HMRC Is Shite

HMRC Is Shite
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

HMRC's Porkie Pie

I was gemused to read an article by Tony Hetherington, in which he lambastes HMRC's executive structure.

One particular issue he raised concerned Mike Clasper (the semi invisible Chairman of HMRC). Hetherington asked HMRC whether anyone represents "ordinary PAYE taxpayers" on HMRC's board.

The answer from HMRC was rather interesting in that, for reasons best known to themselves, HMRC lied.

"Our chairman is also chairman of Which?"
 That's grand, except that Clasper isn't chairman of Which?

Clasper is not even a member of its governing council, instead he chairs an offshoot company (Which? Limited) that handles the commercial activities of Which?, but not Which? consumer campaigns.

Why did HMRC lie about something that could be (and was) so easily checked and proven to be wrong?

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. "Why did HMRC lie about something that could be (and was) so easily checked and proven to be wrong?"

    Because that's what they do best.

  2. Within the week of Tony Hetherington's article, the Telegraph ran a front page scare that "inefficient" Civil Servants will soon be sackable by managers. It haunts me, absolutely, to know that some of the most inefficient and bullying people ARE the "managers", and some of the most important (as regards the needs of the public) people could easily be their victims if this poisonous rubbish actually arrives in the workplace. It would be a genuine attack on the values of this country. It is bad enough having performance judged by such people, but to have your very livelihood jeopardised by them would be appalling. Many "managers" know nothing about the job, but the genuine and knowledgeable can make no progress in their careers. It is like the stuff of an old "Avengers" plot.