From the Mirror:
"The Government plans to hit internet firms like Google and Facebook with a new online advertising tax to give more cash to the bloated BBC.
Ministers are desperate to find extra money for state-owned broadcasters.
But it would leave firms like Google with demands for over £100million — and force internet companies to charge for services such as email, search engines and social networking.
A Whitehall source said: 'We need to fund public sector broadcasters like the BBC and Channel 4. The latest idea is a tax on online advertising. The money would go to the broadcasters.'"
Stories like this show two things; that the government doesn't understand the Internet, and that they're quite happy to tax everyone into an early grave. I would also bet money on this scheme costing more to implement than it would recover in taxes. Can you imagine the complexity of trying to tax adverts on Google or Facebook? A tired and desperate idea from a tired and desperate government.