Yup, still looking for a job

The case for reviewing HMRC, its governance, ethics and resourcing is now overwhelming. But when will it happen? And when will we get the Office for Tax Responsibility that is so obviously required?

11 thoughts on “Yup, still looking for a job”

  1. Even if they introduced such a thing, he wouldn’t be a realistic candidate unless Labour won power.

    Unlikely before 2020 when he will be 62, and probably even crazier.

    The stupid things he has said on his blog would just be too embarrassing for whatever government appointed him. He is untouchable.

    I just couldn’t see him lasting 5 minutes in the public sector.

  2. He wouldn’t last not because he’s a total fuckwit – that’s hardly a barrier to entry – but because he appears to be deeply unpleasant and pisses off even those who ought to be his natural allies. Pissing off your enemies is fine, but pissing off those who ought to be your friends results in…well, being skint and not having a job.

  3. For all their idiocy, Labour aren’t this dumb.

    I think they’re fully aware what random taxation based on what Murphy thinks and feels and whether people support the Labour party (or are Labour MPs) won’t exactly encourage foreign investment.

  4. Richard Murphy, taxman’s union shill and advocate for tax, tax and more tax, 2015:

    HMRC not chasing these tax returns and allowing penalties to be avoided by those who file late, for whatever reasons so long as they are brazen enough to offer one, send out the message to tax cheats that tax compliance is voluntary.

    Richard Murphy, accountant, 2000:

    Murphy adds: ‘Write a clear letter, making a proposal for how and when you will pay. If the offer is over a short period – a few months – then the Revenue won’t even bother to argue in most cases.’


  5. Richard Murphy, accountant 1996, bemoans high penalties and lack of discretion from the Inland Revenue:

    ‘If you ran someone over at the traffic lights you could get fined less,’ says a gloomy Richard Murphy, partner in the three-partner practice Murphy Deeks Nolan.

    Murphy too has forbodings and speaks for many when he says that the upper echelons of the Revenue appear out-of-touch with the tax inspectors he deals with. ‘I don’t care what the people at the top of the Revenue say, because the ‘light touch’ they say they’ll apply to penalties under self-assessment means nothing to the average tax inspector. They have the right to levy substantial fines.’


  6. “obviously”

    Aah, another example of the Progressive code for “won’t really stand scrutiny but it’s politically convenient to deem it to be so”.

  7. Bloke in Costa Rica

    If life were a Dickens novel then in the last few pages Murphy would be revealed for the vile hypocrite he is and in an epilogue would be shown languishing in the work’us.

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