But equally, I do think that first of all dealing with the facts and not the man is important and second that if you’re going to deal with the man you might at least try to get some facts right.
Last week I was described by Geoff Cook of Jersey Finance as ‘ just a domestic chartered accountant’.
And he also ignores the fact that I have been an employee of the World Bank (in 2009) and that over the last few years I have advised clients on taxation and contractual issues in many countries including Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, Italy, France, Sweden, Denmark, the USA, the UK and, of course, Jersey as well as addressing conferences in locations as far apart as Santiago, Chile and Bergen, Norway, via a great many locations in between.
And that amongst the things I’ve done is create the concept of country-by-country reporting, now being considered by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, European Union and International Accounting Standards Board.
An \”employee\” of the World Bank is stretching matters a little. A contractor too perhaps.
But here\’s the thing: we know you\’ve done all of these things.
The observation is rather that given your background and training, you\’ve not particularly got the skills of education to be dealing with all of these subjects. Your accounting partnership at Murphy Deeks Nolan was essentially dealing with the affairs of some few hundred (800 is a number I\’ve seen mentioned) artists and acting types in Wandsworth. The Artists\’ Tax Yearbook (or some such title) which you produced for a number of years I\’m sure accurately reflected the expertise you had in this area. And well done to you as well.
Your degree was accounting and economics and you\’ve already told us that you decided early on that all he economics you were being taught was a crock and so you didn\’t pay attention.
So our observation is, again, that we don\’t really see where your expertise, your knowledge and ability, to reorder the entire international tax system comes from.
In fact, every time we examine in detail your opinions on such, we rather find that you don\’t have the expertise which you claim…..