The Rifkind-Straw affair is pathetic, embarrassing and they’ll probably get away with it.  They look ridiculous, but it’s unlikely they have done anything that will attract any more than a slapped wrist.  Greed is not an offence, even for MPs, and since Jack Straw has managed to escape punishment for his part in an illegal war, I’d expect he’ll wriggle out of this one easily enough [as an aside, who pays £5k… Read More

Few stories get my blood boiling like tax evasion.   It’s the section of the emotional Venn diagram where feelings of  anger with politicians, helplessness about the poorest, envy about the richest and frustration with public services, all come together. That is why, to me at least, the HSBC Swiss bank scandal matters.  It shows up the unfairness of the way that HMRC operates and shines a spotlight on the open acceptance of a culture of tax… Read More