Thursday, 30 September 2010

Say one thing, do another

I say chaps, the government's cracking down on tax avoidance!

Really? How?

Well, HMRC are conducting an investigation into dubious offshore banks.

Such as?

HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA, for one.

Oh good - one of those Swiss outfits designed to help rich Brits hide their money. 

That's the one.

Excellent. The directors and executives should be strung up for cheating the taxpayer at a time of national economic crisis. 


Er…? What do you mean?

Well, they're not exactly swinging from lamp-posts.

How about a damn good thrashing then? Public humiliation? Drummed out of public life for their selfishness?

'Fraid not, old chap. HSBC (Suisse)'s top man's rather gone the other way. Stephen Green's now a government minister for trade (he's also been the HSBC chairman and is - ironically given that Jesus chucked the moneychangers out of the temple, an ordained Anglican vicar). Just like that Sir Philip Green chappy, who paid his Monte Carlo-based wife £1.5bn from his company to avoid his £285m contribution to the country (and they're not the only ones).

It's all about the Green, then.

It is. It really is.

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