Sentenced in 2012: Murugasan Natarajan – 6 years
Background: A garlic smuggler has been jailed for six years after evading around £2 million in customs duty while importing Chinese garlic. The smuggler, who is now on the run, claimed he was importing ginger but HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators found that the containers used were transported at the wrong temperature.
If we actually had free trade, ie, we deregulated it, then there would be no point in classifying garlic as ginger in order to avoid import duties.
Thus deregulation would lead to a reduction in tax evasion.
Isn’t it odd that so few people mention this? And why in buggery are we taxing garlic imports anyway?