This isn’t the way the law works Owen, just isn’t at all

Those who crow about the “legality” of tax avoidance are, of course, being disingenuous. The state has not passed laws permitting certain schemes in the same way that it has, for example, allowed the legal sale of alcohol.

Rather, the government hasn’t banned ownership of foreign assets in the same manner that it has not banned the legal ownership of Cabbage Patch dolls. Simply because our system works on the idea that everything which is not specifically illegal is legal. We do not have a law which makes it legal to be Owen Jones. We simply do not have a law which makes it illegal to be Owen Jones.

I would also note that this piece of his does not have a comments section – in common with all of the Guardian’s coverage that I’ve seen of the Paradise Papers. There’d be too many “Oi, but what about your tax arrangements, Scott Trust Ltd?” I assume.

14 thoughts on “This isn’t the way the law works Owen, just isn’t at all”

  1. The arrogant little toerag.

    “The State has not given you permission to avoid its thieving where you can”.

    Cram it up your arse with 10lb of walnuts son.

    No –he’d likely enjoy that.

  2. “Those who crow about the “legality” of tax avoidance are, of course, being disingenuous. The state has not passed laws permitting certain schemes in the same way that it has, for example, allowed the legal sale of alcohol.”

    Owen, you’re a twat.

    There’s no law that specifically says some who is 34 years old can legally buy alcohol. It’s implicit.

    That’s how a lot of the law works. It defines what can’t be done.

  3. I object angrily to the the notion that the state passes laws which allow me to do anything.
    I can do what the fuck I like unless the state passes laws saying otherwise. The presumption is on freedom not on state control. And I will vote for any party which seeks to reduce the amount of law restricting my freedom.
    Motherfucker.

  4. “Those who crow about the “legality” of tax avoidance are, of course, being disingenuous. The state has not passed laws permitting certain schemes in the same way that it has, for example, allowed the legal sale of alcohol.”

    The mind of a totalitarian.

  5. Bloke no Longer in Austria

    And in fact Rob, homosexuality was never really illegal, just sticking your old feller up another gentleman’s tradesman’s entrance.

    But Nicola Sturgeon has apologised for that law, so it’s all alright then.

  6. “We simply do not have a law which makes it illegal to be Owen Jones.”

    Isn’t it something that isn’t illegal in itself, but is an aggravating factor in sentencing?

  7. If on the continent, the law is predicated on the basis that something is illegal unless expressly permitted by the law, then does it mean that the existence of Owen Jones is technically illegal everywhere in the EU?. Can we deport him to Germany?

  8. I chose not to buy alochol, consequently, I am chosing to avoid paying alcohol duties. Horrors! I havn’t found any law stating that I am allowed to chose to avoid paying alcohol duties!

  9. Lots of tax avoidance schemes are declared illegal in the courts. What do you think the penalty should be for people entering into sutch schemes?

  10. @Bill Marsh

    Isn’t it that an avoidance scheme is judged non-compliant, everyone then pays the tax due and the scheme falls to bits?

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