I wasn’t going to bother publishing this here, but after today’s Public Accounts Committee session I changed my mind.
Margaret Hodge has basically decided to ignore all the evidence provided by Troy Alstead from Starbucks and rely purely on rumours and conjecture instead. What’s the point in giving evidence to this committee if they just ignore it?
I think her behaviour was irresponsible in this respect and now she has made allegations which will damage the relationships that HMRC and HMT have with accountancy firms.
So, this is evidence I submitted to the House of Lords call for evidence which closed on Monday. I debated whether it is relevant to them and then rushed to write this the night before. That’s my excuse for it, anyway…
I had figured the PAC would be more relevant but they only take evidence from the tabloids so there’s no way they’ll ever read it.
Also, I just read this article on FT which also discusses Starbucks. It’s pretty good.