12 comments on “Jesus would cut the tax gap

  1. I am always worried about Christians who say that Jesus was a liberal or a conservative etc.
    The bible isn’t 100% clear on this and they should be more humble about such issues.
    After all if we were to take everything in the Bible 100% shouldn’t we destroy all the pagan temples in the UK?

  2. The only true interpretation of the Christian message is that what goes on in this earthly realm, being an infinitessimally small moment in eternity, is pretty much irrelevant, in political terms.

    The politicians and leaders and evil capitalists will have their moment of judgment, and that’s all we need to worry about.

    On the individual level, Richie – if he believes the Christian message – should divest himself of everything, except enough to feed himself and a set of clothes, and give the rest to the poor.

    He should also encourage his doctor wife to eschew her £150k salary and inflated pension and heal the sick for free.

    But he doesn’t believe the Christian Message. I don’t think he even believes his own message.

  3. Should think if the Man himself turned up to voice his own opinion, wouldn’t be long before Murph was fingering him on Twitter for tax evasion.

  4. Then saith he unto them: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and render also unto Caesar those things which my disciple Richard hath said should be rendered unto him”.

  5. Well, if we’re being silly, Jesus’s attack on the temple moneychangers was an anti-tax protest. The reason they were there was to change Roman currency into shekels to pay the temple tax obligatory on all Jews.

    So I’m not at all sure He’d have admired Ritchie’s high tax preferences.

  6. Plastic Jesus, plastic Jesus
    Riding with the angels of the left
    Being a tax expert is dead easy,
    when you’ve co-opted the Almighty
    Unless you’re engaged in simple sophistry

    With my friendship with Michael Meacher
    And my own face on my screensaver
    And my PCS-funded halo on my head
    Well I’m a quaker, I’m not even sure
    If I really believe in the mighty Lord
    But he believes in me. That is all.

    C’mon folks, join in

  7. Jesus wasn’t concerned with government. That’s where “render unto Caesar” comes from. It didn’t mean smaller or bigger government. It just meant it wasn’t his business. Jesus was concerned with the spiritual well-being of people, that people should act generously, love god, and so forth. A person who goes to church but doesn’t love God isn’t fulfilling his commandment. A person who pays their taxes under threat of violence isn’t being generous to the poor, they are simply rendering unto Caesar.

    You can argue a moral case for higher taxes, but you can’t argue a Christian one..

  8. Richard Murphy believes the tax gap is about 95 billion. Of this only 25 billion or so is large business related and about 70 billion is the shadow economy. That’s cash-in-hand, non declaration (i.e. Evasion) and very often coupled with benefit fraud.
    To really close the tax gap, really close it, you’ll need to go in really, really hard on a lot of not very wealthy at all little people.
    Jesus would close the tax gap would he? It’s funny, I attend Mass every Sunday and I never realised Jesus was a cunt.

  9. Didn’t Jesus also have something to say about camels and needles and affluent fat f*cks trying to smuggle their over-remunerated, overfed, vainglorious souls into heaven?

  10. BraveFart: Surely you should know that parable only applies to people earning more than the self righteous prick in question.

  11. Jesus did pay tax once. He expressed a fair amount of cynicism about it though, and when I say “paid it” it was more “told Peter to go and catch a fish, and the money to be paid was in the mouth of the fish”. See Matthew 17:24-27.

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