As I look around my study, I wonder which bits have not attracted various forms of taxation over and over again in minute, fanatical detail.
The carpet – lots of taxes there. Carpet fibres, backing material, dyes, other raw materials, design processes, transport, retailing and fitting – and even then the carpet isn’t fully accounted for.
The walls – lots of taxes there too. Plasterboard, paint, pigments and chemicals, transport and retailing. Still more to go on walls, but let’s finish with what we have.
My laptop – no - don’t even go there.
My chair – lot more taxes. The metal frame, surface coatings, plastic mouldings, fabrics, foam cushioning, fire retardants, assembly, transport and retailing.
My little eighteenth century table. Hmm...