British Attitudes Survey: More Britons 'back higher taxes'

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  • Nearly half of Britons think the government should raise taxes and increase spending, an annual survey of public opinion suggests.

    At 48%, it is the highest proportion to support such measures since 2004, according to the British Social Attitudes survey.

    The survey also found the public were becoming more sceptical of the EU.

    And social liberalism was rising on issues such as same-sex relationships, pre-marital sex and abortion.

    There was a more traditional attitude to national security, however, with more than half wanting strong powers on terror.…hics-in-the-eu-referendum

    I think I'd go along with most of that although I would have to qualify the details.

  • On rising taxes, I would need to see evidence of greater efficiencies in pubic services first, before taxes are raised.

    On other things, I would like to see some stronger measures on security, although I'm not sure I'd want all our police armed. Our military, in particular, needs serious boosting.

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  • I looked at the survey but I couldn't see what the tax question was. Whether it was taxes per se or income tax. Since ~45% of the population don't pay income tax they would be quite keen for the rest to pay more.

    At least in some areas we're becoming a more tolerant, inclusive society.

    History is much like an Endless Waltz. The three beats of war, peace and revolution continue on forever.


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