Iain Dale has not been blogging that much. Being a player in what he likes to call the dead tree press, and the mainstream media and all that. But today there are several helpings of codswallop available. Shouldn't we be cutting down on these empty calories and rampant blog waste?
In what Mr Dale calls The Inevitable Result of Big Government, even though we have smaller government than in the dying days of Major-Thatcherism, he reports an unsourced figure for benefit cheating, and an unsourced and unexplained figure for overpayments too.
He claims all this puts 2.5p in the pound onto our tax.
Strangely Iain doesn't have any figures correctly sourced or otherwise for evasion, avoidance, off shorers, loop-holers, non-doms, non-res for tax, or the rest of the fat of the land chancers.
And he does not state what the effect of all those is on our tax?
Is the major investor in Iain's deadwood journal, that's "Lord" Ashcroft, paying any personal tax in the UK yet? Isn't it about time we de-Baroned this off shore vulture and persistent honours cheat??
The "wrongly paid out" figure of £1.8 bn that Iain gives is interesting also. Although there are no sources to check or follow through is there not a pragmatic state-shrinking measure of what amounts to "prior year adjustments" (as Companies and partnerships have) for certain personal tax credits?
Benefit/tax credit is paid out on the basis of household income on the day of application and reviewed annually. If income moves to a higher band during a period then there is an adjustment in the next period. Something like that?
How will Conservatives ensure that human beings don't either behave dishonestly or make mistakes? Or that systems are simple yet don't need prior year corrections? Perhaps they'll simply say "good luck to you" to anyone getting tax credits whose circumstances change? That would eliminate overpayment and blog whingery at a stroke.