Thanks for totally ignoring the last point that actual speeds are a fraction of the rated speeds
Depends on provider / where you live. I pay for 50 Mbps from TWC and while it varies some (it's cable, of course it'll vary some), I usually a little OVER 50 Mbps, even during peak hours. That's with multiple gamers / Netflix addicts in the house. The only time speed becomes an issue is if someone is being inconsiderate and running several torrents at a time while everyone else is trying to stream movies / download games off Steam.
I am not enough of a videophile to discern the difference between 720p and 1080p.
That's not a "videophile" thing, that's a "Dude, you should probably go to an optometrist and get that check out" thing.
as opposed to just throwing it all in and surrendering to Uber...
Yes, how DARE We "surrender" to the people providing the best service at the best price! THOSE BASTARDS!
sufficient insurance for commercial purposes
Why is it OK for me to have my regular insurance and carry four friends in the car who give me money for gas, yet suddenly I need more insurance if there are four people riding in my car and paying me but I just met them?
yearly safety inspections
Again, why do 99.9% of the cars on the road not need yearly expenses, but if I want to have other people ride with me that aren't friends / family members, suddenly my car needs a yearly inspection?
minimum age of 21
Because college students shouldn't make money, they should be racking up more debt.
and a license fee for the privilege of this oversight
You want to tell the person trying to earn a living that they have to pay for a bunch of pointless shit, then you want to make them pay for the PRIVILEGE of paying for that pointless shit? Yup, you're a politician alright.
and our daughter has orthodontic treatment without charge
I have to be "that guy". You were charged - and quite a bit for it, they just didn't hand you a bill after you received the service. When you factor in all taxes (VAT, fuel tax, TV tax, income tax, NHS tax, etc) even the lowest tax bracket in the UK is paying roughly 50% of their income in taxes.