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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Homer Marriage Broker?


PAC, or rather a member of PAC, managed to get under Lin Homer's skin during yesterday's PAC meeting about tobacco smuggling.

Homer denied that Dave Hartnett's new firm (Deloitte) had played any significant role in major tax deals struck with private companies.

Margaret Hodge said there was a suggestion that Deloitte had been the "preferred facilitator" when deals were struck.

Homer (as per The Herald) said:
"Not to my knowledge and I don't see any evidence to suggest that they were playing either a preferred or significant role in our large disputes." 
The Conservative MP Richard Bacon tweaked Homer's nose by saying:
"What's really of interest is those occasions when you were buying advice from a firm such as Deloitte and the same firm was also selling its advice to a large taxpayer such as, to take one example, Vodafone.

If you were turning out to be the marriage broker who introduced the adviser to the company..."
To which Homer swiftly rebutted:
"That is an assertion that I do not accept, Mr Bacon."
A classic example of a problem arising from not just what is done, but what is seen/seems to be done (ie form over substance).

Tax does have to be taxing.

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3 comments:

  1. Would you buy a used car from this woman?

    I rest my case your honor!

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  2. Are you suggesting that HMRC have form over substance abuse?

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  3. Only if you accept that substance abuse is a form of substance-related disorder (a condition including such as psychoses or amnesia), however further confusion may occur because substance-related disorders include both substance dependance and substance abuse.
    Forgetting amnesia for the time being(!), think about psychoses in the form of a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions ase so impaired that contact is lost with external reality.
    Now, having absorbed this suggestion is there an organisation and/or CEO/management system that anyone is aware of that has adopted this methodology in its day to day interactions with its customer base, let alone its staff?
    (respect to Wikipedia, greater respect to wikileaks!)

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