Dick Puddlecote recently gave us this little piece about the tax sponging public health industry trying to squeeze more tax out of the smoker. I covered it myself here.
Another good place the health puritans can get their ill gotten gains is the national lottery, which makes me wonder if this has anything to do with cuts to fake charity funding:
THE National Lottery has been accused of "trying to cash in on misery" as it was revealed ticket prices are to double to £2 from this autumn.
I'm not sure 'cashing in on misery' is the right accusation. Lottery tickets come out of peoples entertainment allowance, they're not compulsory and they are not going to make you a substantial amount of money.
I do wonder at the motivation for the increase though. Camelot are not selling a product or service that has increased in price over the years, except for maybe wage costs, so why double the price of a ticket. If prizes are averaging ten to thirty million at a time, that should be plenty. Where is the extra money going to go?
To 'good causes'. Now I know the National Lottery does generate an awful lot of money for very good causes and charities. As a rule though, these charities can rely on public donations for the very reason that they are a good cause. They don't rely on tax money so are not likely to be suffering from austerity.
Those that will be suffering are the plethora of sock puppet bollocks that the lottery also gives money to. A very quick search revealed 67 separate grants, averaging 140k, for various Five-a-Day schemes, all going to Primary Care Trusts.
Another revealed 257 grants in the region of one million pounds for 'Healthy Living Centres', again to mainly PCTs and local Government.
Is the extra quid going on the price of a ticket so this rubbish can continue?
At least with the lottery we have a choice. My advice would be to not bother. You're not going to win a fortune anyway.
Statistically you're more likely to be hit by lightn.....*BLAM!*