It is a truth universally acknowledged that people really don’t like paying tax. Even (or perhaps especially) people who can easily afford it. Elections are won when one party can accuse the other of plans for death taxes, stealth taxes or dementia taxes – delivered in the form of ‘bombshells’ or ‘double whammys’. The idea of paying tax is rarely presented as a quietly satisfying civic duty, more as an arithmetical ambush to be resisted. But reality bites. The wise heads at the Institute for Fiscal Studies don't press the panic button for nothing, so their sobering assessment that maintaining the NHS is
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