It seems that tax supremo, Dave Hartnett, fresh from his "critically acclaimed" appearance on YouTube, has got the taste for celebrity and may well have fantasies about appearing in the jungle with Jordan et al.
That at least would seem to be the conclusion that one could draw from his appearance last week at the ICAEW, where he delivered the ICAEW's 2009 Hardman Lecture.
His subject being "Tax, transparency and trust".
During the lecture he described tax as being "a jungle", and appealed for businesses to allow HMRC staff on secondment to be allowed unfettered access to their financial systems etc.
Aside from the fact that the private sector, and individual, has little reason to trust this government's (and its organs') respect for privacy, respect for freedom, competence wrt data security and competence per se; Hartnett did not exactly endear himself to his audience.
Nichola Ross Martin (a respected tax advisor and, by Hartnett's bitter chip on the shoulder generalisation, a "tax alchemist") observed:
"I found Dave's attitude terribly disappointing".
She noted that he managed to alienate the majority of the attendees.
It seems that his lecture was not designed to win converts, but was merely an excuse to play to the gallery of his political masters in the Number 10 Bunker.
Tax does have to be taxing.
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