The Guardian features an article this morning that tells us a great deal about the priorities of the UK government when it comes to the climate crisis. As they note:
Homes hoping to shrink their carbon footprints by installing a solar-battery system face a steep VAT increase from October under new laws proposed by HMRC.
And as they add:
Meanwhile, home coal supplies will continue to receive the lower VAT rate.
It’s as if their policy is ‘let us burn.’
In my book The Joy of Tax I described tax as the single most powerful mechanism available to a government to influence behaviour and shape the society it wants in what might be called ‘normal times’. I stand by that. In which case this decision tells us just how seriously this government is really taking the climate crisis.
I suggest that you worry, a lot. And most especially for younger generations.