It is always nice to be recognised as the tax expert that I am. And to be recognised by Alun Rusbridger, the Guardian’s editor as “the expert” on tax matters is about the bare minimum of recognition I deserve.
Alun, who must surely now be considering giving me a column in gratitude for having proved beyond doubt that the Guardian is behaving in a completely non-hypocritical manner, obviously read my post from yesterday and agreed with everything therein.
I remind you that Alun is an editor of a national newspaper and wouldn’t openly agree with an article without reading it fully first – I doubt very much that he only read the first sentence and liked my conclusion so much he just assumed everything I had written was correct.
Can you imagine what a newspaper would be like if its editor didn’t bother checking all the facts properly before it published stories on a subject? Especially on something as complicated on taxation.
I imagine that, if someone were to behave in this manner, it would be easy to mistake a flagrantly tendentious prevaricator on tax issues with a universally-recognised and nonpartisan expert such as myself.
It is good to know that the media is covering the issue of taxation with such care.