Monday 16 February 2015 by Davywavy

Labour pledges tax crackdown on anyone who doesn’t support Labour


Ed Balls clampdown

In a strongly-worded interview on the BBC yesterday, Ed Balls pledged a future Labour government would clamp down on tax avoidance by anyone not supporting the Labour Party.

“These fat-cats needn’t think they can avoid paying their fair share unless they’re someone I personally know”, he thundered.

“I will bring in strict new rules which will affect anyone engaging in tax avoidance, unless it’s a deed of variation like Ed Miliband and Tony Benn used, or a holding company in the Cayman Islands like the one which owns The Guardian.”

“And paying yourself through a company rather than taking payments as income like Ken Livingstone? Totally fine.”

“Unless it’s some Tory bastard”, he added.

Meanwhile, on the Today programme this morning, shadow business secretary Chukka Umunna was unequivocal.

“A future Labour government would pass a law requiring political donations made by people avoiding tax to be returned”, he said.

“Unless they’re given to us, obviously.”

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