David Cameron really is a spineless worm of a man.
I realise that this won't be news for most of you, and apologies for drifting into the murky world of political analysis, but I heard him speaking on the radio on my way home this afternoon and it made me want to scream in anger and frustration that this man is the Prime Minister of my country.
Let me explain. It seems that Jimmy Carr isn't paying much tax. He's a member of some scheme or other that aims to minimise his tax bill, and this was exposed in a national newspaper. There's no suggestion that he's breaking the law or has indeed done anything more nefarious than employ a decent accountant... but nevertheless he has become the focal point for an outpouring of anger and disgust. When heckled about it at a show, Carr is reported to have replied "I pay what I have to and not a penny more."
Well, it's hard to argue with that, isn't it? Who amongst us could claim that we're any different? We might wish we earned as much money as Jimmy Carr does, but nobody pays more tax than they need to, do they?
When asked about the issue on the news today - and this is what made me so angry - Cameron called schemes like these "morally wrong" and went on to say, "People work hard, they pay their taxes, they save up to go to one of his [Carr's] shows. They buy the tickets. He is taking the money from those tickets and he, as far as I can see, is putting all of that into some very dodgy tax avoiding schemes."
So let me get this straight, Dave: you're making a grab for the moral high ground?
Let me spell this out for you: there's no moral high ground for you here. None. You are the Prime Minister; it is your job to make, modify and occasionally abolish laws and to ensure that the law is upheld. It may well be that you didn't have anything to do with this particular tax loophole, but if you can't close it, then who the hell can?
At work, this is what I would call a "We Are Where We Are" moment. You might have just picked up a project or you might have been working on it for months, but it's that moment where you are sitting with an angry customer who wants answers. It's the moment where you have to gently explain that We Are Where We Are; that there is no point looking backwards to seek to assign blame or to point fingers because that won't get us any closer to our goals. The only sensible, mature thing we can do now is to look forwards and to understand how we can dig ourselves out of whatever mess we find ourselves in. If we have to, we can point fingers and learn lessons later.
Cameron had a We Are Where We Are moment today; he had an opportunity to talk about how the tax system seemed to be unfair and has loopholes that are allowing the highest earners to escape paying the taxes that we need to run this country; he had an opportunity to say that, although people like Jimmy Carr are not breaking any laws, the right thing to do would be to change the laws so that these loopholes are closed. He had an opportunity to do this, but did he take it? No, he didn't. Instead, the gutless worm took the opportunity to whine about Jimmy Carr's supposed moral obligation to pay more taxes and thus turned the spotlight back onto someone else without actually doing or changing anything at all. Moral obligation? Seriously? You pompous, self-righteous hypocrite.
Of course, it goes without saying that Cameron doesn't actually want to reform the tax system. Closing tax loopholes like that might mean that people like Jimmy Carr will pay more tax, but they will undoubtedly also mean that wealthy and influential Conservative supporters - Dave's mates and old school friends - will also start paying more tax, and Cameron wants to avoid that at all costs. Why would you close the loopholes exploited by the very richest to deny the treasury billions of pounds in tax revenue when you can change the law so that things like disability benefit can be cut to take a few million pounds from the very people who need it the most? Taking from the rich to pay for the poor? That sounds suspiciously socialist to me. Far better to drink with the rich and squeeze the uncomplaining poor for everything they've got. Champagne for everyone!
He disgusts me. His government disgusts me (Spineless politicians? How about you instruct all your MPs to abstain on important issues, eh Nick Clegg?)
This is how we run our country. Fuck the morals, does it make any money?
I'm with Jarvis.
Well did you hear, there’s a natural order.
Those most deserving will end up with the most.
That the cream cannot help but always rise up to the top,
Well I say: Shit floats.
If you thought things had changed,
Friend you’d better think again,
Bluntly put in the fewest of words,
Cunts are still running the world,
Cunts are still running the world.
Smash the system!
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