Labour has announced two new policies. First, they want to add VAT to private school fees and use the revenue to fund free school meals for all primary school children.
Second, they want to increase tax on private health insurance, and use the revenue to fund the abolition of parking charges at hospitals.
These are both incredibly stupid ideas.
Put aside the fact that poor children already get free school meals, and he wants to subsidise middle-class children.
Put aside the fact that hospital parking charges are often extortionate due to them being included in Labour’s disastrous PFI contracts.
They’re stupid because they’ll end up increasing the burden on the state even further.
Think about it. If the price of sending your kids to private school suddenly rockets by 20%, many parents will no longer be able to afford it, and their kids will end up in a state school, increasing the burden on the state. It may come as a surprise to Labour, but not all people who send their kids to private school are rolling in cash. Many of them cut back significantly on other things for years to scrape enough money together to send their child to the best school they can.
The same logic applies to this farcical proposal to increase tax on private health insurance. If you increase the cost of health insurance, fewer people will have it. That means more people will use the NHS, thus increasing the burden on a service that is already struggling.
I suspect they know that these policies are ridiculous, but being socialists they think everyone should be subservient to the state, so more people relying on the NHS? Sounds good! More people in state schools? Excellent!
Their political dogma comes first. Always.
They have done one good thing, though. They’ve reminded us exactly why socialists always run out of other peoples’ money.
Don’t fall for their nonsense. Don’t vote Labour.