Moderating the opinions of commentators on this blog reminds me of a story I was told a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. I think it was by my father.
Every day two lawyers go into court rooms all over the world to argue their case and every day 50% of them are proved to be wrong. Therefore, we know that lawyers are wrong about everything exactly 50% of the time.
One lawyer will cite the correct facts of the case and apply the correct law. The other lawyer will cite untruths and apply law which doesn’t exist in a completely illogical manner.
Half of all lawyers are always wrong. QED
Some who comment here would be wise to remember that disagreement is fine. Persuading me I am wrong can happen. It hasn’t ever happened, but it can*.
But pointing out that I am not qualified, by experience nor by education, as either a tax expert or an economist is not an argument. It is just an insult. Just because it is a fact, it is an insulting one to mention in relation to my thorough research on tax and economics.
And they’d also be wise to note that my aim is to change the law. So most of what I write is written on the assumption that the law has changed to what I think it ought to be.
So when I appear to not know how dividends are taxed, or how arms length prices are determined, or how Venn diagrams work, or what the Laffer effect actually is, or what neoliberalism is, or how to reconcile obvious numbers in the accounts of companies, or how ISAs are not tax avoidance but tax relief on charitable donations isn’t, or whether deferred tax exists, or how corporation tax works at all, I am simply flying a kite to find out what alternative opinion is.
I am not wrong by doing so, I just learn as a result.**
And like the lawyer who was wrong, though without actually being wrong, I brush myself down, have supper and move on to write something of profound importance the next day. Because that is what my job*** is.
So far as I am concerned, whether there’s agreement or disagreement, everybody else is wrong.
*It won’t happen.
**This is just an expression. It would be pedantry to suggest that I learn anything from comments on this blog. If anything, I teach.
***It is not actually a job. As I have said previously, I do not actually get paid for blogging. Blogging just happens to be something I do that I get paid for and refer to as ‘my job’. And the money I get is a grant that is completely unconnected to the blog. I am definitely not an employee.