On that fascinating upcoming tax justice conference

So as I said I was invited to be on a panel with Ritchie and Prem Sikka on the subject of tax justice. I said yes, why not, should be fun. And so I was duly invited.

Just got the email disinviting me. Apparently some of the organisers of the conference did not think that my views would add much light to anything, only a certain amount of heat.

Oh well.

So, better cancel those supporters’ buses I hired to bring in the righteous to confer with the bien pensants then, eh?

” the concern was not at all about you personally; it was about the explosive chemistry which might have resulted from having you on a panel with Richard and Prem”

35 comments on “On that fascinating upcoming tax justice conference

  1. The verbal knots these people have to tie to – in their own minds – seem fair and reasonable.

    It’s not about you personally, oh no.

    It’s just that they don’t want a person like you there.

    Totally, totally different.

  2. How much do we have to raise to get you and murph in a room together for an hour?

    Tim adds: Probably enough for one funeral and a coffin but probably not two.

  3. ” the concern was not at all about you personally; it was about the explosive chemistry which might have resulted from having you on a panel with Richard and Prem”

    So why not disinvite Dick and Prem?

    Yes, yes, I know…..

  4. Discrimination based upon the likely effect it will have on the expression of their beliefs.

    Fuck me, who’d have thought it of those lefty cunts.

  5. You were wondering how I would moderate your comments in a live debate, weren’t you Tim? Well now you know.

    My right to censor you is a necessary part of my freedom of speech. If you were there to disagree with me it would infringe on my human rights.

    So, as you made it clear that you were not there to endorse my views, I have had to moderate you to protect my rights.

  6. What silly idiots. They would have had a sellout audience as everyone came to boo/cheer and waited for the blood to flow!

  7. “explosive chemistry which might have resulted ”

    Have these people never even *seen* an episode of ‘Geraldo’ (or the local equivalent)? That’d bring in the ratings, man!

  8. If that’s not political favouritism, and therefore, behaviour contravening charity law, it’s damn close.

    Go on, Tim. Make some noise about it, please. It’s about fucking time that this crap got stopped.

  9. Having seen photos of them both, I’d give 3-1 on Tim to break two chairs over Ritchie before he got out of his. 4-1 if Prem Sikka tried to help.

  10. Murphy Richards

    Yesterday I asked: today you answered. There is no arguing with your logic Sir – not with you being the moderator an’ all.

  11. …the explosive chemistry which might have resulted from having you on a panel with Richard and Prem…

    OK, so then whose great idea was it to invite OGH in the first place?

    The people need to know.

  12. Let’s try that again, shall we:

    OK, so then who’s great idea was it to invite OGH in the first place?

    The people need to know.

    They still do, you know…

  13. Huh… sounds like someone threw a temper tantrum.

    I would have loved to see Ritchie puffing up in righteous indignation when told you had been invited. Probably popped the buttons on his shirt and his trousers.

  14. You know, Tim, if you were as wicked as I am, you’d go anyway and sit in the front row of the audience…

  15. “Explosive chemistry”? Oh dear, I thought I was just making an off colour joke on an obscure blog, and they gone and read it! (see previous post about comment 3) Even the lefites are spying on us.

  16. Unless it was a misprint and unless I am remembering incorrectly, wasn’t the whole thing supposed to last just 45 minutes?

    This isn’t so much a conference as a cosy chat over a cup of tea amongst friends.

    The good news is that we can now safely lock the doors from the outside and know that we’ve got at least a few of the lunatics in their own personal asylum.

  17. You surely expected the invitation to be rescinded? There’s no way Murphy would allow you or anyone deemed by him as ‘neo-Liberal’ on a panel. I’m guessing with his ego he threatened to pull out if you weren’t removed from the panel…..

  18. The thinking was almost certainly along the lines of: let’s invite TW, he’s a busy bunny who lives in Portugal so is almost guaranteed not to turn up. When he declines we can accuse him of refusing to debate with us until the cows come home.”

    Their misjudgement means the shoe is now on the other foot.

  19. the concern was not at all about you personally; it was about the explosive chemistry which might have resulted from having you on a panel with Richard and Prem”

    If Mr Murphy and Mr Sikka were quite simply lesser men, then so be it.

    Mr Richards, in that context I believe you may have a point…

  20. You should have ignored the email, Tim, pretending that your spam folder or anti virus software ate it. Then you could have had some fun on here by talking about it regularly knowing that Ritchie and Prem would be getting ever higher blood pressure.

  21. Tim, you must be rather flattered. They’re afraid of you.

    I confess I’m surprised, I’d thought bloke in spain had it right when he said, on the previous thread, that your invite was a stitch-up from which you couldn’t possibly emerge in a healthy shape.

    Keep up the good work. I’m no great fan of gongs, but you’re one of the few people I can think of who deserves one.

    Now, enough of the tongue bath.

  22. Thank you for the confidence, Mr Lud. And I’d say the disincentive that’s provoked the dis-invite rests in the comments on the thread.
    Tim playing the villain in the stage production works fine. But how confident are the players, the production will play to a packed an appreciative house? Always the trouble with theater.. You can choose the cast but not the audience. And the thread was invoking the possibility of said cast delivering their measured lines to boos & hisses from the cheap seats, if enough of Tim’s supporters kept to their expressed intentions & turned up.
    Conversely, if they try to dress the house, they risk accusation their one night only production.is just the theater it always was. Now, attending anyway & making strenuous complaint from the stalls about the casting change has great possibilities….

  23. Yes, the suggestion of Tim turning up and sitting in the front row is a corker. Assisted, as somebody else suggested, by a few serried ranks of supporters wearing Stemcor t-shirts scattered throughout the stalls.

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