This story just won't go away will it? Today, 30 "expert" economists have called for the 50p rate of tax to be abolished at the "earliest opportunity" to boost growth.
Despite there being no reason to suppose that cutting the 50p rate would actually boost growth at all, I think George Osborne should definitely do it.
It seems that on the whole, the UK public are oblivious to the disasters our coalition are cooking up. The NHS can be privatised, the gap between rich and poor widened, unemployment can rise, hospital waiting lists can go up, soldiers, police officers, fire fighters and nurses can all lose their jobs, university can be made unaffordable for most, our welfare state can be all but dismantled but at some point, something must surely filter into the public consciousness?
What better than showing people that as their living standards fall, they can't afford to buy or rent a home, VAT is up, inflation is making everything they buy more expensive and their wages stagnate, our politicians want to give the richest 1% in our society a tax cut!!
Surely nothing else could show people just how hopeless those in charge of our lives are? How few ideas they have, how out of touch they are, how contemptuous they are of ordinary people and how little they know about real life?
Go on George I dare you. As the economy tanks give your rich buddies a tax break. Stand up at the ballot box when you deliver your next budget and try to explain to the UK public how giving rich people a few more quid to spend will help. You can try outlining the Laffer curve or the trickle down effect - I'm sure they'll take it well.