We are in the midst of a propaganda war waged by James Traynor via his mouthpieces in the SMSM and the licence funded Hun that is Kenny Macintyre at BBC Scotland. What possesses BBC Scotland, that is run by hard-drinking Rangers-facing Teuchters, to pay tax dodgers to appear on their shows?
Have these tax evaders not had enough of the public purse?
Swinging their kilts and their PC credentials when dropping £3m per annum on BBC Albatross is difficult to justify, unless one considers the provision of jobs to the unemployable graduates of Glasgow University’s Classics Faculty. The licence fee is a social tax that we all must pay, so why promote and remunerate those who think they’re too smart to pay tax?
Is it too difficult for Macintyre and his producer to find someone who has actually paid his taxes from the Rangers diaspora?
I’m looking forward to the podcasts featuring Craig Moore, Frank De Boer and Tore Andre Flo. A Wee Tax Case special at the state broadcaster. Your Masonic slip is showing BBC Scotland. Perhaps you’ll ask Charles Green’s former equity salesman, Tricky Dicky Wilson, to step forward and swing the lead for us.
Traynor does not see the irony in putting forward EBT recipients to assert that title stripping is for the birds; that titles were won fairly on the park. This is analagous to stating that a boxer with a horseshoe in his glove won fairly and squarely, or that the Jehova’s Witness’ nightmare that is Lance Armstrong won fairly ‘living strong’ with EPO boosted blood transfusions.
One publication outwith Traynor’s blackmailing gift is Private Eye. Slicker, who is widely read in The City (colour me surprised given his nom de plume) wrote a small column on what is coming down the pike for the magnificent Rangers tax cheats in their tax-flying machines.
Slicker refers to the architects of the EBT tax dodge. Baxendale-Walker was convicted of impersonating a tax official. Was it remiss of him not to suggest he was in character at the time in a production of Hector Rides Again? Then there is this site’s old chum Andrew Thornhill who is such a tax whizz that he was bankrupted by HMRC for, how remiss of him, not paying his taxes. Look on the bright side Andrew. As a tax-evader you are a shoe-in for a gig on Kenny Macintyre’s show.
Slicker suggests that it will be difficult for HMRC to collect taxes from players who live abroad. Those players who eschewed playing for Manchester United for the ‘EBT glory’ of playing for Rangers. Well for starters they can look at the fee paid by The Rectum to Arthur ‘Are EBT Electric’ Numan.
There is a myth that the 55 players, 23 executives and ancillary staff and two former managers on the take, will escape sanction. Think again. Each and every individual is personally responsible for their tax returns. If one evades PAYE tax and National Insurance, this quantum with interest and penalties is coming your way. David Murray’s £6.3m of disguised remuneration, and his £500,000 per annum for dual contracts advice, will by the time HMRC are finished with him, leave little more than the price of a bottle of Irn Bru and a fish supper. Sir Bribe and Lie might have to trade in one of his Rollers for a Toyota hybrid, or a hydrogen fuelled alternative which would appeal to his propensity for hot air.
Spare a thought also for Barry Ferguson. The Kebab Bantamweight will not have enough for a larger Donner with Chilli Chips. Mrs Ferguson has had her chips. Alex McLeish might have to devote more hours to fee-paying appearances on Channel 5. Should one be surprised to see Alex reading the news in his finest Barrhead brogue?
Slippery Graeme Souness, who likes a bung, won’t lose much sleep over the EBT he received for buying Rangers players, as is the case with his impostor, Walter Smith, who might have to forego the Fair Isle cardigan that he had his eye on.
Is it time for a Help For Heroes scam to assist the tax-evaders, or a dodgy charity game, or has the producer of Kenny Macintyre’s show lined up all 55 dual contract players for a lucrative Blue Doo at licence payers expense?