An(other) left wing hypocrite

The left wing are hypocrites, generally and in particular when it comes to taxes. In New Zealand Matt McCarten a hard bitten unionist who rails constantly about evil bosses failed to act as he wishes other bosses to act and failed to pay his workers PAYE and Kiwisaver contributions.

Now in the UK Ken Livingstone is being questioned about some dodgy tax practices of his own:

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Ken Livingstone has insisted he is not avoiding tax after accounts suggested he had saved at least £50,000 by paying himself through a personal company.

The Labour politician, who is hoping to replace Boris Johnson in this year’s election for Mayor of London, has previously attacked tax avoiders as “rich b——-” who should “not be allowed to vote”.

The Sunday Telegraph disclosed that Mr Livingstone earned £232,000 in 2009, the first year after his defeat to Boris Johnson at the last mayoral election. Companies House documents showed that the money, which came from Mr Livingstone’s speaking engagements, and work as a radio presenter, was paid directly into a new company that he set up.

Mr Livingstone and his wife, Emma Beal, are sole shareholders in the firm and are able to split his income evenly, even though it was earned entirely by him. She is paid from company funds as Mr Livingstone’s “assistant”.

Accountants said the arrangement appeared designed to ensure that Mr Livingstone paid corporation tax at 20 or 21 per cent, rather than income tax at up to 40 per cent.

However, speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Livingstone said: “I’m not avoiding tax.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.