Richard Murphy, the former tax account and practising tax avoider whose Damascene conversion to the idea of ‘tax justice’ means that he now spends his time pontificating that tax avoidance is immoral and should be illegal, has apparently decided that, against all logic, the time has come to open a new front in his never ending campaign:
Tax avoidance is cheating: it is getting round the law. And you can’t say it’s legal – because you won’t find a law that permits it
— Richard Murphy (@RichardJMurphy) June 23, 2012
That’s right, because something isn’t codified in law it can’t – in Murphyworld – be legal.
Sorry Ritchie but in this country we follow something called ‘Common Law’. You may have heard of it. The general principle is everything is legal unless it has specifically been legislated against.
If you want a legal code in which anything which hasn’t been declared legal is automatically deemed to be illegal then can I suggest you move to mainland Europe and live under the Napoleonic Code?