Well yes, obviously you need a plan with good systems in place and joined up thinking as well as adequate funding.Paying more tax is not a worthy goal in itself. It needs to be invested productively. If it is just doled out as higher welfare payments within the same flawed system or used to create non-jobs it is counter-productive, it makes us collectively poorer. Yes you could argue it makes the poor richer in the present but it doesn't in the long run as people get stuck. This is where Labour governments always go wrong, they do tax & invest but they also borrow & waste and it drives down private/corporate spending to the detriment of GDP/jobs/prospects growth. Look at the recent past. We needed a term or so of Blair at the time, the economy was primed for it and Major had ran out of ideas. But after that all the extra state spending was like pushing on a string, the economy always disappointed and the deficits started growing. I despair when I look at all the wasted opportunity.
Hang on - first you suggest wealthy people willing to pay more tax are "virtue signalling":And I don't see rich people voting for a party to provide a slightly more comfortable poverty for the masses to live in as being anything other than self-serving. It is the bread & circuses of the modern age.
Then you sayYour comment on some wealthy people wanting to pay more tax, I always take this with a pinch of salt unless their actions back up their words (for example Bill Gates). Are they speaking from the heart, virtue signalling or just preaching to the choir? There must have been a reason they moved to a higher salary / lower taxation jurisdiction*. I also think there is a possibility that we are already beyond the peak of the Bell curve when it comes to tax rates vs revenue raised.
It is certainly not "virtue signalling" (a hideous concept invented and deployed by those devoid of empathy) but I have already suggested that people who don't like stepping over beggars and homeless people would gladly pay some more tax if this could solve the problem, so I suppose you could call that "self serving", as long as you accept it simultaneously serves to benefit society as a whole.And I don't see rich people voting for a party to provide a slightly more comfortable poverty for the masses to live in as being anything other than self-serving. It is the bread & circuses of the modern age.
* there can be many reasons why someone's career takes them to the USA, many of which have nothing to do with salary or taxes.