Jimmy Carr is now evil, it would seem. He is a little bit but let’s not nail him to the cross just yet. Let’s think for a moment about the man that outed him; who named and shamed him like some kind of tragic episode of ‘Rich Wankers Fall Out on Jeremy Kyle,’ it was our terrible, out of touch Prime Minister, David Cameron.
David Cameron is from a privileged background and is the man who leads our government. The government legislates on tax and investments and can open loopholes and also close them. The House of Commons make the rules (as well as break the rules of course) and in this case could have had a debate or a private members bill or what ever they needed to do to close the K2 Offshore tax scheme. Plus if you’re going to name one man who has taken advantage of such a scheme surely you should name all of them, including your friends and party donors, Mr Cameron.
Yes Jimmy Carr has starved the coffers of millions of pounds of tax, but David Cameron is a hypocrite to name him alone. And how many millions and even billions of pounds have the treasury lost out on from huge corporations who have been allowed to get away with not paying taxes because they have threatened to pull out of the UK if they do so. The UK is a massive place and corporations that leave will soon be replaced or won’t leave at all, because 50% of their UK profits is better than none of their UK profits at all.
Jimmy Carr you are stupid for taking part in this scheme, David Cameron you are moronic to name one man in relations to an issue that you have the power to change and stop anyway. Tax isn’t a matter of choice, but politicians need to think carefully before slinging mud when we are only a few years past a huge expenses scandal that saw many politicians lose their seats, become disgraced and even sent to prison.