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Friday, 21 December 2012

The #economia50

My thanks to those who voted for me in economia’s (the official magazine of the ICAEW) list of the top 50 most influential sources of finance news and information in social media.

I am number 30 on the list.

As per economia:
We asked, and you responded. Here are the top 50 most influential sources of finance news and information in social media, voted for by economia readers and ordered by PeerIndex…

Using the hastag #economia50, readers sent us their nominations, we counted the votes and ranked them according to influence in association with PeerIndex, to reveal the economia Finance Twitter 50.

Topping the list is Michel Barnier, the EU commissioner who oversees financial regulation. The bilingual bureaucrat’s presence at the top of the list suggests the significance of the ongoing EU audit debate as well as the general uncertainty over the eurozone.

Aside from the influence of Europe, the list is dominated by journalists, with Newsnight’s economics editor Paul Mason coming in at number seven. The energetic tweeter offers insight to the UK economy and the political machinations behind it.

Flying the flag for chartered accountants in the top ten is Richard Murphy, founder of the Tax Justice Network and an advisor to the TUC on taxation and economic issues. A sometime columnist for The Guardian and, he offers his followers forthright views on the profession.

Never afraid to express his opinions on HMRC or the profession in general, Ken Frost rounds out the top 30. Frost writes regularly on his own website and blogs for Metro.

Given her role as chair of the Public Accounts Committee, which has spent the last month lambasting tax avoidance schemes used by large companies in the UK, it’s no surprise that MP Margaret Hodge features on our list at 37.”
The full list can be seen here economia.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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  1. Ken & Co

    While things were quiet I did a little research and came across an FOI reference to Lin Homer and correspondance between her and something called common purpose
    I then found this site:-

    Have a little browse of ye curious, "seek and ye shall find"
    When you are ready, click on the link to graduates and begin your journey
    Obviously Homer resides within, but the more adventurous may consider entering one of the following into organisations:-
    Warning - do not enter the name Police into organisation as you will end up with 9 pages of results.

    WTF is going on, as if Pacesetter/Lean were not enough?!

  2. 2013 The Year of Reckoning?

    What could be in store for HMRC & its "management"?

    Well Margaret Hodge may well earn her spurs this year having been recently recognised in the Political Studies Association Awards as Parliamentarian of the Year. This should boost her image as a force to not ignore or lie to or treat with disdain...

    The Telegraph today reports that Tax chaos as child benefit cuts loom:-
    "Almost a third of families affected by George Osborne’s raid on child benefit have not been formally warned that they will no longer be eligible for the handout, which will be means-tested from next Monday".

    Will 2013 be the year that the truth finally breaks out about how badly HMRC treats its staff? This could be interesting if it does as the unions have been muzzled for some reason but are well aware that a vast cross section of civil and criminal law breaking has been occuring for years within HMRC and thats just in relation to the way it treats its staff.

    if the truth breaks out about the complete disdain for the law of the land by HMRC it will be one heck of a year and would probably hasten the now openly talked about split back towards former constituent parts (with a modicum of privatisation of course!).

    Then there is the "common purpose", no, not something jumping out of the water in the Moray Firth, that is a common porpoise, although there are a couple of common denominators e.g. smell fishy, wet, difficult to understand, ability to survive hostile environments etc. Expect to hear more about "common purpose" as the likes of Private Eye wake up as to how much money is being wasted. Beware the Jaberwocky and the "common purpose".

    Happy New Year LOL!