Interesting – or may be worrying is more appropriate – article in today’s Sunday Times about record tax levels. Mr Brown’s budget next week may ead us into the highest tax regime on record. Tax revenues will total £490 billion this year, up from £271 billion when Brown took office – equivalent to a rise of £9000 for every houshold in Britain. The worst of it is, we all know the money is being poorly spent – particularly on public services. No wonder then that regions have sufficeient funds to keep re-inevting wheels – e.g. the Regional Improvement Partnership, funded by the ODPM at a cost of several million pounds to set up a series of new web sites with all the supporting infrasatructre they need. Clearly this is going to deliver real and tangible benefits to us poor citizens!