A blackmailer's taxation

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The Independent Online
SO THE Nicholas Budgens of the Government are whingeing about how unconstitutional would be the windfall tax on the privatised monopolies referred to in your article "Blair hints at Labour tax cuts" (24 September). They suggest that it is wrong to make a deal and then, once settled, demand further payment.

Does this mean that the loony right is now admitting the immorality of demanding from those of us who are long resident the pounds 60 levy that all Commonwealth emigres were forced to pay in 1988 to retain the right of abode? A nice little earner and, as is the way with blackmail, a piece of extortion which could be exacted again and again, unlike a one-off windfall tax.

Tom Hardy

London SW12

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