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A new view on taxes and new old-school comedy (E304)

Death and taxes are the only two inevitabilities according to Mark Twain but what if the taxes are contributing to the death. It is a commonly held view that we need taxation to pay for civilisation but the form and rate at which we are taxed can cost lives. Just in the last month from Lebanon to Ecuador taxes sparked big fires. Dominic Frisby is a money writer with a difference: he is also a comedian! He foresees the end of money, at least as we know it and maybe the end of taxes too. He came into the Sputnik studio to talk about this and his new book ‘Daylight Robbery’.

If you were around in the 80s and 90s you already know that Bobby Davro was a king of British comedy. From his throne on ITV, he bent millions of British people double with laughter. His rapid machine-gun fire style of comedy, much of which felt unscripted and spontaneous, certainly got the ratings. Unlike the archetypal comedian, proverbially a sad man underneath, Davro is just as funny in private conversation as he is on stage. Dethroned by changes in the public’s comedy tastes, he is no longer such a regular on screen, but he is even funnier on stage. So we invited him into the Sputnik studio and gave him centre stage to tell us more.

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