It is quite extraordinary, in these enlightened days of universal equality, that our right-of-centre coalition government should counter-democratically introduce a discriminatory "Workplace Pensions" tax for some future Brownite Chancellor of the Exchequer to plunder whenever he, or more likely she, feels inclined.
Had successive Chancellors not raided our so-called National Insurance, since the Second World War, there would now be less need to pay out of current taxation for the NHS, State pensions and even help for people wounded in a succession of unnecessary wars, because millions of men and women have died from smoking, asbestosis or stomach ulcers etc, before claiming very much for their government "saved" contributions.
I know because 40 years ago, I went in business with the British Tobacco Company and they studied the effect of smoking on the UK Exchequer to find that tobacco will never become illegal because it shortens lives.
The Government gets to keep the unclaimed pensions which ought to have been used for other sick, wounded and mentally ill people, while those hurt when behaving dangerously should have paid, in instalments, for their own repairs.
Workplace Pensions seem much like all the other sneaky little tricks intended primarily to nail people's feet to the floor and increase their dependence on this nanny-state, a nanny who will rob them blind, so long as nobody notices. As the name implies, it is yet another discrimination between the workers and their employers which is bound to bind people into lowlier positions by discouraging them from growing-up and adventuring into the world of work as self-employed.
The Government persecutes the ordinary self-employed because it fears that some eloquent Watt Tyler might emerge and marshal their disparate ranks of thinking people into something more cohesive and put to shame the dithering, blundering idiots salivating at the prospect of power, which they can only get through false party obedience for most of their lives, before taking a chance and poking their heads above the political parapet.
With very high levels of unemployment, you would think the self-employed is the one group the government should be encouraging. Almost any idiot can work in an office or a factory if they are told what to do, but it takes guts and brains to do what Messrs Dyson, Branson and Fiennes have done for the nation, probably because the prospect of being told what to do by some jobsworth idiot was unappealing.
As for the shareholders, they can hold shares for a fraction of a second, so you can hardly say they own the business, any more than the greedy market traders who sell shares short, to make things even tougher for those who make real wealth, instead of lots of money, which is worthless unless spending it also has a socially beneficial collateral result.