Avoiding the issue — 9 Comments

  1. I sure the Isle Of Man Tourist Board will be overjoyed to have been described as ‘shadowy’.

  2. He also seems unaware that much of the offshore investment in pension schemes we all benefit from.

  3. Had to look ’em up that Avaaz bunch.

    They get this endorsement from t’Guardian

    The Guardian considers it “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network”

    Doesn’t say much for all the other “online activist networks” whatever they may be. Still I am shocked to read Auld one eye has you on his e-mail list or is it Avaaz who has your e-mail, I’m confused. Forward the bugger to supershadow I’m sure he would have some worthy comment for the ” U.S.-based civic organization”.

    Ye Gods!
    Nobody should be able to evade their duty to pay tax for the public good. It is your responsibility to make that so.

    • Bloody Hell

      40 odd million members and an about page on their website that doesn’t say a dicky bird about them. Shady or what.

      The chap seemingly pulling the strings is Ricken Patel whose wikipedia (the font of all knowing) ticks all the right on boxes.

      Very mixed parentage TICK
      Patel was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to a Kenyan-born Gujarati father and an English mother with Jewish heritage

      Bullied at school on a first nations reservation no less TICK
      As a boy, Patel studied on a First Nations reserve where he was bullied.

      Top drawer uni credentials TICK
      Patel studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford, He graduated first in his university class, and held leadership roles in student government and student activism. He has a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

      You would think at this point the difference between evasion and avoidance would be known to this chap but know he appears to be as dumb as old Gorden.

      Right on work placement as well TICK
      Patel lived in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Sudan and Afghanistan, consulting for organizations including the International Crisis Group.
      Patel was the founding Executive Director of ResPublica, a global public entrepreneurship group that worked to end genocide in Darfur and build progressive globalism in US politics, among other projects.

      Progressive globalism who’d have guessed it he is on the same bus as Tony B Liar and Auld Gorden two clowns actors who now say they were ‘duped’ into believing the 45 minutes away from Saddams non existent weapons of mass destruction missiles ensuring thousand died horrific deaths and countless more had their lives utterly destroyed mentally and physically all for a lie even the local school kids could see was a lie.

      He says this “close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want”
      The sainted Guardian says this “the global leader of online protest”

      Were I cynical I would say he is a pied piper a magician who gets people to ‘look over here’ when the real bad guys are ‘doing that over there’.

  4. There is, and always has been, a clear distinction between tax avoidance (totally legit.) and tax evasion (not legit.). Thus far, nothing revealed in the Paradise Papers implies any tax evasion. However, it’s given rise to a lot of headlines that suggest otherwise. I do feel sorry for the people who’ve been ‘named and shamed’ for no reason whatsoever. As for me, I’ve long been aware that there will always be folks better off than me, and it doesn’t bother me one whit.

  5. “Now this idiot was a Prime Minister – a leader of his country – yet he doesn’t know the difference between tax avoiders and tax evaders?”

    Before he was Prime Minister he was our Chancer of the Exchequer. He cured boom and bust you know. I’m sure he does know the difference, it’s just one of the ploys they use to try to confuse those who don’t know.

  6. “…If he is worried about tax avoiders then that’s because tax laws are incredibly complex…”


    Might I just point out that the aforementioned Brown did more than anyone else in history to make our tax laws labyrinthine and almost incomprehensible? This was of course, to conceal what he thought were his oh-so-clever hidden but costly ideas.

    The ensuing system is bad enough – just think how costly it could have been had Brown been even remotely familiar with competence.

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