Can we please drop the nonsense of ‘tax payer’s money’? The phrase is just political advertising, intended to manipulate us in to accepting cuts and constraints which are not good for us or the economy. (Christopher Bacon explains why it’s a nonsense in his article ‘The Myth of Tax Payer’s money’ which is copied below.)
However, like all successful advertising slogans, the phrase ‘tax-payer’s money’ invokes what psychologists call a schema…. a whole body of emotions, experiences and knowledge which mediate our response.
Hence, ‘Tax payer’s money’ is intended to create a direct link between government spending and the individual. You are invited to visualise your hard-earned pennies being frittered away unwisely ……. which is hugely convenient for a politician intent on running down public services, so that they can be privatised. Also implicit in the schema is the threat that if the government spends more, you’ll have to…
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