The Worldwide Weblog of Donald Pincher

by Joshua Gaskell

Tag: Tax Avoidance

Thursday, 7th July 2016

Lionel Messi handed jail term in Spain for tax fraud

– BBC News

Robbie Savage says: ‘If that was Robson-Kanu, they’d be talking about it for years!’

Monday, 18th May 2015

Unpatriotic tax-dodging telecoms company uses Union Jack* in advert. #Vodaphoney

* The Flag Institute: ‘It is often stated that the Union Flag should only be described as the Union Jack when flown in the bows of a warship, but this is a relatively recent idea. From early in its life the Admiralty itself frequently referred to the flag as the Union Jack, whatever its use, and in 1902 an Admiralty Circular announced that Their Lordships had decided that either name could be used officially. Such use was given Parliamentary approval in 1908 when it was stated that “the Union Jack should be regarded as the National Flag”.’


Why footnote, O Donald, when the words are for your eyes only? But someone watches over us when we write. Mother. Teacher. Amis. God.

Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Tax, n.

Pronunciation: /taks/
Etymology: < Old French taxer < Latin taxare to censure, charge, compute.

1. Doms. A compulsory contribution to the support of government.
2. Non-doms. Contronymous to sense 1: A discretionary contribution to the support of government.

When I was young there was a tax-avoiding thing called a nondom, pronounced nond’m; now, the evidently same thing is a non-dom, with a fully rounded second syllable…

Tuesday, 7th April 2015

Amazon, n.

Pronunciation: /ˈaməz(ə)n/
Etymology: < Latin Amazon < Greek Ἀμαζών

A race of female warriors alleged by Herodotus, etc. to exist in Scythia, an ancient tax haven.

Friday, 5th December 2014

Two modern-day saints: the benefit avoider, who arranges his or her finances in order to reduce eligibility for benefits; and the tax tourist, who travels to Britain in order to pay tax. I fear their hagiologist would conclude with recording violent martyrdom at the hands of an uncomprehending mob, more angry than it ever was with good old-fashioned benefit tourism and tax avoidance.

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