You’ll recall that he was prominent in the “analysis” of Starbuck’s accounts to show that they were tax dodgin’ bastards? Here’s what his mate, Vince Cable says about it all:
“The danger at the moment is that this just spills over into a generalised anti-business, anti-multinational sentiment which is unhelpful because we do want successful businesses, we do want inward investment. We don’t want people to be stigmatised on the basis of ad hoc little bits of research.”
Mr Cable said that the issue had been discussed in Government and that there would be legislation if necessary.
“It is quite possible that some of those companies have been traduced in a very unfair way,” he said. “As it happens my staff spent quite a bit of time talking to Starbucks and going through their accounts with them and it did turn out that they hadn’t made any profits here on which to pay tax.
Therefore Murphy was wrong. As he has been over each and every one of the cases that have hit the headlines: the Greens, Vodfaone, Google, Amazon and on. Every single damn time his “accounts” turn out to be noting other than people obeying the law exactly as it is written. And absolutely none of these cases would have turned out any differently under his Gimpster (that is right isn’t it?) proposal. All arrangements would be under that new law just as they are now: entirely legal. So they cannot be, even by his definitions, tax avoidance for Gimpster obliterates the possibility of tax avoidance so he tells us.
It just is quite remarkable how people can lie themselves into the national consciousness.