How we can twist words!
This morning I read an article from an Australian paper.
TAXPAYERS have been ripped off by at least $640 million because of illicit tobacco shipped by criminal gangs and dodgy importers in the last five years alone.
TAXPAYERS? TAXPAYERS? Taxpayers have been ripped off?
The government there takes $25 dollars (is it dollars?) from the purchase of ONE pack of fags at $30 dollars. Ripped off? Who is being ripped off?
In the UK here, the tax on a pack of smokes is 90%. Ripped off? Who is being ripped off?
A department spokeswoman told the Daily Telegraph that “illicit tobacco is an attractive market for organised criminal syndicates due to the lucrative profits that can be made in evaded tax”.
I kid you not!
I can hardly get my head around that. Evaded tax for criminal syndicates?
If I still smoked, I would buy illicit stuff – as a matter of PRINCIPLE!