Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Proposed Windfall Tax On Monopoly Sets

In order to pay for the up to £175,000 (shouldn't that be £175,000 or less?)Stamp Duty Holiday, the sell a bit of your house to the council so you can afford that plasma screen, lager or foreign holiday plan or the subsidize spec builders, buy-to-lets and greedy banks plan, someone close to the Treasury has a very prudent idea.

(photo snatched from Guido Fawkes with thanks)

Research has found that about 500,000 Monopoly sets are sold in the UK every year. They each contain £15,140. That is a total of £7.57 billion of untaxed income. A one-off 20% windfall tax would yield the Exchequer some £1.514 billion to pay for additional government spending at this time of global economic difficulties for the UK. Just remember the last time you played Monopoly - did the banker need all the money? Remember, paper money is all about trust. So long as you trust a seller to accept it you will accept it yourself.

7 comments:

Harry Hook said...

When I was t'lad... father had a very special edition Monopoly set, that was one of many distributed to WW2 British POWs via the Red Cross. It contained 'real' German money, maps, compasses etc.

Perhaps Gordon could be equally inventive, by providing us with a get out of jail card, for when we leave the bin lid open.

Gallimaufry said...

Well, we won't be able to use that trick again now. I'm amazed by the effort that the British put into fighting the war by unconventional means (exploding rats, funny tanks etc) compared to the other combatants. Probably because our generals had little experience of handling formations bigger than corps strength.
People who commit ecocrimes will be sent to work on the wind farms or fed to polar bears for repeat offences. Jails will be reserved for Olympic pessimists and economic success deniers.

Harry Hook said...

You can't bullshit like a Brit... between 1940/42 my Dad was in charge of several batteries of 150mm Howitzers on the east coast... to be more precise, 32x6 inch drain pipes up-ended covered in camo. I'm starting to wonder whether we had anything that was real... except for courage that is.

Lord James Bigglesworth said...

Fiat money is a wonderful thing ... not.

Gallimaufry said...

Indeed. Glad to read you are getting back on your feet in blighty James. Best wishes.

CherryPie said...

That is quite a scary photo!!!!

Gallimaufry said...

But he was trying to smile :-&