How the European Left Manipulates You With Headlines
The effect of taxation also depends on how it is spent once collected. People are surprised when I tell them that France, in a large sense, is a much less corrupt country that Britain since a unit of tax in France will buy the public that pays it considerably more benefit than it would buy in Britain -- even if much is still wasted. France has about the same national debt as Britain, but has much more to show for it, as is obvious the moment you cross the Channel.
Every country, however, must use the means at its disposal to solve its own problems that arise from history and culture. The proposed fiscal straightjacket, accompanied by transfer payments from one country to another, is a large part of the so-called European project.