Cameron and Carr

Because I spend so much of my time here giving the uncaring world my opinions on the Labour party, I suspect that sometimes the contempt I hold the modern Tory party in gets neglected. It’s like background radiation. Always there, always constant, but rarely highlighted or remarked upon.

I don’t like to remark upon it, either. After all, such strong dislike is a corrosive, unattractive quality. I prefer to disagree with wonks on my own side, as no-one cares if we slice each other to bits.

But Lord, David Cameron tests me. It’s not just his politics, though those are bad enough. Nor is it his opportunism, as we have those in all parties. It’s that he’s a bad right wing opportunist, a terrible greasy hack, and his occupation of 10 Downing Street feels like a professional affront.

Take his decision to intervene in the Jimmy Carr Tax imbroglio.

Sure, it sounds the sort of thing Tony Blair would do at his hammiest, but Cameron clod footed his way into the row in a way that is guaranteed to hurt him when some Tory donor is revealed as an aggressive tax avoider.

Worse, he could have made his intervention without leaping into the trap.

It isn’t even hard.

Q: Prime Minister, what do you make of The Tax avoiding scandal?

A: I understand people’s anger. Ultimately, the choice to use loopholes to aggressively avoid tax is one for someone’s conscience, if it’s legal. Politicians make terrible moral guardians, so I won’t preach, even to a satirist who avoids his taxes.

Instead, I’ll close the loopholes, so no tycoon, comedian -or politician- can take advantage of a technicality to not pay their share. That’s what government is for, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Bit long, but Dave, put me on £100k a year, and I’ll shorten it for Craig O.

4 Responses to “Cameron and Carr”

  1. Danivon

    Talk about a hostage to fortune. As soon as they find a major Tory donor or a senior party ally of Cameron’s on the same kind of scheme DC will be asked to condemn them in the same terms.

  2. Brian Hughes

    In the short term though it's jolly convinient that Mr Carr has provided them with a scapegoat.  And it's a joy for us lovers of bitter irony – a bit like discovering that the stars on HIGNFY get paid amost as much for appearing in one episode as the MPs they accuse of greed get in a year.
    But it does reopen the question of why Mr Brown and his acolytes didn't devote their allegedly huge brains to removing tax loopholes during the ten years he spent in No 11.  I suppose they were all far too focussed on scheming to get him into the top job next door.   Such a shame he wasn't much good at that one either…

  3. androo235

    Tolley's 2009 guide to the tax system over 11,500 pages, double the size of the 1997 guide. New Labour did try to tighten the existing tax system. but, it's futile.
    This will remain the case while the unit of taxation is still the mobile individual and the ephemeral company.
    Henry George – Progress and Poverty,, Mason Gaffney – the Corruption of Economics.
    I also like Steve Keen's other jubilee and the agenda, but I'm not quite as convinced about them as I am about LVT.

  4. mark007

    We just dont like paying tax – The French are open to the idea and have always seen the long term benefits. Pre-2008, in less austere stable times, you could argue that this was the time to do it but the economy actually needs it more urgently now. A Robin Hood FTT would be fairer. I want to know who is going to pay for Credit Crunch II if the Euro implodes. It certainly won't be the poorer citizens and public sector workers


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