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Thursday, 29 November 2012

HMRC On Speed

I was more than a little gemused to read yesterday on the BBC site that HMRC want to be placed on a revised list of emergency services allowed to break the legal speed limit.

This request is of course not for the run of the mill tax avoidance/evasion work, but for HMRC's work involving covert surveillance of organised crime.

Ministers said it was right to revise the rules for those whose work "can mean the difference between life and death".

The consultation closes on 27 February 2013.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. From the DSA discussion document - "Nationally there are approximately 10 concurrent operational deployments per day involving 500 officers from the criminal Investigation Directorate."

    OK people, do the maths and relate the above statistics to the actual number of prosecutions making it to court that actually meet the definition of organised crime let alone serious and organised crime, better than comparing to the number of actual gulity verdicts.

    Now explain to me how this is both proportionate and justified with regard to the risk to any 3rd parties.

    Leave it to the National Crime Agency.

  2. 500?! There should be a decimal point after the 5.

    "We're the Sweeney, son, and you're nicked."

    Almost laughable.

  3. I've seen enough DSAs in my time to paste the walls of the ... something very large but I have always maintained that there can be no justification whatsoever for a fiscal law enforcement agency to legitimately break the speed limit whilst in pursuit of criminals smuggling fags and/or booze or committing direct/indirect tax fraud. It is not necessary what ever the amount involved nor is it proportionate and the risk of collateral damage is too great. Leave it to those who genuinely need it - ambulances and the police where it is a threat to life