Should we abolish ‘non-dom’ tax? For the answer, look to the past.
The ‘non-domicile’ regime was introduced in 1799 to shelter those with foreign property from the UK’s newfangled (Napoleonic) wartime taxes.
While France had the guillotine, Britain burned women at the stake.
Until 1782, English convicts were transported to America.
But when the American War of Independence ended in 1783, they were transported to Australia.
Many convicts of the period were women and children (spared death?) who had done nothing more than steal a ‘crumb’ of bread.
Today, millions face starvation.
What must a woman do to stay alive today?
Aren’t shoplifting, drugs and the sex trade, problems that Britain, indeed the world, is at a loss to control?
Britain also profited from the slave trade, and still we have it, not least in the homes of wealthy foreigners.
Anyone who thinks Britain can stand alone in the 21st century is dreaming, if not as ignorant and uncaring as the law makers of the 18th century.
The world – ‘thanks’ to technology – is now one: while Britain, Saudi Arabia, Russia and Sudan have oil, the conflict and the pollution it creates affects the world,its climate, its water.
If humankind is to beat poverty, extremism, crime, corruption and climate change, the likes of ‘non-dom tax’ must be outlawed.
While one man has to walk to work (perhaps barefoot) for a pittance, we can’t have another (hi-octane) speeding it around the world making corrupt fortunes and ‘snuffing people out’ to do it!
The bottom line should be: ‘Britain can’t build a fair economy from crime and corruption and won’t tolerate or trade with nations who don’t embrace the same.’
With the horrors of the past ‘knocking on our door’, can we afford to do anything less?
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