Whenever a well-off person says they'd rather pay more tax and see better public services, there's an immediate clamour of "why don't you just write a cheque to HMRC, then?"
It happened when Charlotte Church made a call for a more redistributive tax system. But Church is smarter than those who would honk at her. She sighed, and took to Twitter to roll her eyes at them:
I'm disappointed at the vitriol directed my way, if I gave 70% of my earnings to HMRC voluntarily, not only would it not last long as our public services cost 100s of billions to fund but I doubt it would encourage the richest in this country to get a conscience and follow suit. I have no ulterior motives. The injustice and inequality in society that is pushed further by this government makes me as angry as the hulk!You'd have to be something of an idiot to think you could patronise Charlotte Church.
Could someone please tell Charlotte Church that punitive tax rates fail to raise extra revenues, but damage investment and employment?— Roger Helmer (@RogerHelmerMEP) June 5, 2015
I think that proves my point.