At a meeting of government ministers this morning to suggest some new stealth taxes, a shout of "Eureka" was heard coming from the Chancellor's lips as he not only received an apple to the head thrown by the Prime Minister to wake him up, but re-discovered an old idea for a new stealth tax.
The Window Tax was first introduced by King William III in 1696 under the 'Act of Making Good the Deficiency of the Clipped Money'. The Chancellor's first words were "Why hadn't we thought of this before."
As the Government bails out the banks following 13 years of excessive profits and customer overcharging, it has actually now officially run out of things to tax.
A Minister at the Department of Finance said that some of the ideas for some new stealth taxes included a breaking wind tax, breathing tax, walking tax, rain tax, weather tax, sunshine tax, snowball tax and running for the bus tax, as these are about the only activities of the British Public which are not yet stealth taxed.
It seems that initially a hot air tax was also proposed, but it was felt that MP's, local politicians, councillors and civil servants would be at an unfair disadvantage because so many of them are so full to the brim with hot air.
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