Are you ready for the British tea party?

posted at 4:10 pm on February 26, 2010 by Allahpundit

Here’s their Facebook page, in case you’re in the UK this Saturday and up for a rally. A guest appearance by Thatcher would be rapturous, but alas, her health wouldn’t permit it. Instead they’ll have to make do with red-state America’s very favorite Tory in the whole wide world.

No doubt, even as we speak, the BBC is working hard on some Brit-flavored, sexually suggestive putdown a la “teabagger” to toss at them.

May I suggest “chipdipper”?

Some of my US readers believe that anti-tax rebellions are an American speciality, but we’ve had plenty of them in this country, from the Poll Tax Riots of 1381 (the Peasants’ Revolt) to the Poll Tax Riots of 1990. The doctrines that inspired the Boston mutineers – above all, the idea that taxes should not be levied without parliamentary process – were borrowed from English political theory…

Of course, there was an extra dimension to the Boston Tea Party: “No Taxation without Representation!” Taxes in the UK may be excessive but they have, so far, been set by our own government. This, though, is changing. If there was one theme that came out of the hearings for the new European Commissioners, it was their determination to create a direct revenue stream for the EU. Herman Van Rompuy, a declared enthusiast for the global managament of our planet, maintains that “recent developments in the euro area highlight the urgent need to strengthen our economic governance,” (hat-tip, Stephen Castle). “Whether it is called coordination of policies or economic government, only the European Council is capable of delivering and sustaining a common European strategy for more growth and more jobs.”

Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how much the two movements diverge given the EU wild card and the fact that British taxes are much higher than ours. As I said last week after that nut flew his plane into the Austin IRS office, taxes have actually been a minor issue at American tea parties for the simple reason that the Democrats have been terrified of hiking them thus far. That’ll change eventually — although if the GOP takes back Congress, “eventually” may be a long way away — but for now, if you want rallies focused on meat-and-potatoes anti-tax populism, the Brits might be the better bet.

Can’t have a post about Hannan without the clip that made him internationally famous, so here you go. He sure does talk funny for a racist chipdippin’ redneck. Oh, and he’s no longer much of a fan of our glorious president, either. Go see why.

Update: A belated exit question from the comments: Is it too late for Britain? For years they’ve been struggling under an even heavier load of statism than Americans have. They may simply be … too exhausted to get this going.


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