Is anyone really surprised at the tax dodging antics at Westminster following the not so long ago expenses fiddles? The dodgers hide behind a veil of legality, ignoring what is morally the right thing to do right in paying their fair share of taxes. The fact Tory Chancellor, George Osborne, (who was also in the middle of the scandal) has announced a new crackdown on tax dodging is simply papering over the cracks in the wall whilst the door has fallen off its hinges. The proposed measures will not prevent offshore trusts hiding money from the tax authorities and it will still allow loopholes to be exploited.
The reality is this is yet another example of how government at Westminster fails in truly representing the interests of the people. We have a government and many M.P’s who wish to put themselves before their constituents and seek to profit in whichever way they can. What we have at Westminster is a ‘House of Dogs’ and a school for self interest for career minded politicians, many of whom have very little experience of life in the real world.
The problem is, top-down diktat, not only allows this to happen, it creates it. An M.P is elected and knows perfectly well they have a safe job for five years – along with the many perks/expenses which go with it. This is just one of the reasons the Wessex Regionalists believe in devolution for our region and greater grassroots democracy, making our representatives truly accountable.
In the eyes of the law, Witney M.P and U.K Prime Minister, David Cameron, has done nothing wrong. But in the eyes of many of his constituents, especially those suffering the hardship of his austerity driven government, his actions have been immoral. Add to this the large numbers of self employed people who do not have the luxury of offshore bank accounts and whom HMRC may inspect at the drop of a hat and the evidence is clear ‘one rule for them and one for the rest of us’ is not simply a saying - it actually exists.
The question is, do the good people of Witney want an M.P who clearly lacks morals when it comes down to his financial arrangements, and do the people of Wessex want top down diktat from Westminster or grassroots democracy via a Wessex Assembly. The Wessex Regionalists call upon David Cameron to let the people decide.
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