What was in the news this week? Tax avoidance and tax evasion based scandals spread even further across our society? What else is new?
I have not blogged this week or the week before because I have been too busy. I have spent this weekend actually fully listing the extra hours and tasks and duties I have been loaded with at work and checking my own tax affairs. I’m fine, by the way. That’s the excuse, anyway.
The truth is, what more can be said about tax-dodgers?
There’s one thing.
Why Labour did nothing about it for 13 years? Why the Tories made it easy for the previous 18? Why the coalition’s done so very little despite Vince Cable being in the treasury. Whilst the political parties might proclaim to be against these tax dodgers and even admit to their own displeasure at having the association with them (as Ed Davey did on Question Time the other night, a remark about the fact that all parties including his own has these kind of associations went entirely unnoticed by the crowd and rest of the media, implying that the Lib Dems are now so-little-cared-about that if they admit to be part of a controversy it won’t matter), government relies on these dodgers. Not in a good way. It is not so much the Conservative Party’s leadership that has lots of best friends who dodge tax and get promotions, but the civil services.
Much like the same way that the civil service have hidden cuts with privatisation and hidden their pay rises with an MPs pay-rise, they hide their tax-dodging friends by making it a political scandal rather than a government scandal.
Let us suppose that Vince Cable has eagerly gotten the department of business fully working on the issue of tax avoidance, this will no doubt be fruitless wasted investigations full of tip-offs by the civil service’s elite. There’s a reason that the financial industries have gotten away with so many crimes, its not a question of friendly politicians, its a crisis of friendly elites. It has been said that the Permenant Civil Service Secretary to the Cabinet, Sir Jeremy Heywood, has David Cameron completely wrapped around his finger.
The disgusting thing about the whole tax dodging affair with HSBC is its downright predicability. Maybe the Civil Service are genuinely worried about potential outcomes of invesitgations and want a disrupted and shaken up party-political structure as a wonderful distraction from the affairs. It will certainly slow down any government work investigating government links if there is no consistent or stable government or cohesiveness as to who owns the policies or investigations.
So have I got anything new to say about the tax avoiding scandal with HSBC as of late? No, unless it is new to consider that it might be more important for the parties to investigate the government than for the government to investigate the politics on this one. Time is running out on any chance to get ahold of any of this. Let’s get some accountability into taxation and learn who has friends in the civil service and the whole political class.
Government investigations are one of the few things yet to be privatised. Lets use what little accountability our government supposedly has left and stop this nonsense before Ed Balls gets into power and fumbles on it for another five years.