Aaronson and Gammie make tits of themselves at the House of Lords

Today Malcolm Gammie and Graham Aaronson went to the House of Lords in a desperate attempt to prevent my GRAPIST anti avoidance bill becoming law.

Between them, they argued at length that Aaronson’s proposed general anti abuse rule was a more appropriate piece of legislation. However, I can basically dismiss that because their arguments lacked logic, objectivity and credibility.

In short, the Lords would do well to forget everything they heard today and focus on what I’m going to day in Wednesday’s session.

By telling the Lords that they didn’t accept that the man on the street was a good measure of what is and isn’t tax avoidance because they weren’t aware of legislation introduced by governments to incentivise investment and certain behaviours, they showed themselves to be out of touch with the public. Worse still, they showed they they are in the 1% of people who cannot identify tax avoidance correctly.

As we know, 99% of people can identify tax avoidance by referring to their moral compass. We all agree what is tax avoidance, that’s not a problem at all!

The problem we have is that a significant number of wealthy people and companies want to behave immorally deliberately.

So, what we need is something that will allow HMRC to tax things on the basis of how they may possibly appear to a reasonable, but ignorant, person. My GRAPIST will do that.

It will also raise significant revenue by imposing a statutory clearance mechanism where you have to pay to HMRC 5% of the tax that HMRC may think is at stake to get an answer as to what the tax at stake is, and what it ought to be.

And to prevent all and sundry applying, there’s a prohibitive £1,000 pounds payment. That means only rich people can bother seeking clearance.

And Aaronson said a statutory clearance mechanism won’t work. Neoliberal liar.

Clearly they have deep-rooted political motives which involve halting my GRAPIST and preventing my telling of the truth. Hence all their ad hominems this afternoon.

So you shouldn’t pay any attention to them whatsoever.

Also, I don’t know what legal qualifications they have, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t as much a tax expert as I am.

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