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The Ant & the Grasshopper

Classic Version

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away. Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter so he dies out in the cold.

Modern Version

The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. The grasshopper thinks he’s a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving. BBC, ITV and Sky show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. Britain is stunned by the sharp contrast. How can it be that, in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Then a representative of the NAAGB (National Association of Green Bugs) shows up on ‘Newsnight’ and charges the ant with “green bias,” and makes the case that the grasshopper is the victim of 30 million years of greenism. Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper, and everybody cries when he sings “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Tony and Cherie Blair make a special guest appearance on the BBC Evening News to tell a concerned interviewer that they will do everything they can for the grasshopper who has been denied the prosperity he deserves by those who benefited unfairly during the Thatcher summers.

Gordon Brown exclaims in an interview with Jonathan Dimbleby that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and calls for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his “fair share.” Finally, the EU drafts the “Economic Equity and Anti-Greenism Act” retrospective to the beginning of the summer.

The ant fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the government. Cherie gets her old law firm to represent the grasshopper in a defamation suit against the ant, and the case is tried before a panel of judges that Tony appointed from a list of single-parent welfare moms who can only hear cases on Thursday’s between 1:30 and 3pm when there are no talk shows scheduled. The ant loses the case.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ant’s food while the government house he’s in, which just happens to be the ant’s old house, crumbles around him since he doesn’t know how to maintain it. The ant has disappeared in the snow. And on the TV, which the grasshopper bought by selling most of the ant’s food, they are showing Tony Blair standing before a wildly applauding group of New Labourites announcing that a new era of “fairness” has dawned in Britain.
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What a strange analogy with even stranger logic which, I suppose, we are to equate with the real world whilst considering yet another bail out of fat cats at the taxpayers expense - only this time it's the Bradford and Bingley lot.

Don't get me started either. Oops, to late.   

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Thanks Trizzy

Sounds familiar to those of us still living & paying tax in the UK.

Although it  is Sunday am  husband is up & doing his extra income work - doing company tax/ accounts & occasionally the tax for individuals. 

The individual he's doing am today (and unlike many we're not in bed!) gets more from the state in work & child tax credits than many are paid after working a full week and after deductions. And it's clear this individual carefully keeps  working hours as low as possible to get the maximum benefits.   Plus, quite a bit in the bank.                                                                                                                      Somehow also has the funds to pay an accountant to do the tax too. 

And, this is not an anecdote, the evidence is all around him. 





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So much for customer confidentiality Tegwini....

But what puzzles is why Trizzy goes around the houses to express such a bias. Much of what many of us enjoy today stems directly from the cradle of socialism. The fact that the unchangable face of human nature clouds our ideals should not be cause to target one particuar segment of society. The rich, fortunate and  self serving are just as mean and selfish... believe me.



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