Harlow Labour Party welcome sacking of “tax avoiding Tory”
Politics / Sun 29th Jan 2023 pm31 12:09pm
THE HARLOW Labour Party has welcomed the sacking of the chair of the Conservative Party, Nadeem Zahawi
PM Rishi Sunak sacked him following weeks of revelations about his tax affairs.
The prime minister says it is “clear that there has been a serious breach of the Ministerial Code”
A Harlow Labour Party spokesperson said: “Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has finally made the decision to sack Nadhim Zahawi following news last week of his ‘careless’ failure to pay tax landing him with a £5m payment including a large penalty fine.
However, it was a decision Sunak should have made when the news first broke and has only now happened due to pressure from the Labour party and also the media. We note that Harlow’s own Conservative MP had nothing to say on the matter.
Sunak’s dithering is another example of his weakness and of a Government which is out of its depth and devoid of talent. Sadly this looks all too familiar to local residents as Harlow’s Conservative Council seems to be unable to form a stable and competent cabinet; with sackings, resignations and failures to fill key roles in the local news weekly.
“It is also another example of a Conservative government which is out of touch with people’s real priorities. While Harlow residents struggle to feed their families and stay warm, this Conservative government is focused on saving its own whatever rules have been broken”.
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What puzzles me is that Zahawi is getting all the blame for this, I would have expected for sums of the magnitude being referred to (and bear in mind that the taxable amounts will be much higher) that his tax returns would have been submitted/managed by Accountants. So the questions are, are there Accountants involved, did he instruct them to make incorrect claims, did they do it carelessly or was it part of a deliberate attempt to avoid evade tax.
Looking at the antics of Johnson, Sunak and other cabinet ministers this is no surprise. If it looks like a Tory, walks like a Tory, talks like a Tory then it's probably ducking and diving to give PPE contracts to friends, lavishing money on decorating the flat above their office, using nom dom and other tax loop holes, doesn't use the nhs and sends children to private schools.
Not all Conservative politicians are lying, tax avoiders who are intent on raiding the public purse for personal profit. However it is notable that so many lying, tax avoiders who are intent on raiding the public purse for personal profit comfortably find a home in the Conservative party.
Avoiding it legal, evasion is not. Anyone with a pension or ISA is tax avoiding
Britain has a tax code written so loosely that it encourages creative "tax avoiding vehicles" as accountants describe them. A few celebrities have been caught out by HMRC, like Jimmy Carr, of using tax avoiding schemes that their accountants said were legal. However, we have New Labour to blame for such poorly defined tax laws. Gordon Brown boasted to the Confederation of British Industry conference in 2005 about Britain's state regulation being "not just a light touch but a limited touch". See paragraph 41 of Brown's speech at link: https://www.ft.com/content/9073a120-600d-11da-a3a6-0000779e2340
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