The moral high ground
This week popular UK comedian Jimmy Carr has been in hot water. An almost throwaway comment regarding his taxes led to a lambasting by UK PM David Cameron.
Jimmy Carr had enjoyed a minimal tax rate by using the legal K2 tax avoidance scheme. The point is that he has not broken the law. His tax affairs have been open and above board in that Her Majesty's Inland Revenue Service knew of Carr's tax optimisation.
Prime Minster David Cameron weighed in, no doubt seeing a political opportunity. One were unbelievably he took the moral high ground.Carr has been a supporter of Labour in the past and his comedy act has poked fun at that elusive 1% in society who continue to prosper. Jimmy since this ridiculous farce has issued a statement apologising and stating that he will "mend his ways"
What is farcical is that Dodgy Dave has now refused to attack others, notably those who are his friends, who act in a similar way to Jimmy. Cameron's buddy Gary Barlow of Take That was awarded an honour in last week's Queen's birthday honours list. He and some of his band mates are in a similar position to Carr. Their tax avoidance scheme is under investigation.
Today June 21, 2012, Cameron has refused to name others. He says he will not make it personal, but surely he already has?
By singling out Jimmy Carr he has caused that man bad press and more. yet Carr has broken no law. If the tax avoidance scheme is wrong then Cameron is in a position to change it and close the loopholes. Of course he will not want to do that for fear it hits his own.
Since coming to office Cameron has proved that the Torie are no strangers to sleaze and wrong doing. This is why his "moral" attack on Carr galls. In the end Dave Cameron stated that Carr's use of a Jersey tax dodge scheme may have been legal but it was "morally wrong".
This opens a real can of worms. It seems he can make such a rash judgment of a person not allied to the Tories but is unable to do so to those who are. He is also an ineffective PM as he is unable to close loopholes which see vast sums of money leaving the UK and avoiding revenue. One thing Cameron lacks is consistency and another is the ability to think before he speaks.
And as for taking the moral high ground? Give me a break.
Based in Yorkshire, in the middle of the UK, almost, this blogger offers her own unique perspective on life in GB
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