But that brings me to the second group – which is those who should know better. No one getting a reward for business activity can claim they cannot do their own due diligence. Or that they are not responsible for the tax affairs of their companies. Or its offshore subsidiaries. Or the pre-packaged tax avoidance that they buy.
And no one who goes to the Lords can have any excuse for undermining the state of which they are to be a part.
These people have to be held accountable for wh
at they do. An amber award does, in that case, mean a block in my opinion. And that should include those appointed to regulatory positions and high civil service appointments as well as advisory committees.
He can;t say he doesn’t know. And he’s admitted he used offshore. And doesn’t admit but has used a scheme that he himself terms tax abuse. Thus no vermine.