Quite

There\’s something to be said for tax havens, but it\’s an unpopular case to make in the middle of the Liechtenstein storm. The danger is that the tax competition that they bring, and which should be welcome, will be annihilated along with the secrecy which they struggle to justify.

Without tax havens, without the possibility of escape, how high would the tax demands rise?

6 thoughts on “Quite”

  1. I confess to being shocked that, given the masses and masses of material being printed about the Liechtenstein issue, I have yet to see anyone question either the tax rates in Germany or the complexity of the code.
    Time is certainly working against the German welfare state and the fact that the government is more than willing to openly commit a crime to catch tax dodgers shows the level of desperation that will only increase in the future.
    I can’t imagine how the government can claim that purchasing stolen goods does not qualify as criminal activity.

  2. Isn’t it also particularly interesting how several large European states, by paying money to acquire information, which they are fully aware has been obtained in breach of the laws of another country, are thus condoning the said breach?

    Now this sort of thing of course goes on with spying on other countries, but I always thought the border between the activities of security agencies and that of gangsters was considered to be related to the defence of the realm. If this border is no longer there, what’s next? How about somebody stealing the Elgin marbles and then quite openly selling them to the Greek state, that would be OK, would it?

  3. I always thought the border between the activities of security agencies and that of gangsters was considered to be related to the defence of the realm

    I don’t recall Eichmann posing an ongoing threat to Israel’s existence…

  4. Err, when was the last time I “subverted” anything into a criticism of Israel? I don’t even remember the last time I *made* a criticism of Israel…

    Point is – plenty of sensible people more or less accept that seizing, trying and hanging Eichmann was a Good Thing. Once that’s down, you’re only haggling about *how bad* something non-national-security-ish has to be before it justifies actions that are illegal overseas.

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