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Mr Harriet Harman speaks...

Or Jack Dromey, as I believe he prefers to be known. He is deputy general secretary of the T&G Unite.

"It is plain wrong for private equity to claim they should get preferential tax treatment".

Preferential compared to what Jack? If I win big on the premium bonds I have hidden away somewhere, that would be tax free...

How can it be right that private equiteers boast of paying less tax than their cleaners and then expect us, the ordinary tax-paying public, to back their privileged position.

Erm, no. I think you will find that they do not collectively boast at all, and while some may have arranged their tax affairs in such a way that they pay a less confiscatory rate, I very much doubt that they pay less in total.

"It doesn't wash. Indeed, it only makes us more determined to press government for action to close the loopholes the private equiteers exploit".

As I have said before, it irritates me beyond measure when carefully drafted legislation is referred to as having a 'loophole'. Loopholes are no such thing - they are there deliberately.

"And for those who complain and say they'll leave the UK then the message should be don't slam the door on your way out."

And just what will Labour party donors Nigel Doughty, Ronald Cohen and Jon Aisbitt, inter alia, have to say about that?

To quote the great Lord Clyde, "No man in this country is under the smallest obligation, moral or other, so to arrange his legal relations to his business or his property as to enable the Inland Revenue to put the largest possible shovel into his stores".

Mind you, perhaps they should not worry about this spittle-flecked rant from Dromey, a man whose career has not been conspicuously successful - the abject failure of the Grunwick dispute which he was behind, and the trouncing he got from Woodley when he ran for the leadership of the T&G. Just as well his wife is doing quite well for herself, I suppose.

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Blogger Jeremy Jacobs said... 12:37 pm

I used to work with someone who went to school with Dromey.  



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