"Referring to the Government's proposal to levy VAT on all commercial electricity bills, and residential bills over 200 kilowatts per hour, … explained that totally 'exempting' this area would have tax-related consequences for other sectors of the economy." The Tribune Business December 4, 2013.
In other words, they will have to rob Peter to pay Paul. And so far Paul hasn't objected. It's just that the coffers have run dry.
But isn't that a policy that the politicos have been using for years? And of course many of us willingly take the mess of pottage.