Read here for a VERY interesting look into the wonderful, inclusive culture Jon has fostered at his organisation.
Well worth a knighthood!
Justin Bryant wrote:
Also, when the 1st line of the decision reads "This appeal concerns a tax avoidance scheme" there is only going to be one result!
I'm sure there was no political pressure applied at all from anywhere.
Any kind of Artificial Intelligence, however primitive, will almost certainly do a better job than the human "intlligence" (or rather lack therof) that's currently been left in charge at HMRC.
My dog could do a better job at calculating APNs and writing sensical letters than the microcephalic life forms that make up the "AP teams".
Some are lined up to be heard by the Court of Appeal.
Pesky taxpayers insisting on a semblance of due process!
Simply terminal hubris. Tories forgot that when you keep backstabbing all your natural / historical electorate (e.g. the self-employed, the entrepreneurial), at some point you start running out of people eager to vote for you.
Expect more of this not that HMRC's business plan has changed from "making sure you pay the correct amount of tax" to "maximizing the amount of tax collected" - courtesy of pyschopaths like David Gauke.
Spot-on...except it really is Gauke's vendetta, and Hammond is an empty suit.
Gauke is a textbook psychopath. No care whatsoever about the damage caused, all that matters is ideology and having their way, regardless of the price.
Once in place, these types are more difficult to dislodge than a nasty case of herpes. You better believe this is going to be a very long and unpleasant journey.
Watch "V for Vendetta" if you want the Tory wet dream in film form. There's a reason these movies are set in the UK.
(I seem to remember it doesn't end very well for the dictators, though.)