As many of you will know, I always carefully consider my responses to news stories. I never ever simply say the first thing in my head and publish it on the internet without making the proper professional and ethical considerations for somebody who considers himself to be a tax expert.
But, then, I normally do this exceptionally quickly.
But I didn’t actually bother watching the PAC session or paying any attention to the UK Uncut court failure. I had predicted these events and they occurred exactly as I thought they would.
Instead, I just reread Cashing In by Murphy Richards. You can too by popping along to Amazon or the Google PlayStore where it is exclusively available.
Besides, Margaret Hodge obviously knows what she is talking about as she has properly checked her own family’s business’s accounts rather than simply asking them for some sort of assurance that they pay “the right amount of tax”. That would be somewhat hypocritical given the probing she is giving Google and Amazon.
Anyway, Margaret Hodge won the day by comparing Matt Brittin to Satan by saying “I think you do evil”. Google are obviously the spawn of the devil by trading with the UK and not paying tax here.
The fact is, they don’t need to employ any people in the UK, so the fact they do should make us try to apply corporation tax until they either sack their UK staff or pay the fair amount of tax.
Also occurring yesterday, pro-profligacy group Uncut the UK won their moral argument in their High Court case by wasting HMRC’s resources and time in an action that was only ever going to impair HMRC’s ability to do an already difficult and unpopular job. So thank you for that. Well done.
The downside of the decision is now that this provides a precedent that means I can’t go around suing government bodies and organs of The State over decisions that don’t affect me directly when I don’t think they’re doing their job properly or I think they have made a bad decision.
Finally, back at the PAC, Lin Homer behaved like the sort of white middle-aged middle-class woman we are used to seeing in positions of authority. How difficult would it be to find a white middle-aged middle-class man who could do her job in order to bring some diversity to HMRC?
We see – but understand more fully – some of the information that might seem to the general public to be surprising.
The arrogant bitch implied that HMRC are able to access information from Google and Amazon that I can’t get from reading the Guardian or Private Eye!
The Guardian and Private Eye, of course, that do not cherry pick the information they publish. They have, I imagine, fully disclosed all the information that they have uncovered in the past four months that didn’t support their arguments.
No, all the information I need can be found from those two sources. Which is why I know that Stemcor must be letting HMRC set their transfer pricing policy (the only truly moral course of action), Google is evil and Uncut the UK have been unfairly dismissed as a bunch of vitriolic whining morons.
That is my carefully considered and objective, as ever, opinion.
I say opinion, I mean “The Truth”.