Published tax returns should be a pre-requisite for all candidates who stand as an MP
The SKWAWKBOX has exposed the false claims over the last day or so about Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s tax return, which he published in full, as media and right-wing politicians of both major parties have sought to turn Corbyn into the story to deflect attention from the refusal of Chancellor Philip Hammond to reveal his own tax return – and the extraordinary contortions Theresa May has gone to in order to support Hammond’s attempt to avoid scrutiny.
In spite of the Chancellor’s wriggling, some details that may give a flavour of what we’d see if his tax affairs were made public are already in the public domain – albeit probably long-forgotten by most.
In October 2010, Channel 4’s Dispatches programme dug into the tax schemes of the hugely rich, such as reviled ex-BHS owner Philip Green. It also revealed details of a particular minister in the then-coalition government: one Philip…
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