It reminds me, as I am reminded often, of Henry Thoreau’s famous quotation from Walden:
“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life…”
"Sadly, these things are becoming common as people try to keep warm the best they can heading into winter," Mr Fitzgerald said.
The number of green levies has tripled in the last two decades and contribute about 8 percent of the country’s total tax revenue, the CBI said in a report published today.
“Well-designed, environmental taxes can be a useful tool to help firms improve their performance and unlock significant business investment,” Ian McCafferty, chief economic adviser at the CBI, said in an e-mailed statement. “However, poorly planned environmental taxes have damaged businesses and made the U.K. tax system less attractive to would-be investors.”
The number of companies expected to be affected by Australia's carbon tax has been almost halved, suggesting Prime Minister Julia Gillard is keen to mitigate the economic impact of the controversial policy.