French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned

David Cameron has been attacked for his “red carpet” invite to tax dodgers, while Jimmy Carr has suffered a backlash after it was revealed he is a tax avoider.

“Oh, I’m sorry. I can’t divulge information about that customer’s secret, illegal account... Oh, crap, I shouldn’t have said he was a customer... Oh, crap, I shouldn’t have said it was secret... Oh, crap, I certainly shouldn’t have said it was illegal... Ah, it’s too hot today!”

E-mail-sign-up Donate

 

.

George Osborne may have called tax avoiders “morally repugnant” in the budget, with his deputy Danny Alexander today describing them (£) as the “moral equivalent of benefit cheats”, but for their boss David Cameron, it seems he can’t get enough of the greedy chisellers.

Simpsons-Cayman-Islands-tax-dodgerThe prime minister has said he will “roll out the red carpet” for French tax dodgers who seek to avoid President François Hollande’s proposed 75 per cent top rate of tax – to the irritation of leading French politicians.

France 24, in a post headlined “Britain ‘rolls out red carpet’ for French tax evaders”, cites French labour minister Michel Sapin as suggesting Cameron’s comment had “just spilled out without much forethought”, while Claude Bartelone, a senior figure in President Hollande’s Socialist Party, implied (£) the prime minister ‘must have been affected by the G20 festivities’.

Bartelone, who is running to become Speaker of the newly-elected French Parliament, added (£):

“I hope that it was an after-dinner remark and that he didn’t have all his wits about him when he said these things, because it’s just not the done thing.

“He can’t have had his wits about him because if he had, he would have paid more attention to all those Europeans who go to work in England but who come for medical treatment in France and who put their children in French schools because there are no more public services in England.”

 


See also:

Osborne allows tax avoiders to get away with murder – while you pick up the tab 15 May 2012

Osborne, Barclays, the Cayman Islands and tax avoidance 17 Apr 2012

Budget 2012: Does Osborne think Caan, Ashcroft and Green are “morally repugnant”? 22 Mar 2012

$3.1 trillion lost to tax evasion globally; cost to Britain: £69.9 billion 25 Nov 2011

Exclusive: 98 of the FTSE 100 companies are addicted to tax havens 11 Oct 2011


 

Meanwhile, back home, there has been widespread criticism of the rich celebrities exposed as tax avoiders in this morning’s Times (£) – with Jimmy Carr bearing the brunt of the backlash, as Channel Four News reports:

Outraged fans and fellow comedians drew attention to Carr’s 10 O’Clock live sketch from February 2011 [see below] in which he plays a buxom blonde cashier promoting the “Barclays 1 per cent tax scam” to viewers:

Fellow comedian Frankie Boyle tweeted: “It’s ok to avoid tax providing every time you do a joke about a town being shit you add ‘partly down to me I’m afraid’ under your breath.”

Another comedian, John Robins, added to the criticism, and in response to someone who asked “why is everyone acting as though @JimmyCarr has killed a baby?!”, Robins said: “Because babies die in underfunded hospitals.”

As the #Carrtax hashtag took hold, other Twitterers took a more jovial attitude. “Any other comedian wishing they had a more imaginative accountant today?” asked Stephen Grant, while Andrew Bloch added: “Jimmy Carr keeps 8 out of 10 pounds twitpic.com/9xzm5d Maybe he should hide his jokes offshore #taxavoider.”

Carr and his fellow tax dodgers will have been more concerned by the news this afternoon that HMRC is to investigate the tax avoidance scheme used by him and more than a thousand wealthy Britons to pay as little as one per cent income tax. Let’s hope the taxman has the last laugh.

 


Sign-up to our weekly email • Donate to Left Foot Forward

36 Responses to “French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned”

  1. Lord Blagger

    can’t get enough of the greedy chisellers.

    =======

    Spin – pure spin.

    What’s wrong with getting migrants who pay more tax than the government spends on them?

    That’s an economic benefit.

    Or is it that the only migrants you want are benefit scroungers, because they are more likely to vote Labour?

  2. Selohesra

    Perhaps its because these economic migrants are unlikely to vote Labour

  3. fljf

    French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as @JimmyCarr gets owned, writes @ShamikDas: http://t.co/Y8fYrjXs #Carrtax

  4. Angus Carruthers

    French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as @JimmyCarr gets owned, writes @ShamikDas: http://t.co/Y8fYrjXs #Carrtax

  5. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/euLvz6Ir

  6. Brian Moylan

    RT @britishroses1: RT @leftfootfwd French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/GDuqatLk

  7. thats him!!

    French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as @JimmyCarr gets owned,writes @ShamikDas: http://t.co/kItNGrVR #Carrtax

  8. Saggydaddy

    RT @britishroses1: RT @leftfootfwd French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/GDuqatLk

  9. Foxy52

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/euLvz6Ir

  10. itiddly

    RT @britishroses1: RT @leftfootfwd French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/GDuqatLk

  11. Alf Robinson

    Jimmy Carr and Frankie Boyle are not comedians, any more than politicians are trustworthy.

  12. liane gomersall

    French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned | Left Foot Forward http://t.co/xEHe56Au

  13. Janet Graham

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets o, reports @shamikdas: http://t.co/Fxrf1WLS

  14. Mr. Sensible

    Doublespeek…

  15. Anonymous

    Oh yes, getting tax evaders is EXACTLY what you want, you can hammer people even harder for universal benefits and the state pension and get more traction on ending them! Keep it up!

  16. Anonymous

    Given they won’t be citizens, you are of course advocating vote fraud. Funny that.

  17. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/euLvz6Ir

  18. Alex Braithwaite

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/0nqMo3k4

  19. Noxi

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as @jimmycarr gets owned.. http://t.co/zN2wRjzx #Carrtax

  20. JC

    I think you’ll find that they are entitled to vote, just not in general elections.

  21. Anonymous

    Which are, y’know, the ones which much of the right hold are the only important ones?

  22. Gillian Kalter

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles… http://t.co/ymELSl7V Just can't help himself!

  23. Michael Turner

    Cameron can't get enough of tax avoiders http://t.co/LD0lgQGV #PMQs

  24. Yrotitna

    Cameron can't get enough of tax avoiders http://t.co/LD0lgQGV #PMQs

  25. Duncan Hall

    Hollande aide on Cam: "I hope that it was an after-dinner remark and that he didn’t have all his wits about him" http://t.co/LD0lgQGV #PMQs

  26. Brian Tomkinson

    Hollande aide on Cam: "I hope that it was an after-dinner remark and that he didn’t have all his wits about him" http://t.co/LD0lgQGV #PMQs

  27. David Cameroon

    On WebCameroon Direct: Did Dave "have all his wits about him"? http://t.co/V3sMTFUa #PMQs /via @leftfootforward

  28. Susan Nash

    Hollande aide on Cam: "I hope that it was an after-dinner remark and that he didn’t have all his wits about him" http://t.co/LD0lgQGV #PMQs

  29. Jon Purdom/Paco Saez

    Cameron can't get enough of tax avoiders http://t.co/LD0lgQGV #PMQs

  30. Brent Stojanovic

    Cameron can't get enough of tax avoiders http://t.co/LD0lgQGV #PMQs

  31. Brent Stojanovic

    Won't pay tax over the channel, but we'll take them. Figures really with the lad's club we've got running the gaff http://t.co/9nTdaUYC

  32. comedian stick show

    French leaders attack Cameron's “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as …: Another comedian, John Robins, added t… http://t.co/tUWdk1GN

  33. Uniquehandleman

    …or perhaps because they are unlikely to pay their fair share of tax wherever they end up.

  34. BevR

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/euLvz6Ir

  35. Foxy52

    RT @leftfootfwd: French leaders attack Cameron’s “red carpet” invite to tax exiles as Carr gets owned http://t.co/euLvz6Ir

  36. So, Mr Cameron, are Tory boys Philip Green and Gary Barlow “morally wrong” as well? | Left Foot Forward

    […] David Cameron is feeling the the tax dodging heat today, facing charges of hypocrisy over his failure to condemn celeb Tory Gary Barlow’s tax avoidance, having last night laid into non-Tory Jimmy Carr’s tax arrangements. […]

Leave a Reply