Who pays for the “think-tank” Reform? @archangelolill

This was a letter sent to the Daily Express, with the published version in italics
Who pays for the “think-tank” Reform?
I hope they aren’t funded by the taxpayer, because every idea that they’ve come up with has been no more imaginative, or reasoned than one might expect from the loudmouth dominating the end of the bar in almost every local golf club.
This latest pronouncement is claimed to be a solution to an alleged shortfall in the cost of running the NHS.
The concept of a shortfall should be the first item to be examined.
This is presumably the difference between how much of our Tax money is being spent on the NHS and how much the Tax man (aka George Osborne) wants to shell out.
This, then, is a book-keeping fiction.
A demand for a monthly charge of £10 per person is just another tax, presumably to replace the National Insurance tax, which was originally purported to pay for the NHS etc.
If the Taxman genuinely needs more of our money to pay for the NHS (and its shareholder’s dividends), then he should raise general taxation.
Our tax money has to fund so many other less important functions, one wonders why the “think-tank” hasn’t applied this notion to them.
Well, not quite true.
Consider Public reaction, if they argued for monthly payments to support such ill-favoured expenditure as a subsidy for Parliamentary expenses.
How about applying a monthly charge to pay for our independent nuclear deterrent, or to pay our subs for membership of the EU?
Such would never happen, because the public clamour would force politicians to try, unsuccessfully, to justify these follies.
George Osborne should kick Reform into the long grass and be brave enough to announce his true intentions.
Such chicanery may befuddle the majority of voters but they are an affront to the intelligence of the swing voters.
Published version.
Let’s hope thinktank isn’t funded by poor tax-payers.
 I would like to know who pays for the “think-tank” Reform?
I hope it isn’t funded by the taxpayer, because every idea that they’ve come up with has been no more imaginative, or reasoned than one might expect from the loudest voice in a golf club bar.
This latest News is claimed to be a solution to an alleged shortfall in NHS.running costs.
The concept of a shortfall should be the first item to be examined.
Presumably this is the difference between how much of our tax is being spent on the NHS and how much George Osborne wants to shell out.
This, then, is a book-keeping fiction.
Bit if the taxman needs more cash for the NHS, then he shouldbe honest and raise general taxation.
Our tax money funds so many other less important functions, one wonders why the think-tank hasn’t applied this reasoning to them.
Consider Public reaction if it argued for extra payment to supportsubs for subsiding MP’s expenses. or a monthly charge to pay for the UK’s nuclear deterrent, or our  EU membership subs?
The outcry would ensure this wouldn’t happen.
Osborne should kick Reform into touch..
Such chicanery may confuse some but they are an affront to swing voters intelligence.
Interestingly a friend tweeted this:
reform thinktank
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