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Knighthood for Jim harra

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According to The Times Jim harra is to be given a knighthood. What a disgrace talk about rewarding failure 

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By lionofludesch
13th Jun 2024 06:37

On the contrary.

So far as the Government is concerned, he's been very successful. Probably met all his targets for the reduction of expenditure.

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By djtax
13th Jun 2024 10:39

Agreed - but I wonder whether he achieved targets (if any) on the amount of tax receipts raised?

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By FactChecker
15th Jun 2024 14:30

Not relevant ... it's "For Public Service".

You might wonder what Service? and which Public? - I couldn't possibly comment!

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By FactChecker
15th Jun 2024 14:43

Mind you ... that's no ordinary Knighthood (like for Alan Bates), Jim Boy gets a top-notch Knights Commander of the Order of the Bath!

And in case he gets lonely in his lofty eyrie, his old mucker does almost as well:
* David Alan Evans .. Director General and General Counsel, Legal Group, HM Revenue and Customs gets Companions of the Order of the Bath.
[For services to the Government Legal Profession, to Tax and to Diversity!]

Wonder what you get IF you actually achieve something that improves life for everyone else?

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By Jason Croke
13th Jun 2024 06:45

The least surprising news ever.

One can only hope that King Charles slips with his sword.

Of course we reward failure, but that is because we are outside looking in, but if you are inside looking out, then Harra has kept his mouth shut and not criticised the establishment and that is why he is being rewarded.

My only comfort is that being knighted puts Harra in the same distinguished group as Jimmy Saville, Fred Goodwin, Nicolae Ceausescu, Mussolini and Robert Mugabe (although to be fair to them, they all did have their awards withdrawn after they failed, whereas Harra has already failed before receiving his reward).

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By FactChecker
13th Jun 2024 11:59

A devalued award in return for devaluing a major office of state*?
... seems wholly appropriate to me.

* = yeah I know, non-ministerial department; but it IS an office of state, just without an officer!

It would've been a shock if he wasn't 'rewarded' as it'd suggest he'd managed to ruffle feathers within the coterie of those who recommend - something he's striven NOT to do for his whole career.

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By David Ex
13th Jun 2024 09:49

Up there with the Henry Kissinger Nobel Peace Prize, if true.

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By djtax
13th Jun 2024 10:11

Perhaps to be followed soon by the announcement of his retirement and possibly the promotion of Angela Macdonald? At least JH was a career tax Inspector with decades of hands on experience unlike AM? Not that I am remotely impressed by JH's tenure but will his departure see an improvement in HMRC or not?
Readers who think it cannot get any worse may be disappointed.....

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By lionofludesch
13th Jun 2024 10:29

djtax wrote:

Perhaps to be followed soon by the announcement of his retirement and possibly the promotion of Angela Macdonald? At least JH was a career tax Inspector with decades of hands on experience unlike AM? Not that I am remotely impressed by JH's tenure but will his departure see an improvement in HMRC or not?
Readers who think it cannot get any worse may be disappointed.....

So why didn't he know better?

Why didn't he push back?

Having been a hands on tax inspector just makes it worse.

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By lionofludesch
13th Jun 2024 10:30

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By Tom+Cross
13th Jun 2024 13:47

I’ve said for years, it would be a racing certainty. Then he’ll leave. Think Dame Homer, and Sir Starmer. All magical gold plated employees, of the state.
Wish I’d had a bet on it.

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By Justin Bryant
14th Jun 2024 09:21

If true, it's an outrageous disgrace given the valid similarities (including suicides of course) between the 2019 LC (which he oversaw - at best disingenuously) and the P.O. Horizon scandal.

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By Tom+Cross
14th Jun 2024 14:02

"Truth will out", Justin. As my grandmother, used to say.
I doubt that I'll live that long though. These events take years. Just think; Grenfell, Factor VIII, and as you say, The Post Office (scandal), to mention the topical events.
500,000 civil servants can never be wrong.
It's laughable that the population still believe that, the elected party, runs the country.

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By Justin Bryant
14th Jun 2024 14:56

Yes. Human beings generally act in their own self-interest and not in the interest of others where there is a conflict of interests (probably JH doesn't give a monkey's about the plight of UK taxpayers under his bad governance and is only concerned with his knighthood etc.). That simple and obvious fact is the root cause of bad practices like this.

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By usedbyhmrc
14th Jun 2024 23:16

well that was horribly accurate, so I suppose he'll be moving on now.

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By whitevanman
15th Jun 2024 11:09

No more than Paula Vennels, Jim Harra has done only what his political masters have told him to do (as will the next incumbent). That blind obedience in the face of catastrophe is what is, and always has been, rewarded. Morality has no place in the real world and certainly no reward (cynical I know but sadly true).

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By Justin Bryant
25th Jun 2024 11:11

Here's another good reason why this award is highly undeserved.

https://www.theguardian.com/money/article/2024/jun/24/hmrc-is-threatenin...

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By FactChecker
25th Jun 2024 14:22

Disgraceful.
If only I was surprised!

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