More free advice for the Taxpayer's Alliance
Over on Liberal Conspiracy I offered to help the Taxpayer's Alliance by providing them with research training, to fill an obvious gap in their skills.
Their Research Director took umbrage at this and decided to join in the discussion, which brought about one of those extremely entertaining exchanges where he believed he was making devastating point after devastating point, culminating with:
"Suppose your retired doctor was an objectivist and resented needing a state pension. If she were looking around for ways to avoid needing to take it, cash gifts to her dissolute grandson would be a reasonable place to start, wouldn’t they?"
This prompts Paskini's Second Law of Pressure Groups, which runs as follows:
Any organisation which spontaneously comes up with the example of the objectivist pensioner who resents the need for the state pension is not one which can credibly claim to speak on behalf of ordinary taxpayers. (The first law is here).
I got an e-mail today which I will pass on in my new role as consultant to the Taxpayer's Alliance:
"if their press office allow them to behave like this on threads, or in fact encourage it, then they should cut waste by sacking their entire press office."