I think the system is too complicated and a flat tax is worth looking at in light of Jimmy Carr. A flat tax could be worked out, we just need the political nerve to do it. This wouldn’t be unfair on lower earners.
I think it’s actually quite straightforward if people play by the rules and it’s because of this that people look for ways to avoid paying tax. Flat tax might work, but I think people would be scared of the high rate it could be set at.
I don’t think hand outs should be given to people who don’t deserve them, but I do believe a flat tax in some form would achieve a better sort of balance in society.