"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 8 April 2011

MPs Protect Themselves From Tax Avoidance Laws

No, no, no, no, no - this can't be allowed to pass. The headlines of the Bill focus on closing tax avoidance loopholes and tightening up procedures but, tucked away in the small print, is a specific clause exempting MPs and members of IPSA from the law.

The Finance Bill 2010-2011 sailed through its First Reading without debate at the end of March and the Second Reading will be on 26 April.  I'd like to think that it isn't too much to hope that when the Bill is debated our MPs will spot the anomaly and throw it out.  It makes a nonsense of the principle that everyone is equal before the law when the law-makers specifically provide for exemptions for themselves.  This clause cannot be allowed to stand.


  1. A disgrace to be sure. I've blogged this with a hat tip to you.

  2. Thanks TT. Just when I think we've used up all the words - outrageous, disgraceful, traitorous and so on - they prove me wrong. Any MP who votes to keep this clause should be kicked out on his/her @rse, thrown in the stocks and pelted with pig swill by 60 million Britons.


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