This is a blinder of an argument from Ritchie

Those of that opinion are, of course, entitled to hold it. It does not, however, prove that I, and many others, are wrong to think that ,at the very least, Barclays’ data does suggest it makes significant and deliberate use of tax havens.

I am encouraged in this view by a new blog on the TJN web site that I know to have been written by Prof Sol Picciotto, who I consider one of the foremost experts on this issue. I won’t reproduce it here as I have not asked permission to do so, but would encourage you to click the link and carry on reading over at TJN.

The TJN piece is here.

In a nutshell the argument is “my bestest mate says I’m right so you’re all wrong”.

18 comments on “This is a blinder of an argument from Ritchie

  1. “I won’t reproduce it here as I have not asked permission to do so”

    That doesn’t usually stop him reproducing stuff from other people. TJN and RM/TRUK really have had a falling out!

  2. …it makes significant and deliberate use of tax havens…

    Good to see the Barclays beanies are doing what they are paid to do!

  3. “…Prof Sol Picciotto, who I consider one of the foremost experts on this issue.”

    Funny; I think prof Picciotto is an idiot. Hence Unitary Taxation, the model that makes c-b-c seem clever.

  4. Noel Scoper

    Spot on indeed.

    Murphy’s defence/justification when engaging in his usual practice of the theft of the intellectual property of others is that he reproduces the article because it is “in the public interest to do so” [ie it is in the public interest for the law to be broken because, well, breaking the law is in the public interest!]

  5. Classic exchange, where Ritchie invokes the “moderation defence” to defend the indefensible:

    Chris:-

    “We have no history of using referenda as part of democracy in the UK”

    You are of course completely wrong.

    We had a referendum in 1975, the question being

    “Do you think the UK should stay in the European Community (Common Market)?”

    Do you just ignore facts you don’t like and hope no-one else is aware of them?

    Ritchie:-

    We have had tow

    That is not a history

    Now I have work to do and you are wasting my time

    I will be deleti8ng rurther comments from you for breaching moderation guidelines

  6. “We have no history of using referenda as part of democracy in the UK”

    Bizarre – there have been several major ones and a number of local ones, as a cursory check would reveal.

  7. In a nutshell the argument is “my bestest mate says I’m right so you’re all wrong”.

    Not much of a step up from his usual “I’m a super-genius who is reinventing economics and accounting and taxation and society single-handedly… so you’re all wrong.”

    And the thought of Ritchie having friends is a chilling one, isn’t it?

  8. Is there a program available that could automatically press the DISLIKE counter for every one of Ritchie’s comments? Would be worth a tenner to me.

  9. BraveFart, it should be easy enough. You could also delete the cookies after voting, and automatically add 10 dislikes to every comment.

  10. Bloke in Wales

    “BraveFart, it should be easy enough. You could also delete the cookies after voting, and automatically add 10 dislikes to every comment.”

    It is appealing, but I suspect I may end up like Herbert Lom’s reaction to Inspector Clouseau: total obsession, repeated disliking, facial tic and murderous intentions.

  11. “It is appealing, but I suspect I may end up like Herbert Lom’s reaction to Inspector Clouseau: total obsession, repeated disliking, facial tic and murderous intentions.”

    You say that as though it would be a bad thing. I can see it now…

    “So far he’s demolished two trucks and a swimming pool. Now he’s off to Gstaad. Today, a paradise in the Swiss Alps – tomorrow, a wasteland.”

  12. Some of the comments are fantastic. How he keeps being ripped apart and can just happily reply with ‘I’m right, you’re wrong’ is amazing. Is he properly mentally ill or just a massive narcissistic cock?

  13. To be fair, he has acknowledged he isn’t omnipotent:

    “I’m not the supplier of all solutions, I admit”

    That’s quite an admission!

  14. “To be fair, he has acknowledged he isn’t omnipotent”

    My guess is that his self-belief stems from (or is explained by) his fascination for model railways.

    He is the Fat Controller (as in Thomas the Tank engine) Lord of the railway, master of all he surveys. Able to direct, control, modify, amend to his own satisfaction without outside interference.

    He then transfers this Godhead existence to real life with disastrous results.

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