...could publish with a straight face this story about unpaid taxes. The too-clever-by-half reporter who has done this story only went and did an FOI request to see how much Councils were missing in underpaid taxes.
As this sorry excuse for a report meanders on it becomes apparent that at less than 2% its well within the realms of tolerance for any system; indeed it notes that 'cultural' issues in Scotland even help push up the numbers.
So the only fact in the story about £530 million is the one used in the headline.
I can't think why the BBC are so keen to focus on people who like avoiding their taxes? I wonder what the rate of non-payment of their villainous telly tax is this year? Last year they seemed to think it was 5%.