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Innovative economists propose sporting Twitter tax

November 19, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

With the global debt debate rumbling on and countries arguing over possible financial transaction taxes to make bankers pay for having to be bailed out by taxpayers and yet enjoying prosperity in the aftermath, some economists have suggested producing revenue by taxing any professional sportspersons who use social networking site Twitter.

Twitter is a source of continuous woe for many in sport, it offering uneducated professionals the opportunity to publicise their own ideas and comments about current topics, often with embarrassing results for their clubs and countries.

Football intellectuals Wayne Rooney and Joey Barton are amongst those who frequent the micro-blogging site, much to the displeasure of the vast majority of the population. Doubtless Carlos Tevez would join them to let more people know about his horrific treatment at Manchester City if he was able to speak, write or type any English.

Considering the enormous sums such individuals take home every week, a tax-per-tweet initiative could raise substantial revenue without those paying it even noticing.

In response to the idea David Cameron said, “Why not give it a go? It’s complete nonsense but still better than anything my Tory government could come up with.”

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