Dawn Butler tells us all that Boris’ new tax plan will reduce the disgusting gender inequality currently inherent in the system. Currently men carry very much more of the income tax burden than women do. This is clearly an outrage, we should tax on the basis that we are all equal, not disproportionately upon genetic load. Yes, obviously, it’s a little odd to be hearing a Conservative Prime Minister insisting on this greater gender equality but then Boris is as no other, isn’t he?[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Boris Johnson tax plan beneficiaries will be 77% male, says Labour[/perfectpullquote]
Which is excellent, of course it is.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] …Boris Johnson after an analysis of his flagship tax plan to cut rates for higher earners found that almost 80% of the people to benefit would be men. Johnson, who chaired his first cabinet on Thursday, is still committed to raising the threshold for the 40p higher rate of tax from £50,000 to £80,000. [/perfectpullquote]
Well done for bringing this to our attention of course.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Dawn Butler, the shadow women and equalities minister, said the plan was emblematic of Johnson’s priorities.[/perfectpullquote]
Yes, exactly so. If a tax cut mainly benefits male taxpayers that means – must, logically – that men are currently paying much more tax than women. As men hold up only half the sky we can indeed insist that women do their bit too.[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“Women have borne the brunt of austerity.”[/perfectpullquote]
Entirely so, this, equally logically, means that women were gaining more out of the older spending pattern than men were. We have, righteously, changed that, so that men and women draw more equally from the teat of the state. Given this welcome and necessary correction of gender inequality it seems fair enough that we should also equalise the burden of paying for that state.
Well done to Dawn Butler and the Labour Party for drawing this to our attention. And ain’t it great that Boris is, from his very first day in office, working to correct historic gender injustice?