Ritchie\’s reported a man to the police for a passing joke:
A PRESENTER on Manx Radio has been reported to police after making inflammatory comments on air during a live broadcast on Monday.
UK tax expert Richard Murphy told the Examiner he has reported the matter to police after presenter Stu Peters appeared to call for his assassination on Mr Peters’s Monday afternoon programme last week.
During the broadcast, Mr Peters said: ‘In the Isle of Man we are like a family and we can squabble amongst ourselves but we don’t like it when other people throw rocks at us and there’s this bloke from this Tax Justice Network, Richard Murphy, who is constantly having pops at the Isle of Man and the tax regime here to the point where we are all really rather bored of it to the point where we wish there was a wet ops department in the government that could go and take him out.’
Mr Murphy, who is director of Tax Research LLP, said he was contacting police in Douglas and the UK about the matter.
‘We have a situation where a football manager [Celtic’s Neil Lennon] is receiving bombs through the post so if passions can run high about that, passions can run high about tax as well,’ he said, adding: ‘I take this pretty seriously.’
Mr Murphy, who has been the focus of criticism from some quarters in the Isle of Man for his criticism of the taxation system here, said he had cancelled a planned visit to the island.
‘My address could easily be found and some idiot could act on this,’ he said.
YVMV but it does seem a tad over the top.