Once again that self-appointed watchdog the Taxpayers' Alliance is in the news,
and once again it's operating through its main media mouthpiece the Daily Express.
Following an attack on Durham Council (above) the TPA is now having a go at Stoke
-on-Trent Council. It points out that 'Taxpayers have had to pick up the £8.5 million
bill after the Council lost 65,000 work days to "sickies".'
The so-called story turns out to be a non-story after you read through the 180 word
piece (see p.5 of the Express, Wed 21 Dec). The thrust of it is that Emma Boon feels
the Council should be trying harder to reduce its sick days in comparison with the
private sector. Well, I'd suggest to Miss Boon that if she wants to complain about taxes
then she should get off her arse and attack the real villains. I'm talking about those
companies the taxman has been letting off with non-payment of billions in taxes,
companies such as Goldman Sachs and Vodaphone. Perhaps Miss Boon hasn't
noticed these Mega tax-dodgers on her highly specific radar? No, I'll bet she has,
only the agenda she and her TPA pals are pursuing doesn't want to see them.
The Taxpayers' Alliance is actually a Tory 'fifth column', meant to attack the more socialistic
aspects of society while pretending to be seeking fairness for the taxpayer. It's all just
a bunch of horseshit, only I can't stand the smell.