The same Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who now vacuously berates tax avoidance as “morally repugnant”, is on record recommending “clever financial products” as a means of avoiding care home costs and inheritance tax liability.
Meanwhile, his Labour shadow Chancellor Ed Balls recommends insistence on receipts for odd jobs in order to stem the perceived haemorrhage of government-due tax.
Not that he observes this personal penance, mind you: he apparently requires no receipts from his window cleaner, while he and his MP wife between them reclaimed £2,640 – from us, of course – for unreceipted work done. We have the power to change all this: don’t vote for any of them.
Witholding mandate is the most powerful weapon available to us, and we should use it to full effect. Belgium managed to survive 589 days with no government, so it can be done.