Britain wants to see wealthy tax dodgers treated even more harshly than benefit cheats in the wake of the HSBC Swiss banking scandal, according a new ICM survey for the Guardian.
After a week of Guardian and BBC revelations about hidden accounts and withdrawals of “bricks” of cash, in which the pressure has been on David Cameron and his former trade minister and former HSBC boss Lord Stephen Green, a majority of 52% of voters agreed that even less mercy should be shown to the rich avoiding their dues than to dishonest social security claimants.
A dishonest social security claimant pays back the benefits wrongly claimed, yes?
A tax evader pays the tax evaded plus a fine, yes?
A tax avoider has committed no crime and thus receives no punishment.