Cameron & Osborne…consenting and very private individuals engaged in legal….

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HUMBUGGERY

For many years now, Humbuggery between consenting adults has been legal. A stream of apologist spin doctors are working overtime at the moment to stress that the Prime Minister’s access to ‘Blairmore’ cash and George Osborne’s company dividends were not illegal.

They are of course absolutely right.

The flaw in their observation is that, as a moral, ethical or even political defence in the context of austerity politics, is has no merit: it is utterly risible.

This is what David Cameron said on 20th June 2012 about anti-Establishment comic Jimmy Carr’s use of a tax avoidance scheme:

“It is straightforward tax avoidance, and unfair on the people who pay to watch him perform that he is not paying his taxes in the same way that they do….I think particularly the Jimmy Carr scheme…well, I just think this is completely wrong.

“People work hard, they pay their taxes, they save up to go to one of his shows. They buy the tickets. He is taking the money from those tickets and he, as far as I can see, is putting all of that into some very dodgy tax avoiding schemes. That is wrong. There is nothing wrong with people planning their tax affairs to invest in their pension and plan for their retirement – that sort of tax management is fine. But these schemes we have seen are quite frankly morally wrong.”

But when it came to Tory donor Gary Barlow’s tax dodge, Well….Dave got him an OBE, and said “I have not had time to look into the Gary Barlow scheme”. And he never found the time…because that’s the last we ever heard from him on the subject.

And when it came to Carr’s wheeze…he funnelled £3m of his income through a company based on tax haven Jersey. Dave’s Dad, however, founded a company in Panama and then shopped around using tax lawyers – looking first at the Cayman Isles & Bermuda – before deciding Ireland would be a good place to avoid paying his fair share. The move to Ireland came in the same month of 2012 when Cameron was railing against tax avoidance schemes, describing them as “morally unacceptable” from the Despatch Box.

David Cameron has been revealed as a hypocritical humbug – giving an impression of being tax-clean when in fact the opposite was true. And he is joined in happy humbuggery by his incompetent Chancellor who posted this on Twitter this morning –

thieves

 – while knowing full well that Osborne & Little’s tax advisors ensured the family business paid zero corporation tax for eight years…and that his parents trousered £270,000 in dividends while the company was supposedly making ‘losses’.

His family’s British Virgin Islands tax scam wrested twice as much from the HMRC’s grip as Jimmy Carr’s scheme.

Four years ago, Mr Osborne spoke out against “morally repugnant” tax avoidance, making it a major part of his 2012 budget speech.

Humbug? For God’s sake Britain, this is the sort of extra-strong mint humbug that leaves one breathless.

So here we are, with the two biggest players on Team Tory caught taking double helpings to match their well-documented double standards.

As George Orwell might have remarked, “We’re all in this together, but 97% are deeper in it than others”.

23 thoughts on “Cameron & Osborne…consenting and very private individuals engaged in legal….

  1. It is, unfortunately well past the time people should be out on the streets as they were in Iceland. Otherwise they just ain’t listening or couldn’t GAF or both. They will just thumb their noses at us, who’s to stop them?

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  2. Remove PAYE, self assessment for all and don’t care then everybody can PLAY THE SAME GAME AS THE POLITICIANS ON TAX AVOIDANCE.

    Only their self employed status as MP’s permits them to behave like this, they need to treated as regular employees, PAYE and everything else. I mean nurses, teachers, etc. they are all PAYE so why not this bube nc000000h of crooks? It’s all the perks that are extra income above the basic MP’s wage that their greed cannot resist the little extra in a brown paper envelope.

    Wait for Cameron and Osborne to now claim they can only do the job if self employed, well maybe many other people would like to have a similar relationship with their employer.

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  3. I will say this again, post JW blog, on this story, on Facebook, use the system against these twerps. Or should it be bastards.

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  4. 16th April, London. A big demo is being planned. You don’t think that with our new laws you can just decide to hold a demo in the UK and toddle off into the street, do you? It’s not France, for goodness sake!!!

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  5. Got to love the politrixians every time time they use the term “Social Contract” as a method to include everyone in the state EXCEPT for themselves. I’m sure they think it’s such a great wheeze.
    Was Dick Turpin a government man, or everyman, when he said “Stand and deliver!” (Taxes from the poor or booty from the wealthy). Our definition of outlaw has been turned on its head.

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  6. The Kings of kerching! Sickening hypocrisy from various members of this government and their sympathisers, no getting away from it. At least Jimmy Carr gave us some laughs, these jokers are in public office FFS.

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  7. so why isn’t Her Majesty’s Opposition all over this? Perhaps they have other reasons for not wanting to draw attention to it ……

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  8. Totally agree JW , just because something is legal it doesn’t mean its moral. What’s the old saying……where there’s money, there’s muck. There’s certainly a lot of “muck” in the world.

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  9. I said earlier, the Norweigens have an answer: Headline in the DT: “Cameron to publish last 6 years of Tax Returns”

    ‘Daves not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This Panama scare is no more! It has ceased to be! ‘It’s expired and gone to meet its maker!
    ‘It’s a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! If you hadn’t nailed it to the bench it’d be pushing up the daisies!
    Its metabolic processes are now ‘istory! Its on the spike!
    It’s kicked the bucket, It’s shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisibile!!

    (With Apols to Monty Python and the Noweigen Blue Sketch….)

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  10. Nobody sets up a company or sticks money into places like Panama for the returns being mentioned. 30k . Why would you need to hire directors for these amounts. So Cameron’s cut amounted to 30k . What happened to the rest of it. Who else benefitted. If this was anyone else a full tax audit would be under way from HMRC . A this was one leak from one bank. What about the thousands of others. Let’s get real.

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  11. Let’s face it no one uses these offshore places for legitimate reasons. It’s either to hide the source or the proceeds or both

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  12. The man is a murderer witness Libya and his initial backing of the Isis mob in Syria. How much ‘collateral damage’ was inflicted? Libya, once the richest nation in Africa is in chaos, contributing to the migrant catastrophe and Gadaffi’s weapon store was looted with real WMDs distributed far and wide. A call to account on both tax and war is long overdue. Oh for Iceland’s citizens! 10.000 out of 300.000 got out on the streets and demanded justice.

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  13. Have you looked into Gordon Bowdens forensic info ? He has handed it to the police,SFO and the BBC nothing but silence.Thousands of shell companies being run from Finchley Road involving MPs,lords etc.

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  14. @ Mark Deacon
    Although MPs operate as ‘self-employed’, they actually have the best of both worlds because they also got a gilt-edged government pension, unlike other self-employed folk – a cunning wheeze.

    But they are not alone in that – your friendly local NHS GP is not an employee of the NHS, he/she is usually a ‘partner’ for tax purposes, sharing the ‘profits’ of their surgery ‘business’, thus allowing them to enjoy all the tax benefits (some would say fiddles) of self-employment whilst still enjoying membership of the very generous NHS pension scheme – well, someone’s got to pay the golf club membership fees. And your GP doesn’t risk being booted out of his job by his ungrateful customers every five years if they don’t like how he’s doing it.

    Strangely, we all despise our MPs but respect our doctors – methinks one side has rather better PR.

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  15. They are subcontracted by the nhs. Dentistry is the same . However all the capital set up costs are provided by the GP . Further the super annuation pension scheme is no where near as generous as it was 10 years ago. These days the job security is not what it was.

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  16. Mud plugger

    Once you have been tailed on the streets of London by an NHS-trained consultant, you learn pretty quickly that part of the deal of the cushy life is being a spy for HMG, MI5, MI6 or the like. Or, if you were born in Hong Kong, some Chinese secret service or whatever they call it over there.

    I saw the types of people who became doctors decades ago, I saw their self-serving grubby nastiness in the raw.

    For them, being a doctor is about a route to £100k+ a year and societal cachet. The ‘serving patients’ bit is just what you have to do to get there.

    The doctors who actually put patients first, second and last quite often don’t actually make it to Consultant – sharp elbows elbowed them in the ribs, insulted them whilst cadging their knowledge and expertise. That sort of thing.

    If the NHS is screwed: it’s the Government, it’s the accountants, it’s the managers.

    No-one ever takes a close look at doctors, what kinds of people they are in their mid-thirties and whether their characters actually promote health in others.

    From my own experience, doctors do far more harm than good to emotional well-being…….

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