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Sunday, May 02, 2004

Thinking further about the comments I made regarding council tax yesterday, I remembered this article, looking at how the right-wing UK Independence Party (UKIP) are getting involved around the issue, which reinforces my concerns about the Left's apparent inaction on the matter. On this point I have discovered that the England and Wales Green Party, like their Scottish bretheren oppose the tax and support its replacement with a land value tax, nonetheless they do not seem to have made all that much noise around the issue. Similarly the Independent Working Class Association notes in its programme, their intention that "Council Tax to be abolished and replaced with an income rather than property- based form of local taxation", although they have tended to focus on campaigning around local issues, quite rightly given their stated aims and purpose.

IsItFair seems to be the pre-eminent organisation campaigning around the tax, they insist that they are "NON-PARTY POLITICAL and FOR EVERYONE (not only pensioners) who wants the existing system of Council Tax abolished", but are clearly closely tied to the Royal British Legion, who probably wouldn't think much of many of my views. During the 1980s the Anti-Poll Tax campaign was strongly supported by the Left and mobilised large sections of the working class against the Thatcher Government, arguably helping to topple it. Could the council tax have the same effect for Blair? Only time and our action (or inaction) will tell.

In case anyone doubts that tax is an issue radicals should be concerned about, check out this article.
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