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Fun Online Polls: Means-testing & in-car entertainment

Thursday, February 16, 2017 7:45
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The results to last week's Fun Online Poll were as follows:

Which taxpayer-funded services or subsidies should be means tested?

State school places – 2%
NHS – 5%
Police and fire brigade – 2%
Child Benefit – 30%
Public libraries – 4%
None of the above – 54%
Other, please – 2%

With the benefit of hindsight, I should have set up the poll to allow multiple answers.

I am relieved that 54% agree “none” (in which case the argument is – how should the government spend or redistribute taxpayer's money) but why means-testing of Child Benefit is so popular is a mystery to me.

For lefties, fair enough, they like means-testing because it is taxation by stealth and means a larger state apparatus to administer. Fine, but why piddle about with shaving £1 bn off welfare spending when you could go for broke and means-test much more expensive things like 'free' state education?

Why so many Conservative or right/libertarian leaning people support it is a mystery to me. I am genuinely baffled.
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This week's Fun Online Poll is just out of personal interest.

“What do you usually listen to when you're driving your car?”

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