My new favourite source of newspaper column inches since I had a professional misunderstanding with The Guardian, The Mirror, reports:
A fatcat who helped energy firm Npower’s owners avoid millions of pounds in tax now sits on the board of HM Revenue and Customs – as an adviser to the Taxman.
But my chief concern about this story is that this highlights that HMRC’s board does not contain enough individuals from political organisations or campaigns who can employ their complete ignorance of taxation and business in trying to make the tax system effective.
Instead, HMRC, a large organisation, have recruited people who have experience of running large organisations, and who also have practical experience of business. The inappropriateness of such appointments is self-apparent.
We need a clean sweep of the Board. And maybe we should accept Margaret Hodge’s suggestion of appointing people who have no incentive to sensationalise tax avoidance stories in the media in order to help sell their books. I think that sounds a very good idea.
Perhaps HMRC should be led by a high-profile, self-proclaimed tax expert who has shown consistently that he “certainly has a unique understanding of our legal system”.
A tax expert who has displayed his unparalleled logical abilities daily. In particular through a series of Venn diagrams that have left neoliberals dumbfounded in their misunderstanding of this simple logical tool learned in GCSE maths.
A tax expert who has not once tried to cash in on his notoriety in hypocritical and unethical fashion.
A tax expert who is so ethical that he constantly does not make unprofessional personal attacks on people for simply not agreeing with his opinions.
A tax expert who certainly does not refuse to acknowledge when his research is continually shown to be shoddy and amateurish.
A tax expert who… well, you get the idea. It’s me. Go on, give me a job.
What could possibly go wrong?