Thursday, December 08, 2016

You won't believe what I just overhead

 "You won't believe what I just overhead ..."
AH after hours and the awkward conversation @ christmas party


A new report ostensibly lauding the tax contribution of UK banks and insurance companies should provide no festive reassurance. Issued by the City of London Corporation and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) it claims that, against all the odds, the financial sector is making a heroic contribution to the UK public purse. Gosh, only if that were true.
Heard the latest Christmas story? It’s about how UK banks pay all their taxes 

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A former French minister who led a crackdown on tax evasion was on Thursday sentenced to three years in prison for hiding millions in offshore accounts, in a scandal that rocked François Hollande's presidency
France's former tax Tsar sentenced to three years in jail for tax fraud

Phillip Knightley, arguably Australia's most accomplished journalist, and a key figure in the expose of the Kim Philby spy sensation in the 60s, the thalidomide scandal and the Vesteys' colossal tax avoidance scheme, died yesterday aged 87. A veteran of newspapers in Australia, the UK, India and Fiji, author of 14 books, and twice winner of the British Journalist of the Year award, Knightley died peacefully in his sleep in London from chest infections and organ breakdown, with members of his family by his side. Journalists recalled an enigmatic figure sporting a Lenin-like goatee beard, who was always helpful with younger reporters. He was deeply sceptical, and a man with a steel-trap mind, remarkable insight, forensic skills, and intellectual clarity.
AUSSIE'S KEY ROLE IN EXPOSING PHILBY; Obituary - Phillip Knightley 1929-2016