But there are simple solutions. First, we need to appoint a cabinet-level minister to be responsible for HMRC who would be answerable for it in both parliament and to other departments and agencies. Second, HMRC needs to be subject to more rigorous and independent review than has been provided by the National Audit Office. What we need instead is an Office for Tax Responsibility, well-funded and well-staffed, accountable to either the Treasury or Public Accounts Committee, or perhaps both. Third, any group seeking to make representation during tax consultations should be able to bid for funding to cover the reasonable costs of doing so. Only then will ordinary taxpayers, small businesses, pensioners, charities and others be truly represented in these processes.
Both Murph and I would spend our time doing nothing but that. For “funding to cover reasonable costs” would be rather above the market rate that either of us is able to covet under normal circumstances.
£750 a day, £1,000 a day, for a Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute sound fair to you? 250 days a year?
That is what Murph means he should be allowed to get his snout into let me assure you.