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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

VAT Increase

As the VAT increase of 2.5% kicks in today, George Osborne is spinning the tale that this is necessary in order to tackle the budget deficit.

I would agree that the budget deficit needs to be tackled. However, I make the following observations:

1 The debt of the UK stands at £4.8 Trillion, it will take much more than a 2.5% increase in VAT to tackle that.

2 As with decimalisation in the early 1970's, retailers will use this VAT rise as an excuse to round up prices. The result will be, as in the 70's, an inflationary bubble.

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