Tim Cohen Senior editor: Business Day

One of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher’s best-known quotes is: “The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money”. I can’t help reflecting on this statement when wrestling with former DA leader Helen Zille’s tax revolt argument. I should clarify that as things stand I think in principle it’s a bad idea. But I also think it’s a lot more complicated than the political argument that has taken place on the topic until now suggests. It’s worth straightening the record a bit because one thing I know about basically all commentary concerning Zille is that it’s flagrantly inaccurate because commentators like to use Zille as a virtue-signalling process, which often requires a distortion of the facts to make their virtues seem more virtuous. Zille’s argument was, from the start, not that South Africans should now begin a tax revolt but that if there are no prosecutions from the grotesque corruption what we have learnt about from the state captu...

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