IR35 book review: Practical contractors and personal freelance

Two solid, blue coloured, second edition paperbacks do what they say they do in their titles, explains Gail Purvis.

The Contractors' Handbook by Dave Chaplin is a contractor's expert guide, offering the latest tax and IR35 updates, Agency Worker Regulations and 20 'solution' scenarios when things go wrong! In Freedom to Freelance or the online revolution and the fight against IR35, you have Philip Ross' personal history account of the “birth of Britain's first on-line trade association” about the shaping and moving personalities of the 14,000 members of the Professional Contractors Group, as well as some of the other 120,000 contractors affected by IR35.


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A very large pinch of salt

ThornyIssues | | Permalink

Particularly in respect of Mr Ross's Kalnienk Vision when looking away from his rose tinted mirror, in my humble opinion.


@ThornyIssues:Tantalising & interesting! But cud U please exp...

dstickl | | Permalink

ThornyIssues wrote:

A very large pinch of salt  ...  Particularly in respect of Mr Ross's Kalnienk Vision when looking away from his rose tinted mirror, in my humble opinion.

Hi ThornyIssues!  You've made a tantalising and interesting post!  But could you please explain it a bit more ...  ?

Let us just say ...    1 thanks

ThornyIssues | | Permalink

I know a few of the people that are mentioned in the book and who seem to have a very different recollection. To attempt to write a history of the PCG without actually interviewing any of the people involved isn't a history, it's a self-opinioned diary. Again IMHO.

it is true I didn't interview Dawn Primarolo | | Permalink

It is true that I didn't attempt to interview the former Paymaster General or Gordon Brown for that matter. The story is based around what happen with contemporary news articles from the time and details about what happened to me when I was campaigning. The key characters in the story are those who played a significant role - Andy White for one. I haven't talked in detail to the minor characters as I didn't need to, nor did I interview Andy I didn't have to because I was there. I know that some people are disappointed that they aren't in it more than they are. Also I am not sure what these different recollections are but would be interested to hear them, but these are my memoirs of the campaign, and that is it my story of the campaign.