cameron avoiding tax avoidance

Cameron commenting on tax avoidance in his inimitable way. Odd, given his moral outrage about Jimmy Carr. Odd, then, that he avoids commenting on Gary Barlow or anyone else.

Firstly, he has no right to comment on the private arrangements of any person who - going by HMRC's guidelines - is acting within the law. Secondly, he's known about these tax loopholes for aeons. Now that he's seen fit to throw boiling oil on Jimmy from the great heights of the crenellations, perhaps he can now extend his opprobrium to the people who do exactly the same thing but are in his favour. Like ... good old Phil Green. Why should one person be thrown to the lions and not the whole pack of them. And let's discuss his invitation to French tax exiles to squirrel their money over here rather than pay French tax, never mind, as Richard Murphy points out, that this is diametrically opposed to what the voters of France want.

Much as I loathe the Murdoch press I do feel a grudging pleasure in The Times having brought this out into the open. It's just a shame that by picking on Jimmy, they've unleashed a predictable wave of fury against an easy target, which seems to me to be a very cheap and cynical way of harnessing public prejudice. Perhaps Murdoch doesn't like Jimmy Carr. Or maybe Rebekah has begged Murdoch to take him down. Can't say Carr's humour appeals to me either.

But there again, he did rather put himself in the firing line by calling tax avoidance a scam.

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