A change at the PAC A change at the PAC
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    The Guardian reports that Mrs Hodge will not be standing for Chair of the PAC in June.

    The post normally goes to a senior Opposition MP but we'll have to wait and see.

    I confess that I'm not a fan of Mrs Hodge and I found her grandstanding and willingness to be a rent-a-quote for the Daily Rant to be a positive hurdle in reaching sensible tax/spending policy. I would venture so far as to say that her actions have contributed to a logjam of monumental proportions in personal tax disputes and have demoralised HMRC staff.

    I accept that for some she is the "hero" exposing how big business pays little heed to local tax rules and how they need to pay more in order to be "fair".

    That is not a convincing argument for me and I'd happily debate that.

    My hope is that a new Chair can bring a new perspective to the PAC perhaps with an agenda item high up the list to clear as many disputes as quickly and reasonably as possible. It would not be the first time that my hopes would have been dashed.

    Whoever is elected will be a focus for BIG GROUP.

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    Not having a tax avoiding champagne socialist whining about tax avoidance would be a start

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    Quote Originally Posted by webberg View Post
    The Guardian reports that Mrs Hodge will not be standing for Chair of the PAC in June.

    The post normally goes to a senior Opposition MP but we'll have to wait and see.

    I confess that I'm not a fan of Mrs Hodge and I found her grandstanding and willingness to be a rent-a-quote for the Daily Rant to be a positive hurdle in reaching sensible tax/spending policy. I would venture so far as to say that her actions have contributed to a logjam of monumental proportions in personal tax disputes and have demoralised HMRC staff.

    I accept that for some she is the "hero" exposing how big business pays little heed to local tax rules and how they need to pay more in order to be "fair".

    That is not a convincing argument for me and I'd happily debate that.

    My hope is that a new Chair can bring a new perspective to the PAC perhaps with an agenda item high up the list to clear as many disputes as quickly and reasonably as possible. It would not be the first time that my hopes would have been dashed.

    Whoever is elected will be a focus for BIG GROUP.
    I personally think she confuses the public with avoidance and evasion. Her tactics worked well where she definitely got more than 15 minutes of fame in the media. Her stand with "moral" can be subjective, as moral doesn't mean is illegal. Is it moral for them to expense on meals and drinks where they should pay for themselves so the government can spend more on NHS or benefits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by philinlondon View Post
    I personally think she confuses the public with avoidance and evasion
    Nothing politicos do or say is by chance...and blurring evasion and avoidance has been a theme for a few years now.

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