I have just received a massive tome (are there ever small tomes? Mini-tomes, perhaps) from the Institute of Directors, explains Simon Sweetman.
It is, it tells me, the final report of the 2020 Tax Commission. I thought there might be a cricketing reference here, with a substantial and long-tested tax system to be replaced by a quick and lucky bash at things. Oddly, this seems to be largely true.
It is an imposing document, over 400 A4 pages it has as a cover image a painting called The Payment of Taxes by George de la Tour. Wikipedia tells me that de la Tour painted mostly religious chiaroscuro scenes lit by candlelight, so perhaps this is meant to represent the commission groping about in semi-darkness. The painting is also known as The payment of Dues and is in the gallery at Lviv in Ukraine. I don’t think the England football team made a detour for it.
The commission is a joint project between the Institute of Directors and the Taxpayers’ Alliance. Now it is customary in these matters to set up some kind of balanced group of persons to consider, but interestingly it does not appear to say what the task set for the commission was. It leaps immediately to conclusions.