Fuel Duty, stamp duty, council tax, parking charges. People HATE these taxes and campaign on the basis that these taxes are "unaffordable". Well, they're not, because people keep paying 'em. QED. It might hurt, but that's a feature, not a bug. I'm not arguing they're fair or reasonable. But this really is a case of liking taxes levied on other people. People whinge when they're taxed on what they like to do.
The underlying problem is that the British state spends 50% of GDP and is raising 40% of GDP in tax. We're taxed too much because the Government is spending too much. It's spending too much because for 10 years from 2000, when the one-eyed Scots maniac abandoned Tory spending plans, the Government spend with the care and attention to effects, of a man urinating after 10 pints. When the Government is spending 40% of GDP or less THEN people can whinge about wanting a tax cut. Until then...
First they came for the smokers, and I didn't speak out because I am not a smoker.(With apologies to Martin Niemoller) More tax needs to be levied, and if you've ever voted labour, it's your fault. With consumption and property taxation, at least you have a chance to avoid it, if you wish. Give up smoking, buy a bicycle and drive less,
Then they came for the petrol, and I did not speak out because I drive a prius.
Then they came for my drink and I didn't speak out because I drink less than my doctor.
Then they came for my house, and because I'd supported every other tax rise, while voting for Labour to piss other people's money at my problems, everyone else told me to "suck it up, you selfish twat."
If people decided to take a bike or walk to the shops, they'd be healthier, and free the roads for those who need to drive. Fewer smokers, better health; (I don't like saying this) more expensive booze, possibly less blood and vomit on the street on a friday night. A tax on of big properties will increase the supply of family homes for families, as it creates an incentive for Grandma to downsize BEFORE she's incontinent. These taxes have positive, as well as negative effects. Income tax is just a punch in the face with no redeeming qualities. National insurance is a punch in the face which comes with a P45, without any redeeming features. Corporation tax is an just income tax (upon whom does the incidence of corporation tax fall?) which comes with a rejection letter from applying for a job after you've been fired because of NI increases, with no redeeming features.
To be honest, I think tobacco and alcohol are probably already taxed enough, but the principle of taxing activities with negative externalites is a sound one. Cut taxes on payroll, income and profits. Raise them on use of resources with short supply, specifically roads and big houses, to ensure more efficient use by those who value them most.
Why is it worse to pay council tax than income tax?