Last week saw comedian Jimmy Carr spotlighted and strung up under the media lamppost as something of a pecuniary piñata. For some reason, King Cameron of Cuntalot, the current British PM, saw fit to name and shame him as a protection fee tax-avoider in an ITV News interview…
I think some of these schemes – and I think particularly of the Jimmy Carr scheme – I have had time to read about and 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 some of these schemes we have seen are quite frankly morally wrong.
The Government is acting by looking at a general anti-avoidance law but we do need to make progress on this.
It is not fair on hard working people who do the right thing and pay their taxes to see these sorts of scams taking place.
In short, Cammy Boy, in a classic instance of deflection, appointed Carr as his—and the nation’s—whipping boy. With a spark of sanctimony, he ignited the intersubjective indignation of the British public, who saw fit to castigate Carr for “not paying his fair share”.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. Far from being the only one thinking Carr did nothing “morally wrong”, I read a considerable number of views, online and in print, sharing the same sentiment. It proved a pleasant surprise to see others talking about how they’d exploit the fuck out of tax loopholes without regret. Certainly better reading than Carr’s limo-Leftist contrition, and the bleating of ressentiment-ridden extortees talking up the virtue of tax-“paying” as if they had a choice in the matter.
One particular letter from Friday week’s Metro stood out for me…
Who says tax-avoidance can’t serve the public interest? As a Play.com regular, it’s certainly served mine!
Stress on that past tense. Seems as if someone failed to notify Fraser about that particular loophole being shut down by Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, a bloke I want to punch in the face for this and other reasons.
Cammy and Ozzie’s selective shaming and claiming exemplifies the modus operandi of Slave Britannia’s Conservative Party. It’s not that they hate tax-avoiders and benefit claimants: just the ones who, by choice or circumstance, fail to align with the True Blue schematic. Compare Cameron’s treatment of Carr with that of boyband bellowing extortion-evader Gary Barlow; as Labour commons leader Angela Eagle points out…
The prime minister rushed to the TV studios to condemn the tax avoidance scheme used by Jimmy Carr but he did not take the opportunity to condemn as morally repugnant the tax avoidance scheme used by Conservative supporter Gary Barlow, who’s given a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Take That’.
If it’s all so morally repugnant, why has he just been given an OBE in the birthday honours list?
I’m guessing that if Cammy dared to apply his moral indignation across the board, Barlow might just think twice about relighting his fire at the next election.
Similarly, on a macro level, the phenomenon shows itself through the constant demonization of the underclasses. Witness Cammy Boy giving it the large against the long-term unemployed, and Osborne claiming, back in September 2010, that “welfare cheats” mug the “taxpayer” (Project much, Ozzie?). Of course, such rhetoric primes the public for their usual Two-Minutes Hate sessions against “scroungers” and “dole scum”, the “parasites” in their midst. Residing amongst the underclass, I’ll make no claim to them being paragons of virtue, but reports of their epic villainy in this drama have been greatly exaggerated, especially when compared to the corporate interests, shyster charities, bank bailouts, and MP luxuries sustained by “taxpayer” largesse. And, of course, let’s not forget how much of the public pelf gets spent on military bombervention holidays.
Mr “Taxpayer” must feel mighty proud, playing his part in our “Big Society”!
Yes, the “Big Society”, the biggest fucking bait ‘n’ switch since Thatcher’s so-called “free market”: taking Mr “Taxpayer” for all his worth, giving nothing in return, and labelling it laissez-faire. Apparently, from Cammy’s perspective, volunteerism and localism means making do without the public services one ostensibly “pays” for.
Underclassmen, hard-working “taxpayers”, and non-Tory celebrity tax-avoiders: we’re all in this together—the shit, that is.
Feeling left behind by Cameron, Mr “Taxpayer”? Now you know how little Nancy feels…