Towards the government I feel no scruples and would dodge paying the tax if I could. Yet I would give my life for England readily enough, if I thought it necessary.
I get this sentiment...I even like it.
But then he follows up with...
No one is patriotic about taxes.
...which, yes, I can see the point of, but which also seems an overgeneralisation.
Isn't it possible, after all, to indeed have a certain patriotic feeling about taxes (even grumbling as one pays them...), as long as one has the knowledge that a significant portion of them goes toward maintaining what is -- all things considered, comparatively, by historical and international standards, in spite of the trailer-load of qualifications that I'm not going to bother considering just now -- a decent society?
Or am I just a bit of a freak on this point?
The latter is entirely plausible, I realise.