The coalition is continuing on its course of seeking ever more cruel and repugnant ways of raising money and cutting expenditure. The latest is to increase the tax paid by people wishing to be homosexual.
The so called gay tax has been around for years - introduced by Lloyd George in the First World War to make money out of the secretive gay aristocracy in order to finance the important shoelace industry. Currently people who want to enter a gay relationship must pay a 2% tax on the value they choose to put on their love - hence so many gays having meaningless physical flings because these are effectively free.
George Osborne was alerted to how much money could be made out of this tax after the William Hague debacle. As he said:"I learned a lot about the gays after that. For instance did you know that one in eight people are gay. One in eight! That's more than pay capital gains tax. Now turn that into a revenue stream and we are talking big bucks."
Gay rights groups are understandably up in arms about the whole gay tax thing. Nick Clegg moved fast to allay their fears:"My role as a Lib Dem in the coalition is to look out for groups such as gay men and lesbians and protect them in the face of perceived excesses by the right. That it is why I support this tax one hundred percent and will be backing it wholeheartedly. Quit moaning - in the current financial climate being gay is going to have to be a privilege rather than a right, and a privilege you have to pay for." Said the straight, rich, privately educated, white man