Monday 22 January 2024

HMRC Shambles - Inclusion and Diversity Outranks Competence and Professionalism


HMRC, that bastion of bureaucracy and befuddlement, and the right royal kerfuffle they've got themselves into. Diversity and inclusion have become the new tax code, and competence has been relegated to the bargain bin.

Everyone deserves a fair shot, regardless of their background or bits and bobs. But when it comes to something as crucial as Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, you'd think they'd put qualifications and experience at the top of the pile, wouldn't you? 

Not in this woke wonderland. Apparently, if you can tick the right diversity boxes, you're practically guaranteed a cushy job, even if you couldn't tell a P45 from a pasty.

The main focus is on your pronouns and your cultural heritage, rather than your ability to decipher a tax return or track down a dodgy VAT claim. It's like they're auditioning for a bloody pantomime, not running the nation's finances! And don't get me started on the training courses. They're more concerned with sensitivity awareness and unconscious bias than they are with the actual nuts and bolts of tax law. No wonder the backlog's bigger than Big Ben!

The result? A system that's slower than a snail on Valium, more confusing than a Rubik's Cube with a blindfold on, and about as efficient as a chocolate teapot. People are waiting months for refunds, businesses are drowning in paperwork, and the only ones thriving are the accountants who can charge a fortune to navigate this bureaucratic maze.

It's a right shambles; the worst part is, it's all being done in the name of progress. They call it "building a fairer society," but all I see is a system that rewards identity over ability, and prioritizes political correctness over basic competence.

So, what's the solution, you ask? 

Well, for starters, let's chuck the woke bingo cards in the bin and focus on finding the best people for the job, regardless of their background. Let qualifications and experience be the king and queen, not some trendy diversity quota. And for goodness sake, give the training courses a good overhaul! Teach people how to do their jobs properly, not how to tiptoe around everyone's delicate sensibilities.

Only then can we hope to see the HMRC become a lean, mean, tax-collecting machine once again. Until then, it's just a woke wankfest, and the only ones laughing are the tax dodgers and the accountants with their bulging wallets. Remember, folks, a bit of diversity is a good thing, but it shouldn't come at the expense of competence. Otherwise, we're all just left footing the bill for a system that's more broken than a politician's promise.

Tax does have to be taxing.

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1 comment:

  1. Well said, Ken. Agree with every word.