Think about all the things that are wrong with our public finances: the increasing complexity of the tax system; our inequitable tax laws; the "unacceptably high" level of fraud and error in tax credits; the routine over-spending; the rising tax burden; the obscene marginal tax rates on the low-paid; the massive deadweight costs of a tax system that churns income rather than redistributes it.
Given all these offences against decency and reason, what would be your top priority for reform? Tax simplification? Cuts in spending and taxes? A flat tax? Replacement of tax credits with a basic income?
Nope. For over 19,000 Express readers, all this is too intelligent. They think the priority should be the abolition of inheritance tax.
Chris says inheritance tax "steals from the dead."
I think that's a fantastic idea. I'd be happy to be robbed when I'm dead. It's being robbed whilst I'm alive that I object to. The problem with inheritance tax is that there are too many loopholes in it, not that it exists.
Why, then, would anyone prefer to abolish inheritance tax than to cut income tax?
It's because they're greedy parasites. They're looking forward to getting their hands on their parents' houses and they want a tax-free handout.
This is part of the something for nothing culture that's defacing our nation - it's part of the same mindset that gives us gambling fever and the hunger to be a celebrity without having any ability. These people will do anything to get rich - except work.
I'd rather we abolished taxes on City bonuses. At least the recipients of these actually do something for their money.