Category Archives: being pretentious

Stuck on page 1 of the tax morality debate?

I’m bored by people throwing the word “moral” into stories about taxation. Not because I don’t find morality or taxation interesting, but because people get no further than asserting that something is immoral or moral. And that’s it. There is … Continue reading

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More on tax, relativism and morality

I had an interesting, if disjointed, discussion with Richard Murphy on his blog regarding what appears to be his insistence that moral values are all relative and subjective. Essentially, he denies that any moral absolutes are possible. I find this … Continue reading

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Science, morality, tax and a monkey with a gun

This post is a bit weird, so you should know two things before you read it: I’ve already written this post once but WordPress ate it. It was already weird and probably will only have got more so in the … Continue reading

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The PAC is just an echo chamber…

I feel I ought to be outraged about the Public Account Committee’s report on the role of the Big 4 accountancy firms in tax avoidance. For some reason I’m not. I think it’s just the inevitability of the outcome. The … Continue reading

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Rule of law

If there’s any element of morality worth discussing with respect to tax avoidance, I think it needs to be done under the heading of ‘rule of law’. It’s something that was raised by Nigel Mills MP at this week’s House … Continue reading

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