23 comments on “Modern Taxation Theory

  1. Ritchie seems to be writing the same crap reports he always has done as TRUK, just now in a Roman font to make it look academic. Nice that half the references are “Murphy R”.

  2. And the conclusions of Murphy’s report on the tax gap are that more money needs to be spent on producing reports on the tax gap……

  3. Yeah, but don’t forget that all data is a social construct so he can claim whatever the hell he wants.

    As expected, in the cybernats he’s found a new bunch of clapping seals citing him as a credible expert.

  4. I’m grateful that people like our host who are dedicated to their mission are reading and summarising reports by Spud. It saves work and time for people like me who can’t translate Spud ‘let me be clear’ English into normal ‘so this is what was said’ English.
    Cheers Tim

  5. Don’t you just love it, the sound of Murph getting a good kicking and making vacuous responses on his own blog

  6. And he claims that his calculations of the tax gap are more rigorous than the government’s calculations of regional GDP/GVA.

    Pendantry corner:
    Glendorran – sealions can clap, but not seals because their flippers are too far apart..

  7. @GlenDorran Theo has done you a greater favour than you know – JuliaM is very unforgiving of mistakes involving our animal friends and Theo has spared you the lash of her whip by getting in there first.

  8. Murphy’s gone all warm and wet at the thought of a good source of revenue for the indyref period and an entire political party citing his batshit conspiracy theories as gospel.

  9. Jimmers: well, seals are quite comical – ungainly fat shufflers on land, beautifully agile and sleek in water.

  10. They don’t look so cute when your scuba diving and one pops up about 5 feet from you while your waiting for the boat to putter over and pick you up

  11. When I was working the North Sea the likes of BP were very keen on conservation.
    We had to set some ten ton gadget into a frame, which I found every tube of had a conger or a wolfie in it.
    “So get them out.
    Oh, hold on a mo, that’s contract variation, we can spin this one out…”

    Happy to blow bubbles without being shouted at, not so happy that someone in Aberdeen should use my fingers as fish bait.

    We got some of them out. Then they all came back. In the end we all lost patience. Ten ton gadget landed on eels, instant bouillabaise.

    Just thought I’d mention it as a metaphor for Spud’s blog.

  12. …ungainly fat shufflers on land,

    I can see the association there between Spud and seals but this next bit is problematic.
    beautifully agile and sleek in water.

    Also, there’s nohing on record about seals visiting Dachau although for all I know people do going clubbing in Ely.

    (Bring it on!)

  13. “Theophrastus

    Pendantry corner:
    Glendorran – sealions can clap, but not seals because their flippers are too far apart”

    Ah, but what about two cooperating seals?

  14. Do seals copulate face to face? I don’t know but I had never pondered the mechanics till now

  15. I now have a picture of The Great Tuber™ balancing a ball on his nose and being rewarded with a bit of herring from a bucket.

  16. Diogenes,

    I don’t know bout seals but a lot of years ago is saw a pair of walrus copulating at Hannover zoo and they weren’t face to face.

    There was a lot of splashing much to the delight of the children and embarrassment of their parents.

  17. “Ah, but what about two cooperating seals?”

    Difficult. But seals can slap their own sides.

    “Do seals copulate face to face?”

    No. From behind. Fur seals occasionally shag penguins. However, fur seals are sea lions: they have visible ears and can walk on their flippers. There’s a colony in Cape Town’s harbour.

    “They don’t look so cute when your scuba diving and one pops up about 5 feet from you…”

    Seals can be dangerous, particularly in their breeding season. Most years, some idiot goes too close to a pup on the Norfolk coast and gets savaged by a mother seal. One silly woman was badly bitten and lost most of her calf muscle.

  18. “every tube of had a conger or a wolfie in it”

    All together now:

    When a dirty great eel
    Bites a lump from your heel
    That’s a Moray

  19. “Seals can be dangerous, particularly in their breeding season. Most years, some idiot goes too close to a pup on the Norfolk coast and gets savaged by a mother seal.”

    I’m not recommending being savaged, but actually if you avoid the areas where seals are constantly harassed by tourists, and use basic common sense in not crowding them – don’t get between them and the water, for starters – you can sit on the sand and have pups and mothers come up and play within a couple of meters of you.

    It’s amazing how much difference walking out to somewhere inaccessible can make. One side of the harbour channel you can get to in minutes, the seals shy away from coming within meters of the hullaballoos. The other side, across the channel, is at least a half-hour walk from anywhere, and the seals are calm and relaxed enough to approach rather closer.

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