Tax “avoidance” by MPs

Someone – unfortunately I can’t remember who – wrote a scathing piece in probably the Guardian or the Indy or the Times a few weeks ago, saying it was a disgrace that MPs were being given exemption from new tax avoidance measures in the forthcoming Finance Bill, one law for them, one law for us, etc, etc.

This has been picked up on Conservative Home (which quotes from a Telegraph piece that was equally critical), with a couple of blog posts from two Tory MPs, with Steve Baker echoing the concerns, and Greg Hands attempting to explain why MPs were being exempted.

I’ve now received a response from the Treasury Minister responsible for this area of taxation, David Gauke, for those of you who are interested….    Finance_Bill_MP_exemption_letter

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  • Quietzapple  On April 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    I’m re reading Gowers’ Plain Words London 1948 HMSO 2s

    You might find a copy for your correspondent and mark the section relating to the differences in parliamentary draughtsmanship and letter writing

    Never bettered and a Joy of England under God!

    For fun: Two quotes from p5:

    “Kissing with golden face the meadows green
    “Gilding pale streams with heavenly alchymy”


    “Postmasters are neither bound to give change nor authorised to demand it”

    Notice once displayed in every general Post Office

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