Seems reasonable

Politicians want us to trust them, but they have a trustworthy rating lower than hookers but only slightly above journalists.

Simon Heffer has a solution for the issue. Perhaps they might just start being honest with us.

Had I not been in France last week – a country where several hundred thousand people legally avoid tax by living in the United Kingdom – I should have sought to ease the Prime Minister’s embarrassment by writing a column militantly in favour of tax avoidance. I have long believed it is the duty of every citizen to ensure the state does not take from him or her so much as a penny in taxation that can be legally withheld. Contrary to a fashionable view among certain of the super-rich – George Osborne, for example – this is not “immoral”. It is entirely moral to strive to keep what one has earned, and to stop the government from wasting it on, for example, disgraceful overseas “aid” projects.

Sadly, my short holiday in a country where the deleterious effects of over-taxation are apparent at every turn prevented me from writing such a piece. Instead, I returned to England to find the Prime Minister hoist with his own petard. Having grandstanded about the “immorality” of tax avoidance, he now admits it is something of a Cameron family tradition: and he has dutifully honoured it. I repeat: good for him. It is a pity he felt the need to act as though he had not, and loudly to condemn such behaviour in a pathetic attempt to curry favour with Leftists.

He shouldn’t have released his tax returns. Ignoring the clamouring of Twitter.

It is also a pity that he never asked what it is that causes people to avoid taxes. It is tempting, if you are of an Osbornian cast of mind, to say simply “greed”. But tax avoidance happens where governments create tax systems so complicated that people have loopholes to exploit, and where governments insist on running large state machines that require an unacceptably high level of taxation to fund them. So avoidance is always the government’s fault.

Perhaps if Mr Cameron had the courage to admit that – rather than deal in weasel terms about not having handled this blistering act of hypocrisy very well – the public might think better of him.

Chance would be a fine thing to ask a politician to tell the truth…mind…even when they do we don’t believe them.

There was an old joke that Richard Nixon used to lie so much that, if he found himself accidentally telling the truth, he’d lie again just to keep his hand in. If some of us think we might have reached that stage with some of the people who run this country, no-one should blame us.

Politicians lie at the drop of a hat…it kind of has to work that way because people ask unreasonable requests of them, and they don’t want to appear to be callous and uncaring when they really should be telling the requestor to naff off.

Such are the vagaries now under MMP.


– The Telegraph


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  • cod

    The public merely follow the politicians about tax, say one thing do another, everybody says that they want to pay their fair share, but in private are busily finding ways to avoid it. I have no idea why this should come as a surprise.

    • Woody

      If I paid what I consider is “fair” I wouldn’t be paying anything like the tax that I do. “Fair” is idealistic claptrap. I quite openly admit that I want to pay the minimum amount of tax that I can legally bring it down to.

      I agree with the writers sentiment that if I thought that my tax dollars were all (or at least mostly) spent wisely I would be happier about paying what I do pay.