxation plays a part in some decisions to emigrate. However, weather, job opportunities and despair at high house prices and poor state schooling seem more significant. There are two other factors. Globalisation makes it easier than it has ever been to join another society. It is unnecessary to sever home and family ties, which are easily sustained through telephone, internet and cheap air fares. Meanwhile, a declining sense of national identity here in Britain causes the disgruntled to shrug: "It's not our country any more."

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Both the Rolling Stones
and U2
have recently expatriated the UK for the Netherlands Dutch Tax Haven.

When artists who set the pace for culture forgo paying taxes without regards to patriotic allegiance, perhaps the rest of us will find ourselves to be inspired to sing their same songs in following them.

Posted by: Agavalis | Aug 28, 2006 9:03:26 AM