Taxman Gordon

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The Tories have launched a game called 'Taxman Gordon'.

I could get serious and suggest that this shows their sexist attitude to civil servants, or it shows that they really do think that all tax is a bad thing, which gives them no auhtority to govern. But I'll just quote from the Channel 4 review of the claims made in the game instead:

The Tories' claims are neither accurate nor informative. They're a way for the party to sound like a low-tax party, without having to propose actual tax cuts which would have to be matched by politically uncomfortable cuts in spending.

Blathering on about stealth taxes gives a certain spurious credibility to the allegation that Gordon Brown is a high-tax chancellor, but it's a ridiculous way to calculate how heavy the tax burden is. It's like measuring your food intake by the number of items you eat - as if three apples were three times as fattening as one cake.

The more useful way to measure it is to measure total tax revenues as a percentage of national income. When Labour came to power, government revenues were just over 37.3 per cent of GDP, and for 2007-8 they are expected to nudge just above 40 per cent - a substantial increase.

But somehow, "Gordon's 2 per cent of GDP" isn't such a catchy name for a computer game.

I think that's good enough.