Labour’s new telephone poll tax

When Tony Blair started the New Labour project, Labour copied some of the Tories’ policies to get power. But they was one policy they didn’t copy, the Poll Tax. Except now they have; every phone line will have to pay a £6 a year tax that’ll be handed over to private companies to put broadband in rural areas:

To be sure, Mr Bradshaw is taking a risk in imposing a £6 annual poll tax on all fixed-line phone users to pay for extending the broadband pipe network – but it is the wrong kind of risk. Some will question the fairness of Aunt Agnes in Liverpool paying higher phone bills to enable her teenage nephew in the Scottish Highlands to download games.

(via PanGloss)

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