The glory that is the Murphmonster

So HMRC is to have a service of celebration about the glories of HMRC. In a church. Ritchie:

And why in such a venue so loaded with royal and state significance when HMRC’s job has always been to stand apart from such influences and act with impartiality to collect tax that is due? Does no one in HMRC’s senior management have a clue about the history of tax, democracy, the crown, parliament and the people of the country? If they did then this would have been the last place to choose for such a celebration, if one were needed.

I dunno really, I take that HM bit to have some significance. The “Her Majesty’s” bit of the name of the organisation?

Neoliberal pendantry no doubt…..

18 comments on “The glory that is the Murphmonster

  1. If the Bible is to be believed God only likes tax thieves who repent not self-glorifying cunts who exult in their thieving evil.

  2. The Peoples Front of Judea say we should celebrate tax…it’s repugnant…read more in “The Joy of Tax” by the Judean Peoples Front.

  3. Jeebus!
    According to his post in his comments he really has written a “Joy of Tax”.
    With the customary pencil sketch illustrations throughout?
    The mind boggles.

  4. The repulsive sad little fat fvcker is really really angry about such a large number of diverse things and people isn’t he?

    It’s most unbecoming for a person who is a committed Christian, and whose (former now he has once again defected to Quakerism) church is supposed to be welcoming to all.

  5. @BraveFart

    He was never an ex-Quaker. Even though he has written articles that says he was and he rejoined, he now wasn’t ever not a quaker. I hope that clears things up.

    Let’s hope his wife goes with him to the meetings. The first wife didn’t and she got replaced at one.

  6. Strange how opinion cluster work. There we have Ritchie texting stuff likes “don’t they realise you don’t need to raise taxes to spend money” because you can print it you see. Yet he wants us to tax and tax and tax again. Then you have others – a couple on this blog- who talk of all gov’t defects and of QE in terms of debasing the currency etc. Yet they seem to think that all tax – that’s ALL tax – is theft. There must be a second magic money tree.

    does anybody seriously, HONESTLY, believe we don’t need Gov’t?

  7. “does anybody seriously, HONESTLY, believe we don’t need Gov’t?”

    What we need – or rather can tolerate – is minimum government with maximum effectiveness.

    What we have and what we increasingly get is maximum government with minimal effectiveness.

  8. Geoff

    Good answer. And that minimum gov’t is therefore required to raise tax, which therefore isn’t theft.

    One might argue that too much gov’t requires too much tax, which is therefore theft. The basic principle is, however, agreed.

    Now; I’m looking forward to The Joy of Tax or “Murphy Dances on the Head of a Pin” as he tries to marry MMT bollocks with his misunderstanding of Keynesian theory.

  9. Years ago, when I worked for the Revenue at Somerset House, a colleague (half-Jewish, atheist) frequently opined that we should have an annual St Matthew’s day service in St Mary’s in the Strand.

  10. To be fair to Richie, for once his general point is correct. Why is the taxpayer funding 1500 HMRC employees going for a jolly at Westminster Abbey?
    HMRC are a total shambles of an organization (although not for the reasons Richie thinks they are), and I can’t see what exactly they have to celibate, certainly not at my expense.

    HMRC should be in the business of tax collection, not running worship services (even for those worshiping the god of the state).

  11. Funny thing about Richie is that he yields to nobody in hatred of HMRC and the Government, and believes they are as incompetent as they are corrupt… but he wants to give more power to them. If he was just a tiny bit self aware he might see this as a contradiction.

  12. Ironman, The State has a monopoly on theft and violence, but I think there is something of an understanding that The State should minimise the use of its monopoly on violence.

    I think the same should apply to theft/tax. But it doesn’t.

  13. Dan
    August 25, 2014 at 9:42 pm
    Funny thing about Richie is that he yields to nobody in hatred of HMRC and the Government, and believes they are as incompetent as they are corrupt… but he wants to give more power to them. If he was just a tiny bit self aware he might see this as a contradiction.

    You are conflating HMRC, Tory coalition controlled and therefore in Ritchie’s world bad, with PCS, in Richie’s world good.

    What he really wants is PCS to have more members and, through a Labour government, direct control of tax collection policy. In the case he gets his wish for tax policy to be based on whatever lefty nut jobs think is “fair”.

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