Ritchie recommends war

I ended by suggesting direct rule if the States of Jersey will not deliver the transparency that is now essential in that island.

Yep, really, he’s pushing the declaration of war on an independent state. Because MOAR TAXES.

Fun for a Quaker, no?

35 thoughts on “Ritchie recommends war”

  1. Can’t wait for Ritchie’s reaction as Maidsafe, Ethereum, and untouchable distributed Blockchain assets come onstream over the next few years. Assets that can be secured entirely without third party security, and are only redeemable by mental password/phrase.

    I doubt very much he’s capable of understanding the technology. But suspect he would call for torture to force citizens to reveal their access details.

    Because more taxes.

  2. Stuck-Record,
    What happens to your multimillion pound mansion in Mayfair if you forget the password; or if you die without repeating it to your heirs? Can squatters move in unopposed?

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    What Ritchie doesn’t get is that tax is largely voluntary. In poorly run corrupt countries, say anything to the East of Italy, people don’t pay if they can avoid it. In northern Europe they do.

    The solution is not to persecute people who sensibly think they can spend their own money better than Gordon Brown did. It is to restore trust. To show people that the money they hand over – their money – will be spent sensibly, carefully and frugally.

    Precisely none of those three conditions exists in Britain. So only a fool would give them a penny if they could avoid it.

  4. @Stuck-Record

    His argument against bitcoin is it’s not real currency since you can’t pay taxes with it. As you say, incapable of understanding it.

  5. I was living on the Isle of Man at the time of his suggestion that ‘gun boats’ should be sent to sort us out. After all the ‘value seeking’ money runs from Jersey to the likes of Ireland I wonder would he still consider sending in the troops?

  6. Hang on, didn’t he describe himself as a ‘democrat’ last week? Perhaps he meant as in the old German Democratic Republic.

    He’s a ‘democrat’ as long as people vote the way he wants. He is utterly contemptuous of the rights of others to self-determination. Imperialist wanker.

  7. Does anyone know of a fifth columnist in the Channel Islands who could tool about leaving doors unlocked, slashing tyres and pouring sand into petrol tanks etc ahead of D day?

  8. Dear Mr Worstall

    P* Murphy is a Quaker? Does that mean he’d be a concientious objector if conscription was imposed so we could invade Jersey?

    DP

    *0.2 of Prof rounded to the nearest whole letter, obviously.

  9. If only the left could confine themselves to a Knitting, Philosophy and Economics Discussion Group every other Thursday night in a Portakabin on the hard shoulder of the M11, they’d feel a lot better for it.

  10. Noel Scoper

    Indeed – who can forget the immortal, unwitting expose of his entire philosophy when displaying his ignorance of bitcoin:

    ‘I don’t claim to understnad it, but there is apparently a lot of wealth here and it needs to be taxed’

  11. Hang on a minute, let’s not get too excited.

    The Channel Islands may not be too much of a challenge, unless the French intervene. However we will have the Isle of Man and Scotland to our rear. And the Welsh on our flank.

    Let’s not spoil Her Majesty’s 90th with a Civil War.

  12. You can imagine the hopeful thought processes currently taking place in the model railway shed in rural Norfolk.

    Those Jerseymen.

    Under the jackboot in WW2 and freed only, and ungratefully, to undermine the Courageous State of the UK.

    Now soon, thankfully, to be smothered under the pink cardigan of Gauleiter Murphy. Everyone to have compulsory indoctrination in the Joy of Tax.

  13. “I ended by suggesting direct rule if the States of Jersey will not deliver the transparency that is now essential in that island”

    Leaving aside the Imperialism of the first half of that sentence, why is this proposed transparency “essential” to Jersey?

    I would have though Ireland was the bigger problem on the tax front, and we should start there. We already have a military presence in the North.

  14. Noel

    Depressingly, Murphy is referred to in that report as “the renowned international tax expert”.

  15. Jesus wept. Murphy is being ‘helped’ by our local Arnald, Nick Le Cornu. A unemployable SJW with vague ‘legal’ pretensions, who after years of trying to get elected to government managed to squeak in through a rotten borough, and lasted a few weeks in his role before accusing another deputy of faking cancer. Even our local lefty party, for whom he stood, felt the need to be rid of him pronto. According to Murphy, he’s played ‘a valuable role in this for a long time’.

    If you want to soil yourself reading about this character, feel free:

    http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2014-10-16/nasty-nick-the-talk-of-election-night/

    http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2016/02/19/former-deputy-critisised-for-inapproriate-remarks-about-ill-and-dying-politicians/

    Something about being judged by the company you keep seems appropriate for both characters

  16. Only by fellow-traveller Richard Boyd Barrett, of the far-left Irish party the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit.

  17. Jack C

    The Channel Islands may not be too much of a challenge, unless the French intervene. However we will have the Isle of Man and Scotland to our rear. And the Welsh on our flank.

    You forgot Kernow, twenty thousand Cornishmen want to know the reason why ?

  18. Thornavis,
    A good point, though it’s not me advocating the invasion of Guernsey and Jersey.

    I think we should give peace a chance on this occasion.

  19. Where does this idea of Ritchie being a Quaker come from? He claims not to go to any church, he’s consistently an advocate of things that are anathema to Quakerism, and he drinks both coffee and alcohol.

    Is it just that Ritchie once proclaimed himself a Quaker because it helped keep the grants from the Rowntree Foundation flowing?

  20. ‘old on, I’m a Quaker, I drink tea and booze, some of the biggest brewers in the UK were founded by Quakers. Quakerism isn’t asceticism, it’s more epicureanism – making decisions by carefully considered choices, and encouraging others to make decisions carefully. It certainly isn’t forcing other people to live in the manner that you declare is best for them, and very certainly isn’t rule by unquestioned self-declared authority.

  21. Anyway, I got distracted. What I meant to say was: Man, Guensey and Jersey are only a minor constitution detail away from being exactly the same position as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They are independent states that just happen to have Brenda as head of state, but in personal union rather than political union, just like Hannover used to be. By Richie’s arguments we should be preparing the gunboats to invade British North America, and the British Antipodes.

  22. My frail elderly mother keeps a few pounds in an ISA and now she’s worried that Ritchie is going to denounce her for this obvious tax avoidance, and concerned that he might decide to drop by and shit through her letterbox on his way to invading Jersey.

  23. jgh>

    Sorry, my mistake, googling suggests I was thinking of Methodists there.

    “By Richie’s arguments we should be preparing the gunboats to invade British North America”

    I’d have to support that one, if he really went that far. About time the rebel government in Washington is dissolved and the traitors dealt with. I thought Obama might be enough to push the Tea Partyites far enough that they decided it’s better for them to give up their secessionist nonsense and accept their rightful sovereign, Brenda – but if that wasn’t, surely President Hillary will be.

  24. Sorry, to clarify, I was thinking of Methodists in relation to alcohol and coffee, not any of the rest of it.

  25. Didn’t Ritchie become a Quaker in order to shag Mrs Ritchie II?

    With the same sort of undoubted (but tenuous and temporary) sincerity he has bluffed throughout all the tribulations of his pitiful life?

  26. Maybe he will call for stage OECD to invade Delaware, which as a tax haven is in some ways less transparent than the IFCs linked to Blighty.

    By the way, as the Falklands are overseas territories, I presume he’s in favour of direct rule there by the UK?

  27. “Yep, really, he’s pushing the declaration of war on an independent state. Because MOAR TAXES.”

    Well, he’s already openly advocated for the imposition of mandatory ID, internal passport, exit visas, and machine guns and barbed wire.

  28. “Dave
    April 6, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    “By Richie’s arguments we should be preparing the gunboats to invade British North America”

    I’d have to support that one, if he really went that far. About time the rebel government in Washington is dissolved and the traitors dealt with. I thought Obama might be enough to push the Tea Partyites far enough that they decided it’s better for them to give up their secessionist nonsense and accept their rightful sovereign, Brenda – but if that wasn’t, surely President Hillary will be.”

    Tell you what – you can have all the original territories back *and* (for ‘reparations’ donchaknow) you can take control of everything east of the Rockies.

    I think, if that it agreeable, you would find little opposition from the rest of the continent and possibly even actual support.

  29. So, we invade Guernsey, Jersey, IOM and all the other crown dependencies and impose RitchieTaxRule on them.

    What do we think Trusts and MNCs based there will do. Stay and pay lots of tax or relocate to, say, Panama? Or Ireland? Or anywhere where corporate tax rates are relatively low (eastern Europe?).

    The result of Murphy’s squawking will be loss of jobs in the areas we invade and no a penny more in tax for the UK.

    Murphy doesn’t want to “cut his nose off to spite his face”, he wants to cut someone else’s nose off.

  30. jgh–Quakerism these days is rotten with leftism. As is the CoE of course.

    Another case for a purge. Hopefully to be carried out with maximum violence.

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