Mindboggling, quite mindboggling

The clubs say:

\”What we need in this is clarification,\” said the Premier Rugby chief executive, Mark McCafferty. \”It is about establishing ground rules, such the percentage of salary that can be paid into an image rights company.\”

The Professional Rugby Players’ Association are not perturbed by the investigation. \”The only issue we would have is if we felt unfair penalties were being imposed,\” said the chief executive, Damian Hopley. \”Rugby union is enjoying a high profile and young players emerging are finding themselves fêted in a way their predecessors were not. All we want from HMRC is clarity.\”

Let’s translate that: they’re saying “What can we get away with?”

So, err, someone says \”excuse me Boss, but what actually is the law?\” and the only reason they do so is so that they can get away with something?

What?

14 comments on “Mindboggling, quite mindboggling

  1. Tim

    Wrong as usual. there is law. There is tax due on employment.

    These people are trying to get round the law.

    I know you have a problem with the concept – but some of us think upholding the rule of law worthwhile

    Richard

  2. Well, it’s obvious Tim. If you clarify for them what the law actually IS, then they’ll know.

    And we can’t have that. Far better to keep them guessing…

  3. They want to know how much tax the law says they must pay, so they can pay only that, and no more. Why do the Murphies and Toynbees of this world expect people to give away money to the government over and above what the government has authorised itself to take?

    Anyone who pays more tax than the law says they must is an idiot. To avoid being that idiot people find out what the law says, and act accordingly. It’s not a difficult to understand this.

  4. “Why do the Murphies and Toynbees of this world expect people to give away money to the government over and above what the government has authorised itself to take?”

    Because they’re Marxist money-grubbing imbeciles. But now I’m being redundant. Twice.

  5. say what you like about Il Duce (Everything inside the State, nothing outside the State), but he got everyone to pay the right amount of tax

  6. “I know you have a problem with the concept – but some of us think upholding the rule of law worthwhile”

    On the contrary. What we don’t like is people saying “the law is what I say it is”. Once your lot are out of power, you’ll come to see the wisdom in this. Because you’re sure as shit going to get pissy when the Anti-Quango Czar comes calling on nef and says you’ve been spending government money illegally.

  7. “say what you like about Il Duce (Everything inside the State, nothing outside the State), but he got everyone to pay the right amount of tax”

    That’s the difference with New Labour. They may be power-crazed authoritarians but at least they can’t make the trains run on time.

  8. Tax avoidance is not only legal, but a stern moral duty. To minimise the amount of one’s wealth one hands over to people of Murphy’s ilk is an imperative. Meanwhile, with every passing day, and every surpassingly fatuous/fascistic utterance, the WGCE himself makes it ever more clear that someone, somehow, needs to violently batter him with an enormous rubber cock until he’s very, very sorry.

  9. The problem is that the people at nef know that pretty much everyone else is smarter than them. Smarter than the Government lawyers who draft laws as well. So if they let people *know* what the laws are, they will find loopholes in them.

    Secrecy is the first refuge of the intellectually dim. See Climate Audit’s problem with data.

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