After the coalition came into being in 2010, I said straight away, if they made massive cuts to public services and started taxing the poorest, then I would make cuts as well. I was a couple of years late in making my cuts (or should that be ‘savings’?) but they have begun, bigtime!
On Sunday the 18th of March, I made the leap at not buying any more tobacco. I knew that the next day, the Tories will have sealed the fate of the NHS and it would start the slow decline into history of the UK having a totally free healthcare system. This was the straw that broke my back. Even though I live in Scotland and our NHS will be relatively unaffected by the changes, it pissed me off no end that they totally ignored the 200,000 people who signed the petitions to drop the bill, the thousands of GP’s, Nurses and other NHS staff who said the bill would hurt the quality of patient care and sooner or later would cost people their lives!
Demonocracy rules UK!
So that was it for me. I wasn’t quitting smoking cos it would be better for my health! I wasn’t quitting for fear that years from now I’d be unable to afford to get my lung cancer treated cos there was no longer a free health service. Hell I didn’t even mind smoking! I liked it. I enjoyed the fags! But I’d be fucked if I was going to give any extra tax money to the corrupt, undemocratic, self serving bunch of weasels that are currently occupying Westminster! And not a moment too soon either! Osborne chucked another 37p onto the cost of a packet of cigs just 3 days after I decided to quit.
That means approximately 90% of the cost of cigarettes or tobacco is TAX. Even the most frugal of pack a day smokers will be donating almost £2000 a year to the treasury! Do smokers really want to prop up a corrupt Government hell bent on screwing you into an early grave? Anyone that wants to quit shouldn’t think of how their lungs are black from the tar and filth they are breathing in. They shouldn’t think about how it makes you stink and makes your fingers and teeth go yellow. Simply think about how you are helping to bring a £40,000 a year tax cut to people who are already fucking millionaires! Soon as you feel the anger swelling up inside you, pack up the smoking for good!
And that is how it is for me. Pure rage and 3 weeks of patches (bought with my own money and not on the cheap through the NHS) and no more money comes from me to the treasury in the form of tobacco duty. And no more patches either. I made sure I got the nicotine addiction from my system as soon as possible so that I’m not paying one penny more than needed to Osborne. I’m also cutting back on my contributions via Alcohol duty, Fuel Duty, Vehicle Excise Duty, Insurance Tax…that’s right! I’ve already stopped having a beer at home on the weekends, and I’m working on getting rid of my car. I have already cut back on spending in general, so that brings my donations via VAT down to the minimum.
If the Tory led twats in charge think they can make cuts which strangle the vulnerable whilst benefiting the wealthiest, and still think come 2015 they’ll have cut the debt and the deficit, well they’ll be doing it without my help!